Your cheat sheet to a night out

We all need a night out. Sometimes it’s with a significant other, someone we want to become a significant other, a group of friends helping blow off the stress or with the kids in tow. We’ve found 17 options to get you on your way.

Catoctin Creek Distillery
Catoctin Creek Distillery / Photo by Rey Lopez

We all need a night out. Sometimes it’s with a significant other, someone we want to become a significant other, a group of friends helping blow off the stress or with the kids in tow. We’ve found 17 options to get you on your way. 

Parents Night Out

Parallel Wine Bistro
Live music Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 100 craft brews, 80-plus wines, 170 bourbons and whiskeys—there isn’t a better way to forget all the to-do lists, homework and chores that await you at home.

Go all ’80s at Tally Ho Theater
Return to your youth for a couple nights with Tally Ho’s lineup this month. June 2 is ’80s night with The Reagan Years, followed by jams from Slippery When Wet: The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute (June 3) and Trial by Fire: A Tribute to Journey (June 10).

Froggy Fresh at Jammin Java
Have a night you cannot take the kids to with the comedic lyrics of YouTube/rapper sensation Froggy Fresh (Tyler Cassidy). His hit “The Baddest” got him to viral status, and now he’s gone on the road, making a stop right here in Vienna.

Catoctin Creek Dinner at the Distillery
Make it all fancy with a four-course meal prepared by chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef, and savor it with craft cocktails paired with the courses.

First Date

The Block
Annandale’s new food hall is your best bet when you can’t think of one place to go. Make an entire night of it by walking the hall and deciding on the spot what to partake in—poke, pho, Taiwanese fried chicken nuggets, kimchi, cocktails–and top it all off with doughnut ice cream sandwiches.

Chef’s Table at The Workhouse
Anyone trying to make a relationship something more than a first date needs to show that they can be useful, somehow, to the other. Making meals is a great start, and it gives you something to talk about, or focus on, during the date. And it’s dinner.
June 17, 7-9 p.m.

Jazz at Lubber Run Park
The soulful, sensual sounds of jazz and blues are a great backdrop to a date. Pack a well-curated picnic and a cozy blanket and let the sounds wafting off the stage at Lubber Run throughout the month—Cubano Groove (June 17), JoGo Project (June 23), Caz (June 24), Revelator Hill (June 30)—make it a night that could lead to more.

Rosslyn Cinema + Pub in the Park
Dinner and a movie is overrated, unless you can scoot a little closer under the stars while sipping on movie-themed cocktails, beer and wine. Friday evenings from 6-11 p.m., movies will be playing, and on select dates a DJ will pump up the music just before the showing.

Learn Something

Mini Art workshop at The Workhouse
Learn needle felting from Studio Fiber Artist Tina Kannapel in this free workshop on June 10 from 6-8 p.m.

Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Fifty years ago the album that changed the music world debuted. Take a seat at Angelika Film Center June 1 at 7 p.m. for an inside look at the creative process behind the album.

Blow Off Steam

MGM Casino
If you’re feeling lucky, head across the river to MGM National Casino for poker, slots, blackjack, craps, roulette and more, not to mention Blossom Cocktail lounge (open until 3 a.m.), Felt bar and the nine in-house restaurants.

iFly
Your worries will be left behind as you take to the tubular sky at this indoor skydiving venue.

TopGolf
Drink, eat and play golf inside. No weather gear required.

Family Fun

Monster Mini Golf
With glow-in-the-dark mini golf, mini bowling, laser tag and arcade games, there is something to keep every member of the family occupied.

Bats in the Cropfields Night Hike
Sometimes you just need to get out of the house and have the kids spend their energy. At Frying Pan Park on June 9 from 8-9 p.m., have them hike and learn about bats at the same time.

The Little Mermaid at Wolf Trap
The weekend of June 29-30 (and again July 1-2) you can treat yourself to a sophisticated night at a musical, only this one will keep the younger ones engaged.

Hometown Thursday Concerts
Fairfax City has come up with a way to fill those former happy hour times with entertainment for the whole family. On Thursday nights Old Town Square showcases local bands and family-friendly activities from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

(June 2017)

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