The Best Events in Washington DC For October

    There’s so much more to October than Halloween. The weather is gorgeous with temperatures typically in the 70’s during the day.

    October temps are expected to be well above normal this fall, so while we will see some color change, we won’t see full fall colors until closer to the beginning or mid-November. If you’re looking for those spectacular fall colors, you might want to escape the city and head to Charlottesville or Staunton.

    For those of us sticking around town, some of the best things to do in Washington DC in October range from wine festivals to family-friendly events– like apple picking.

    Get out and enjoy this extra warm weather and all that DC and the surrounding area has to offer! Here are some of our favorite picks for October.


    Taste of DC

    Are you ready for the largest culinary festival in the mid-Atlantic? Bring your appetite because this event will have something to satisfy everyone’s tastes buds. There will be culinary demonstrations and plenty of restaurants to sample or indulge in mouth-watering dishes, live music, a beer garden, and an artesian market. Click here to get your tickets for the Taste of DC.

    Audi Field

    October 26: 5-10 P.M.

    October 27: 12-10 P.M.

    Taste after dark: Oct. 26 & 27 from 7-10 P.M.


    Apple Picking

    This is sure to be a family favorite. Larriland Farm in Woodbine, MD offers loads of charm and a variety of different apples for picking. Tractor-drawn hayrides with a stop for pumpkin picking, a stroll through a straw maze, and a walk through the boo barn are some entertaining activities for the kids. This lasts only through October…so hurry!

    October 1 – October 31:

    Sun. 9:00am – 5:00pm

    Monday – closed. Except open Columbus Day 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Tues. – Fri. 9:00am – 6:00pm

    Sat. – Sun. 9:00am – 5:00pm

    2415 Woodbine Road | Woodbine, MD 21797

    Balt. Area 410-442-2605 | Wash. Area 301-854-6110


    Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour at Mount Vernon

    Enjoy live music while sampling wine from 19 of Virginia’s wineries on George Washington’s estate. Grab a blanket and take a seat on the lawn overlooking the Potomac River while savoring a glass of wine. Tour the mansion and cellar and learn what our Founding Father’s successes and failures were with wine.

    October 11, 2019 – October 13, 2019

    6:00pm – 9:00pm

    3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

    Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121

    (703) 780-2000

    Click here to get your tickets or reserve a table:


    Boo at the Zoo

    Trick-or-treat early and have a spooktacular time at Boo at the Zoo. It’s a great family-friendly event with over 40 treat stations, a dance party and kid’s karaoke. Equipped with a sensory space called the Think Tank for trick-or-treaters that have sensory disabilities that need a quiet break. There will be after-hour access to some of the animal houses and exhibits.

    Friday, October 18, 2019, to Sunday, October 20, 2019

    5:30 pm to 8:30 pm


    Night at the Living Zoo- For the 21 and over crowd. DJ dance party, costume contest, craft beer and food.

    October 25th 7-10:30 pm

    Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute

    3001 Connecticut Ave.

    NW Washington, DC 20008



    Calling all beer geeks! Snallygaster is a one-day beer event with unlimited beer and wine tasting. Everyone is sure to get their fill with over 400 different craft beers, the best food trucks, and live music.

    Snallygster is one of the largest annual fundraisers for Arcadia  This nonprofit is helping to create a more equitable and sustainable local food system in our region. They are doing some very cool things right here in our city. By attending Snallygaster you can help make a difference.

    Oct. 12, 2019 2-6 pm

    Get your tickets here


    Dupont Circle Halloween Bar Crawl

    What a great way to wrap up October and get into the Halloween spirit. Come dressed in costume for a day of boos and brews. Join the ghoulish fun with multiple bar venues, live music, contest prizes, discount drinks and much more. This adult-only Halloween bar crawl takes place in Dupont Circle on October 19th and October 26th from 3 – 11 pm.

    Go here for tickets:


    If you want to get out and explore some of the city’s family-friendly breweries, check out our blog on Washington DC Family Friendly Breweries






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