Things to Do

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.

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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.


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.


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.


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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