Things to Do

Free Things to Do in DC This Weekend October 28-November 1: Dia de los Muertos at the Museum of the American Indian

Plus, get discounted beers at Right Proper in honor of the World Lemur Festival.

Photograph by cjm1/iStock.


Fall Festival at Woodrow Wilson Plaza

If you work in downtown DC, stop by Wilson Plaza outside the Ronald Reagan building during your lunch hour this week to get lost in a hay bale maze or, if your boss has a good sense of humor, have your face painted. Other treats: sugar skull coloring and hot cider. 12 to 2 PM, Wednesday through Friday.

William Kloss Lecture at the White House Historical Association

Art in the White House author William Kloss discusess Calvin Coolidge and his wife, Grace, by way of their White House portraits and explains how the dynamic ’20s are at play in the images. 5:30 to 7 PM.

DC Lemur Party at Right Proper Brewing Company

The World Lemur Festival is coming to town, folks. But alas, there will be no live lemurs. That’s your job: Wear a lemur costume and score 10 free raffle tickets for the chance to win a prize. And though the event is free, attendees can donate to the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership, and buy discounted house drafts. 6 to 9 PM.


Mary Alouette at the Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown

Mary Alouette, an electronic jazz singer/songwriter/instrumentalist, visits the Georgetown Ritz at this week’s Living Room Live concert. Seating begins at 7 PM.


Trick-or-Treat at Bethesda Row

The shops and restaurants at Bethesda Row will be giving out treats for your costumed little one(s)—so what if it’s a ploy to lure you to shop? 5 to 7 PM.

Quetzal at the National Museum of the American Indian

Quetzal, a Grammy award-winning Chicano rock band from Los Angeles, kicks off Dia de los Muertos at the National Museum of the American Indian, which will host a weekend-long celebration complete with culinary demonstrations and live performances. Doors open at 6 PM.


Story League at the Kennedy Center

Story League, which holds storytelling shows and contests in DC, is going by “Scary League” on Halloween, when it will deliver a costumed comedy show with comics from DC, New York, and elsewhere. 5:30 PM.


Adam Lowitt at the Kennedy Center

The Millennium Stage will host Adam Lowitt, the three-time Emmy Award-winning co-executive producer of The Daily Show with John Stewart. 6 PM.