DC Weekend Planner: September 20-22
By Olga Boikess
September 20, 2013
Cooler fall weather brings a bevy of festivals and eating adventures for the weekend. Hot neighborhoods are hosting showcases for their restaurants and other destinations, and there is a book fair on the Mall providing a chance to talk with popular food celebs. So get out your walking shoes - you’ll want to work up an appetite to cover it all.
Bethesda Row restaurants and wine bars are hosting a Perfect Pairings event. Participants will sample over 30 different wines paired with tapas on a progressive tour of nearly a dozen spots like Mon Ami Gabi, Redwood and Vino Volo (Saturday, September 20, 1-5 PM; for tickets and more information, go here).
The H Street Festival gets bigger and more happening every year. Along H Street NE, from Fourth through 14 Street, visitors will find beer gardens, outdoor restaurant tables, bands, DJ, a fashion show, art cars and much more. It’s a great time to check out new venues, pop-ups for coming concepts and to scope out the scene from several roof decks (Saturday, September 21, noon-7 PM).
National Book Festival on the Mall will host more than 100 authors in several pavilions, giving presentations and signing books. Food mavens will find faves like Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis and Pati Jinich, host of Pati’s Mexican Table on PBS (Saturday, September 21; 10 AM-5:30 PM and Sunday, September 22, noon-5:30 PM; between Ninth and 14 Sts. NW; free).
Reston Town Center’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival will rock with unlimited beer and bourbon tastings and all manner of ‘cue (Saturday, September 21, noon-6 PM; go here for tickets and information - note: this event is selling out).
Taste of Tysons will hold a showcase of its restaurants like Clyde’s, Legal Sea Foods and Maggiano’s, and community organizations, along with children’s events, beer and wine, and local bands (8229 Boone Blvd. Tysons Corner, VA.; Saturday, September 21, 11 AM- 8 PM, go here for details).
If all the food and drink at the festivals still leaves room for brunch, you could check out Kapnos, Mike Isabella’s 14 St. NW Greek hotspot that begins bunch service this weekend. Hellenic takes on morning classics like baklava French toast and spit-roasted chicken and waffles could spark an appetite. Plus, you can scope out the street scene from the just opened patio if you’re lucky enough to nab a spot (Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM-3 PM)