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Free Things to Do in DC This Week October 21-25: Rock the Vote’s Anniversary Concert at the Black Cat

And free pumpkin carving in NoMa.
Free Things to Do in DC This Week October 21-25: Rock the Vote’s Anniversary Concert at the Black Cat
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21

Mary-Victoria Voutsas and the Greek Chamber Music Project at the Kennedy Center

To celebrate the release of her new album, classically trained pianist Mary-Victoria Voutsas will perform at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Wednesday. Her playlist includes songs written by Academy Award-winning composer Manos Hadjidakis. 6 PM.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22

Pumpkin Carving Happy Hour at Storey Park

If you’re wondering whether the caveat here is that you’ll have to pick up your own pumpkin-carving kit on the way, fear not—free carving tools are on hand for the first 300 visitors. If pumpkins aren’t your thing, look for face painting, a candy scavenger hunt, live music, and, for the grown ups, alcoholic beverages. Reserve your pumpkin here. 4 to 7 PM.

Rock the Vote 25h Anniversary Concert at Black Cat

Rock the Vote, a nonprofit that encourages young people to vote, is two-and-a-half decades old. To celebrate? A concert at the Black Cat, featuring 2 Live Crew, DMC of Run DMC, and DC’s own Lightshow. Sign up ahead of time. 7 PM.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

Falloween at Market Common Clarendon

Market Common, a major shopping hub and housing complex in Clarendon, will host a family-centric fall-themed day complete with live music, costumed characters, and a petting zoo. 12 to 4 PM.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 and SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25

DC Author Festival at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

More than 60 local authors and publishers descend on the MLK Memorial Library this weekend. With them comes a vendor fair and speakers on Saturday (10 AM to 5 PM), and a schedule of author’s workshops Sunday (1:30 to 5 PM). Schedule and list of authors here.

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