Thursday, October 23
ART: I have no idea what “P. Diddy swag meets ArtJamz creativity means,” but the long and short of the White Party is that ArtJamz has painted its walls white and is inviting you to paint all over them. Wear white, drink White Russian cocktails, and all that nonsense. You will leave very messy. Tickets ($20) are available online. 5:30 and 8:30 PM.
HALLOWEEN: Halloween is a chance to see and be seen, to impress everyone—which can be really stressful. The Multiple Sclerosis Society wants to change that with its Half-Assed Halloween, which is my favorite kind of Halloween. Make your costume out of stuff you have at home in 30 minutes or less, which saves you time and money (which you can then donate). The party at Union Pub will have food and drink specials and, yes, a costume contest (but don’t try too hard). Tickets ($20) are available online. 8 PM.
VARIETY: Encyclopedia Show DC is back at Busboys and Poets to teach you everything you could possibly want to know about the circus. There will be interpretive dancers, singers, standup, and a former Ringling Bros. clown, to lend it some serious cred in circus circles (which are known in the biz as “rings of fire”). $10. 9 PM.
Friday, October 24
DANCE: Wonderland is having its fifth edition of Disco Made Me Do It, an every-once-in-a-while event that is, well, a disco dance party at Wonderland. Plan your hangover accordingly. Free. 9 PM.
COMEDY: Brick Penguin sketch comedy performs two nights of “haunted comedy” at RFD in Chinatown—you probably won’t be too scared, but you’ll almost certainly laugh. $5. 8 and 10 PM.
VARIETY: The Weirdo Show was already pretty weird, but it gets extra-creepy at Bier Baron this month with storytelling based on actually scary stories, burlesque, a scary clown (don’t say I didn’t warn you), and hula-hoop performances. Tickets ($10) are available online. 10 PM.
FILM: Union Market has two drive-in movies left—this week it’s Remember the Titans, which is a wonderful Denzel Washington football movie about racism and togetherness and all that at local high school TC Williams. Left Side! $10 per car, free otherwise. 8 PM.
Saturday, October 25
DANCE: If you haven’t seen Skrillex live, I would recommend that everyone under the age of say, 33-ish do it, at least once. Yes, even you, Guy Who’s Trying to Trade Skrillex Tickets for Foo Fighters Passes. Tickets ($50) are available online. 9 PM.
BEER: New Belgium’s Tour de Fall Carnival is at Jack Rose this week—it features the brewery’s fall offerings, plus corn dogs, cotton candy, beer floats, various carnival games, psychic readings, and a photo booth. Free. Noon to 5 PM.
ZOMBIES: Silver Spring is hosting its annual Zombie Walk this weekend, and AFI Silver screens Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead to celebrate. Don your best zombie garb and makeup beforehand (or hope someone there can do you up a bit), and get ready to scare some passersby. Free. 8 PM.
HALLOWEEN: The annual Nightmare on M Street Halloween bar crawl happens tonight and is reliably a raucous time. If you’re looking for some more low-key options, check out our guide to Halloween parties. Tickets ($30) are available online. 5 PM.
Sunday, October 26
DANCE: RAC (a.k.a. André Allen Anjos) is a remixer that’s actually worth listening (and dancing) to—even moreso at this show, which features live vocalists. Check him out at 9:30 Club with Penguin Prison, another great group. Tickets ($28) are available online. 7 PM.
FASHION: Yards Park hosts Fashion Yards, a party featuring fashion trucks, which are like food trucks except filled with clothes and jewelry. Around two dozen designers will take part, offering styles for both men and women, so it’s a good chance to get your fall wardrobe all set up now. Free. 1 PM.
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