Tag Archive for: Festivals

Film Festival Brings The Drive-In Back To D.C.

14 Aug
August 14, 2013 One of the greatest American traditions of the mid-20th century has essentially disappeared as we’ve moved into the 2000s. What was once a standard weekend activity for young couples, older folks and everyone in between has essentially been lost to the ages. Except for this weekend. Because in Rockville, Maryland, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the drive-in movie theater is back. The revival is the focus of the 17th Annual Comcast Film Festival, which raises money for charities that work with the National Institute of Health. Nowadays around Washington, D.C., outdoor movie screenings are ubiquitous. But when the festival started, all the way back in 1996, it was one of the first major Read more [...]

The Greatest Show on Earth Comes to D.C and Fairfax

20 Mar
March 20, 2013 If you were not in downtown D.C. this past Tuesday night, you missed a very unusual sight. Instead of a snarling line of cars moving down South Capitol Street, like every evening commute, the road was closed off. Parading down, instead of traffic, was a pack of elephants. Yes. Elephants. Which can only mean one thing. The circus is in town. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s traveling extravaganza has come to the District, where, starting Thursday, they will put on nine shows. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is one of the oldest traveling circuses in the world, having formed in 1907. They still travel from city to city in their signature trains, and they pulled into Washington Read more [...]

Irish Crawls This Weekend Can Kick Start Your St. Paddy's Day

07 Mar
March 7, 2013 It’s March, which means that one holiday is about to paint everyone’s calendar green. And although St. Patrick’s Day isn’t for another week-and-a-half, that doesn’t mean festivities haven’t already begun throughout the area. The theme for several celebrations this weekend is walking and drinking, with bar crawls in both Dupont and Arlington. The bigger of the two, and the most unique, is the D.C. Whiskey Walk. The event is a combination of a walking tour of D.C. bars (mostly Irish) and whiskeys (all Irish). It kicks off this Saturday at the Board Room, one of D.C.’s newest bars. Alongside the drinks, you'll find may of your favorite childhood games: from Connect Four to Operation Read more [...]

Spend a Sugary Sunday at the Maple Syrup Festival

20 Feb
February 20, 2013 When it comes to breakfast, what’s your favorite part? Is it the slightly runny egg yolks? Salty bites of bacon? Light and fluffy biscuits? Or is it taking a big bottle of maple syrup and pouring it all over everything, drenching your entire meal in sugary goodness? If it's that last part, then read on, because you are in for a sweet treat. Everyone typically imagines maple syrup being bottled up north, coming from either Canada or Vermont. You wouldn’t be wrong. Quebec Province accounts for almost 75% of the world output, while Vermont produces almost six percent. So the syrup on the table at your breakfast nook is most likely from there. But those two places aren’t the only locations Read more [...]

Bayou Festivities Come To Arlington

07 Feb
February 7, 2013 In less than a week, the country’s biggest block party will come to a close. If you haven't heard about, it’s been going on ever since this Wednesday. But right now, the streets of New Orleans have been closed, and will be for six more days, as the city puts on what may be America’s wildest week. That’s right, it’s Mardi Gras. The festivities began much earlier than usual this year, with Fat Tuesday coming in early February. That’s the final day of celebration, and this year is February 12th. Fat Tuesday celebrates the last day before the solemn season of Lent, and is the actual day of Mardi Gras. But ever since the city of New Orleans threw its first parade back in 1857, the parties Read more [...]

Capital Fringe Festival Brings Avant-Garde Art to Washington, D.C.

26 Jul
July 26, 2012 Seven years ago, a dedicated group of people banded together to form one of the quirkiest and most innovative non-profit Washington, D.C. has ever seen. And what may have seemed like something better suited for San Francisco, has instead been a resounding success. Capital Fringe was founded in 2005 and their lone goal was to create a more avant-garde atmosphere for the arts in what’s typically viewed as a staid town. Read more [...]

St. Sophia's Greek Festival Brings Greece to Glover Park

12 May
May 12, 2011 While most of the city's diverse cultures are well known, many residents don’t know about this area’s thriving Greek population. Once a year, though, everyone takes notice when a local church hosts their grand festival celebrating the best of Hellenic culture. Read more [...]

Turtle Park Provides the Perfect Play Day

06 May
May 6, 2011 The calendar has finally flipped to May, and another school year is almost complete. While that means endless days of fun for children, it can cause a headache for parents who are in charge of finding endless activities to keep their kids entertained.There’s the local pool of course, but even that can get old. Kids always want to do something new and fun. For children in the 2-10 range, a trip to the playground might make their day. If you are going to take them to a playground, why not take them to one of the area’s best, a hidden gem? Read more [...]