Weekend Round Up: July 15 – 18


The dog days of summer have officially set in. Beat the heat with a hard seltzer festival at Rock Creek Park Golf Course or picnic at Mount Vernon. Georgetown GLOW is back for a summer run and the Library of Congress launches their summer movie festival this evening. Enjoy your weekend!

 Hop Online for the 3rd Annual “Celebrating the Art of Storytelling” Festival:

This year, Nonprofit 1455 Literary Arts is holding its annual summer festival online. Author Douglas Stuart – awarded the 2020 Booker Prize for his novel Shuggie Bain — will serve as keynote speaker. The festival will also feature National Book Award finalist Deesha Philyaw and award-winning author S.A. Cosby. 1455 has actively sought diverse authors from a variety of genders, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and ethnicities for a fulfilling experience. More information on the festival can be found here.

Seltzer Addicts, Unite! 

This Saturday at Rock Creek Park Golf Course, sample over 30 different types of hard seltzer at “Seltzerland 2021.” Sign up for a time slot and walk each hole along the greens. The fairways will be lined with hard seltzer brands to try as you saunter through the course. No caddy required. There will also be plenty of music, photo ops and games. Tickets start at $39. More information on the festival can be found here. Happy sipping!

Visit Mount Vernon for Their Summer Wine Festival and Sunset Tour 

This weekend (minus Saturday which is currently sold out) Mount Vernon is hosting their most popular event of the year. Typically held in May, the event was pushed back this year (like most others!) Bring a blanket to picnic on the east lawn overlooking the Potomac while sampling wine from Virginia wineries. The Shops at Mount Vernon are going to be open until 9 p.m. all weekend and George Washington himself will be making an appearance. More here.

Georgetown GLOW is Back for Some Illuminating Summer Fun 

Following a brief hiatus, GLOW is lighting back up again for their summer edition, running 10 weeks from Friday July 16 through Sunday September 26. Four local artists are featured along with four alley activations. All the exhibits are available during the day but are worth seeing by night — they glow from dusk until 11 p.m. After glowing reviews, GLOW’s been running since 2014. More information on the exhibits can be found here.

Celebrate Sunflower Season 

Take a mini road trip to Chaptico, Maryland (approximately one hour south of D.C.) to a sunflower maze and pick-your-own flowers at Goldpetal Farms. The farm’s elaborate floral mazes take months to design, each one consuming about 250 hours to create. Mornings and late afternoons or evenings are the best times to visit. Don’t forget to snap some photos for Instagram! General admission runs $15 per person (children ages six and under are free). Groups of five or more are $12 per person, as are members of the military. More information on the amazing mazes can be found here.

Visit Goldpetal Farms’s Sunflower mazes.

See “Shrek” Tonight at the 4th Annual Library of Congress Summer on the Lawn 

It’s opening night at the Library of Congress’s annual Summer Movies on the Lawn outdoor film festival. This evening starts the series of five movies from the LOC’s National Film Registry. Guests can begin finding their space on the lawn at 6:30 p.m. Tonight’s movie is the family-friendly “Shrek.” Vaccinated attendees need not wear masks, however, guests are encouraged to do so when they can’t socially distance. Each group will be assigned a location at least six feet from other groups. More information on the festival can be found here.

See “Shrek” tonight at the LOC’s Summer on the Lawn film series.

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