22 Things to Do in October
It's a great month for bad princesses, music legends and inventive costumes.
When: Oct. 13, 8 a.m.
Where: Course begins at Route 110 near The Pentagon
The Army Ten-Miler offers both an adult run and a youth run, as well as an expo and day-of festivities (including a selfie station and a kids’ rock-climbing wall). Check website for event-pricing details.
When: Oct. 14, 8 p.m.
Where: The State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church
Chicago blues master Buddy Guy (an alum of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who managed to get a few notes out of President Barack Obama in 2012) comes to the State Theatre. $79.
When: Oct. 17, 4-8 p.m.
Where: Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, Arlington
Learn about a wide variety of ciders (and sample them while you’re at it), or buy them by the bottle (as well as, OK fine, beer and wine) at an outdoor bar. And stick around for the pie-eating contest at 6 p.m., when participants have just 60 seconds to down the whole thing. Tickets $15.
When: Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria
She released a simply stellar album in 2017—The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone—that was a clear departure from the days of her poppy 2000 hit “I Hope You Dance.” At the Birchmere, she’ll be playing an acoustic set that may include hits from her more than two decades in the music industry. $35
When: Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Village at Shirlington, 2700 S. Quincy St., Arlington
More than 40 regional breweries and cideries are participating in the second annual Shucktoberfest, where you’ll also find more than a few oysters. Hop from tent to tent, picking up local bivalves and beer samples along the way. Also find Virginia-made wares and children’s activities (including an intriguing gaming center). Free admission. Beer/oyster tickets $35.