Welcome to another fall weekend! Trying to figure out how to make the most of it? We've got plenty of options.
— Great music coming to D.C.:
DC's Best Upcoming Concerts: Diana Ross, Beck u0026 More
— Halloween season is upon us! Get ready to be spooked:
Get Spooked at These DC-Area Haunted Attractions
— Fall got you feeling festive? Check out these fall festivals across the D.C. area.
Here are our top picks for your weekend:
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Weekends through Oct. 21, Crownsville, Maryland
Hear ye! Hear ye! Don your best 15th-century garb and grab a turkey leg at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Performances including jousting, music, science demos and Shakespeare, are plentiful. Check out the schedule in advance so you don't miss your favorite thing. Tickets are $26 for adults and $11 for kids. Organizers recommend buying your tickets in advance online because they often sell out for the fest's final weekends.
Boo at the Zoo
Friday and Saturday, 5:30 p.m., National Zoo
The National Zoo's annual kid-friendly, after-hours Halloween party is coming this weekend. Check out the small mammal exhibit when they're active after dark, fill up on treats, enjoy live entertainment and more. Tickets were sold out at publishing for Saturday night and parking tickets were sold out for the weekend. It's $30 for non-members.
ARTECHOUSE New Nature by Marpi
Ticketed Daily through Jan. 13, 1238 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, D.C.
The interactive art space's newest exhibit takes you outside. Timed tickets cost $15 for adults.
Artechouse's 'New Nature' Exhibit in DC Gives a High-Tech Look at the Outdoors
Death Becomes Us Pop Up Bar
Through Nov. 4, 1843 7th Street NW
Cant get enough of true crime? Drink Company's newest pop-up bar is right up your alley. The bar showcases three of history's most infamous crimes. The GWAR pop-up bar continues the horror in other rooms.
First Look: Inside DC's GWAR Pop-Up Bar
Return of the Red Ruby Slippers
Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m., National Museum of American History
After a harrowing journey far from the Yellow Brick Road, Dorothy's slippers are going back on display. The museum will also be screening "The Wizard of Oz" in the Warner Theatre.
Middleburg Film Festival
Oct. 18 to 21, Downtown Middleburg
Middleburg's film festival has attracted a lot of Oscar-nominees in the past, and the 2018 lineup continues to be promising. Check out the lineup here.
Halloween at Augment VR Arcade and Bar
Saturday 2 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., 645 Florida Avenue NW
Augment VR Arcade is rolling out some scary virtual reality experiences in honor of Halloween!
Sports and Sporting
Capitals V. Panthers — Friday, 7 p.m.
Wizards V. Raptors — Saturday, 7 p.m.
DC United V. New York City FC — Sunday, 3 p.m.
Redskins V. Cowboys — Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
Club House Festival
Saturday, noon to 10 p.m., Laurel Park Racetrack
Electronic music giants deadmau5 and Steve Aoki perform along with Tyga, Rich the Kid and more. But it's more than just a music festival: You can also catch horse races all day long.
DC Rollergirls Game Four: Scare Force One vs. DC Demoncats
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., DC Armory
Catch this Halloween-worthy derby event, complete with costume contest and kid-friendly games. Tickets cost $15 for adults and the competition kicks off at 4:30 p.m.
Air and Scare at the Air and Space Museum
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Udvar-Hazy Center
Bring the kids for indoor trick-or-treating and Halloween fun, including spooky science experiments and crafts. It's free to get in. Expect security lines and crowds for parking, which costs $15.
Annual Potomac Day Celebration
Saturday, 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., Falls and River Road
Potomac's annual celebration kicks off Saturday with a parade, followed by a classic car show and carnival. It's free to attend.
Oyster & Beer Festival
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Nationals Stadium Lot
How many oysters can you eat? Test your limits at this festival, which also features mussels, clams, beer, wine and spirits. Tickets cost $79.
Shakespeare Theatre Company Costume & Prop Sale
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 507 8th Street Southeast
Looking for a stunning Halloween costume? Or a piece of theatre history? Here's your chance! Props, furniture and other items will be for sale alongside costumes.
Light the Night
Saturday, 5 p.m., National Mall
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is raising funds for cancer research. It's a 2-mile walk between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Ghost Tours: Escape the Museum
Sunday, 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., National Building Museum
Solve an escape room and then get a spooky tour of the museum.
2018 Dupont Circle House Tour
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., 9 Dupont Circle NW
Get a unique glimpse inside private homes and historic buildings around Dupont Circle. Tickets start at $40.