Frightening festivities: On Monday, celebrate both Halloween and the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead at restaurants across the city. Here, our guide to all the bar specials, restaurant parties, and celebrations around town. A few highlights: stop by Round Robin Bar at the Willard InterContinental between 5 pm and 9 pm for complimentary skull face painting. Then head to Oyamel Cocina Mexicana between 6 pm and 10 pm for a Day of the Dead party featuring creative cocktails, live music, and more face painting.
Chocoholics rejoice: Satisfy your sweet tooth this Tuesday at 7 pm at a chocolate tasting and demonstration hosted by Artisan Confections. Come sample a variety of the Arlington shop’s creations, and enjoy a 20% discount on all purchases if you’re still craving more. Owner Jason Andelman will also answer questions about the entire chocolate-making process. Tickets cost $30 per person; purchase one here.
Whisked away: Make this Thursday a thirsty one by attending the Baltimore Whiskey Festival from 6 pm to 9 pm. Distillers and experts will offer samples of more than 60 whiskies from around the world. Despite what the festival’s name implies, there will also be opportunities to try high-end rum, cognac, and other spirits. Tickets cost $79 per person, and include a commemorative glass and unlimited samples of food and drinks; purchase one here before they run out.
Say “cheese” and “cheers”: If you really want to impress your guests this holiday season, head to Righteous Cheese inside Union Market on Thursday at 7 pm to learn about delicious cheese-and-craft-beer pairings. Melissa Provinsal, the shop’s in-house cheesemonger, will teach attendees about four combinations. Click here to purchase a $49 ticket.
Goodies for a good cause: If you work downtown, consider heading to Woodrow Wilson Plaza during your lunch break on Friday and snagging some sweet treats for the office. Local bake shops including Georgetown Cupcake and Dog Tag Bakery will donate cookies, brownies, and more to a bake sale from 11 am to 3 pm. All of the proceeds will go toward the Best Buddies Capital Region Prom, a night of music and friendship for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.