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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Nathalie Désirée Mottet on Unsplash

Army Ten-Miler, Virtual Edition

When: Oct. 11-18

Where: Create your own course

In its 36-year history, the Army Ten-Miler Race and Expo has never faced an obstacle quite like Covid-19. This year’s race is now virtual, and runners will have a week to complete their runs using a tracking app. Proceeds ($59 per individual runner) benefit Soldier Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs. The festivities will also include a virtual 400-meter run for kids ages 4-10.


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Joy at Synetic Theater

Synetic Theater: Joy

When: Oct. 16-Nov. 8

Where: Zoom

Joy is not a passive experience; it must be pursued. In this Zoom performance conceived and adapted by Christopher Rushing, Synetic actors Vato Tsikurishvili (directed by Paata Tsikurishvili) and Maria Simpkins (directed by Katherine DuBois) take viewers on an autobiographical journey of discovery as each seeks to find joy in their lives during a time of collective darkness. Tickets $39 per person or $69 per household; a 10% discount will be given to those who wish to see a second performance told from the other’s perspective. Order soon to receive a prop box approximately five days before your selected show. Check website for specific show dates and times.


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Ebuen Clemente Jr. on Unsplash

Beethoven in Vienna

When: Oct. 17

Where: Online

National Chamber Ensemble marks the occasion of Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a performance by NCE artistic director and violinist Leo Sushansky and piano virtuoso Carlos Cesar Rodriguez, who have frequently collaborated in D.C.-area chamber music performances (Kennedy Center, Phillips Collection, Smithsonian, Cosmos Club) and on tour.  The program includes Romance No.1 in G Major, Op.40; Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op.24 “Spring”; Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op.30; and Sonata No.8 in G Major, Op.30.  Tickets $36 for adults; $18 for students. (Home viewing will require only one ticket per household.)


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Dan Meyers on Unsplash

This Is My Brave High School Edition

When: Oct. 18, 4-5:30 p.m.

Where: YouTube

Dedicated to shattering the stigmas surrounding mental illness and substance abuse, Leesburg-based nonprofit This Is My Brave has hosted events all across the country, inviting participants to share their experiences via song, poetry, essays and more. In-person events are canceled in 2020, but audiences can stream this year’s D.C. event for free. Donations appreciated.


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Flight by Greg Stewart

When: Through Oct. 25

Where: Arlington Art Truck

Quarantine provided ample time for us to stop and take in our surroundings. If, in so doing, you discovered an appreciation for our avian friends, you’ll appreciate this free “art activation” starring the birds that will fly by us this fall. Find the art truck at the Westover Farmers Market (Oct. 18), Crystal City Farmers Market (Oct. 20), Lubber Run Farmers Market (Oct. 24) and Fairlington Farmers Market (Oct. 25). Follow @arttruckarlington on Instagram for updates.

Categories: Arts & Entertainment