The James Foley Freedom Awards will honor three exceptional individuals who continue Jim’s legacy of moral courage and compassionate commitment to Americans held hostage abroad, to safety for independent conflict journalists, and to the human rights and dignity of all people. This year's awards will be held at the Newseum. 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW; jamesfoleyfoundation.org
Capital Caring, the largest nonprofit hospice provider in the mid-Atlantic region, will kick off its 40th anniversary celebration with an acoustic concert featuring Grammy Award-winner Olivia Newton-John, Grammy nominee Beth Nielsen Chapman, and SOCAN Award-winner Amy. Olivia, Beth, and Amy will perform songs from their newly recorded album, LIV ON, which seeks to empower individuals who are facing a time of challenge with lyrics of hope and compassion. Concert attendees will learn about the singers’ own grief journeys and how they channeled their healing into this heartfelt album. 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW; capitalcaring.org
This black tie gala will kick off with a VIP reception at 6:00pm, followed by the Awards Ceremony and dinner at 7:00pm. During the Ceremony each of our 2017 Inductees or their families will be brought on stage to receive their official medallions and be honored for their groundbreaking, patented innovations. Mo Rocca, CBS Sunday Morning correspondent and host of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation will be the Master of Ceremonies. The event will wrap up with an Innovation Celebration After Party, which immediately follows the awards and dinner. All of the festivities will be held at the National Building Museum. Buy tickets here. 401 F St. NW; invent.org
Enjoy the “fastest two minutes in American sports,” at the Willard InterContinental’s annual Bonnets & Bowties Kentucky Derby Party. Celebrate the 143rd Kentucky Derby in the Willard Room with an afternoon of Maker’s Mark mint juleps, an open beer and wine bar, a southern style Buffet, a live jazz ensemble, casino-style games, as well as a contest for the “Best Derby Bonnet” and “Fanciest Bow Tie.” Tickets are $99 per person. 4:30-7 p.m. 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 202-628-9100; washington.intercontinental.com.
DC SCORES helps over 2,200 kids in 55 schools develop into healthy teens and young adults. Proceeds from this event held at Hyphen Gallery will make a meaningful difference in thousands of kids’ lives. Tickets are available for purchase here. 6-8 p.m. 1402 Okie St. NW; unitedexpressions.com
Treat your mother to an extravagant brunch buffet at the Willard InterContinental. Set against the grand backdrop of the storied Willard and Crystal Ballrooms, amongst the soothing sounds of the piano and harp, guests will indulge in a delectable assortment of brunch favorites from a variety of action stations including omelets, waffles, fresh seafood, and hand carved meats. Tickets are $110 per adult, $55 per child (5-12 years old) with children under five complimentary. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 202-628-9100; washington.intercontinental.com.
Women Making History Honors is an elegant reception and awards program that recognizes a select group of women who have made a significant contribution to their field and serve as an inspiration to women everywhere. The event will be held at the Carnegie Institution for Science. Tickets are available for purchase here. 1530 P St. NW
In partnership with the German Embassy, this year's gala will manifest a spring celebration of German Art and Culture. Every year the Gala continues to raise crucial resources for the museum's acclaimed educational programs. The proceeds will go towards educational reform from grades K-12 and promoting art, wellness, and lifelong learning in the Washington, D.C. community, across the country, and globally. 1600 21st St., 202-387-2151; phillipscollection.org
The Contemporaries Bash will follow The Phillips Collection Annual Gala. This year the 2017 Contemporaries Bash will host Berlin Underground, an event which will bring the essence of the German capitol to Dock 5 from the city's vibrant musical nightlife culture to its cocktails, food, and fashion. Union Market, 1309 Fifth St., 202-387-2151; phillipscollection.org
Organized in conjunction with Race 13.1, the premier half marathon series, this new event will include a half marathon, a 10K and a 5K run throughout The Greenbrier’s 11,000-acre playground. The race will begin at 7 a.m. at The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center – the home of New Orleans Saints Training Camp the last three summers – with the finish line located on the North Lawn of The Greenbrier. 300 W Main St, White Sulphur Springs, WW; greenbrier.com
The David Lynch Foundation, a global charitable organization that addresses the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress amongst at-risk populations, will host a star-studded event at The Kennedy Center featuring music and stand-up comedy to raise support for the Foundation’s mission of providing stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation to veterans with post-traumatic stress, inner-city youth, and women who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Proceeds from the evening will be used to teach meditation to 10,000 at-risk adults and youth in the greater Washington, DC area in partnership with veteran service organizations, after-school clubs, women’s centers, correctional institutions, homeless shelters, and THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus). Special guests will include Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Hugh Jackman, Margaret Cho, Katie Couric, Ben Folds, and more! Additional information and ticket sales are available here. 2700 F St. NW, 202-467-4600; kennedycenter.org
Witness the world premiere of Songs by Cole, a ballet with a live jazz trio performing the beloved music of Cole Porter. Feel the New Orleans rhythms of Rue Noir by New York choreographer, Jennifer Archibald. Experience the sultry tangos of Sur by Argentinean choreographer Jorge Amarante, the provocative beauty of Arranged and the soaring athleticism of the poignant male duet Exit Wounds, by Diane Coburn Bruning. Five ballets. Three choreographers. Three music ensembles performing live onstage at Sidney Harman Hall. An evening from award-winning choreographer Diane Coburn Bruning and her troupe of principal dancers assembled from major ballet companies and DC’s finest brass, jazz and chamber musicians. Tickets range from $30-45 and can be purchased here. 610 F St. NW; chamberdance.org
MASH by Brooklyn Brewery is a tour around the world where you’ll feast on great food including Garden of Eatin’® products and drink plenty of beer. This year they’ll be hosting a Beer Mansion from October 21-22, which will be held at Dupont Underground – a labyrinth of immersive experiences to wander and engage with a world inspired by the spirit of Brooklyn’s favorite beer styles. At the DC tour stop, you’ll find a wall full of Garden of Eatin’® samples within the mansion so you can grab the perfectly crunchy snack to pair with your favorite beer. 19 Dupont Circle NW; brooklynbrewerymash.com/dc