Just because you decided to spend the last unofficial weekend of summer close to home doesn't mean you have to stay locked up indoors watching Real Housewives reruns. Check out this list of things to do in the DC area to wish farewell to hot, sticky weather.
Baltimore is known for its delicious crabs, lively Inner Harbor and the Orioles. It's also known as the site of the 2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore. The event features open-wheeled IndyCars traveling around the streets of Baltimore at speeds of up to 180 mph. The event also features a "Taste of Maryland" event featuring a Budweiser Party Zone and wine bars as well as family-friendly entertainment including local and regional bands and performers. Races take place all weekend but the main event, the IZOD IndyCar Series race, takes place on Sunday. A variety of all-inclusive ticket packages are available as well as general admission. Visit the Grand Prix of Baltimore website for more information.
Are You Ready for Some Football?
College football officially kicks off its season this weekend. There are plenty of bars in the DC/MD/VA area for you to cheer your alma matter to victory. Head out to the Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill or Bailey's Pub and Grille and cheer on UVA and Virginia Tech. West Virginia alumni can cheer the Mountaineers to victory at Ragtime in Arlington. Head on over to Buffalo Billiards in Dupont Circle if you're fans of Michigan. Other local bars to catch the game include Crystal City Sports Pub, 201 Bar, BlackFinn American Saloon, the Bottom Line and the Exchange.
Work of Art
Remember the days of doodling sidewalk chalk designs on your driveway? After you're done reminiscing, head on over to the Corcoran Gallery of Art where you will find chalk artists Julia Benton and Whitney Waller use the beautiful artwork found at the gallery as inspiration for sidewalk art. The sidewalk chalk artwork will be featured on the sidewalk outside of the gallery's main entrance off 17th Street. The Corcoran Gallery of Art features an expansive collection of 19th and 20th century American and European art, dynamic exhibits, gallery tours, workshops, lectures and more. The gallery also features a cafe and shop. The sidewalk chalk drawing event is free. Visit the Corcoran Gallery of Art website for more information.
A Taste of the Renaissance
If thou art fans of the 16th century, then head on over to the Maryland Renaissance Festival (also known as RennFest) where you will find a re-creation of a 16th century English village complete with food and craft vendors, five pubs, 10 entertainment stages, a jousting arena and other sorts of fun activities. The festival also features plenty of people in 16th century costumes, strolling musicians and magicians, delicious century-specific fare like steak-on-a-stake and massive smoked turkey legs, plus a free children's activity area, free pony rides and juggling school. Tickets are available online. Visit the Maryland Renaissance Festival website for more information.