Bastille Day: La Fête Nationale is on Monday, and while restaurants and bars have been celebrating all weekend, you can still find some day-of events. A good option for shaking off the post-weekend blues: half off French wines at Vinoteca all night long.
Go Belgian: Belgian Restaurant Week returns on Monday. A variety of events are planned, from a special three-course dinner menu with Belgian beer pairings at Et Voila! ($39.95) to daily rotating festivities at Belga Cafe.
Tequila!: July is National Tequila Month, and both the Georgetown and 14th Street locations of El Centro DF are celebrating. Head to either branch for a tequila dinner on Monday, with seatings at 6 and 8 (there’s another round next Monday, July 21). The evening begins with a reception, followed by a three-course dinner with pairings, and a chance to meet representatives from the tequila companies ($69 per person).
Best of the best: One of the biggest culinary events of the summer goes down on Wednesday at the National Building Museum: Washingtonian’s AT&T Best of Washington party. You’ll find 60 top restaurants, an open bar, silent auction, and plenty to keep you entertained throughout the evening. Tickets (starting at $125 for general admission) are expected to sell out by Monday, so get yours soon.
Fans of Philly: Washingtonians may not be big Eagles fans, but we can get behind an Ode to Philly Night at City Tap House featuring a tap takeover from Philadelphia-based Yards Brewing Company on Thursday at 5. Look for ten different drafts, plus specialty eats, two kinds of cheesesteaks (fancy and whiz), soft pretzels, German buttercake, and more.
Baltimore-bound: Former McCrady’s chef Jeremiah Langhorne, who’s planning to open a restaurant in Washington, heads a pop-up at Baltimore’s Artifact Coffee on Thursday. Expect a locally foraged menu from Langhorne and chef/owner Spike Gjerde, available from 6 to 10 through Saturday.
Birthday open house: Vermilion celebrates its 11th year in Alexandria with a recently renovated space, which will open to the public on Thursday at 8 for a no-admission party. Guests can listen to live music, try a special menu from chef Will Morris, and toast the restaurant at 11 with free bubbly.
Rooftop soiree: Hit the roof during Del Campo at Dusk, a Friday evening party from 6 to 9. Former Pabu chef Jonah Kim contributes to the East-meets-West menu that combines, sushi, ceviche, sake, and pisco cocktails. Tickets are $65, all-inclusive, and available online.
Burger bash: It’s an afternoon of beers and burgers at DC Brau’s BRGR Bash on Saturday from noon to six. Ten eateries, including Burger Tap & Shake, Willow Restaurant, and Café Saint-Ex, compete to make the best patties, voted on by event-goers (tickets are either $27 for a sample of five, or $47 for two people sampling ten). Craft brews are sold separately.
Summer jam: Head over to 3 Stars Brewing on Saturday from 1 to 6 for the Artists & Artisans Summer Jam. The $15 admission fee gets you a tasting glass and free beer, plus access to a variety of local producers such as New Columbia Distillers, Rappahannock River Oysters, DGS Delicatessen, and more.
Ice cream super-social: One of the biggest ice cream bashes of the summer, DC Scoop, returns to Union Market on Saturday from 1 to 4. You can taste ice cream, gelato, and popsicles from the likes of Dolcezza, Trickling Springs, Ice Cream Jubilee, and more, participate in an ice cream-eating contest, and enter a raffle with food-related prizes.
Seafood feast: Acadiana hosts a Louisiana-style fish fry on its patio on Saturday from 2 to 5. The $60 all-inclusive ticket price gets you unlimited catfish, shrimp, hushpuppies, fried green tomatoes, peach cake, and more, alongside bottomless Abita beer and house wine. A cash bar will also be available.
Taste of Thailand: The Royal Thai Embassy hosts the annual Thai Village in Georgetown on Saturday from 11 to 6. Head to Grace Church to sample a range of Thai dishes and drinks.
French cooking class: Acclaimed French chef Gérard Panguad (Malmaison) teaches a hands-on cooking class at the Hill Center on Saturday from 11 to 1:30. The menu includes dishes like mushroom-and-herb-crusted halibut and a riff on tarte tatin. Registration is $85 per person.
Drink up, Maryland: Explore the world of Maryland-made ciders, meads, and fruit wines at Cockeysville’s Eat-Drink-Go Local Festival on Sunday from noon to six. The outdoor event includes a farmers market, live music, and tastings. Tasting passes, available online, are $25.