What to do for a Delicious DC Staycation

If you made the wise decision to avoid this Memorial Day weekend’s beach traffic, then you should check out all that the District has to offer. It’s sufficient to say your holiday lineup will have your pals stuck on I-95 green with envy. Below is a listing of some great foodie-centric events for this weekend.

May 25

Washington Post photo by Fritz Hahn

Despite the relief in knowing you won’t be staring at taillights Friday after work, you really do want to wiggle your toes in some sand this weekend. Well look no further than The New York Avenue Beach Bar! Owner Tom Brown will open his doors for the first time this Friday at 5 PM. Complete with Adirondack chairs, frozen margarita and daiquiri machines and 70 tons of sand (yes, 70 TONS), there really is no reason to ever leave the District. Or this bar, for that matter. Oh, and did we mention the port-o-potties have granite countertops and central AC? If you’re coming straight from work, there will be a shoe/bag check (optional!), and you can also buy a pair of cheap ($5) flip-flops to wear in the sand. Aloha! Destination location: 645 New York Ave., NW

May 26

Parlez-vous français? BYT and La Maison Française present you with an after-hours party at the Embassy of France. Adrian Loving, a recent DJ for Obama, will be one of the many talented DJs mixing up some awesome jams. With featured cocktails by St. Germain, you’ll be showing off your creative dance moves under the strobe lights in no time. Pre-sale tickets are $20 and door price is $25. Destination location: The Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd NW

Grilling & Wine Tasting at The Butcher’s Block: Join Danielle Vogel from 1-4 p.m. for a special tasting to kick off the grilling season. Stop by to taste a selection of wines that pair well with grilled meats, to complement your Memorial Day feast. The tasting is complimentary, and all of the wines poured will be offered at a 10% discount the day of the tasting. Destination location: 1600 King Street, Alexandria VA.

May 26-27

Tone, Taste and Tan

For those needing some R&R, be sure to sign up for Tone, Taste and Tan at The Liaison Capitol Hill on Capitol Hill. You can show up in your yoga pants for an hour-long Vinyasa yoga class at 7:30 AM, and then head to Art and Soul for a hearty breakfast. From here you can go slip into your yellow polka dot bikini and catch some rays at the luxurious rooftop pool. RSVP to Tricia Barba at Tbarba@affinia.com or call 202-434-0126. But hurry – tickets sell fast! Destination location: 415 New Jersey Ave., NW

Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon: This family-friendly event (May 25-27) celebrates the beginning of summer on the plantation as historic Mount Vernon invites visitors to experience a rare opportunity to linger after the daytime crowds have departed. Tour the Mansion, relax and enjoy wine and desserts available for purchase and delight in 18th-century music, dancing, games, and wagon rides. Stroll the lantern-lit grounds as the sun sets. 6pm-9pm, rain or shine. Adults: $18; Children 6-11: $12; 5-years and under: Free. Destination location: Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, VA

May 27

Adult Swim Pool Party Series Official Grand Opening Memorial Day Weekend: Adult Swim is a weekly summer pool party held every Sunday at the Capitol Skyline Hotel (10 I St., SW), hosted by Liquid Lifestyle. These Vegas-style pool parties feature the best local DJs, celebrity appearances, fashion shows, live musicians, costumed dancers and surprise entertainment. The series Grand Opener on Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May 27th, is open to the public and will kick-off DC’s most anticipated pool party series. And if a massive pool, dance music and bottle popping isn’t enough, the party also features an all-day barbecue with burgers and hot dogs, blow-up pool toys and 6 bars throughout the venue. The party runs from 12-6pm, with free admission until 1pm with a text RSVP. To RSVP, patrons must text their full names to 202-RESERVE, and will in-turn receive a confirmation text to show at the door. After 1PM or without a text RSVP, cover charge is $20 at the door. For more info visit www.DCPOOLPARTY.com. Destination location: 10 I St., SW

Memorial Day Oystravaganza at 3: The grills (and a whole lot of oysters) are coming out on Clarendon’s best outdoor patio at 3′s Oystravaganza from 5-9 p.m this Sunday. Kicking off summer by offering the best of the Chesapeake Bay and Rappahannock River with specials on local Maryland and Virginia oysters in 14 different forms including shooters, on the half shell, sliders, Rockefeller and stews. Known as the “house that bacon built”, Executive Chef Brian Robinson is using his favorite meaty ingredient in dishes like the Oysters Rockefeller with House Cured Bacon and Spinach, and even the fresh Oysters on the Half Shell with house made Bacon Jam. Reoccurring every Sunday this summer. For more information, please call 703.524.4440 Destination Location: 2950 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA

Lincoln Restaurant will recognize those who have voluntarily served to protect our freedom and celebrate their return to the States with a special Sunday brunch, complete with hearty, local and organic options. Executive Chef Demetrio Zavala will present an array of farm fresh food from Cedar Run Cattle Company, ECO Friendly Farms, Mount Airy Farm, Gorman Farm, Peking Paradise, Tuscarora Co-Op. Reservations can be made on Open Table or by calling (202)386-9200. Destination Location: 1110 Vermont Ave., NW

May 28

If you’re in the mood for some soul food and live jazz music, head on down to Old Town for the 35th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival at Waterfront Park from 1-6 PM. From The Commodores, Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, to Al Williams, a favorite to Alexandrian locals, your ears will be filled with soothing tunes from original and classic composers. When the clock strikes noon and your stomach begins to growl, feel free spread out your own picnic goods on a blanket overlooking the water or grab some BBQ, fried chicken or a refreshing snow cone from one of the local vendors. This event is FREE. Destination Location: Waterfront Park, Old Town Alexandria

Second Annual Crab Festival at Policy, Monday, May 28th from 12-5 PM, stop by the pop up crab house on 14th Street, NW. Policy will trade in their black cloth napkins for rolls of paper towels and silver ware for wooden mallets. Transforming the diner-like dining room, graffiti tagged lounge and three outdoor patios into a pop up crab house for the day. For just $35 per person, you can indulge in all you can eat crabs and tradition sides like Hushpuppies, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw and Summer Corn Salad. This family friendly event is partnering with Izze Sparkling Juice and Local Craft Brewery, DC Brau, there will be drink and beer specials that will help quench your thirst. For more information, please contact 202-387-7654. Tickets available at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.policydc.com and click the shopping cart. Space is limited. Destination Location: 1904 14th St., NW

Enjoy your staycation!

Guest post by Ashley Morris

Ashley Morris moved to DC in May 2011 after graduating from Baylor University (Yeah RG3!) and works at a media relations firm in Alexandria, VA. A lover of food, wine, traveling, and photography, she truly enjoys the diverse culture that DC has to offer. Spending time with friends and family to her is of utmost importance, and she couldn’t think of a better way to bond with them than by enjoying a meal and some drinks at one of DC’s latest hotspots.

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