What are you doing this week? Niteside offers up some suggestions:
FRIDAY, OCT. 14
During A Night at The Yards, enjoy a waterfront view while nibbling on food catered by popular local restos including DC-3, McCormick & Schmick's, Matchbox and more at The Yards Park (10 Water St. S.E.). You'll also find beer, wine, special liquor samples, and live music. 7-11 p.m.; $125.
Calling all bacon lovers! Head out to Restaurant 3 (2950 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington) for the third annual Week of Bacon, running through Oct. 22. Guests can enjoy a week's worth of activities, including a bacon-curing class at 3 p.m. on Oct. 16. No cover; but space is limited. Make reservations by emailing email@example.com.
An evening bazaar at Indique Heights (2 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, Md.) features work from India's artisan communities. Enjoy an evening of henna stations, traditional artisan demonstrations, a popular Indian DJ, and Indian eats. 7-10 p.m.; $60-$75.
SATURDAY, OCT. 15:
Rustico (827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria) hosts a massive Oktobeerfest with 100+ kegs and 50 different drafts, including pumpkin ales. (See beer map here.) A special menu includes pretzels, schnitzel, sausage and squash soup. Buzz Bakery and Planet Wine will be there to dish up their own goods, too. Parking is limited and people are encourage to take public transportation. Everyone who takes a picture of him or herself at the nearby Braddock Road Metro station will get either a free Oktobeerfest Mug or five free food tickets. Noon-5 p.m.; no cover.
Taste of D.C. may be over, but the 18th annual Taste of Georgetown (Wisconsin Ave. and M St. N.W.) offers another chance to chow down and celebrate. Savor your choice of nearly 60 delicious samples from 30 of the neighborhood's best restaurants, including Bangkok Joe’s (3000 K St. N.W.) and Neyla (3206 N St. N.W.). Proceeds benefit Georgetown Ministry Center's support services for the homeless. Jazz talents from the Blues Alley jazz and supper club perform, including the Michael Bowie Trio. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; tasting tickets $5 each or five for $20.
NBC4's Jackie Bensen will emcee A Chocolate Affair to benefit the Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center at Holy Family Church (12010 Woodmore Road, Mitchellville, Md.). The dinner includes an ocean of chocolate desserts "that literally take up a whole room," Bensen tells us. Live and silent auctions will help raise funds to provide free services to crime victims. 6-10 p.m.; $75; order tickets here.
SATURDAY, OCT. 15 & SUNDAY, OCT. 16
Check out art from around the world at the Bethesda Row Arts Festival (4950 Elm St., Bethesda), featuring more than 185 artists selected by the Smithsonian and other art organizations. Browse ceramics, drawings, metalwork, photography and sculpte. Proceeds from a special art sale benefit the NIH Children's Charities. Be sure to chow down on food vendors' specialties and tune into some tunes from jazz musical performances. Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; free admission.
SUNDAY, OCT. 16
Finally, eating a cupcake has a purpose, other than expanding your waistline. Eat for a cause at 94.7 FRESH FM's first annual Breast Cancer Bites, supporting the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Enjoy food and dessert from 15 restos -- including Carmine's, Casa Nonna, Pinkberry and Zentan's -- at the Renaissance Hotel (999 9th St. N.W.). All ticket proceeds support the foundation and its programs, including the GW Mobile Mammography Unit, which offers free screenings to under-served women of all ages in the Metro area. Noon-4 p.m.; $20.
Jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding has performed at the White House -- but this time, she's a few blocks away at the Warner Theatre (513 13th St. N.W.). Spalding, known for drawing a younger crowd to jazz (she's just 26), is touring for her latest album, "Chamber Music Society." 8 p.m.; $62.45.
Feral Femmes perform a burlesque and variety show at Solly's Tavern (1942 11th N.W.). The night also includes belly dancing and something called "stage kittening." The event benefits Alley Cat Allies, the ASPCA and more for Feral Cat Day. Doors 7 p.m.; show 8:30 p.m.; $10.