Weekend Roundup, Aug. 24 – 27

Happy weekend! It’s crazy how fast summer has flown by. Enjoy the last full weekend before Labor Day with a National Dog Day event, Bourbon Steak’s Summer Somm Soirée, bread-making at Mount Vernon, and the first Barbecue and Barrels at Nationals Park.  

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Get your dancing shoes on for the best Latin dance festival in the U.S. at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel. Now through Monday, veterans and beginning dancers are welcome to try bachata, salsa, and more at concerts and workshops throughout the event. Don’t miss a Fiesta Foodie Experience with healthy brands on hand. More information on the event can be found here. 

Enjoy Fresh Baked Bread at Mount Vernon 

This weekend at Mount Vernon, enjoy fresh-baked bread while you watch how it’s made using 18th century baking methods. Resident baker Justin Cherry from Half Crown Bakehouse will be making bread all weekend at 12-Acre Field on Mount Vernon’s grounds. More information can be found here. 

Mount Vernon will be hosting bread-baking demonstrations this weekend. Courtesy Mount Vernon.

Bourbon Steak is Hosting a Summer Somm Soirée 

Bourbon Steak’s Summer Somm Soirée is this Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a festive wine tasting experience with wines hand-picked by Bourbon Steak’s elite sommelier team, led by Winn Robertson. Attendees can sample wines and learn why each bottle was selected. Canapes and oysters will be served. More information on how to get tickets can be found here. 

Bourbon Steak Somm Soirée is this weekend, featuring fine wine and light bites. Courtesy Bourbon Steak.

Celebrate Dog Day with “Pups on the Patio” 

Commentary Social House in Arlington is celebrating National Dog Day with a two-day “Pups on the Patio” adoption event with adoptable dogs from A Forever Home Rescue Foundation on Saturday and Rural Dog Rescue League on Sunday. Each event will be 5 to 7 p.m. with 20 percent of the proceeds going to the rescues. Guests are welcome to BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog) and enjoy food and drinks too. More information can be found here. 

Celebrate National Dog Day this Saturday and Sunday at Commentary Social. Courtesy Pups on the Patio.

Barbecue and Barrels at Nationals Park 

The first ever “BBQ and Barrels” event at Nationals Park is this Saturday. Enjoy American rye, bourbon and whiskey paired with barbecue dishes from Stack’s House of BBQ, Due South and Rocklands BBQ. There will also be live music, a cocktail competition, and more. General admission is $75 and includes 12 tastings, one free barbecue sample, live music and access to food trucks. More information can be found here. 

Wish the Smithsonian Zoo’s Giant Panda Tian Tian a Happy Birthday 

Giant panda Tian Tian celebrates 26 years this Sunday at the Smithsonian National Zoo at 9 a.m. Spectators can see the lovable bears (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) get their birthday treats live or watch the event virtually on the Giant Panda Cam. It’s been a big year for the Smithsonian’s Giant Pandas — Mei Xiang turned 25 on July 22 and Xiao Qi turned 3 on August 21. It’s the last birthday celebration before the family heads to China at the end of this year. More information on the party can be found here. 

Tian Tian at the Smithsonian National Zoo in February 2022. Wikipedia photo.

Coming Next Week: 

Summer Restaurant Week 

Beginning Monday through Labor Day weekend, don’t miss Summer Restaurant Week. Dozens of restaurants are offering $25 lunches or brunches, and $40 or $55 dinners. If you’re traveling over Labor Day Weekend, Reagan and Dulles airport restaurants are participating in the event too! See our preview of Summer Restaurant Week here. More information on the week can be found here. 

Courtesy RAMW.






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