Am I the only one who has been struggling with the never ending grey skies being cast over Washington DC this year? The Seasonal Affective Disorder is real, you guys...and it’s been getting extra rough because seasonal affective disorder typically lasts a season, NOT all four motherfucking seasons.
If you’re like me and have been struggling to stay sane and active during these dreary days, you probably need a good distraction and something new in your life to lift you on up. Fortunately I’ve devised a plan to help:
Step 1) If you don’t already know about CBD and what it can do for your mental and emotional wellbeing, check out this other article I’ve written on the topic; an intro into the amazing benefits of CBD.
Step 2) Head over to the Munchies and/or Sweets page and get yourself a few packages of CBD gummies (comes with Go Mix Trail Mix, select Berg Bites and select Chocotenango) or some CBD carts (comes with the Buffalo Mac N Cheese).
Step 3) Ingest a CBD gummy or inhale a CBD cart sublingually and notice as your anxiety starts to fade while your mood begins to lift. Because CBD creates no psychoactive effects or “high”, you’ll likely feel like a more content version of yourself but will not feel intoxicated.
*More is not always more with CBD.
*DO NOT overdose or you’ll find yourself a bit too sleepy and these fun, get-up-and-go plans will be foiled!
Step 4) Read the list of event options I’ve compiled below and choose one (or a bunch) you’re interested in attending.
Step 5) Put your rain boots on, try your best to be social, and keep climbing out of these DC doldrums.
I’ve attended each of these in the past and personally recommend them all.
Many of the events below are free to attend, and each of them make for a great friend outing, an introverted solo hang, or a date...you know, if you’re into that kinda thing.
Going on now until Sep 30th
Fractal Worlds by Julius Horsthuis is a visual journey through mind-bending sci-fi worlds and infinite 3D geometric patterns. Incorporating both projection and virtual reality elements, the exhibition transports viewers to another dimension.
The multipurpose art space invites guest of all ages to immerse themselves into the digital art world while exploring multi-sensory installations, as well as new cultural and artistic experiences using cutting edge technology.
LOCAL’d Insider Tip: The main room of the exhibit invites guests to enjoy the artwork on some pretty cozy bean bag chairs while you soak up the virtual art as long as you’d like. In addition to the CBD gummies, you might want to enjoy an edible from the LOCAL’d shop beforehand, and then Lyft on over to this one of a kind sensory experience.
Buy Tickets at www.dc.artechouse.com/fractalworlds
The District Improv Festival
Runs from Sept 26-Sept 30th
The District Improv Festival is Washington, D.C.'s only long-form improv festival. Located in the heart of our nation's capital, District Improv Festival features more than three dozen troupes from across the United States and Canada. The 2018 festival will be headlined by UCB Los Angeles Ensemble White Women. Past headliners consist of 3Peat, TJ & Dave, The Boys, DUMMY, and Armando Diaz.
The festival is produced in alliance with Washington Improv Theater and The Unified Scene Theater. The festival consists of four nights of shows and two days of workshops across two theater spaces. District Improv's mission is to support and grow Washington, D.C.’s long-form improv scene and promote awareness of the District as a premier improv community.
Buy your tickets and/or learn more about getting involved it at http://districtimprov.org
Truckeroo Food Festival
Sept 28th 3:00- 9:00pm
If you’re only interested in leaving the house for food let me be the first to say that I totally identify with you. Fellow Foodies, don’t miss out on Truckeroo, a monthly festival held at The Bullpen that showcases the hottest food trucks in the DC area. You’ll also enjoy the live music, cold drinks, party games, and more.
**This Friday (September 28th) is the last Truckeroo event for 2018!**
Where: The Bullpen in Navy Yard
When: 3:00pm and 9:00pm
Late Night Laughs
Sep 28th 10:30- 1:30am
If you aren’t quite ready to go home after the food and fun at The Bullpen, head over to The Attack of The Comics late night open mic at Drafthouse Comedy. This free show features the best professional and amateur local comedians DC has to offer.
**Free show! NO COVER for this show**
Doors Open: 10:30pm
Location: Drafthouse Comedy (1100 13th Street NW, DC)
Art All Night
Sep 29th 7:00pm- 3:00am
Made in DC is Washington, DC’s FREE overnight arts festival, starting at 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 29, 2018 and running until 3:00 AM the following morning. The festival will take place in eight DC Main Streets neighborhoods, bringing visual and performing arts, including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance, theater, film, and poetry, to indoor and outdoor public and private spaces, including businesses.
LOCAL’d Insider Tip: It’s impossible to see everything during Art All Night. The best plan of action is to pick one neighborhood that appeals to you the most, then check out the exhibits being held in that neighborhood that appeal to you the most.
For complete event details, visit www.artallnightdc.com/neighborhoods/
Best Casual Brunch
DC Tap House 11am-3:00pm
After a night of wandering around the city, you’ll likely want to grab some comfort food. DC Tap House has a great casual brunch option. They also offer $18 unlimited Bloody Mary, Mimosa and BeerMosas (delicious!), and the best part is that they let you rotate and switch up your drink options throughout your brunch experience. They let you enjoy brunch and watch sports as long as you want, and also give you the option to craft your own Bloody Mary at their Bloody Mary bar.
**Check out their website to learn about the popular Drag Brunches they offer at their Dupont location on Saturdays** http://bit.ly/Dragbrunch