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Peruvian Connection: Pima Cotton Event
Apr
25
5:00 PM17:00

Peruvian Connection: Pima Cotton Event

Deets: Learn why Peruvian Pima cotton is superior to other cotton varieties during this hands-on educational event in their store.

Hint for the Average Socialite: The event is FREE! Complimentary wine and 15% off all in-store purchases is included!

What’s Trending: #pimadonna @peruvianconnection

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BLOOMIA'S FIELD OF TULIPS AT CITY CENTER, DC
Apr
26
to Apr 28

BLOOMIA'S FIELD OF TULIPS AT CITY CENTER, DC

  • The Park at CityCenter (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Deets: CityCenterDC, in partnership with Bloomia, will delight the District once again with our second annual Tulip Festival this spring! 

Hint for the Average Socialite: The Park at CityCenter will be filled with thousands of tulips for visitors to pick and purchase for just $1 a stem! A portion of the proceeds from the weekend will be donated to DC Central Kitchen. This event is free and open to all.

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AWESOME CON, DC
Apr
26
to Apr 28

AWESOME CON, DC

  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Deets: The seventh annual Awesome Con by LeftField Media, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention, will unite 80,000 fans of comics, technology and science, television and film, custom art, over-the-top cosplay, and more at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, 2019. The convention floor and panel rooms will buzz with hundreds of hours’ worth of programs including: celebrities and experts hosting panels and exclusive reveals; cosplay fashion shows; gaming tournaments; iconic pop culture memorabilia collections; and as always, a diverse array of activities for the whole family.

 Family-friendly pavilion Awesome Con Jr presented by the Toy Association returns with even more playful events planned to educate and entertain kids of all ages and parents alike. Smithsonian partners up with Awesome Con once again to present Future Con, a science pavilion showcasing the intersection between science and science fiction with tech demonstrations, experts discussing everything from dystopia to scientific advancement, and more. Back for the third year is Pride Alley presented in partnership with Geeks OUT and Washington Blade, shining a spotlight on LGBTQ creators and fans in an even more robust section of Artist Alley and presenting special programs discussing diversity in pop culture.

In addition to returning esteemed comics publishers such as DC Comics and Third Eye Comics, for the first time at Awesome Con, Dark Horse Comics and Oni Press will be onsite. Attendees will have the opportunity to stop by their panels for special announcements and exclusives. 

With Awesome Con 2019 hosting more energetic programs, more globally recognized special guests, and presenting more exclusive previews and announcements to attendees than ever before, it continues to grow into a standout annual destination – and unite fans at one of the largest pop culture events in the country.

Who You May Spot: 

SPECIAL GUESTS:

 Screen Stars:

 Comic Guests:          

  • Greg Capullo (BATMAN series for DC Comics, SPAWN, Marvel Comics X-FORCE, QUASAR, The Creech)

  • Amy Chu (Red Sonja, Kiss, Wonder Woman, Deadpool)

  • David Walker (Luke Cage, Occupy Avengers, Cyborg)

  • Amanda Conner (Vampirella, Harley Quinn, Power Girl)

  • Jeff Parker (Agents of Atlas, X-Men First Class, Hulk, Flash Gordon, Aquaman)

  • Amy Mebberson (Walt Disney Company)

  • Cat Staggs (DC Comics, Smallville, The Vampire Diaries)

  • Steve Orlando (Midnighter, Justice League of America)

  • Chrissie Zullo (Vampirella, Josie and the Pussycats, Fables: The Wolf Among Us, Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love)

  • James Silvani (Disney and Muppet comics for BOOM! IDW and APE Entertainment)

  • Jimmy Palmiotti (Event Comics, Marvel Knights, Paperfilms)

  • Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin, Robin Rises: Omega, Superman/Wonder Woman)

  • Richard Starkings (Hip Flask, Elephantmen, Doctor Who Magazine, The Real Ghostbusters, Transformers)

  • Kyle Starks (Sexcastle, Rock Candy Mountain, Secret Wars, Too, Invader Zim, Rick and Morty)

Hint For The Average Socialite: Tickets are available now! You can get all the information about Awesome Con at awesomecon.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter

What's Trending: @AwesomeCon #AwesomeCon #AC19

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NOT THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' DINNER, DC
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

NOT THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' DINNER, DC

Deets: Samantha Bee is throwing a party and everyone not going to the White House Correspondents' Dinner is invited.

Though taping on April 26, TBS' Full Frontal with Samantha Bee's second not-annual "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner" will air Saturday April 27th at 10PM ET/PT, at the exact same time as the official White House Correspondents' Dinner. Featuring Bee's signature comedy and celebrity guests, the special will bring together journalists, members of the media, and all those who are committed to reaffirming the First Amendment. "It’s bigger than just the Free Press this time around," said Bee. "This is about the non-sexy parts of the First Amendment too—and if the White House Correspondents' Association won’t defend them, we will."

Proceeds will benefit the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Who You May Spot: Samantha Bee, guests to be announced

Hint For The Average Socialite: This event is strictly invite only. Read about the 2019 White House Correspondents' Dinner!

What's Trending: @iamsambee @fullfrontalsambee #SamanthaBee #NotTheWHCD

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WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' DINNER, DC
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' DINNER, DC

Deets: The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) is pleased to announce that Ron Chernow, one of the most eminent biographers of American presidents and statesmen, will be the featured speaker at its annual dinner on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

The White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) is an organization of journalists who cover the White House and the President of the United States. The White House Correspondents’ Association is presenting three major journalism awards at the annual dinner to recognize distinguished reporting.

  • The Merriman Smith Award ($2,500) recognizes presidential news coverage under deadline pressure, with separate awards for print and broadcast journalists. Broadcast tapes (DVD) also may be submitted with scripts. 

  • The Aldo Beckman ($1,000) recognizes repeated excellence in White House coverage, with a single award for either a print or broadcast journalist. Entries may be in the form of clippings, original material, wire copy printouts, photocopies or broadcast scripts. Online entries must be original Web content. Broadcast tapes (DVD) also may be submitted with scripts. 

  • The Edgar A. Poe Award ($2,500) recognizes excellence in coverage of news of national or regional significance, with a single award for either a print or broadcast journalist. Entries may be in the form of clippings, original material, wire copy printouts, photocopies or online entries. Broadcast tapes (DVD) also may be submitted. Online entries must be original Web content. 

Proceeds from the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner go toward scholarships and awards that recognize aspiring and accomplished journalists. Auctions and raffles of WHCA dinner tickets designed to raise money for other organizations or for commercial purposes are against the policy of the WHCA. 

Who You May Spot: Host Ron Chernow

Hint For The Average Socialite: Only WHCA members and their organizations are eligible to purchase tickets for the annual dinner. Please visit their Membership Page to review eligibility requirements. In the past C-SPAN's coverage included celebrity arrivals, the awards presentations, scholarships, and after dinner speeches. 

Read about Full Frontal with Samantha Bee's Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner Red Carpet Event on April 26, 2019!

What's Trending: @WHCA #whca #WHCD

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MOVIES ON THE POTOMAC, MD
May
1
to Sep 30

MOVIES ON THE POTOMAC, MD

  • National Harbor - Plaza Screen in the Waterfront District (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Deets: This year, National Harbor brings back its popular Movies on the Potomac series from May 1 through September 30. Every Thursday (“date night”) at 7 p.m. and Sunday (“family night”) at 6 p.m. guests are invited to gather in front of the Plaza Screen to watch recent releases and classic films. Movie goers are encouraged to bring chairs and order take-out from one of the many restaurants right around the plaza to enjoy the following screenings:

May  2   Jurassic World, Fallen The Fate of the Furious

          5    The Little Rascals

          9    First Man (2018)

         12   Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

16   Robin Hood (2018) 

         19   Incredibles 2 (2018) 

         23   Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)

         26   The Lego Batman Movie

30   Crazy Rich Asians

        

June 2     Matilde 

         6     Aquaman (2018)

         9     Cars

13     Pele (2016)

       16     Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

20     Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

      23     Air Bud: World Cup (2000)

27     Dream Girls

     30     Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 

July 4      Selena

         7     CoCo

11     Kin (2018)

       14     Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

       18     Night School (2018)

       21     The Nut Cracker and the Four Realms (2018)

      25     Justice League

      28     The LEGO Movie 2 (2019)

 

Aug 1      Green Book (2018)

         4      How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

         8      Transformers: The Last Knight

        11     Learning to See: The World of Insects (2018)

   15     Bring it On

        18     Holes

        22      Bumblebee (2018)

        25      Dumbo (2019)

        29      Mean Girls

 

Sept 1       A Wrinkle in Time

          5       Black Panther

          8       The Wizard of Oz

12     Venon (2018)

        15       The Wiz (1978)

19     Creed II (2018)

        22       Despicable Me 3

 26     Ocean’s 8 (2018)

 29     The Lion King

 

Please note that movie times/dates may be changed or cancelled due to weather. National Harbor will announce any updates via social media. For additional information, please visithttps://www.nationalharbor.com/movies-on-the-potomac/.

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AROUND THE WORLD EMBASSY TOUR (AWET), DC
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

AROUND THE WORLD EMBASSY TOUR (AWET), DC

Deets: Embassies will open their doors to DC visitors and residents Saturday, May 4, 2019. Participants can travel the world as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, and music of different countries. In the past, visitors have been treated to karate demonstrations, dance performances, sari wrapping lessons, and henna demonstrations. 

All embassies are open from 10am to 4pm, unless otherwise noted.

Hint for the Average Socialite: Admission is free. Reservations are not required.

  • Street parking is available but difficult at many embassy locations

  • Many embassies are within walking distance of the Dupont Circle and Van Ness/UDC Metrorail stations. Click here for tips and recommendations

  • Some embassies require photo ID for admission

  • Embassies on International Drive are larger and often have shorter lines than those on Embassy Row

What’s Trending: @DCCulture #PassportDC

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EVENINGS AT THE EDGE: ANIMALS IN ART, DC
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

EVENINGS AT THE EDGE: ANIMALS IN ART, DC

  • National Gallery of Art, East Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Deets: This spring the National Gallery of Art's popular Evenings at the Edge series will honor the contributions of women artists as well as the exhibitions Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings and The Life of Animals in Japanese Art. Each program will showcase live music and dance performances, hands-on art making, and other activities throughout the iconic East Building, free of charge. The spring 2019 Evenings at the Edge will be on the second Thursday of each month—March 14, April 11, and May 9—from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Take a walk on the wild side during the final Evenings at the Edge of the 2018–2019 season. Talks, activities, and performances are inspired by the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition The Life of Animals in Japanese Art. Expand your linguistic repertoire with Speed Japanese lessons, explore how animals have captivated artists throughout history and across cultures, and celebrate Japanese culture with performances and art-making stations. The evening's themed cocktail, the Ryokucha Dream, features yuzu, green tea, and honey.

Performers and other details of each event remain subject to change.

Hint for the Average Socialite: The event is FREE, but pre-registration is REQUIRED!

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NAT GEO NIGHTS: GORONGOSA, DC
May
16
5:30 PM17:30

NAT GEO NIGHTS: GORONGOSA, DC

Deets: Explore Mozambique’s exceptionally biodiverse Gorongosa National Park with conservation ecologist Dominique Gonçalves and park staff Matthew Jordan and Larissa Sousa.

About Nat Geo Nights

Every month National Geographic opens its doors for a night of fun and exploration. These special monthly happy hours feature live stories from National Geographic Explorers, fun interactive activities, lively music, food, and drink specials at our cash bar. See the event schedule and full lineup below.

The happy hour begins at 5:30PM and the talk begins at 6:30PM.

Who You May Spot: Dominique Gonçalves, Matthew Jordan and Larissa Sousa.

Hint For The Average Socialite: Tickets are $20 and available now!

What's Trending: @InsideNatGeo

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ZOOFARI: BITE NIGHT, DC
May
16
6:30 PM18:30

ZOOFARI: BITE NIGHT, DC

  • Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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Deets: Take a bite out of extinction at D.C.’s premier gourmet tasting event.

Boasting the city’s best restaurants, one-of-a-kind animal demonstrations and inspiring conservation stories, ZooFari: Bite Night, a benefit for wildlife sponsored by GEICO, returns to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on May 16 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Most animal houses will be open, and the VIP Lounge, hosted by Charles Schwab & Co., will be at Great Cats Circle, where there also will be exclusive animal demonstrations. The only DJ to spin beats and cook at the same time, DJ Chef, will entertain all attendees, as will electric violinist Ben Hoyt, Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar and a food sculptor.

In addition to providing a unique dining and entertainment experience, the event will celebrate conservation work around the globe. Smithsonian scientists will be on hand to share stories with guests about how they're saving endangered animals. Special stations will showcase five wildlife projects supported by Conservation Nation, an initiative of Friends of the National Zoo.

A silent auction is open to the public before and during the event. The auction features conservation-themed prizes, including animal paintings, behind-the-scenes tours at the Zoo and even the opportunity to name a wild tapir.

Hint for the Average Socialite: General Admission Tickets

  • FONZ members: $175

  • Non-members: $225

General admission tickets include access to the general event area, as well as complimentary food tastings, beer, wine, soft drinks and water, plus live entertainment and animal experiences. Four extravagant VIP packages include access to an exclusive VIP Lounge with the finest food and cocktails, as well as special parking opportunities, express check-in and more.

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PREAKNESS INFIELD FEST, MD
May
18
9:00 AM09:00

PREAKNESS INFIELD FEST, MD

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Deets: InfieldFest is a full-day music festival that takes place amid one of the most  anticipated and attended annual sporting events, the Preakness Stakes. The 2019 lineup features Norwegian DJ, producer and songwriter Kygo, who holds the world record for fastest 1  billion streams on Spotify and has been listed on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJ’s List for  four years in a row. Also set to take the InfieldFest stage is Maryland native and three-time GRAMMY nominated rap artist, Logic, who shot to stardom with a series of critically acclaimed mixtapes, and whose latest album,Everybody, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

Global  superstar and first-time InfieldFest performer, Diplo, has worked with some of  today's most influential artists including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and The Weeknd, and has toured the world solo as Diplo, as one half of Jack Ü with Skrillex and as one  third of Major Lazer. Rising star on the Billboard Canadian AirPlay charts and Toronto Native, DJ Frank  Walker will return to InfieldFest once again with his upbeat dance tunes, house  music and vocal blends. Walker will be joined by breakout rapper, Juice WRLD, who is praised for his singles “Lucid Dreams” and “All Girls  Are the Same.” Australian House and Techno producer FISHER will make his InfieldFest debut performing his unique mixes and  original sounds, including his internationally acclaimed breakout track “Losing It.”

Hint for the Average Socialite: Tickets are available now!

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TACO, BEER, TEQUILA FESTIVAL, DC
Jun
1
11:00 AM11:00

TACO, BEER, TEQUILA FESTIVAL, DC

  • National Harbor, MD - Southpointe Lot (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Deets: The Taco, Beer, Tequila Festival is Back at a NEW Waterfront Location at Southpointe - Bigger, More Tacos, Amazing Waterfront Views!

  • NEW - Churros and Chocolate Pavilion - Get Your Steaming Hot Churro Dipped in CHOCOLATE!!

  • All Day for Tacooos... (VIP 1 Hour Early Access), 11 am - 5 pm

  • 4 Margarita Bars

  • Tequila Pavilion - Open to All Ticket Holders!

  • 20+ Taco Trucks and Taquerias - Get Your Taco ON!

  • Live Entertainment – Live Music

*** 21+ TO ATTEND - Wine, Beer & Cider Sampling Included in All Tickets ***
* Ticket Prices May Increase at Any Time

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TASTE OF PERU, DC
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

TASTE OF PERU, DC

  • University of the District of Columbia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Deets: Taste of Peru - Washington DC 2019 is the biggest culinary festival showcasing the gastronomical marvels of Peru. The event will feature renown Peruvian chefs and local Peruvian restaurants, entertainment, vendors and culturally related topics. The Event will take place Sunday June 2, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the University of the District of Columbia.

This is a ticketed event. The price of the ticket is for admission and give you access to the live entertainment and live cooking demonstrations. Each vendor will charge for food or products separately. Prices could be between $3-10. Children under 10 are free. For more details about the chefs, check our website. www.tasteofperudc.com.

Hint for the Average Socialite: Tickets are available now!

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WASHINGTONIAN'S BEST OF WASHINGTON, DC
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

WASHINGTONIAN'S BEST OF WASHINGTON, DC


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Deets: Kick off your summer at Washingtonian’s Best of Washington party!
Join your fellow foodies at the National Building Museum to sip, celebrate, and sample bites from more than 60 of Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants and Best of Washington Survey Winners!

This fun-filled event benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Hint for the Average Socialite: Early Bird Tickets Now On Sale Through April 1, 2019 (While Supplies Last)!

What’s Trending: @washingtonianevents #WashMagBOW

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DC JAZZFEST 2019, DC
Jun
7
to Jun 16

DC JAZZFEST 2019, DC

Deets: The DC Jazz Festival® invites you to explore the exceptional array of renowned masters and emerging artists from across the jazz spectrum and beyond. Use the filter to find your favorite artist and various performances located throughout the District — including The Wharf and in your own neighborhood through our Jazz in the ’Hoods concert series.

DC JazzFest at The Wharf Presented by Events DC (June 14-16) featuring four main stages with events on the District and Transit Piers are free to the public—includes a diverse marketplace and Education Village with our Meet the Artist series. Events at The Anthem are ticketed.

Hint for the Average Socialite: Purchase DC JazzFest at the Wharf VIP Packages are available. View schedule here.

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37TH ANNUAL RAMMY AWARDS, DC
Jun
9
5:30 PM17:30

37TH ANNUAL RAMMY AWARDS, DC

  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Deets: The 37th Annual RAMMY Awards will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Sunday, June 30, 2019!

Hint For The Average Socialite: RAMMYS 2019 tickets are available now!

For more information on The 37th Annual RAMMY Awards, its awards policies and procedures, to purchase tickets, or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, email therammys@ramw.org or call 202-331-5990.

What's Trending: @RAMMYawards #RAMMYS19

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The finalists for the 2019 RAMMY Awards are:

Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year:The award is presented to an associate member who best exemplifies commitment to and support of RAMW. This award recipient is determined by RAMW’s Executive Committee.

  • Coastal Sunbelt Produce

  • Congressional Seafood Co.

  • Saval Foodservice

  • TriMark Adams-Burch

  • The Veritas Law Firm

Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year:This nominee is a food or beverage artisan who creates a product that is then utilized by chefs and restaurants. Nominees in this category may be cheese makers, coffee roasters, vintners, brewers, distillers, bread bakers, chocolatiers, honey producers, farmers, an ice cream/gelato company and many more. When the artisan is a restaurant or restaurant group, the products created must be utilized by chefs and/or restaurants outside of the maker’s restaurant group. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of one year by December 31, 2018.

  • Arcadia Farm

  • Atlas Brew Works

  • Ayrshire Farm

  • Ivy City Smokehouse

  • Logan Sausage Co.

New Restaurant of the Year:A restaurant that must have opened between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 and already distinguishes itself as a pacesetter in food, beverage and service.

  • Chloe

  • Kaliwa

  • Poca Madre

  • Spoken English

  • St. Anselm

Cocktail Program of the Year:The establishment is distinguished by the quality, diversity, clarity and value of its craft cocktail program, evaluated separately from its beer, wine or other beverages. Nominees may be bars, restaurants, or any foodservice establishment with an exemplary cocktail program. The nominee continues to break new ground in education of its staff. The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 31, 2018.

  • barmini by JoséAndrés

  • Bresca

  • Daikaya

  • Petworth Citizen and Reading Room

  • Royal

Beer Program of the Year:The establishment is distinguished by the quality, diversity, clarity and value of its beer program. Brewery restaurants and brew pubs are eligible for this category and will be judged based on the diversity and quality of their craft beer. The nominee continues to break new ground in education of its staff. The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 31, 2018.

  • B Side

  • Caboose Tavern

  • Pizzeria Paradiso – Dupont

  • Republic

  • Roofers Union

Wine Program of the Year:The establishment is distinguished by the quality, diversity, clarity and value of its wine program. The nominee’s wine program best suits the cuisine and style of the restaurant while enhancing the dining experience. Wine bars are eligible for this category and will be judged based on the diversity and quality of their offerings. The nominee continues to break new ground in education of its staff. The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 31, 2018.

  • Cork Wine Bar and Market

  • Le Diplomate

  • Maxwell Park

  • minibar by JoséAndrés

  • Trummer’s On Main

Rising Culinary Star of the Year:The nominee is an “up and coming” chef who demonstrates exemplary talent, shows leadership and promise for the future. The nominee must have been based in the Metropolitan Washington area for a minimum of two years.

  • Javier Fernandez, Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly

  • Adam Howard, Blue Duck Tavern

  • John MacPherson, Three Blacksmiths

  • Daniela Moreira, Call Your Mother Deli, Timber Pizza Company

  • Kwame Onwuachi, Kith and Kin

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year:This nominee is a restaurant rooted in its neighborhood where guests come to eat, drink, and get together with friends repeatedly. The great atmosphere and good vibes are as important as the food and drink. The nominee must have been open for at least 2 years prior to December 31, 2018.

  • Duke’s Counter

  • Open Road

  • Perry’s

  • Quarry House Tavern

  • Vinoteca

Upscale Brunch of the Year:The nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a high standard of dining excellence and service for its brunch in an Upscale Casual environment. Brunch may be offered as full-service, buffet, or prix fixe. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of one year by December 31, 2018.

  • Estadio

  • Seasons

  • The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

  • The Source by Wolfgang Puck

  • Unconventional Diner

Casual Brunch of the Year:The nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a dedication to dining excellence, service and value in a casual environment for brunch. Brunch may be offered as full-service, buffet, or prix fixe. The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 31, 2018.

  • Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen

  • Casolare Ristorante & Bar

  • Compass Rose Bar + Kitchen

  • Maketto

  • The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse

Favorite Fast Bites of the Year:This nominee is a delicatessen, quick-serve restaurant, mobile food vendor, or coffee shop (with food menu) that demonstrates a dedication to good food and good service in a fast-casual environment. The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 31, 2018.

  • CHIKO

  • Little Red Fox

  • Rasa

  • Shouk

  • Taco Bamba Taqueria

Employee of the Year:The nominee is a non-managerial front or back of the house employee who serves as a model employee by displaying outstanding service, an excellent work ethic and a positive image.

  • Oscar Ardon, Doi Moi

  • Maria Contreras, Jaleo Crystal City

  • Valentine King, Hummingbird Bar and Kitchen

  • Eloy Juarez Alvarez, Mintwood Place

  • Fred Uku, The Red Hen

Manager of the Year:The nominee is a non-owner manager or general manager in the food service industry who displays the highest level of professionalism and leadership. This person must be an inspiration and mentor to all his/her co-workers displaying outstanding service, an excellent work ethic and a positive image.

  • Dave Delaplaine, Roofers Union

  • Sabrine Marques, PassionFish Bethesda

  • Donna Seal, Oceanaire

  • Richard Stewart, iRicchi Ristorante

  • Paris Twyman, Founding Farmers Tysons

Service Program of the Year:This nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a high standard of excellence in service across the restaurant – from the reservation process, to the host station, to every element of the dining experience. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of two years by December 31, 2018.

  • Ambar – Clarendon

  • Carlyle Grand Cafe

  • Iron Gate

  • Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, & Stone Crab

  • The Riggsby

Casual Restaurant of the Year:The nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a dedication to dining excellence, service and value in a casual environment. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of two years by December 31, 2018.

  • All Purpose – Shaw

  • Bantam King

  • Bindaas – Cleveland Park

  • Maketto

  • Royal

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year:The nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a high standard of dining excellence and service in an upscale casual environment. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of two years by December 31, 2018.

  • Centrolina

  • Iron Gate

  • Momofuku CCDC

  • Sally’s Middle Name

  • Sushi Taro

Pastry Chef of the Year:The nominee is a restaurant pastry chef who prepares desserts and baked goods and demonstrates a high standard of excellence and culinary artistry. The nominee serves as an inspiration to other food professionals. The nominee must have been a pastry chef for the past five years with a minimum of two years based in the Metropolitan Washington area.

  • Fabrice Bendano, Le Diplomate

  • Ana Deshaies, Unconventional Diner

  • Pichet Ong, Brothers and Sisters, Spoken English

  • Paola Velez, Iron Gate

  • Meagan Tighe, Trummer’s On Main

Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year:The nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a high standard of excellence in food, service and atmosphere and shows dedication to sophisticated culinary techniques in a fine dining environment. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of two years by December 31, 2018.

  • Blue Duck Tavern

  • BOURBON STEAK

  • Rasika

  • The Source by Wolfgang Puck

  • Trummer’s On Main

Chef of the Year:The nominee is an executive chef or chef de cuisine who demonstrates consistent standards of culinary excellence. The nominee displays a dedication to the artistry of food and may be from any type of establishment. The nominee must have been a chef for the past five years with a minimum of two years based in the Metropolitan Washington area.

  • Kyle Bailey, The Salt Line

  • David Deshaies, Unconventional Diner

  • Marjorie Meek-Bradley, St. Anselm

  • Russell Smith, The Source by Wolfgang Puck

  • Nicholas Stefanelli, Masseria, Officina

Restaurateur of the Year:The nominee must be a working restaurateur or restaurant group who sets high standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship. Candidates must have been in the restaurant business for a minimum of 5 years in the Metropolitan Washington area.

  • Victor Albisu, Poca Madre, Taco Bamba Taqueria

  • Jackie Greenbaum & Gordon Banks, Bar Charley, El Chucho, Little Coco’s, Quarry House Tavern, Slash Run

  • Michael Friedman, Mike O’Malley, Colin McDonough, Gareth Croke, All Purpose Restaurants

  • Rose Previte, Compass Rose Bar + Kitchen, Maydan

  • Daisuke Utagawa, Katsuya Fukushima, and Yama Jewayni, Daikaya Group

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DINE-N-DASH WITH CHEF JOSE ANDRES, DC
Jun
12
5:30 PM17:30

DINE-N-DASH WITH CHEF JOSE ANDRES, DC

Deets: The Seventh Annual Dine-N-Dash allows you to dine in over 30 of Washington, D.C.’s top restaurants in one night. Join two Michelin-Starred Chef, José Andrés and his chef friends for a culinary journey through D.C. Enjoy unlimited food and drinks at all participating restaurants until you’re full, or the night ends — whichever comes first! Proceeds from Dine-N-Dash will benefit World Central Kitchen, Chef José Andrés’ non-profit of chefs whose mission is to create smart solutions to hunger and poverty in the areas of health, education, jobs, and disaster relief.

  • Buy your ticket and choose your starting neighborhood – we’ll let you know your check-in restaurant later!

  • 5:30pm: VIPs join José Andrés and special guests at an exclusive pre-event reception presented by American Express.

  • 6:00pm: Arrive at your check-in restaurant and get a wristband. Your wristband gives you access to participating restaurants in all neighborhoods (you never have to open your wallet!). Enjoy unlimited specialty dishes and drinks at the restaurants until 10:00 pm.

  • 9:30pm: VIPs join José and guests at an exclusive afterparty.

Support World Central Kitchen

Dine-N-Dash supports World Central Kitchen, a non-profit of chefs creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty in the areas of health, education, jobs, and disaster relief. Since its founding, WCK has served more than 6 million meals to victims of natural disasters around the globe and was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in Food. In addition to natural disaster response, WCK operates long-term programs in Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Nicaragua to help communities develop sustainable food systems.

Hint for the Average Socialite: Tickets are available now!

Who You May Spot: José Andrés, Hugh Acheson, Antonia Lofaso, Brooke WIliamson, Chris Cosentino,

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MARYLAND LAVENDER FESTIVAL, MD
Jun
15
9:00 AM09:00

MARYLAND LAVENDER FESTIVAL, MD

  • Springfield Manor Winery, Distillery, & Brewery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Deets: Join us for a day in the lavender field. Enjoy picturesque views, vendors, live music, food trucks, glasses & bottles of wine, pints & growlers of beer, handcrafted distilled spirits, educational seminars & demonstrations. Relax in the fragrant field, photograph the scenery, and shop the artisan vendors. Gifts, plants, dried lavender, and freshly cut bundles will be available for purchase. 

Ticket Options: 

  • Early Bird ticket prices will be available until March 1st.  On March 1st, the early bird special will end and regular priced tickets will be available while supplies last. 

  • Entry Ticket- Includes entry to the lavender festival, a souvenir stemless glass & a glass of homemade lavender lemonade. 

  • Entry w/ a Glass of Beer: Includes entry to the lavender festival, a souvenir beer glass, & one glass of your choice of Springfield Manor craft beer. ***must be 21yrs or older w/govt. issued photo ID*** Please note our craft beer menu is viewable on the wine/beer/spirit menu tab above. 

  • Entry w/ a Glass of Wine: Includes entry to the lavender festival, a souvenir stemless wine glass, & one glass of your choice of Springfield Manor award winning fine wine.  ***must be 21yrs or older w/govt. issued photo ID*** Please note wine tastings will not be available- glass of wine must be selected based on wine list. Please view our wine list on the wine/beer/spirit menu tab above.

Hint for the Average Socialite: Learn more on their website. Video link to last years festival.

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SAVE THE DATE: HIRSHHORN BALL, DC
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

SAVE THE DATE: HIRSHHORN BALL, DC

  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Deets: Tap into your unconscious and dress to express your true self at an haute bash celebrating fashion and the radical artists who brought self-expression to a new level.
Dancing. One-time performances. Open bar. Hosted by Pussy Noir

Make a statement with your most extra outfit at the HIRSHHORN BALL, inspired by surrealism, the artistic movement that championed radical expression through the irrational, the eclectic, and the unexpected. Raise a glass to fashion, authenticity, and pride with local icon Pussy Noir and expect the unexpected with interactive pop-up performances by some of DC’s chicest entertainers. Show us surrealness. Show us you!

Hint for the Average Socialite: Tickets are not available yet!

What’s Trending: #HirshhornBall

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NAT GEO NIGHTS: AMERICA'S LAST WILD PLACES, DC
Jun
20
5:30 PM17:30

NAT GEO NIGHTS: AMERICA'S LAST WILD PLACES, DC

Deets: Explore the expansive American grasslands and Great Plains with conservation ecologists Daniel Kinka and Rae Wynn-Grant and photojournalist Amy Toensing.

About Nat Geo Nights

Every month National Geographic opens its doors for a night of fun and exploration. These special monthly happy hours feature live stories from National Geographic Explorers, fun interactive activities, lively music, food, and drink specials at our cash bar. See the event schedule and full lineup below.

The happy hour begins at 5:30PM and the talk begins at 6:30PM.

Who You May Spot: Daniel Kinka, Rae Wynn-Grant, Amy Toensing

Hint For The Average Socialite: Tickets are $20 and available now!

What's Trending: @InsideNatGeo

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CITI TASTE OF TENNIS, DC
Jul
29
7:00 PM19:00

CITI TASTE OF TENNIS, DC

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Deets: Citi Taste of Tennis will be kicking off the Citi Open as the official player party! The evening will feature signature cuisine from the city’s leading chefs and appearances by your favorite tennis stars. You’ve never had food served like this at this exclusive food and tennis celebration! Full list of participating restaurants and tennis players can be found on tasteoftennis.com/dc.

Who You May Spot: Tennis stars & chefs TBA

Hint For The Average Socialite: Tickets are available now! Event is 21+

For more information visit www.tasteoftennis.com and follow #cititasteoftennis on social.

See what you missed at Citi Taste of Tennis New York last year here!

What's Trending: @TasteofTennis #cititasteoftennis

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WATER LANTERN FESTIVAL, DC
Aug
3
4:00 AM04:00

WATER LANTERN FESTIVAL, DC

Deets:  Water Lantern Festival is an amazing experience where you'll witness the magic of lanterns as they light up the water. 

Tickets are on sale for the Water Lantern Festival in Washington DC at National Harbor.

Get your tickets at http://bit.ly/waterlanterndc

Hint For The Average Socialite:  Get your tickets now before they sell out! The longer you wait, the more expensive it'll be!

What's Trending:  #waterlanterndc

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CHESAPEAKE OYSTER & WINE FESTIVAL, DC
Sep
28
11:00 AM11:00

CHESAPEAKE OYSTER & WINE FESTIVAL, DC

  • National Harbor, MD - Southpointe Lot (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Deets: Join us for the DC/MD Regions Newest Seafood and Wine Festival! The Chesapeake Oyster and Wine Festival – taste top-rated American and International wines paired perfectly with the Chesapeake’s wild and farm-raised Oysters and a wide selection of gourmet seafood dishes.

Bring Your Appetite – More than just an Oyster Fest – we’ll also have an incredible selection of Seafood dishes (and plenty of great non-seafood dishes!)

Including:

  • Lobster Rolls

  • Jumbo Lump Crabcakes

  • Oyster Po Boys

Hint for the Average Socialite: All Tickets Include Unlimited Wine/Beer/Cider Tastings! Tickets aren’t available yet - check back for updates!

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SHIN LIM: WINNER OF AMERICA'S GOT TALENT - SEASON 13, DC
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

SHIN LIM: WINNER OF AMERICA'S GOT TALENT - SEASON 13, DC

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Deets: Shin Lim is the 2015 world FISM CHAMPION for close up card magic and is the winner of America’s Got Talent season 13.

A self-proclaimed “SLEIGHT OF HAND ARTIST”. LIM admits that he is actually NOT a magician , nor a wizard, and has NO intention of LYING to the audience.

He performs carefully SELF-CHOREOGRAPHED routines rather than pretending to defy the laws of Physics. Combining Dexterity, Precision and Grace, he has distilled a Lifetime of training into a devious display of DANCING DIGITS. His mind-boggling finger moves are so MASTERFUL, that the audience is left to wonder what if their eyes have seen is truly possible.

Hint for the Average Socialite: Pre-sale tickets available now (PW: REGALIA). Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 12PM!

Photo courtesy of Shin Lim

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ANNUAL WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL, DC
Apr
22
7:30 AM07:30

ANNUAL WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL, DC

Deets: The White House Easter Egg Roll is a tradition that dates to 1878. Originally, young children in Washington, D.C., would flock to Capitol Hill every Monday after Easter for egg rolling and a day of activities. Members of Congress grew tired of the growing crowds and passed an Act of Congress which prohibited egg rolling on the Capitol grounds. The event was moved to the White House in 1878 after President Hayes was approached by young children to use his backyard to roll eggs. Nearly every Easter since, the White House has invited young children to roll eggs on the White House lawn.

Today, the Easter Egg Roll has grown from a few local children rolling eggs on the White House lawn to become the largest event held at the White House, filled with live entertainment, sports, interactive cooking demonstrations, and, of course, the traditional rolling of the Easter eggs. The Easter Egg Roll promotes healthy and active living and is designed for children 13 years of age and under.

Who You May Spot: The First Family

Hint For The Average Socialite: Ticket lottery opens at 10AM ET on Thursday, February 28th and closes at 10AM ET on Monday, March 4th. Access the official lottery website here.

Easter Egg Roll tickets are free and will be made available via an online lottery. To enter the lottery, participants are prompted to create an account on the Recreation.gov website. The lottery page has a list of all of the available time slots and entrants rank them in the order of preference. Entrants also specify the number of adults/children on the ticket request screen along with their time slot choices. 

Only one application per household is allowed. 

What's Trending: @WhiteHouse #EasterEggRoll @realdonaldtrump @WHEasterEggRoll

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DC BEER FESTIVAL, DC
Apr
20
12:00 PM12:00

DC BEER FESTIVAL, DC

Deets: The DC Beer Festival returns to Nationals Park, bringing together dozens of craft breweries that will feature fall seasonal beers, plus food trucks, lawn games, DJs, and more throughout the park.

  • 80 Breweries

  • 200 Beers

  • Food Trucks

When: April 20, 2019 // 12PM-3pm OR 5PM-8PM

Hint for the Average Socialite: $$ USE CODE “AVGSOCIALITE5” FOR $5 OFF!! $$

Admission is $45 and includes unlimited tastings, with food sold separately from a number of food trucks.

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SONGKRAN FESTIVAL, THAI NEW YEAR CELEBRATION, DC
Apr
13
12:00 PM12:00

SONGKRAN FESTIVAL, THAI NEW YEAR CELEBRATION, DC

Deets: Join Thai Chef as they celebrate Songkran, the Thai New Year, with 2 days of specialty menus, cocktails, DJs and a "Bangkok Street Market"

About this Event

Every April Thailand celebrates a new year, known as Songkran: 3 days of a vivid colorful festivities, delicious food and beverages and enticing markets. In honor of Songkran, THAI CHEF STREET FOOD, is hosting a weekend full of activities.

Saturday night Thai Chef will host a Bangkok Night Market selling trinkets, apparel and spices native to Thailand and Songkran festivities. The guest mixologist, Andy Thammasathiti will be crafting his unique Thai cocktails. Tickets are not required at the night market. Please call us at 202-234-5698 to make reservations, as Thai New Year specialty dish, Whole Red Snapper is limited.

Hint for the Average Socialite: Tickets are available now! For $39.00, enjoy a 3-course meal and bottomless mimosas! (ticket price does not include gratuity)

Bottomless Mimosa: Mango or Lychee

-APPETIZERS (CHOOSE 2) -

  • Toong Tong* : In Thai means “gold bags” -- fried, wonton skin pouch with chicken filling

  • Veggie Dumpling: Soft steamed chive dumplings

  • Chicken Satay: Grilled, marinated chicken skewers, served with peanut sauce

  • Moo-Ping: Grilled, marinated pork skewers, served with spicy fish sauce

-NOODLES (CHOOSE 2)- Noodles symbolize long life. We believe it’s a good thing to start your year off eating noodles!

  • Beef Noodle Soup*: rice noodles, thin sliced beef, bean sprout, fried garlic, scallion, cilantro

  • Sukiyaki Seafood: Clear noodles, shrimp, squid, scallop, bok choy, cabbage, celery, egg, and scallion in sukiyaki sauce

  • Guay Teow Tom Yum: rice noodles, minced chicken, bean sprout, ground peanut, lime juice, and hot pepper, in lemongrass broth, crispy wontons

  • Shrimp Pad Thai : rice noodles, shrimp, egg, peanuts, bean sprout, green onion, in sweet tamarind sauce

-DESSERT-Thai New Year traditional candies

  • Tong Yib: Sweet egg yolk dessert

  • Tong Muan: Pandan flavored crispy coconut rolls

  • Tuay Foo*: Cupcake made with rice flour

* = Thai New Year must haves

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EASTER BASH, VA
Apr
13
12:00 PM12:00

EASTER BASH, VA

Deets: Celebrate Easter with Ballston Quarter and enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of games and activities! Join the fun by searching through Ballston Quarter for Easter eggs filled with prizes and exclusive giveaways. Kids can enjoy creating bunny-ear arts and crafts and take pictures in our photo booth. The Easter Bunny himself will make an appearance for pictures and a bunny-hop disco dance party will have guests young and old boogieing to all of their favorite hits!

Families can also check out the newest restaurants in Quarter Market, including Mi & Yu Noodle Bar, Hot Lola’s, Copa Kitchen and Bar, Ice Cream Jubilee, Turu’s by Timber Pizza, Rice Crook, Ballston Service Station, Sloppy Momma’s BBQ and more. 

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NEWSEUM NIGHTS: IN BLOOM, DC
Apr
12
8:30 PM20:30

NEWSEUM NIGHTS: IN BLOOM, DC

Deets: After nearly a four year run, the final Newseum Nights event will take place Friday, April 12 in celebration of D.C.'s world-famous cherry blossom season.

“Newseum Nights: In Bloom,” hosted at the Newseum in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, will immerse you in an evening of Japanese sights, sounds and tastes. Join us to help us celebrate this festive D.C. tradition!

  • Enjoy an open beer and wine bar all night, and be sure to try out
    our signature cocktails in the partyvators

  • Indulge with some of The Source by Wolfgang Puck's signature Asian dishes

  • Experience Japanese traditions through activities, music and more including:

    • Live performance from 7 Deadlies

    • Special appearance by Okinawa Cultural Performance featuring karate, Eisa taiko drum and Ryukyu dance performances

    • Silent Disco powered by DC Fray

    • Karaoke lounge

    • Custom haiku from Haiku Guys and Gals

    • Lipsology lip print readings

    • Springtime glam touchups courtesy of GLAMSQUAD

    • Lantern and paper crane making with Paper Source

    • Manga style caricatures

    • Explore our newest exhibit, “Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement,” while hearing from the Newseum curatorial team during gallery talks.

  • Enjoy photo ops with OM Digital and entertainment sponsors Skylark Creative Group Events & Entertainment and the Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASWDC) as well as giveaways from ThinkFoodGroup and Nando's PERi-PERi

Hint for the Average Socialite: Tickets for members go on sale Thursday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m.
Become a new member through the Newseum Nights: In Bloom promotion and get a FREE ticket to the event (a $135 value)! General public tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 6 at 10 a.m.

Attire: Don’t forget to think pink when getting ready for the party! Show us your best spring look and help us pink out the Newseum. Semi-formal attire optional.

Newseum members get VIP treatment with an early start to the party through a special “Members-Only” line at our Pennsylvania Avenue entrance.

What’s Trending: @Newseum #NewseumNights

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NMWA SPRING GALA, DC
Apr
12
6:30 PM18:30

NMWA SPRING GALA, DC

  • National Museum of Women in the Arts - Great Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Deets: Join co-chairs Marcy Cohen, Kristen Lund, and Sara O’Keefe for a special night at the museum’s largest annual fundraising event. The evening features dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. We are proud to announce that Ambassador of Italy Armando Varricchio and Ms. Micaela Varricchio will be the honorary chairs. A very special guest, artist Ursula von Rydingsvard, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Arts.  

Proceeds from the Spring Gala benefit the museum’s exhibitions and programming, allowing us to champion women artists past, present, and future.

Hint for the Average Socialite: To reserve your tickets and for more information, check out their website.

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CHERRY BLOSSOM GRAND BALL, DC
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

CHERRY BLOSSOM GRAND BALL, DC

Deets: Join top officials and diplomatic leaders for one of our nation's most beloved spring traditions – the Official Cherry Blossom Grand Ball presented by the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS). Enjoy a cocktail and sushi reception, a plated multi-course dinner with dessert, an exciting program that includes many special guests along with the introduction of the 2019 Cherry Blossom Princesses and the official coronation of the new United States Cherry Blossom Queen with the priceless Mikimoto Crown, a silent auction, and dancing! This is an event not to be missed!

Hint for the Average Socialite: Tickets are available now!

  • $175 Early Bird (Sales End March 18th)

  • $200 Standard General Admission (Sales March 19th - March 31st)

  • $225 Last Chance Admission (Sales April 1st - April 7th)

 Attire: Black Tie Optional

Rooms have been acquired at the JW Marriott for discounted rate of $249 plus tax: https://book.passkey.com/gt/217336064?gtid=bad617dca0d7f3b21212f0a39396ef02

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EVENINGS AT THE EDGE: OUR ART, OUR TIME, DC
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

EVENINGS AT THE EDGE: OUR ART, OUR TIME, DC

  • National Gallery of Art, East Building (map)
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Deets: This spring the National Gallery of Art's popular Evenings at the Edge series will honor the contributions of women artists as well as the exhibitions Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings and The Life of Animals in Japanese Art. Each program will showcase live music and dance performances, hands-on art making, and other activities throughout the iconic East Building, free of charge. The spring 2019 Evenings at the Edge will be on the second Thursday of each month—March 14, April 11, and May 9—from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Celebrate the art of our time and get a sneak peek at the Gallery’s new exhibition Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings before it opens. Uncover artwork created in the last half-century and revel in showstopping performances by the Marty Ehrlich Ensemble and TRIO 3, featuring Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, and Andrew Cyrille—collaborators of Oliver Lee Jackson and the influential Black Artists Group.

Performers and other details of each event remain subject to change.

Hint for the Average Socialite: The event is FREE, but pre-registration is REQUIRED!

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DC'S TASTE OF THE NATION, DC
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

DC'S TASTE OF THE NATION, DC

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Deets: DC's Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is coming up on Monday, April 8 at the National Building Museum.  At the annual culinary extravaganza, the city's hottest chefs, sommeliers and mixologists will come together for a night of food and drink in support of No Kid Hungry's work to end childhood hunger in America. 

We're excited to announce that this year's event will be hosted by Chef Chair Mike Friedman, Pastry Chair Tiffany MacIsaac, Mixology Chair Gina Chersevani and Sommelier Chair Nadine Brown. Guests can look out for:

  • Plates served by DC's hottest new restaurants, including Coconut Club, Nami Sushi, Momo Yakitori and Pisco y Nasca

  • The opportunity to participate in an intimate tasting with Chef Kwame Onwuachi and Chef Tae Strain

  • A chance to score hot items at the silent auction and “Giving Tree”

Plates served by DC's hottest new restaurants, including Coconut Club, Nami Sushi, Momo Yakitori and Pisco y Nasca. The opportunity to participate in an intimate tasting with Chef Kwame Onwuachi and Chef Tae StrainA chance to score hot items at the silent auction and “Giving Tree”

Hint for the Average Socialite: Tickets are available now! Use code “TOTNFOODIE” for 10% off tickets!


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ART BLOOMS AT MOSAIC, VA
Apr
6
to Apr 7

ART BLOOMS AT MOSAIC, VA

Deets: Join us for Art Blooms at Mosaic our inaugural Cherry Blossom Event. We’re thrilled to partner with the National Cherry Blossom Festival and bring an immersive and participatory art event to Northern Virginia.

All activities take place in Strawberry Park, unless noted otherwise.

Hint for the Average Socialite: Most events are free, but some you have to reserve in advance - see below.

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 6

    • 10am-6pm  | Complimentary shuttle service from Dunn Loring Metro Station

    • 11am  |  FRESHFARM farmers market on District Avenue and Penny Lane, near Spark Yoga.

    • 11am  |  URBNmarket handmade and vintage craft fair on District Avenue and Strawberry Lane.

    • 11am  |  Community Yoga Class with Spark Yoga.

    • 12pm  | Kevin Olson, guitarist.

    • 12:30pm  |  Muse Paintbar class, create your own Cherry Blossom vase; Target lobby. Book Now.

    • 1:00pm – 4:00pm  |  Torpedo Factory artists silk screening, make your own Cherry Blossom artwork .

    • 1:15pm  |  Frog Pond Pickers, Bluegrass, country and pop from the 1960’s to today.

    • 2:30pm  |  The Sprinting Turtles, rock and roll hits from the 80’s 90’s and 2000’s.

    • 3:45pm  |  Brent Peterson, guitarist.

    • 5:00pm  |  District Acapella, The District is DC’s contemporary all-female vocal group, performing a repertoire of Pop/Rock, Country, Folk, R&B, and everything in between.

    • 5:30pm  |  Art Blossoms, a spring inspired art show and reception at Torpedo Art Gallery, 105 District Avenue, near Neiman Marcus Last Call.

  • SUNDAY, APRIL 7

    • 9am-5pm  | Complimentary shuttle service from Dunn Loring Metro Station

    • 9:30am  |  FRESHFARM farmers market on District Avenue and Penny Lane, near Spark Yoga.

    • 11am  |  Dedication of the cherry trees with Diane Mayhew, Director of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  Sponsored  by Brightview Landscaping.

    • 11am  |  Caboose Beer Garden opens.

    • 11am  |  URBNMarket handmade and vintage craft fair on District Avenue and Strawberry Lane.

    • 11:45am  |  Digital Art presentation with Nora Maccoby and Liliane Blom in Strawberry Park.

    • 12:30pm  |  Muse Paintbar class, create your own Cherry Blossom vase; Target lobby. Book Now.

    • 12:30pm  |  Calista Garcia Band, NOVA’s own up and coming 70’s inspired Blues/Folk Rocker.

    • 1:00pm-4:00pm | Art demonstrations with Torpedo Factory Artists, Anna Yakubovskaya, Ahmed Ansari, Irina Smirnoff & Susan Sherwin.  Upper level of the Target lobby.

    • 2:00pm  |  Tiny Dancers performance.

    • 2:45pm  |  Jeff from Accounting, the quintessential DC party band, playing rock, pop, alternative rock, and soul from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s.

    • 3:30pm  | Muse Paintbar class, create your own Cherry Blossom vase in Target lobby. Book Now.

    • 4:00pm  |  Chris Bruno, guitarist.

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THE KENNEDY CENTER GALA, DC
Apr
3
5:30 PM17:30

THE KENNEDY CENTER GALA, DC

Deets: Join us for a gala concert with Tony Award® winner Idina Menzel and a lively after-party with cocktails and dancing at the Kennedy Center Gala as we celebrate Citizen Artist Forest Whitaker and Distinguished Philanthropists Patrick G. Ryan and Shirley W. Ryan, the recipients of the Award for the Human Spirit — leaders in the creative community who have helped bring great art to life.

Perhaps best known for the Broadway blockbusters Wicked and Rent and the Disney animated hit Frozen, acclaimed artist Idina Menzel shares her considerable talents as a vocalist and songwriter in a specially curated concert celebrating the recipients of the 2019 Kennedy Center Award for the Human Spirit. With a set list mixing fan favorites and original songs, you know it's going to be a wickedly good time. After the concert, continue the celebration at the ‘Til Midnight Party, featuring legendary DJ D-Nice.

Hint for the Average Socialite: Tickets are available now! Learn more on their website.

Who You May Spot: Idina Menzel

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11TH ANNUAL EMBASSY CHEF CHALLENGE, DC
Apr
2
5:30 PM17:30

11TH ANNUAL EMBASSY CHEF CHALLENGE, DC

  • Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
@TheEventsDC

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Deets: The Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA is an annual gathering of embassy chefs from around the world, coming together to showcase the unique flavors of their home countries. The friendly, culinary competition will feature an expected 30+ chefs in 2019, creating a truly global, immersive foodie experience only possible in Washington, DC. 

Attendees will travel the world with their taste buds, sampling authentic bites and beverages from the participating nations. Competing chefs will battle it out to win the coveted People’s Choice Awards, chosen by attendee votes, and the Judges’ Choice Awards, selected by a panel of influential members of the diplomatic and culinary communities. The PepsiCo Best Beverage Award will be bestowed upon the embassy that presents the best native drink, whether wine, beer, cocktail or mocktail. 

In addition to promoting culinary diplomacy, the event highlights some of metropolitan Washington’s awe-inspiring international musicians, dancers and singers. In previous years, performances have included traditional Turkish and Chinese dancers, Russian violinists, drummers from Cameroon, and Brazilian samba artists. 

Chefs are already hard at work creating recipes for this year’s competition, and guests can look forward to dishes like last year’s People’s and Judges’ Choice winning Sisig, from the Embassy of the Philippines, or Drunken Bajan Lemonade from the Embassy of Barbados, which was named the evening’s best beverage.

Who You May Spot: Embassies currently confirmed to participate include: Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, The Republic of Cameroon, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, The Republic of Haiti, The Philippines, Saint Lucia, and Sri Lanka. 

Hint For The Average Socialite: 

  • General Admission – starting at $75.00 - Admission to the Chef Challenge to sample all the chef-prepared sips and bites and watch the live performances.

  • VIP – starting at $145.00 - Admission to the Chef Challenge to sample all the chef-prepared sips and bites and watch the live performances.

    • One-hour early access to the Chef Challenge to mingle with chefs. 

    • Exclusive lounge seating with dedicated open bar throughout the evening.

  • Stella Artois VIP Package – starting at $160.00

    • The package includes all the benefits of the VIP package as well as a limited-edition Stella Artois Chalice and combative box that can be picked up at the event.

    • A portion of the proceeds from the package will be donated to Water.org, which provides 5 year of clean water to individuals without access.

What's Trending: @TheEventsDC @ReaganITCDC

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TASTE OF KOREATOWN, MD
Mar
31
3:00 PM15:00

TASTE OF KOREATOWN, MD

Deets: We know you’re going to wake up hungry after Night Market Underground so why not join us for a Taste of Koreatown tour? This tour will provide a great opportunity to get a taste of Baltimore’s Korean history while showcasing the past and present contributions of Baltimore’s Koreatown, the area now known as Station North along North Charles Street and the North Avenue corridor. In addition to enjoying food from some of Baltimore’s most iconic and newest Korean restaurants, participants will learn the stories behind dishes such as Kong Pocha’s Dakgangjeong (fried chicken + a can of Korean rice wine) Jong Kak’s Korean BBQ, Brown Rice’s Kimchi & Bibimbap, and the Crown’s Korean dumplings. Also, you'll learn about how Korean fusion is becoming a hot trend in Korean cuisine. Please note that every stop will also be offering vegetarian options. Help us tell the story of these restaurants, people and this neighborhood.

The tour will be led by Peter Tak and Dan Ahn along with Bite of Baltimore. Peter is an alum of Jong Kak, Dan is one of our own and besides being a Korean food expert, he’s also CCNM’s expert photographer and videographer. In addition, The Central Baltimore Partnership is our sponsoring partner for the tour.

Taste of Koreatown is part of a three-day festival called Asia North, a celebration of art, culture, and the Korean history and heritage of the Station North community. The festival will include free performances and activities, an art exhibition called Intricate Layers featuring work by Asian and Asian American artists, and a Charm City Night Market night market in Graffiti Alley behind Motor House located at 120 West North Avenue in Baltimore City. Click here to learn more about Asia North: https://motorhousebaltimore.com/event/asia-north-celebration-art-culture-community/

Hint for the Average Socialite: Tickets are sold out!

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OPENING RECEPTION FOR MIRROR MIRROR, VA
Mar
30
2:00 PM14:00

OPENING RECEPTION FOR MIRROR MIRROR, VA

Deets: Celebrate the arrival of a new sound-responsive installation on Alexandria’s Waterfront

Mirror Mirror is a temporary installation that responds to sound with illuminated color. Visitors can talk, sing, and play within the installation and be bathed in rainbow-hued light. The artwork does not make noise. It responds to sound with light, allowing visitors to interact with the artwork and affect its appearance using their voices and bodies. (Click here to see and hear a working model.)

Created by SOFTlab, a New York-based design studio led by artist and architect Michael Szivos, and inspired by Jones Point Lighthouse’s historic Fresnel lens. When illuminated, the panels remain mirrored, creating an infinite, colorful reflection that Szivos compares to “a forest of light.”

The installation is an open circle, 25 feet in diameter and approximately 8 feet high. Visitors are encouraged to walk, dance, play, and sing inside and around it.

This project is the inaugural work for the Office of the Arts’ Site/See: New Views in Old Town public art series, an annual presentation of temporary installations that showcase Alexandria’s Public Art Program through innovative, exciting, high-quality contemporary art at this key riverfront location. Stay tuned for news about the 2020 artist. 

For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/publicart

About SOFTlab

SOFTlab ?is a design studio based in New York City led by Michael Szivos. The studio operates at the intersection of architecture, art, video, and interactive design. They approach projects by exploring contextual conditions and effects. By examining local conditions, they create interventions that become an extension of something existing on site that might not be readily apparent. The studio develops their work as a translation of these often dynamic phenomena on the site. In that way, their work forms an experiential contextualism, rather than a literal one. The specificity of the connection to the site is made through active engagement. This allows SOFTlab to achieve projects which are unexpected, yet become appropriate as they unfold.

Hint for the Average Socialite: This event is FREE!

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NATIONALS HOMECOMING GALA, DC
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

NATIONALS HOMECOMING GALA, DC

Deets: The Nationals Homecoming Gala will celebrate an entirely new chapter for the Dream Foundation and the return of baseball season to Washington. We will welcome home the 2019 Washington Nationals roster and introduce the Foundation’s strategic vision for the future. We will kick off baseball season in a way that has never been done before: with a can’t-be-missed event that includes a red carpet, activation around the District Wharf, and a cocktail reception followed by a dinner, program, live auction, and musical performance. The Nationals Homecoming Gala will be the team’s premier off-the-field event.

Together, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy have harnessed the power of baseball to deliver tangible opportunity for area youth in underserved communities and meaningful community impact in the greater metro area.  Through the generosity of Nationals fans, player philanthropy, corporate champions, and community partners, this collective philanthropic enterprise can fuel even greater good for a better Washington.

Timeline:

  •   6:00 P.M. Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction

  •   7:30 P.M. Dinner Program & Live Auction

  •   9:00 P.M. Extra Innings Party

Attire: Cocktail

Hint for the Average Socialite: Registration opens: Tuesday, January 1, 2019; Registration closes: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

From 5-7 PM, you can watch the players walk the red carpet from Blair Alley to The Anthem. (Insider tip: Get here early to score a prime viewing spot) Celebrate the Nats and listen to some tunes from our DJ on the Floating Stage. Have fun with games and activities on Transit Pier. Then head to one of our restaurants to enjoy food and drink specials. Are you ready to root, root, root for the home team?

Who You May Spot: Dave Martinez, Mike Rizzo, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez, Yan Gomes, Matt Williams, Sean Doolittle, Jeremy Hellickson, Patrick Corbin, Matt Grace, Stephen Strasburg, Kyle Barrclough, Ryan Zimmerman, Matt Adams, Brian Dozier, Jake Noll, Juan Soto, Anthony Rendon, Andrew Stevenson


RECAP

Photos Courtesy of Eric Cuevas of Average Socialite

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DAVE & BUSTER'S IN FAIR OAKS GRAND OPENING, DC
Mar
25
11:00 AM11:00

DAVE & BUSTER'S IN FAIR OAKS GRAND OPENING, DC

❗️GIVEAWAY ALERT❗️ The Dave & Buster's in Fair Oaks opens TODAY and we're giving away a $100 Gift Card! To enter:

  1. Follow @ daveandbusters

  2. Follow @ averagesocailite

  3. Tag a friend you would share the gift card with!

One tag per comment. Multiple comments count as multiple entries.  We will choose the winner on April 1. 


Deets: The Dave & Buster’s in Fair Oaks Shopping Mall is open!

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Hint for the Average Socialite: Be sure to check out the super cool AR simulation game - Jurassic Park is our favorite!

HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS:

1/2 Price Cocktails
$2.50 Domestic Pints
$1 Off 22 oz Drafts
$1 Off Wine Glasses
$3 Off Wine Bottles

 Bar Bites: $5 EACH

• Asian Chicken Wonton Nachos
• Mexican Street Corn Quesadilla
• Bavarian Pretzels
• Loaded Pot Stickers
• Guacamole & Chips

What’s Trending: @daveandbusters

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CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: PINK TIE PARTY, DC
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: PINK TIE PARTY, DC

Deets: Celebrate the blossoms in style at the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s signature Pink Tie Party fundraiser presented by ANA on Friday, March 22 from 7-11 p.m. hosted by Trade Center Management Associates (TCMA, A Drew Company) at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). The event kicks off springtime and the 2019 cherry blossom season.

More than 800 partygoers will enjoy an open bar and spring-inspired cuisine from top local restaurants including: Ana at District Winery, Barley Mac, CANE, Columbia Firehouse, Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill, Kaliwa by Restaurant Eve, Kingbird at The Watergate, Momofuku Milk Bar, Ottoman Taverna, Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar, RASA, The Royal, Thai Chef Street Food, TICO, and more.

Specialty springtime cocktails will be served at an ARTECHOUSE Augmented Reality Bar in partnership with Roku Gin and Toki Suntory Whisky, as well as at a floral-inspired Ketel One Botanical Bar and at The Palm by Whispering Angel Beverage Bike.

Live performances throughout the night electrify the crowd, including a set by DC-based indie-soul band Oh He Dead arranged by Union Stage, a mesmerizing LED-juggling performance by Yusaku Mochizuki (Mochi) of America’s Got Talent fame, and a live painting by internationally acclaimed artist Simon Bull.

Attendees will get a virtual ANA experience through an immersive video booth, where they’ll have the chance to share their creation on social media to be entered to win two round trip tickets to Tokyo courtesy of ANA.

The spectacular silent auction contributes to fundraising efforts, including a pair of airline tickets on ANA, a Microsoft XBOX, a Microsoft Surface, as well as unique dining, concert, sporting, and theater experiences. Proceeds benefit the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and help keep programming primarily free and open to the public.

The Pink Tie Party is presented by ANA, a Festival Leadership Circle Sponsor and the largest and only five-star airline in Japan. The event is hosted by TCMA (A Drew Company), the exclusive manager of Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The Pink Tie Party is supported by CHASE, Ketel One Botanicals, Linder Global Events, Roku Gin, Suntory Whisky Toki™, ARTECHOUSE, The Japan Foundation, and The Palm by Whispering Angel. Media sponsors are Washingtonian and Washington Blade.

Hint for the Average Socialite: Tickets are available now! They also offer a wide range of hospitality packages.

What’s Trending: @CherryBlossFest


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FESTIVAL NIGHT AT CHERRY BLOSSOM PUB, DC
Mar
20
5:00 PM17:00

FESTIVAL NIGHT AT CHERRY BLOSSOM PUB, DC

Deets: In collaboration with Drink Company, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. invites everyone to raise a glass and make a toast to the first night of Spring - Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Guests can guarantee their entry into the Cherry Blossom Pop Up Bar (PUB) at $20 a ticket. 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature and international friendship through year-round programs, events, and educational initiatives that enhance our environment, showcase arts and culture, and build community spirit.

For more information about the Cherry Blossom Pop Up Bar, visit https://popupbardc.com/

Hint for the Average Socialite: Tickets are available now! Your pass grants you timed access to Cherry Blossom PUB for two hours. Guests are welcome to make additional donations once inside. Tickets are only availabile online. This event is 21+.

What’s Trending: #SpringBlossomsHere #CherryBlossomPUB

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NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL 2019, DC
Mar
20
to Apr 14

NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL 2019, DC

Simon Bull - Official Artist of the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival |  Photo: Steph Choi for Average Socialite

Simon Bull - Official Artist of the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival | Photo: Steph Choi for Average Socialite

Deets:

Signature Events

* Dates TBD: Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Performance Stage

Premier Events

  • Saturday, March 23: SAAM Cherry Blossom Celebration

  • Saturday, April 13: Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival

  • Saturday, April 14: Anacostia River Festival produced by the 11th Street Bridge Park

  • TBD: Blossom Bash Concert at the Anthem

New Events in 2019!

  • Wednesday, April 13: Blossoms & Baseball with the Washington Nationals

Hint For The Average Socialite: For a schedule of events click here! Events are primarily free and open to the public. Ticketed events are included here!

- Enter the #TravelBlossomsHere giveaway here to win tickets to Japan! For every 100 entries they receive, ANA will donate a cherry blossom tree to be planted in the community. The winner will be announced by 4/19/2019.

Hilton Guests to Experience National Cherry Blossom Festival Like Never Before
Guests who book the National Cherry Blossom Festival packages at 46 select Hilton properties in the area can unlock a Petal Pass, which includes specialty experiences to enhance their stay during the festival. These unique activities and offerings include:

  • A traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the Washington Hilton

  • Wine & Paint Cherry Blossom Night at the Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/Bethesda

  • 20% off merchandise at the festival’s official headquarters at Union Station

  • 50% off the Cherry Blossom Breakfast Buffet at the Hilton Arlington Virginia

  • Specialty Japanese whisky tasting at the Capital Hilton

  • A National Cherry Blossom Festival kite at the Blossom Kite tent on March 30

Hilton Honors members will also have the chance to experience select exclusive offerings using their Honors points. Visit Experiences.HiltonHonors.com for more information on exclusive access to these experiences and many more. To enroll in Hilton Honors click here.

What's Trending: @CherryBlossFest #CherryBlossomFestival #PinkTieParty #TravelBlossomsHere

Event Highlights

Friday, March 22: Pink Tie Party Presented by ANA 

The Pink Tie Party is an event not to be missed as more than 800 influencers and trendsetters come together for one of the most buzz-worthy events of spring. Proceeds benefit the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature and international friendship through year-round programs, events, and education initiatives that enhance our environment, showcase arts and culture, and build community spirit.

Must be 21 and over to attend. 

Be sure to purchase your ticket by midnight on 12/31/18 to take advantage of the early bird rate - $180 per person. Regular tickets are $225 per person starting 1/1/19.

Pink Tie Party |  Courtesy of NCBF

Pink Tie Party | Courtesy of NCBF

Saturday, April 6: Petalpalooza

Formerly known as the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, Petalpalooza will include interactive art installations, larger-than-life games and activities, live music, a beer garden, a spectacular fireworks show, and much more! 

Petalpalooza |  Courtesy of NCBF

Petalpalooza | Courtesy of NCBF

Saturday, April 13: National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC

You’ve heard it here first – tickets for grandstand seating at the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC are now available! Join thousands of spectators on April 13, 2019, as exciting entertainers, elaborate floats, gigantic helium balloons, and more head down iconic Constitution Avenue in a grand celebration of spring in Washington, DC.

Grandstand tickets ensure the best views of all the performances from the comfort of your own seat. A limited quantity of Grandstand tickets for the telecast area (sections 1 - 26) are also available. Be sure to purchase your ticket before they sell out.

Bringing a group of 10 or more to Washington, DC this spring? Group tickets available here.

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CHANCE FOR LIFE POKER TOURNAMENT & TASTE EXPERIENCE, DC
Mar
9
11:30 AM11:30

CHANCE FOR LIFE POKER TOURNAMENT & TASTE EXPERIENCE, DC


❗️Giveaway Alert ❗️We’re giving away two (2) tickets to the Chance for Life Taste Experience! To enter:

  • Follow @ChanceForLifeDC on Instagram

  • Follow @AverageSocialite on Instagram

  • Tag the friend you’ll want to bring with you in the comments! Multiple tags count as multiple entires.

The winner will be chosen on Monday, March 4th!


Deets: Chance for Life was created in 2005 in honor of Kennedy Snyder, who was diagnosed with an aggressive spinal cord tumor at age two. What began as a small get-together has become an established 501(c)3 non-profit that holds one of metropolitan Washington’s top charity events. The annual fundraiser features a Texas Hold ’Em style poker tournament, top chef taste experience, and a glamorous Vegas-style after party. Its 14th annual celebration is presented by The Boeing Company, hosted by MGM National Harbor, and powered by RedPeg, providing 100% of net proceeds to help fund vital pediatric cancer research at Children’s National Health System and through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

The Charity Poker Tournament is a Texas Hold ’Em style tournament with over 700 participating amateur players. Prizes are awarded for the top 30 winners with a grand prize of a $10,000 seat at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. The event features a top-shelf open bar, sprawling buffet, silent auction, celebrities, and more throughout the day. Poker players also have complimentary access to the Taste Experience.

The Taste Experience features uniquely curated food from renowned chefs who cook throughout metropolitan Washington. Dance the night away with an incredible line up of live performances, capped off with a surprise celebrity headliner. The night continues with a vibrant after party featuring VIP lounges, a top DJ and even more entertainment.

SCHEDULE

  • Charity Poker Tournament @ 11:30AM

  • Poker registration opens @ 10AM

  • Poker doors open @ 11AM

  • Taste Experience & Party @ 6:30PM

Hint For The Average Socialite:  Individual tickets and sponsorships for both events now available!

Who You May Spot: Robin Thicke

Photos courtesy of Chance For Life

What's Trending: @chanceforlife @MGMNatlHarbor


RECAP

The 14th Annual Chance for Life Poker Tournament and Taste Experience, presented by Boeing and hosted by MGM National Harbor, took place on Saturday, March 9. The charity event raised a record-breaking $2.1 million to benefit local pediatric cancer research initiatives at Children’s National Health System and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. The fundraising continues as Boeing graciously agreed to match donations up to $100k for every $100 donated here from now until March 31.

Photos Courtesy of Stephanie Choi of Average Socialite

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WOMEN IN THE ARTS POP UP: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, DC
Mar
8
6:30 PM18:30

WOMEN IN THE ARTS POP UP: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, DC

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Deets: Women in the Arts pop up: Celebrate International Women’s Day and Female Artists and Entrepreneurs changing the world.

Four hours of art, music, shopping, cocktails at L2 lounge in Georgetown

Washington, DC — International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day is not only a call to action for gender equality but also a celebration of women, all women! Come celebrate women and the arts in Georgetown this International Women’s Day.

Hot Spot(s):

March 8, 2019

  • L2 Lounge & Events Venue // 3315 Cady’s Alley NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

  • Thos. Moser Washington, DC Showroom // 1028 33rd Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

  • Au Rate New York, 323 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

March 9 & March 20, 2019

  • Au Rate New York, 323 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

Hint for the Average Socialite: This event is FREE!

What’s Trending: #beboldforchange #balanceforbetter

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15TH ANNUAL BREWER’S BALL BY CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION, DC
Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

15TH ANNUAL BREWER’S BALL BY CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION, DC

Deets: Esteemed breweries, top regional companies and delicious restaurants will join the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation for its 15th Annual Brewer’s Ball Served Up by Baker Tilly on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the stunning National Building Museum (401 F St NW). Guests will enjoy unlimited beer tastings and paired bites, interact with the region’s top brewers and chefs, bid on silent and live auction items all while dancing to the energetic sounds of 90’s cover band White Ford Bronco. Proceeds from the night will fund the CF Foundation’s mission to find a cure for cystic fibrosis and improve quality of life for people with the disease. Tickets are available at www.dcbrewersball.org for $150 per person, of which $80 is tax-deductible.

“Brewer’s Ball Served Up by Baker Tilly is a highlight annually for those that love great beers and better causes,” says Dennis O'Leary, one of three co-chairs for the event. O'Leary's desire to help find a cure for CF is deeply personal – his son, Casey, was born with the disease.  “In our first year hosting Brewer’s Ball, we raised $40,000. Last year at the 14th annual Brewer’s Ball, we were able to raise an incredible $285,000. Those funds have contributed greatly towards research for new treatments, programs and care for those with cystic fibrosis like Casey. There’s no cure for cystic fibrosis yet, but we won’t stop hosting Brewer’s Ball until there is.”

Tickets to the event include unlimited pours from 40 incredible craft breweries as well as unlimited bites from 30 of the region’s most celebrated restaurants like Daikaya, Ambar and Ivy City Smokehouse. Featured local favorite breweries Port City Brewing Co., DC Brau, Brookeville Beer Farm, Denizens Brewing Co. and Old Ox Brewery all return to support the popular annual event, alongside renowned brands like Allagash Brewing Co. and Goose Island. As an added treat for beer enthusiasts, local breweries Adroit Theory and Belly Love Brewing Company will once again come together to make a special collaboration brew served exclusively at Brewer’s Ball. This exclusive annual brew honors four-year-old Brooke, a daughter of one of the event’s committee members who lives with CF. In between samplings, guests can hit the dance floor and groove to a live performance by White Ford Bronco. The evening will be co-emceed by WUSA9’s Ellen Bryan and Reese Waters.

While there is not yet a cure for CF, programs and support that have resulted from CFF’s work have greatly increased the quality of life for people with CF. CF is a rare, genetic, life-shortening disease that affects every organ in the body and makes breathing difficult. Some people with the disease say it’s like breathing through a narrow straw. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria, leading to life-threatening lung infections. Sixty years ago, most children did not live long enough to attend elementary school, but thanks to Foundation-based research and care, the median survival age of people with CF is now about 40.

ABOUT THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION

Founded in 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world's leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation was started by parents desperate to save their children’s lives. Their relentless and impassioned determination to prolong life has resulted in tremendous strides over the past 60 years in accelerating innovative research and drug development, as well as advancing care and advocacy. Virtually every approved cystic fibrosis drug therapy available now was made possible because of the Foundation and its supporters. Still, the CF Foundation believes no one should have to die at a young age. We will not rest until there is a cure for all people living with CF.

Photos courtesy of Alive Coverage

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Mar
1
to Mar 31

CHERRY BLOSSOM GARDEN GLOBES, DC

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Deets: Experience The Watergate Hotel’s private, Spring designed Cherry Blossom Garden Globes for seasonal cocktails & bites.

Hint for the Average Socialite: Based on availability. Call (855) 868-3062 for reservations. For more info click here!

Check out our DC Rooftop Roundup!

What’s Trending: @watergatehotel

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SPRING WINE FLING: SANGRIA EDITION, DC
Mar
1
to Mar 24

SPRING WINE FLING: SANGRIA EDITION, DC

Deets: Join restaurants across metropolitan Washington as they celebrate Spring Wine Fling presented by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). The annual promotion returns as the season changes, and with hopes of warmer weather this year’s theme – the Sangria Edition – sounds even more delicious. Over 25 restaurants will offer sangria specials and inventive takes on the popular drink, allowing each restaurant to offer something unique to showcase its signature style. With the promotion lasting just over three weeks, guests will be able to visit participating locations at their leisure to unwind with sangria after work, meet friends for drinks, or take date night to the next level. 

Hint for the Average Socialite: Participating locations will be listed at Wine Fling DC later in February, along with specials, restaurant contact information and hours.

What’s Trending: #WineFlingDC @RAMWdc // tag #AverageSocialite so we can see too!

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CHERRY BLOSSOM POP-UP BAR, DC
Feb
28
to Apr 21

CHERRY BLOSSOM POP-UP BAR, DC

  • 1843 7th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Deets: Drink Company’s third annual Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Bar (PUB) will open Thursday, February 28 with over-the-top décor inspired by the Fontaine de L’Encelade at the Palace de Versailles in France. The French fairytale garden will feature wooden trellises covered in abundant flowers including peonies, roses, and Japanese cherry blossoms. 

Cocktails at Cherry Blossom PUB echo the nod to Japanese culture, including the Honeydew, Honey See, which explores the flavors of rice using sake, Americano vermouth, shio koji (spent fermented sake grains made into a tea, then a syrup), cucumber, honeydew, and absinthe; and the Way of Tea, a vodka soda riff made with Wheatly Vodka, Manzanilla Sherry, green tea syrup, lime acid, and Perrier.

The layered, multi-room concept will also feature a ramen room in partnership with Hiro Mitsui, the chef behind the cult-favorite Union Market food stall Ramen by UZU. Mitsui will serve his popular vegan miso ramen, often called DC’s most delicious ramen, in a room with a giant sculpture of ramen noodles and chopsticks as well as a mural by artist Andrew Funk.

Cherry Blossom PUB opens February 28th and runs through April 21st.

What’s Trending: @drinkcompany #cherryblossompub

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RAMEN WORLD 5, DC
Feb
24
12:00 PM12:00

RAMEN WORLD 5, DC

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Deets: You've been to Mess Hall's event space, but once a year, they open their back kitchens to the public and host some of their FAVORITE Asian concepts for you to meet + eat. They assemble the BIGGEST NAMES alongside a couple of NEWBIES who are ready to be discovered by YOU. (Remember your first taste of Thip Khao at Ramen World 1?)

When: There are two (2) sessions! Please pay close attention to the Round you are purchasing!!

  • Noon Session: Noon-2:00 PM

  • 3PM Session: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Your participation will be limited to the start and end times of your chosen Round. Please note: they will be UNABLE to change your preferred time.

Who You May Spot:

#RamenAllStars :

  • Bad Saint - Chef Tom Cunanan makes his Ramen World debut with a bowl inspired by the "richly compelling" Filipino flavors that landed him the #2 spot on Bon Appetit's Best New Restaurants list.

  • Himitsu - Chef Kevin Tien (James Beard nominee) infuses his ramen with notes from the top rated restaurant co-owned with Carlie Steiner -expect anything but traditional bowl. 

  • Daikaya - Chef Katsuya Fukushima and his Team (also known for Bantam King, Haikan and the soon-to-open Hatoba) use their noodles to create another innovative, never-before-seen #RamenWorld original.

  • Paper Horse - Ramen Powerhouse Erik Bruner Yang (famed founder of Maketto, Brothers & Sisters, and Toki Underground) shows off his innovative ramen concept, available at both the H Street & Foggy Bottom Whole Foods locations.

  • Fat Nomads - DC's favorite wandering Asian foodies bring their passion & creativity to Ramen World for the first time.

  • Uzu - Chef Hiroaki Mitsui will feature the shoyu & miso varieties that have made his Union Market stall a cult favorite.

  • PhoWheels - Chef Huy Nguyen's food truck will be outside serving up their infamous steaming bowls to keep us toasty.

#FRIENDSOFRAMEN* :

  • Momo Yakitori - A Mess Hall neighborhood favorite! Chef Andrew Chiou will be serving up dessert cooked over Japanese charcoals.

  • NOMAD DUMPLiNGS - Mess Hall Member Karen Hoefener returns with her colorful & creatively filled dumplings and boozy dipping sauces.

  • Matsukawaya - DC's favorite Japanese confectionary will be back with their delectable sweets.

  • Kombini - Mess Hall's newest members will offer their modern twist on traditional onigiri snacks.

There are lots of new food concepts to try on the 24th, but don't worry, we're keeping all of your favorite aspects from past years: EVERYTHING (food AND drink) is still unlimited during your 2-hour time slot! Expect a line to enter. VIP ticket holders jump the lines, but we'll get everyone in as quickly as possible and no one will go hungry or thirsty. Adult beverages provided by Kirin Ichiban PLUS CRAFT COCKTAILS BARS featuring Suntory spirits & Pratt Standard Syrups (made here at Mess Hall). AND - sample locally made Shochu from the American Shochu Company, located in Frederick, MD. 

Fundraising activities during the event will go to Ramen World’s charitable benefactor Capital Area Food Bank as will a portion of our proceeds.

Hint for the Average Socialite: Tickets are available now, but they’re almost sold out!


RECAP

Photos Courtesy of Stephanie Choi // Average Socialite

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DC FASHION WEEK AUTUMN/WINTER 2019, DC
Feb
22
to Feb 24

DC FASHION WEEK AUTUMN/WINTER 2019, DC

Deets: A partnership of independent fashion designers, producers and models, DC Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019 was created to increase economic development in the area of fashion design, clothing merchandising and modeling, and to enhance the visibility of the nation’s capital as a center of international fashion. DC Fashion Week is held twice a year during the months of February and September. 

Events include:

DC Fashion Week Fashion Model Call 

Sunday, January 13, 2019 @ 1PM to 4 PM

Crystal City Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 3oo Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.

DC Fashion Week holds its semi-annual model call for its 30th season (14 year anniversary). 

DC Fashion Week Opening Night

Friday, February 22, 2019

Location To Be Determined 

The largest fashion industry networking party in Washington is hosted by DC Fashion Week. The event will feature a special NextGen Designer Fashion Show. Free Admission. Fashionable dress is suggested. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Fashion Show at 7:00 PM. Meet Bloggers, Models, Designers, Photographers, Journalists, Makeup Artists, Hair Stylists, Clothing Stylists, Modeling Agents, Buyers, Retailers & Fashionistas. DC Fashion Week Opening Night with Pop-Up Retail Shop, Free Admission. #dcfwNextGen

(M.E.D.I.A.) Metropolitan Emerging Designers Showcase & Indie Artists

Saturday, February 23, 2019 @ 6-9PM

Liaison Hotel, 415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Emerging fashion designers from the United States showcase together at fashion week. Special music guests perform. Doors open at 6PM. The fashion show is at 7PM. 

* Tickets Required.

The 30th International Couture Collections Showcase

Sunday, February 24, 2019 @5-8PM (Fashion show at 6PM)

Embassy of France, La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007

International designers present their latest collections at DC Fashion Week’s finale event.

* Tickets Required. VIP Admission (includes front row, deluxe gift bag, champagne toast, and VIP pre-show reception at 5PM while supplies last.) We suggest cocktail attire. 

Hint For The Average Socialite: Guest can search for DC Fashion Week events with their ticket provider (ticketleap.com) or directly on our website (dcfashionweek.org/tickets) to purchase tickets securely online. Please note that due to the popularity of DC Fashion Week events we must enforce a “no ticket refund policy”. All ticket sales are final.

What's Trending: @dcfashionweek #dcfashionweek #DCFW

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NAT GEO NIGHTS: INSIDE EGYPT, DC
Feb
21
5:30 PM17:30

NAT GEO NIGHTS: INSIDE EGYPT, DC

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Deets: Hear amazing stories of science and discovery in Egypt from National Geographic Explorers and our senior archivist at Nat Geo Nights: Inside Egypt. Meet marine ecologist Ameer Abdulla, who is working tirelessly to protect the country’s threatened sea life for future generations, and archaeologists Nora Shawki and Fred Hiebert, who are helping to discover and preserve its past. You’ll also learn about previous Egyptian expeditions as National Geographic’s Sara Manco shares exclusive photos from our archives.

About Nat Geo Nights

Every month National Geographic opens its doors for a night of fun and exploration. These special monthly happy hours feature live stories from National Geographic Explorers, fun interactive activities, lively music, food, and drink specials at our cash bar. See the event schedule and full lineup below.

The happy hour begins at 5:30PM and the talk begins at 6:30PM.

Who You May Spot: Ameer Abdulla, Nora Shawki, Fred Hiebert, Sara Manco

Hint For The Average Socialite: Tickets are $20 and available now!

What's Trending: @InsideNatGeo

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BIG APPLE CIRCUS, DC
Feb
14
to Mar 24

BIG APPLE CIRCUS, DC

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Deets: Each performance promises an action-packed show, filled with thrills, laughs, and a lifetime of memories.

Check out their website for more information!

Who You May Spot: Big Apple Circus’ acts include….

  • Comedic Character & Cigar Boxes ft. Adam Kuchler

  • Aerial Straps ft. Valeriy Sychev & Cirk Valentin

  • Acro Balance ft. Virginia and Ihosvanys

  • Freestanding Ladder ft. Emil Faltyny

  • Flying Trapeze

  • Animal Presenter ft. Jenny Vidbel

  • Wall Trampoline

  • Ring Master ft. Stephanie Monseu

  • Horizontal Juggling ft. Victor Moiseev

Hint For The Average Socialite: Tickets are available now!

What’s Trending: @BigAppleCircus #BigAppleCircus


RECAP

Super fun and entertaining experience on a budget! Def must see if you’re in the area!

Photos by Stephanie Choi (@stephs_choices)