Shark Week Party in Silver Spring on Friday – Free! – and More Shark Week Family Fun

SHARK WEEK, that annual summer programming of shark-tacular documentaries and shows on Discovery Channel, begins on Sunday July 31. And since we’re all so lucky to live near Discovery headquarters, we’re invited to the local Shark Week kick-off party.

The celebration will include a free preview screening in downtown Silver Spring of the brand new show Great White Invasion. The one-hour special looks into why great white sharks are coming closer to shore, swimming among unsuspecting humans more than ever before.

(Maybe that’s a little heavy for the little ones, but your middle schoolers and teens will find fascinating! Besides, it doesn’t start until after the babes are down in bed – 8:30pm.)

Cool bonus: The Discovery shark lovers will be giving away goodies throughout the night, including Shark Week hats, shirts and DVDs.

Also on hand will be Chompie Jr., the Shark Week mascot, who will be swimming around the plaza taking pics with people, which you should immediately upload to Discovery’s Shark Week Photo Frenzy. Also, have you seen the hilarious videos in the Shark Week Video Frenzy?

What: FREE community screening of Great White Invasion, featured in Shark Week 2011
When: Friday, July 29at 8:30 PM
Where: Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building
What to Bring: Family, friends, lawn chairs & an appetite for jawesome entertainment

Additionally, local restaurants are getting into the Shark Week spirit next week and offering  these special restaurant deals!

  • California Tortilla, all locations“In celebration of the highly anticipated Shark Week on Discovery Channel, California Tortilla is having a special promotion featuring one of its signature items, fish tacos. Guests who purchase a fish taco on Thursday, July 28, will receive a free Discovery Channel Shark Week fin hat. Fish taco enthusiasts who return on Wednesday, August 3, wearing their distinguished Shark Week fin hat will receive a free taco with any California Tortilla purchase. These one-of-a-kind toppers are a necessity for the ultimate Shark Week viewing experience, which begins Sunday, July 31, at 9 p.m.on the Discovery Channel. Discovery Channel is giving away California Tortilla catering to 10 fans with top-rated pictures of how they celebrate in the Shark Week Photo Frenzy. California Tortilla will also award free burritos for a year to the customer who posts the best Shark Week fin hat picture to the California Tortilla Facebook page. ” – from the California Tortilla press release
  • Lebanese Taverna Cafe in Silver SpringTuesday July 26, 2011, 11:30pm–7:00pm: Mention Shark Week at the Lebanese Taverna Cafe in Silver Spring and take a 15% bite off a SHARKwarma or Chicken SHARKwarma sandwich platter.

Disclosure: My husband works for Discovery.

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