Oh my goodness! So much fun to be had this week in Washington. Naturally, the fun begins with Election Day (we kid) and carries on through Sunday brunch. It’s Fotoweek, there’s an apple cider festival at Union Market, and plenty of food-oriented events this week. Here’s your calendar.
Happy Election Day! On Tuesdays, Commissary offers a killer happy hour with $2 beers, discounted pours of wine and spirits, and great specials on the resto’s scrumptious all-American grub. On Election Day, wear your “I Voted” sticker and happy hour goes all day. As in, it begins at 9 a.m. and goes all day. Commissary, 1443 P St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Support marriage equality with an epic party. Tonight, W Washington DC hotel celebrates its new global partnership with HRC with Turn It Up for Change, a monthly live music happening at POV where a portion of the party’s proceeds will be donated to Human Rights Campaign’s marriage equality initiative. The kick off event is tonight and is free and open to the public with RSVP, here. 7-9 p.m. 515 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
It’s Fotoweek! As photography aficionados, we have attended and loved Fotoweek for several years in Washington. The opening party is at the W Hotel, with a Washington style exhibit in the hotel’s livingroom. The exhibition is called Urban Style Tribes Through History, which looks at Washingtonians’ sartorial pursuits through the years straight from the archives of the DC Public Library. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. 6-9 p.m. 515 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Schedule a lunch date for Friday and head to sushi staple Sushi Ko. The chefs behind the popular spot just launched a new seasonal prix fixe lunch special for $23.50, excluding tax and gratuity. The menu highlights your typical sushi faves including miso soup, mussel soup, or a seaweed salad, followed by shrimp tempura, salmon ceviche, and then all of your favorite rolls: crunchy shrimp, salmon avocado, spicy tuna, and more. Sushiko, 5455 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Maryland.
The official FotoWeek DC opening party takes place tonight at the former Spanish Ambassador’s residence. It’ll be a cool evening of photography, exhibits, open bars, photo booths, music, and more. Tickets and more information online. 7:30-11 p.m. Fotoweek Central, 2801 16th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Saturday and Sunday
It’s time for the Metro Cooking Show at the Washington Convention Center. This year, the headliners are Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri and Todd English, among other renowned chefs. The two day culinary and entertaining event brings together more than 18,000 consumers to shop, dine, and drink. MetroCooking DC engages the consumer market by offering a unique culinary experience featuring appearances by Food Network celebrities, a multitude of DC’s James Beard award winning chefs, tastings from DC’s most noted restaurants, beer, wine, and spirits samplings, classes, entertaining workshops, book signings, and more. Buy tickets and get more information on the website.
Get into the spirit of fall with an Apple Cider Festival at Union Market. Drink the District is back in full autumnal spirit with Rock the Core, an apple cider festival at Dock 5 at Union Market. There will be more than 30 ciders available for sampling, plus lawn games: giant jenga, beer pong, cornhole, and more. There are three sessions this weekend. Tickets ($40) and information, here. Dock 5 Union Market, 1309 5th Street, N.E., Washington, D.C.
We’re always in favor of a new type of charity gala. And if it’s got a little sex appeal, then all the better. Cue Noche de Pasión: The Tango Soirée. The evening is hosted by The Washington Ballet’s Women’s Committee, Jeté Society and Latino Dance Fund to benefit scholarship programs for all organizations. Tonight, the Organization of American States will be transformed into a sultry Buenos Aires Tango club, full of drama, passion and intrigue. There will be cocktails, dancing, South American wines, and Argentine-inspired cuisine. Tickets, online.
In the evening, head to a DJ party in Shaw. The “Opium Den” upstairs at Chaplin’s will feature a Nu-Disco funk DJ set to accompanying visuals with a stream of sunrises from across the world. And, there will be delicious hand-crafted cocktails.
Free entry, please RSVP on Facebook. 10 p.m. Chaplin Restaurant & Bar, 1501 9th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.