Like DC Inno Approved? A fresh version comes out every other 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 in the next two weeks. 


Friday, Aug. 18

Event: First Fridays at GA + Design Lab 

  • Location: GA D.C., 1776, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C
  • Date/Time: Friday, Aug. 18, 5:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, networking, meetup
  • Price: Free

“First Fridays has joined forces with OpenIDEO’s Design Lab for a very special collaboration! Grab a drink and network between 5:30-7:00 at our open bar and then enjoy Design Lab’s workshop from 7:00-8:00PM.” 

Event: Night Sky Festival

  • Location: Shenandoah National Park, 3655 U.S. Highway, Luray, Va.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 18-Monday, Aug. 21
  • Event Type: outdoor festival, weekend picks, solar eclipse
  • Price: Free

“Join us for our 2nd Annual Night Sky Festival! Celebrate the valuable resource of dark skies through guest presentations by astronomy experts, Ranger Programs, and viewing the beautiful night skies that Shenandoah National Park protects. We’ll also safely view the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. The weekend will include constellation tours, solar scope viewing, telescope viewing, children’s activities, audio-visual presentations, stargazing, hands-on activities, and more! Activities take place in a variety of locations throughout the Park.” 

The Weekend, Aug. 19-20

Event: Deep Tech XIII: Pool House 5th Year Anniversary Tour

  • Location: Mythology Restaurant, 816 H Street NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 19, 8 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, live music, party
  • Price: Free

“Deep tech is an event that curates underground talent in Washington DC and Beyond.” 

Event: 4th Annual Brewer’s on the Block

  • Location: Union Market DC, 1309 5th St NE, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Aug. 20, 2 PM-5 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, outdoor festival
  • Price: $20-$65

“Kick off DC Beer week with Buffalo & Bergen, Suburbia and Link Strategic Partners on August 20 from 2pm-5pm as we host the region’s 20+ top breweries and meaderies at Union Market. Don’t miss out on Brews, Food, music and more!.”

Monday, Aug. 21

We hear there’s a solar eclipse or something?

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Event: Solar Eclipse Viewing

  • Location: National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Monday, Aug. 21, 1 PM-4 PM
  • Event Type: solar eclipse
  • Price: Free

“View the solar eclipse through the lenses of safe solar telescopes provided by the National Air and Space Museum. In addition, look through the lens of history and see some records from our holdings about past solar eclipses.”

Tuesday, Aug. 22

Event: pineapple presents: the new paris

  • Location: WeWork Apollo, 810 7th St. NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 22, 7 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, speaker event
  • Price: $25-$55

“join us for a conversation with a bona fide “American in Paris”, moderated by Nikki Rappaport, Director of Brand & Innovation at CAVA, a world traveler, and our very own DC-based food lady boss.”

Event: Build your Own Website with HTML/CSS

  • Location: In3, 2301 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 22, 6:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Project-based, hands-on learning is the best way to learn how to code. Join us as we teach you the fundamentals of HTML & CSS while building an interactive website. In this workshop you’ll learn key HTML & CSS concepts as we review some sample code. Then you’ll start building your own site with the help of our instructor and TAs. See an example before you come: this webpage was made by an attendee at one of our last events!”

Wednesday, Aug. 23

Event: Women in Startups

  • Location: Google, 25 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite #900, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 4:30 PM-7 PM
  • Event Type: networking, women in tech, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Join BEACON: The DC Women Founders initiative, ChIPs – Women in IP, Google, Akin Gump LLP, and Barnes & Thornburg LLP to connect legal professionals and entrepreneurs in DC’s startup community.”

Event: Startup Grind: Alec Ross (NYT Best Seller “The Industries of the Future”, Candidate for MD Gov)

  • Location: Morgan Lewis, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, Q&A, meetup
  • Price: $10-$25

“Alec Ross is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Industries of the Future” and has launched a campaign to become the next Governor of Maryland, a seat up for election in 2018 and currently held by Larry Hogan.”

Thursday, Aug. 24

Event: Heineken AfterWork: Glow Yoga Edition

  • Location: W Washington D.C. Hotel, 515 15th St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 24, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, relaxation, exercise
  • Price: Free

“End your Thursday with Shavasana and a Heineken with our fifth edition of Heineken AfterWork. Take a glow yoga class with a live DJ and shop at the Lululemon pop up while sipping a refreshing Heineken.”

Event: Startup District Pitch Battle

  • Location: TBA
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 24, 6:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, pitch competition, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Startup District Pitch Battle is designed for entrepreneurs to get exposure to the community and potential investors, as well as to gain feedback from the audience to sharpen their pitch and direction. Four startups will have 5 mins each to pitch their business, with up to 10 mins Q&A from the audience. They are rated on pitch/deck & feasibility”

Event: Lambda Ladies – FIRST EVENT!

  • Location: Blackstone Technology Group, 1110 N Glebe Rd, Ste 200, Arlington, Va.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 24, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, meetup, advice
  • Price: Free

“This is our inaugural meeting! The plan is to have a social hack night/get to know each other sort of thing. Lambda Ladies is a group that supports women in learning and developing their understanding of Functional Programming. If people are interested, there will be a short introduction to functional programming, along with an explanation of what Lambda Ladies is all about.”

Friday, Aug. 25

Event: CreativeMornings/DC: Morgan West

  • Location: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Friday, Aug. 25, 8:30 PM-10 PM
  • Event Type: speaker event, Q&A, skill development
  • Price: TBA

“A Creative DC founder and director Morgan West will join CreativeMornings/DC, an international lecture series for creative-types, to highlight the project that showcases the collective genius of all creative things that make DC an amazing place to live, work, and visit.” 

Event: August FinTech Friday Happy Hour at Five

  • Location: Eighteenth Street Lounge, 1212 18th Street NW (the deck area), Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, Aug. 25, 5 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, networking, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Join the MPOWER Financing, 1776, Rooam and Village Capital teams for our monthly FinTech happy hour! This is an informal event to connect FinTech startups with the broader ecosystem in the DC-area.”

Event: First Fridays at GA + Design Lab 

  • Location: GA D.C., 1776, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C
  • Date/Time: Friday, Aug. 25, 5:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, networking, meetup
  • Price: Free

“First Fridays has joined forces with OpenIDEO’s Design Lab for a very special collaboration! Grab a drink and network between 5:30-7:00 at our open bar and then enjoy Design Lab’s workshop from 7:00-8:00PM.” 

The Weekend, Aug. 26-27

Event: Sasha Ariel Alston Book Launch Celebration

  • Location: In3, 2301 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 26, 3 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, meetup, networking, book launch
  • Price: Free

“Come out to celebrate the official DC launch of Teen Author Sasha Ariel Alston’s STEM-focused children’s book, “Sasha Savvy Loves to Code”, illustrated by award-winning illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton!”

Event: August Weekend Hack Day

  • Location: Blackstone Technology Group 1110 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Va.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 AM-1 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, meetup, skill development, networking
  • Price: Free

“It’s time for another weekend Hack Day! Bring your personal projects and hack with your fellow BCC members. Donuts and coffee (and AC) will be provided!”

Event: 5th Annual BrewHaHa

  • Location: Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 26, 8 PM-11 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, food tasting, outdoor festival
  • Price: $75, all inclusive

“Celebrate the marquee event of DC Beer Week 2017! Sample craft beers from local breweries alongside terrific tastes from some top local restaurants. Located in the atrium of the Old Ebbitt Grill.”

Monday, Aug. 28

No events listed at the time of publishing. Be free and merry, y’all.

Tuesday, Aug. 29

Event: Build a Twitter Bot with Javascript

  • Location: in3, 2301 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 29, 6:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Using JavaScript and Twitter’s API we will create an “intelligent” bot. An easy and fun way to learn how JavaScript can be used to build real projects. Our bot will search for tweets mentioning different keywords and reply to them with a pre-defined answer.”

Wednesday, Aug. 30

Event: #GNIreads August Book Club in D.C.

  • Location: A Baked Joint, 440 K St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Aug. 30, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, book club, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Meet new friends in D.C. and discuss this beautiful piece of literature over some light bites and refreshments provided by GNI and A Baked Joint! We’ll be meeting in the back lounge of A Baked Joint on K St NW. Girls’ Night In members who identify as a woman are welcome.”

Event: UX Design Student Spotlight

  • Location: GA D.C., 1776, 1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Aug. 30, 4 PM-6:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, hiring, mentorship, advice
  • Price: Free

“You’re invited to GA’s exclusive private hiring event to meet our latest cohort of UX Designers! Hiring managers, recruiters, and HR personnel are welcome. Think of this as a reverse career fair, where you can see students’ final projects and talk individually with them. This is open house style, so come whenever you can and stay as long as you’d like – drinks are on us!”

Thursday, Aug. 31

Event: DC Tech Meetup #58: Summer Happy Hour

  • Location: Blind Whino SW Arts Club, 700 Delaware Ave. SW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 31, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Join fellow technologists & technology enthusiasts for an evening of networking, drinks, and food trucks in the beautiful Blind Whino Arts Club: http://www.blindwhino.org/ “