Parties and Networking Events around Washington, D.C. Through Aug 22nd, 2010

Friday, August 20– Sunday, August 22, enjoy DC Restaurant Week at over 200 participating DC bars & restaurants. The 16th biannual Washington, DC Restaurant Week includes lunch for $20 for a three-course or dinner for $35 Beverages, gratuity and tax are not included,

Friday, August 20Sunday, August 29, enjoy Alexandria Restaurant Week at participating DC Bars and Restaurants. Featuring 60 of the city’s top establishments for this annual culinary event. For a full list and menus, click here.

Friday, August 20 beginning at 6:00 PM, enjoy the opening night performance and reception of Carnaval Africana – part of Dance Festival DC at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE. Continuing through Sunday, August 22. All events and workshops are free, first come first served. For schedule, visit here

Friday, August 20 beginning at 7:00 PM, enjoy a Charity Happy Hour at Recess Lounge (15th & H) benefiting the Books4Kids campaign. Drink specials, prizes, great music… This is a FREE event and donations in any amount are welcome at the door to help deliver books for disadvantage children. The Books4Kids campaign is administered by learn4change Inc, a nonprofit organization promoting literacy and education..

Friday, August 20 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM, enjoy a Taste of Gaylord at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD. $20, includes food, beverages, and complimentary hotel recipe cards. Info

Friday, August 20 from 10:00 PM – Midnight, stop by an support the Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser with Miss DC 2010 at Current, 1215 Connecticut Ave. NW. All proceeds benefit the organization, $5 at the door / donations welcome. Info

Friday, August 20 beginning at 6:00 PM, enjoy DC Beer Week Kickoff at the Rock and Roll Hotel, including craft beers and music pairings. Event begins with the history, artistry, and science of beer with presentations at 6:30pm following with a Rock and Barley concert at 10pm. $10/person for either event or $18 for both. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets.

Friday, August 20 and August 21 – Washington Improv Theater‘s cameras, actors, and crew take to the streets to shoot, edit, score, and screen an entirely improvised movie in as much time as it takes you to watch it. Unscripted, unpredictable, and critically acclaimed, the Neutrino instant movie phenomenon is like nothing you’ve experienced. Location: Source Theater. Buy Tickets.

Friday, August 20 from 7:30 – 11:00 PM, visit the 2010 Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival as it continues. Keeping with the “I Love the 90’s” theme, The Wedding Singer will be screened at dusk. Free and guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Arrive early for 90’s themed games and prizes.

Saturday, August 21 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, visit the Corcoran Gallery of Art every Saturday until Labor Day for free music and tours of the gallery! Tours are available at 12 PM and 3 PM, 500 17th Street NW.

Saturday, August 21 from 6:00pm – 9:30 PM, visit Tarara Winery, 13648 Tarara Lane Leesburg, VA for an evening of wine and live music. Performing will be alternative rock artist, Levi Stephens featuring his debut album, This Way. Bring the family and enjoy a FREE night under the stars!

Saturday, August 21, 7pm – 1:30am.  DC’s MOST FABULOUS Magazine & The Hamlett Law Group present An Evening Out for Autism in the Garden of Eden, a charitable VIP cocktail reception, concert, after party & fashion show hosted be stars of Bravo’s Real Housewives of DC, Michaele and Tareq Salahi. This event will be held at a private residential 1/4 acre green space in historic Hillcrest, Wash. DC. $50-$100

Saturday, August 21 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM, join The Gbomai Bestman Foundation for the The Platinum Health Benefit at Manor Country Club, 14901 Carrolton Rd. Rockville, MD. Beginning with a tennis match, followed by dinner, the event benefits mothers and children in West Africa – Liberia to help with maternal and infant mortality. $100/person.

Sunday, August 22 beginning at sundown, The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) outdoor movie series Crystal Screen: By The Numbers, screening 500 Days of Summer. 23rd Street in Crystal City, the perfect opportunity for a leisurely and affordable night out for dinner and a movie – a take-out picnic on the grass or a traditional sit-down dinner.
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