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This Week in DC: April 28 to May 4

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Spring is in full swing, darlings. The weather’s great and there’s plenty to do around town. Start your week off with a free outdoor workout and close it out with a Cinco de Mayo brunch. Don’t forget about Gold Cup and the Funk Parade. Wishing you a great week, lads and ladies. Make the most of it!

Monday
Our favorite gym, VIDA Fitness, is hoping to get us all in shape for pool season—the Penthouse Pool opened last week and the Navy Yard location is opening soon! So they’re partnering with Capitol Riverfront BID to provide a sampling selection of free outdoor classes starting today through the end of August in Yards Park. The “Get Fit For Summer” class schedule through May 31 includes V-Boot Camp: Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Boot Camp: Tuesdays 7:00 a.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m., Sunrise Yoga: Thursdays 6:30 – 7:30 a.m., Sunset Yoga: Tuesdays 5:45 – 6:45 p.m., Vinyasa: Fridays 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Sunrise Yoga: Thursdays 6:30 – 7:30 a.m., Zumba: Thursdays 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. VIDA will offer these classes as long as the weather permits. Participants are encouraged to RSVP by emailing Alexandra Burgess at: [email protected] Yards Park, 355 Water St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Tuesday
It’s half-priced wine night at our favorite Italian restaurant, Lavagna. (It’s also offered on Sundays.) Go have some fresh, farm-to-table cuisine. My personal favorites are the Baltimore sea scallops with celery root puree, fennel and grapefruit and the Shenandoah short rib with roasted garlic mashed potatoes. And, of course, the fresh seasonal bruschetta is a good start to any meal. Lavagna just updated its menu, too. Lavagna, 539 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

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Wednesday
It’s soft shell blue crab season from now until May 28, and Legal Sea Foods is celebrating with a featured menu, called Soft Shell Blue Crabs Are Running. It offers special seasonal dishes with wine pairings like the soft shell crab po’boy with creole tartar, sweet potato fries and grilled jalapeno cold slaw, Wasabi Tempura Soft Shell Crabs with Waipo Valley fried rice and Yuzu aioli, and Romano crusted soft shell crabs. These dishes can be enjoyed at three Legal Sea Food locations in the Washington area, including 704 7th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 347-0007; 2301 Jefferson Davis Highway in Crystal City, Arlington, Va. (703) 415-1200; and Tysons Galleria in Mclean, Va., (703) 827-8900.

Thursday
I’m particularly excited about this month’s Phillips After Five, which is Prohibition-themed. There will be bootleg-inspired food and drink and a museum-wide scavenger hunt to reveal the access to a secret speakeasy. A popular event in Washington, Phillips After 5 is a monthly occassion at the Phillips Collection that provides a lovely mix of live jazz, gallery talks, superb modern art, and a cash bar for a memorable evening. 5-8 p.m. 1600 21st St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Friday
Raise Your City is back with another epic party, partnering with One Love Massive and Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE) DC for a vibrant evening of music and arts, and funk, to kick off the DC Funk Parade and benefit both the African American Civil War Museum and ONE DC. There will be beats byBlack Masala, Sir Joe Quartermann and Jahsonic, a screening of the trailer for Black Broadway on U TransMedia Project, which recounts the African American cultural renaissance in the U Street neighborhood from the 1910s to 1950s. There will be beers from local craft breweries and munchies straight from your favorite DC food trucks. And, the One Love Bus will be on site as a live art installation. More details, on Facebook. 4-9 p.m., 1925 Vermont Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Saturday and Sunday
By ferry, shuttle, or car, get out to the National Harbor for an annual summer waterfront festival, the National Harbor Wine & Food Festival. Set under outdoor tents on the banks of the Potomac, the Festival brings together food from local celebrity chefs and wine, cocktail and beer samples from 150 international purveyors. This year, there’s a Cinco de Mayo Pavilion, a Bier Garden, a whiskey and bourbon tasting, and three stages with live music and jazz. The Cooking Stage will feature appearances by Chef Mike Isabella of Graffiato, Chef Bryan Voltaggio of Volt/Range Restaurant, Chef Scott Drewno of The Source by Wolfgang Puck, Chef Mike Schlow and Chef Victor Albisu of Del Campo and Taco Bambo. Tickets: $99 for VIP and $79 for general admission for a two-day pass or $39 for a one-day pass and $30 for a designated driver (no alcohol) pass. Saturday and Sunday, 12-6 p.m. National Harbor, Md.

Saturday
It’s one of our favorite days of the year—Gold Cup, the annual horse races in The Plains, Virginia. There are plenty of local businesses offering round-trip tickets with bus transportation, food, and alcohol. To name a few: Beasley’s Real Estate with Becky’s Fund and the Huxley, the Capital Club, and Town Hall. We’d suggest a dress from Lilly Pulitzer and a hat tied with a now from South Sail. More outfit suggestions were on last week’s Lust List.

If horse races aren’t your thing, then it’s time get funky. It’s the annual D.C. funk parade from the “D.C. Department of Funk. (Wonder if they have that name trademarked). Basically, it’s a funk parade, or music festival with multiple locations, occurring from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. The locations are: U Street Music Hall (1115 U St. N.W.), Tropicalia (2001 14th St. N.W.), Solly’s (1942 11th St. N.W.), DC9 (1940 9th St. N.W.) and Jojo Restaurant and Bar (1518 U St. NW). For more information, check the website, follow Funk Parade on Twitter at @FunkParade and on Facebook.

Sunday
Brunch, but of course. As it’s the day before Cinco de Mayo, we suggest celebrating with a Mexican brunch at El Centro, Lauriol Plaza, or Oyamel

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Monday

Looking ahead to Cinco de Mayo, we recommend heading to Commissary for a small, five-course tasting dinner of Mexican street food—like tacos and grilled corn—margaritas and Mezcal for a quick $40. Details, online. 7 p.m. 1443 P St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Places like El Centro, Masa 14 and Lauriol Plaza will be fun, but are sure to be packed, so the Bitches will be at something  a bit calmer and more grown-up—we hate waiting for that second margarita.

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