One Day, Two Festivals for Beer and Wine Lovers

Looking for something to do on April 16th? Not feeling the Cherry Blossom Festival this year? Well, if you’re over 21, we’ve got you covered. DC is hosting not one, but two boozy festivals on the 16th, and whether you’re a budding sommelier or a craft beer connoisseur, they’ll have something to suit your tastes.

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DC Wine Fest, which kicked off last fall with their first annual event, is back with a spring edition of their wine-tasting marathon. Taking place at the Longview Art Gallery,  the all-day festival is broken up into multiple sessions, each featuring a VIP one-hour exclusive tasting for those willing to shell out a little more for a ticket. The rest of us get in an hour later, but still have a few hours to taste local varietals of various wines, check out the art on display, enjoy live music, and fill up on food.

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Grab your buddies and head to Nationals Park for the DC Beer Festival with 82 confirmed breweries! Image courtesy Facebook DC Beer Festival.

But if wine is not your scene, then set your sights on the DC Beer Festival, taking place the same day. Held at Nationals Park, the event features unlimited beer tastings from dozens of breweries, food trucks, lawn games, and live music. There are two sessions between noon and 8pm, and tickets cost $40. How better to get ready for cookout season than tasting a bunch of craft beers?

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Of course, the only thing better than spending a day tasting your prefered alcoholic beverage is doing so responsibly. Both locations are easily accessed by Metro, and you can visit either festival’s website (here for wine, here for beer) to learn more about how to get to the event and what to expect when you get there, as well as buy tickets.

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Bridey Heing

Bridey Heing is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C., and a staff writer at Hello Giggles. You can view more of her work here.

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