10 summer food and drink festivals

WASHINGTON — Hungry for summer? Yeah, so are we. Here’s a roundup of summer food and drink festivals taking place this season throughout the D.C. area.

Man in grey T shirt serving pulled pork street food holding sandwich with rind and serving tongs in the foreground
Beer, Bourbon and BBQ
Saturday, June 15  This annual multicity touring event stops at National Harbor for a weekend in June. Expect more than 60 beers, more than 40 bourbons and lots of barbecue. (Getty Images) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/emilysophie2)
Portside in Old Town Summer Festival 
Saturday, June 22  Catch a waterfront beer garden from Port City Brewing Company, plus pop-ups from Pizzeria Paradiso, Rockland’s BBQ and Dolci Gelati at Alexandria’s summer cultural festival. There will also be live music (everything from Ethiopian jazz to Latin folk) and family activities. (Sam Kittner) (Sam Kittner)
When the garages are full, the executive director of The Wharf Community Association suggests drivers "think about parking up at L’Enfant Plaza and walking down the brand-new Banneker Overlook stairs. It's really easy and the view of the Wharf from the Banneker overlook is amazing." (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Taste the Philippines: D.C. Filipino Food Festival
Saturday, June 22 Sample Filipino food from some of the area’s best chefs and take in Filipino cultural performances, music and activities for kids on District Pier at The Wharf. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)   (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
bbq spareribs in barbecue smoker, grilled pork meat ribs
Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle
June 22 and 23  One of the biggest food events in the D.C. area, the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle brings two days of culinary demonstrations, grilled meats and cooking competitions to the nation’s capital. Plus, more than 30 bands will perform throughout the weekend. (Getty Images) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/Axel Bueckert)
Children learn a Peruvian dance at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 29 and 30  Food isn’t the only thing you’ll find at this annual festival on the National Mall. This year’s event celebrates the social power of music, so expect live concerts, instrument-making workshops, a local record label market and more.  (AP/Molly Riley) (AP/Molly Riley)
Purcellville Wine & Food Festival
Saturday, July 13 Drink (and eat) in the heart of Virginia’s wine country. There will also be live entertainment and activities for adults and children. (AP/Chris Tilley) (AP/Chris Tilley)
Brew at the Zoo
Thursday, July 18 Experience the Smithsonian National Zoo like you can’t during normal operating hours. This annual fundraising event features unlimited tastings from more than 70 breweries, plus food trucks and live entertainment. (Getty Images/Allison Shelley) (Getty Images/Allison Shelley)
Sloane Stephens of the U.S. slams a forehand to compatriot Madison Keys during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Thursday, June 7, 2018 in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Taste of Tennis
Monday, July 29 D.C.’s Taste of Tennis event at The Hamilton Live features appearances from some of the area’s best chefs and the country’s top tennis stars. (AP/Michel Euler) (AP/Michel Euler)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  A general view of atmosphere at the Bank of America Lifestyle Seminar - Puffed and Stuffed: An Empanada Seminar hosted by Bunbury's Paula Costa and Josh Wesson during the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach on February 21, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jacqueline Romano/Getty Images For SOBEWFF)
Around the World Cultural Food Festival
Saturday, Aug. 17  The name of the event says it all: Participating vendors sell food and teach visitors about the cultures behind the respective dishes. Admission is free; there is a cost for food. (Getty Images For SBWFF/Jacqueline Romano) (Getty Images For SBWFF/Jacqueline Romano)
Maryland crabs are in season April through October. (WTOP/Ginger Whitaker)
Crab, Wine and Beer Festival
Saturday, Aug. 24 National Harbor is home to this annual all-you-care-to-taste tradition. There will be more than 50,000 crabs, lots of beverages, live music, arts and crafts and more. (WTOP/Ginger Whitaker) (WTOP/Ginger Whitaker)
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Man in grey T shirt serving pulled pork street food holding sandwich with rind and serving tongs in the foreground
When the garages are full, the executive director of The Wharf Community Association suggests drivers "think about parking up at L’Enfant Plaza and walking down the brand-new Banneker Overlook stairs. It's really easy and the view of the Wharf from the Banneker overlook is amazing." (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
bbq spareribs in barbecue smoker, grilled pork meat ribs
Children learn a Peruvian dance at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
Sloane Stephens of the U.S. slams a forehand to compatriot Madison Keys during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Thursday, June 7, 2018 in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  A general view of atmosphere at the Bank of America Lifestyle Seminar - Puffed and Stuffed: An Empanada Seminar hosted by Bunbury's Paula Costa and Josh Wesson during the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach on February 21, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jacqueline Romano/Getty Images For SOBEWFF)
Maryland crabs are in season April through October. (WTOP/Ginger Whitaker)

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