As the summer sunsets and the crispness of fall approaches, Washington, DC, is abuzz with events and news that will tantalize your taste buds and elevate your social calendar. From waterfront bashes to Michelin-starred collaborations, here’s a curated list of events in and around the capital.

First, you’ve got to check out these exclusive dinners at Centrolina (CityCenter DC). On September 13, Chef Amy and Scott Druno are whipping up a four-course meal that’s bound to be unforgettable. If you’re a Duran Duran fan, Estuary (Conrad DC) hosts a special menu inspired by the band on the same day as the September 13 concert at Capital One Arena. And if you’re a wine lover, head back to Centrolina for a Scacciadiavoli Wine Dinner on September 26.

The next day, September 14, JÔNT is hosting a fusion event with TEMPOS Vega Sicilia. Think MICHELIN-starred dishes paired with some of Spain’s finest wines. And speaking of celebrations, Mi Vida (Wharf) & Mi Casa (NEW! North Dupont Circle) are going all out for Mexican Independence Day on September 17. They’re serving up the traditional Chiles en Nogada, a dish that’s pure Mexico in every bite. Plus, Mi Vida has launched an intriguing “Locals Who Lunch” program (3-course Lunch for $24.99).

Fast forward to September 20, and Cranes is hosting an event with the Legendary Sake Distillery Katsuyama. And if you’re in the mood for a movie, The Wildest Hotel (St. Michael MD) is screening “The Parent Trap” on September 21. Experience the Ultimate Culinary Collaboration: Xiquet and Motorkat Tasting Event on September 24. Oh, and take advantage of the tropical vibes at The Elk Room (Baltimore) with their Monkey 47 Gin Takeover. Remember, The Valley Inn (Lutherville-Timonium, MD) is throwing its Annual Luau Party, where a portion of all Tito’s sales during September will go to the Maui Strong Fund.

September 23 is jam-packed. Hank’s on the Wharf is hosting a Farewell to Summer 2023 Bash, and jumping into October, Hank’s Old Town (Old Town ALX) is all about oysters with their OYSTERFEST 2023 on October 1. Later in October, there’s a Dinner Series (Moon Rabbit, PS7) with Chef Matt Baker at Gravitas.

In other news, Lutèce (Georgetown) has introduced a new weekend lunch, and we are thrilled to share that Isabel Coss, Executive Pastry Chef at The Popal Group (Lapis, Lutèce, Lapop), has been awarded FOOD & WINE Best New Chefs in America class of 2023. Pupatella is celebrating fig season. Grab a “Fig & Pig” pizza or a salad.

Quick Calendar Additions 

Conrad DC: Experience the “Monumental Harvest” Art Installation.

Ghostburger: Satisfy your cravings with the new “Burger of the Month” – The Chimichurri.

Schlow Restaurant Group: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with award-winning desserts. Order here.

Baker’s Daughter: Welcome fall with seasonal delights like Pumpkin Spice Muffin and Feeling Rosey Iced Latte.

Broadway at The NationalANNIE and PETER PAN will go on sale Friday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m.

September 16, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Book Signing: Join Sheila Johnson at Salamander Middleburg to unveil her memoir, “WALK THROUGH FIRE.” RSVP here

Negroni Week, Benefiting Slow Food (9/18-9/24): Pupatella, Lapis, Centrolina, Seven Reasons, The Saga, JOY by Seven Reasons, Imperfecto, and Quadrant, Immigrant Food, Cranes, Jiwa Singapura are joining the Negroni Week festivities. 

Tysons Corner Center, Now Through September 25: Rent The Runway Sample Sale arrives.

September 27, MAPP: Join the conversation at “From the Kitchen to Congress: A Seat at The Table,” sponsored by Immigrant Food. RSVP here.

October 2, Mr. Bake Sweets x Capital Pride Alliance: Kick off the Taste of Pride week, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and culinary artistry. More details here.

October 2, U.S. Dream Academy’s POWER OF A DREAM GALA: Celebrate 25 years of the U.S. Dream Academy at the Museum of the Bible. Tickets here

October 16, Moon Rabbit: Travel to NYC for the Baar Baar x Moon Rabbit popup—a fusion of culinary talents in the Big Apple. Reserve your spot.

October 21, Whitman-Walker 37th Annual Walk To End HIV & Open House: Join the walk at Gateway DC Pavilion and get an exclusive look at the new Max Robinson Center. More information here.

October 7, 2023, through January 7, 2024, African Modernism in America 1947-67: Groundbreaking exhibition at The Phillips Collection.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a new spot to hang out, Smoke & Mirrors on Capitol Hill have introduced a fantastic happy hour deal. And Ashok Bajaj is opening a new wine bar called Little Black Bird (Cleveland Park) next to Sababa.

Stay tuned, and mark your calendars for these unforgettable experiences!