Vote: What Is the Best in DC for 2018?

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A wood thrush! (Photo by Trish Gussler)

Parklife DC will honor DC bands and venues with our inaugural awards program, named for our new mascot, DC’s own state bird — the Wood Thrush. Our Thrushie Awards are inspired by our mission to review live music concerts.

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Around Town: Diner En Blanc @ Nationals Park — 8/25/18

DinerEnBlanc15 Dupont Brass Band entertains Diner En Blanc DC on Aug. 25, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Like myself, you might not know much about Diner En Blanc other than the vague notion that everyone wears white and goes for dinner in a park somewhere. Last weekend, I saw firsthand that it’s much more — it’s actually a full-blown party held in a unique location, which turned out to be Nationals Park in our case.

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Don’t Miss: Diner En Blanc @ Secret Location, Washington, DC, 8/25/18

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Diners gather on Pennsylvania Ave. NW for Diner En Blanc DC in 2017. (Photo by S Pakhrin)

Every year, thousands of diners gather for the world-famous Diner En Blanc, where they wear all white and picnic in a secret location in a major city. This year, in Washington, DC, Diner En Blanc takes place on Aug. 25, and you can sign up for the waiting list to receive an invitation!

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Excursion: History Hike @ Washington DC Monuments

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Washington monuments along the National Mall in DC (Photo by Coast Guard News)

People go hiking for different reasons. It can be to explore a new location, exercise, spend some quality time outside, or even as part of a gastronomic day out as in the case of our Excursion: Happy Hour Brewery Hike. That 4.1-mile hike featured stops at 3 different brewing companies in Washington: Hellbender, 3 Stars, and Denizens, and was the perfect combination of exercise and relaxation.

Now, we present to you another hiking suggestion, and it does not involve booze this time (feel free to stop at any establishment though). There will, however, be plenty of history along the way. And what better time to hike DC than the Independence Day holiday?

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Around Town: RAMMY Awards @ Washington Convention Center — 6/10/18

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DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, who opposes DC Initiative 77, presents at the RAMMY Awards on June 10, 2018.

Some of the best and the brightest received recognition lately from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) at the annual RAMMY Awards, held as a black tie gala at the Washington Convention Center.

While the lavish awards program was the focus of the day, many awardees and the association itself spoke in opposition to DC Initiative 77, which would eliminate tipped wages at restaurants in favor of a universal wage by 2026 if enacted in a vote on Tuesday, June 19.

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Around Town: Dine-N-Dash @ 14th Street + Penn Quarter — 6/6/18

dashdine01 Friendly faces from World Central Kitchen reminded us we were supporting a good cause, not simply having the night out of the year, during Dine-N-Dash 2018.

Thirty of DC’s best restaurants banded together in a night of revelry and charity to benefit World Central Kitchen, the feed-the-world nonprofit founded by Chef José Andrés, with bottomless food and drink on Wednesday for what must ever be the best time in DC.

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Don’t Miss: Dine-N-Dash @ 14th Street NW DC, 6/6/18

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Chefs Fanny Slater and Jose Andres with Adam Richman onstage at DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight on November 16, 2017 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight)

Enjoy food and drink from 30 top DC restaurants — all in one night! Limited tickets are still available for Dine-N-Dash on Wednesday, June 6. With your ticket, you check in, claim a wristband and *dash* between locations to *dine* to your heart’s content.

At Dine-N-Dash, you’ll party with Chef José Andrés and friends to benefit his charity organization, World Central Kitchen.

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