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Saturday, Nov. 4, 8:30 AM, American Heart Association Greater Washington Heart Walk on The National Mall, 1000 Jefferson Drive SW. 5K or 3.1 mile noncompetitive walk. Help fight heart disease and stroke by volunteering, donating or walking. Register!

Thursday, Oct. 26

7:30 PM, Banding Together, a live band event benefiting Mentoring Nonprofit at the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, 7931 Connecticut Ave. Enjoy live music, spirits tasting, BBQ and a silent auction. $100/ages 21-30 and $200/ages 31+, info

5:00 – 7:00 PM, Yappy Hour & Pop-Up Dog Park at Elm Street Urban Park, 4600 Elm St., Bethesda, Maryland. Enjoy live music and Bethesda restaurants featuring food, beer and wine. Large dog enclosure area for well-socialized dogs. Free, info.

6:00 PM, 3rd annual Smithsonian Food History Gala at the National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. Support the ongoing research, collecting and programs of our American Food History Project with a seated dinner and presentation of the Julia Child Award to Danny Meyer. $500, info.  

Friday, Oct. 27

6:30 – 10:00 PM, Night of the Living Zoo Halloween Bash at The National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. $40, includes two drink tickets — treats from popular food trucks, a costume contest and amazing oddities and daring acts by performance artists, info.

7:30 – 10:00 PM, Newseum Nights Loves the ‘60s Party at The Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Show how much you love the 1960s! Come in costume — anything from your best hippie wear to ‘60s mod — prizes for the most outta-sight costumes of the night. $40-$75, info.

8:00 PM, Superfierce Haute Halloween Bash at Blind Whino, 700 Delaware Ave. SW. Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music, raffle, silent auction and costume contest competition. Benefits the EBeauty Community. info.

4:00 – 10:00 PM, Rosslyn Harvest Festival at Central Place Plaza, 1800 North Lynn St., Arlington. Celebrate autumn with beer gardens, food trucks, scavenger hunt, corn maze, arts and crafts market and live music. Costumes encouraged. Free, info.  

8:00 PM, Elliot in the Morning Halloween Bash at Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Join DC 101's morning team for one of the area's largest Halloween throw-downs. Costume contest with a $3K grand prize! Music and cocktails all evening. $10/cover, info.  

7:00 PM, Gilt Sample Sale at 5 p.m. 1309 Fifth St. NE. Featuring music by DJ Sean Peoples and DJ KC Higgins, complimentary wine/cocktails, and shopping of designer clothing, handbags, shoes and more — all up to 80% off designer brands. $20, info.  

Saturday, Oct. 28 

5:30 PM, The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival presents: Colin Quinn, One In Every Crowd at Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Plus some jokes from Haywood Turnipseed Jr. and more. $35, info.

2:00 – 8:00 PM, Nightmare on M Street DC Halloween Party at various participating D.C.-area venues. Join the biggest and most spooktacular Halloween party in D.C. with the annual Nightmare on M Street Halloween Bar Crawl. With all of Dupont Circle as their playground, there will be plenty of thrills and treats for D.C.’s most wicked Halloween bar crawlers. Drink specials all evening. $15, info.  

5:00 – 9:00 PM, Side Yards: Evening of Amusement and Wonder at The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. Five stages of boardwalk entertainment: aerialists, contortionists, magicians, jugglers, fire breathers, sword swallowers and more. Free, info.

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11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Library of Congress Halloween: Chambers of Mystery at Mahogany Row of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. The world's largest library is bringing more than 200 spooky books, photographs and film clips out of the archives + activities for families, including storytellers. Costumes are encouraged. Free, info.  

8:00 PM, Capital City Showcase's Screamin' Halloween Comedy Show at the Mason Inn, 2408 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $10, info.  

10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, The Smithsonian Food History Weekend Festival at the National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. Enjoy hands-on learning, live demonstrations, talks about food and community in America. Talented chefs, local organizations, experts, museum curators and more! Free, info.  

Sunday, Oct. 29

10:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Puppy Halloween Costume Contest at Espita Mezcaleria, 1250 Ninth St. NW. Enjoy mezcal tastings, sugar skull painting, mole negro cooking demo and a puppy costume contest. Free to attend, info.

2:00 PM, Del Ray Halloween Parade beginning at Mount Vernon Avenue south of East Bellefonte Avenue, Alexandria. Enjoy live music, pets in costume and spooky decorated homes. Many bars offer drink specials and provide just as good of a view. Free, info

1:00 - 4:00 PM and 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Drink the District presents Rock the Core at The Yards Parking Lot at 1300 First St. SE. Enjoy unlimited cider and beer with over 30+ versions, a live DJ, backyard games and access to food trucks at our cider-centric outdoor event. $35, info.  

Monday, Oct. 30

6:00 – 7:30 PM, Howl-O-Ween Trick or Treating at The Fairmont, 2401 M St. NW. All dogs treated to peanut butter doggie biscuits created by the Fairmont’s pastry team with canine coolers. For dogs donning costumes, prizes will be given for most creative, most adorable and funniest. Free, info.  

7:00 PM, Murder is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death at Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. One of the fall’s strangest art offerings is this collection of 19 creepy crime-scene dioramas, built to help budding forensic scientists learn how to solve cases. Free, info.  

Tuesday, Oct. 31

6:30 – 9:30 PM, The Whittemore House's Murder Mystery Dinner Party, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. D.C.’s haunted history comes alive for one night only at this spooky dinner party. You’ve watched the TV shows, you’ve listened to the podcasts and now it’s time to put your murder mystery skills to the test. Reception, dinner, beer/wine open bar, murder mystery entertainment included. $74.84 – $686.74, info.

6:00 – 9:00 PM, Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest and Happy Hour at Bar Rouge, 1315 16th St. NW. Pumpkins distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The winner of “Most Glamorous Gourd” (best overall design) will receive a $50 bar credit to Bar Rouge. Free, info.

Wednesday, Nov. 1

6:30 – 9:00 PM, Vintage Game Night Prohibition Edition at the Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. Play vintage games while sipping on Prohibition-inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. $45, info.  

Thursday, Nov. 2

7:00 PM, We Are 9 Concert at Pearl Street Warehouse, 33 Pearl St. SW. Featuring: Justin Trawick, Vim & Vigor, Eli Lev, Rock Creek Kings, Uptown Boys Choir, Laura Love & Joshua RD, Maryjo Mattea, Louisa Hall and Ken Wenzel. $10, info.