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.
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Caroline Attwood On Unsplash

Cookology Virtual Cooking Classes

When: Multiple dates and times

Where: Online starting Oct. 5

Are you in a recipe rut? Expand your repertoire with a virtual cooking class. Cookology’s fall lineup includes a Culinary Bootcamp (Tuesdays and Thursday from Oct. 6-29) covering the basics; Daily Baking Lessons (Oct. 5-9 and Oct. 26-30), and daily Halloween-themed classes.  Check website for times and prices.


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Will Porada on Unsplash

Golf or Run to Support Bridges to Independence

When: Golf Oct. 5 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Run Oct. 10-31

Where: Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, and online

Arlington-based Bridges to Independence works to help homeless members of the community with child care services, housing and employment. This month, you can support the nonprofit’s good work while carving out some play time. Oct. 5 brings a golf tournament at Army Navy Country Club ($250 per single player; $475 for two; $925 per foursome). And a virtual 5K  will be underway the entire month of October ($35 per runner over 18; $15 for participants ages 6-17)


Films Across Borders: Stories of Resilience and Hope

When: Multiple dates and times starting Oct. 6

Where: Online

The 2020 theme of American University’s sixth-annual Films Across Borders festival is “Stories of Resilience and Hope.”  The free film fest begins Oct. 6 with a documentary, For Sama, centered around a mother-daughter love letter. Other flicks in the lineup include I Go Gaga, My Dear (Oct. 9-12), Do the Right Thing (Oct. 13), Utopia Revisited (Oct. 15-16), The Tree Tuner (Oct. 16),  The Sower (El Sembrador) (Oct. 23),  Love Flows (Oct 23), and Nomadas (Oct. 27).


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Engin Akyurt on Unsplash

Oktoberfest at The Boro

When: Oct. 9, 3:30-8:30 p.m. and Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: The Boro, 8350 Broad St., Tysons

‘Tis the season for autumnal brews. This outdoor Oktoberfest promises amply-filled steins, plus live entertainment and family fun.  Reserve a biergarten table for six for up to two hours (a $25 reservation includes four drinks, with $5 donated to No Kid Hungry), or some appropriately distanced Adirondack chairs. The festival also includes an URBNmarket featuring local artists, crafts and vendors, and a free Kid Zone. Social distancing guidelines will be observed.


Postcard Artists’ Credits Iryna Khymych Irynakhymych.com • Rengin Tümer Rengintumer.com • Nicole Deal Nicoledeal.com

Addie Larue postcard art by Iryna Khymych, Rengin Tümer  and Nicole Deal

V.E. Schwab: The Invisible Life of Addie Larue

When: Oct. 9, 6 p.m.

Where: Online

Living forever comes at a cost for Addie Larue, who is forgotten by everyone she meets until a man in a bookstore remembers her name after approximately 300 years. Young-adult author V.E. Schwab will discuss origins of her book’s premise, plus other details of the writing life during this author talk organized by One More Page Books. Pre-order the book ($26.99) to gain admission to the author talk. Order by midnight on Oct. 5 to score a postcard set (pictured above) from the publisher.

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