With the warm months ahead, we've put a list of 11 DC summer events that we're looking forward to.
Make that 12! (recently added DC Chili Cook Off).
Margarita March -- April 25
From the creators of Whiskey Walk, shake up your Saturday brunch routine with the Margarita March. This event is not your typical pub crawl. You'll be visiting 8 bars across U Street, 14th Street and Logan Circle with each watering hole providing a unique margarita. Act quickly and grab the LivingSocial discount tickets. Website.
Virginia Gold Cup - May 4
A premiere steeplechase race makes a good excuse for people to wear seersucker suits and large hats. Gold cup has is now allowing legal gambling at the gold cup. General admission car pass costs $85 for up to six people, or find one of the many transportation buses that offer buffets and drinks. We'll see you at University Row.
** Added ** DC Chili Cook Off - May 4
An annual chili cook-off and rock concert hosted by WWDC (FM radio station) to raise money for charity. This year's charity is the National Kidney Foundation. Sound Garden will be headlining along with many more. Gates open at noon. Only thing we don't like is entry tickets don't include chili. So prepare to pay for booze and food. Get your tickets here.
Preakness - May 18
Preakness is the horse race before the Kentucky Derby in Baltimore. The infield party is among the best with a $50-70 all you can drink option and entertainment by Pitbull, AfroJack and Macklemore. Get your tickets here.
Jazz in the Garden - Every Friday starting May 24
Starting 5pm every Friday, join jazz lovers in the National Gallery of Art sculpture garden for a bliss evening of good weather and music. Wine and pictures of sangria are available for purchase so bring your own snacks and blankets.
Rolling Thunder -- May 24
Rolling Thunder is an annual motorcycle rally that is held in Washington, DC during the Memorial Day weekend. This annual rally is a reminder to recognize our veterans and POWs. 1000s of motorcycles come through DC and parade around. Website.
International Soccer Match US vs. Germany -- June 2
Last year DC was the host to Manchester United (source). This year the US Men's National team hosts Germany at FedEx field. This should be a good fill for those waiting for the 2014 World Cup. Game starts at 2:30 p.m. Tickets Link.
D.C. Jazz Festival -- June 5-16
With more than 125 performances in dozens of venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival is the largest music festival in Washington, D.C. and one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation. The Festival presents year-round music education programs and concerts for DC students and residents by local, national and internationally-known talent at venues across D.C.
Run or Dye 5K -- June 8
Labeled as "the most colorful fun run", this 5k race blankets runners with vibrant color dyes (so wear clothes you don't care) around RFK stadium. A cure from the regular races that occur every other weekend in DC. Starts at 9 a.m. Website.
National Capital Barbecue Battle - June 22-23
The annual Safeway battle shuts down Pennsylvania Avenue for a meat show-down. A small entry fee but there's plenty of entertainment. Conveniently the weekend before the 4th of July, the Safeway BBQ challenge is an event not to miss.
PBS Special & Fireworks -- July 4
We've watched it live on PBS but how about actually be there. Wednesday, July 4th, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. immerse yourself in patriotic songs and fireworks. Website.
Best of Washington - Wednesday, July 17th
We attended this event last year (link) and had a great time. The Washingtonian magazine invites readers to vote for the best people, places, and services in the area and invites all winners to show off. Buy tickets here.