We’re well into September. Can you believe it, Bitches? Here comes a busy fall social schedule, starting with some fun and fabulous events this week.
Something you definitely don’t want to miss this week: The newly rebranded Raise Your City is launching its crowdfunding campaign. The campaign will last 45 days and they need $10,000 to orchestrate social change by connecting civicallyminded people to local nonprofits, artists, and businesses. This is a super worthy campaign, and they’re offering incredible perks in exchange for support, such as meals-to-your-door and T shirts. Starting Tuesday, click here to give!
Can’t make it to Buñol, Spain, this week for its famous tomato battle? Instead, head to one of Jaleo’s three locations for the next best (and less messy) thing, the La Tomatina Festival. The two-week-long event offers special dishes and a unique cocktail that incorporate the ripest and juiciest tomatoes. Jaleo is located at 480 7th St. N.W. in Washington, D.C., (202) 628-7949; at 7271 Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland, (301) 913-0003 and at 2250-A Crystal Drive in Arlington, Virginia, (703) 413-8181.
Tuesday night is the 10th Anniversary of the Sneakerball, the only black tie and sneakers gala that annually celebrates the best of sports in the D.C. region. The event is organized to recognize and benefit the Special Olympics and Greater Washington Sports Alliance Foundation. Get your kicks out and get tickets! Get more information here. National Building Museum, 401 F St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
El Centro D.F. just opened a second location in Georgetown. New dishes will be introduced on the menu along with more than 270 different types of tequila and mezcal, handcrafted margaritas and classic Latin cocktails. The upper level has a café and the garden patio has a large bar and a fire pit. Exciting! 1218 Wisconsin Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.
Head to Nival Salon & Spa for a back-to-school event with PHYTO. The beauty event benefits Hope For Henry, an organization that improves the lives of kids with cancer. From 4 to 7 p.m., get complimentary PHYTO Treatments, blowouts with select stylists, raffle prizes with a $10 suggested donation, discounted gift certificates, a candy bar and champagne. To book, contact (301) 951-4445.
We’re loving a new wine group called the Vino Lovers, and this Thursday they are hosting a D.C. Wine Soiree from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Get a curated food and wine pairings highlighting several global regions, plus small bites from R&R Catering, specialty bubbly cocktails and signature mocktails. 1133 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day at Oyamel this Friday and during the weekend. A special menu inspired by traditional fiestas will be available during dinner and brunch. Head there to try dishes like pozole rojo (traditional soup) and menudo (Mexico’s hangover cure). 401 7th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Last year at this time I went to the Virginia Wine Festival for a friend’s birthday. The day was a blast, and I recommend you make it your Saturday or Sunday day trip this weekend. The 38th Virginia Wine Festival is the Commonwealth’s original celebration of Virginia Wine, showcasing more than 50 of the state’s premier wineries on the grounds of the Great Meadow Equestrian Center at The Plains, Virginia. Get tickets here.
After brunch, head to the Washington Nats Stadium for the Wounded Warrior Celebrity Softball Classic after the game against the Phillies. The event will feature a group of celebrities and Nationals representatives playing alongside the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. If you don’t know about these guys, they’re amazing. Check out last year’s event. The game is free to anyone with a ticket to the Nationals game that day.