This is it, guys — What you’ve been preparing for. Halloween Weekend 2018.
Of course, it’s not all Halloween events this weekend! But there certainly are aplenty. This list is STACKED with stuff happening around D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, so let’s get started.
Here is your weekend roundup for Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28.
Baltimore Halloween Crawl | Fells Point, Maryland | Saturday
Hosted by select bars throughout the Fells Point area, the “official” Baltimore Halloween Crawl calls itself a “spooktacular party like no other.” The epic Halloween bar crawl will take place on Saturday, October 27, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., with ticketholders encouraged to dress in their most festive, creative costumes (prizes will be awarded!). At least 11 bars are participating in the crawl, including Admiral’s Cup and Fells Point Tavern. Click here for more info!
O.C.Toberfest | Ocean City Boardwalk and Beach | Saturday, Sunday
This is O.C.Toberfest’s second weekend, and it will feature the epic Great Pumpkin Race at 1 p.m. on Saturday! Also, stick around and try the Giant Halloween Beach Maze or watch the “Big Toys on the Boardwalk” at the Amusement Pier. This is FREE fun for the whole family and might be your last chance to get your beach fix in before winter. Find out more here.
D.C. Halloween Crawl | Dupont Circle | Saturday
More than 15 Dupont Circle bars will be participating in this popular Halloween event! Between 12 and 8 p.m., costumed ticketholders will crawl the Dupont Circle bar scene, racking up the discounted drinks and having loads of fun. Get your tickets here.
Victorian Halloween Party | DAR Museum | Saturday
Here’s another Halloween themed event that you may want to add to your weekend list. If you love American history, this may be the one for you. Admission is free, and costumes are encouraged (but optional!). It would probably do you good to dress up in something Victorian, since that is the theme of the party. There will be games, food, drinks, and fun to be had. Learn all about it here.
Dia de Los Muertes / Day of the Dead | Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian | Saturday, Sunday
Dia de Los Muertos (or the Day of the Dead, in English) coincides well with Halloween and has many of the same celebratory customs, but it’s actually a holiday that celebrates and honors the dead. Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian is hosting a program both Saturday and Sunday that is perfect for the whole family. You’ll love the educational part of it, and the young ones will love all the beautiful colors and interactive activities. Get more information on the event here.
Beetlejuice The Musical | The National Theater | Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The award-winning musical is a must-see, and it’s going to be at The National Theater until November 18. But, why wait? Go this weekend and experience this strangely wonderful show, based on Tim Burton’s movie. It is a great opportunity to catch it in D.C., because soon it’ll be headed to New York City to make its Broadway debut. Tickets range anywhere from $54 to $114, and there will be 38 performances total. Grab your tickets for Beetlejuice here.
San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound: A Festival of New Works | Kennedy Center Opera House | Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Complex themes and creative dance are explored through selections of works from San Francisco Ballet’s “Unbound: A Festival of New Works.” If you’re looking for a sophisticated and classy event to attend this weekend, this is the one. Buy your tickets here.
The Tiniest Tempest | Atlas Performing Arts Center | Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Picture this: A Shakespeare classic adapted for kids’ enjoyment, with the potential of jumpstarting their appreciation for the infamous English playwright. Sounds good, right? Then, hurry and buy your tickets for The Tiniest Tempest — a play specifically for your tiniest Shakespeare fan in training! Tickets for the morning performances can be purchased here.
King John | The Folger Theatre | Friday, Saturday, Sunday
If the adults are craving Shakespeare, too, head over to The Folger Theatre for an incredible performance of King John. If you can’t make it this weekend, rest assured: performances will be held through December 2. Buy your tickets here, and read our interview with the director and lead actor here.
Adams Morgan Apple Festival and Pie Contest | Adams Morgan | Saturday
Well, if this isn’t the most fall event that ever was! If you love apple-picking and you love pies (and really, why wouldn’t you love both?!), then this is a can’t-miss day for you. You’ll be able to wear your coziest flannel and wander around the festival tasting all sorts of delicious apples. There will, of course, be other snacks, drinks, and live entertainment. And if you are feeling up to it, you can participate in the pie contest. Find out more details here.
Rock the Core Cider Festival | Eagle Bank Club at Audi Field | Saturday
What is the best alcoholic drink to have in the fall? Well, cider, of course! And now you can taste all the cider your heart desires at the Rock the Core Cider Festival this Saturday. Your ticket will include unlimited samples of over 50 different types of ciders and craft beers. There will be two separate sessions for you to participate in, so you can decide which one will work best for your schedule. Food trucks and other vendors will also be present. Purchase your tickets here.
Free Coffee and Cats | Crumbs and Whiskers | Sunday
Calling all cat lovers! You have got to come celebrate National Cat Day at Crumbs and Whiskers. You’ll get to enjoy free coffee and free one-on-one time with some really cute cats and kittens. Though you won’t be able to adopt the same day, it may be a great opportunity to meet your next furry best friend and get acquainted. There will be fun games and prizes to keep you entertained between cat sessions. Check out more about this event here.
The Legwarmers | The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA | Friday, Saturday
If you never stopped believing, then you’re in for a treat. Cover band The Legwarmers will be in Falls Church, cranking out some of your favorite ’80s power ballads and timeless love songs. Imagine dancing like Carlton with hundreds of like-minded dudes in a variety of Hammer pants, Day-glo tank tops, and acid wash. Leave the kids at home and party like it’s 1989 in some of your stupidest, most memorable looks. Flammable hairstyles are highly encouraged. Get your tickets here.
Virginia Gold Cup Steeplechase | The Plains, VA | Saturday
Gold Cup is a quintessential Virginia event that must be experienced at least once. Horse racing, tailgating, and ladies in big, beautiful hats come together on one magical day in this seasonal countryside horse race. More than 50,000 people plan to attend. Be one of them by purchasing your tickets here.
Wheel of Fortune’s Wheelmobile | Richmond, VA | Saturday, Sunday
The Wheel of Fortune “Wheelmobile” — a 36-foot Winnebago emblazoned with the show’s name — is rolling into Richmond this weekend, and it’s on the hunt to sweep up new contestants. If you’re down to take your chances (and want to be on your grandparents’ favorite show), bring your best trivia skills to Stony Point Fashion Park’s Triangle Park at 9200 Stony Point Parkway this Saturday and Sunday any time between 1 and 5 p.m.
NoVA Trick-or-Treating | Northern Virginia | Saturday
With Halloween landing mid-week this year, many businesses are opting to offer Saturday trick-or-treating experiences for the local kiddos. Whether it’s Mall-o-Ween at Dulles Town Center, Monster Mash in Leesburg, Trick-or-Treating at Reston Town Center, or something else, our list of NoVA alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating has got you covered. Happy Halloween!
Will you be attending any of these events this weekend? Share your plans with us in the comments below!