VISIT CATALONIA AND ARMENIA, RIGHT HERE AT HOME

One of the best parts about living in the DMV is that the world comes to you. It does this in many ways, and one of the most fun is the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, now in its 51st year.

Each year the festival highlights the artists, performers, food, culture and more from selected regions throughout the world, and this year Catalonia and Armenia are featured. VISIT CATALONIA AND ARMENIA, RIGHT HERE AT HOME

HOW TO CELEBRATE JULY 4TH IN AMERICA’S CAPITOL

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Remember when it was winter? Gosh that was awful. But we made it. And now, somehow, we’re already well on our way to blasting through another summer, complete with frantic sprints after the Ice Cream truck and smothering ourselves in aloe vera after a smidge too much sun. Ah, the icy hot nature of June. The fact that we’re well into this month is hard to believe, with the days flying by much faster than I can lose the weight I want to rock this bikini season (is it too early to give up?). Soon, we’ll be in July, which is pretty much smack dab in the middle of summer’s fun. So, we best all plan to make the most of it…and that means wearing our red, white, and blue and finding plans that have just the right ratio of fireworks to booze…that part is crucial. HOW TO CELEBRATE JULY 4TH IN AMERICA’S CAPITOL

SMITHSONIAN’S SOLTICE SATURDAY, WOOT WOOT!

Flowers + alcohol + face painting + dancing = Solstice Saturday, this year’s annual America Now event put on by three of the 11 Smithsonian museums.

Held on the longest Saturday of the year, the free par-tay rattled the bones of this staid but oh-so-fascinating institution, bringing revelry like it hasn’t seen since … oh … last year at this time. But last year’s America Now’s theme was the 100th anniversary of JFK’s birth, so, no hippie bacchanalia.

Too bad the Renwick closes at 5:30. Everyone could have gone over for last call and a look at their Burning Man exhibit. Then they could have joined together to sing “We Shall Overcome” a-la Joan Baez at Woodstock, smoked some weed and boarded the Metro, all before it closed at 1. SMITHSONIAN’S SOLTICE SATURDAY, WOOT WOOT!

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

A house may not be a home and walls cannot talk, but this doesn’t stop us from remembering fondly — sometimes even viscerally — some of the places we have called home over our lives.

And what do we remember about them? Sometimes only the smell of meals cooked long before we came to stand in the kitchen, or the sound of the spring on the screen door when it creaks open or the crack in the plaster on the bathroom wall that kind of looks like a cat lying down. THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

TOAST THE BRITISH CROWN AT DC’S NEW ROYAL WEDDING BAR

'God Save the Queen' is one of 11 original cocktails at Drink Company's Royal Wedding PUB, running May 4-20. - Photo by Karlin Villondo Photography
The God Save The Queen cocktail at the Royal PUB. (Photo by Karlin Villondo)

Fans of the British Monarchy and the upcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle won’t want to miss D.C.’s newest pop-up bar. The limited-time Royal PUB opened on May 4 with decor and drinks inspired by the British crown. The bar is located at 1839 7th in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood and will run through May 20 –one day after the anticipated wedding takes place. TOAST THE BRITISH CROWN AT DC’S NEW ROYAL WEDDING BAR

THE WING, A CO-WORKING AND SOCIAL CLUB FOR WOMEN, HAS LANDED IN DC

The future is female.

If that kind of bold, feminist statement gets you all huffy and puffy, then this is your cue to leave. If it lights your fire, however, then hold onto your lady-loving britches, because have I got some news for you, clad in pink and ready to get down to business.

The Wing has landed in DC!!! I repeat, The Wing has landed in our city. THE WING, A CO-WORKING AND SOCIAL CLUB FOR WOMEN, HAS LANDED IN DC