Say Aloha at Tiki Yards Party

The Yards will be transforming the Navy Yard boardwalk into an unforgettable Tiki-themed block party from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 27.

For $10, party-goers will be welcomed with a mini rum punch and a lei. Arrive early, because the first 250 guests get a tiki pineapple cup. “Lei” back and relax with tropical cocktails and a make-your-own-lei station.

Come ready for an unforgettable adventure! Get into the groove with a live steel drum band and hula performances. Snap some selfies at the Insta-worthy “underwater” photo booth. Hang 10 with an incredible inflatable surfing simulator. Worried about the heat? Never fear — get under the misting cool-down station.

If your competitive nature craves something outside the chill-zone, participate in one of the many contests taking place all afternoon long. See how low you can go in a limbo contest or see show off your hula dancing skills. There’s also a prize for the best-dressed group! Get your tickets here.

Take One Small Step Toward the Apollo 50 Festival

Flat Earthers and moon landing conspiracy theorists beware: the Apollo 50 Festival kicks off today on the Mall, three days of fun celebrating the day U.S. astronauts landed on the moon and planted the stars and stripes in its craggy surface.

Headlining this Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum event are performances by characters from Ready Jet Go, the hit PBS Kids TV show that tries to get kids interested in STEM subjects early so the U.S. can catch up with the rest of the world one day.

Lots of reps from NASA will also be on hand to give talks about lunar science, space stations, exploring planets and more.

At least 20 tents will be set up so visitors can take part in fun hands-on activities. Bring water. It’s going to be near 100 degrees for the next few days.


Apollo 50 Festival, Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 20, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; between 4th and 7th streets on the National Mall

Tee Up at New Rosslyn Putt-Putt

Summer just isn’t summer without ice cream on a stick and minigolf. If you live in NoVa, you have been deprived of an outlet for this important tradition — until now.

This Friday marks the grand opening of Rosslyn Putt-Putt + Candy BAR, a pop-up minigolf course in Arlington just a couple of blocks west of the Rosslyn Metro station.

The nine-hole course, developed by CannonDesign and built by Capitol Drywall, features landmarks from the local area.

Par for the course is a treats bar, offering beverages, ice cream and candy. The indoor space is also equipped with carnival and video games.

Stop by with your significant other, your buddies or your whole family and enjoy a throwback to a simpler time at this nexus of wholesome fun.


Rosslyn Putt-Putt + Candy BAR, 1401 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 5-9 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 31; $3, buy tickets for timed entry in person or online.

Ways to Say, “Thank You, Dad!”

Father’s Day can be a challenge. With Mother’s Day, you can usually get away with some flowers or candy, but there are fewer one-size-fits-all solution for Dad. Sometimes it’s hard just to buy a card. What if your Dad doesn’t golf and is a klutz with tools? Sucks to be you, because that’s all you’ll find on Father’s Day cards.

But it’s OK, because here’s a news flash — your dad doesn’t even want a card. So save yourself $5 and take him out instead to one of these fun happenings in and around D.C.:

Father’s Day Brunch Cruise: Combine two of your dad’s favorites — food and the open water — by taking him on a two-hour cruise of the Potomac. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the city from the deck of the Spirit of Washington. Those on the brunch cruise (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) get fresh fruit, pastries, eggs, bacon, sausage and potatoes, and families who opt for the dinner cruise (4 to 6 p.m.) get a buffet with salads, pasta, flounder, mashed potatoes, chicken and prime rib, plus mousse, brownies and a variety of cakes. Each cruise features games and music with a DJ. Sunday, June 16, the Wharf Marina, 600 Water St. SW; tickets: $74.90 per adult, $59.90 per child for brunch; $79.90 per adult $64.90 per child for dinner. Dads get a complimentary drink at dinner!

Father’s Day Jazz Brunch: If your dad gets seasick, take him to the Kellogg Conference Hotel to enjoy brunch and some music — the only thing moving will be feet tapping to the live jazz band. This brunch is sponsored by Beta Omega Social Services, a nonprofit devoted to youth and family development, which will award scholarships at the event to students transitioning to college. Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Kellogg Conference Hotel, 800 Florida Avenue Northeast; tickets, $30-$65.

Nats vs. Diamondbacks: Take your dad out to the ball game for Father’s Day. Anibel Sanchez is scheduled to throw the first pitch at this 1:35 p.m. game Sunday. Tickets start at $16. If your dad’s the flashy type, you can sit behind the plate for $380 a seat. The Nats are 31-36 and the Diamondbacks are 35-33 so far this season, so we’re the underdogs, but we could still win.

Chinatown Community Festival — Come down to Chinatown and take part in this fun celebration of Asian and Pacific Island cultures from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15 in Chinatown Park (5th and I Street NW). The festival will feature fitness and Wushu demonstrations, Japanese drummers, dog tricks, and dance performances from Indonesia, Hawaii and Turkmenistan. Get your hands hennaed or your face painted, try your hand at 3-D paper crafts or test some K-Beauty skincare products.

DC Truck Touch — Kids, take your dad to this fun event where everyone gets to touch, climb on and pretend to steer more than 40 city vehicles, including fire trucks, trash trucks, snowplows, repair vehicles and more. Free; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Robert F. Kennedy Stadium Lot 7, Benning Road and Oklahoma Avenue NE.

The DC JazzFest continues throughout the weekend at the Wharf and other locations.

B Double E Double R-U-N, Beer Run!

In the DC area, we like to work hard and play hard, so it’s no surprise that combining drinking beer with running has taken off. From casual weekly meetups to official races, you can find endless ways to sweat it out in pursuit of earning yourself a cold one.

Big Races

If you need a little extra motivation to get running, the Fit Foodie Festival & 5K in downtown Fairfax might be for you. At 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, runners will meander through a 5K course, stopping for gourmet bites along the way. At the end, they’ll be rewarded with celebratory drinks in a beer garden. Pre-registration is $45; $55 on day of event.

Pacers Beer Mile at 6 p.m. on Aug. 10 isn’t for the faint of heart. By definition, a beer mile is where a runner does four laps, chugging a beer between each lap. But don’t worry, if this sounds like too much beer (or too much running) runners can form a group to do it as a relay. Registration is $32-$40 per person or $44-$60 for a team.

Weekly Meetups

If you’re looking for something a little more informal, many breweries and bars hold weekly fun runs.

Port City, 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, holds their Joggers and Lagers club Mondays from 7-9 p.m. Runners can pick a 1-, 3-, or 5-mile run out and back on a scenic paved path along Holmes Run.

Lake Anne Brew House, 11424 Washington Plaza W, Reston, has a Beer Run Club which meets every Saturday at 9:45 a.m. and the last Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. For those Wednesday runs, the taproom is open only for the running participants until 8:30 p.m. Talk about feeling like part of an exclusive club!

World of Beer teams up with Potomac River Running in One Loudoun to bring a weekly Thursday night Pub Run starting at 6:30 p.m. At the end of the event, participants can get $1 off beers.

Caboose Tavern, 520 Mill St. NE, Vienna, VA, holds Trails and Ales, a 3-5 mile run on the W&OD trail, every Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Finally, Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn has a biweekly Trottin’ Oxen club, running along the W&OD trail at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Hashing

Often described as a “drinking club with a running problem,” local hashing leagues look to connect those who love running and alcohol enough to want to do the two at the same time, literally. The rules are simple. A runner called a “hare” goes out ahead of the pack and blazes a crude trail with flour. The rest of the club follows suit, sometimes stopping at predetermined checkpoints where they must chug a beer. The run usually terminates at a pub or other drinking establishment. If you’re wondering why this isn’t already part of your workout regimen, check this comprehensive list of hashing leagues in the area to get started.

Make a Splash This Memorial Day Weekend

If you’re looking to cool off this holiday weekend — and with expected high temps in the 80s and 90s, who’s not? — take a dip in one of the many local pools opening tomorrow. Ranging from free to $45 per person, our list has something for everyone.

D.C. Public Pools

Francis Pool, 2435 N Street, NW, Washington, D.C.; free for D.C. residents, prices range from $3 to $7 for nonresidents. Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon., Wed., Thurs. & Fri, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat & Sun. 

Banneker Pool2500 Georgia Ave, NW, Washington, D.C.; free for D.C. residents, prices range from $3 to $7 for nonresidents. Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon., Tues., Wed. & Fri., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat & Sun. 

William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center635 North Carolina Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C.; free for D.C. residents, prices range from $3 to $7 for nonresidents. Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Fri.: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat & Sun.

Hotel Pools

The Liaison Capitol Hill Pool, 415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, D.C.;
$25 on weekdays, $35 on weekends. Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily, 8 – 10 p.m. 21+.

Embassy Row Hotel Pool, 2015 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C.,
$30. Hours: Day pass entry begins at 3 p.m.

Courtyard by Marriott, 1900 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.,
$20. Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW. Washington, D.C., $45. Hours: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. Full summer-long memberships available for sale.

Suburban Pools

Martin Luther King Jr. Swim Center, 1201 Jackson Rd., Silver Spring, MD
$5-$7 for Montgomery County residents, $15 for nonresidents. Hours vary.

Sergeant Hector I. Ayala Wheaton/Glenmont Outdoor Pool, 12621 Dalewood Drive, Wheaton, $5-$7 for Montgomery County residents, $15 for nonresidents. Hours vary.

Wakefield Aquatics Center, 1325 S. Dinwiddie Street, Arlington, VA,
$2.65-$6.30 for residents, $5.25-$8.40 for nonresidents. Hours: 5:30-8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 6-8:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 5:30-8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 6-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat.; 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.

The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole, 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, VA, $16.50 over 48″ tall, weekends & holidays $15.50; over 48″ tall, Mon.-Fri. (except holidays) $12.75; under 48″ tall $9.50, 2 years old and under,  free. Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays until June 14, then 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily.

Summer Concerts: Find Out Who, When and Where

Between the sound of Metro track work and the voice you hear in your head telling you to get back to the gym, perhaps you’d like to hear something positive this summer. How about some live outdoor music? From rock to rap to country, there’s no concert shortage in the coming months.

Merriweather Post Pavilion

British rockers Florence + The Machine, led by vocal powerhouse Florence Welch, will be performing June 3. Concert-goers who don’t know the opener, Blood Orange, will be in for a pleasant, dancy, R&B surprise.

Nostalgic alternative rock fans will love seeing Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World together on July 19.

And if you don’t want to choose between the rock and rap of the 00s, you don’t have to. Blink-182 are teaming up with Lil’ Wayne on July 21. (Not free that day? They’re also at Jiffy Lube Live on July 11.)

Jiffy Lube Live

If you wore your eyeliner heavy in high school, then you’re going to love Disrupt Festival on July 9. Emo artists — including The Used, Thrice and Circa Survive — will have you crying all day in the hot summer sun.

Were you more of a Band-Aid-on-your-left-cheek kind of kid? There’s something for you, too. Nelly, Flo Rida and TLC will be getting “Hot in Herre” on July 30. Just leave the boots with the fur at home.

Wolf Trap

Ten-dollar Miller Lites not your thing? Then grab some lawn tickets to a Wolf Trap show. You can bring your own beer and wine and spread out a blanket for a musical picnic under the stars.

The Avett Brothers will take on a residency of sorts Thursday-Saturday of this coming weekend (May 23-25). Who better to play three nights in a row at a national park than this folksy crew? Old souls will enjoy how their music harkens back to earlier days.

Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela will bring their whimsical, eclectic style to Wolf Trap on June 7. Largely influenced by genres as wide-ranging as flamenco and heavy metal, they’re a good choice if you’re looking for something a little different.

For late summer fun, multiple Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves will be bringing it in September 9. Hope you already got tickets — it’s already sold out!

Free Concerts

Not willing to shell out for live music? Don’t worry, there are also plenty of concerts for the alluring price of Free.99!

If your tastes are more eclectic, Music at the Monument (previously held at the Washington Monument) will take place at the Lincoln Memorial this year. Expect live music most Fridays (and some Saturdays, too!) through the end of August. Concert-goers can look forward to Hip Hop Reborn, local high school bands and even some performances from the U.S. Navy Band Commodores and the U.S. Army Blues, part of the U.S. Army Band.

Finally, National Gallery of Art’s Jazz in the Gardens is always a local favorite, every Friday in the summer from 5-8:30 p.m. What better way to feel cultured than enjoying jazz and sculpture at the same time, all without paying a cent? However, if you’re in the mood to splurge, they have an outdoor grill menu full of tantalizing treats, including a banh mi turkey burger.

When you need a little extra motivation to leave the house this summer, opt for an outdoor concert. Lucky for us, vibrant live music is as ubiquitous here as the traffic.

 

 

 

 

Craft Beer: Savor the Taste

If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy craft beer expertly paired with delectable gourmet bites surrounded by the stunning columns of the National Building Museum, here’s hoping you already snagged a ticket to Friday night’s SAVOR.

Tickets sold out quickly even with a short presale period, and it’s no wonder. Foodies and beer aficionados alike will get the unique opportunity to rub elbows with celebrity chefs and brewmasters while noshing on one-of-a-kind delicacies.

From 7:30-11 p.m., 90 independent breweries from across the nation will offer samples of over 180 beers.

PHOTO © BREWERS ASSOCIATION

These beers will be professionally paired with gourmet bites from some of the nation’s most celebrated chefs. While many local events focus on food or beer, few shed light on the rewarding but surprisingly difficult art of pairing the two. (Yeah, we aren’t talking about Bud Lite and chicken wings here.)

Who is the brain — or should we say, tongue — behind this endeavor? It’s Chef Adam Dulye, who even authored a book on the topic of pairing beer with food called Beer Pantry.

But with about 200 pairings, even someone with the culinary prowess of Chef Adam can’t do it alone. So he has called upon some other nationally recognized chefs, including Chef Gavin Fine of Fine Dining Restaurant Group and Chef Nathan Anda of Red Apron Butchery, to pitch in.

The menu features food as recognizable as a lobster roll (paired with an IPA) to something as unusual as corn Madeleines with chicken liver mousse (paired with a Zwickel pilsner).

This year’s commemorative beer is the Savor Sin from Chef Adam’s own Lost Abbey in San Marcos, California, featuring notes of guava and blood orange.

If you missed out this year, you won’t regret purchasing a ticket far in advance next February. With Chef Adam in the driver’s seat, SAVOR is bound to take your taste buds on a wild (but refined and tasteful) ride.

 

 

Where to Eat on Mother’s Day

You know what your mom wants for Mother’s Day, right?

Yup, food. Food she didn’t have to shop for, prepare and cook herself. Food served on dishes she didn’t have to set out and won’t have to clean up.

You could cook a meal for her — if you knew how and had the time and a dining room with a table and chairs.

If you’re lacking any of that: Good news, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington has some deals for you! Dozens of restaurants throughout the DMV are offering food and drink specials throughout the day on Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 12.

Lots of places are offering brunch. Some are two, three or four courses, and some are all you can eat. Many have bottomless mimosas, so gauge how much you think your mom wants to eat and drink and book accordingly. A few also give moms a free flower, and some have live entertainment.

City Winery is venturing out of the brunch box by hosting a class where you and your mom can learn to make three fun cocktails.

And if your mom is super healthy, take her to brunch at Gentle Harvest, a grocery store and café offering local, organic, humane proteins and produce. Not only will it be really wholesome and responsible, at $12.99 each, it will be less than half the price of the standard Mother’s Day brunch. And you still get a flower and a mimosa!

 

Happy Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is sort of a strange holiday; we’re thanking our mothers for concentrating all their youthful vitality into a baked potato-sized little being and then expelling it. Are we sure we should be grateful for this?

My mother always tells me, “Trust me, do NOT have kids.” I laugh and nod, because yeah, having kids is the absolute last thing I would ever do. But she’s also letting me know that her mistake — my existence — has ruined her life, which I can’t really argue with. I guess she’s still mad I crashed her car into a cemetery in high school.

She’s probably onto something, though.

One thing you notice when people you know have kids, is that no one’s life gets easier afterward. It only gets harder. But no, they always say when you point this out, aside from the sleep deprivation, premature graying, perpetual firehose-like outrush of cash and the eating of dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets in the car on the way to karate because you don’t have time to make a real meal, no, aside from all that, it’s totally worth it when you see that kid smile at you.

To which I say, “But that kid just smiled at me, and all it cost me was a packet of stickers I bought at Target.”

But then, once in a while, you get a mother who, like my mother, admits it was probably a mistake. In those cases, you want to ask, “So why did you?”

The strange thing about having kids is, I’ve never heard anyone explain why they had kids. Usually you just get, “Because I wanted them,” which is really something you say when you get caught shoplifting a pair of headphones, not when you’re justifying the creation of another human being.

Not that simple desire isn’t adequate motivation to do something. I bought a leather jacket last week because I wanted it. But it isn’t kicking anyone’s airplane seat nonstop from NYC to Dallas.

I mean, we all know why people have kids.

mothers day

We all have, woven into our DNA, a biological imperative to transmit our genes into the future. But that’s never how parents justify having kids. They never say, “I just had this weird urge to transmit my genetic material, and then, boom!”

The disconnect between the real reasons mothers (and, yes, fathers) have kids and the reasons they give makes me wonder if there’s something necessarily self-deluding about the decision, that maybe you can’t undertake something as clearly ruinous and inadvisable as having kids without fooling yourself a little. And that when the fog clears, years later, and you see what you’ve wrought, reality kicks in.

Most people don’t admit to themselves, much less anyone else, that they feel this way. They say things like, “Who knows how my life would’ve turned out? Besides, sleeping 10 hours a night and having disposable income is overrated!” Or, “I’m so proud of my kids.” (Don’t think they’ve escaped unscathed: Was it Jung who said the biggest influence on a child is the unlived life of the parents?)

But then, once in a while, you get someone who’s honest, and comes right out with it, instead of perpetuating the whole scam. So yeah, thanks Mom, I guess. Happy Mother’s Day?