Things to Do

Best Things to Do in the DC Area 9/26-10/2: March on Washington Film Festival, All Things Go Music Festival, Haunted Halloween Forest

Plus, cupcakes and '90s music at Lincoln Theatre.

Kaitlyn Boyer (Anita), Kim Bey (Maggie), and Lilian Oben (Lorraine) in Nine Night at Round House Theatre. Photograph by Margot Schulman Photography. 

Happy Monday, everyone!

From the annual March on Washington Film Festival to a chance to see pop star Lorde in concert, you don’t want to miss out on the cool things happening in DC this week.

March on Washington Film Festival poster for the Maurice Hines movie. Photograph courtesy of John-Carluccio.

Best Things to Do This Week

  • March on Washington Film Festival. This week the March on Washington Film Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversaryGuests can choose from a list of more than 20 films, events, and workshops both in-person and virtual throughout the week. This includes screenings and panels of the civil rights films The Mississippi Defenders and March On the World—Acting While Black, and an opening night gala at Union Market’s Dock 5 (Wed-Sun, $19+, various DC venues).
  • All Things Go Music Festival. Merriweather Post Pavilion will host 16 artists across multiple stages at this year’s All Things Go Music Festival. You can see Grammy award-winning artist Lorde live in concert along with Mitski, Bleachers, King Princess, Lucy Dacus, and Bartees Strange (Sat, $95, Columbia).
  • Caribbean Community Night. See the U.S. premiere of the Jamaican-British dramedy Nine Night at Round House Theatre. The community night* event will include the play performance followed by a post-show reception with the actors, celebrating the show’s Caribbean and Jamaican culture (Fri, $46+, Bethesda).
  • Haunted Halloween forest. Let the trick-or-treating and creepy haunted tours begin! Visit Markoff’s Haunted Forest for a night of eerie attractions, bonfires, music, and food (Fri-Sat, free entry, Dickerson, Maryland).
  • Story District’s Birthday Bash. Help wish the local storytelling and artist collective Story District a 25th birthday this weekend. There will be a storytellers showcase, treats by Georgetown Cupcake, prizes, and a DJ spinning ’90s tunes (Sat, $25, Lincoln Theatre).


Want More Things to Do?

Budget-friendly. Bring a friend to a blast from the past—an 80s themed outdoor happy hour (Fri, free, Takoma Park). Or join Loyalty Bookstore and DC Public Library for a live conversation with authors Laura Warrell and Glory Edim (Tues, free but registration required, MLK Library). The only thing better than watching Harry Potter is participating in a trivia game about the popular movie series (Wed, $15, Northeast DC).

Arts and culture. Join a Spy Chat from the comfort of your home with Spy Museum Executive Director Chris Costa (Thurs, free, virtual) or an interactive music and artifacts program for individuals living with memory loss and their care partners (Tues, free, virtual). Experience a neon light exhibit by light sculptor Craig Kraft (Fri, free, Southeast DC). A collection of DC artists present Protest! (Wed-Sat, free, Northwest DC). A new solo art exhibit “Chromatic Landscapes” by Vian Borchert is on display (Mon-Sat, free, Gaithersburg). Read short fiction books and meet science authors at the Capclave literary convention (Fri-Sun, $20, Rockville). Lean into your creative side with arts, crafts, drinks, and snacks at Renwick Gallery’s Handi-hour (Wed, $25, Smithsonian American Art Museum).

Theater and shows. A new stage play, My Calamitous Affair with the Minister of Culture and Censorship…, premieres this week (Thurs, $25+, Northwest DC). Ask King Crimson founding member Robert Fripp and producer David Singleton anything in an evening conversation at City Winery (Fri, $55, Ivy City). Have a night out at the theater and see the regional premiere of  Aint No Mo’ (Wed-Sat, $20, Woolly Mammoth). Theatre Week continues with a performance at The Essential Theatre, A Night with Jackie “Moms” Mabley (Fri-Sun, pay-what-you-can tickets available at door, Anacostia). Journey to Texas at Ford’s Theatre’s The Trip to Bountiful stage play (Tues-Fri, $24+, Ford’s Theatre).

History and heritage. All educators are welcome to the back-to-school event Tapas With Teachers for appetizers and a meet-and-greet with representatives from local historic sites (Thurs, free, Georgetown). Dive into the themes of activism and justice in The Till Trilogy Reflection Series by attending the Blue Chakra Lounge spoken word and open mic night (Thurs, $10+, Downtown) or take part in a conversation and poetry reading on race and racial justice (Tues, $10, hybrid and Capitol Hill).

Music and concerts. Oktoberfest is underway! Bring the family to the Shipgarten Bier, Wine, & Cider Festival for a day full of games, music, tastings, and apple pies and doughnuts (Sat, free entry, Tysons). Keep the fall festival vibes going with live music and German lagers at National Landing (Sat, free, Arlington). Adams Morgan Porchfest returns with more than 70 local bands (Sat, free, Adams Morgan). The natural wine social “Laissez-fair(e): Deux” is coming to Josephine Butler Parks Center (Sun, $45, Columbia Heights). Award-winning artist Lizzo is in town for a concert (Tues, $85, Capital One Arena).

Fun and games. Revisit your childhood playtime with a friendly LEGO competition at Reston Museum (Sat, $20, Reston). Get tickets to a trivia night and comedic murder mystery at Lincoln’s Cottage (Wed, $10, Brookland). Jump for joy with the entire family at Bounce the Mall (Sat-Sun,$23, Woodbridge). Head to Farragut Square at sundown for an outdoor showing of the movie Respect (Thurs, free, Northwest DC). Go to your local theater to see a limited showing of the movie Howl’s Moving Castle (Mon-Wed, prices vary, various participating theaters). 

Get involved. It’s Police Weekend! The National Law Enforcement Museum is hosting an open house for visitors of all ages and showing the film, Service and Sacrifice (Sat, free, but registration required, Northwest DC). You can help support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund at Run for the Badge 2022 (Sat, free, but donations welcome, virtual).

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*An earlier version of this post called the Caribbean Community Night event opening day, but it is not. We regret the error.

Briana A. Thomas is a local journalist, historian, and tour guide who specializes in the research of D.C. history and culture. She is the author of the Black history book, Black Broadway in Washington, D.C., a story that was first published in Washingtonian in 2016.