Well, we’re in the thick of fall, my favorite season, and life is just peachy. Or, should I say pumpkin-y? As usual, our senses are being assaulted by the onslaught of pumpkin—Pumpkin beers, Pumpkin, Starbucks lattes, even Pumpkin M&Ms. Hey, I’m not complaining.
There are tons of fun things happening in the District this week, here’s your agenda.
Brooklyn Brewery is taking Washington, with a week of beer-themed events dubbed The Brooklyn Brewery Mash benefiting Slow Food USA. The week kicks off at Churchkey Tuesday, dubbed the Mash HQ, where there will be free Brooklyn beer specials, new and special offerings, giveaways, as well as general info about The Mash. There’s also a Chaos Cooking class on Tuesday. Wednesday there’s a beer dinner, Local 2 Ways, at Matchbox on 14th Street, which starts at 7 p.m.
H&M Union Station opens to the public on Thursday at noon. Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., Washington, D.C.
It’s Pilates in the Park time yet again. The free classes are hosted by the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District and occur weekly from September 5 through October 10. The classes are free and open to the public—just show up with your Pilates mat. Registration is not required, but all participants must sign a waiver before attending their first class and should arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to grab a spot. Head to Farragut Square Park, between Connecticut Avenue and K Street N.W., for free stretching and core strengthening from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Later in the evening head to Policy for a new nightlife concept, Libertè, an evening of indie and house music, drink specials and a killer party. The Liberty Lounge dims the lights, opens the patio lounge, lights the candles, and starts vibing with house, indie, lounge and new disco tunes played by DJ SkimDC and DJ Mathias. Drink Specials offered all night include the Pina Libre, made with Bacardi pineapple fusion, spiced gum syrup, and lime. 9 p.m. to close. Policy, Liberty Lounge, 1904 14th St. N.W. Washington, D.C.
Looking for a place for a great dinner date or girls dinner? Head to Lavagna on Barracks Row, the Italian restaurant just released its fall menu on Monday. There’s a selection of delicious, seasonal farm-to-table plates, which pair well with the resto’s great selection of Italian wine. But, in my book, everything goes well with Italian wine. Lavagna, 539 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
If you’re interested in entrepreneurship, investing and the local DC start-up community, head to the InSITE DC and WorkDistrict event, InSITE intothe Future: Early Stage Investing. The happy hour panel event is free and is followed by an after-party at Marvin. Register and get more info on Eventbrite. 5-7 p.m., Work District, 2000 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Sweeten the sadness that summer is over by heading to Dolci Gelati in Takoma Park. Our favorite gelateria is offering free cupcake gelato cones (yes, you read that right) to anyone who purchases any size of gelato. So, buy a gelato cup for yourself, and get a cupcake cone for your bestie. And, mention the Bitches to get a free cup of joe. A sweet way to spend a Saturday. Dolci Gelati, 7000 Carroll Ave., Takoma, Md.
If you enjoy home decor, you’ll want to stop by Georgetown’s Hillwood Estates for a special exhibition, Living Artfully: At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post, which follows Post’s flawless style of living across three grand homes. On Saturday there’s a special event, Classic Chic: Interior Design for Living Artfully, a study day exploring French-inspired interior design and the 20th century’s great designers. Participants are welcome to bring their own brown-bag lunch or to pre-order from the Hillwood Café. Call (202) 686-5807 for reservations. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets: $65, $40 for Hillwood members, $20 for students.
Opt for a day trip this weekend and head to Annapolis for the Annapolis Food and Wine Festival, a two day event centered around the city’s fine dining, premiere wine and spirit purveyors; and the natural setting of the Chesapeake Bay. Becca will be there enjoying the food and sun; you should too. Tickets are cheap and it’ll be a beautiful day. Check out their website for more information.
Want to stay in town? This weekend’s Green Festival aims to provide sustainable lifestyle choices in the way of fashion, food, recreation, beauty products, and more to people of all walks of life. Several snazzy spectacles will occur at this year’s festival, including: Fashion Fights Poverty will be presenting a fashion show featuring designers who use sustainable and fair trade materials; Joe Yonan, Washington Post food editor, will demonstrate recipes from his new book Eat Your Vegetables geared towards healthy eating for one (or two!) people; and JoElle Lee, personal esthetician to First Lady Michelle Obama will be presenting her skincare line and discussing healthy skin as it relates to diet and lifestyle choices. Check out the DC Green website for more information. Tickets are $10 for a one day pass and $15 for a full weekend pass when purchased online or $15 and $25 at the door. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall A, 801 Mt Vernon Place N.W. Washington, D.C.
Brunch, you beautiful Bitches. Lately, we’ve enjoyed Cashion’s Eat Place for high-quality Southern cuisine, Piola for bottomless pizza and mimosas, and U Street Cafe for a quick, cheap and delicious eats.