22 Things to Do in October

It's a great month for bad princesses, music legends and inventive costumes.

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When: Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean

Observe the talents of more than 40 artists and area performers (Black Masala, Caz Gardiner, Blues Alley Youth Jazz Orchestra) while grabbing local bites and getting your own hands dirty with STEAM activities. Artist works will be available for purchase. Admission is free.

Photo by Eliza Berkon

Oktoberfest at The Lot

When: Oct. 6, 1-6 p.m.

Where: The Lot, 3217 10th St. N., Arlington (Clarendon)

There’s a lot (get it?) planned for this Oktoberfest extravaganza at newish Clarendon beer garden The Lot. Take a step (or dive) into adult sand pits, play an array of games (jumbo bucket pong!), pop into a photo booth and listen to some live tunes. Oh yeah, and there’s food (brats, pretzel necklaces) and drink too, involving branded plastic steins. Pets welcome. Free admission.

Image courtesy of Gallery Clarendon

Modern Botanical

When: Oct. 7-31

Where: Gallery Clarendon, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington

Wyoming-bred oil painter Anne Feldman shares her renderings of a wide variety of flowers, some of which may be growing in her own garden; she likes to paint from life and doesn’t need to leave her home to do it. Free.

Photo by Alfons Morales on Unsplash

Arlington Reads: Tommy Orange

When: Oct. 10, 7-9 p.m.

Where: Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington

In There, There, novelist Tommy Orange weaves a story about several current-day Native Americans living in Oakland, California—a tale that reaches a “shocking yet inevitable conclusion.” Ages 18+. Free.

Image courtesy of Encore Stage & Studio

Disney’s Frozen Jr.

When: Oct. 11-20

Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theater, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington

Frozen descended on unassuming youngsters in 2013 with its monster hit “Let It Go,” and its appeal hasn’t receded. Six years later, local tikes and tweens can see a live performance by fellow youth in this Encore Stage and Studio production. Ages 4+. $12-$15.

Categories: Arts & Entertainment