DC MAKES THE CUT AS ONE OF THE 10 BEST AMERICAN CITIES FOR URBAN PARKS

People dancing, people laughing

A man selling ice cream…

Hopefully those two simple lines have sent you into a head-bobbing, joyful rendition of “Saturday in the Park,” a classic ode as to how amazing green escapes can be among city streets. If you’ve ever lived close to a park, you might be one of those people who swears by the ideal of “location, location, location.” Parks are where dogs (and people alike) can run around to get out some of their boundless energy. They’re where kites grace the skies and flowers bloom from the ground. They’re where you can go pretending you’re planning to run, only to decide last minute that you’re cool“just walking for today.” They’re certainly the sight of some ice-cream treats. And last, but certainly not least, they are a breath of fresh air and a place of respite from the day to day rumble that pushes us all along in the city. DC MAKES THE CUT AS ONE OF THE 10 BEST AMERICAN CITIES FOR URBAN PARKS

ART YOUR HEART OUT: JULY

‘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

WEEKEND HITLIST: JUNE 22ND- JUNE 24TH DC WEEKEND GUIDE

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.

Harry.

Freaking.

Styles.

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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

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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!

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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

Harry.
Freaking.
Styles.

Capital One Arena.

7PM.

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

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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

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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.

FATHER’S DAY HITLIST: YOUR GUIDE TO THE BEST FATHER’S DAY EVENTS IN THE DISTRICT

There are dozens of awesome events going on in the District this weekend to help celebrate Father’s Day. If you’re looking to make papa bear happy this weekend, then look no further than this quick and easy guide to some fun Father’s Day festivities.


Daddy-Daughter Date Night
For those of you out there looking to get in some awesome 1-on-1 family time with the kiddos, then you’ll be excited to hear about the Daddy-Daughter Date Night event being hosted this weekend courtesy of i Ricchi.

This is defintely a lovely event not to be missed — after all — a dad is a daughter’s first love and the relationship will forever influence and impact their relationships henceforth.

So make it a good one and spoil the heck out of her!

 Make your reservations now by calling (202) 835-0459.

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Celebrate with a good burger and beer
This weekend is full of amazing eats and awesome events that are centered around Father’s Day — but don’t get it twisted! You can still join in on the deliciousness that’s taking over the District.

Case in point: Embassy Suites

Are you looking for some good bourbon, burgers and beer? You’re sure to be satisfied with the tasty offerings being dished up this weekend — Father or not! Get your behind in there and sink your teeth into the best burger of your life.

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Mayor Bowser’s Commission on Fathers, Men and Boys
For those of you looking for a great event to attend to round out the festivities over the weekend, join in on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s special Commission on Fathers, Men and Boys.  It’s the 3rd Annual event and will feature live music, free food, haircuts and tons of local vendors and family fun festivities!

#FITDC Father’s Day 5K
For those out there looking to sweat it out over the weekend, you’ll be excited to hear that there’s a handful of Father’s Day 5Ks going on around the District. So whether you’re a father, you have a father, or you’re a father-to-be, get your fitness on while enjoying a fun day of festivities.

The event is also made to spread awareness on gun violence in the district and is meant to bring families and friends together for a day of celebration of father’s and men’s health. So run/walk, crawl or if you’re me — cry the entire way — and enjoy some free refreshments, an awesome dry-fit T-shirt and some fun in the sun.

Father’s Day 5K -Washington

Like I said — tons of Father’s Day 5Ks in the District! We felt the need to include this one because it was it’s own anticipated 5K event separate from the one sponsored by the Mayor and this event also helps to benefit disabled individuals.

That’s right, for everyone that joins in, 15% is donated to help “build the individual character, confidence and self-esteem of America’s disabled and physically challenged young people through inclusion in all facets of daily life.”

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Brunch on the Baselines
The Washington Nationals are offering an awesome opportunity for all of you baseball lovers out there. Get a chance to hang out on the baselines at Nationals Park and enjoy some yummy brunch fun-in-the-sun. Brunch items include bloddy marys, mimosas and beers (of course) and is totally family-friendly (you obviously just have to be 21+ to drink).

Oh– did we mention you get limited edition sunglesses with a built-in bottle opener? #winning. So join in on the fun this Sunday from 12PM to 4PM at Nationals Park.

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Father’s Day Brunch on the Rooftop
Brunchy brunch brunch — down into my belly (anyone get that reference? Anyone? Bueller?) Treat  papa bear to an awesome Father’s Day brunch on the rooftop and sip mimosas and fresh juice all while dining on some amazing raisin brioche and french toast — or NY sirloin if you happen to be a meat kinda man.

All courtesy of Rosewood Hotels — dad or not that menu sounds fabulous so I would get your toukkis out there ASAP.

Brunch at Via Umbria
Brunch again!?!? Yes. Brunch again. Why? Because it’s Father’s Day weekend and everyone restaurant in the planet is having a killer brunchfest to celebrate. So thank your local father if you’re not one for opening you up to a world of amazing brunchness.

“When breakfast meets lunch and friends meet friends, magic is sure to happen.”

That was literally a quote I pulled from the website. Magic.

So hit up Via Umbria — whether you do it for bellinis, bloody marys and Aperol spritzes or not, this restaurant is definitely not one to miss.

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Funktronics Fathers Day At Bossa!
Bossa Bistro + Lounge in Adams Morgan is hosting an awesome Father’s Day special music event with The Funktronics! So join John, Kenny, Steve and Nima  and listen to some sweet funk/jazz tunes and some awesome style at Bossa Bistro and Lounge.

The show starts at 9:30PM and the cover is a whopping — $5.00. Whoa there. Watch out now.

 

THE ALWAYS UPDATED ARTS GUIDE: JUNE EDITION

You know what time it is! Art events in the District that you totally can’t miss. That’s right — we’re back in action after a brief hiatus and just as good as ever with one exception — no theater events!

Say wha!?

That’s right. I said it. NO THEATER EVENTS.

Becauseeeeeee…..

I literally have an entire post dedicated to theater events for the month of June. So rest assured all you theater junkies out there — you’ve all been well taken care of. You’re welcome.

So without further adieu — I bring you — the hottest arts events in the District. This event will be continually updated every week with additional events for your viewing pleasure. So Enjoy! You little art yuppie, you… THE ALWAYS UPDATED ARTS GUIDE: JUNE EDITION