MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!! Welcome back, barbecues, sparking wine, summer-y beers, white dresses, humidity, DC summer sweaty lower back…you get the picture. Here’s your guide to local eating, drinking, museum-ing, and partying all weekend long:
Friday, May 27
- Run breezily out of work — early if you can swing it–and celebrate the long weekend at the first Jazz in the Garden of summer 2011 at the National Gallery of Art sculpture garden. Pro tip: get there early and be prepared with a blanket, wine, and snacks. Sangria is also available for sale but a DIY picnic is part of the fun.
- Later in the evening, the Liberation Dance Party at DC9 will be in full swing. Doors open at 9 pm, rail open bar from 9 to 10:30, $7 cover.
- Or, party-hop and swing by BYT’s vitaminwater uncapped LIVE (it’s still going strong throughout the month of June after the kickoff blowout last weekend) where you can check out the art on display, enjoy a cocktail, and dance the night away listening to Project Jenny/Project Jan, Sugarplums, and Lipstick DJs.
Saturday, May 28
- You’ll want to pace yourself for the three-day weekend so begin your day at Peregrine, which just opened this week at1712 14th NW, to get your caffeine fix locally.
- The weather’s supposed to be PERFECT this weekend so get outside and enjoy! Check out our favorite rooftop bars and restaurants in the neighborhood.
- Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran also begin this week — go and feel cultured.
- In the evening, Will Eastman’s Bliss Dance Party will be bumpin’ at U Street Music Hall; Cloud Cult is playing at Black Cat; and the party will continue at vitaminwater LIVE with ADVENTURE, The Nobis and DJ Rick Rabb of Food For Animals. Enjoy, and just remember that you still have Sunday night ahead of you.
Sunday, May 29
- Brunch your way through the day, preferably outside. We’ve listed our favorite outdoor drinking establishments and rooftops, for your convenience.
- Jana Petersen also has some ideas of great local galleries that you can check out this weekend while the city empties out.
- Jack Rose (2007 18th Street NW) will also be soft-open this weekend. Check out BYT’s early bird preview of the highly-anticipated scotch and meat-heavy establishment. The official opening will follow in the coming weeks; and the rooftop bar officially opens on June 3.
- At night, celebrate that you have Monday off and head to one of my favorite events in the whole city, DJ Dredd’s PRINCE Dance Party at Black Cat. Doors open at 9 pm, tickets at $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Monday, May 30
Now here’s where the fun begins!
- If you’re planning to entertain at home this weekend, check out our round up of what DC food bloggers are making for Memorial Day barbeques. They know what’s up, so these recipes are basically guaranteed potluck crowd pleasers.
- Also try out a fun punch recipe from Room 11’s Dan Searing, who’s trying to bring back punch as the ultimate crowd-pleasing “populist” drink.
- But don’t stay home all day. Borderstan.com is one of this year’s sponsors (look for us!) and our own Alejandra Owens is judging Café Saint-Ex’s annual Memorial Day Chili Cook Off on the 1300 block of T Street NW from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission to the general festival is FREE you can get a bowl of chili for $6, or a tasting flight of four chili tastes for $15.
- While you’re in the area, stop by Policy’s Local Craft Beer and Crab Festival from noon to 5 pm to kick off DC Beer Week. $18 cover gets you a choice of whole crabs or crab cakes, unlimited sides, and samples of local craft brews.
- Also in the beverage department, 3 Stars Brewing Company, dubbed D.C.’s next local brewery by City Paper, will debut their Syndicate Saison, a spicy farmhouse ale, at ChurchKey on Memorial Day.
What are you doing for the holiday weekend? Traveling or hanging out locally? Let us know! Enjoy the long weekend, Borderstanis, and see you next week!