Many view the world as their oyster, likely because of the Earth's shimmery shell, and soft, delicious core. Achieve mollusk-based ambitions with today's Groupon: for $55, you get one admission, which includes unlimited tastings from your souvenir tasting glass, to the second-annual Chesapeake Oyster & Beer Festival (an $85 value). Join your fellow shuckers and guzzlers on Friday, February 18, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., in the National Harbor's Sunset Room for bottomless beers, wine, live music, oysters, and more foodie finds from local restaurants.
Beer lovers can sample more than 20 beers, including Ommegang Hennepin, Longhammer IPA, Guinness, Smithwick's, Magic Hat #9, and Dogfish Head. This year's festival includes a smoky selection of wines, as well. While sipping, slide more than 10 varieties of raw, steamed, roasted, or rockefellered oysters shipped in for your consumption. Because humans cannot support a belly full of drink on oysters alone, create a steady drinking base with frogmore stew, a mix of shrimp, sausage, corn, and potatoes.
In case oysters and beer make you want to dance or chill out, listen to the dulcet sounds of Looking for Lester, who will keep the music going all night. If you need another reason to feel good about drinking beer and eating oysters, a portion of the festival's proceeds go to the Giving Spirits Foundation.
Tysons Fall Harvest
It may be the inaugural year of Tysons Fall Harvest, but it already has the docket to rival any well-established fall festival. This family-friendly event will keep kids entertained with plenty of activities, from pony rides and petting zoos to a hay maze and pumpkin carving. Those who need to brush up on their carving skills can sit in on demonstrations from master pumpkin carvers or head to the craft corner to paint or just hug a gourd that escaped.
Even without kids in tow, adults will have plenty to do, including visiting the wine and beer garden for unlimited samples when they purchase a tasting glass, as well as shopping a marketplace with pumpkins and fall decor. They might even consider dropping by Rocknoceros's set at the live-music stage; they might be a kids' band, but their acclaim has landed them gigs at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and the Kennedy Center. A portion of the Harvest's proceeds will benefit the Spirit of Hope Children's Foundation.
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