Food Fests, Summer Treats, DC Dining Deals: 15+ Ways to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Summer

From crab, wine and beer fests across the D.C. area to a pop-up event where you have to dress up and bring your own picnic, there are plenty of ways to get a taste (or a lot of tastes) of summer.

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Ice cream might be a classic summer food, but who said there's no such thing as a summer donut? Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, which has locations in both D.C. and Falls Church, is offering August flavors such as the Sangria, Banana Guava "Smoothie" and Key Lime Pie.
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The iconic Irish brewery recently opened their only U.S. outpost just south of Baltimore, and you can take a self-guided tour for free. But the real treats obviously come from the taproom, where six-ounce glasses set you back just $2.50. They have at least nine made-in-America varieties available.
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Prepare your portal gun for Aug. 9. Drink Company's newest 7th Street NW venture is all about famed Adult Swim show "Rick and Morty." Fans can expect sci-fi-themed decor and themed cocktails, including the Morty's Mind Blower and Pickle Rick Back. Drinks cost between $12 and $15, but entry to the pop-up bar is free.
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Stretch your dollar and live it up during D.C.'s Restaurant Week (Aug. 13-19), when dozens of local restaurants will offer specially priced menus. Participating restaurants -- which aren't just limited to inside District borders -- include 1789 Restaurant, Ambar (whose small plates are shown here), Hank's Pasta Bar, Lost Society, Maketto, Morton's, NoPa Kitchen + Bar, The Pig, Urban Butcher, Voltaggio Brothers Steak House and many, many (...many) more.
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Dress in all white, pack a picnic and grab a table that's easy to carry to a location that'll be announced only minutes before -- sounds like the quirky yet elegant Dîner en Blanc is back.It's coming up in D.C. on Aug. 25; you can find registration information on their website. Past locations have included the National Mall. Want to know more? Their website also offers an FAQ.
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Morgan West, Brookland’s Finest
Crab festivals abound this summer. The the Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival is headed to National Harbor on Aug. 18. Brookland’s Finest in D.C. is again hosting its weekly Crab Boils this summer, featuring a prix fixe menu of steamed Maryland blue crabs with beer pairings from local breweries. The menu will be available Tuesdays during crab season for $35, with D.C. Brau beers in August.
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If you're seeking something more than just your standard snow cone, the Korean shave ice dessert Patbingsoo is perfect for sharing and comes with chopped fruit, fruit syrup and more sweet treats. You can find Patbingsoo in Korean bakeries like Shilla Bakery or Siroo Juk Story, which both have multiple locations in the D.C. area. More interested in adult beverages? The St. Regis on 16th Street NW offers two "adult snow cone" cocktails, the Peach Melba Snow Cone (Belvedere peach vodka, lemon, lavender sugar, fresh peach and a micro flowers garnish) and the Pomegranate Crush Snow Cone (lemon, fresh pomegranate, Pama liquor, Ketel One Citron and fresh mint).
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K. Summerer for Visit Alexandria
Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week is coming up Aug. 17-26 -- and yes, that includes two weekends. You can indulge without breaking the bank as 50+ local restaurants offer deals. New in 2018, brunch specials are rolling out at $15 or $22 per person at 15 spots, including Chadwicks (pictured). You can also score $35 dinners for two and $35 three-course dinner specials; some locations are also offering $15 or $22 lunch specials. Mia's Italian Kitchen and Café 44 are new participants this year; returning champs include Hank’s Pasta Bar, BRABO and Vermilion.
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Nauti Foods serves up treats right on the Potomac for hungry kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders.
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Truckeroo at the Bullpen adjacent to Nats Park offers two more chances this summer to catch the monthly(ish) food truck fest: Aug. 10 and Sept. 28. See participating trucks here.
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Dreaming of a Caribbean vacation? The Colada Shop’s rooftop deck and vibrant decor transport you to Little Havana without leaving the District. The tropical inspired cocktail menu includes pouched drinks like rum mules and pitchers of mojitos and sparkling pineapple sangria.
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Corn dogs, cheese steaks, fried Oreos.... Hey, it's summer, so the calories don't count (right?). Take your pick of more than a dozen regional county fairs. The fun kicked off with the Fauquier County Fair in July and continues all the way into early fall with the St. Mary's County Fair (Sept. 20-23) and the D.C. State Fair (Sept. 23).
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Find tips and burger recipes to make your backyard barbecue sizzle.
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From smoothies to fruit pizza, there are many delicious ways to snack on nature's bounty. South Block Juice serves up Instagram-worthy acai bowls topped with various fruits and granola.
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