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70+ Things to do this October

October 7th, 2019 Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Maryland Renaissance Festival – Weekends through Oct. 20
This unique festival takes place every year near Annapolis, Md. (roughly 50 minutes from downtown DC). Discover Renaissance-themed artisans, performances (including dances and musicians) and food. You can also dress up in your own costume, if ye so wish.
10 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Tickets
1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

NGA Nights: Art History Mysteries – Oct. 10
Take advantage of free after-hours access to the National Gallery of Art during this Thursday night celebration of art history. Bring a magnifying glass and trench coat as you become a detective inside the Gallery, observing masterpieces and discovering the mysteries inside of them. You can also expect pop-up talks and dance sessions thanks to the stylings of Les the DJ.
6-9 p.m. |  Free admission |  Register
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival – Oct. 10-13
Curated by 100Reporters, an investigative news organization, the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival serves as the first and only film festival solely dedicated to investigative reporting on film in the United States. Four days of screenings are accompanied by a professional symposium in which journalists and filmmakers discuss their storytelling. Check out the films that will be shown, in addition to the speakers that will attend the symposium. Venues include Eaton DC, the National Archives, the National Geographic Museum and the Naval Heritage Center.
Schedule |  Tickets
Citywide

Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour – Oct. 11-13
George Washington’s Mount Vernon is at its scenic best when fall rolls around, so it’s fitting that the historic estate hosts this special celebration of wine followed by a sunset tour of the property. Learn of the Founding Fathers’ attempts at wine-making, hear live blues music and meet George and Martha at the Mansion’s piazza. The tour will also take you to George’s basement, where he stored his wine. Fruit and cheese boxes to accompany your wine are available for purchase in advance.
6 – 9 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Hillfest – Oct. 12
Hillfest, heartily backed by Mayor Muriel Bowser, will bring together more than 20 artists to celebrate the importance of music in the local community. Performances will take place on two separate stages at Garfield Park throughout the day. The Saturday concert is preceded by a conference that will address topics that affect the performing arts community.
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. |  Free admission
Garfield Park, 148 F Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Snallygaster – Oct. 12
Snallygaster is here to let you beast out with over 400 craft brews and ciders on Pennsylvania Avenue. Named after a mythical creature, the festival roars into its eighth year with a hefty lineup that also includes food trucks and plenty of live music. Greg Engert, one of the city’s leading beer connoisseurs, has selected a motley crew of brews from far and wide for your tasting pleasure. Pick from one of two advance ticketingoptions and you will be contributing to Arcadia, a nonprofit working towards a more sustainable food system in the area. You must be 21 or older to attend.
2 p.m. (VIP at 12 p.m.) |  Tickets
Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 6th Streets NW, Washington, DC

All Things Go Fall Classic – Oct. 12-13
Union Market is one of the District’s coolest spots, so in predictable fashion, the Market will host one of the year’s coolest festivals. The All Things Go Fall Classic stretches across two days and will feature performances from Chvrches, Melanie Martinez, Léon, Sneaks and many more. The festival will also showcase delicious local and regional eats, including &pizza, DC Empanadas, Nando’s, Rocklands and Shake Shack.
12 p.m. |  Tickets
Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

Born to Run:Army Ten-Miler & Marine Corps Marathon – Oct. 13 & 27
Two of the country’s most popular races take place within three weeks of each other this month in the District. The Army Ten-Miler goes first, charting a scenic course that starts and ends at the Pentagon. The Marine Corps Marathon’s 44th running begins between the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery and concludes, fittingly, in front of the Marine Corps War Memorial. Eachrace packs the weekend with activities as well. Registration is closed for both runs, but spectators are more than welcome.

Boo at the Zoo – Oct. 18-20
The National Zoo’s annual family oriented Halloween evening event is now an essential part of the holiday in DC. Geared toward wholesome fun, the three-day celebration features more than 40 treat stations, as well as after-hours access to many of the zoo’s animal houses and exhibits. Halloween-themed trails will be fun for a stroll and live entertainment will also be featured, as well as a kids’ dance party and karaoke sesh. Make sure to come in costume! The event is suggested for kids between the ages of 4 and 12.
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

29Rooms – Oct. 18-27
Refinery29 brings its brand’s distinctive style to the DC Armory during this 10-day showcase. 29Rooms is just as it sounds – you can journey through 29 rooms, each with its own theme. One focuses on dreams, another on female storytellers; in one, have a conversation with your inner child and next up, go on a blind date with destiny. The entire experience aims to expand your reality through engaging and interactive touchpoints, many curated collaborations between artists, visionaries and brands.
Tickets
DC Armory, 2001 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

OAKtoberfest – Oct. 19
The U.S. National Arboretum hosts this special concert to celebrate the fall season. The Shmoods, formerly known as The DMV Hip-Hop Orchestra, will perform. The collaborative project will feature originals and classic medleys. In addition, expect food, drinks and dancing at this free event. Make sure to register before you go.
12-3 p.m. |  Free admission
U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002

Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon – Oct. 19-20
‘Tis the season at Mount Vernon, where fall truly shines across the estate’s beautiful grounds. Head to George Washington’s former abode for Fall Harvest Family Days. Among the activities: wagon rides, 18th-century dancing, fabric-making and corn husk doll demos, a straw bale maze and games and music from early America.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Washington International Horse Show – Oct. 22-27
Some of the world’s best horses and equestrians will call Capital One Arena home for six days in October. The Washington International Horse Show is one of the District’s biggest sporting events, as it attracts more than 500 competitors, including current stars and Olympic veterans. These stars and their horses will show off their skills at the leading metropolitan indoor horse show in the States. There’s plenty at stake, including more than $130,000 in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping.
Tickets |  Schedule
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival – Oct. 24-27
The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival is a collaboration between comedian Tig Notaro and Brightest Young Things that gives laughing fits to audiences all over the District, year after year. Thursday night at Lincoln Theatre features a show from the incomparable Maria Bamford and her singular brand of comedy. Friday night at Lincoln features two shows, including performances by Pete Holmes, Jamie Lee, Open Mike Eagle, Baron Vaughn and more. Saturday night’s showcase is Notaro herself, while announcements are coming for Sunday’s performance that rounds out the festival. An all-access pass is available, but grab it quickly, as it sells out quickly each year. Tickets for individual shows are also offered.
All-Access Pass
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Night of the Living Zoo – Oct. 25
The National Zoo’s 21-and-over complement to Boo at the Zoo, Night of the Living Zoo transforms the animal haven into a devil’s playground. You’ll have after-hours access to numerous zoo attractions while enjoying live entertainment, including frightfully amazing oddities and the annual costume contest. You’ll also be able to savor eats from local food trucks and craft brews.
7-10:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008