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Sunday, May 17, 12:00 – 6:00 PM, 28th annual Taste of Arlington, hosted by the Ballston Business Improvement District (BID) to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), on Wilson Blvd from Glebe Rd to N. Quincy St. Showcasing more than 50 restaurants. Free/general admission, $35/tastings, info.

Friday, May 15

12:00 – 5:00 PM, Digital Beltway at The Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Half-day conference exploring technology and digital resources changing global policy and politics. $70, info.

8:30 PM, Birds of a Feather Gala and Flock Together Gala After-Party at The Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Avenue SW. Drinks, dessert buffet, and dancing with a special performance by BETTY. info.  

6:00 – 9:00 PM, DC Lamb Jam Preview at the Occidental Grill & Seafood, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Spring training for your grill game. Final Lamb Jam Grand Tasting continues on Sunday, May 17 at Union Market! $100, info

Saturday, May 16

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Capitol Pet Expo at The Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD. Meet Shorty Rossi and Hercules, stars of PIT BOSS on Animal Planet; learn about pet care and activism with great giveaways and prizes. Free, info.  

6:00 PM, The Navy Safe Harbor Foundation’s Fashion for Fighters Gala at The Army Navy Club, 901 17th St NW. Night for comradery, support and giving back. Guests will enjoy fashion shows by four local women’s and menswear designers. $75 - $175, info.    

5:00 – 10:00 PM, M&M's Opera in the Outfield at Washington Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St SE. Opera broadcast live from The Kennedy Center Opera House to the high-definition NatsHD scoreboard at the ballpark. Free, info.   

Tuesday, May 19, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, 4th annual Memorial Day Kick-Off and Tribute to Veterans at The Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St SE. with CBS' Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, Reps. Mike Coffman, Ryan Zinke and other bipartisan Members of Congress, and Air Force ace fighter pilot General Steve Ritchie. With a Markers Mark bourbon tasting, premium wines and beer, light hors d'oeuvres, and performance by tenor Anthony Kearns. Proceeds benefit K9s for Warriors - $100/person, $35/young professional/military (voluntary contribution), tickets and info.

Saturday, May 16  

7:30 PM, Alors On Dance at La Maison Française / Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd NW.  Drinks, buffet and dancing to your favorite French tubes (and a few American tunes). $45, info.  

11:00 M – 5:00 PM, Beer Bacon Music at the Fairgrounds E-ventplex, 797 E Patrick St Frederick, MD. | $30, includes 12 oz pours, samples, and bacon vendors with dishes for sale, info.  

Sunday, May 17

6:00 – 9:00 PM, DC Lamb Jam Grand at Union Market, 1309 5th St NE. Spring training for your grill game. $60, info.

10:00 AM, Annual Blessing of the Dogs at National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circ NW. Each dog and owner will receive individual blessing. Free, info.  

11:30 – 3:00 PM, Pet Collection Event (with Washington Humane Society) at Shinola, 1534 14th St NW. Complimentary mini grooming services for whiskered friends, refreshments and light snacks. WHS on-site with adoptable animals. Free, info.  

5:30 – 7:30 PM, Concerts in the Park at Volta Park, 34th Street & Volta Pl NW. Featuring Georgetown’s singer-songwriter Rebecca McCabe accompanied by the Human Country Jukebox band. Free, info.