Autumn is upon us at last, and there are tons of fun events happening in the DMV this weekend!
Happy October! The month's just started, but already it's starting to look like Halloween in the DMV! Whether you're interested in a spooky light display or a beer festival, there's plenty of fun to be had this weekend!
Here's your weekend roundup for Friday, October 4, to Sunday, October 6.
23rd Annual Oktoberfest | Fremont Field | 9025 Richmond Highway, Fort Belvoir, VA | Thursday–Sunday
The military fort is opening its doors to the public for another smashing Oktoberfest! Celebrate the season with German cuisine, a carnival, and lots and lots of beer! After some indulging, work it off with the Volksmarch 10K walk. Festival admission is free. Find out more information here!
Taste of Bethesda | Woodmont Triangle | Bethesda, MD | Saturday
Drawing in 40,000 visitors a year, this food festival showcases the best of Bethesda's restaurant scene. With special "taste tickets," visitors can try delicious bites from 60 local restaurants and experience live entertainment. Admission is free, but you'll have to purchase food (buy four tickets for $5). Find out more here!
Carrie Underwood | Capital One Arena | Washington, D.C. | Friday
Country fans, prepare yourselves: Carrie Underwood's "The Cry Pretty Tour 360" is heading to D.C.! Hear tracks from her recent release Cry Pretty along with favorites "Before He Cheats" and "Jesus, Take the Wheel." The country superstar will be joined by Maddie & Tae and Runaway June. Tickets start at $49.50. Buy them here!
NoVa Mac and Cheese Festival | North Stuart Street & Fairfax Drive | Arlington, VA | Saturday
There ain't no party like a mac and cheese party! Sample 30 mac and cheese varieties while indulging in craft brews and live music. You also get to vote for your favorite one! General admission is $40, and VIP is $55. Tickets are selling out, so don't hesitate! Buy them here!
37th Annual Manassas Fall Jubilee | Historic Downtown Manassas | 9201 Center Street | Manassas, VA | Saturday
Some cozy fall fun awaits you in historic Downtown Manassas! From 10 to 5, shop for local trinkets and enjoy live music, games, and other entertainment. Get together with family and friends for the perfect autumnal day! Check it out here!
Island Wine Fest | Fager's Island | 201 60th Street | Ocean City, MD | Saturday
Summer may be over, but it's never too late for an island party! From 12 to 4 p.m., indulge in an afternoon of fine wine, beer, and delicious seafood along with live grooves by Pebble to Pearl. Tickets are $53 and include a commemorative sampling glass. Check it out here!
Chestertown HP Festival's Wizarding Weekend | Garfield Center for the Arts | 210 High Street, Chestertown, MD | Friday–Saturday
For one weekend, Chestertown will transform into a magical land for wizards! Stroll through downtown for a scavenger hunt, peruse local restaurants, and craft your own potions at the Chestertown RiverArts Clay Studio! Most activities are free, so what are you waiting for? Find out more here!
Jack's Pumpkin Glow | Lake Fairfax Park | 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, VA | Ongoing
Get in the Halloween spirit with a spooky light display! Take a stroll in Lake Fairfax Park for lit-up jack-o-lanterns and enjoy yummy treats, pumpkin carving demos, and the pumpkin patch. Tickets are $16.99-$27.99. Take advantage of a $6 discount on select times on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Reserve your spot here!
24th Annual Art on the Avenue | Mount Vernon Avenue | Alexandria, VA | Saturday
This art extravaganza draws thousands each season, and it's easy to see why! Explore goods including beadwork, paintings, and pottery from over 300 artisans while musicians play on five performance stages. There will also be food and an activitiy area for kids. Admission is free. Find out more here!
Venetian Ball | Embassy of Italy | 3000 Whitehaven Street NW | Washington, D.C. | Saturday
Take things up a notch with an elegant evening at the Italian Embassy! Enjoy small bites and fine wine along with dancing, contests, and more! The masquerade contest is sure to add a bit of intrigue to the night. General admission is $96, and VIP is $130. Take a look here!
Are you going to any of these events? Tell us what you'll be doing in the comments!