Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Jazz in the Sculpture Garden this June!

One of my favorite things to do on warm (not too warm) summer nights is to meet up with friends and enjoy some sangria and jazz at the Sculpture Garden. It's the perfect way to end the week. The Pavilion Café is open during the event but is often so crowded it's best to bring your own picnic basket.

You can also preorder a $25 keepsake basket for two via the National Gallery's website. The basket includes Saratoga water, summer sausage and cheese, fresh-baked artisan breads, two gourmet spreads, and local seasonal fruit. The basket also contains a stamped postcard of an American masterpiece from the Gallery's collection, a pen, and a current Calendar of Events. Not bad for the price. To order the baskets and wines by the bottle, click here or call (202) 289-3360 by 6:00 p.m. on the prior Wednesday.

Not the type to make plans in advance? Why not stop by Cow Girl Creamery on the way to pick some cheese and a crusty loaf of bread to share. It's located at 919 F Street NW and has the most delightful selection of artisan cheeses. You're sure to find something everyone will love and their knowledgeable staff is more than happy to offer up a few suggestions. Then you'll still have room for dinner later at one of the many amazing restaurants in Penn Quarter. There! I just planned your Friday night for the next 4 weeks. Enjoy!

National Gallery of Art
Jazz in the Garden in June
5:00 - 8:30pm
Rain or shine

June 4
Berklee World Jazz Nonet
(DC Jazz Festival)

June 11
Deanna Bogart

June 18
Ron and Ryan Diehl
(Father's Day tribute)

June 25
(jump swing band)

Concerts take place in front of the Pavilion Café
There is no charge for the jazz performances
Sculpture Garden hours are extended to 9:30pm

Picnickers may bring blankets
Alcoholic beverages and coolers are not permitted
The Pavilion Café and carts located on the patios offer a seasonal light fare menu and cold beverages

Constitution Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets

Metro: Archives-Navy Mem'l-Penn Quarter
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