Free wine: Ease your way into the short week at Le Grenier, which hosts a complimentary French wine tasting on Tuesday from 6 to 8. Varietals include Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne, Famille Perrin Grenache, and more.
Rare Scotch tasting: If you’re never tried a $230 bottle of Chieftain’s Dailuaine 30-year-old Speyside Scotch, you can do so on Thursday (for much less than the bottle price). Sherry’s Wine leads a rare single-malt whisky tasting at New Heights from 7 to 8:30, featuring six varieties alongside Scotch-friendly canapés. The session can be followed by a special three-course dinner in the restaurant. Tickets are $45 and available by calling Sherry’s at 202-234-9200.
Pop-up of the week: Anju, Mandu’s monthly late-night pop-up, returns on Friday with guest chef Tim Ma (Water & Wall/Maple Ave Restaurant). As before, stop by the K Street location between 10 PM and 1 AM for a special menu of small plates, noodles, entrees, and more (between $6 and $15), plus plenty of soju.
Bivalve bash: Love oysters? Then the DC Oyster Fest is your kind of party. Rappahannock Oyster Bar takes over Dock 5 at Union Market on Saturday from noon to 5, with plenty of fresh-shucked bivalves, local beers and spirits, dishes from the likes of Red Apron, and live bluegrass music. For the brave: oyster eating and shucking contests. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for kids.
Food truck festival: We’ve been eating at a lot of food trucks lately, evidenced by our street eats guide in the current issue. The best place to sample a variety of mobile vendors: the Curbside Cookoff on Saturday. The festival, hosted by the DMV Food Truck Association, runs from 11 to 7 and features dishes from 20-plus trucks, local brews, a cooking competition, and awards like “best new food truck,” “best five buck bite,” and more. Tickets are $5, with edibles and drinks priced separately (children 12 and under get in for free).
Porks and brews: Indulge dual cravings at the Beer and Bacon Fest on Saturday at Woodbridge’s Potomac Town Center. The all-you-can-taste event includes 75 beers and wines, porky eats from ten restaurants including Smoke & Barrel and Rustico, and two tons of bacon. Tickets are $69 for VIP access (noon to 6), which includes unlimited food and drinks; $39 for beer-only tasting; free for kids under 12 (note the disclaimer: “this event is not designed for children”).
Happy beery birthday: Atlas Brew Works celebrates its one year anniversary on Saturday with—you guessed it—lots of beer. Head to the brewery in Northeast, DC between 1 and 5 for the festivities, which involve live music, food truck fare, and Atlas brews. Tickets are $10, partially benefit the Washington Humane Society, and include your first beer.
Harvest dinner: It still feels like summer, but chef Will Morris of Vermillion is teaming up with Arcadia Farm and several local toques for a collaborative fall harvest dinner on Sunday from 3 to 7. Each chef is tasked with reinventing classic barbecue dishes for the four-course, family-style meal, made with items grown and raised on the farm. Tickets are $175 (and you’ll understand why looking at this all-star lineup).
Sushi 101: Learn to roll your own sushi at Masa 14’s first Sunday Sushi School from 6 to 9. The monthly series is lead by Kaz Sushi Bistro owner (and Masa partner) Kaz Okochi and will focus on making crunchy shrimp and spicy tuna hand rolls and inside-out rolls with salmon and tuna. After the session, participants can enjoy their course material in the dining room. Reservations are $15, and $21 with an optional sake pairing.