Before you can say “Boo,” the Halloween spirit will creep into Georgetown Park, Dupont Circle, Glen Echo and Tysons this weekend. Plenty of macaroni will get its cheese on in Buzzard Point on Saturday. And it’s your last chance to see “Stormy Weather” at the Atlas and “Fences” at Ford’s. For more October events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Final Performances: ‘Fences’
Set in segregated Pittsburgh in the 1950s, August Wilson’s “Fences” — in a production directed by Timothy Douglas at Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW, starring Craig Wallace and Erika Rose — depicts the life of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League baseball star scraping by as a sanitation worker. Final performances are: Thursday, Oct. 24, and Friday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $70. For details, visit fords.org or call 202-347-4833.
Final Performances: ‘Stormy Weather’
This world-premiere cabaret evening at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE — inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest” and featuring the music of Billie Holiday — explores the experience of peoples enslaved by privilege, race, domination, gender and even the good intentions of love. Final performances of this In Series production, written by Sybil Williams, directed by Alison Wong and featuring beatbox artist Shodekeh as Caliban, are: Friday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 26, at 3 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $46, $41 for seniors, $35 for under age 35 and $21 for students. For details, visit atlasarts.org or call 202-399-7993.
Pumpkin Painting in Georgetown Park
On Thursday, Oct. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., the public plaza at Georgetown Park, 3222 M St. NW — home to Church Hall, Pinstripes, Anthropologie & Co. and other shops and eateries — will host a free Pumpkin Painting Party with milk and cookies from the beloved Captain Cookie and the Milkman food truck. For details, visit georgetownpark.com.
Fund for Investigative Journalism Dinner
The Fund for Investigative Journalism’s 50th Anniversary Dinner will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. The evening will feature a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh moderated by board member David Boardman. A small grant from the fund in its first year enabled Hersh to pursue a tip about a U.S. Army massacre at the Vietnamese village of My Lai. Tickets are $250. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Halloween Murder Mystery in Tysons
Maggiano’s Little Italy, 2001 International Drive in McLean, Virginia, will host a Murder Mystery Dinner on Friday, Oct. 25, from 7 to 10 p.m. The event includes a three-course family-style menu and a two-hour beer-and-wine open bar. Tickets are $75. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
DEMO by Damian Woetzel: BalletX
Philadelphia’s powerhouse contemporary dance company BalletX will make its Kennedy Center debut as part of the DEMO series on Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m., performing a program with former New York City Ballet principal dancer Robbie Fairchild and musicians including Kate Davis and the Catalyst Quartet. Tickets are $65. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Mac + Cheese Festival
The DC Mac + Cheese Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Audi Field lots in Buzzard Point, 1880 2nd St. SW. Along with food and drink, the event features live entertainment and the Cheesy Chef’s Corner. General admission is $29, including a souvenir glass and all-you-care-to-taste drinks (mac + cheese dishes are à la carte). Mac + cheese only admission, including four mac + cheese tickets, is $25. VIP admission is $49, including all of the above plus an extra hour of tastings (starting at noon) and VIP toilets. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Fall Frolic at Glen Echo
Fall Frolic, on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m., at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard in Glen Echo, Maryland, is a Halloween-themed family event that concludes with a costume parade at 3:30 p.m., weather permitting. Kids will get Halloween-themed temporary tattoos and take part in pumpkin decorating and other crafts, a costume contest and trick-or-treating in Glen Echo’s resident art studios and galleries. Admission is free. Pumpkins for decorating (no carving) are $2 each. For details, visit glenechopark.org or call 301-634-2222.
Oktoberfest at Cady’s Alley
Cady’s Alley, 3316 to 3318 M SW in Georgetown’s Design District, will transform into a beer garden on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 5 p.m., when the tucked-away retail center hosts an Oktoberfest with live music, outdoor games, craft beer and German-inspired bites. District Doughnut and Buffalo & Bergen will offer a festive cocktail pairing and Duxiana, Resource Furniture and Ledbury will offer exclusive discounts and giveaways. Admission is free. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Halloween Crawl in Dupont
At the official DC Halloween Crawl, on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 5:30 p.m., you can celebrate the scariest time of the year at more than 15 Dupont Circle bars with thousands of your closest friends. This 21+ event features drink specials, DJs and a costume contest. Tickets are $25, including a souvenir haunted mug, free pictures of the event and a raffle entry. For details, visit dchalloweencrawl.com.
Outwin Portrait Competition Tour
On Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m., curators Taína Caragol and Dorothy Moss will lead a free tour of “The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today” at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW. The exhibition features work by nearly 50 finalists in the museum’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. For details, visit npg.si.edu or call 202-633-8300.
‘The Grapes of Wrath’ in McLean
In this adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel, produced by the American Shakespeare Center, the Joad family flees Oklahoma during the Great Depression for the promise of a new life in California. The show will be performed in the Alden at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. in McLean, Virginia, on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. Doors open and live music starts at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $40, $35 for seniors. For details, visit mcleancenter.org or call 703-790-9223.