Happy Monday, guys and dolls. I’ve just returned from a week in France and I’m ready to hit the ground running. Here’s a rundown of activities happening across Washington for you to make the most of late summer in the District.
Grab a friend and head to dinner at an EatWell DC restaurant. The restaurant group, which includes Commissary, Grillfish, the Heights, the Pig, and Logan Tavern, is donating 15% of all dinner bills this evening to City Dogs Rescue. City Dogs is an amazing local charity that rescues adoptable dogs in overcrowded and high-kill shelters across the Northeast and brings them to Washington for adoption. In addition to the dinner donations, EatWell DC has partnered with American Harvest, and each restaurant will feature a vodka cocktail with all proceeds benefiting City Dogs Rescue. Bonus: there will be adoptable pups on-hand to greet guests. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. 5 p.m. to close at all Eatwell restaurants.
There’s little that’s more enjoyable than oysters and rosé on the patio in the summertime. The Coupe, a casual restaurant in Columbia Heights, is hosting a wine and oyster tasting to celebrate its new partnership with Rappahannock Oysters this evening. In celebration, the Coupe is offering half-off all wine and complimentary tastings. 6-8 p.m., 3415 11th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
My favorite department store, Bloomingdale’s, is hosting a cycle-and-shop event to benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. Wear comfy shoes for shopping and cycling, and hop on a cycle in store for a few minutes to receive a $10 gift card for participating. Cyclers will also be entered to win a $1,000 Bloomingdale’s gift card and two tickets to the amfAR Inspiration Gala or a Schwinn stationary spinning bike. 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase and Bloomingdale’s Tysons Corner.
In the evening, head to Long View Gallery for more shopping. The Washingtonian is hosting a sample sale, featuring men’s and women’s clothing with great brands like J Brand, Tibi, Splendid, Theory, Shoshanna, and Rag & Bone. Bitches Who Brunch readers can get 10% off tickets with the code “WSS10”. Tickets, $30 for general admission, $50 for VIP. 6-9 p.m., Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
If you’re not one for retail therapy, head to NoMa Summer Screen, the summer film series in the H Street neighborhood. Tonight, they’ll be screening “Unlikely Friendships” at nightfall. The dog-friendly evening features a free feature film, food trucks, music, giveaways and more. So, pack a picnic and head there at dusk. More information, online. 250 K St. N.E., Washington, D.C.
Getting hitched? Then head to Carine’s. The high-end bridal boutique is hosting its annual Monique Lhullier trunk show Thursday through Saturday of this week. The bridal event is by appointment only, so call (202) 965-4696 to reserve your time. Carine’s Bridal Atelier, 1726 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., 2nd Floor, Washington, D.C.
Rough week? Cheer up with a delicious, affordable happy hour at the best little hole-in-the-wall in town, Casa Oaxaca. La Hora Feliz features $5 margaritas and sangrias as well as rotating specials on authentic Mexican cuisine. 5-7:30 p.m. weekdays. Casa Oaxaca, 2106 18th St. N.W., (Adams Morgan), Washington, D.C.
It’s about time DC got a little cooler. Thanks to the guys behind Trillecto, we have an emerging hip hop and electronic scene in Washington that’s acceptable to music aficionados and yuppies alike. Trillectro Music Festival is a hip hop and electronic music experience that showcases both renowned headliners and emerging talent. It’s the sweet spot where cultures converge; think gold grills meets glow sticks. It takes place all day at the RFK Festival Grounds. Buy tickets and learn more online.
Brunch, of course. Lately, we’ve loved Bidwell in Union Market, the yoga brunch at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown, and Béarnaise on Capitol Hill. Whatever you do, avoid Bar Dupont and Eatonville.