April 2018: Food & Drink Festivals

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Get your fill of  crawfish, oysters, beer, wine, and more and these food and drink festivals in April 2018. 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

HopFest 2018, 1-5pm at DC Brau Brewing Company (3178 Bladensburg Rd). Ticket includes a complimentary DC Brewers’ Guild tasting glass with unlimited pours of more than two dozen hop-forward craft brews. $35

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Cocktail Queen Competition – 4th Annual, 8pm-1:30am at Bourbon Adams Morgan (2321 18th St NW). We will be having a fantastically fun and fabulous ladies only competition (4 years running) on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Bourbon – Adams Morgan, DC (upstairs). This is an evening event – begins at 8pm – so, hopefully, we will have a stellar turn out of competitors and attendees alike. It is going to be bigger and better than last year!!! Plus, We will be projecting the competition action on the big screen for all to see!! $20

The Dew Drop Inn’s Wrestlemania Crawfish-A-Palooza, 12pm-12am at Dew Drop Inn (2801 8th St NE). We’ve got the giant pot, jet engine burner and the mediocre cooking knowledge to bring you a delicious traditional Crawfish Boil that will be served around 4ish on the patio. There will plenty of drink specials and some pretty sweet raffle prizes as well.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Sip Savor & Stroll on the Arts Walk, 5-8pm at Monroe Street Market (716 Monroe Street NE). Join friends and neighbors and discover the best of Brookland at Sip Savor & Stroll on the Arts Walk! Sip beer, wine and cocktails as you savor delicious food offerings from neighborhood restaurants and stroll the Arts Walk and open artist studios. Enjoy DIY art activities for kids and adults, and a live performance from Justin Trawick & The Common Good, and more! FREE

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Crawfish for Cancer’s 6th Annual DC Boil, 2-7pm at Pinstripes (1064 Wisconsin Ave NW). 5-hours of unlimited crawfish and fixins, open bar with beer, wine, and spirits including our famous and infamous sweet tea vodka cocktails, and live music throughout the day. Plus we’ve been known to play a few games at our awesome host Pinstripe’s fine establishment and we’ve also been known to throw down on the dance floor so come prepared to have some fun. $50

2018 Sakura Matsuri & Japanese Street Festival, 10:30am-6pm at Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW). We are the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the US. We have 4 stages of performances and demonstrations, cultural exhibitors, food vendors, cooking demonstrations, a Childrens’ Corner – and more! Children 12 and under are always free!$10

DC Wine Fest: Spring Edition, 12-10pm at Longview Gallery (1234 9th St NW). You’ll have the chance to sample premium wine to your heart’s content while live entertainment keep the party lively during this one of a kind experience. $35-60

2nd Annual Gin Festival, 6:30-10pm at One Eight Distilling (1135 Okie St NE). Tastings of over 100 gins + live music. $63

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

$1 Empanada Happy Hour for National Empanada Day!, 4-7pm at Cuba Libre (801 9th St NW). ALL empanadas for just $1 (!!!) from 4 to 7 p.m. at the bar during the restaurant’s annual Dollar Empanada Happy Hour! The signature empanadas, made with a variety of fillings, can be paired with Cuba LIbre’s many Happy Hour drink specials, including $5 cocktails; $4 housemade sangria; $4 house wine, and $3.5 beer. FREE

Whisky Brothers: Understanding Japanese Whisky, 7-9pm at Petworth Citizen & Reading Room (829 Upshur St NW). Our friends the Whisky Brothers (Dan Searing and Kelly Young) are back to walk us through the intricacies of a spirit originally modeled after Scotch whisky, but which has since taken on a profile (and legend) all its own. Ticket price includes all drinks, plus tip for the Whisky Brothers. $50.44

2018 Taste of Shaw, 7-9:30pm at the Howard Theatre (620 T St NW). The Shaw neighborhood’s annual celebration of the best food and drink its restaurants and bars have to offer is back! Join us for a night of stellar cuisine, cocktails, and beers from this year’s Host Committee of chefs, restaurateurs, mixologists, and brewers. Enjoy unlimited sips and noshes throughout the evening plus live music and dancing. Doors open at 7pm. $80

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Taste of Dupont, 1-4pm at Dupont Circle Main Streets (9 Dupont Cir NW). Taste of Dupont is a progressive dinner that includes 10-15 tastes for the purchase of a master ticket, which gives you appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks. $30

2018 DC Beer Fest, 12-9pm at Nationals Park (1500 South Capitol St SE). Taking place throughout the stadium’s concourse including Centerfield Plaza, Budweiser Brew House, Bud Light Loft and Budweiser Terrace, the DC Beer Fest will have over a dozen food trucks throughout as well as lawn games, DJs, and more! Admissions includes unlimited tastings, with food sold separately. $48.48 

The More The Merrior: An Oyster Shuck, 3-10pm at Big Bear Cafe (1700 1st St NW). A ticket gets you a wristband. And with that wristband, you can eat to your heart’s content. Grilled, raw and fried Chesapeake oysters, oyster stew, Meats and Foods sausage and homemade kraut, grilled local veggies, catfish dip, Korean BBQ, banchan and more. Kids get in free before 4pm. $50

DCBC presents The Brunch Room: 3rd Birthday Edition, 2-6pm at Saint Yves (1220 Connecticut Ave NW). On Saturday, April 21st, we invite YOU to join us at The Brunch Room to celebrate our 3rd BIRTHDAY PARTY and first event of 2018! We’re turning it ALL the way up with this one, making it our SMALLEST, most INTIMATE, and WILDEST event yet. There will be BOTTLE SERVICE, CHICK FIL-A, SAXOPHONE, ELECTRIC VIOLIN, and INSANE BEATS played by our resident DJ, all brunch long. $37.80

Sunday, April 22, 2018

BrunchCon, 9am-6pm at National Harbor (165 Waterfront St). Open mimosa & bloody mary bar, brunch bites from over 30 vendors, photo booth , and music. $45-85
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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sipping Extinct Ales With Lost Lagers, 6:30-8:30pm at Gordon Biersch – Rockville (200 East Middle Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20850). Join Atlas Obscura Society D.C. and Peter Jones and Mike Stein of Lost Lagers for an exclusive exploration and tasting of a historic D.C. beer based on a style called Brillant Ale which is now brewed at Gordon Biersch Rockville. $32.21

Saturday, April 28, 2018

DC Margarita Rumble, 12-8:45pm at Big Chief (2002 Fenwick St NE). A Celebration of DC’s Best Margaritas. A Grand Ole Fiesta sampling the city’s best margaritas as your favorite restaurants duke it out for the title at the Margarita Rumble! $45-65

2018 DC Chocolate Festival, 10am-7pm at Washington Marriott, Wardman Park (2660 Woodley Rd NW). After a great sold out events in 2016 & 2017, the festival is back – bigger & better! Hosted in Washington, DC, this event seeks to bring together both chocolate makers and chocolate enthusiasts for a day of tastings, educational micro workshops, and a keynote address. DCCF will feature the best artisanal chocolate makers from the local area and beyond! $20-35food

Monday, April 30, 2018

Mexico in a Bottle, 5:30-9pm at Mexican Cultural Institute (2829 16th St NW). What’s Mexico in a Bottle? It’s the biggest agave spirits tasting in the United States but it’s also a celebration of Mexican culture. We’ve been going strong for five years now starting in San Francisco. $65.39-81.24

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