There’s always something to do in The District! Check out my curated event list for Black Professionals in Washington, DC this week.
1. EVENTS DC CHERRY BLAST
Friday, April 4, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Events DC Cherry Blast presents a Japanese-inspired festival with food tastings, interactive art exhibits and music playing throughout the night. On Friday, Dock 5 at Union Market will be transformed into a vibrant Tokyo streetscape featuring authentic street food curated by Maketto’s Chef Erik Bruner-Yang and five of the top Asian chefs in DC, sumo wrestling demonstrations, interactive art, origami, video game lounge and DJ Mel spinning throughout the night. Come taste all the food offerings, sample Suntory Japanese Whisky Toki, Kirin beer, Sake and be immersed in the cultural experience. Learn more here.
2. DC NPHC GREEKS ON THE MALL: UNITED FOR SERVICE
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Washington, DC (DCNPHC) at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial for “DCNPHC Greeks on the Mall: United for Service” with the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS will provide all of the tools and equipment for the project. NPS asks that you bring your own water, wear closed-toe shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, bring sunscreen, bug spray and snacks, if needed. They encourage everyone to wear his or her Greek (or favorite team) paraphernalia and bring a pre-packed bag lunch so that we can eat on the Mall together.Learn more here.
3. CHERRY BLOSSOM YOGA IN THE KOGOD COURTYARD
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Do you love yoga as much as you love cherry blossoms? Well, come celebrate the best and pinkest time of the year with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, and Brightest Young Things by getting your yoga on in the incredibly instagrammable Kogod Courtyard. Enjoy a free Vinyasa yoga class taught by Ahmed Jabali-Nash! All levels welcome. Stop by the Courtyard Café for a post yoga refreshment. Learn more here.
4. SIMPLY CECILY TRUNK SHOW
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fashion Designer and Simply Cecily Founder Cecily Stewart Habimana is pleased to present her ready-to-wear collection “Everything’s Better In a Skirt.” Specializing in African print fashion, this collection features complex patterns and bright colors that showcases both femininity and unity. The pieces will be available in multiple sizes including women with curves. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. Be sure to join them at DC’s most stylish boutique Nubian Hueman for an afternoon of fun, fashion and shopping! Learn more here.
5. THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS TAKEOVER BRUNCH
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 12:45 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
The DC chapter of the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP) is calling all Aries and Taurus’ to come brunch in style. This birthday brunch is for you! We’re celebrating all of our Aries and Taurus birthdays over brunch. But of course all are welcome to partake in the festivities-even if it isn’t your birthday! Come join the YPs as they take over brunch! Learn more here.
6. CHEF’N ON THE GO ALL YOU CAN EAT AND DRINK BEER, CRABS AND SHRIMP
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Who doesn’t like to stuff their face on a warm Saturday afternoon? For $30 a person come experience an all you can eat beer buttery crabs, shrimp and drinks along with salmon as well as whiting fish dinner served with two sides. Guests should expect to wash down all their buttery seafood with ice cold Coronas and Heinekens. Learn more here.
7. DANCEHALL REGGAE SOCA DAYPARTY
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Dancehall Reggae and Soca is a special edition Day Party movement at The Park at 14th. Come and experience dancehall, reggae, afrobeats, hip-hop and R&B all on different floors. It’s just that simple, come to the pop-up Day Party and enjoy the best of all the best music genres. Learn more here.
8. DISTRICT OF CURVES: THE WASHINGTON DC FULL FIGURED FASHION SHOW
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Washington DC full figured Fashion Show is back. District of Curves has returned to Washington DC for a 4th straight season. This year their show will be hosted by Plus Model Christina Mendez. District of Curves is the premier full figured fashion showcase in the nation’s capital. They have created an event for designers, retailers, models and all who cater to the curvy community, to showcase their stylings, their talents and their services. Learn more here.
9. WHISKEY’S POETRY AND HIP HOP
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Come support local artists and headliners Tha Holy Trinity and Black Assets. There will be general admission tickets for friends, strangers and fans of Whiskey. If you love an artist and are coming to see them be sure to choose their ticket payment type — eighty percent of those funds go directly into their pockets. Whiskey poetry and hip-hop is ready to have to great time with you. Learn more here.
10. PAINT LIKE BASQUIAT
Sunday, April 16, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Looking for something different to do on a Sunday evening? Tired of the regular boring paint classes in DC? ArtJamz Dupont Studio has created a special paint night created for the true artist inside of you. So put on your crown and come combine figure painting and abstraction just like legendary artist Jean-Michael Basquiat in this paining class. Learn more here.
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