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50+ Things to Do This October in Washington, DC

Fall is full of fun in the District with plenty of events, festivals and Halloween celebrations

 Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Events Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Museum Exhibits

 Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Theater Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Music

Events

Mini Golf at Penn Hill - Family-Friendly Activities in Washington, DC

Mini Golf at Penn Hill – Through Oct. 8
Penn Hill Center hosts a mini-golf pop-up that will provide fun for the entire family. Each hole is individually designed and built by a local artist, which only increases the entertainment factor of the course. Once you are done competing, you can vote for your favorite hole, participate in lawn games and savor eats from local food trucks!
12 – 7 p.m. |  $3 per person or $10 for a group of four
Shops at Penn Hill, 3200 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20020

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PUB Dread – Oct. 1-31
From the same group that brought you the Game of Thrones pop-up bar and Miracle on Seventh Street comes PUB Dread, a spooky way to savor drinks this Halloween season. Different themed rooms, including a haunted forest, a crypt, a parlor filled with creepy dolls and a “Spacebar,” will make up this lavish holiday creation from Derek Brown and crew. Drinks will use fall ingredients like apple cider and pumpkin, as well as candy and even Twizzler soda. Prepare for a unique bar-going experience this October.
Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. |  Friday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. |  Sunday, 1 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
1839-1843 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show – Oct. 5-7
The National Building Museum hosts this curated show from Smithsonian throughout the first weekend of October. Limited edition clothing, jewelry and accessories will be on display, as more than 60 designers from all over the country will be represented. The wearable art extravaganza kicks off with an opening night party on Thursday.
Tickets
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Washington Nationals - Family Friendly Things to Do This Spring and Summer in Washington, DC

National League Division Series: Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs – Oct. 6-7 & 12
The Nationals have clinched their fourth National League East title in six years (and second in a row), assuring that postseason baseball will return to the District. The Nats will host the first two games of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park against the defending champion Chicago Cubs Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7. The decisive fifth game took place at Nationals Park on Thursday, Oct. 12. Tickets will be difficult to come by for all of the games, so be sure to check the secondary market.
Friday: 7:31 p.m.  |  Saturday: 5:38 p.m.  |  Thursday: 8 p.m.
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Washington Capitals Players Celebrating at Capital One Arena - Professional NHL Hockey in Washington, DC

Washington Capitals Home Opener vs. Montreal Canadiens – Oct. 7
The Washington Capitals begin their 2017-18 home schedule with a matchup against the Montreal Canadiens. Capital One Arena will be rocking the red as the Caps begin another quest to bring the Stanley Cup to the District. Led by captain Alex Ovechkin, center Nicklas Backstrom, goalie Braden Holtby and young phenom Evgeny Kuznetsov, the Caps will be fun to watch all year long. Watch as their journey begins.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Taste of DC - Fall Food Festival in Washington, DC

Taste of DC – Oct. 7-8
Featuring everything from local restaurants and breweries to artisanal doughnut shops, Taste of DC is sure to satisfy all your inner-foodie cravings. The Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium serve as the new locale for this enormous party that will feature live music and entertainment to go along with its many flavors. The two-day festival is considered the Mid-Atlantic region’s premier culinary cultural festival, so expect more than 65 restaurants to be on-hand, in addition to a wine walk, a beer garden, an artisan market and a kid zone!
Tickets
Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC - Top Organized Races and Marathons
Born to Run: Army Ten-Miler & Marine Corps Marathon – Oct. 8 & 22
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 42nd running begins between the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery and concludes, fittingly, in front of the Marine Corps War Memorial. Each race packs the weekend with activities as well. Registration is closed for both runs, but spectators are more than welcome.

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Boats docked at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront - Dining, Shopping and Entertainment Destination in Washington, DC

The Wharf Kickoff Celebration – Oct. 12-15
The highly anticipated opening of The Wharf, which will single-handedly transform the Southwest Waterfront into a recreational mecca, comes this October. Across four days, you can take in daytime and sunset fireworks and live music/entertainment (including a performance from Kevin Bacon’s band, The Bacon Brothers, on Thursday) while checking out a slew of new shops and restaurants and waterfront views. No admission charge whatsoever! The Anthem, The Wharf’s 6,000-seat venue, will open with a performance from Foo Fighters on Thursday night (check the secondary market for tickets).
Schedule
The Wharf, 690 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Dupont Circle – Above and Below – Oct. 13
Discover Gilded Age architecture and a fascinating underground space in one of DC’s most vibrant and scenic neighborhoods during this special event hosted by DC Design Tours. After you take a walking tour of Dupont Circle, head underground and experience a public art and performance space like few others. While you visit Dupont Underground and its art installations, you will learn of the history of the trolley tunnels that were transformed to create the venue. You will be able to enjoy drinks as well!
5:30 – 8 p.m. |  Tickets
Meet at Dupont Circle Fountain

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EdibleDC Magazine Awards – Food Event in Washington, DC

EdibleDC Magazine Awards – Oct. 16
This awards ceremony will take a different approach to honoring DC’s incredible dining scene. District Winery hosts this celebration that features unique award categories like Best Community Garden, Best Local Distillery and Best Chef & Farmer Collaboration. Purchasing tickets grants you access to the reception, which will feature food from top chefs, local beer, wine and cocktail creations and the chance to mingle with award winners. Tickets are all inclusive and this event is for ages 21 and over only.
6 – 9 p.m. |  Tickets
District Winery, 385 Water Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Washington Wizards Game at the Verizon Center - Things to Do in Washington, DC

Washington Wizards Home Opener vs. Philadelphia 76ers – Oct. 18
The Wizards tip off the 2017-18 season with a game against the Philadelphia 76ers. John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter will look to take the Wiz to new heights this year after the team came up one win short of the Eastern Conference Finals last year. The squad will begin its quest against Joel Embiid and a 76ers team that has high hopes for a resurgent season.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington, DC

Murder House Party! A Renwick Gallery Opening – Oct. 20
The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Renwick Gallery and Brightest Young Things celebrate the opening of a murderous new exhibit with this Friday night party. Murder is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death opens the day of, a fascinating new display that traces the connection between craft art and forensic science. House music will blare throughout the night as you savor beer, specialty cocktails, face painting, tarot card reading, a digital photo booth, caricature artistry and much more. You’ll also have access to another of the Gallery’s new exhibits, Rick Araluce: The Final Stop, which only cranks up the creepiness even more.
8:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. |  Tickets
Renwick Gallery, 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

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Brewing Event at George Washington's Mount Vernon - Fall Event Near Washington, DC

Brewing History: Beer Tasting, Tour & Dinner – Oct. 20
With the craft beer craze at its zenith, George Washington’s Mount Vernon wants to show you how they made beer back in the day. Journey to the first president’s estate to enjoy a private tour of the Mansion, an 18th-century brewing demo and a reception featuring beer tasting and a four-course dinner (each course will be paired with a brew, too).
6:30 – 9:45 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

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Boo at the Zoo at the Smithsonian National Zoo - Halloween Events in Washington, DC

Boo at the Zoo – Oct. 20-22
The National Zoo’s annual family-oriented Halloween evening event is now an essential part of the holiday in DC. Geared towards wholesome fun, the three-day celebration will feature over 40 treat stations, after-hours access to animal houses and exhibits, live entertainment, zoo education areas and commemorative trick-or-treat bags for the little ones. Halloween-themed trails will be fun for a stroll, and the whole crew can get creative during the pumpkin carving competition. Make sure to come in costume!
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

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Washington International Horse Show – Oct. 24-29
Some of the world’s best horses and equestrians will call Capital One Arena home for six days this month. 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 $130,000 in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping.
Tickets  |  Schedule
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Smithsonian Food History Weekend - Smithsonian Event in Washington, DC

Smithsonian Food History Weekend – Oct. 26-28
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History hosts the third edition of this event that encapsulates the history of food in the U.S., and how it affects culture and community. There’s a fascinating event each day, beginning with a gala on Thursday, with roundtable discussions and a dine out occurring the following day. Saturday features an extravagant festival and an after-hours event featuring numerous breweries.
Details
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

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Night of the Living Zoo – Oct. 28 - Smithsonian National Zoo

Night of the Living Zoo – Oct. 27
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 an unforgettable costume contest and wild performance artists. Enjoy grub from local food trucks and craft brews as well.
6:30 – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

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@newseum - Newseum Nights - Washington, DC

Newseum Nights Loves the ‘60s – Oct. 27
Newseum gets groovy – psychedelic, even – with this Newseum Nights event dedicated to the 1960s. Here’s what you can look forward to: an open beer and wine bar (with retro cocktails), ‘60s-themed bites from Wolfgang Puck, a GLAMSQUAD lounge where you can receive ‘60s-themed hair and makeup touch ups, body painting, retro board games, live music…..yeah, it’s far out, man. Make sure to dress the part, as &pizza and Oyamel will be giving away prizes for the best costume. The event is for ages 21 and over only.
7:30 – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Rock the Core Cider Festival - Fall Festival in Washington, DC

Rock the Core Cider Festival – Oct. 27-28
Apple cider is no longer just a drink for grandma to enjoy. The Mills hosts this festival that brings orchard taste right into DC for two days in late October. More than 100 ciders will be offered, along with craft beer and plenty of eats from local food trucks, and you can also peruse the on-site artisan market and participate in lawn games. There are three different sessions to choose from. Must be 21 and over to attend.
Tickets
The Mills, 514 Rhode Island Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Trick or Treat at Tudor Place Historic House & Garden - Washington, DC

Trick or Treat in the Garden – Oct. 28
Time to get spooktacular at Tudor Place, an elegant house and garden set in a bucolic area of Georgetown. Trick or Treat in the Garden will feature costumes, pumpkin-decorating, face painting and outdoor games. Families will also enjoy meandering through the North Garden’s paths to find hidden treats!
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. |  Tickets
Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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FrightFest at Six Flags America

Halloween – Oct. 31
Are you looking to get spooked this Halloween? DC has you covered. If you’re not super into being scared, don’t worry – there are plenty of other festive ways to celebrate the holiday. Check out the season’s biggest events and make sure to check out our events calendar, too.

Museum Exhibits

Spirit of Autumn Interactive Art Exhibit at ARTECHOUSE - Fall Exhibit in Washington, DC

'Spirit of Autumn' – Oct. 1 – Nov. 5
ARTECHOUSE unveils its newest interactive exhibit this weekend. Spirit of Autumn engages all the senses and every member of the family. The experience begins with you coloring in a leaf on a piece of paper, which then becomes a digital object on a 270-degree wall projection. You can then move through other galleries, all activated by your footsteps to create an autumnal and dreamlike experience. All ages are welcome at the exhibit from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., while admission is limited to ages 21 and over from 6 - 10 p.m.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 6 - 10 p.m. |  Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Theaters and Performing Arts Centers in Washington, DC

‘Fantasy in Japan Blue’ – Oct. 3 – Nov. 12
Reiko Sudo is a world leader in textile design and her incredible work will be on display in the Kennedy Center’s Hall of States for six weeks this fall. The exhibit displays fabric made from natural material, which is then hung on 115 open fans. Each fan is colored to correspond to 46 shades of Japanese indigo, which is the same amount of years that John F. Kennedy lived. Admission to the Hall of States is free.
Building opens at 10 a.m. |  Free admission
Hall of States at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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‘The Future of Sports’ Art Installation – Oct. 6 – Nov. 30
Made In The District has brought this fascinating installation to the H Street NE neighborhood through the end of November. The pop-up exhibit totals 10,000 square feet across two levels, featuring interactive elements throughout. You can shoot hoops on a hologram court, enjoy a football arcade room, play volleyball on a surface made of salt and even try tasty treats from H Street vendors! Also, be sure to follow the installation on Instagram.
10 a.m. – 10 p.m.  |  Tickets
700 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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‘Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light’ - Free Museum Exhibit at Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC

‘Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light’ – Oct. 6 – Jan. 7, 2018
Thomas Wilfred is one of the most underappreciated artists of the 20th century, but he will get his due with this special retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wilfred’s light installations, which used sculptures to project moving images, were way ahead of their time. The exhibit features 15 of the artist’s innovative compositions, the first time that they’ve been shown together in nearly 50 years.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Couple Viewing Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party at The Phillips Collection - Washington, DC

‘Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party’ – Oct. 7 – Jan. 7, 2018
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s most famous work, which permanently resides at America’s first museum of modern art, The Phillips Collection, is the focus of this new exhibit. Luncheon of the Boating Party is an essential painting, and one with a fascinating story to boot. You will learn of artists, friends and other works that inspired Renoir’s painting in the first exhibition to focus on this singular work in more than 20 years.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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National Museum of Women in the Arts - Museums in Washington, DC

‘Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today’ – Oct. 13 – Jan. 21, 2018
The National Museum of Women in the Arts has gathered work from 21 different black women artists for this new exhibit that showcases how abstract art can be used to communicate personal experiences. Pieces that use unconventional form and construction can be seen throughout the exhibit, including sculpture and large-scale paintings. Many of the artists on display have DC ties, including Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Alma Woodsey Thomas and Mildred Thompson.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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‘Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)’ - Free Museum Exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC

‘Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)’ – Oct. 13 – March 11, 2018
Kara Walker daringly uses and reimagines 19th century portraits to confront observers with racial inequalities and injustices. In this exhibit, you can experience Walker’s thought-provoking interpretations, in which she overlays stenciled figures on original scenes depicted in Harper’s in an 1866 anthology of the Civil War. Walker’s images will be displayed next to the original prints, showing her approach to history and how the present affects our understanding of the past, and vice versa.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Illuminasia Festival at the Freer|Sackler Galleries - Free Museum Exhibit and Event in Washington, DC

Freer | Sackler Galleries Reopening – Oct. 14-15
After extensive renovations, the Freer and Sackler Galleries will reopen with two days of celebrations this month. The annual IlluminAsia event marks the occasion, a festival that focuses on Asian art, food and culture. Visitors can enjoy an Asian food market, cooking demonstrations, live music performances and the new, reimagined galleries that contain five new exhibits. Saturday night will also feature light displays and video projections, while Sunday is packed with cultural programming. All events are free!
Saturday, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. |  Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free admission
Freer | Sackler Galleries, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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Hirshhorn Museum Washington DC

‘What Absence Is Made Of’ – Oct. 18 – Summer 2019
The creative ways that absence is expressed throughout numerous forms of art is the topic of this new exhibit at the Hirshhorn. More than 70 works across seven decades make up the display, which include small-scale pieces that use mirroring effects to large-scale ruminations using simple materials. Visitors will be able to observe how leading artists like Annette Lemieux, Ed Atkins and John Baldessari deal with the loss of something … or something that’s never appeared at all.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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‘Rick Araluce: The Final Stop’ - Free Museum Exhibit at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC

‘Rick Araluce: The Final Stop’ – Oct. 20 – Jan. 28, 2018
Rick Araluce’s first large-scale installation on the East Coast of the U.S. will turn the Renwick Gallery into an underground subway platform. This immersive work will make you feel as if you’re situated in a creepy, subterranean environment. Expect flickering lights and distant sounds as you wait for a train that may never come.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

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 ‘Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death’ - Free Museum Exhibit at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC

‘Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death’ – Oct. 20 – Jan. 28, 2018
Frances Glessner Lee, the first female police captain in the U.S., composed incredibly detailed dioramas that illustrated crime scenes in stark detail to train homicide investigators starting in the 1940s. Many believe Lee founded forensic science, and now, her revolutionary work will be on display at the Renwick Gallery. You can appreciate these realistic constructions and their minutiae while challenging your own powers of observation, just like a detective would when observing the aftermath of a crime.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

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‘Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry’  - Free Johannes Vermeer Museum Exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

‘Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry’ – Oct. 22 – Jan. 21, 2018
The National Gallery of Art hosts this landmark consideration of the artistic exchanges between Johannes Vermeer and his peers between 1650-1675. The exhibit features 65 works from Vermeer and fellow Dutch Golden Age painters, a group of artists that mastered depicting the domestic life of the time period through outstanding technique. Learn how these painters challenged and influenced each other to bring about one of history’s finest artistic eras.
Hours |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

Theater

An Act of God at Signature Theatre - Performing Arts Near Washington, DC

‘An Act of God’ – Oct. 3 – Nov. 26
David Javerbaum, winner of 13 Emmys (11 of which came during his time with The Daily Show), crafted this hilarious comedy about divine intervention. God returns to Earth, and he’s taken the form of DC actor Tom Story. With archangels in tow, God provides a new set of Ten Commandments to unsuspecting Earthlings, and plenty of laughs to the audiences at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va.
Tickets
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

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Antony and Cleopatra at Folger's Shakespeare Theatre - Plays and Performing Arts in Washington, DC

‘Antony and Cleopatra’ – Oct. 10 – Nov. 19
Folger Theatre will present this epic Shakespeare production in-the-round this fall. Mark Antony is at the height of his powers, but unable to decide between his torrid love affair with Cleopatra in Egypt and his duty to the Roman Empire. Filled with politics, romance and war, Antony and Cleopatra promises to be one of the most intense plays of the season.
Tickets
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Wilderness at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC

‘Wilderness’ – Oct. 12-15
The real-life stories of six American families are the source material of this production that doubles as a multimedia documentary. En Garde Arts tackles issues of mental health, addiction, gender and sexual identity through projection design, video, choreography and a folk rock score. Altogether, Wilderness presents a searing portrait of what it’s like to come of age in the 21st century.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Mariinsky Ballet: ‘La Bayadère’ - Event at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC

Mariinsky Ballet: ‘La Bayadère’ – Oct. 17-22
The Mariinsky Ballet, a legendary Russian ballet company, returns to the Kennedy Center to perform La Bayadère, one of their most famous renditions. The piece touches on forbidden love, betrayal and the afterlife through its gorgeous choreography, stunning sets and costumes and unforgettable characters. The “Shades” scene is its most famous, when maidens dressed in white seemingly float across the stage in perfect alignment. The last time this production came to DC, it dazzled sold-out crowds, so get your tickets quickly.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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The Second City’s ‘When Life Gives You Clemens’ - Comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

The Second City’s ‘When Life Gives You Clemens’ – Oct. 19-20
The Second City brings another laugh riot to the District this October. America’s most famous comedy troupe takes its queue from Mark Twain, one of history’s greatest humorists, in this performance. Expect searing takes on politics and human nature through the lens of satire in this show that will be at the Kennedy Center for two nights only.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Book of Mormon at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Theater in Washington, DC

‘The Book of Mormon’ – Oct. 24 – Nov. 19
One of the most renowned musicals of the last decade, The Book of Mormon is a Tony Award-winning tale of two Mormon missionaries in Africa penned by the kings of irreverence, Trey Parker and Matt Stone (creators of South Park). Watch two knuckleheads stagger through misadventures and awkward situations as they attempt to spread the Word.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival - Fall Comedy Festival in Washington, DC

The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival – Oct. 26-29
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. Opening night features Notaro and friends at the Lincoln Theatre, while other outstanding comedic acts fill up the weekend, including the cast of Superior Donuts at DC Improv and You’re the Expert Live at the National Geographic Museum.
Tickets
Various venues

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‘The Pajama Game’ at Arena Stage Center for American Theater - Performing Arts in Washington, DC

‘The Pajama Game’ – Oct. 27 – Dec. 24
A Golden Age musical filled with seductive dance numbers touches down at the acclaimed Arena Stage in late October. Follow the battle of the sexes that occurs inside The Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. Expect outstanding choreography and plenty of laughs, especially during dance numbers like “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway”.
Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Mean Girls at The National Theatre - Broadway Production in Washington, DC

‘Mean Girls’ – Oct. 31 – Dec. 3
The classic film from 2004 gets a musical adaptation this fall, with its pre-Broadway run launching in DC. Crafted by Tina Fey, with music written by her husband, Jeff Richmond, this production is sure to take the tale of Cady Heron and The Plastics to all-new heights. Tickets will be in very high demand, so purchase yours as soon as possible!
Tickets
The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Music

 

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Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull – Oct. 3
Two international superstars performing together on the same night? DC has just that on Oct. 3. Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull have both sold millions of albums and taken the stage in front of sold-out crowds all over the world. The Capital One Arena will welcome both for this Tuesday night show that is sure to add quite the spark to the beginning of the work week.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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All Things Go Fall Classic - Washington, DC

All Things Go Fall Classic – Oct. 6-8
Union Market is one of the District’s coolest spots, so it’s fitting that the Market will host one of the year’s coolest festivals. The All Things Go Fall Classic stretches across three days and will feature performances from Galantis, Young Thug, Vince Staples, Foster the People and much more. The festival will also showcase delicious local eats and offers a great VIP experience.
Tickets
Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Crowd at Jiffy Lube Live Concert in Virginia - Outdoor Concert Venue and Amphitheater Near Washington, DC

WMZQ Fall Fest – Oct. 7
The DMV area’s leading country music radio station, WMZQ 98.7, annually hosts this festival that draws fans from across the region. Thomas Rhett headlines this year, and will be joined by other leading acts such as Walker Hayes and Dan + Shay. Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va. will serve as the venue this year, just a short drive from DC.
5 p.m. |  Tickets
Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, VA 20136

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Kid Cudi – Oct. 8
Kid Cudi is a multimedia superstar who became a household name after the success of A Kid Named Cudi in 2008. Since then, Cudi has sold millions of albums, started a rock band, starred in TV shows and films and even tried his hand at directing. Expect an eclectic set from this relentlessly talented performer at one of DC’s best venues, Echostage.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

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WAND – Oct. 8
Fresh off the release of their new album, Plum, WAND will power their way through a set at DC9. The band, which recently added two new members to expand to a five-piece, play rousing psychedelic metal that recalls Black Sabbath and hardcore punk in equal measure, much like fellow California rockers Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall. Bask in their sonic assault inside one of DC’s most intimate venues.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
DC9, 1940 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – Oct. 13
Country music’s favorite power couple comes to the Capital One Arena this month. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have been married since 1996, and their wildly successful careers include the highest-grossing multi-year country music tour ever – one they embarked on together back in 2007. Now, they’ll do it all over again, with Hill touring for the first time in 10 years. Expect chart-topping hit after chart-topping hit during this star-studded performance.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Against Me! – Oct. 13
Led by their electric and inspiring transgender singer and guitarist Laura Jane Grace, Against Me! makes punk rock with a purpose. After 2014’s revelatory Transgender Dysphoria Blues, the group released Shape Shift With Me last year, an album solely focused on love and all of the complex emotions that it brings. Each album has received glowing reviews – the same goes for the group’s earlier records, like 2002’s Reinventing Axl Rose and 2005’s Searching for a Former Clarity. The catalogue will be on full display for what promises to be an exciting show at DC’s 9:30 Club.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Phoenix – Oct. 16
Phoenix was a relatively well-known French indie pop group before 2009’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. After its release, which included two hit singles in “1901” and “Lisztomania,” the group became a household name, touring the world and packing stadiums. DC’s newest venue, The Anthem, will host these pop stars for one night only this October, as the group tours their newest album, Ti Amo.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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LCD Soundsystem – Oct. 18
Someone great is no longer gone. LCD Soundsystem is back. James Murphy and his band have been responsible for four incredible LPs, the most recent released in September. After calling it quits in 2011 with an epic Madison Square Garden show, the group reunited in 2015, and is now embarking on a U.S. tour that starts at The Anthem in promotion of the release of American Dream. Expect an incredible evening, in which the group will shut up and play the hits (and some new songs, too). Oct. 17’s show sold out, so get tickets to the second night while you still can.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Guns N’ Roses – Oct. 19
Guns N’ Roses are rock and roll royalty. Thirty years have passed since the group unleashed Appetite for Destruction on the world, an album that continues to resonate in rock music to this day. Three decades is a long time, but don’t fret – Axl Rose, Slash and the boys can still rock the hell out. Their Not In This Lifetime tour is the year’s top-grossing excursion, so don’t miss out on this spectacle inside Capital One Arena.
Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Wolf Parade – Oct. 22
Led by co-frontmen Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug, Wolf Parade is a powerhouse. After going on hiatus in 2010, the group reunited last year to play the festival circuit and select shows. The four-piece will now bring their international tour to The Black Cat in promotion of the release of their new album, Cry Cry Cry (out Oct. 6). You’ll hear inspiring anthems, dueling guitars, thundering drums, cinematic keyboards – all the elements that make rock music great – at this show.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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The War on Drugs – Oct. 23
With a signature sound (and a great name), The War on Drugs have become one of rock music’s most revered acts. Combining the reflective Americana of Springsteen with ambient guitars and krautrock-inspired rhythms, the group crafts adventures in the form of song, great for listening while you watch the sun set or during a cruise down the highway. Their powerful live show will touch down at The Anthem this October.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Beach Fossils – Oct. 24
Beach Fossils turned heads with their self-titled debut in 2010, which was packed with post-punk riffs and memorable melodies, forecasting a bright career ahead. This year’s Somersault seems to complete the group’s evolution: frontman Dustin Payseur has mastered pop songwriting, and the group incorporated string arrangements, piano, saxophone and flute into their songs. Expect a stirring performance at 9:30 Club.
10 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Protomartyr – Oct. 26
Protomartyr hail from Detroit, and it’s evident from the moment you turn on any of their albums (start with the first and rawest, No Passion All Technique). Singer Joe Casey’s lyrics deal with the seedier elements of life, but still resonate as beautiful and complex. Gods of Detroit’s rock past like MC5 and The Stooges can be heard in Protomartyr’s proto-punk stomp, tied together by the singer’s baritone howl (and, in the live setting, ominous stage presence). In support of their new album, Relatives In Descent, the group will perform at DC’s Rock & Roll Hotel.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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