Every Friday I pick the best culinary events in the DC area for my readers to enjoy. This weekend there are some great events to attend in and around the DC metro area.  This weekend DC has some great events from the Howard County Fair to the Pakistan Festival in Fairfax.

Baltimore Restaurant Week – Friday to Sunday (August 14-16)

I love a good Restaurant Week.  You can try out some amazing restaurants for an even more amazing price. Baltimore Restaurant Week offers three course prix fix lunches for $20.09 and three course prix fix dinners for $30.09.

Click here for the list of Restaurants.

Howard County Fair-Saturday to Saturday (August 14 – August 15)

It is fair season.  The Howard County Fair is a great traditional county fair.  Food, rides and livestock.

Hours: 8am to 11pm

Admission is $5.

Location: 2210 Fairground Road, West Friendship, MD


Montgomery County Fair – Friday-Sunday (August 14-16)

Yet another fair.  I love carnival food so I always post about fairs.  Cotton Candy, Candied Apples, Elephant Ears and the most delicious of them all “The Corn Dog”.  Friday includes honey bee demonstrations and pig races.  Saturday includes honey bee demonstrations and a 4H bake sale.  Sunday includes the honey bee demonstration and a 4H cake auction. If you don’t get a chance to go this weekend the fair is running through the 22nd.

Location – 16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Hours of Operation – 3pm – midnight on Friday and 10am – midnight on Saturday and Sunday

Tickets are $8 and rides and food are extra.


Prince William County Fair – Friday – Sunday (August 14-16)

It is a weekend of fairs.  Friday is Half-Price day.  Sunday includes the Hershey Cocoa Classic.  1.) One entry per person 2.) Entry must be a baked dessert made from “scratch” in a non-returnable baking dish/tray. 3.) A minimum of 1/4 cup of cocoa must be used. 4.) Dessert entry must be submitted on cardboard for judging (no doily required). 5.) Two copies of recipe(s) listing the ingredients, preparation instructions, and recipe author must be submitted with the entry, printed on one side of the page.  It is open to everyone.  Entries need to be submitted between 1:30 and 2:30 pm on Sunday.

Location – 10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas, VA 20112

Hours of Operation – Gates open at 3pm on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday

Tickets are $5 and rides and food are extra.


Pakistan Festival USA – Sunday (August 16)

A festival celebrating Pakistan’s Independence.  The festival includes traditional food and music.  The festival is held at George Mason University.

Location: 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA

Hours of Operation: Noon to 9PM

Admission: Free

Spike’d Sundays – Sunday (August 16)

If you didn’t go last week, Former “Top Chef” Spike Mendelsohn hosts this summer-long pool party, with burgers, drinks and swimming. Located at Best Western Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St SW, Washington, DC. Entry is $10 and includes a Spike Burger.

A little birdy told me that if you want to run into the DC cast of the real world, this is the place to go.  They show up almost every week.


Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

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