30 Things to Do in October
A socially distanced Oktoberfest, Halloween events, virtual runs—there’s a whole lot happening in spite of the pandemic.
When: Oct. 1-4
Enjoy four days of food and drink specials in Ballston, from $5 Hofbrau Helles lagers and $4 pizzas at Bronson Bierhall, to a $5 Reuben-and-rose combo at neighborhood newcomer Superette. The event kicks off Oct. 1, 3-7 p.m. at the the FreshFarm Ballston Market (Welburn Square) with a mobile Bobby McKeys piano concert. (Submit song requests in the comments on @BallstonBID’s Facebook and Instagram channels.) The promo includes more than 15 participating restaurants, with deals for on-site dining as well as pickup and delivery.
When: Multiple dates and times
Where: State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church
More donation-based performances are on State Theatre’s fall calendar, with highlights including Vienna’s Surfabilly Vibe on Oct. 1, a roundup of the area’s best 90s tribute bands on Oct. 3, a cross-genre musical experiment on Oct. 16, and The 19th Street Band on Oct. 18.
When: Through Dec. 19
Where: Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. (Virginia Square)
With the official reopening of the Arlington Arts Center comes a brand new contemporary art exhibit portraying unique landscapes and metaphors (including some exploring issues of life and death) via photos, paintings, sculptures and more. Features artists include Tara Gupta, Kim Llerena, Rebecca Rivas-Rogers, Anne Clare Rogers, Constance Simon, and Heidi Zenisek. The first of two artist talks will take place Oct. 29 from 6-7:30 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment. Masks and physical distancing required. Free.
When: Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Miss performances at The Alden theater? Enjoy a front-row seat of the Shakespeare comedy with this virtual performance by the American Shakespeare Center, live from the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton. The performance includes live music at 7:15 p.m. and a post-show chat with the actors, plus running commentary during the play (via text chat) with an ASC thespian. Tickets $15: $10 for McLean Community Center district residents.
When: Oct. 2-4 and 9-11, 1-4 p.m.
Where: 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Ballston Quarter)
Ever wonder how a blank canvas is transformed into a work of art? Witness live painting demos by artists Sonia Jones (Oct. 2-4), whose work “aims to explore Black identity across the diaspora and widen the viewer’s experience of Africa and its beautiful people,” and Aniekan Udofia (Oct. 9-11), known for his D.C. murals of music and literary icons such as Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye and Maya Angelou. Works from this four-part live-painting series (which began in September) will be sold, with proceeds going to a local charity.