Things to do in DC October 17-23: Festivals, food and fashion

The two-day festival at the National Harbor features more than 20 tacos and taquerias. Photo courtesy of Taco Beer Tequila Festival.

Happy Monday everyone!

There is a lot of entertainment Things to do this week. You can attend the opening night of a play produced by women or celebrate culture and tradition at a festival of lights. Whichever you choose, you’re bound to have a great time.

Best things to do this week

  1. Diwali celebration. Mayor’s Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Presents 8th Annual District Diwali celebration. The Festival of Lights includes a traditional lamp-lighting ceremony, cultural performances and ethnic food tastings (Thursday, free, Northwest DC).
  2. Taco, beer, tequila festival. Get ready for two days of all-you-can-eat tacos! Sip samples of beer, cider, and tequila, sample fresh guacamole, and top it all off with churros and chocolate at this year’s festival. There will also be live music (Sat-Sun, $55+, National Harbor).
  3. DMV Food Recovery Week. A number of local groups and organizations are teaming up this week to organize events encourage community members to become more resilient to reduce food waste and increase food security for all. Participants can learn how to properly compost, store and freeze food at home and grow produce from kitchen scraps. (Mon-Sat, free, virtual and various participating locations).
  4. My body, no choice. Be enlightened by the monologues of eight women playwrights who explain the importance of bodily autonomy and reproductive rights in My body, no choice opening this week at Arena Stage (Friday-Sunday, $18, southwest DC).
  5. Fashion at the Smithsonian. Discover, shop, and wear limited-edition jewelry, apparel, and wearable art from designers across the United States at Smithsonian Craft2Wear To display. Opening night includes a preview benefit show where guests can meet the performers and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres (Thurs-Sat, $10+, National Building Museum).

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Economic. Browse a collection of books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl on Capital Book Festival (game, free, downtown). Watch a spooky throwback movie as part of the Retro proofreading series at E Street Cinema (Tuesday, $7, Northwest DC).

Arts and culture. A new collective exhibition photography, video, sculpture, painting, installations and live performance works are exhibited (Wed-Sat, Free, Arlington). East City Bookshop hosts a conversation with an economics professor and parenting data expert Emily Oster about her book The Family Firm (Tuesdays, free, virtual and in-person, Southeast DC). Create your own Halloween themed stitch embroidery (Wednesday, $45, Union Market) Where build a fall wreath (Wednesday, $60, Union Market). Explore the 3,000 square foot exhibit”All Americans: The Power Sport(Mon-Sun, free, National Archives).

Theater and shows. Travel back in time for a 1930s-style cabaret at Maryland Classical Theater (Monday, $62, Annapolis). See Heroes of the Fourth Turn before his departure this month (Wednesday-Sunday, $65+, Northwest DC). The Washington DC Gay Male Choir pays tribute to singer Judy Garland. Listen to popular Garland tunes”Over the Rainbow” andThe Man That Got Away” at the musical cabaret (Saturday, $45, Tysons).

Bites and drinks. Say hello to local food and beverage business owners and sample their wares at Union Kitchen’s Meet the creators (Saturday, $20, northeast DC). Enjoy cheese, drinks and lots of laughs at the Comedy show at the wine bar (Tuesday, $10, Navy Yard). Participate in a Pumpkin Rice Cake Cooking Class at the chinese street market (Tuesday, $20+, Northwest DC). Treat yourself to all your vegan cravings at a dinner and community social event (Wed, $30, Northwest DC).

Halloween and history. take a twilight ghost tour and discover the haunted past of the capital (Mon-Sun, $30, Northwest DC) where to be drove through the old town by lantern light to hear ghost stories, folklore and tales of love and angry ghosts seeking revenge (Monday to Thursday, $15, Alexandria). Visit Maryland for a journey through the region’s exciting past (Thu-Sun, $15, Frederick). Will you be brave enough to take a trip to a haunted farm? If so, have fun after hours at fields of fear (Fri-Sun, $35, Centreville). Author JoAnn Hill partners with Off the Mall Tours for a Secrets of Alexandria guided tour that explores the historic and spooky sights of the neighborhood (Thursday, $30+, Alexandria).

Music and concerts. Singer-songwriter Cash Langdon returns to the DC Stage to perform his latest music at Quarry House Tavern (Monday, $16, Silver Spring). To see the Smash pumpkins in concert (Tuesday, $49+, Capital One Arena).

Fun and games. Find a spot on the lawn and enjoy a screening of the classic film at sunset Superior gun (Friday, free, Arlington). Bingo is even better when you play with furry goats! Take part in a game of BINGOAT at a local community center (Saturday, $40, Arlington).

To be involved. Ward 1 DC Mutual Aid organization is organizing a clothing drive. Donate Gently Used, Clean Winter Clothes to Lyman Tavern (Mon, donations welcome, Northwest).

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Briana A. Thomas is a local journalist, historian, and tour guide specializing in researching DC’s history and culture. She is the author of the Black History Book, Black Broadway in Washington, D.C.a story that first appeared in the Washingtonian in 2016.

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