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This Week in DC: June 20-26

Today is the longest day of summer, so make it count! Continue your summer happenings this week with parties, pools, and paintings. Make sure to save enough energy for some yummy and exciting brunching opportunities this weekend, too. 


Chef Christianne Ricchi is pleased to invite you to enjoy the summer solstice with a Cena Bianca or White Dinner tonight. The evening will begin at 6:34 p.m. and guests are encouraged to wear white and bring along a white accessory of their choice. i Ricchi will supply the rest–white chairs, white linens, white flowers, live music, and a magnificent summer dinner. The menu will be served family style and will include salmon, shrimp, balsamic chicken, cured meats and cheeses, caprese, gelato, and much more. The cost is $49 per person plus tax and tip. Wine and cocktails are extra. 1220 19th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Tap into your creative side and choose a picture to paint with PaintNite. With hundreds of options to choose from, you can find just about any type of painting you want to recreate. Go with a friend, get happy hour beforehand, and paint a beautiful picture for your abode. Tickets are $45. Use the code “liveloveart” for 40 percent off!


Hallelujah! It’s Taco Tuesday! Spend happy hour at Commissary and spend $2.50 per taco and $2.50 per draft beer. The tacos include chicken, pulled pork, Mahi Mahi, and avocado. Only great deals and great vibes during happy hour here. Grab a spot on the patio and enjoy! Happy hour is from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. 1443 P St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Get ready to don your summer whites and join us for an epic celebration at the IVY Summer White Party. Head to the Penthouse Pool Club, a stunning rooftop pool with outdoor cabanas and incredible city views, for a full three-hour celebration, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with a special sponsored bar for the first hour. Reservations are for IVY members and their guests. If you are not a member, you must register. Tickets are only $10 for IVY members. 1212 4th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

AFI DOCS 2016 kicks off today with Oscar winner Alex Gibney’s film Zero Days. An exciting beginning to five days of 94 films representing 30 countries. Individual tickets to all screenings are now available. The best way to see these films is to buy a pass. Or, buy individual tickets here for approximately $12. The films are showing at various locations in D.C. and Silver Spring, Maryland.

There are countless books written by male former CEOs about how to succeed in business, but where’s the business advice from women entrepreneurs about how to lead, inspire, and excel? Countless women becoming entrepreneurs, finding success, and lifting brands to top profits. F*it–$how Me the Money is an opportunity to learn from those women, how to achieve your goals and rise to the top. They want you to make more money, and will help you by empowering you to talk about it, make it, save it, and be smarter about it. This amazing girl-power event is from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and is free. 641 S St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


The International Club of DC and the Embassy of Bulgaria cordially invites you to an enchanting evening of Bulgarian culture, wine, dance, and cuisine at the Embassy of Bulgaria. Discover Bulgaria and the culture of a civilization spanning a thousand years. Enjoy an authentic dinner buffet feast of Bulgarian delicacies, an open bar, a traditional folk dance performance, and much more. Tickets are $65 and the event is from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. 1621 22nd St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Spend an evening with Righteous Cheese in an intimate class discovering and savoring seasonal, artisan cheeses. Experts will delve into the story behind each cheese and beer, as well as give advice about selecting, serving, pairing, and more. Through tasting four of Righteous Cheese’s favorite local brews and four favorite local artisan cheeses, you’ll learn how to pair cheese and beer while getting the lowdown on the funky stories behind some special makers. Tickets are $49. The hour-long class begins at 7 p.m. 1309 5th St. N.E., Washington, D.C.


Join Events. BKE and International Club of DC at the Penthouse Pool Club at Vida Fitness for a fashionable sunset rooftop soiree featuring an evening of music, art, swimwear fashion Show By DC Swim Week, and views of the D.C. skyline. The DJ will play a mix of international music throughout the evening as you lounge in the cabanas. The live paintings and art exhibit will feature multiple local artists. Tickets are $25. The party will take place 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. 1612 U St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Head to the historic Howard Theater tonight where six-time Grammy Award-winning artist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr. John & the Nite Trippers for the D.C. leg of his The Spirit of Satch tour. The international cultural icon will perform a blend of funk, zydeco, rhythm & blues, and psychedelic rock music from his newest album Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of the Satch, in addition to classics from his 21-album discography. Tickets to see the legendary musician are $50 for general, fully-seated admission here. VIP tickets are available on a first come, first served basis for $70. 620 T St. N.W., Washington, D.C.



Head to brunch at DC Harvest to try the new brunch item–a breakfast strata. A happy accident led chef Arthur to this amazing, delicious brunch masterpiece. Try it with strawberry rhubarb compote or bananas and caramel and you’ve got yourself a perfect brunch complete with bottomless mimosas. 517 H St. N.E., Washington, D.C.

Head to Georgetown today for Lilly Pulitzer’s Grand Opening party! Complete with amazing gifts with purchase, live entertainment, complimentary mimosas and Georgetown Cupcakes, access to the Lilly Jeep for photos, and a raffle to win a large Lilly printed canvas. You’ll be sure to have a great time and stock your closet for your next vacation or adventure. Don’t forget to grab your agenda before they’re all gone! Lilly is open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. 1079 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Show your patriotic colors when you kick back with friends, food, tunes, and a sweet selection of reds, whites, and brews with Drink the District. There’s no better way to raise a flag (and a toast!) to Uncle Sam than by drinking in America’s fruits of the vine and amber waves of grain. Enjoy Drink the District’s Red, White, and Brew Beer & Wine Festival at The Yards from 1-4 p.m. or 6-9 p.m. Enjoy three hours of unlimited tastings, live entertainment, lawn games, and access to some of D.C.’s best food trucks. Tickets are $45. 1300 1st St. S.E., Washington, D.C.


Head to Barracks Row for a the Betsy Backyard Boil, a crawfish boil hosted on the rooftop summer garden, Betsy, from Belga Cafe. A $40 ticket covers the crawfish boil, two cocktails, tax and gratuity and they can be purchases at


Brunch at Taste on Wheels today presented by Taste of DC. Taste on Wheels is a food truck event series featuring D.C.’s largest outdoor brunch! Each event will have 20+ trucks and each truck will feature a signature “taste” item. Every General Admission Ticket, $5, includes admission to the festival and a voucher for a free drink. The Bottomless Drink Package, $19, includes admission to the festival and bottomless mimosas, beer, and wine. Purchase tickets here. The event is from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. 1300 1st St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Loop presents Soundwaves Boat Party on the Potomac! Be prepared to partake in a journey that will forever change your perception of the nation’s most prominent monuments and memorials. Soundwaves will take you into a musical experience where rhythm, melody, harmony, and people are celebrated. The line-up includes Lauren Ritter and Edo. The boarding process will begin at 5:15 p.m., and boat will depart at 5:30 p.m. sharp. The dock is located at the Washington Harbour in Georgetown–31st & K Street, N.W. across from Nick’s Riverside Grille on the dock. Tickets are $30.

BitchBiz: Bitches Who Brunch partners with Eatwell and DC Harvest. While this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch, we do receive compensation from the companies.


Tess enjoys all things D.C. and food related. You can find her pursing a marketing career during the week while brunching and boozing all weekend. Will work for truffle potato chips.

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