Free this week: The rescheduled D.C. High Heel Race, the Kids Euro Festival at the Kennedy Center and a festival celebrating composer Dmitri Shostakovich.
Tons of Halloween events are taking place in the days leading up to Halloween. But if by the time the big day comes along you still have some energy to put on your costume, this party has no cover and promises a free drink to anyone who arrives dressed up.
It’s a D.C. tradition unlike any other: Elaborately costumed racers in drag bolt down 17th Street NW, between Church and Q streets, as a costumed crowd cheers them on. Originally scheduled for Oct. 30, the event was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.
The Kids Euro Festival continues with an interactive performance from Belgium, featuring an accordion player who finds a young violin player and takes him and the audience on a musical trip around the globe.
Last chance: Mariah Anne Johnson ‘In the Pines’
Johnson’s installation blends two-dimensional and three-dimensional work by hanging vintage sheets amidst her paintings. After a month at the gallery, your last chance to see the show is Saturday.
In conjunction with PostClassical Ensemble’s Interpreting Shostakovich festival, the National Gallery screens a series of films with scores by the famed Russian composer and pianist. On Sunday, the museum screens “Song of the Rivers,” a film about workers around the world that involved not only Shostakovich, but also the work of artists Bertolt Brecht, Paul Robeson and others.