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Mass transit: It’s great to have, in a I-love-to-brag-to-my-friends-that-live-in-places-with-less-planned-infrastructure kinda way. But, also it’s the root of 105.3% of your recurring complaints re: living in a city. The truth about taking the DC metro is that it’s all fun and games until you actually need it. Then you’re left huffing and puffing, running for the Red Line only to find out that it’s actually not working and you’ll have to walk to your destination, starting by putting one foot in front of the another in the direction from which you came. Yes, the underground doesn’t come without its trials and tribulations. However, one DC startup is out to make train-bound commutes a little easier, with the gift of foresight. The company? TransitScreen. DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: TRANSITSCREEN




A boring job will make a man do crazy things.  At an office job I once had, I made a 16 X 12 pan of “bootleg tiramisu” out of free snacks from the break room:  smashed Twinkies, instant coffee, and vanilla yogurt.  I never thought the pure hopeless nihilism of that would ever be surpassed, but this exotic palace built from stones a bored mailman picked up on his route every day might take the crown. A BORED MAILMAN SPENT 65,000 HOURS BUILDING THIS WACKY PALACE BY HAND


Check out the hottest events in the District this Independence Day!

2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The Mall
11AM – 8PM

This awesome celebration is happening all summer long and Independence Day is no different. The theme this year is steeped in Armenian and Catalonian culture and filled with all kinds of amazing food, craft, music and dancing.

For those looking to participate on another level, you’ll be excited to know that there are also plenty of internship and volunteer opportunities on the Smithsonian’s website.

So if you haven’t headed over to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival yet, then you’re missing out — especially because it’s totally free.

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July 4th at the National Archives
National Archives Building
9AM – 11:45AM

This year’s Independence Day celebration is brought to you by US National Archives and National Archives Foundation. With this special event attendees get to shout their list of grievances against King George III and cheer ‘Huzzah!’ in a traditional-style Independence Day celebration.

This family-friendly event is full of all kinds of activities and includes extended museum hours, special events, performances and much more. Tickets available for sale and individuals looking for more information can check out the National Archives website.

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4th of July Fireworks & Picnic from Across the Potomac River
The Netherlands Carillon
5PM – 8PM

The annual 4th of July Fireworks hosted by Washington DC History & Culture is definitely one of the headlining events in the District featuring one of the most famous fireworks display in the nation. Lucky for you, you can get front row seats, live, in-person #shwinning!

Or maybe you’re not one for the insanity and pandemonium. If that’s the case, then feel free to watch the awesome event from the comfort of your quite, air-conditioned home in comfort because it’s always televised.

But I should probably mention that word on the street is that this particular location is prime turf and offers an A+ view minus the crowds, parking and traffic.  However, you’re still definitely going to want to head on over early if you want a hot seat.

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A Capitol Fourth 2018
West Lawn of the United States Capitol
8PM – 9:30PM

For those of you looking to ring in Independence Day properly, you’ll be excited to check out the headliners on schedule during A Capitol Fourth being held on the West Lawn. This awesome event is airing LIVE on PBS, streaming on Facebook and being hosted by none other than Uncle Jessie, himself!

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As if that isn’t enough to make you faint, everyone from The Beach Boys to Jimmy Buffett, The Temptations and #yasskween Andy Grammer will be there!

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July 4 Rooftop Celebration
7PM to 10PM

For those of you looking for more relaxed, low-key events in the District for Independence Day, you’ll be excited to hear about the handful of hotels and rooftop bars that are also hosting awesome 4th events. One such is DC’s Flight, which offers an awesome evening full of fine dining and wine on their gorgeous rooftop.

Seating is limited, but tickets include a “seated buffet dinner, open bar, and views of the fireworks”.

So what’s on the menu?

Dinner Menu

Fried Chicken (hot sauce, honey, pickles)

Porchetta (fennel, herbs, radish)

Panzanella (tomato, bread, cucumber)

Caprese Sandwich (mozzarella, tomato, basil)

Cole Slaw (cabbage, shallot, crème fraîche)

Potato Salad (potato, olive, mustard)

Fruit Salad (seasonal mixed fruit)

Cookies (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter)

*Menu is subject to change depending on availability of seasonal ingredients.

Tickets are $125/person but sold in limited quantity so get em’ while they’re hot.

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Wednesday at The Wharf
The Wharf DC
6PM – 8PM

For those out there who are absolutely in love with everything going on at the Wharf, you’ll be excited to know that Independence Day will be full of all kinds of fun and activities thanks to their summer program which hosts all kinds of fun weekday events all summer long.

I’m talking live music, food, wine and tons of fun in the sun for you, your friends and family. Did we mention it’s totally pet-friendly and kid-friendly too?

Parents….we got you. ::wink wink::

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The Astor World Cup Lounge
The St. Regis
9AM – 5:30PM

Another awesome, yet relatively low-key event going down in the District for Independence Day is going on at the St. Regis to celebrate the World Cup. For this special day they’re officially transforming their beautiful lounge into the Astor World Cup Lounge and offering attendees a killer place to watch the World Cup tournament.

Even better? The event starts at 9AM, so guests can head on over for breakfast, lunch and beer specials as well as a special menu of cuisine from various countries participating in the event.

Tickets are limited and available on the St. Regis website.

5th Annual Red, White & Fuego
1PM – 4PM

Head on over to Mission in Dupont Circle if you’re looking for a killer day party in the District this Independence Day. They’re blasting off their 5th annual “Red, White & Fuego” event featuring an open bar, bottomless chips and guac, a DJ and a large patio to get your summer groovin’ going.

Did we mention VIP ticket holders getting an extra hour of open bar? Just make sure you get em’ while they’re hot because they definitely sold out last year. Flag bikinis, sombreros and jorts are “encouraged” and for those looking for the hookup, word is pre and post parties are going down at the Hawthorne.

For additional info you can hit up info@missiondupont.com

Tickets available on Eventbrite.

$5 Discount Code: dayparty

Image may contain: one or more people and textBrats, Beer, & Freedom 4th of July Party
Dacha Beer Garden
12PM to 4PM

Head on over to Dacha Beer Garden and thank DC Brau Brewing Company for some awesome brats, beer, and freedom y’all!

This lively event is ringing in the 4th of July with tons of great food, good drinks and fun games, prizes and festivities. Did we mention there’s going to be swag and a giant Jenga? I wonder if those blocks hurt as much as the real ones do when they tumble down on you…

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Penthouse Rooftop at La Vie
5PM – 12AM

So pretty much any Washingtonian remotely active in District nightlife knows that JBC Events definitely doesn’t disappoint and this Independence Day is no different. They’ll be ringing in the holiday at one of the hottest rooftop venues in the city (just ask the Washingtonian).

La Vie is brought to you by the Social Restaurant Group, aka the same people responsible for Provision No. 14 and Pamplona and they’re hosting an awesome BBQ soiree filled to the brim with mezcal mule slush cocktail, dancing, catered BBQ and three of the city’s hottest DJs.

Did we mention they have a killer view?

Tickets are $20 online through Eventbrite and $30 at the door.

Dress code calls for no sneaks or tank tops.

Drink special (Courtesy of Mezcal El Silencio):
$7 – El Silencio Mezcal Mule Slush Cocktails (5-7pm)
Mezcal El Silencio free teach and tasting (7-10pm)

Music by:
Danny House
Kids Want Techno
Alex Noize

Table specials:
Please contact info@jbcevents.com


‘Baselitz: Six Decades’ - Free modern art exhibit at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC

‘Baselitz: Six Decades’

TIn honor of Georg Baselitz’s 80th birthday, the Hirshhorn will feature this milestone exhibition of one of Germany’s seminal artists, starting Thursday and running through Sept. 16. Six Decades is the first major U.S. retrospective of Baselitz’s work in more than 20 years. You’ll be able to view more than 100 of his inventive figurative paintings and sculptures across the Hirshhorn’s second floor galleries, including famous pieces such as The Naked Man (1962) and Baselitz’s upside-down paintings, which gained him international notoriety.

Exhibition runs from 10AM to 5:30PM and is free to the public. ART YOUR HEART OUT: JULY


Okay, so the weekend is officially in full effect and even though it may be damp and dreary that doesn’t mean we’re going to let it get in the way of our #turnup time.

You work hard for the money — so now it’s time to have your money work hard for you. Here’s this weekend’s installment of the weekend hitlist. These next few days are totally killer– full of good food, good music, good fun, Embassy events, art shows, summer solstice celebrations and most importantly…

Harry freaking Styles.

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That’s right ladies.




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Try to keep it together…at least for the weekend hitlist…

Sicilian Ball at the Embassy of Italy

Okay, so if you haven’t already visited the Embassy of Italy then you’re totally behind. I mean honestly, all of them are exquisite to the umpteenth degree, and Italy really shines bright. This weekend head on over to join in on the fun for the Sicilian Ball hosted by  Embassy Experiences, Embassy Events for Young Professionals and even ThingstodoDC.
Can’t go wrong with all of that backing! 7:30PM – 12AM is where the party’s at so click on over to Eventbrite to get your tickets tonight!

Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle on Pennsylvania Avenue - Summer festival in Washington, DC

Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle

Okay so I for one am insanely excited for this BBQ battle and you should be too. This awesome event brought to you courtesy of Giant (yes, the supermarket) is going down Saturday and Sunday starting at 11AM sharp.

Located between Pennsylvania Ave and 3rd & 7th Streets NW, this event features pit masters from all 50 states and includes even local favorites as well as some awesome live music for some free tastings, cooking demos and deliciousness like you’ve never had before.

Tickets on sale now so get em’ while they’re hot!

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June’s Ink: No Spectators at The Renwick Gallery

June’s Ink is an awesome exhibit being held at the Renwick Gallery brought to you courtesy of  Rorschach Theatre.
So what’s the sitch?? Why the No Spectator’s Exhibit detailing all of the amazing Burning Man Festival art that you most likely missed but wished in another more carefree and hippie life where money grew on trees you could’ve seen in person.
Well my friend…dreams really do come true…and you can thank the Renwick and Rorschach for that pal-o. So head on over to this awesome event from 11AM to 2PM at the Gallery, but be sure to purchase your tix first!

By The People Festival - Can't-Miss Summer Arts Festival in Washington, DC

By The People Festival

Alright, if you’re an avid consumer of all things UrbanScrawl then chances are you’ve already heard of this awesome arts event because we totally mentioned it last week (yep — it’s that killer).

This event is for all of you art fiends out there who can’t live without the amazing combination of aesthetic and social dialogue. Yep — I see you, and I salute you. this four-day bash originally kicked off on Thursday but is going on full speed ahead through the weekend as well.

It’s full of all kinds of interactive and collaborative art, installations, performances and even late-night museum openings. Even better — a city wide art hunt. #YassQueen

Ceramic Animal at the W Hotel

This awesome group is headlining at the W Hotel this weekend and it’s  definitely one for the books. I mean, let’s be real, pretty much any solid weekend night out at the W is one for the books, am I right or am I right?

Throw in a warm, gentle summer breeze and some trippy tunes from Pennsylvania quartet Ceramic Animals and you’re in for an awesome mellow night. The event starts at 8PM, ends at 11PM and lucky for you its #FREEEEEEEEEE as long as you RSVP. Your welks.

Harry Styles at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC - The best things to do this June in DC

Harry Styles


Capital One Arena.


Need I say more folks? Need I say more?

Get your Tickets now. You know you need them because they are LIFE.

‘Baselitz: Six Decades’ - Free modern art exhibit at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC

Baselitz: Six Decades


So, if you’re a love of all things Van Gogh, Basquiat, Expressionism,  or just all out art in general then you’re in for a treat with this one. Why? because the Hirshhorn  is featuring a milestone exhibition of Georg Baselitz’s work in honor of his 80th birthday.

How cute.

I totally need like a museum celebration or something for my birthday…

This exhibition being held from 10AM to 5:30PM is the first major retrospective for the artist in the United States in over 20 years and you get to view 100 of his amazing figurative pieces and upside-down art up front and personal at the Hirshhorns second floor galleries.

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Smithsonian Solstice Saturday

So we weren’t aware of this until recently but the Smithsonian Solstice Saturday is actually in association with the awesome By the People Festival!

This awesome event marks the first Saturday of the summer and the Smithsonian along with 11 DC sites are being kept open all dang day long until midnight and this includes the illustrious Castle. The special event will also have a ton of programs, awesome discussions, interactive elements, performances and all kinds of fun in the sun for you to enjoy so get on it #A$APRocky.

Want more information? Head on over to their website to get the full deets now.

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Hometown Heroes at Town

Those of you who are familiar with this awesome venue may or may not already be aware that this is the second to last weekend that this awesome danceboutique is open! #lesigh.

I mean seriously. That was the bad news. The good news is that if you can’t attend this weekend then at least you can rest assured that you have one more weekend to get your dance on at what is practically a city landmark at this point in time (eleven years!).

If you’re able to make it rest assured that it’ll be a great time with eight DJs on the job to keep the dance floor going and an all-star drag cast hosted by Lena Lett.

The event starts at 10PM and tickets cost $15 at the door.

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D.C. Crab Cake Competition at Ivy City



I’ll be honest — this event totally went up because I have what can easily be coined a fanatic obsession with all things relating to seafood and yes that includes crab.

I know I’m not the only one. Let’s be real now folks.

So in case you didn’t know we’re well into what is considered blue crab season and at Ivy City you get eight — count em’ EIGHT of the top DC chefs offering their specific takes on the amazing dish that is the crab cake.

No imitation here folks. All real.

The event kicks off at noon and lasts until 3PM. Tickets cost $85 and include a sample of each chef’s work, appetiers, an oyster bar and plenty of drinks to get you feelin’ right.

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Havana Under the Stars at the Embassy Row



If you haven’t made your way over to Embassy Row Hotel for one of their awesome art nights, local events or just a regular plain old weekend, then you’re totally missing out. Seriously. It’s one of my favorites when I’m really feeling a good ol’ swank-filled night out on the town.

This weekend they’re setting things off with a Cuban theme and hosting ‘Havana Under the Stars’. This event is going to be filled with the sweet sounds of salsa music, dance lessons, Cuban cocktails and even mojitos. Can’t decide which?

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Never gets old.

Wind down for the weekend from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at Embassy Row Hotel. Tickets cost $20-$25.