Weekend Round Up, Oct. 13 – 16

Another weekend awaits! What will you be doing? There are plenty of activities to choose from, including the Halloween-themed “Dracula” at the Synetic Theater, foodies will be excited for two different gastronomic events and two famous authors are heading to The National Zoo. And don’t miss the family-friendly GALita show at GALA Hispanic Theatre. 

Sink Your Teeth into Synetic Theater’s Dracula this Weekend 

Beginning tonight through November 6, Synetic Theater presents Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” Stoker’s classic gothic horror story is the perfect frightening fun for Halloween season. Exploring the themes of good vs. evil and desire vs. restraint, parental discretion is advised (there are scary vampire scenes, violence, blood and sexual content). Artistic horror lovers — click here for tickets! 

It’s Food History Weekend at the National Museum of American History 

The eighth annual Food History Weekend is today and tomorrow at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The Food History Gala is tonight, where culinary historian and cookbook author Grace Young will be presented with the Julia Child Award. Don’t miss cooking demonstrations, displays and panel discussions Friday too. More information can be found here. 

A previous Food History Gala at the National American History Museum. Courtesy Smithsonian.

The International City Food Festival Invites You to Tantalize Your Tastebuds 

Today through Saturday, enjoy three days of events including the Embassy Chef’s Challenge (which is unfortunately already sold out!), Taste of Oktoberfest and a Dia de los Muertos celebration at Franklin Park in the 1300 block of I St. NW. Oktoberfest includes a complimentary beer for those ages 21-plus, access to an authentic Bavarian market and traditional music and dance performances. Saturday’s Dia de los Muertos events at Franklin Park are a screening of Disney’s “Coco” and food and entertainment curated by the Embassy of Mexico. More here. 

A weekend festival celebrating international food comes to D.C. this weekend.

Two Famous Authors Will Appear at The National Zoo (and Online!) 

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult, along with acclaimed author Jennifer Finney Boylan, will be in conversation at the Visitor Center Auditorium at the National Zoo or online via Zoom. Boylan and Picoult have teamed up to write a new novel called “Mad Honey” and will be chatting about the suspenseful book. You can find more about the talk here. 

Authors Jodi Picoult (left) and Jennifer Finney Boylan (right).

Take the Whole Family to GALA Hispanic Theatre 

GALita, a program for families through the GALA Hispanic Theatre, is hosting a performance this Saturday and next Saturday at 3 p.m. called “La llamada de Sylvia Mendez: Separate is Never Equal.” The show is a bilingual, song-filled play for children and families about Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old whose case prompted school desegregation in California in the 1940s, eventually leading the way for school integration in the U.S. Get tickets here. 

Don’t miss GALita Theatre this weekend. Diana Gonzalez-Ramirez (left) and Melissa Strova-Valencia (right). Photo Stan Weinstein.

The Washington Ballet Opens with “NEXTsteps” 

The annual contemporary choreography series “NEXTsteps” is back to open the 2022-2023 subscription season with The Washington Ballet. Six performances are taking place October 12-16 at Sidney Harman Hall. Enjoy new works from choreographers like Silas Farley, Dana Genshaft and The Washington Ballet’s Andile Ndlovu. More on tickets can be found here. 

The Washington Ballet is debuting NEXTSteps this weekend. Photo by Spencer Bentley for The Washington Ballet.




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