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Check out an archaeological art night, get into the wax museum for free, hit a final rooftop happy hour, and sample the goods at Taste of Georgetown—plus lots more.

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Thursday, October 9: The Rock and Roll Hotel is hosting the SAFE & Sound benefit concert this evening. Former Georgie James member Laura Burhenn, Olivia & the Housemates, Lode Runner, and the Spiritual Machine will all be performing, and proceeds from the concert will benefit Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE). Great music for a good cause? We’re so there.

It’s Second Thursday Art Night at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, and tonight’s theme is archaeology. There will be a lecture about historical preservation, a reception for the exhibit “Revealed Histories,” and an exhibit on discovering and examining the lives of our predecessors. From 6 to 9; free.

A fall chill is in the air, so—sadly—that means the end of the International Club of DC’s rooftop happy hour at the Embassy Row Hilton. Celebrate the last one of the year with great city views and drink specials. RSVP at From 6:30 to 9:30; $5.

Friday, October 10: Kick off your Friday night with Latin-tinged music and loads of dancing when Los Amigos Invisibles and Bio Ritmo hit the mainstage at the Black Cat. 9; $25.

Madame Tussauds may be a fun gimmick of a museum—creepy lifelike wax figures of celebrities—but with its entrance fee of nearly $20, it never seemed worth the price. But that all changes for a few days. In celebration of the museum’s first anniversary in DC, if you sing “Happy Birthday” at the box office, you’ll be able to enter for just $1. The special goes through tomorrow.

Legend has it that 13 children vanished from a boarding school located in what is now known as the Haunted Woods at Algonkian Regional Park. Take the haunted walk, and perhaps you’ll hear the children’s laughter. First tour begins at 7; last ticket sold at 9:30 on weeknights and 10:30 on weekends; $13. Want more haunted houses, Halloween tours, and frightful fun? Check out our Halloween guide.

Saturday, October 11: Miss last weekend’s Taste of Bethesda? Today from 11 to 4, you can hit Taste of Georgetown. The food-and-wine festival features a wide range of neighborhood restaurants—including 1789, Mendocino Grille and Wine Bar, and Tackle Box—offering samples (tasting tickets cost $5), and an Old World wine pavilion ($10 entry fee). A panel of judges, including the Food Network’s Marc Silverstein, will pick the event’s best appetizer, entrée, display, and dessert. There will be activities for children and live music from Blues Alley. Visit for more information.

Need a fairy-tale escape? The National Gallery of Art screens I Was a Swiss Banker in the East Building’s auditorium. The film follows a young Swiss banker who abruptly dives into Lake Constance with a bagful of money. Director Thomas Imbach also fits singing mermaids and other enchanted creatures into this 75-minute adventure. 4 PM.

The seventh annual Maryland Brewer’s Oktoberfest will be held today at the Timonium Fairgrounds, just north of Baltimore. There will be more than 75 beers, 12 breweries, German food, “oompah bands,” a biggest-beer-belly competition, a Miss Oktoberfest contest, and more. Noon to 8; adult admission (including a tasting mug) is $20 in advance, $25 on-site, and designated-driver tickets are $10. Wearing German attire will earn you extra drinks. Click here for more information.

Happy 233rd birthday to the Navy! In celebration of Navy Day today, the Washington Navy Yard and the US Navy Memorial will be hosting tours of ships and museums, offering birthday cake, holding drill-team performances, and more. Go Navy!

Sunday, October 12: Upstate New York native Ra Ra Riot bring its blend of pop rock and classical string arrangements to the Black Cat. Walter Meego and the Morning Benders open the show, which has been moved from the backstage to the main room. 8:30; tickets are $12.

The Sugarloaf Craft Festival wraps up today at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. More than 300 artists and designers from all over the country will showcase their pottery, photographs, clothing, jewelry, and more. There will be live music, and children can enjoy costume storytelling. From 10 to 5; $8, under 12 free.

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