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Everything You Need to Do in DC This October

Published On 09/30/2015 Published On 09/30/2015
Courtesy of Northern Virginia Fall BrewFest

DC is at its best in October. Every place that has ever poured a beer is bringing in the good stuff from Germany, everyone’s throwing food bashes as people fatten up for winter, and there’s a run on Donald Trump wigs with Halloween looming. Here are 22 ways to improve your calendar.

Courtesy of Chris Williams

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Oct 1 Thu

Chow down at Chefs Take a Stand Top chefs and mixologists are coming together at the Carnegie Library to take a stand against domestic violence and serve bites and sips. Expect to see Gina Chersevani from Buffalo & Bergen making cocktails, plus representation from Hank’s Oyster Bar, Centrolina, BRABO, and Hula Girl. Tickets are $125 unless you VIP it up for $195, which grants you access at 6pm instead of 7pm.

Carnegie Library, Mt. Vernon Square

Chow down at Chefs Take a Stand Carnegie Library, Mt. Vernon Square Top chefs and mixologists are coming together at the Carnegie Library to take a stand against domestic violence and serve bites and sips. Expect to see Gina Chersevani from Buffalo & Bergen making cocktails, plus representation from Hank’s Oyster Bar, Centrolina, BRABO, and Hula Girl. Tickets are $125 unless you VIP it up for $195, which grants you access at 6pm instead of 7pm.

Courtesy of Evan Sung

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Oct 1 Thu

Shake Shack's doing Burgers 'n’ Brews A beer pairing dinner at Shake Shack is as solid as it gets. The Union Station location is teaming up with Brooklyn Brewery for a Burgers 'n’ Brews dinner with four rounds of food and drink, including a Shacktoberfest selection. The dinner starts at 7pm and tickets are $30. Get some.

Union Station

Shake Shack's doing Burgers 'n’ Brews Union Station A beer pairing dinner at Shake Shack is as solid as it gets. The Union Station location is teaming up with Brooklyn Brewery for a Burgers 'n’ Brews dinner with four rounds of food and drink, including a Shacktoberfest selection. The dinner starts at 7pm and tickets are $30. Get some.

Courtesy of DBGB Kitchen + Bar

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Oct 1-4

Eat through DBGB’s Oktoberfest menu DBGB Kitchen + Bar is getting in on the Oktoberfest craze with a bar bites menu that’s been injected with German flare. Think bratwursts on pretzel buns and pork schnitzel paired with a fine lineup of beers from Germany and Belgium. Visit during happy hour from 3-6pm when the beers are half off.

DBGB Kitchen + Bar

Eat through DBGB’s Oktoberfest menu DBGB Kitchen + Bar DBGB Kitchen + Bar is getting in on the Oktoberfest craze with a bar bites menu that’s been injected with German flare. Think bratwursts on pretzel buns and pork schnitzel paired with a fine lineup of beers from Germany and Belgium. Visit during happy hour from 3-6pm when the beers are half off.

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Oct 1-4

Wunder Garten is doing Oktoberfest DC’s newest beer garden is bringing it for Oktoberfest with a Bavarian brunch and 12 hours of action including a dirndl race, live music, and brews. Brunch runs from noon 'til 2pm, with other festivities to follow until midnight. Opt to pay $10 to enter, or if you do brunch, $25 includes a plate full of German eats, one beer, and your entrance fee. Can’t make it Saturday? It'll do it all again on Sunday.

NoMa

Wunder Garten is doing Oktoberfest NoMa DC’s newest beer garden is bringing it for Oktoberfest with a Bavarian brunch and 12 hours of action including a dirndl race, live music, and brews. Brunch runs from noon 'til 2pm, with other festivities to follow until midnight. Opt to pay $10 to enter, or if you do brunch, $25 includes a plate full of German eats, one beer, and your entrance fee. Can’t make it Saturday? It'll do it all again on Sunday.

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Oct 2 Fri

Taste wine with Early Mountain Vineyards Let Early Mountain Vineyards come to you instead of making the trip to Charlottesville by visiting Flight Wine Bar on October 2. They’ll be pouring an $18 flight from 5-10pm composed of the 2014 rosé, 2013 Chardonnay Reserve, and 2013 Foothills Red Blend. An optional food pairing is available for $18. Email info@flightdc.com for reservations, but walk-ins are welcome, too.

Flight Wine Bar

Taste wine with Early Mountain Vineyards Flight Wine Bar Let Early Mountain Vineyards come to you instead of making the trip to Charlottesville by visiting Flight Wine Bar on October 2. They’ll be pouring an $18 flight from 5-10pm composed of the 2014 rosé, 2013 Chardonnay Reserve, and 2013 Foothills Red Blend. An optional food pairing is available for $18. Email info@flightdc.com for reservations, but walk-ins are welcome, too.

Courtesy of Stumptown Coffee Roasters

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Oct 3 Sat

Get caffeinated with Stumptown Let the guys from Stumptown Coffee Roasters walk you through the roasting process at Dolcezza Gelato Factory by Union Market. You’ll try their Hair Bender blend at three stages of the roasting process. Then, finally figure out how the brewing process is carried out with an AeroPress, Chemex, and Bee House. You’ll take home a bag of beans and a pint of espresso gelato. Tickets are $25 and the class runs from 10am-noon.

Dolcezza Gelato Factory, Union Market

Get caffeinated with Stumptown Dolcezza Gelato Factory, Union Market Let the guys from Stumptown Coffee Roasters walk you through the roasting process at Dolcezza Gelato Factory by Union Market. You’ll try their Hair Bender blend at three stages of the roasting process. Then, finally figure out how the brewing process is carried out with an AeroPress, Chemex, and Bee House. You’ll take home a bag of beans and a pint of espresso gelato. Tickets are $25 and the class runs from 10am-noon.

Courtesy of Taste of Georgetown

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Oct 3 Sat

Hit Taste of Georgetown Taste of Georgetown is back with a craft beer & wine garden and a lineup of bites from more than 30 restaurants, including relative newcomers like Chez Billy Sud. The festival runs from 11am-4pm along the waterfront. While the event is free, you’ll need tickets for food and drink (available on site, but bring cash).

Georgetown

Hit Taste of Georgetown Georgetown Taste of Georgetown is back with a craft beer & wine garden and a lineup of bites from more than 30 restaurants, including relative newcomers like Chez Billy Sud. The festival runs from 11am-4pm along the waterfront. While the event is free, you’ll need tickets for food and drink (available on site, but bring cash).

Courtesy of DC VegFest

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Oct 3 Sat

Load up at DC VegFest If you’re the type of person who heads to Whole Foods on free samples day, VegFest will likely blow your mind. Vendors galore will be sharing their goods (both edible and not). Also expect speakers like the owners of Vedge in Philadelphia. The first 1,000 attendees will snag a tote bag, and furry friends are welcome. The festival at Yards Park runs from 11am-6pm.

Yards Park, Navy Yard

Load up at DC VegFest Yards Park, Navy Yard If you’re the type of person who heads to Whole Foods on free samples day, VegFest will likely blow your mind. Vendors galore will be sharing their goods (both edible and not). Also expect speakers like the owners of Vedge in Philadelphia. The first 1,000 attendees will snag a tote bag, and furry friends are welcome. The festival at Yards Park runs from 11am-6pm.

Courtesy of Macon Bistro & Larder

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Oct 4 Sun

It’s a Chef and Home Brew Competition! Local chefs will team up with home brewers to put forth the best beer and dish combo at Macon Bistro & Larder to win your vote. While you’re taste-testing, you’ll also be able to sip on 3 Stars Brewing Company drafts for $5. Prizes will be awarded for best brew, best plate, and best pairing. Tickets are $45, and the event runs from 4-10pm.

Macon Bistro & Larder

It’s a Chef and Home Brew Competition! Macon Bistro & Larder Local chefs will team up with home brewers to put forth the best beer and dish combo at Macon Bistro & Larder to win your vote. While you’re taste-testing, you’ll also be able to sip on 3 Stars Brewing Company drafts for $5. Prizes will be awarded for best brew, best plate, and best pairing. Tickets are $45, and the event runs from 4-10pm.

Laura Hayes/Thrillist

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Oct 5 Mon

Introducing dumpling Mondays The Source recently got a Bravo TV-level makeover and a new menu, so it’s time to pay it a visit. The best time is during dumpling Mondays, when various dumplings are offered for $5 from 4pm to close in the lounge. They include The Source’s signature garlic chive crystal dumplings, chili dan dan chicken dumplings, and shrimp & lobster spring rolls.

The Source

Introducing dumpling Mondays The Source The Source recently got a Bravo TV-level makeover and a new menu, so it’s time to pay it a visit. The best time is during dumpling Mondays, when various dumplings are offered for $5 from 4pm to close in the lounge. They include The Source’s signature garlic chive crystal dumplings, chili dan dan chicken dumplings, and shrimp & lobster spring rolls.

Courtesy of Franz Mahr

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Oct 10 Sat

Don’t miss the All Things Go Fall Classic Kygo, The Knocks, Penguin Prison, and The Walking Sticks are just some of the bands that will take the stage at the All Things Go Fall Classic at Union Market. Because of the location, you’ll nosh on food from Maketto, TaKorean, Dolcezza, and more. The music fest runs from noon-11pm.

Union Market

Don’t miss the All Things Go Fall Classic Union Market Kygo, The Knocks, Penguin Prison, and The Walking Sticks are just some of the bands that will take the stage at the All Things Go Fall Classic at Union Market. Because of the location, you’ll nosh on food from Maketto, TaKorean, Dolcezza, and more. The music fest runs from noon-11pm.

Laura Hayes/Thrillist

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Oct 10 Sat

Deconstructing Bitters: Medicine & Mixology Herbalists and mixologists -- they’re the kind of people you want to hang with on a Saturday afternoon to learn about bitters. The course has two stops: Common Good, where you’ll learn how bitters are used in medicine, and El Camino, where you’ll sample bitters-based cocktails. Tickets are $35.

Common Good and El Camino

Deconstructing Bitters: Medicine & Mixology Common Good and El Camino Herbalists and mixologists -- they’re the kind of people you want to hang with on a Saturday afternoon to learn about bitters. The course has two stops: Common Good, where you’ll learn how bitters are used in medicine, and El Camino, where you’ll sample bitters-based cocktails. Tickets are $35.

Laura Hayes/Thrillist

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Oct 17 Sat

Take a field trip to a distillery Fan of TEDDY & The Bully Bar? Spend a whole day with them on a field trip to Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. The $90-per-person afternoon includes morning cocktails and snacks prior to departure, transportation, a guided tour, and a country-style BBQ lunch with dishes like grilled rainbow trout and charred corn truffle salad.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company

Take a field trip to a distillery Catoctin Creek Distilling Company Fan of TEDDY & The Bully Bar? Spend a whole day with them on a field trip to Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. The $90-per-person afternoon includes morning cocktails and snacks prior to departure, transportation, a guided tour, and a country-style BBQ lunch with dishes like grilled rainbow trout and charred corn truffle salad.

Laura Hayes/Thrillist

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Oct 17 Sat

Take a Temperance Tour of DC Take a Temperance Tour of DC led by Garrett Peck -- a man in the know. You’ll visit quirky, maybe even secret, spots that relate to the city’s history of brewing, distilling, and drinking. The tour lasts three hours and concludes with a cash bar happy hour. Bring your Metro card so you’re not the jerk holding everyone up.

Penn Quarter

Take a Temperance Tour of DC Penn Quarter Take a Temperance Tour of DC led by Garrett Peck -- a man in the know. You’ll visit quirky, maybe even secret, spots that relate to the city’s history of brewing, distilling, and drinking. The tour lasts three hours and concludes with a cash bar happy hour. Bring your Metro card so you’re not the jerk holding everyone up.

Courtesy of Northern Virginia Fall BrewFest

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Oct 17-18

Drink at the Northern Virginia Fall BrewFest Fall and winter seasonal brews will be the focus of the Northern Virginia Fall BrewFest at Bull Run Regional Park. Also expect to see some mead and cider in the mix, bringing the total number of things to sip to more than 50. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door, and include a tasting glass and six drink tickets.

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville

Drink at the Northern Virginia Fall BrewFest Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville Fall and winter seasonal brews will be the focus of the Northern Virginia Fall BrewFest at Bull Run Regional Park. Also expect to see some mead and cider in the mix, bringing the total number of things to sip to more than 50. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door, and include a tasting glass and six drink tickets.

Courtesy of Air Sex Championship

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Oct 18 Sun

Check out the Air Sex Championship East Coast Tour You’ve heard of air guitar (it’s what made you so good at Guitar Hero in college). Now take that pretend strumming and apply it to sex. The Air Sex Championship will be stopping in DC, and it’s something to see. Think comedy meets storytelling meets expressive movements… at the Rock & Roll Hotel. The doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 8pm.

Rock & Roll Hotel

Check out the Air Sex Championship East Coast Tour Rock & Roll Hotel You’ve heard of air guitar (it’s what made you so good at Guitar Hero in college). Now take that pretend strumming and apply it to sex. The Air Sex Championship will be stopping in DC, and it’s something to see. Think comedy meets storytelling meets expressive movements… at the Rock & Roll Hotel. The doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 8pm.

Courtesy of Saucony Creek

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Oct 19 Mon

Drink from a pumpkin at Pumpkin Smash Tap a pumpkin instead of a keg of Saucony Creek’s Maple Mistress imperial pumpkin ale at City Tap House. The Pennsylvania brewery will be bringing a 200lb pumpkin cask to the bar. Purchase a $10 keepsake glass and your first tasting is on the house. The party runs from 5pm until the pumpkin is kicked, and specials like pumpkin soup and pumpkin donut bread pudding will be on offer.

City Tap House

Drink from a pumpkin at Pumpkin Smash City Tap House Tap a pumpkin instead of a keg of Saucony Creek’s Maple Mistress imperial pumpkin ale at City Tap House. The Pennsylvania brewery will be bringing a 200lb pumpkin cask to the bar. Purchase a $10 keepsake glass and your first tasting is on the house. The party runs from 5pm until the pumpkin is kicked, and specials like pumpkin soup and pumpkin donut bread pudding will be on offer.

Laura Hayes/Thrillist

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Oct 20 Tue

Get classy at Chefs for Equality If you’re gonna make it rain for one major foodie event in DC, Chefs for Equality is the one. The 56 savory tasting stations feature the crème de la crème of restaurants -- making the event a one-stop shop for finding your next favorite restaurant, all in the name of supporting LGBT equality. Then there are the pastry and mixology stations, which are equally impressive. The party is at The Ritz-Carlton and tickets run $200. Tickets and info. Can’t swing the main shindig? Hit the afterparty at Kapnos.

The Ritz-Carlton

Get classy at Chefs for Equality The Ritz-Carlton If you’re gonna make it rain for one major foodie event in DC, Chefs for Equality is the one. The 56 savory tasting stations feature the crème de la crème of restaurants -- making the event a one-stop shop for finding your next favorite restaurant, all in the name of supporting LGBT equality. Then there are the pastry and mixology stations, which are equally impressive. The party is at The Ritz-Carlton and tickets run $200. Tickets and info. Can’t swing the main shindig? Hit the afterparty at Kapnos.

Courtesy of Metro Cooking DC’s BBQ Bash

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Oct 24 Sat

Tear into a BBQ Bash Up your grill game by spending time with the experts at MetroCooking’s BBQ Bash. David Guas is the ringleader, but expect to see and taste ‘cue from many other talented pitmasters, including representation from Smoke & Barrel and Old Glory. A $30 ticket to the noon-4pm event also includes access to the entire day of MetroCooking events.

Washington Convention Center

Tear into a BBQ Bash Washington Convention Center Up your grill game by spending time with the experts at MetroCooking’s BBQ Bash. David Guas is the ringleader, but expect to see and taste ‘cue from many other talented pitmasters, including representation from Smoke & Barrel and Old Glory. A $30 ticket to the noon-4pm event also includes access to the entire day of MetroCooking events.

Courtesy of Zentan

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Oct 27 Tue

Dumplings and brews! Dumplings and DC Brau? Yes please. Maketto/Toki Underground’s Erik Bruner-Yang is teaming up with Zentan’s Yo Matsuzaki to crank out both Japanese- and Taiwanese-style dumplings, accompanied by DC Brau beer and cocktails from 7-10pm at Zentan. Those who follow Zentan on social media will have the chance to win a pair of custom sneakers painted by a local artist. All-inclusive tickets are $40.

Zentan

Dumplings and brews! Zentan Dumplings and DC Brau? Yes please. Maketto/Toki Underground’s Erik Bruner-Yang is teaming up with Zentan’s Yo Matsuzaki to crank out both Japanese- and Taiwanese-style dumplings, accompanied by DC Brau beer and cocktails from 7-10pm at Zentan. Those who follow Zentan on social media will have the chance to win a pair of custom sneakers painted by a local artist. All-inclusive tickets are $40.

Courtesy of Republic

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Oct 31 Sat

Nightmare Visit to the Doctor’s Office Halloween Party Arrive in costume at Republic on Halloween for live music at 10pm and a high-stakes costume contest at 11pm (you can win a $250 gift card to the restaurant). You’ll sip on Zombie Killers all night long. No cover charge, just show up.

Republic

Nightmare Visit to the Doctor’s Office Halloween Party Republic Arrive in costume at Republic on Halloween for live music at 10pm and a high-stakes costume contest at 11pm (you can win a $250 gift card to the restaurant). You’ll sip on Zombie Killers all night long. No cover charge, just show up.

Laura Hayes/Thrillist

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Oct 31 Sat

One last drink at Stetsons Famous Bar & Grill Stetsons, a longtime U St watering hole, is closing its doors for good. In fact, it’s one of the oldest bars in DC, so pour one out with it on its last night this Halloween. Hopefully, you'll still be able to get those sweet potato tater tots.

Stetsons

One last drink at Stetsons Famous Bar & Grill Stetsons Stetsons, a longtime U St watering hole, is closing its doors for good. In fact, it’s one of the oldest bars in DC, so pour one out with it on its last night this Halloween. Hopefully, you'll still be able to get those sweet potato tater tots.

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