June 2018: FREE Receptions in DC

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2018

FREE crab feast! Marcus Goodwin’s Election Day Kickoff Crabfeast (*not an endorsement), 7-10pm at Big Chief (2002 Fenwick St NE). We’re 23 days from the election! Come to talk how we’re gonna change our city, stay for the complimentary crab feast! All are welcome. (Non-seafood appetizers will be served as well). FREE


Taste of Massachusetts, 5:30-7:30pm at Massachusetts Society of Washington, D.C. (Rayburn House Office Building Room 2044). Please join the Massachusetts Society for the Taste of Massachusetts reception on Capitol Hill. The event will feature food and beverage from the great state of Massachusetts. We also expect members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation. Food and beverages will be provided thanks to the generosity of our sponsors: The New England Council, Eversource, Cassidy & Associates, National Grid, Boston University, Arent Fox, and Biogen. FREE (registration required)


36th Annual IDFA Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party, 4-6pm at El Union Square. You’re invited to IDFA’s Annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party, now in its 36th year of celebration. The party is eagerly anticipated every summer by members of Congress, their families and staff, and other special guests. The Hill’s “coolest” summertime tradition this year will dish up about 1500 gallons of ice cream and frozen yogurt, as well as 6,000 root beer floats. FREE


Festival Afro Bahia: Opening Reception & Awards, 6-9pm at Thurgood Marshall Center (1816 12th St NW). The Festival Afro Bahia is proud to present the screening of the documentary MOKAMBO Nguzo Malunda Bantu of Bahia “the tradition of the Bantu people” a film by Soraya Públio Mesquita. The documentary tells the history of the Bantu people brought from Africa to Brazil as a slaves and reveals the rich legacy inherited by the Brazilian people. The majority of the language spoken in Salvador of Bahia during that time was Bantu and they were responsible for the definitive difference in the Portuguese spoken in Brazil in relation to other Portuguese speaking countries. FREE

SPACES Chase Tower Grand Opening Cocktail Party, 5-8pm at SPACES Chase Tower (4445 Willard Ave, Suite 600). SPACES Chase Tower invites you to enjoy an evening of music, entertainment, cocktails and inspiring conversations as we celebrate our Grand Opening! Appetizers, drinks, and fun will be provided. We hope to see you there! FREE


Bridging Boundaries: Reopening, 6-8pm at Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University (500 17th St NW). Opening Reception – Professor Joseph Kunkel – a Northern Cheyenne tribal member – will draw from his own experience as an architect and community designer, with extensive experience working on building capacity in Native American communities, in this remarkable exhibit. FREE

Pre Congressional Baseball Game Networking Reception, 5:30pm at Top of the Yards Rooftop Bar (1265 First St SE – Rooftop (directly across from ballpark)). Join cohosts Government Affairs Industry Network and Grassroots Professional Network for a rooftop networking reception before the Congressional Baseball Game! Located above the Hampton Inn Washington DC- Navy Yard, Top of the Yard Bar & Bites is a rooftop destination with monumental views of downtown Washington D.C. including exclusive views directly into Nationals Park, as well as views of the Capitol Riverfront, multiple monuments and more. So feel free to stick around after the first pitch to watch from the way outfield! FREE

Politics & Art: District Vox, 5:30-8pm at John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW). Politics & Art is an annual event presented by Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative and D.C. Councilmember David Grosso. This year’s theme will be District Vox—a celebration of voice—from song to spoken word. Politics & Art: District Vox spotlights D.C.-based artists who use the power of their voices to inspire, entertain, and empower in showcase performances on three stages. The evening provides a snapshot of the vibrant artistry that exists throughout the entire District, with over twenty-five acts representing all eight wards of the city. FREE


2018 Around The World Cultural Food Festival, 11am at Washington Monument (2 15th St NW). Come join us for a full day of culture, art, food and performances! Kids and pets friendly event. FREE or $28.45 for VIP ticket

TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018

Juneteenth Celebration and BBQ, 5-8pm at The African American Civil War Memorial and Museum (1925 Vermont Ave NW). A community learning event featuring history of Juneteenth talk with historian C.R. Gibbs & community learning conversations on community safety, reparations, and current state of the fight for liberation in DC. Join us for FREE Texas BBQ starting at 5:30 PM! Vegan & vegetarian options will be available. Featuring Jubilee Soda by Elijah Joy. Hosted by ONE DC, Juneteenth on Georgia, DC Foodways, Stop Police Terror Project-DC, & SURJ DC. FREE


2018 ASME ISHOW, 6-8pm at District Architecture Center (DAC)(421 7th Street NW). Join the hardware and engineering community as we celebrate the 2018 ASME ISHOW finalists! This reception will include industry experts and fellow innovators, so this is a great opportunity to build your network and get inspired. FREE

Rooftop Pride Party for LGBTQ Older Adults, 5:30-9pm at The Residences at Thomas Circle (1330 Massachusetts Ave NW). The Residences at Thomas Circle invites you to a rooftop pride party on Thursday June 21st from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM. This is always a fun and festive event, and a great way to connect with LGBTQ older adults in the District. Celebrate pride with the Residences, a safe and LGBTQ friendly place for older adults to call home. FREE

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