Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Weekend October 15-18: Take a Twilight Tour of the Congressional Cemetery

Take a tour of the Congressional Cemetery at night, led by guides and costumed actors. Photo courtesy Congressional Cemetery.


FILM: Landmark Theater’s Atlantic Plumbing Cinema opens today. The U Street-area theater offers various craft beers and cocktails of your choosing, but there’s no wiggle room in terms of what movies you can watch. The biopic Steve Jobs will be playing on all six screens. 9:30 PM and 10:30 PM, $13.

GHOSTS: It’ll be a night of spooky stories around a “campfire” at the Hillyer Art Space. Bring a blanket to sit on and listen to ghost stories ranging from the classics to selections from Goosebumps. Beer and wine will be provided by Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, a partner for the event, and Hillyer will provide homemade popcorn. Free, 6:30 PM.

FOOD: The Ibero-American Cultural Attaches Association presents Noche Iberoamericana at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Expect an array of foods from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, which you can wash down with Argentinean and Chilean wine, Dominican rum mojitos, Peruvian pisco, and Spanish cava–all with a backdrop of music by Rose Moraes and Mariachi Los Amigos. $79, 6:30 PM.


PARTY: Why dress up as the caped crusader when you can be the Joker? DC Bike Party understands that being bad can be really good, which is why the theme of their Halloween ride is Super Villains. Sound Bike DC will provide the soundtrack for the ride, which starts at Dupont Circle and ends with a warehouse dance party by Union Market. Free, 7:30 PM.

THEATER: Get into the Halloween spirit–the nerdy way. Molotov Theatre presents Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite at DC Arts Center. It’s billed not as a play but a “theatrical experience” taken directly from H.P. Lovecraft’s work. The show runs through November 8. $25, 7:30 PM.


TOUR: Gain some insight into some of the more than 65,000 people buried at the Congressional Cemetery during the twilight Soul Strolls. Follow guides and costumed actors and discover the colorful history of this 200-year old cemetery. $20, 5:30 PM.

SHOP: More than 30 local vendors and independent shops will be at the Georgetown Book Hill Fall Market. Bonus: Shoppers will also be able to buy pumpkins and apples. Sales support the Georgetown Ministry Center. Free, 11 AM.

MUSIC: Singer/songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. brings his soulful, wistful, Bob Dylan-esque folk to the 9:30 Club. He recently co-wrote the song “Alive” with powerhouses Adele and Sia for Sia’s upcoming album, This is Acting. $20, 6 PM.


BOOKS: Ruth Reichl, writer, restaurant critic and former editor in chief of Gourmet Magazine, visits Busboys and Poets in Takoma. Reichl will be discussing her new book, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life, a cookbook-meets-memoir about how she used her kitchen to cope with an emotionally trying year. Earlier in the day she’ll be selling her book at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market. Free, 3 PM.

FOOD: Not that you need an excuse to eat more oysters from the Rappahannock Oyster Company, but the second annual DC Oysterfest at Union Market is a pretty good reason. Wash it all down with Three Stars and Flying Dog breweries, and if mollusks aren’t your thing, you can grab food from one of the local food trucks that’ll be around. $35, 12 PM.