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Weather: We aren’t facing an imminent threat to public safety, so it’s safe to say our weekend weather is very fortunate. However, Washingtonians will begin to feel some of Matthew’s sour attitude beginning tonight, when moisture increases, breezes pick up and temperatures drop down to lows in the upper 50’s. An overcast and occasionally rainy Saturday shouldn’t slow us down, and temperatures should be manageable – hovering in the mid-to-upper 60’s. And if Hurricane Matthew continues to pull away from us, look forward to a picturesque autumn Sunday, with partly-to-fully clear skies and temperatures in the low-to-mid 60’s.

Awesome events you can attend this weekend: You can get cultured, well fed and maybe even a little tipsy at the always fantastic Taste of DC this Saturday and Sunday (check FamousDC’s Twitter for a special discount); Don’t miss out on Union Market’s Drive-In Series Finale tonight, featuring “Ghostbusters”; Catch Sylvan Esso, Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun and more at the All Things Go Fall Classic on Saturday; Tonight the Black Cat hosts Nashville’s best band by a name we won’t mention; Throw your own party – our Spotify playlists are on POINT.


Clash of the Titans: The Final Presidential Debate – Las Vegas, NV

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off in one final debate — October 19 in Las Vegas — before Americans head to the polls on Election Day.

In celebration of what will be Donald and Hillary’s last chance to win America over, FamousDC is convening yet another one of our epic debate events on Tuesday, October 18 at the exclusive TAO Beach club at Vegas’ historic Venetian luxury hotel.

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This weekend it’s all about the highly-anticipated return of the man, the myth, the legend. This Sunday, America will be watching.


There’s a beer mansion coming to D.C. Ya…that’s a thing; Marylanders just know how to party. Nothing wrong with that!; Let’s be real – this is D.C. Restaurants need to be co-working friendly; It’s beer festival season, people!; Even cocktails can’t stay clean of politicsThe Nats are coming in strong and so are their fans; Help raise money for breast cancer research by having a delicious meal at Medium Rare.


Help spread the word! Airbnb has FREE lodging for folks in FL, GA and SC fleeing Hurricane MatthewAlec Baldwin may be more qualified to run this country…he nailed it; It’s ok, Kanye…temper tantrums happen to all four year olds; The Obama family had a little fun during their eight years; Your gym playlist isn’t complete without John Legend’s new hit.


Confessions Of A Capitol Hill Staffer: Let Freedom Run! 

Take That, Coachella

Where There’s A Vote, There’s A Way

#FamouslyInLove: Sorry Matthew, You Hurrican’t Rain On This Parade

Bean There: 5 DC Coffee Shops You Should Try This Fall

National Confectioners Association Is A Real Lifesaver


It’s not that we need 10 reasons why the Nationals are going all the way this postseason, but we do need to keep you busy at work because it’s Friday afternoon and let’s face it – you’ve already exhausted every available cat-playing-piano video on YouTube. This story also contains information regarding free beer! [read: FREE BEER]. Not sure about you, but that’s definitely enough to give us a great #Natitude.



Famous birthday wishes to Cary Arberg, Andy Bernstein, Julia Collins, Sarah Elkins Craighill, Tara DiJlio, Tyler Eure, Stephanie Genco, Ryan Howell, Bill Hudson, Garret Kingston, Jessica Moore, Jeff Mortier, Steven Nagy, Chase Noyes, Jeff Ostermayer, Gretchen Randolf, Amen Reyes Patterson, Blain Rethmeier, Katherine Runkle, Betsy Siciliano, Lord Walker, James Waterhouse and Tom Williams


“As #HurricaneMatthew continues on its path, let’s take the time to thank our first responders across the Southeast. THANK YOU!”

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart


Michelle Reinshuttle is literally the best person in the whole damn DMV; Congratulations to Jeremy Art and Kelsey Jones (two of our favorite people), who get married this weekend! #artfullyeverafterAdam Sharp crushed FoxNews; Sara Croom is really getting ready for those twin boys; We wish Michael Connolly a speedy recovery; Amos Snead loves cats; Hallie Williams is getting really good at Snapchat filters; Catharine Cypher has a heart of gold; Does Tim Miller not like Donald Trump?; Happy First Date-iversary, Nathan and Louisa Imperiale; Does David Popp prefer Hank’s Oyster Bar or Barrel?; Was Erskine Wells a great or the GREATEST touch football QB?; Matt Haller and Rebecca Heslin Haller randomly ran into Sarah Little on a run in Australia; Will we see you this weekend at Taste of DC?; Prayers for everyone affected by Hurricane Matthew. Stay safe!; Good luck to everyone running the Army 10-Miler this Sunday; We’re almost there, President Chris Frates; When is Nick Johnston launching his daily political podcast?; Here’s a 2012 interview with Mindy Finn on the intersection of politics and social media; Let’s crank up our #Natitude to 100 this weekend; Lachlan Markay is killing the FOIA game: #StrangerThings; We think Caroline Karcher is awesome; How many lattes did Doug Holtz-Eakin have Friday morning?; Amos Snead is going to crush the Army 10-MilerNatasha Flint has fly new kicks; Does Charlotte Huffaker still read this?; Happy Anniversary to the Bravos!; Holy sh*t, Carolyn Pierce Tate is BFFs with Ina GartenSeamus Kraft is a great guy; Katie Harbath has an awesome travel schedule; CONGRATS to Grey Callaham and Taylor Callaham on the arrival of their beautiful baby!; Kyle Volpe is MAJOR; We’ll go back to Brussels with you, Marissa MitrovichFreethink is like the new HBO; We need an R2D2 onesie, Kirsten Ricci and Michael Ricci; Have you seen the great photos of Alexandra Zimmerman Safir and Jesse Safir?; Congrats to Lan Nguyen and Clay Broga on your recent nuptials; That’s the only way to take vitamins, Sarah Schladen Smart; Great pumpkin pics, Shalla Ross; Happy anniversary, Emily Jackson and James Jackson; If you’re reading this at Irish Times and you can see Tom Williams, please buy him a shot from FamousDC; Justin Talbot-Zorn explains why you should want to work on Capitol HillCaleb Blumenthal is wishing he was back in the District right about now; Erin Lange is going through Iceland withdrawal; Sarah Ghessie couldn’t be happier for this fall weather; Ask Kathryn Lyons what she wore to work today; DJ Jamiel brings hanger to a whole new level; Kevin Sheridan pays his bets; Tell Andrew DeSouza congratulations for dominating the Institute of International Finance (IIF) conference; Drew Ellis Appreciation Day should happen at least once a month; The Snead twins are baller; Famous high five to Matt Coates for making the field look fresh today and alway.


ATTENTION D.C. journo friends, the NPF Awards Deadline is approaching. Get your applications in before October 14, 2016.

Congratulations to Fitz Elder IV, who has accepted a new role as deputy staff director for the Senate Appropriations Committee, majority; The Alliance to Save Energy welcomes Ben Evans as its new VP of communications. Evans previously served as director of public affairs at the National Biodiesel Board; NCGA veteran Beth Elliott is leaving to become senior director of U.S. Public Affairs at Zoetis; Courtney Titus Brooks, previously with Rep. Rice (R-SC) and Sen. Graham (R-SC), has accepted a position with the Rubber Manufacturers Association as director of government relations; Former DNC Finance chief of staff Scott Comer is leaving the DNC to start the Fortune Hill Group; Althea Bagette joins the American Bankers Association as senior vice president and chief human resources officer; Best of luck to Andrea Pivarunas as she starts her new job as senior manager of advocacy communications at the American Academy of Dermatology. Pivarunas was most recently communications director for Rep. Griffith (R-VA); Former news content manager at Fox5 WTTG (Washington) Kyle Carmean has been promoted to assistant news director; Lauren Gaydos has a new gig as communications director for Rep. Guthrie (R-KY). Best of luck to Virginia political alumnus David Hallock and CJ Stolle, who recently started a new firm, Two Capitols Consulting; Additionally, former spokesman for Sen. Rockefeller and managing director at Burson-Marsteller, Wendy Morigi has launched Morigi Strategies; Congrats to Sam Jacobs on his promotion to executive editor of Time Digital. Jacobs has worked with Newsweek, Reuters and more; After twenty-six years on the Hill, former chief of staff to Rep. Neal (D-MA) Ann Jablon is moving on to Capitol Counsel to focus on tax and health care issues; Marathon Pharmaceuticals welcomes Wanda Moebius as its new vice president of communications at the end of the month. Moebius currently serves as executive vice president of public affairs at AdvaMed; And finally, Andrew Kaczynski and three members of his K-File team at BuzzFeed News, Kyle BlaineChristopher Massie and Nate McDermott are making a move to CNN politics.


Get outta here, Matthew.