Sherry week: Monday marks the beginning of International Sherry Week, and Mockingbird Hill plans to celebrate with a week full of events. Drop in on Tuesday for $5 pours of Tio Pepe, Wednesday for a five-course pairing dinner, and more.
White wine class: Newish wine bar Flight begins a weekly series of Monday classes, starting at 6. The first topic: white wines. Co-owner Swati Bose leads the class through a tasting of new- and old-world varietals, with lessons on pairing and the winemaking process ($35 per person).
Virginian takeover: Graffiato’s monthly Industry Takeover gets some Southern flair on Monday with visiting chefs from Richmond spots such as the Magpie and Saison. Head over between 10 PM and 1 AM, and don’t forget the $10 cash-only cover, which goes toward Feed More.
Weeklong beer bash: The Brooklyn Brewery Mash Tour returns to town this week with a variety of events through Sunday. Activities include standup comedy at Red Rocks Bistro on Tuesday, a beer-y meal by Dinner Lab on Friday, Homebrewing 101 on Saturday, and more. Each event is priced individually.
Beer dinner: Flying Dog teams up with Zaytinya for a beer dinner on Tuesday at 7. Five brews are paired with dishes like spit-roasted lamb shoulder with local oyster tzatziki. Reservations are $65 per person.
Rhone wine tastings: Explore American Rhone wines at the Long View Gallery on Wednesday from 5:30 to 9 during a tasting event hosted by the Rhone Rangers. Guests can sip over 80 wines from vineyards like Bonny Doon, Tablas Creek, and more ($90 VIP; $65 general admission). Those interested in the Rhone varietal can also attend a seminar that day from 10:30 to noon, as well as two winemaker dinners on Thursday at Charlie Palmer and Willow.
Grub-fest: Ever wanted to chow down on a grasshopper burger or enter a cricket-eating contest? As of Wednesday, the opportunity is yours. The Occidental Grill hosts a pop-up “pestaurant” with Ehrlich Pest Control from 11:30 AM to 3 PM. The event will donate $5 for every buggy dish eaten to DC Central Kitchen, and $20 for anyone who enters the cricket contest.
Korean pop-up: Chef Danny Lee and visiting toque Jonah Kim host the first in a series of late-night Korean pop-ups at Mandu (K Street location) on Friday starting at 10. Drop in for a mix of snacks, dishes like Korean fried chicken, and soju cocktails (priced individually).
Pumpkin lovers, unite: Pumpkin beer may be more of a fall phenomenon, but Black Squirrel welcomes squash lovers on Friday at 5 for a celebration of the orange gourd. You’ll find four pumpkin brews on tap, plus pumpkin mac and cheese and veggie burgers.
The three Bs: The Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival returns to the National Harbor on Friday and Saturday. Sip unlimited samples of 40 bourbons and 60 beers, chow down on a variety of barbecued meats, listen to live music, and more. Ticket prices vary.
Pig and oyster roast: There’s a new oyster in town, and Black’s Bar & Kitchen is throwing a party on Saturday from noon to 3 to celebrate. The Barren Island Oyster Company’s “ugly oysters” from Maryland may be oddly shaped, but the kitchen team loves their buttery taste. Party-goers can try them barbecued and on the half-shell alongside a whole roast pig, sides, and beer. Tickets are $25 per person, and include all-you-can-consume oysters and beer.
Adventurous lunch: Best-selling author David Baldacci discusses his new book, The Target, over lunch at the Willard InterContinental on Saturday at noon. The $85 ticket from Politics & Prose includes the meal and a signed copy of the book.
Drink up: Drink the District goes down on Saturday on the 500 block of New York Avenue, Northwest. Two sessions, from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9, include unlimited pours of more than 100 wines, eats from food trucks such as the Big Cheese, live music, lawn games, and more. Tickets start at $40.
Porky patio: The Heights hosts its annual “pig on the patio” roast in its roomy outdoor space on Saturday from 9 AM to 11:30 PM and Sunday until 10:30 PM. You’ll find nose-to-tail dishes like pig-ear fries, bacon Bloodys, Pork Slap ale, and more. Dishes and drinks are purchased individually.
Sunday supper: The annual Sunday Supper returns to Union Market at 5:30 with a number of star chefs, including celebrity chefs Art Smith and Jose Garces, Spike Gjerde (Woodberry Kitchen), and many more. The evening begins with a cocktail hour, followed by a three-course seated meal. Tickets are $250, with proceeds going to the James Beard Foundation Scholarships and the Good Food Merchants Guild.