22 Things to Do in October
It's a great month for bad princesses, music legends and inventive costumes.
McLean Pet Fest
When: Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean
Bring your furry little animals to a Howl’oween Pooch Parade to show off their costumes at an event also featuring tips and services for both pets and their owners. Free.
Arlington Reads: Stephanie Land
When: Oct. 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington
In Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, Stephanie Land recounts her experience as a budding writer and single mother who finds herself in a homeless shelter and begins cleaning homes for low wages, struggling to pull herself out of poverty. Free.
When: Oct. 25-26, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria
This actress and vocalist who debuted the role of Dorothy in Broadway’s The Wiz went on to forge a successful pop career, with 1980s hits such as the Grammy-winning “Never Knew Love Like This Before.” $89.50.
When: Oct. 26, 9:30 p.m.
Where: The State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church
Yes, they perform at the State Theatre rather regularly—but the Legwarmers don’t always offer a Halloween costume contest as part of their ’80s love fest. Compete for up to $200 cash, or just come for the tunes and the neon. 21+. $20.
Ready: What to Expect When Starting a Business
When: Oct. 26, 3 p.m.
Where: One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., Arlington
Lyndsey Clutteur DePalma, founder of Arlington’s onetime teahouse and spa House of Steep, chats about her insights as an entrepreneur—including its many ups and downs. Join her for a discussion of her new book, Ready: What to Expect When Starting a Business. Free.