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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Alonzo Davis Navigating Climate Change #III

Sculpture NOW 2020 Artist Talk

When: Oct. 22, 7-9 p.m.

Where: Online

In the words of juror Nancy Sausser, this sculpture exhibit “ … is both wildly eclectic and deeply optimistic, a testament to the acts of creating and communicating as essential aspects of the human spirit.” Visit the online gallery through Nov. 14, plus hear what the sculptors themselves have to say about their work during a free online artist talk on Oct. 22.



Colson Whitehead

Arlington Reads: Colson Whitehead

When: Oct. 22, 7 p.m.

Where: Facebook Live

The acclaimed author’s 2019 book, The Nickel Boys, is an exploration of life under Jim Crow, told from the perspective of two boys in one of the country’s most notorious juvenile correction institutions. Tune in to Facebook to listen in on Whitehead’s conversation with Arlington Public Library director Diane Kresh. Advance registration required.


Photo By Mount Vernon Ladies Association

Photo by Mount Vernon Ladies_ Association

Fall Harvest Family Days

When: Oct. 24-25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

Mount Vernon is taking extra precautions to keep its visitors healthy—including social distance markers, hand sanitizer stations, and mask requirements—which means your family can safely celebrate fall at the historic estate’s annual harvest festival. The event promises Colonial games, a straw-bale maze and more. Festival price is included in general admission. Purchase tickets in advance as capacity is limited.

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Carson Masterson on Unsplash

McLean Uncorked

When: Oct. 25, 5-6 p.m.

Where: Online

Happy hour didn’t end with the pandemic, and neither have wine tastings. Purchase the recommended bottles at Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean and tune in to hear what an expert has to say about each vintage during this virtual event organized by the McLean Community Center. Registration required.


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Author Jess Walter

Jess Walter: The Cold Millions

When: Oct. 27, 7 p.m.

Where: Online

Jess Walter’s first novel, Beautiful Ruins, grabbed the No. 1 spot on The New York Times’ bestsellers list. Will his latest, The Cold Millions, follow in its footsteps? Buy a copy from One More Page Books ($28.99) and listen in on this online author talk. Event login information will be shared upon book purchase.

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