Ever since its launch in 1999, the DC Independent Film Festival has celebrated autonomous filmmaking around the world through competition and screenings. All of the festival's selections are Washington DC premieres, and many are being shown for the first time in the world. Hailing from various countries and cultures, these projects include narrative features, shorts, and documentaries. They also span genre: throughout the day, comedy and horror films share screening space with experimental and interactive projects. To complement this showcase, the DCIFF also features a schedule of seminars and workshops on featured films and aspects of the filmmaking process. They've even sponsored panel talks with members of the United States Congress.
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.
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.
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.
Bras and bars make for a lovely pair at the DC Bra Crawl. As a means of raising funds for breast cancer research and awareness, the chug-a-lug certainly raises awareness, and plenty of eyebrows, with its fetching hook: bras. Participants start the day by checking in at RFD Washington between noon and 3 p.m. Then, until 10 p.m., they'll parade through nearby participating bars, drinking and dancing for a good cause. But all the while, revelers must be wearing fully exposed bras?which can be worn alone or over the shirt?to draw attention to the cause, and in some cases, improve posture. The rule applies to the men of the pub crawl too. Meanwhile, cupped cavorters can take advantage of discounted food specials and aim to win prizes and cash giveaways announced throughout the night.