It's a good time for day (and evening) drinking. Over the next few weeks, several high-profile beer, wine and liquor festivals are on the horizon (with more to come in June). Here are five to remember this month:
Bacon and Beer Festival: Back for the second year, this festival combines bacon-heavy, chef-driven dishes with lots of beers, many of them local. Among those breweries attending: Adroit Theory, Devils Backbone, Dogfish Head, Full Tilt, Mad Fox, Port City, Sam Adams, Starr Hill.
May 31, Penn Social, $45-$60, tickets here.
ABV: This new event from Neighborhood Restaurant Group combines rare tequilas and gin with, rosé wines, little known white varietals and rare craft beers (focusing on sours and Saisons). Jeff Faile, Brent Kroll and Greg Engert will all be on hand to share their expertise.
May 16, Canal Park (Navy Yard), $20-$85, tickets here.
Zoofari: This annual Zoo fundraiser puts the focus on food and wine. On the wine front, find representation from Barefoot Wine and Bubbly Barrel Oak Winery, Casanel Vineyards & Winery, Constellation Brands, Early Mountain Vineyards, Francis Ford Coppola Winery and many more.
May 14, National Zoo, $200 up for non-members, tickets here.
Tour de Fat: New Belgium's annual bike and beer festival makes a stop in D.C. this month. Expect costumes, music and more.
May 30, Yards Park, Suggested donation $5 and up, more here.
Sweetlife Festival: Though music is the focus of this festival, stretching over two days this year, drinkers won't be forgotten at the festival's tavern. They have beer and wine offerings from producers across the East Coast, plus special collaborations, including a beer from Flying Dog and a rose from Paradise Springs.
May 30 and 31, Merriweather Post Pavillion, $97.50 and up, tickets here.