Monday, August 3
Happy-hour-deal hunters should head to Enology between 5 and 7 tonight, when $7 buys you seven items off the tasting menu. Options include beef sliders, crab deviled eggs, spicy calamari, and pesto flatbread. If you’re looking to hang around after your snack, the happy-hour drink specials go all night. Call 202-362-0362 for more information.
Tuesday, August 4
Free-burger alert! Today is President Obama’s 48th birthday, and Tenleytown’s Z-burger (4321 Wisconsin Ave., NW) is celebrating in a big way. Starting at 10:30, the first 48 customers will be awarded gift certificates for 48 burgers and 48 milkshakes throughout the year. If you can’t skip work to wait in line, go for lunch—the restaurant will dole out free burgers for all between 11 and 2, and a 100-square-foot cake has been ordered for the occasion. We’re not betting that Obama will show up, but he has been sent an invitation. Call 202-966-1999 for more information.
Wednesday, August 5
Get your pets in on the happy-hour fun at the Park Hyatt’s final Canines & Corks event of the summer. You’re invited to bring your dog to the hotel’s grounds from 6 to 8, when a $10 ticket gets you two beers or glasses of wine, a chance to meet adorable pups up for adoption, and dog treats and water bowls for your furry companions. Call 202-789-1234 for more information.
Thursday, August 6
Learn to fill, pleat, and fold Chinese dumplings in a dim sum class at CulinAerie (1131 14th St., NW) . The hands-on session includes lessons on shrimp shu mai, chicken-and-pork pot stickers, and vegetable gyoza with dipping sauce. The class, $85 per person, begins at 6:30. Call 202-587-5674 or click here for reservations.
Friday, August 7
Like your seafood with a side of saxophone? Head to Johnny’s Half Shell for barbecue blue crabs and a live jazz quartet starting at 6. Call 202-737-0400 for reservations.
Saturday, August 8
Join Heidi Hanson, producer of the PBS series Chefs A’ Field, for a sustainable-seafood event at the National History Museum. Meet in the Sant Ocean Hall for a screening of the show, a lesson on how to pick your fish, a live cooking demonstration, and the chance to sample the finished dish. The event runs from 2 to 3. Call 202-633-1000 for more information. Free.
Sunday, August 9
Golfers can end the morning right with Grill and Golf Sundays at Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro (11750 Sunrise Valley Dr.; Reston). Head to Reston Golf Course (11875 Sunrise Valley Dr.; Reston) for an early nine holes. Then, between noon and 2, present your scorecard at the nearby restaurant for a complimentary round of Arnold Palmers and 10 percent off the lunch check. Don’t have time to get a round in today? Date-stamped cards from up to two weeks ago are eligible for the discount. Call 703-234-3550 for more information.
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