1) Republic's Holi-Versary
When: Saturday evening
6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park,
What: It's Republic's first anniversary, and they're planning some late night specials on Saturday. There will be specialty cocktails, and everyone gets birthday cake between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. The garage rock band Motel Beds will also perform. And for brunch the next day, there will two for one mimosas priced at $7 and live jazz.
2) Lagos Pop-up at Mess Hall
Where: Mess Hall
703 Edgewood St., NE
What: Nigerian-born chef and Detroit resident Tunde Wey is traveling the country hosting pop-ups to fine-tune his restaurant concept, and this Saturday Wey drops in at Mess Hall. For $85 plus a $5.67 processing fee, the dinner includes eight Nigerian dishes like goat pepper soup and jollof rice, three drink pairings and gratuity. The 9 p.m. seating is sold out, but tickets for the 6 p.m. seating are available here.
3) Wild Game Dinner
Reservations accepted from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: 2941 Restaurant
2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA
What: Try a six-course wild game dinner with dishes like pheasant, Scottish Mallard Duck, and Braised Scottish Hare. See the whole menu here. The dinner costs $95 per person with wine pairings for an additional price. Call (703) 270-1500 for reservations.
4) Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival
12 p.m. session; 4:30 p.m. session; 9 p.m. session
Where: Dock 5 at Union Market
1309 5th St. NE
What: Drink the District is throwing a beer festival with food trucks, unlimited craft beer, a live DJ & emcee, backyard games and more. Tickets range from $40 to $50, and are available here.
5) Last Anju of the Year
When: Friday night at 10 p.m.
453 K St. NW
What: Monthly pop-up event Anju is held for the last time this year at Mandu. The guest chefs are Scott Drewno from The Source, Victor Albisu from Taco Bamba and Del Campo, and Chris Ford, Bryan Voltaggio's corporate pastry chef. Here's the menu.
ALSO THIS WEEKEND: Drink up at these Repeal Day events...Black Squirrel is hosting their 12 Beers of Christmas event on Friday and Saturday...Mess Hall's holiday pop-up at Union Market continues.