As the year comes to an end we want to take a minute to reflect back on what was most fun and memorable in DC. From pub crawls to wonderful photo ops, here you’ll find some of our favorite events, places, and moments in 2015.
#1 Fall Foliage 2015
With the changing of the leaves— the city painted in gold, dark red and green—Washington D.C. is one of the best (at least in our opinions) place for beautiful photo ops. With a warmer than normal fall season we loved getting out and strolling through the city. It was the first time in awhile visitors from around the country were able to throw on a light sweater and take on The Nation’s best monuments without worrying about the biting wind. Take a look back at our post, DC’s Most Brilliant Foliage Photo Spots, for some travel inspiration for next Fall.
#2 2015 Cider Press Tasting
With DC/Northern Virginia quickly becoming the home of many new and upcoming craft cideries it was no surprise that we absolutely loved this year’s third annual Cider Press sampling event that took place in November. Attendees got a taste of some new and in-season ciders from local producers around the DC/ Virginia area while supporting a great cause, SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now). Drinkers sampled this year’s seasonal ciders like the Fall Harvest from Woodchuck and Cobbler Mountain’s Traditional Kickin Cinnamon—which was basically a homemade apple pie in the form of a cider.
#3 Once The Musical In DC
Once The Musical, an 8-time Tony Award-winner, came to The Kennedy Center for a few weeks of spectacular performances. The story follows a young Irish man and American woman who fall in love. With not only an enchanting tale, but incredible musical performances on the grand piano and banjo, the production captivated audiences from start to finish. We can only hope that Once The Musical will be back in DC soon. Keep an eye out on The Kennedy Center’s website for the latest announcements and ticket sales.
#4 Nightmare on M Street Halloween Pub Crawl
The only thing we love more than pub crawls are pub crawls on Halloween. This year’s “Nightmare on Elm Street” inspired theme took us all over the streets of DC getting our fill of $3 beers and $5 rum cocktails while dressed up in costumes! For 9 hours (5pm to midnight) bloody zombies, sexy witches, and one too many guys in togas hopped from U Street to Dupont Circle. Is it Halloween again yet?
#5 Landmark Music Festival 2015
This year kicked off Washington, DC’s first ever Landmark Music Festival. Not only did we get to hear our favorite artists from Drake to George Ezra, but we also went out to support a local cause—the restoration of The National Mall. This two-day music festival turned up hundreds of people to enjoy good music and delicious local eats, create their own virtual monuments, keep the park clean, all while raising money to enhance the city we know and love. Check out the festival round up video here, and make sure to look out for more information about next year’s lineup.
#6 The Christmas Tree Lighting at The National Harbor
With an unusually warm fall that led to a surprisingly warm winter season, we’ve been able to enjoy the best of DC while staying relatively warm. This past November was the perfect setting for the National Harbor Christmas Tree Lighting that took place on the Waterfront Plaza. People came out from all over to watch the 60 foot tree light up with 20,000 twinkling lights. With a view that took our breath away we stared in awe as the celebration finished by lighting up the sky with dazzling and colorful fireworks.
#7 Cherry Blossom Race
One of the most popular times of the year to visit DC is in April and May, due to the bright and beautiful cherry blossoms around the city. Since the weather got warm early this year, it was the perfect time to go for a run through the city. During this year’s Cherry Blossom Run, which fundraises money for The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, it was the first time since 2007 that the blossoms were peaking! There’s nothing better than going for a run on one of the first warm days of the season under the pink and white cherry trees. The next run will take place on April 3rd, 2016. Head here for more information regarding the 2016 Cherry Blossom Race.
#8 Reston Town Center Oktoberfest 2015
This year, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce held the fun-for-all Oktoberfest about 20 minutes from DC. In the streets of the beautiful town center, where it’s not uncommon to have a Redskins player living next door, people sipped on cold craft brews and munched on traditional German cuisine. This two-day festival hosted live music and dancing, mouth-watering sauerkraut, and craft vendors. Keep an eye out for more information about next year’s Oktoberfest, and the Reston Pumpkin 5k, on their website.
#9 The Grand Opening of Buredo
2015 was the year of oversized sushi and we were all about it. When Buredo finally opened this summer in NW Washington people filled the tiny corner shop waiting for their chance to get a bite. From the spicy Crazy 88 roll to the sweet and savory Elle roll, there was something Instagram worthy for everyone to enjoy. Check out the full menu here and check back for new additions to the menu this upcoming year!
#10 Awesome Con 2015
This year’s Awesome Con, held at Washington DC’s Convention Center brought out some of our favorite celebrities! The three-day convention Memorial Day Weekend event brought together fans of shows like Doctor Who and The Power Rangers. We got to listen to some incredible panels of Q&A’s from the the guys who voiced the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and dressed up as The Doctor. We cannot wait for this summer’s con. Tickets are on sale now and available here.