What’s Happening in Washington, DC: August 1, 2016

The nation’s capital is filled with crab fests, dog-friendly parties, Riesling tastings, and elegant pop-up dinners

What’s better than a summer party with live music, craft beer, and food trucks? A party that’s dog-friendly!

Thanks to a booming and constantly growing food scene in D.C., we are no longer bereft of things to eat and drink as we head into the culinary Dead Zone known as August in the District. Creativity, excitement, and fun continue to fuel our local food and drink purveyors, and, depending on your mood and temperament, you can head to biscuit jams, crab fests, black-tie dining pop-ups, Riesling parties, and doggie-friendly parties. We will try to keep up with things as they come onto the calendar because we know how important it is to scoop all your friends and post selfies on social media to prove you are in the loop. That’s what’s happening in the District this week.

Annual Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival Being Held at National Harbor
Nothing says summer in the nation’s capital like a crab fest with beer, and this year the seventh annual Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival is expected to be the biggest ever. Vendors will cook more than 60,000 crabs, and event organizers have put together a long list of beer and wine partners so no one gets thirsty while they hammer away at all the crab shells. The event is being held to support Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation and offers three different price levels that include the Reserved Platinum Tent Ticket at $119 per person, VIP Crab & Beer Ticket at $89 per person, and Beer & 6 Crab Ticket at $59 per person in advance.  For entertainment while you work, there will be live music, arts, crafts and memorabilia exhibits.

Biscuit Jam in Ivy City
Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. is hosting a smashing Biscuit Jam this Saturday, August 6, from noon to 10:30 p.m., at the Industrious Warehouse in Ivy City. So what’s the party about? Mason Dixie is celebrating their two- year anniversary and they want to highlight and thank the local artists, food purveyors, distillers, brewers, other crafts people, and D.C. residents that have made their business grow and succeed. Tickets range in price from an early bird special of $10 per person up to $125, depending on what you choose to purchase and your donation amount.

ENO Wine Bar to Host a Riesling Summer Party
Hey wine lovers, it’s August and that means it’s time for the annual Summer of Riesling. Blazing sunny days and long summer nights call for a chilled, dry, Riesling and ENO Wine Bar in Georgetown has just what you need. The entire month of August, all Riesling bottles are 30 percent off but you also want to mark your calendars for Saturday, August 27. That’s when ENO is hosting their Riesling Summer Party from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can enjoy live music, specially selected Riesling flights, as well as a tempting cheese and charcuterie station. The tickets are $30 per person including tax and gratuity and may be purchased online. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot now, and if you have any questions call (202) 295-2826. 

TTC Private Chef and Banquet Services to Host Capital Solstice Black-Tie Pop-up
When TTC Private Chef and Banquet Services throws a pop-up, dinner is always a delicious surprise designed to help a great local cause (Becky’s Fund), and support local food and drink purveyors. This popular NYC venture is now in D.C., and they are hosting Capital Solstice, their fine dining, black-tie pop-up, on Friday, August 5, at 8 p.m. The exclusive location is a secret until 48 hours before the event, and the nine-course, prix-fixe menu, which ranges in price from $119 to $159 per person, includes live music, a radio host MC, and an after party.

Woofstock Dog-Friendly Party is at the DC Pavilion
Put a leash on your furry best friend and head over to the DC Gallaudet Pavilion on Saturday, August 6 for a fun day called Woofstock. This adoption event helps find homes for DC’s homeless dogs and runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be live music, craft beer, food trucks (The Shameless Chef, Smoking Kow BBW, Captain Cookie, & Rock Creek Food Company), and tickets are only $5 per person.

For more Washington DC dining and travel news, click here. Summer Whitford is the D.C. Editor and a food, drink and travel writer at The Daily Meal. You can follow her on Twitter @FoodandWineDiva and on Instagram at thefoodandwinediva.