Like DC Inno Approved? A fresh version comes out every Friday with new ideas of tech and networking events to check out. Here’s a list of great tech, business and networking events in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, to hit up this weekend and the week ahead. 

Friday, December 16

Event: Gingerbread Houses & Christmas Beers

  • Location: Ventnor Sports Cafe, 2411 18th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, December 16, 7 PM-10 PM
  • Event Type: beer, party, holiday celebration, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Join us for our third annual Night of Christmas Beers and Gingerbread houses! Last year was such a blast we just had to do it again. All of our taps will be taken over by Beers of Christmas including Great Lakes Christmas, Troegs Mad Elf and more. We will also have all the fixings so you and our friends can make your very own Gingerbread houses! Should be a blast! For reservations email” 

Event: LEGO Holiday Workshops

  • Location: Adventure Theatre, 837-D Rockville Pike (Wintergreen Plaza), Studio #5, Rockville, MD
  • Date/Time: Friday, December 16, 4:15 PM-6 PM
  • Event Type: learning, coding, skill development, family friendly
  • Price: $25

“Our company is promoted by iCarnegie®, a subsidiary of one of the world’s top ranked engineering university, Carnegie Mellon. We are in more than 32 countries around the world giving the children the opportunity to experience SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH in interactive lessons statically proven to increase the child complex intelligence skills using LEGO® and other exciting tools.” 

Event: Jolly, Jingle, Mix & Mingle

  • Location: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA
  • Date/Time: Friday, December 16, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: nonprofit support, family friendly, networking, celebration, holidays
  • Price: Suggested $50 donation

“You’re invited to come help the A. Roy Heron Global Foundation celebrate its best days, those still ahead. We are pleased to have launched our first very community initiative in partnership with the Alexandria City Public Schools. The initiative entitled Fun & Fitness, is in its pilot stages, where we have enrolled 10 students who have extremely dangerous BMI’s in the 95th percentile or higher. …So join us in the fight, have a drink, shop our silent auction and enjoy some great bites while we celebrate our best days…..those still ahead.” 

The Weekend, December 17-18

Event: 6th Annual Snow Day Bar Crawl – Washington D.C.

  • Location: Dupont Circle
  • Date/Time: Saturday, December 17, 6 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, bar crawl, social event, holidays, celebration
  • Price: $40

“Get ready for the 6th Annual Snow Day Bar Crawl! Participants (must be 21+) will quench their thirst on exclusive drink deals as they explore DC, one bar at a time.”

Event: Black Legislative Agenda Day: From the Baltimore Grassroots

  • Location: The Living Well, 235 Holliday St., Baltimore, MD
  • Date/Time: Sunday, December 17, 11 AM-1 PM
  • Event Type: social justice, organization, planning meeting
  • Price: Free

“Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle is pleased to convene our 3rd Annual Black Legislative Agenda Day: From the Baltimore Grassroots.”

Event: Storytelling Techniques for Digital/Video/YouTube and Podcasts

  • Location: WeWork, 718 7th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Sunday, December 18, 12 PM-2 PM
  • Event Type: skill development, marketing skills, project management, social media, entrepreneurs, courses
  • Price: $89

“A guide to storytelling for digital media and electronic media, with practical techniques and tips for script-construction, writing styles, introductions and conclusions, the use of humor and analogy, writing for radio and to video pictures, shooting video, recording sound and lighting. Where to find the right cost-effective equipment. Interviewing, editing, post production and social marketing.”

Event: Looking Glass Holiday Party

  • Location: The Looking Glass Lounge, 3634 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Sunday, December 18, 6 PM-2 AM
  • Event Type: holiday celebration, happy hour, drinks, networking
  • Price: Free

“Tis the season for getting your pre-family drunk on! Come celebrate with the Looking Glass staff by pouring Jameson, singing karaoke, and witnessing embarrassing moments in which you can hold over our heads forever. Karaoke starts at 10 PM. Brunch starts at 11 AM if you want an earlier start.”

Event: Shop N Shaw- Holiday Pop-Up Bazaar

  • Location: The Event Space – Wonder Bread Factory, 641 S St. NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, December 17, 10 AM-Sunday, December 18, 6 PM
  • Event Type: holiday shopping, shop local, small business, celebration
  • Price: Free

“Get ready holiday shoppers, Poppir is hosting its first annual Shop ‘n Shaw: Pop-Up Bazaar from December 17 to December 18 in Washington, D.C.! Whether you’re looking for a last minute holiday gift or want to treat yourself in between all the gift giving, this will be the place for a special shopping experience.”

Monday, December 19

Event: CodeNewbieDC: Holiday HTML&CSS Workshop

  • Location: WeddingWire, 2 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, MD
  • Date/Time: Monday, December 19, 7 PM
  • Event Type: coding, skill development, networking, programming, holiday celebration
  • Price: $10

“We’re mixing things up a bit for our December meetup by doing a holiday themed workshop instead of hosting speakers. I’ll be guiding a tutorial on how to build a holiday tree in HTML & CSS! You’ll also learn how to interact with GitHub repositories and our goal is to have a whole collection of CodeNewbie trees live on the internet by the end of the night!”

Event: Member Appreciation Mixer and Holiday Bazaar *Members Only*

  • Location: City Club of Washington, 555 13th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, December 19, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, networking, holiday celebration
  • Price: Free

“The City Club of Washington wants to celebrate our members this holiday season! Join us for an evening of festive drinks and delicious food, all while conducting your last minute holiday shopping with local DC vendors like Glitz & Glam Jewelry, Teeritory, Trunk Club and more!”

Tuesday, December 20

Event: Conference Proposal Brainstorming

  • Location: Teaism Penn Quarter, 400 8th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, December 20, 6:30 PM
  • Event Type: conference planning, event planning, women in tech, women who code, networking
  • Price: Free

“Using the holidays as a chance to get a jump on some conference proposals? Come meet with others to discuss ideas, brainstorm, and hear about others’ experiences with technical speaking.”

Event: Mmmmm…Wine December 2016

  • Location: MakeOffices, 12110 Sunset Hills Rd, Suite 600, Reston, Va.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, December 20, 4 PM-6:30 PM
  • Event Type: holiday office fun, wine swap, networking
  • Price: Free

“This will not be: Organized A sales pitch Fatiguing DECEMBER FUN! It’s a wine swap! NOT REQUIRED!!!” 

Event: Federal Government Contractors HOLIDAY SOIREE 2016 @ The Kennedy Center

  • Location: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, December 20, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
  • Event Type: government workers celebration, holiday party, happy hour
  • Price: $35-$80

“It is a networking event. There are NO speakers. It is NOT a conference and NOT a seminar.”

Event: Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill 2016

  • Location: Two Locations: Capitol Lounge 229 Pennsylvania Ave SE // Hawk N’ Dove 329 Pennsylvania Ave SE
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, December 20, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, Hanukkah, holiday celebrations, networking
  • Price: Free

“Hanukkah begins later this season and we can’t wait… so we are celebrating early! Bring your friends to THE party of the Hanukkah season for drink specials, specialty Hanukkah drinks, gelt, and more fun than you’ll know what to do with.”

Wednesday, December 21

Event: Data Driven Pitches to Non-Profits Roundtable + Individual Productivity

  • Location: cove Chinatown, 601 I St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, December 14, 8:30 AM-12 PM
  • Event Type: discussion, giving back, nonprofit work, charitable hacking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Welcome, Self-starter! Join us for our creative and productive open forum session and an optional roundtable on data-driven pitches to non-profits at Cove Chinatown. BYO Project, your brilliance, energy, and willingness to help others. Short, capped introductions will occur at 9:30 pm.” 

Event: pineapple presents: self care, mylk and cookies with thirlby (in support of planned parenthood) 

  • Location: the lemon bowl, 3015 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, December 21, 7 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, donation, nonprofit, reproductive rights, happy hour, DC food ladies
  • Price: $5-$55 donation

“join us for a nut mylk and raw cookie workshop that highlights ingredients with healing properties. led by almila kakinc-dodd of thirlby, our workshop will focus on baking as a form of self care and body positivity. participants will learn how to make raw, nutrient-dense cookies and creamy nut mylks to dip them in.”

Thursday, December 22

Event: @RusticoSlaters’ 10th Annual Festivus Celebration

  • Location: Rustico Alexandria, 827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA
  • Date/Time: Thursday, December 22, 5 PM-12 AM
  • Event Type: beer, celebration
  • Price: Free

“Good tidings, cheer and epic feats of strength return to Rustico Alexandria for the 10th Annual Festivus Celebration! Join us for a slew of seasonal suds and an enormous glassware giveaway in what has become a holiday tradition like no other!” 

On Our Radar

Event: Falafel Frenzy 2016

  • Location: Eighteenth Street Lounge, 1212 18th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, December 24, 9 PM-close
  • Event Type: beer, celebration, happy hour, Hanukkah
  • Price: $30 in advance, $40 at the door in cash

“This Christmas Eve, put your falafel balls to good use and help raise money while having fun! 100% of the proceeds will support local causes, including hunger, through The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.” 




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