For $55, today's side deal scores fans of beers and bivalves admission to the Chesapeake Oyster and Beer Festival on Friday, February 19 (an $85 value). The festival takes place at the Sunset Room at National Harbor and runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Simply present your Groupon and an ID proving that you've been carefully aged for at least 21 years. You'll also get a souvenir glass to use for all your beer tasting.
The Chesapeake Oyster and Beer Festival is an all-you-care-to-eat extravaganza featuring more than 24,000 oysters. Raw, steamed, roasted, and Rockefellered, all are served fresh by world-class shuckers. Future presidential candidates, however, will want to slurp down a few of the founding fathers' favorite oysters, Charleston's roasted oysters. If you prefer food that requires chewing, the festival also offers a ton of seafood, meat, vegetarian, and vegan dishes.
Once you've loaded up a table of empty shells and made a few bad "Aw, shucks" puns, wash it all down with any of the 32 craft beers, more than 30 wines, or a few spirits. The beer menu includes Guinness, Ommegang Hennepin, Pyramid Fling, Magic Hat Vinyl, Woodchuck ciders, Widmer Hefeweizen, and many more. The Chesapeake Oyster and Beer Festival will also feast your ears with a full schedule of live music and exhibits.
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.