Happy Friday! We hope you enjoy our guide to all the great events happening in D.C., Maryland and Virginia this weekend and have a wonderful weekend!
Washington, DC Events
White House Fall Garden Toursat Ellipse Visitor Pavilion
15th and E streets NW
Time: 9am-4pm, Friday and Saturday
Price: Free, timed tickets distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at beginning at 8am the morning of the tour.
Tour the White House Gardens, including the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, the White House Kitchen Garden and the South Lawn of the White House.
Ari Shaffir at The Improv
1140 Connecticut Ave. NW
Time: 8pm and 10:30pm Friday and Saturday, 8pm Sunday
Standup comedian and actor Ari Shaffir describes his comedy as a puppet show, filthier and without the puppets. He was a featured standup on the HBO comedy series Down and Dirty with Jim Norton and performed at this year’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Toronto, the San Francisco SktechFest, and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland.
Velocity DC Dance Festival at Shakespeare Theatre Company – Harman Hall
610 F St. NW
Time: 8pm Friday, 2pm and 8pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday
The festival returns for its fourth year with companies from D.C. and around the world, including City Dance, Gesel Mason, El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, VTDance, Flamenco Aparicio and Pastora Flamenco, The Washington Ballet, Company E, Asanga Domask, Christopher K. Morgan, Step Afrika!, Farafina Kan, EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, Xuejuan Feng, Sydney Skybetter, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance, Rebollar Dance, Dissonance Dance Theater and Janaki Rangajaran.
Mariinsky Ballet at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St. NW
Time: 7:30pm Friday, 1:30pm and 7:30pm Saturday, 1:30pm Sunday
The St. Petersburg company returns to perform Alexei Ratmansky’s “Cinderella,” a contemporary take on the classic tale set to the music of Prokofiev, at the Opera House.
A Day of Dignity at America’s Islamic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center
2315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE
Time: 9:30am-5:00pm, Saturday
A community event with food bank distribution, health and social service booths.
Howard Homecoming Parade at Howard University
2400 Sixth St. NW
Time: 10am, Saturday
Howard’s homecoming parade winds through the streets around campus.
Butler & Claypool Weekend Pop-Up at Studio 1469
1469 Harvard St. NW
Time: 11am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday
Vintage clothing, accessories, autumn-inspired drinks, a mini bake sale and three styling workshops on cocktail attire, menswear and work-wear.
Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark and Famine at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St. NW
Time: 1:00pm, Saturday
Druid Theatre Company performs the three-play cycle of works by Tom Murphy, at the Eisenhower Theater.
Corcoran Community Day at Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th St. NW
Time: 10am-3pm, Saturday
The Corcoran Gallery of Art and its College of Art + Design host a day of printmaking, bookbinding and art workshops, making ceramic bowls for the nonprofit SOME (So Others Might Eat) and offering the chance to meet artist Charlotte Dumas and tour her exhibition.
Howard Homecoming Step Show at Constitution Hall
1776 D St. NW
Time: 6pm, Saturday
“Epiphany: A Manifestation of Divine Reality” is the theme at Constitution Hall on Saturday night. The annual step show features highly choreographed dance routines by Howard fraternities and sororities and a performance by Pusha T.
Groove Elements Halloween Bash at Joy of Motion Dance Center – Friendship Heights
5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Time: 8pm, Saturday
The Joy of Motion Dance Center’s Youth Hip Hop group hosts a Halloween party, at the Jack Guidone Theater.
Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Expo at Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place
Time: 2pm-8pm, Saturday
A day of fashion shows, exhibits and more.
Capital City Symphony at Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St. NE
Time: 5pm, Sunday
The Symphony performs works by Beethoven Prokofiev, and Khachaturian.
WPAS Fall Arts Fair at THEARC Theatre
1901 Mississippi Ave. SE
Time: 11am-4:30pm, Sunday
Enjoy performances by African Heritage Dancers and Drummers, Cantare Fiesta!, Ziva’s Spanish Dance Ensemble and the WPAS Gospel Choir and more.
Bayou Bakery crawfish boil at Bayou Baker
1515 North Courthouse Rd., Arlington, VA
Time: 5pm, Fridays
Louisiana native David Guasstarts a new Friday Night tradition with his $16 per pound crawfish boils complete with Abita beers on tap and music on the patio.
Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After at George Mason University – Patriot Center
4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, VA
Time: 10:30am and 7:30pm Friday, 10:30am 2:30pm and 6:30pm on Saturday, 12:30pm and 4:30pm on Sunday
Characters from “Brave,” “Tangled” and “Beauty and the Beast” figure skate in Disney on Ice’s latest show.
Trout Fishing in America at Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Time: 2pm, Saturday
Price: $15, $5 for children
A guitar player and an upright bass player come together to play a humorous variety of family friendly songs.
Jekyll & Hyde at Synetic Theater
1800 S. Bell St., Arlington, VA
Time: 8pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday
Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale gets a modern spin as Synetic Theater sets it in a surreal steampunk world that also happens to be silent.
Open mike stand-upat Old Arlington Grill at the Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse
2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA
Time: 10:30pm Saturdays
The main movie house has quietly become one of the best comedy stages in town thanks to some savvy bookings. (Comedic heavy hitters such as Lizz Winstead and Patton Oswalt, and more recently, Kristin Schaal, who played the stalker in HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords” have performed there.) But for a real deal, hit Saturday’s free open mike in the intimate Grill, featuring as many as 20 local comics who hit the stage in quick succession. Once in a blue moon, a headliner from the main room makes his or her way over for a quick appearance after a show.
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at MetroStage
1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA
Time: 3pm and 8pm Saturday, 3pm and 7pm Sunday
Music by the late singer-songwriter makes up the core of this revue.
The John Marshall Experience wine tastings at Barrel Oak Winery
3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane , VA
Time: Reserve seating Saturday and Sunday
For oenophiles looking for something grander than the usual tasting, Barrel Oak hosts this cool, formal, seated tasting with food pairings at the adjacent Oak Hill Estate, a historic home that, in the 18th and 19th centuries, belonged to Supreme Court chief justice John Marshall (it’s the first time the home has been opened to the public).
5th Annual Harbor Harvest Event
West Shore Park, Baltimore Inner Harbor
Time: 10am – 2pm
Join Waterfront Partnership for the 5th Annual Harbor Harvest Event at West Shore Park on Saturday, October 20th from 10am – 2pm. Activities include the IKEA Urban Pumpkin Patch, Petting Zoo, Hay Maze, Face Painting, Pumpkin Decorating, Pony Rides, Live Music by Recess Mokey and more! The rain date will be Sunday, October 21st. RSVP for a free gift!
Fall Fling at West Shore Park
West Shore Park, Baltimore Inner Harbor
Time: 2:30pm – 8pm
Join Waterfront Partnership for the first Fall Fling on Saturday, October 20th from 2:30pm to 8pm at West Shore Park. This free event will feature some of the City’s best food trucks, beer, wine, mixed drinks, live music by the 8 Ohms Band and the Kelly Bell Band, corn hole, and a Waterfront Kids Play Area. RSVP to receive one free drink ticket.
Patterson Park, Baltimore, MD
BARCStober Fest benefits over 12,000 homeless animals that come to BARCS each year. BARCStober Fest includes: pet contests (including costume), pet health and welfare specialists, pet blessings, pet micro-chipping, stage entertainment, food vendors, local artists, silent auction, raffle, other area animal rescues and so much more!
This year BARCStober Fest, in partnership with Charm City Run, will be featuring its first Ready…Set…Sniff 5 K Run OR Walk with your 4 legged friends around Baltimore’s Patterson Park. The Run/Walk ends right at the start of the festival so you and your fur kids and human family can enjoy a day of fun together!
Click here to register for the run.
National Wildlife Federation’s Hike and Seek at Seneca Creek State Park
11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg, MD
Time: 9am – 12pm, Saturday
Price: In advance: $12, $7 ages 3 to 17. Day of the event: $15, $9 ages 3 to 17
What could be better than taking your family on a hike through a picturesque park as the leaves begin to turn? Going on a two-mile hike hosted by the National Wildlife Federation that includes five hands-on stations to help children learn about nature. Children can try their hand at replicating bird songs, creating solar prints and making bug boxes. There will also be a display by the Department of Natural Resources’ Scales and Tales. Best for age 10 and younger.
Antique and Classic Car Show at Rockville Civic Center Park
603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville, MD
Time: 11am, Saturday
This Saturday the Glenview Mansion will serve as a backdrop for more than 500 antique cars of all makes and models from Model ‘A’ Fords to Volkswagens. Every year the show features a special exhibit, and this year is no exception with vintage coach built cars on display.
Howl-o-wine pet costume contest and wine tasting at Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard
18125 Comus Rd., Dickerson, MD
Time: 12pm – 5pm, Saturday
Price: $10 donation for wine tastings; $10 dog costume contest
This benefit for Wags for Hope features wine tastings (three wines) and a dog costume contest just in time for Halloween. Awards will be given for best couple or ensemble, cutest dog, funniest dog and more.
Dan Hurlin at American Dance Institute
1570 E. Jefferson St., Rockville, MD
Time: 7:30pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday
Price: $30, $20 ages 65 and older, $15 students
Performance of “Double Aspect Bright and Fair,” part of Erik Ehn’s Soulographie Project, a work that looks at 20th-century America’s relationship to genocides with the aim of creating channels of dialogue.
Juried Undergraduate Exhibition at Maryland Institute College of Art
1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD
Time: 10am-5pm Friday and Saturday, 12pm-5pm Sunday
An annual exhibition that includes a selection of the best undergraduate student submissions for the year. Approximately 100 different students will be showcased as they were chosen based on artistic merit, creativity and vision.
Noir City DC: The 2012 Film Noir Festivalat American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD
Time: Various, festival is from Oct 20 – Nov 1
The selection of films includes noir’s favorite tough guys and femmes, such as Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Lauren Bacall and Veronica Lake
Beauty and the Beast at The Puppet Company Playhouse
7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD
Time: 10am and 11:30 am on Fridays, 11:30am and 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Half-life-size marionettes bring the children’s classic to life, at the Puppet Co. Playhouse.
African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center at University of Maryland – College Park
Baltimore Avenue and Rossborough Lane, College Park, MD
Time: Exhibit open through December 14th
In collaboration with the Smithsonian, this exhibit shows how art by African Americans has evolved over the last several decades, displaying works by famous artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden and Sam Gilliam and new talents such as Kara Walker, Lorna Simpson and Chakaia Booker.
Sports at a Glance
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability
Maryland Terrapins vs. NC State Wolfpack at Byrd Stadium,Saturday 3:30pm
DC United vs. Columbus at RFK Stadium, Saturday 7:30pm
Navy Football vs. Indiana at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Saturday 3:20pm