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Actual autumnal weather is upon us, which means that it’s time to break out the sweaters and Doc Martens for another season of pumpkins, candy, and spook. For the first full week of October, we’re bringing you a carefully curated selection of ways to spend your time outside while enjoying the first few signs of fall. Grab that Pumpkin Spice Latte for a highly caffeinated week spent outside.

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Moon Viewing with Stargaze DC @ Georgetown Waterfront

Join astronomer Alin Tolea at the Georgetown Waterfront this Tuesday for an evening of stargazing and moon viewing. After receiving his PhD in Astrophysics from Johns Hopkins University, Tolea began building telescopes. Tuesday’s focus will be on craters, valleys, and mountains on the moon. As always, there is never a charge to share one of Tolea’s many telescopes and and learn about that big ole sky above us.


Haunted Pep Rally @ Nationals Park

Come celebrate Washington’s very own baseball team as they move on to their post season games. Fans are invited to join in on the free festivities, which include food trucks, monster photo booths, live music, panel discussions about the Nats’ postseason, and tons of raffle prizes. Kids are welcome to collect candy in the Trick-or-Treat Zone, plus try your hand at saving Nats players in the Zombie Zone. This is sure to be a great pre-Halloween night of spook and fun.



Big Ugly Truck Dance Party @ 14th and U

As the work week winds down, and outdoor dance party is the perfect preview to the weekend. Head to 14th and U for fantastic live music under the stars. DJs Geena Marie and JazDux will be spinning beats all evening for your enjoyment. Best of all, this event is free and open to music lovers of all ages. So, round up your family and friends and head to the 14th Street Corridor this Thursday night between 7:00pm and 10:00pm.

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Pop-Up Piazza Party @ i Ricchi

Join i Ricchi and other professionals in the area for a Friday evening happy hour from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on the piazza. Enjoy free bruschetta with toppings such as Tuscan salami, roasted vegetables, tomato and basil, and cannellini beans and sage. Take advantage of happy hour priced drinks all evening as you enjoy the night al fresco. This event is sure to be a great way to meet new people and spend a crisp October night outdoors.


National Cathedral Fall Festival

Come one, come all to the first ever Fall Festival at the National Cathedral brought to you by “I can’t believe this event hasn’t ever happened before”. But seriously, the Cathedral is so picturesque this time of year, and there’s no better way to enjoy a Saturday than by buying lots of cute handmade things from local vendors. There will be funnel cake, barbecue and Mexican food, plus pumpkin carving and balloon animals. Basically this is the best event ever and is happening from 11:00am to 5:00pm.


Fall Foliage Stroll @ Rock Creek Park

Join a park ranger on Sunday morning for a trip through Rock Creek Park featuring the fall colors (which have finally decided to make an appearance). Lace up your sturdiest shoes, fill up your canteen, and grab your camera for this two-mile stroll. Children ages 10 and older are welcome to join on the hike, which begins promptly at the Rock Creek Nature Center at 10:00am.


Go forth into nature!