Weekend Happenings in the DMV: August 15th thru 17th

Even though school is right around the corner, there are still a ton of fun summer events happening all around the area! Here are just a few!

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Washington, DC Events:

Video Gamers United VGU
Walter Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC
Time: Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Price: $40
Video Gamers United is a gaming festival for gamers of all genres and ages to come together and celebrate the culture of gaming. VGU is bringing together the top gamers, developers and minds in the video gaming industry.  There will be panel discussions, keynote speakers, video game demos, gaming tournaments, cosplay contests, and free to play arcade. Also, celebrities and athletes will be playing gamers like you, in our celebrity gaming challenge!

DC Beer Week – Kickoff Cruise dc beer week
600 Water Street SW
Washington, DC
Time: Sunday from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Price: $95
Brewery Ommegang, Boulevard Brewery and Odyssey Cruises have brought back one of DCBeer Weeks’s best events! The Odyssey will once again be the kick-off for DCBW and will feature some incredible brews from these American craft breweries. Tickets will include unlimited beer samples, new food station menu, and DJ entertainment.

The Smile Project Street Carnival smile street project
Gateway DC Pavillion
1100 Alabama Ave SE, Washington, DC
Time: Saturday from 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Price: Free
The Smile Project is a FREE back to school carnival for all ages to enjoy! The Smile Project encourages a positive mental attitude towards education in an effort to excite young students about the 2014-2015 school year. The afternoon is fun-filled with giveaways, rides, games, moon bounce obstacle courses, giant slides, water activities, rock climbing, live music, healthy eating demonstrations, food trucks, vendors, and much more! Students will receive backpacks, notebooks, pencils, pens, books, water bottles, lunch boxes, calculators, and other useful tools and information for learning while supplies last.

Maryland Events:

Comcast Outdoor Film Festival comcast film festival
MCPS Board of Education Building
850 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD
Time: Friday thru Sunday, Activities begin at 5:30 pm, Movies begin at 8:30pm
Price: Free
The fun begins before the credits even roll with music, food, and children’s activities including inflatables and carnival games! Blankets and lawn chairs are permitted so you can sit under the stars and up front or you can view from the comfort of your vehicle just like the old days! Friday’s Movie is the Lego Movie, Saturday’s Movie is Gravity, and Sunday’s Movie is Catching Fire!

Cinema Al Fresco Open Air Film Festival  cinema al fresco
Ciao Bella Restaurant

236 South High St., Baltimore MD
Time: Fridays Thru September 5th
Price: FREE
Movies are projected on the outside of the Ciao Bella Restaurant, and movie-goers can enjoy free popcorn. Live music and dancing begins at 7 p.m., while screenings start at 8:30 p.m. or 9 p.m., depending on the length of the film. This Friday’s movie is Rocky. 

Virginia Events:

The Lucketts Fair the lucketts fair
Lucketts Community Center
42361 Lucketts Rd, Lucketts, VA
Time: Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Price: $5-  children under 6 are free.
Every August, for 42 years, the village of Lucketts in Loudoun County VA has been home to the Annual Lucketts Fair. The historic Old Lucketts School is the backdrop for this genuine country fair that features handmade crafts, antiques, historic, and demonstrations. Bluegrass bands will be playing in an outdoor gazebo while patrons can enjoy a wide variety of food vendors. Children’s entertainment includes live shows, fire truck rides, a petting zoo, and pony rides.  

Chesapeake Crab & Wine Festival chesapeake crab and wine festival
The Vineyards and Winery at Lost Creek
43277 Spinks Ferry Rd, Leesburg, VA
Time: Saturday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Price: $49
Crack, sip and savor the summer at the second annual Chesapeake Crab & Wine Festival! The event includes an all you-can-eat menu with Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Southern Style Cole Slaw, Chesapeake Macaroni Salad, Southern Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob, Ice Cold Watermelon Cherry & Apple Pie.

DC Fest 2014 dc fest
Patriot Center
4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, VA
Time: Saturday at 3:00pm
DC Fest 2014 is the Washington, D.C. area’s leading summer Christian music festival. This year Third Day and Tenth Avenue North are headlining the event! They will be joined by artists The Afters, Finding Favour, Lindsay McCaul, Mandisa and Colton Dixon.

Prince William County Fair
Prince William County Fair Grounds prince william county fair
10624 Dumfries Rd., Manassas, VA
Time: Thru Saturday
Price: $10
The annual event in Manassas, Virginia is the largest fair in VA and great for all ages, families and friends! The fair has plenty of entertainment with livestock exhibits, a variety of midway shows, truck and tractor pulls, Monster Trucks, Lawnmower Racing, a rodeo, demolition derbies, baby contests, pet shows, live music, storytelling, games and carnival rides.

Jazz and Cigars Under the Stars the winery at bull run cigars
The Winery at Bull Run

15950 Lee Highway, Centreville, Va
Time: Fridays thru August 29th, 6pm-10pm
Price: $40-$69
Stop by for an exclusive summer event featuring live Jazz on the patio, cigars overlooking the scenery, smore’s on the lawn, and of course the main event: Sangria Pitchers and Wine!

Films in the Park
Strawberry Park
2910 District Ave., Fairfax, VA
Time: Friday, 7pm
Price: Free
Every Friday night through August, venture out to the Mosaic District to watch films on the big screen! During August, they offer the Food and Film series, with this Friday’s movie being Fried Green Tomatoes.


Beach Events:

Family Fun Night rehoboth beach
Kids Cottage
35448 Wolfeneck Road, Rehoboth Beach.
Time: Friday 6:00 pm to 10:00pm
Price: $10
The evening will include screenings of popular children’s films along with a variety of fun crafts and film-inspired activities!

Concerts at a Glance! Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Kenny Loggins, Birchmere, Friday at 7:30pm
  • Boyz II Men, The Fillmore Silver Spring, Friday at 8pm
  • Jimmy Buffet, Jiffy Lube Live, Saturday at 8pm
  • ABBA, Wolf Trap, Saturday at 8pm
  • Tori Amos, DAR Constitution Hall, Saturday at 8pm
  • Arcade Fire, Verizon Center, Sunday at 7:30pm

Sports at a Glance! Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Washington Mystics vs New York, Verizon Center, Saturday at 7pm
  • DC United vs Colorado, RFK Stadium, Sunday at 8pm
  • Washington Nationals vs Pittsburgh, Nats Park, Friday thru Sunday

Theatre at a Glance! Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Disney’s The Lion King, The Kennedy Center, Thru Sunday
  • Cirque Du Soleil: Amaluna, The Plateau at National Harbor, Thru September 21

Movies Opening this Weekend:

the expendables 3The Expendables
126 min   –   Action | Adventure | Thriller
Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Antonio Banderas

lets be copsLets Be Cops
104 min   –   Comedy
Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.
Starring: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr, Rob Riggle, and Nina Dobrev

the giverThe Giver
94 min   –   Drama | Sci-Fi
In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world.
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Taylor Swift


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