Thursday, June 10 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, celebrate new gardening and nutrition programs at the American Film Institute (AFI), 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring. Guests will enjoy healthy hors d’ouvres, two films (the short documentary Nora! about the owner of Restaurant Nora and the film Fresh), and a panel discussion. Tickets are $50/person: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/112611. For more information call 301-563-1545 or visit www.secondgenesis.org .
Thursday, June 10 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, join Ayuda for its 37th Anniversary Gala at The National Press Club 529 14th St NW, to raise funds to help immigrants navigate our legal system, access justice and obtain the resources necessary to build safer, more secure lives for themselves and their families. Cocktails and light fare. Tickets: $125. Please make checks payable to: Ayuda, 1707 Kalorama Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20009 or purchase tickets online at www.ayuda.com. For more information call (202) 387-4848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, June 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, join Brightest Young Things for a complimentary happy hour (provided by Diageo) celebrating the launch of BYT All City, a brand new interactive and comprehensive event calendar in development with DC’s best and finest venues at the Gibson Guitar Showroom, 709 G Street NW. For more information, visit: www.brightestyoungthings.com.
Thursday, June 10 beginning at 6:30 PM, join White House Sous Chef Tafari Campbell (guest judge) at the Brainfood Grill-Off at the Decatur House at Lafayette Square, 748 Jackson Place Northwest. Chef Campbell will be joined by Amanda McClements and Susan Lacz Niemann. Together, they will judge dishes prepared by competing teams of amateur cooks who are paired up with a professional chef and a Brainfood program graduate. For more information, visit: www.brain-food.org.
Thursday, June 10 beginning at 7:00 PM, enjoy an evening of unique classical and jazz repertoire as some of Washington’s finest musicians come together in harmony at “Rhapsody for a Cure” to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, . The first half features the violin and double-bass duo of “Bridging the Gap” comprised of Peter Wilson and Aaron Clay. Tickets: $25/adult and free for children. For more information, visit: http://nca.mwoy.llsevent.org/pledge.
Thursday, June 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, join the Art Registry for an art exhibition benefiting Dress for Success at the Hotel Palomar, 2121 P Street NW. Entry is $20 cash at the door and includes wine provided by Little Black Dress Wines. RSVP: email@example.com.
Thursday, June 10 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM, come preview the Green Cup Polo event on June 27th while honor the award-winning jewelry designer, Evelyn Brooks at the Green Cup of Polo Happy Hour at MIO Restaurant, 1110 Vermont Avenue NW. A portion of the proceeds collected will benefit Green Cup Polo and the non-profit organizations involved. For details on the Green Cup of Polo please visit: www.greencuppolo.com.
Friday, June 11 from 5:00 – 8:30 PM, visit Jazz in the Garden at the Smithsonian Sculpture Garden, 700 Constitution Avenue NW. This free concert series features an array of jazz artists performing a range of styles—from swing to progressive to Latin—every Friday evening from 5pm to 8:30pm rain or shine (In case of inclement weather, concerts are held inside the Pavilion Café). Runs all summer on Fridays till September 10. See the full summer schedule here.
Friday, June 11 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, join fellow wine enthusiasts for Toast of the Town, a gathering of 500 winemakers from around the world with culinary works from over 30 area restaurants at The National Building Museum, 440 G Street NW. Tickets: $79/person - $149/VIP. For more information, visit: http://www.wineenthusiast.com.
Saturday, June 12 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, visit the Opening Reception of Gaia: Urban Romantic, new works and on-site installations at Irvine Contemporary, 1412 14th Street NW. Event is free, no rsvp necessary!
Saturday, June 12 at 7:30 PM, join in One Piano, Four Hands, the Washington Men’s Camerata, with special guests the U.S. Army Chorus, accompanied by two marvelous pianists playing on one piano in music of Claude Debussy, Walter Piston, David Conte, Modest Moussorgsky, and much more at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St NW. Tickets are $30 and available either from www.camerata.com or www.kennedy-center.org.
Saturday, June 12 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, join the Ballston Partnership for its monthly Ballston Arts & Crafts Market, Arlington’s only 100% handmade Market. Held in Welburn Square, located at North Stuart and North 9th Streets across from the Ballston Metro (on the Orange Line), to help support the community’s local artists and musicians. Free – no rsvp necessary. For more information, visit: http://ballstonarts-craftsmarket.blogspot.com
Sunday, June 13 from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, join over 250,000 people for the annual Capital Pride Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Festival includes: performances, food, arts, etc. Ticket prices range based on activity. For more information, visit: www.capitalpride.org/?page_id=1367.
Tuesday, June 15 from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, join Greater DC Cares for the Business & Nonprofit Philanthropy Summit and Awards – a half day forum and luncheon for regional business, nonprofit, education, and community leaders at the Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW. Come collaborate, learn and connect with our community’s most influential leaders. Register
Wednesday, June 16 from 6:30- 8:30 PM, join the Smithsonian Young Benefactors in celebrating their 21st year as Washington’s premier museum-based membership organization for young professionals at their Annual YB Birthday Bash at the Embassy of Finland, 3301 Massachusetts Avenue NW, to benefit the YB Culture4Kids Fund and The Smithsonian Associates. Enjoy a cocktail reception, light hors d’oeuvres, and birthday cupcakes provided by Georgetown Cupcake, along with a private viewing of the exhibition “Eero Saarinen & Washington: A Reputation for Innovation.” Tickets: YB Members $40; Non Members $45, www.YoungBenefactors.org or call 202-633-3030.
Thursday, June 17 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM, join City Arts at its 2nd Annual Bar Night and Silent Auction at Madam’s Organ Restaurant and Bar, 2461 18th Street NW, to support City Arts efforts to enliven DC’s neighborhoods through public art. The Duke Ellington mural on U St. NW is their most well known project. Madam’s Organ Restaurant and Bar will generously donate to City Arts 20% of all food purchases and $1 dollar for every drink. Tickets: free, www.cityartsdc.org.