All signs point to a great week in Washington. It’s Millennial Week. It’s the Pride Parade! There are plenty of free outdoor exercise classes occurring throughout the week, as well as new restaurants opening, and wonderful art-related events. And, before you know it, the weekend will arrive and you’ll be headed to brunch. Have a great week, kids, make the most of it.
“Why do you need to describe your generation with a buzzword?” My Aunt said to me the other day. “Well, my generation is defined by defining itself with buzzwords,” I replied. On that note, this week has officially been hailed as “Millennial Week” by Vince Gray, the outgoing Mayor of our fair District. Vince isn’t a Millenial but I think the Mayor gets it.
The Bitches are nominated as finalists in the media category at tonight’s Millennial Awards. More importantly, Millennial Week is highlighting the awesome initiatives, companies, and activities started by 20-somethings with events, lectures, and more throughout the week. So, take a look at the schedule, get inspired, and support those doing great things in the community and forging the next generation of leadership.
In particular, we’re looking forward to Thursday’s “Millennial Made,” an evening of sips and bites from DC’s Millennial entrepreneurs in the food industry including Union Kitchen, Dolci Gelati, Sweet Shine, and others.
And on Sunday, we are hosting the closing event, an Innovator’s Brunch, a ticketed three-course brunch with a series of chats with leaders from PolicyMic, the Millennial Trains Project, and the United Nations Foundation.
It’s a big day for free exercise! At lunch, Georgetown Public Library is hosting complimentary yoga from 12:30-1:30 p.m. with yoga teachers from Yoga Activist. RSVP to Erika.Rydberg@dc.gov. The first 30 RSVPs will receive a spot and the remainder will be placed on a waiting list. Be sure to bring your own mat. The yoga classes are occurring all month long at 12:30 p.m. 3260 R Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.
After work, it’s time for Pilates in the Park, with free hour-long classes taught by certified Pilates instructors from Results Gym and Epic Yoga offered all summer long. This week, Epic Yoga will be offering a modified “Barre Yoga” class, which is a fusion of Pilates, Yoga, and ballet. So, grab your mat, friends, and water bottle and head to Farragust Square. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Connecticut & K Streets N.W., Washington, D.C.
One of my favorite things about summer in Washington is outdoor movies in the park. On the National Mall, there’s Screen on the Green. But, if you’re looking for something a lot less touristy, head to NoMa for Summer Screen, a free, 13 week outdoor film series in NoMa, Washington, D.C.’s fastest growing neighborhood. Every Wednesday from May 28 to August 20, there will be an outdoor flick under the stars, as well as plenty of food trucks, starting at 7 p.m. So, grab your friends and lovers, blanket, picnic basket and outdoor games and head to the park. Movies start at dark and are screened with subtitles. Coolers, children, and friendly, leashed dogs are welcome. 7 p.m. 250 K St. N.E., Washington, D.C.
It’s the beginning of the month, which means it’s time for the Phillips After 5, a recurring evening of jazz, gallery talks, superb modern art, and a cash bar. This month, the theme is Made in the U.S.A, allowing you to explore the wonders of the 1950s American city. Hear jazz of the era while poets match verse with paintings from the exhibition, become the poet in a collaborative art project, and sample classic American diner food from Shake Shack. Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for students, free for members. 1600 21st St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
There’s plenty of art-related activities to do this evening. You could begin with Jazz in the Sculpture Garden. Or, head to the National Museum for Women in the Art’s happy hour, the Young pARTners Circle, which will celebrate the opening of Total Art: Contemporary Video. Have some cocktails, view the newly-installed exhibition, snack on hors d’oeuvres, and partake in exhibition-themed activities in the museum’s collection galleries.The Young pARTners Circle brings together professionals in their 20s and 30s in the D.C. metro area who are interested in advancing women in the arts. Tickets are $10 for non-members, $15 at the door, free for members.
It’s the Pride Parade! BYT is having a kick off party, “Blast Off”, Friday night to get you in the spirit. Saturday, Capital Pride Parade, Washington’s annual celebration of LGBTQ pride, with rainbows, confetti, fabulous costumes, and over-the-top exuberance happens at 4:30 p.m. To celebrate, Logan Tavern and Commissary (both along the parade route ) are offering special specials throughout the weekend. Logan Tavern will be selling $8 Sex And The City themed drinks from Friday, June 6 through close on Sunday, June 8. Each drink is named after a character on the show, such as the Carrie Bradshaw (Tequila, St. Germain, lime juice, grapefruit soda, egg whites, edible flower garnish). There will also be a Mr. Big (Shot) served only on Saturday June 7, for $6 (orange infused smoked bourbon, brandied cherry juice). Commissary will serve $3 Bud Lights starting on Thursday, June 5, and running through close on Sunday, June 8.
So, Saturday, the Bitches will be having a busy day of brunch, a visit to the Penthouse Pool, and a Pride Parade pregame in the ‘hoo followed by the Pride Parade itself.
As for brunch, lately, we’ve loved Bar Charley, City Tap House, Copperwood Tavern, and Fiola Mare. Yoga brunches at the Ritz Carlton and La Tagliatelle have captured my attention– both begin at 10 a.m. but we’ve yet to review them. Or, utilize our mobile-friendly, handy-dandy brunch finder.
If you’re feeling fashion forward, there’s also Fashion at the Yards, a hopping pop-up market at Yards Park. Washington-based fashion trucks (Street Boutique, Style Ride) will line Water Street alongside pop-up shops by some of the best local boutiques, (Charm Georgetown, Lettie Gooch), offering everything from $10-and-under dresses to vintage jewels, and even Jimmy Choos.There will also be a DJ, live styling sessions, snacks from TaKorean, Ice Cream Jubilee, and Honest Tea, cocktails by Osteria Morini, and complimentary spa treatments from Aura Spa and Vida Fitness. Fashion Yards will be open to the public and free to attend, rain or shine. Attendees can register through Gilt City for the chance to win a $500 shopping spree at any of the participating boutiques! RSVP on Facebook. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 355 Water St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
And, last but not least, there are also a few new restaurants in town. Noelia Italian Kitchen is opening on 13th and F Street, serving up modern Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Noelia Italian Kitchen, 1319 F St NW, Washington, D.C. And, in Dupont Circle, La Tomate is opening a cafe concept alongside it’s current location, La Tomate cafe.
We’re hosting Millennial Week DC’s Millennial Innovators Brunch! Following a power networking session, the closing event for Millennial Week will feature “Millennial Innovator Chats,” led by the Bitches, over a gourmet three course brunch. The chats will feature brief talks from some of the most innovative entrepreneurs and change makers of the Millennial generation” Jake Horowitz: Policymic, Patrick Down: Millennial Trains Project, Anastasia Dellacio, United Nations Foundation; Prince Cedza Dlamini Mandela, Ubuntu Institute. Tickets, $55 and include a three-course brunch, juice, and coffee, as well as a cocktail hour beginning at 11. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. City Club of Washington, 555 13th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Up in Columbia Heights, there’s also the Height’s annual Pig Roast. The event The Heights will begin roasting a pig early both Saturday and Sunday, so that the pork specials will be available when the restaurant opens each day at 9 am. Rain or shine, they’ll be roasting porky on the 80-seat patio. There will be Pig Ear Frites and a Pig Head BLT, made with pork jowl, crispy ears, braised snout, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce & tomato. A sampling of the entire pig can be experienced with the the Head To Tail Platter, served with cole slaw, collard greens, and grilled corn. Drink specials include a Bacon Bloody Mary ($10) made with candied bacon, jalapeno and a bacon rim, Butternut Porkslap Pale Ale ($5) and an EatWell Farmhouse Punch ($9) made with bourbon, EatWell Natural Farm strawberries and lemon balm. The Heights, 3115 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.