Free and Easy: Spooky Origami, ‘Star Wars’ in Navajo, high heel race

Justin Royal, 25, of DC, shows off his red heels before the 25th Annual HighHeel Drag Queen Race on October 25, 2011, in Washington, DC. The DC Drag Race is one of the Washington, DC, area's more unique events. Each year on the Tuesday before Halloween, thousands of spectators flock to Dupont Circle to watch costumed drag queens show off their elaborate outfits and race down 17th Street NW between S and P Streets. "I feel sorry for all the slow, un-athletic bitches that I'm going to defeat tonight," said Royal about the race. "I've been practicing running in these heels since i first heard about this race," he added. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Justin Royal shows off his red heels before the 2011 high heel race in Dupont Circle. This year's race starts at 9 p.m. Tuesday. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week.

MONDAY

Spooky Origami

Get Halloween-themed lessons in the Japanese art of paper folding at the Petworth Library. Sounds like a perfect opportunity for last-minute decorators to get into the spirit before the 31st.

4 p.m. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. www.dclibrary.org.

TUESDAY

17th Street High Heel Race

Hit Dupont Circle for a Washington tradition: the 27th annual 17th Street High Heel Race, in which hundreds of drag queens and other costumed runners show off their best looks and race for glory. (Last year, a team raced as the women of "The View," complete with a table and mugs. Don't miss something that awesome again.) Mayor Vincent Gray, Birdie LaCage and Banaka will serve as grand marshals. The parade begins at 7 p.m., the race starts at 9 and parking will be a hassle, so plan ahead.

7 p.m. 1519 17th St. NW. 202-328-0090. www.dupontcircle.biz.

WEDNESDAY

Author panel

Authors Alice McDermott and Mark Kurlansky and literature professor Steven Hartman participate in a panel discussion on the works and influence of acclaimed Swedish literary icon Stig Dagerman, who died in 1954. Moderated by Inger Arenander from Swedish Radio, the panel will explore how Dagerman's works continue to pull in new generations of readers. There also will be a screening of a short documentary based on Dagerman's "Our Need for Consolation," introduced by his daughter, Lo Dagerman.

6:30 p.m. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. 301-654-8664. www.writer.org.

THURSDAY

Zombie Ride

BicycleSPACE is hosting a Night of the Bicycling Dead, in which cyclists show up "dressed to be possessed" for a group ride. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, so bring more than ripped clothes and fake blood. The rest of the details will be released to registered riders right before the event.

8 p.m. BicycleSPACE, 1019 Seventh St. NW. 202-962-0123. www.bicyclespacedc.com. Registration required.

FRIDAY

'Star Wars' in Navajo

In celebration of American Indian Heritage Month, the Navajo Nation Museum and Lucas Films have teamed to present screenings of "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" in the Navajo language at 11 locations across the country, including at the National Museum of the American Indian. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite "Star Wars" character; prizes will be awarded for best costume.

7 p.m. National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-6644. www.nmai.si.edu. Registration required. 

SATURDAY

All Souls Day Party

Atlas Brew Works is hosting an All Souls' Day party. Admission to the brewery is free, the pints are $5 and treats from DC Sliders are available for purchase. Plus, it may be your last chance to participate in a Halloween costume contest. Atlas Brew Works also worked out a deal with Uber to ensure that partygoers get home safely. Just use the promo code "AtlasBrew" when ordering your ride.

1 p.m. Atlas Brew Works. 2052 West Virginia Ave. NE. 202-832-0420. www.atlasbrewworks.com.

SUNDAY

Comedy Sunday Funday

Searching for funny friends to share jokes with? The Washington DC Comedy Writers Group is hosting a meet-up of funny people from all walks of life, including current and aspiring comedians, bloggers and writers. In addition to enjoying the laughs, networking and friendship-making, guests can make an appointment to have head shot photographs taken for a discounted rate of $50.

1 p.m. Judy's Bar and Restaurant, 2212 14th St. NW. 202-265-2519. www.dccomedywriters.com. Registration required.

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