Things to Do

What to Do This Week: October 20 to 23

A Mad Men party at Room and Board and plenty of pumpkin-themed activities.

Head to NoMa on Thursday for a pumpkin-carving party. Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, October 20

PUMPKINS: You may have smashed a pumpkin—or listened to the Smashing Pumpkins—but have you ever gotten smashed by a pumpkin? That’s the plan tonight at City Tap House, which has purchased a 250-pound pumpkin, which will be hollowed out, filled with beer, and tapped like a keg. Besides that, seven of the spot’s taps will be dedicated to pumpkin beers; check it out. 5 PM.

Tuesday, October 21

PARTY: DC WISE is hosting a Mad Men party (even though it’s not coming back until the spring) at Room and Board. There’ll be fancy ’60s-themed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a silent auction. Put on your best period costume and pretend you’re Don Draper for the night. Just remember, though: Don Draper is kinda a jerk. Tickets ($55) are available online. 6 PM.

Wednesday, October 22

ART: Last week’s Art Buzz got postponed for some reason, but the past’s loss is the present’s gain: Head to the rooftop at the Embassy Row Hotel for the Rooftop Soiree, a fancy party featuring nice cocktails, wine, and beer, art (duh), and music. Hope for nice weather and one last time on a rooftop before we’re caught in winter’s grasp. Tickets ($10) are available online. 6 PM.

Thursday, October 23

PUMPKIN CARVING: The NoMa pumpkin patch hosts a pumpkin-carving party this week. If you get there early-ish, you’ll get a free pumpkin and carving tools. There’s also a petting zoo, a live bluegrass band, food from Union Kitchen, a candy scavenger hunt, and booze. Free. 4 to 7 PM.

Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at, or find him on Twitter at @jason_koebler.

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