Thursday, August 27, 2009

Virgin Mobile Freefest 2009

(August 30; 11a.m.-10p.m.; Merriweather Post Pavilion; 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy.; Columbia, MD 21044;

The recession has hit us all pretty hard. But the fourth annual Virgin Music Festival doesn’t have to cost a cent. The popular concert, taking place at Merriweather Post Pavillion for one day only, will be offering the concert for free aside from the minimum $5 donation benefiting a charity to fight youth homelessness. The event boasts an A list lineup including Weezer, Franz Ferdinand, Blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Public Enemy, Girl Talk, The Hold Steady, Mates of State, Jet and The National. Their will also be a dance tent in the back, food, beer and amazing talent. The following three options are the best offers for getting into the quickly selling out show.

1. Get your free ticket with optional $5 per ticket delivery fee or avoid the delivery fee if you pick them up at Will Call at the Merriweather or Club box offices between August 21-28.
2. Purchase a Karma Package which offers packages of $30 that get you a free ticket and T-shirt or $55 will get you 2 tickets and 2 t-shirts. Prices include $5 donations to youth homelessness.
3. Become a Free.I.P. Volunteer at an approved youth homelessness agency before the show and you might just be able to get free seating in VIP!

Pink for the Cure

(August 28; 10 p.m.; Shadow Room; 2131 K St. N.W.; Washington, DC 20037; Cost: Donations at the door)

This pink charity event is held for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation and is the perfect event to wear your favorite pink outfit for the theme, “Blonde Charity Mafia”. All donations will go towards raising breast cancer awareness.

Friday, August 21, 2009

21st Annual DC Blues Festival

(09/05/2009; Carter Barron Amphitheatre; 4850 Colorado Avenue, NW)

The 21st Annual D.C. Blues Festival is perfect for the entire family and features musical, instrumental and vocal workshops, petting zoos and much more.

New Records

(Union Station's Main Hall; 08/12/2009)

National Geographic Kids is setting all sorts of records but this time they are helping set the Guinness World Record for the Most Items of Clothing Collected for Recycling. This amazing cause will draw record breaking numbers of more than 30,000 denim jackets, jeans, shirts and hats. The items will be fashioned in a form of art displayed for two weeks at D.C.’s Union Station. The denim items will then be donated to Cotton Inc.’s program “From Blue to Green” which recycles denim into insulation for homes.

19th Annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival

(Gateway Park, N. Lynn St. & Lee Highway; Rosslyn; 09/12/2009)
Come on out for this year’s 19th Annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival taking place from 1-7p.m. which includes an amazing line up like Holly Cole, pianist Lafayette Gillchrist and the New Volcanoes, and renowned harmonica player Frederic Yonnet. The day begins with an exciting 90-minute Salsa-meets-Jazz session performed by the Grammy winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Jazz Fest will be broadcast live with radio sponsor WPFW 89.3 FM. Don’t miss out on one of the year’s best events.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

In the Flesh

(The Phillips Collection; 06/20/2009-09/13/2009; 1600 21st Street, NW;
Forty three paintings created by thirty four world renowned artists will be exhibited including works by Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning, Alice Neal, Lucian Freud, Eric Fischl, and Julian Schnabel. All of these artists depict emotional experience through the flesh in their painted works.


(The Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts; 08/11/2009)
This concert, in an effort to reminisce and perhaps revive the Hippie movement features a number of groups from rock groups like Mountain & Leslie West, Flo & Eddie of The Turtles, Three Dog Night, Badfinger and Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals. So put up your peace sign and headbands and come out for this fun night.

Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing

(Wednesday, Aug. 12; 8-9p.m.; Riverbend Park; 8700 Potomac Hills St.; Great Falls, VA; 703-759-9018)
This amazing viewing is designed to show younger visitors the incredible constellations, planets and meteors that litter the night sky. Reservations are required.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Chocolate Exhibit

(Saturday, March 28-Sunday, August 16, 2009; U.S. Botanic Garden; 100 Maryland Avenue, SW; Free)

Chocolate lovers rejoice, the Chocolate Exhibit at the Botanic Garden. This exhibition (besides being delicious) also introduces facts that show why chocolate has health benefits, disease susceptibility and promotes some exciting new scientific research. This is the true guide to buying the right and best chocolate!

Ballston Farmers Market

(Fridays through October 16, 11a.m.-3p.m.; Free; N. 9th and N. Stuart Sts.; Arlington, VA 22203)

The Farmers Market is a relaxing atmosphere and the perfect green shopping grounds that features farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, herbs and plants, artisan baked-goods and meats, specialty foods and much more. The market is open on Fridays from 11a.m. to 3p.m. from May 29 to October 16 and is located in Welburn Square. As an additional perk, the market also features live music from 12-2p.m.

Asian Elephant Exhibit

(08/22/2009; National Zoological Park; 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW;; Free)

The Zoo is celebrating their love of the Asian elephants on August 22nd at the National Zoological Park. The event shows visitors how the elephants are cared for and what a typical day in the life of one of these enormous animals is like. You can also watch as the elephants are bathed, weighed, and trained to hold still for physical exams, weighing, and x-rays.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Face of America: Glacier National Park- The Trey McIntyre Project

(The Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts; 1551 Trap Road;; Tickets are between $10.00 and $38.00, depending on seating location)

The Sun Road, a new ballet installment by the Trey McIntyre Project features an enormous video projections of dancers at Glacier while interweaving live ballet and music which represents the park's environmental concerns.

Ladies Night

08/20/2009; Nationals Park; 1500 S. Capitol Street, SE;

Join the Washington Nationals from 4:30-7p.m. on August 20th for a pre-game happy hour that features celebrity appearances, complimentary massages, products, manicures, drinks, music by DJ Chris Styles and much more! For more information and to order tickets or call Katherine Caldwell or Bree Parker at 202-675-6287 or go to
Thursday, August 20th vs. Colorado Rockies @ 7:05pm

Summer Spirit Festival

August 8; 5:30p.m.; Merriweather Post Pavilion; 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy.; Columbia, MD 21044; $42-$100;

The Summer Spirit Festival is headlined by R&B crooner Erykah Badu and features some of the best musicians, performers and comedians like Mike Epps. This star studded show is a surefire hit so get tickets as soon as possible by visiting