Today’s side deal gets you a day's worth of boozy bourbon, finely fermented ales, and barbecued piggies. For $40, you get an VIP admission ticket (a $65 value) to the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival for Whole Hog Friday Night Pig Pickin' on June 18 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at National Harbor on the waterfront. Your ticket gets you unlimited samples of more than 60 beers and 40 bourbons with your own souvenir tasting glass, as well as access to live music, a movie screening, and a barbecue dinner.
Mosey into any tasting tent for samples from the massive, subject-to-change drink menu, which you can freely taste all night. Selections may include smooth and full-bodied bourbons such as the popular Knob Creek and Basil Hayden, as well as a variety of single-barrel batches and rarer brands, such as the Evan Williams Single Barrel and Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year. For the malt and hops lover, the fest also boasts an array of satisfyingly sophisticated beers. You may end up sampling Dogfish Head Raison D'etre 90 Min IPA, Sierra Nevada ESB Summerfest, and Coopers Brewery Extra Stout. Pick up your barbecue dinner with pulled pork and all the fixins to pad your stomach for the next round of tasting, then sit back and listen to live music, challenge your buddy to ride the mechanical bull, or check out the main stage schedule for some aural amusement.
You must have a valid ID to gain entry into the festival.
- Bourbon, Beer and BBQ festival is all about beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbeque eatin’. – Rex, Savory Reviews
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.
137 National Plaza
National Harbor, Maryland 20745Get Directions