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This Week in D.C.: October 26-31

Props to all of you who ran the Marine Corps Marathon this weekend! We hope you all brunched your little hearts out on Sunday—we know we did. Somehow we’re embarking on the last days of October, so let’s make ’em count! Here’s what’s keeping us busy this week.


We wish we could be at th 2nd Annual Chef’s Roast honoring Chef Tom Colicchio, at Union Market, but tickets are $50,000. Soooo, um, we’re going to have to pass on that one.


Tonight, thousands of spectators will flock to Dupont Circle to witness D.C.’s epic High Heel Race. Watch the Queens do their best saunters down 17th street, beginning at 9 p.m., but get there early and have your camera ready, these guys can run better in heels than we can walk, so take notes. We suggest arriving by 6 p.m. D.C. Drag Queen Race, 17th St between S St and P St.


For a more relaxed evening, head to Vinoteca, which remains our favorite bar over the years. The charming U Street wine bar hosts monthly wine classes on the last Tuesday of each month. This month, it’s champagne, which is news worth celebrating…with champagne! The class is limited to 15 guests and tickets are $55, which includes 4 glasses of wine and appetizer pairings. Vinoteca, 1940 11th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Pumpkin season isn’t going to last forever, people. Get in your last licks with America’s favorite seasonal squash and try our homemade recipe for glazed pumpkin donuts. Earn bonus points if you bring in leftovers (ha) to share with your co-workers.



We’re looking forward to supporting some of the amazing women behind Becky’s Fund, a D.C. based non-profit working to spread awareness and combat the issue of domestic violence, at their Bubbles and Caviar reception this Thursday. Becky’s Fund and One80 Salon will host a pre-Walk This Way event featuring bubbles, Caviar, and the latest hair and makeup trends. RSVP to One80 Salon, 1275 K St. N.W., Suite 101, Washington, D.C.


Start your Halloween celebration early! If you’d like to dress up like a zoo creature and party with the animals, head to the National Zoo, which hosts a frighteningly fun adults-only party, Night of the Living Zoo. There will be live music, craft beer, food trucks, a costume contest, performance artists, and DJ Squirrel spinning spooky beats. Tickets $20 for FONZ members and $30 for non-members. The beer will be provided by Shock Top, Stella Artois, Leffe, Blue Point Brewing Company, and Goose Island Beer Company. VIP tickets are $55 for FONZ members and $80 for non-members. 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

If you’d prefer to party in costume on a rooftop, head to the Graham Hotel in Georgetown for the Angels & Demons party. With a DJ and devils, it’s sure to be a wicked good time. Tickets, $20, and include a syringe shot. The Graham, 1075 Thomas Jefferson St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


If you’re looking for more of a low key Halloween scene that requires you pulling together a few questionable purchases from your closet and calling it a costume, you may want to head to Poste’s Wicked Garden – happy hour from 8 p.m. to midnight, no cover. If you’re looking to relive your college days, and party with a bunch of college kids, you should head to Nightmare on M st., tickets here.

For those who prefer a more posh scene, The W Hotel is always a good option. Head there for the Halloween Social, where you can sip on handcrafted cocktails and dance to live DJ performances. Tickets, $30. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Bottle service and room packages are also available online.


Nothing’s scarier than waking up with a hangover on Sunday. Grab a little post-Halloween hair of the dog at one of the spots on our Halloween brunch guide is coming later this week!

Until then, we’d recommend Barrel, The Royal, Bar Charley, DC Harvest.



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Steph is the former DC editor in chief and is known for having a good eye, a sharp wit, and an eclectic palate.

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