’90s beach party: The latest installment of The Royal‘s monthly Monday “Royal Knights” series takes guests back in time to Ocean City circa 1990 from 9 pm to 1 am. Sip retro beach cocktails and wine coolers while Matt Baker of the upcoming Gravitas serves seaside-inspired eats like crispy coconut soft shell crab, barbecue oysters, and boozy popsicles for dessert. Food will range from $4 to $12, and cocktails are $8.
José Andrés’ Dine-N-Dash: One of the biggest foodie events of the year returns on Wednesday night, celebrating 30 of DC’s most beloved restaurants and food trucks in Penn Quarter and 14th Street. Eat your way through restaurants like Del Campo, China Chilcano, Estadio, and more from 6 to 10 pm. A $125 ticket will get you unlimited selections of five to eight dishes, and four drink options at each restaurant. Proceeds benefit World Central Kitchen. Learn more about how it works here.
Biscuits and booze: On Thursday from 6 to 8 pm, Capitol Hill’s Art and Soul is throwing a “biscuit bash” where DC chefs compete to make the best biscuit, judged by the public. Matt Baker of Gravitas, Alex McCoy of Alfie’s, Tiffany MacIsaac from Buttercream Bakeshop, and more are all whipping up the flakey goods, while Buffalo & Bergen and Drink Company provide the boozy fun. You can even dip your biscuit in ice cream from Ice Cream Jubilee. Tickets are $40.
Bluegrass and beer: Cheers to homegrown beer and folk music at the Americana Beer Fest, a traveling summer event stopping at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia on Saturday. Popular folk-rock band Trampled by Turtles is headlining the festival, which will have samplings from more than 180 craft brews from 60+ local breweries such as Lost Rhino, Devil’s Backbone and Port City. Tickets are $60 (online sales have closed, but you can buy one at the gate).
Jamaican Jerk fest: Help celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival on Sunday from noon to 9 pm in Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest. Jerk, the traditional Jamaican method of seasoning and grilling, is at the center of the festival, which features a local “celebrity” cook off, cooking demonstrations, and lots of spicy bites. There’s also live reggae, comedy, and kids games. Tickets are $20.
All-you-can-eat crab cakes: The 11th annual Crab Cake Competition goes down at The Source on Sunday from noon to 3 pm, with chefs like Victor Albisu (Del Campo), Chris Clime of PassionFish, Patrick Curran of Momofuku CCDC all facing off to create the best crab cake. Go for the competition, stay for the unlimited oysters and crab. You can also taste a variety of smoked fish from Ivy City Smokehouse while you sip on beer and wine from Flying Dog Brewery and La Fiera. Tickets are $85 and benefit culinary internship programs.