The big Halloween Weekend — complete with a World Series parade on Saturday at 2 p.m. — is here! Events will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at venues including Heurich House, the Graham, Decades, Congressional Cemetery, the French Embassy and the National Portrait Gallery. For more turn-of-the-month events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
NSO: Tchaikovsky and Chopin
Electrifying young Polish conductor Krzysztof Urbański and the National Symphony Orchestra will unleash the full force of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. Also on this NSO program is Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with French pianist Lise de la Salle as the soloist. Performances are: Thursday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 1, at 11:30 a.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $99. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
‘Nosferatu’ at Heurich House
The Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW, will celebrate Halloween with a screening of classic 1922 silent horror film “Nosferatu” on Thursday, Oct. 31, during a spooky happy hour in the Castle Garden from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Beginning at 6 p.m. in the house, there will be a vampire castle experience with a bar. Costumes are encouraged for this 21+ event. House admission is $10. For details, visit heurichhouse.org or call 202-429-1894.
Halloween at the Graham
On Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to midnight, the annual Rooftop Halloween Costume Party will take place at the Graham hotel, 1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Prizes for best costume, best couple and best make-up will be decided by popular vote at 10 p.m. Admission to this 21+ event is free and tickets are not required. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Decades Horror Story
Also on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Decades DC, 1219 Connecticut Ave. NW, invites area residents to live out their darkest fears at Decades Horror Story. The “American Horror Story” theme will fill multiple floors, with everything from an asylum to a haunted hotel. Tickets are $15. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-853-3498.
Effingham Manor Heritage Festival
Effingham Manor, 14325 Trotters Ridge Place in Nokesville, Virginia, will host a weekend-long festival on Friday, Nov. 1, Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3, celebrating the best in Virginia’s customs and cuisine. Musicians will perform the “old-timey” music of the Commonwealth as visitors sample locally sourced food and wine. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $12, including samples, tastings and a souvenir glass. For details, visit virginia.org.
Pottery on the Hill Preview
The opening of the annual Pottery on the Hill show and sale — on Friday, Nov. 1, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE — is the earliest opportunity to see the show and purchase artwork. The first 100 people through the door will receive a free tasting cup made by one of the potters. Tickets are $35, including hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. For details, visit hillcenterdc.org or call 202-549-4172.
Boneyard Bash at Congressional Cemetery
For the first time in over 30 years, the Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE, is opening its doors to the public for a Halloween costume party on Friday, Nov. 1, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Association for the Preservation of the Historic Congressional Cemetery, the final resting place of 75 senators and representatives, 10 former D.C. mayors (including Marion Barry), John Philip Sousa, J. Edgar Hoover and other famous and infamous figures. No gory or violent costumes will be admitted to this 21+ event. Tickets are $65. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Toussaint Ball at French Embassy
Also on Friday, Nov. 1, from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, a masquerade ball celebrating Toussaint (“Tout les Saints”), the day when the French commemorate their dead, will be held at the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. The event will include food, drink, prizes for the most festively dressed attendees, a spooktacular light display, DJs spinning French, American, Euro, Retro, Swing and Top 40 hits and, toward the end of the night, salsa dancing. General admission, from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, including a French open bar and a Halloween-themed dessert buffet, is $79. Late-night admission, from 10 p.m. to midnight, including the French open bar, is $49. VIP admission, from 7 p.m. to midnight, including a seated dinner, a freely flowing Champagne reception with a piano bar, the French open bar and dessert, is $109. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Esprit de Noel Christmas Market
The 49th annual Esprit de Noel Christmas Market at Georgetown Visitation School, 1524 35th St. NW, will take place on Friday, Nov. 1, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jewelry, home décor and seasonal gifts will be offered by more than 70 specialty boutiques. Admission is free. For details, visit visi.org.
Medieval Egypt Gallery Talk
Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St. NW, will hold a gallery talk, “Roman, Coptic, Byzantine, Islamic: Defining Community in Medieval Egypt,” on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. The talk will be keyed to the exhibition “Ornament: Fragments of Byzantine Fashion,” which brings together complete tunics, parts of garments and contemporary replicas of ancient dress to evoke the fashions of medieval Egypt. Admission is free. For details, visit doaks.org or call 202-339-6401.
Capital Skate Fest
The first annual Capital Skate Fest will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the DC Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. There will be an all-ages session from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and an adult session (21+) from 7 p.m. to midnight. Music will be provided by DJ Soulnificent from D.C./Baltimore, Chicago’s DJ Joe Bowen and Carolina’s DJ Freestyle. Admission to the first session is free for children age 12 and under, who must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Admission is $9.40 for age 13 and up, which includes skate rental. For details, visit capitalskatefest2019.splashthat.com.
Día de los Muertos at Portrait Gallery
On Saturday, Nov. 2, at 5 p.m., area residents can celebrate the Day of the Dead with live music, Mexican folk dance, artist activities and art workshops in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW. Admission is free. For details, visit npg.si.edu.
Indian Music in Bethesda
Also on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 5 p.m., the Gandhi Memorial Center, 4748 Western Ave. in Bethesda, Maryland, will present a performance by Vinay Desai on santoor, a hammered dulcimer, and Monir Hossain on tabla, a pair of Indian drums. Tickets are $20. For details, visit gandhimemorialcenter.org or call 301-320-6871.
Tweed Ride and Jazz Age Jam
Tweed Ride, D.C.’s 11th annual vintage bicycle ride, will take place on Sunday, Nov. 3. Participants in the free, 10-mile pedal will gather at 11 a.m. (location shared with those who register) and depart at noon. After the ride, there will be a Jazz Age Jam featuring the music of the Foggy Bottom Whomp-Stompers at Roofers Union, 2446 18th St. NW, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Vintage-styled bicycles are encouraged, but not required. Riders should pack a picnic lunch or snacks for the mid-ride break. Tickets to the Jazz Age Jam are $20 in advance and $25 at the door (cash only). For details, visit eventbrite.com.
The King’s Singers at St. John’s
Also on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., the British a capella vocal sextet the King’s Singers will perform as part of the Georgetown Concert Series at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. A reception will follow the concert. Tickets are $40. For details, visit stjohnsgeorgetown.org or call 202-338-1796.