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October may be over, but the calories don’t stop there. Now we go straight into a Thanksgiving turkey coma, followed by all of the Christmas cookies your body can handle, followed by New Years drinking shenanigans. The more calories we work off outdoors means more calories we can put into our flesh prisons this holiday season. Cheers to calories and climate change?

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Free Skating @ Rockville Town Square Outdoor Ice Skating Rink

With officially 100 days left until the kick-off to the Winter Olympics, the only appropriate way to prepare is by dressing up in Olympic attire and skating like you’re a real Olympic athlete. Skating is free from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. if you come dressed up, so throw on your best Peggy Flemming costume and head to the rink.

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Adult Swim @ The Bird’s Nest

Who says that summer is the season of rooftop fun? Join your old friends on the rooftop of The Bird for an evening of mixing classical cocktails, snacking on complimentary appetizers, and mingling with new friends. Fall is the new season of rooftop happy hours, and this one starts at 5:00 p.m. sharp.


Secrets of the Washington Monument Grounds Guided Tour

Join Ranger Michael T. Kelly on a guided tour around the grounds of the Washington Monument. As one of D.C.’s most prominent architectural pieces, the Washington Monument holds all sorts of historical secrets throughout over 200 years of change. Learn about forgotten history and gain a new appreciation for this 555-foot monster.


Bike Ride with Summit to Soul and Recess Outings

Summit to Soul is partnering with Recess Outings to bring you an invigorating Saturday morning bike ride along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail followed by breakfast treats. Don’t have a bike? Don’t worry. You can rent one through Recess Outings for just $15 with an optional rear child seat. The ride starts and ends at Summit to Soul. Get ready to ride by 9:30 a.m.

The Mount Pleasant Lantern Walk

R.I.P. Daylight Savings Time.  You are invited to walk through Mount Pleasant while carrying a lantern to light the night and protest the winter darkness to come. Participants will walk through the neighborhood and a section of woods full of dark mystery. Bring any kind of flameless lantern that you desire, including flashlights. Learn how to make a lantern here and head to Mount Pleasant between 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to join in on the walk.

Go forth into nature!