Things to Do

What to Do This Week: July 14 to 17

A benefit for Screen on the Green and the Best of Washington bash at the Building Museum.

Try 60-plus of the top restaurants in the region at the Best of Washington bash on June 1. Photograph by

Monday, July 14

SCAVENGER HUNT: It’s been a while since we reminded you about the existence of Mustache Mondays, an always awesome night of adventure at the Mansion on O Street. Each Monday, you’ll get the chance to explore the mansion—which has 70 secret doors, various passageways, and tons of themed rooms—with a treasure/scavenger hunt. There are prizes, snacks, a free beer from the Traveler Beer Company, and, of course, free mustaches. Tickets ($15) are available online. 5:30 PM.

Tuesday, July 15

MUSIC: The Hamilton hosts the Golden State-Lone Star Revue, an all blues and Americana music night featuring, you guessed it, musicians from California and Texas. They’ll show off different styles of roots rock and blues and then meld them all together to prove the states aren’t actually so different. Tickets ($15) are available online. 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, July 16

BEST OF WASHINGTON: It’s finally time for Best of Washington, our biggest party of the year and the event you’ve been gearing up for with our periodic happy hours all around the region. More than 60 of the city’s top restaurants will be on hand serving up delicious bites, including Michel Richard of Central, Mike Isabella of Graffiato, Robert Wiedmaier of Marcel’s, and Bryan Voltaggio of Volt. As always, proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and there’s an open bar. Hope to see you there! Tickets ($175 VIP, $125 regular) are available online. 7 PM.

Thursday, July 17

DRINK: Screen on the Green is finally coming back next week. But seemingly every year, the film festival is in jeopardy because it’s pretty expensive to put a gigantic projection screen on the National Mall a few times a year. Friends of Screen on the Green are hosting a benefit happy hour at Hill Country—attendees get a free drink, there’ll be plenty of barbecue, and you’ll be entered to win free tickets to see 2001: A Space Odyssey at Wolf Trap. $10. 6:30 PM.

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