From D.C.’s first ever true crime festival to how to celebrate national doughnut day to all the beer-centric events you need to attend, we have all the food and booze news to make your life complete.
Halloween may officially only be one day, but there are Halloween events all over the city before and after October 31st. Here’s our list of the 31 most fun Halloween-themed events taking place around D.C.
BYT’s True Crime Festival
It’s finally here! The wait is over. BYT’s first ever true crime festival is this weekend, November 3rd and 4th, with a whole lot of cool shows including one from the Criminal podcast and one from John Douglas who wrote the book Mindhunter that was turned into the Netflix series. The full list of shows is here.
To celebrate D.C. first true crime festival BYT and Drink Company joined forces to bring you a Death Becomes Us pop-up pub. The décor is so scary you will need to drink all their deathly delicious cocktails to survive.
National Apple Month
October is national apple month and you’re running out of time to celebrate. Visit Karma Modern Indian to try their new fall cocktail, the colonial shrub, which is a mix of apple brandy, Appleton estate rum and a housemade honeycrisp apple and ginger shrub. I do like them apples.
World Vegan Day
November 1st is world vegan day and there are so many ways to celebrate. Eat vegan drunk food at Pow Pow, have a fancy meal at the Fancy Radish, or eat vegan diner food at Fare Well. The D.C. vegan food scene is all the rage.
National Doughnut Day
On November 5th, you finally have an excuse to do nothing but eat doughnuts all day because you will be celebrating national doughnut day. Visit District Doughnut for their special fall doughnuts, like the sweet potato pie doughnut, with a sweet potato pie filling, marshmallow glaze, and candied pecan topping, the pumpkin glazed doughnut or the caramel apple streusel doughnut.
Fall Beer Festivals and Beer-Infused Events
The DC Beer Festival
This Saturday, November 3rd, the DC Beer Festival returns to Nationals Park for its 6th year with no less than 80 craft breweries featuring over 200 seasonal beers. There will be music and games and food trucks but what really matters is that there will be beer. Lots of beer. The event is divided into two sessions offered on Saturday, with session 1 running from 12-3 p.m. and session 2 running from 5-8 p.m.
DC Brau’s NovemBEER Party
This Saturday, November 3rd, $35 will get you three beers and unlimited grilled oysters at the Grilled Oyster Co. in northwest D.C.
Autumn Fest Beer Festival
Eat pizza and drink beer at Pizzeria Paradiso’s third quarterly beer festival in Old Town November 10th from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The festival has no entrance fee but guests can purchase drink vouchers here for $15 which include three 6 oz. beer samples and a free autumn fest glass. Pizza Paradiso’s entire menu is available and there will be board games, pupkin painting and and corn hold. They had me at pizza and beer.
Beer Yoga at Right Proper Brewing Co.
Right Proper Brewing Company’s production house in Brookland DC is offering a $15 yoga class with a three glass flight of beer included in the cost, on Saturday, November 10th. The best part? The beer is served first, ensuring you will be extra flexible (or at least think you are) for the yoga class.
Penn Social’s Unlimited Pancake + Booze Art Show
Apparently this is a real thing. I don’t know how it’s a real thing, but it is. On November 14th at Penn Social you can admire more than 500 pieces of artwork which drinking craft beers and eating as many pancakes as want. It starts at 7pm and costs $15, which includes bottomless pancakes. Get your tickets before everyone hears about this and it sells out.
Special meals/Excuses to stuff your face and/or stretch your stomach before Thanksgiving
Cookbook Release Fiesta
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is hosting a cocktail-fueled party to celebrate the release of two-time James Beard Award-winning Chef Pernot’s newest cookbook on Tuesday, November 13. Tickets are $50 per person and include open bar with beer, red and white wines by the glass, house red, mojitos, cuba libres, and white sangria, as well as many of the dishes in Chef Pernot’s cookbook, Cuba Cooks. I don’t know about you but I can easily drink $50 of mojitos.
Wild Game Dinner at Bresca
Chef Ryan Ratino’s is hosting a wild game dinner on Wednesday, November 14th. The 5-course menu is $95 per person, with $55 for an additional wine pairing. The wines featured are from Swick wines of Oregon. Do not attend this dinner if you are vegetarian.