Thursday, October 18
BRAIIINSS: Test-drive your Halloween-makeup-applying skills and take an impromptu trip out to H Street on a non-weekend for Brightest Young Things’ Zombie Takeover bar crawl. Nearly a dozen bars and restaurants will be offering specials to people who dress like zombies. Your $5 (or $11 at the door) ticket gets you up to four free shots of Bulleit Bourbon and deals on zombie punch, Dangerously Delicious pies, and more.
TWINE: Wine and tweeting don’t seem to go together—one is classy(ish), and the other is for Justin Bieber fanatics and self-important DC types (guilty). But hey, nothing could go wrong with alcohol and social media, right? And if you combine “tweet” and “wine” you get “twine,” which kinda works. Hang with other new media-savvy people and get your first drink on the house at Veritas Wine Bar. Tickets ($10) are available through Eventbrite. 6:30 PM.
STORYTELLING: Mad Men has made being an ad man a glamorous position—see if that translates to real life with Mad Memoirs, a night of storytelling from people in the marketing industry, at Busboys & Poets. $15 at the door. 6:30 PM.
HALLOWEEN: Finally, someone’s throwing a Halloween party for those of us who kinda like getting dressed up but don’t get irrationally excited for pumpkin-flavored drinks and confections. The only rule at the Half-Assed Halloween party is to make sure you don’t try too hard. That means don’t spend any money on your costume and put it together as you’re running out the door. So expect lots of congressmen, lawyer, and hipster “costumes.” The whole thing benefits the National MS Society, and there’s a two-hour open bar. Tickets are $30 online or $40 at the door. 8 PM.
STARS: Long before NASA started looking for aliens on Mars, mankind was making up stories about what’s going on way out there. Cocktails Under African Skies at the National Museum of African Art is exactly what it sounds like. Christine Mullen Kreamer will lead a discussion about the role the cosmos play in African culture and the mythology behind different constellations as you sit back and watch and sip specialty drinks. $55 at the door. 6:30 PM.
Friday, October 19
MUSEUM: The Hirshhorn is keeping its doors open late Friday with “The World,” a live show written and performed by Peter Glanz, a filmmaker who’s worked with Wilco, Andrew W.K., and MTV. $25. 8 PM.
MUSIC: Yardfest, the legendary Howard homecoming concert, has hosted Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, and pretty much every other important rapper of the past decade or so. This year’s edition has up and comers 2 Chainz and Meek Mill and rap mainstays Beenie Man and Naughty By Nature. Take a long lunch and head over there around noon. Free.
MYSTICISM: Rumi helped develop Sufism, Islam’s mystical dimension. Tonight with National Geographic, experts on the Persian mystic will read from his work, and Hossein Omoumi will perform music. Tickets ($25) are available online. 7:30 PM.
Saturday, October 20
ART: At the Corcoran’s community day, try out pottery-making, printmaking, and book-binding and check out the museum for free. 10 AM.
HORSE RACING: The International Gold Cup, Virginia’s answer to the Kentucky Derby, is your chance to get all dolled up and drink mint juleps or whiskey or whatever. That means wear your Southern belle hat, sport coat, and whatever other “old money” thing you can think of. The horse races are secondary to the pageantry of it all, but those will be happening if you’re into them. Tickets are available at most Harris Teeter stores around town; check the Gold Cup’s website for details. $55 to $550. 10 AM.
FASHION: DC Flea has taken over Montserrat House and turned the whole thing into a pop-up shop. Though the store has been open all month, the shop is hosting fashion shows all day Saturday, so you can get jealous about how the clothes you’re about to buy look on someone else. Noon.
COMEDY: The DC Arts Center shows off the best DC has to offer with its Capital City Showcase, featuring music by singer songwriter Justin Trawick, hip-hop by Laelo, and comedy by Randy Syphax and troupe Homegrown Hilarity. Tickets ($10) are available through Eventbrite. 10 PM.
Sunday, October 21
RUNNING (sorta): I’m usually not one to suggest running to anyone, but if you’re going to do it, might as well get paint sloshed all over you. The Color Run is sold out, but if you head over to National Harbor you can probably throw some paint all over some poor exercising fool. Free. 9 AM.
CULTURE: Indique Heights is throwing its annual Diwali Mela—that means food stalls, dancing, henna, karaoke, and much more. Admission includes all-you-can-eat food. Tickets ($22) are available online. Noon.
Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find him on Twitter @jason_koebler.