Laura’s Memorial Day Weekend Picks

by May 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm 1,411 0

The Memorial Day Cafe Saint-Ex Chili Cook Off is Monday from 11 am to 5 pm, 1300 block of T Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things; you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs.

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:

BONUS: Tunes to rock out to all weekend! Your Memorial Day Weekend mixtape, courtesy of my favorite local music blog Audionugs.

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 could spend the entire weekend in the neighborhood, sitting outside eating and drinking. We’ve even got a list  of favorites for you. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Sunday, May 29

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. 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!


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