Peruvian Independence Day Celebrations

Washington celebrates the holiday with traditional fare, lively dancing, and humanitarian causes

On July 28, Peru celebrates the anniversary of its independence from Spain. Washington is marking the event with restaurant specials, Peruvian art, and festive dances. Check out these events to get in the spirit:

Get a head start on the holiday with a buffet-style dinner at Mio on Tuesday, July 27. The restaurant, which specializes in Latin American cuisine, is also showing Peruvian jewelry by Evelyn Brooks. Tickets ($48 in advance, $58 the day of the dinner) benefit Coprodeli USA, an organization dedicated to providing aid to needy Peruvian families. Call 202-955-0075 to make a reservation. 6 to 9.

Coprodeli keeps the celebration going with an Adams Morgan festival at three venues. The evening begins at Toro Mata at 5, where diners are treated to live music, free drinks, and a viewing of handmade Peruvian furnishings. Dinner is served next at Las Canteras. Take advantage of a prix-fixe menu ($28) at 6 and 8:30, or sip Pisco cocktails and nibble complimentary tapas at the bar. The night ends at Chi Cha Lounge with dancing, music, and free Macchu Pisco cocktails. Donations are encouraged, and Coprodeli has pledged to match all contributions to benefit Peruvian aid.

Yorktown Bistro in Arlington is throwing a bash with dinner and dancing. The three-course dinner ($35) includes dishes such as causa limeña (a layered potato dish with chicken, sliced egg, olives, and avocado) and risotto in Huancaína sauce (made from white cheese, vegetable oil, and evaporated milk). During the meal, take in tunes and dance along to rhythms by the Peruvian band Encuentros. Seating is limited; call 703-408-1411 for reservations. 8:30.

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