When the Rolling Stones wanted a chorus to sing with them during their last gig on their "50 and Counting" tour, they knew who to call: The Washington Chorus. That unexpected melding of talent is a testament to the group's stellar reputation—the Grammy-winning ensemble is noted for its ability to engage a wide range of audiences. And they've done just that for more than 50 seasons, delighting ears with a repertoire of classical masterpieces and modern compositions. Equally committed to enriching their community, the chorus performs free concerts throughout the greater D.C. area, sponsors a junior choir, and gently corrects anyone who misspells "requiem."
Since 1981, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, has aimed to provide a gathering place for gay people and educate the public about their community through the arts. Since then, the award-winning choir—which rings with the voices of nearly 300 members—has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Theatre, and the Obama inaugural celebration, as well as at venues throughout the world. Their upbeat productions also have been the soundtrack at community events for the Whitman-Walker Clinic and PFLAG.
DAR Constitution Hall, D.C.'s largest concert venue. The hall, which opened in 1929, was originally designed to house the annual Daughters of the American Revolution convention. The first musical event in the hall was on November 2, 1929, and since then it has played host to everyone from Duke Ellington to George Carlin to the Moscow Philharmonic to Aerosmith. It is now a national historic landmark that welcomes more than a half a million patrons a year.
Drink the World International Beer Fest, one of the world's biggest beer-tasting events with more than 85 beers from dozens of countries, including:
Each guest gets an event passport that yields unlimited pours during their four-hour session. They'll also dine on global cuisine, hear live music, and be entered in a complimentary raffle. Other prizes include awards for best international outfits, and everyone is sent home with a souvenir tasting glass and pictures from the complimentary photo booth.
Project DC Events helps locals get to know D.C. and Arlington by hosting fun-filled events, including parties, bar crawls, and festivals. It puts on the Christmas-themed DC Santa Crawl, the costume-filled Clarendon Halloween Crawl, the extremely bright Neon Drink ON Summer Beer Fest, and many more. These events entertain thousands with drinks, games, photo booths, raffles, and danceable music.
Project DC Events organizes jubilant bar crawls, such as The DC Santa Crawl, Bright and Pint, Pink and Drink, Cupid's Bar Crawl, The Shamrock Crawl, All American Bar Crawl, and Clarendon Halloween Crawl, which allow visitors to enjoy drink specials at a wide range of Dupont Circle drinking spots. In addition to discounts on drinks, events often include complimentary party favors, pictures, and prizes.
One of many vaudeville and movie palaces that sprung up in the 1920s, the Warner Theatre today drops jaws in much the same way it did in its infancy: with glittering chandeliers, gilded ceilings, and red-felt seats. Yet before transforming into its modern incarnation, it served as a film-only venue with such luxuries as a rooftop garden and a ballroom in the basement. The Warner even had a dance troupe akin to the Rockettes?called the Roxyettes?who would high-kick before and after the screen lit up.
After falling into disarray in the '70s, the Warner became a concert venue, saving it from the wrecking ball but forcing it to require a complete renovation in 1989 to remove years of grime and stray musical notes lodged between seat cushions. At the reopening gala, a host of stars performed, including Frank Sinatra in what would prove to be his last DC show.
Sound Excursions describes their carefully curated group experiences as "field trips for adults." It's easy to see why: every outing takes groups to a new realm of Washington, whether it's the frothy shores of Puget Sound, inland forests and mountains, or tables at Seattle's thriving restaurants. The events held at these diverse locations range from culinary workshops on topics such as sushi-making and moonshine-tasting, to adventurous excursions with whitewater rafting or kayaking, to laid-back themed party cruises. For many outings, luxury transportation is provided.