October 2017 ~ Calendar of Events

LiveRelief - Take part in a silent auction to help our fellow vacation rental managers devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. LiveRelief is an effort by LiveRez, Home Sweet City's vacation rental software provider, to mobilize the LiveRez family in helping these partners weather the storm and bounce back stronger. Auction Ends: October 10th, 2017 at 10:00pm Pacific (1:00am Eastern)
Maryland Renaissance Festival 2017 - Open weekends, August 27-October 22, 2017. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
~ Huzzah!! Step back in time and celebrate the 16th century at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The event is perfect for families, history buffs or simply your curious traveler. Enjoy jousting, fire eating, magic shows and food for days! (Not specific to its time period)

Oktoberfest 2017 - September 2 - October 9, 2017 (varying locations)
~ Enjoy the traditional fall festival from our Nation’s Capitol! Tons of events and festivals not to be missed!

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 -  Sept 15 - Oct 15, 2017
~ Celebrate Hispanic culture & heritage throughout the month with participating museums, events and more! Pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans and their culture, which helped mold and enrich the world we live in today!

Pumpkin Patches & Fall Activities in the District 
~ Looking for a perfect activity for the family?  Nearby farms regularly offer games and activities to coincide with the pumpkin picking festivities; corn mazes, apple picking and more!

All things Halloween! 
~ Enjoy the spooktacular month with an array of events and activities from ghost tours, Boo at the Zoo, Night of the Living Zoo and many more!

Grab a taste of Bethesda - October 7, 2017, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m
~ Tons of participating restaurants showcase their signature dishes - don’t miss the Chef Showdown where the regions best chef’s go head to head on competing dishes. Bethesda’s festival includes entertainment and a “Kids Corner” for various other activities including face painting, balloons and more!

DC Design House: 2017 - September 30-October 29, 2017.  Saturday-Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m., Closed Mondays, Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Preview Day is Saturday, October 1, from 1-4 p.m.
~ Keep up with the trends by attending this unique event! DC’s best designers work their magic on a showcase house which they completely transform to illustrate the newest and freshest design ideas. Great for those looking to get some inspiration, or to purely appreciate the designer’s hard work and creative ideas.

Fall for Fairfax Festival -  September 30 -October 1, 2017, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Held Rain or Shine.
~ Just outside of DC lies the largest Fall Festival of Northern Virginia. Perfect for getting into the fall spirit, the event boasts TONS of interactive activities including horseback riding, rock wall, train rides, pumpkin patches and so much more!

Manassas Fall Festival - Old Town Manassas Fall Jubilee - October 7 2017
~ The Manassas Fall Festival is an excellent way to kickoff the season and enjoy an array of activities as well as food, drink, and entertainment!

Mount Vernon’s Wine Festival & Sunset Tours - October 6-8 2017
~ Enjoy a glass of vino with George and Martha! The historic estate provides tours of the mansion as well as the wine cellar, followed by tastings on the green overlooking the Potomac.  

Taste of DC - October 8-9, 2017
~ Experience the city like never before - organized by cuisine and theme, the awesome event boasts over 70 participating restaurants! Hang out by the Beer Garden, Wine Walk, Farm to Fork Zone and more while you enjoy the hottest meals in the District!
October 7-8, 2017, Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. -6p.m.

Army Ten-Miler, 2017 - October 8 2017
~ Run alongside those that fight for our country - the third longest 10 mile road race in the world, the iconic course begins and ends at the Pentagon in Arlington, and weaves through the National Mall providing a unique running experience!

Columbus Day Weekend in Washington DC - October 6-9 2017
~ Join in the National Wreath laying ceremony, celebrating the accomplishments of Christopher Columbus. The Memorial Statue is located at Union Station, and neighboring embassies  as well as the general public lay wreaths honoring his accomplishments to our nation.

Bethesda Row Arts Festival 2017 - October 14-15, 2017
~ The annual arts show in Bethesda is a feast for the eyes! Art ranging from paintings to performance (over 180 participating artists), the event truly is a collectors paradise, and your average admirer’s wondrous afternoon.

Rockville Antique Car Show 2017 - October 14, 2017, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The rain date for this event is Saturday, Oct. 21.
~ Over 500 makes and models (antiques of course!) strut their stuff and allow attendees to see the advancements in automobiles up close and personal! Food, drink and flea markets also take place at the show!

Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Festival - October 21-22, 2017, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
~ Step back in time to celebrate the season! The family friendly event boasts carriage rides, hay bales, mazes and early American games!

Washington International Horse Show 2017 - Dates: October 24-29, 2017
~ Equine lovers gather to see this amazing event hosted at the Verizon center. Various tournaments including dressage, barrell races, equitation and an adorable terrier race to take the edge off the intense competition!

The DC High Heel Drag Queen Race 2017 - Tuesday, October 24, 2017. The race begins at 9 p.m. Participants and spectators gather as early as 6 p.m.
~ This amazing event is not to be missed! Gather at Dupont Circle to watch the adorned Drag Queens make the mad dash down 17th St, showcasing their most elaborate garb and glitz!

Kids Euro Festival 2017 - October 21 - November 4, 2017
~ This educational smorgasbord of free activities throughout the city is great for the entire family! A wonderful way to introduce other cultures through mediums of art, dance, cuisine and more!

Fall Frolic at Glenn Echo Park - October 28, 2017 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
~ Gear up for Halloween and soak up the season at this wonderful event with tons of family friendly events, arts and crafts, performances, food, drinks and more!

Marine Corps Marathon 2017 - Sunday, October 22, 2017.  
~ Take part in the historic “People’s Marathon” and join the Marathoners 7:55 am in Arlington!

Day of the Dead 2017 in Washington, DC - October 31-November 1, 2017
~ Celebrate the lives of those no longer with us in traditional Mexican style. Honor the dead and participate in one of the many educational and celebratory events throughout the city! (Includes a Fiesta at the Mexican Embassy on the 4th!)

White House Garden Tour - tickets required - TBA
~ Visit the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Children's Garden and South Lawn of the White House. Additionally, the White House Kitchen Garden – the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden – is also accessible to guests.

Charity Walks in the District - Varying times and locations
~ Now is the season to get your giving on! Tons of charity walks take place this season in the area. Get some exercise for a great cause and enjoy the fall weather of DC!

Outdoor Concerts 2017
~ DC in the summertime is not complete without enjoying some live music outside! Find various artists and genres and enjoy at Yards Park, The Washington Harbour, Fort Reno, and Fort Dupont Park!

DC Cruises on the Potomac 
~ Spend the day on the water and enjoy breathtaking views of the city. Often including meals and entertainment, there is no better way to view the Potomac, and stay cool in the summer! The most well known are Odyssey and Spirit however there are many more!

Boat Rental on the Potomac
~ Experience a serene, relaxing day on the river, while paddling in the shadow of the monuments. Thompson Boat Center and Key Bridge Boathouse offer hourly rentals of kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards!

Washington Nationals
Experience the American tradition at Nationals Stadium - peanuts, crackerjacks and more!
For more tips, event information and city guides we recommend visitinghttps://washington.org/things-to-do-this-month-in-washington-dc

Washington Wizards or Washington Capitals Game
~ Enjoy some basketball or hockey and catch a game at the Verizon Center.

Cinema in Style - Outdoor movies in 2017
~ Enjoy cinema while soaking up the summer weather! Check out Screen on the Green, Georgetown Sunset Cinema series, Capitol RiverFront Outdoor Movies and many more! Perfect for a romantic evening under the stars.

Fall Theater in Washington DC
~ Take in a show and enjoy DC’s wonderful theaters all over the city - see link for scheduled performances.

Rock Creek Park 
~ Horseback riding, trails for hiking, biking, and exploring provide a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city! 

For more tips, event information and city guides we recommend visiting about.dc.com


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