Welcome to the Hotlist, a monthly preview of things to taste, see and do in the weeks ahead. Here's what's coming up in August.

Order a fresh pint in Brookland

This summer has already seen the openings of Brookland's Finest, Smith Public Trust  and Steel Plate. But the most anticipated bar-opening in Brookland is  Brookland Pint, the beer bar that Meridian Pint and Smoke and Barrel owner John Andrade is bringing to the Monroe Street Market. Andrade hoped to serve the first pints in Brookland by the end of July, but delays with permitting mean a mid-August opening is likely (Update: It's Aug. 18), possibly timed to coincide with D.C. Beer Week. Brookland Pint, 716 Monroe St. NE. 202-758-2757. — Fritz Hahn

Raise a glass to DC Beer Week

Eight days of beer tastings, tap takeovers, crab feasts and parties? If it’s August, it must be time for DC Beer Week, which runs Aug. 17-24 at locations around the region. Two of last year’s most popular events return: An all-you-can-eat crab feast at Arlington’s Quarterdeck with $1 DC Brau drafts on Aug. 18 ($50); and the Aug. 22 Brewhaha at the Old Ebbitt Grill, which challenges nine chefs to come up with small plates that are served with beers from nine local breweries ($65). New this year: The Aug. 24 Brewers on the Block at Union Market, with beer from seven local brewers, boozy slushies from Suburbia and grilling by Red Apron ($50). Tickets and an updated calendar are available at Be warned: Many of the main events sold out in advance last year. — Fritz Hahn

See the bard for a bargain

Another remount is headed to a Washington stage this month, and tickets are available for the very attractive price of $0. The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s annual Free For All brings back the May 2013 production of “The Winter’s Tale,” which Post theater critic Peter Marks called “taut, visually arresting and tenderly wrought . . . a kind of magic.” Get your free tickets by entering the theater’s online lottery, or by being among the first 200 people to line up outside the theater at 4 p.m. on show dates Aug. 19-31. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place). 202-547-1122. — Maura Judkis

Dance your socks off at Trillectro

(Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)
(Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

The District-born festival that connects the dots between electronic dance music and new-wave hip-hop is heading into its third year and to a new venue — the festival grounds at RFK Stadium, a move intended to make room for its growing fan base. Trillectro has reliably delivered acts to watch — from Schoolboy Q to Misun — but this year’s bill offers more household names and artists-gone-viral: Rap up-and-comers such as Drake progeny Big Sean; “Versace”-loving trio Migos; and trap DJ Baauer, whose “Harlem Shake” spawned a zillion clicks, top the eclectic Aug. 23 bill. RFK Stadium Festival Grounds, 2601 Independence Ave. SE. $49-$130. — Lavanya Ramanathan

Meet your literary heroes

Bookworms, prepare: The Library of Congress National Book Festival returns Aug. 30 with a stacked lineup, though perhaps not as tall as the tower of books on your nightstand. The 2014 festival has been compressed to a single day and moved indoors to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center because of National Park Service concerns about the festival’s impact on grass on the Mall. But the location change comes with perks: The festival has added three new pavilions and extended its hours until 10 p.m. Scheduled speakers include retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former poet laureate Billy Collins and National Book Award-winner E.L Doctorow, along with more than 100 others. 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW (Metro: Mount Vernon Square). 888-714-4696. — Sarah Kaplan

Bid a bluesy farewell to summer

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(National Park Service)

The DC Blues Festival is a family-friendly, end-of-summer tradition at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre. Headlining the concert’s 26th edition on Aug. 30 are Selwyn Birchwood, a young blues guitarist at the forefront of the genre’s youth movement; Canadian blues and jazz vocalist Shakura S’Aida; and Cuban-born, Chicago-raised guitarist Eddie Turner. There also will be a side stage for musical workshops and an instrument petting zoo for kids. From noon to 7:30 p.m. 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. 202-895-6000. — Margaret Ely

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Feed your 'Appetite' at Strathmore

Food may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Strathmore, but that could change when the North Bethesda venue hosts its inaugural food festival this weekend. “Appetite: A Gastronomic Experience” promises a craft beer garden, food-and-beverage pairing workshops, tastes from dozens of Washington eateries and cooking demonstrations by Giada De Laurentiis (Aug. 1 at 7 p.m.) and Andrew Zimmern (Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m.). A fleet of food trucks will arrive on Saturday, along with the sounds of the 19th Street Band, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band and others throughout the day. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda (Metro: Grosvenor-Strathmore). 301-581-5100. $44-$225. — Macy Freeman

Bemused by bronies in Baltimore

If you're near Baltimore's Inner Harbor this weekend, expect to see plenty of costumes. That's because it's BronyCon weekend: More than 8,000 fans of "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" attended Baltimore's first BronyCon last August, dressing in costume and hanging out with other Bronies, as the mostly male, mostly 20-something fans of the show are known. This year, the three-day event at the Baltimore Convention Center is expected to be even bigger, with a lineup of music and comedy events inspired by, you guessed it, "My Little Pony." Through Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. $80 for full weekend pass; $50 per day on Friday and Saturday, $40 on Sunday. — Fritz Hahn

Sip the city's best rickeys

(Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
(Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Few summer cocktails are as refreshing as the rickey, a bracing combination of gin or whiskey, lime and club soda that was invented in Washington in the 19th century. Throughout July, local bartenders competed to find the most creative and delicious twist on the cocktail. On Aug. 3, seven finalists will present their drinks to a panel of judges, and the public is invited to taste their greatness. The $35 admission includes unlimited rickeys made by top mixologists and passed hors d’oeuvres from 4 to 8 p.m. It’s a fantastic way to welcome the dog days of summer. Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW (Metro: Dupont Circle). 202-588-7388. — Fritz Hahn

Spot the return of a foulmouthed 'Bird'

Aaron Posner’s “Stupid F-----g Bird” earned rave reviews (and eight Helen Hayes Award nominations) during its 2013 premiere in spite of, or perhaps partly because of, its cheekily rude title. It was a “funny, moving slugfest, a ripe mashup of mock and awe,” wrote Post theater critic Nelson Pressley. That bird will take flight again at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, which is remounting this reinterpretation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” through Aug. 17. 641 D St. NW (Metro: Archives). 202-393-3939. $35-$68. — Maura Judkis

Head for the fairgrounds

(Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)
(Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

The best thing about summer fair season is that nothing ever changes. Those same booths have been serving candy apples and funnel cakes since you were a kid, and even though you know the carnival games are designed to put you at a disadvantage, you can't help but go far that giant plush teddy bear you've always wanted. OneTwo of the area's largest fairs, the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair and the Prince William County Fair, run Aug. 8-16. Montgomery County Fair: 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. 301-926-3100. $10 admission, plus $10 for on-site parking; free for ages 11 and younger. Prince William County Fair: 10624 Dumfries Rd., Manassas. 703-368-0173. $10 admission, $5 for ages 5-13 and 60 and older.  — Alex Baldinger