Stanley Cup corn mazes, through Oct. 28
The crew at Capital One Arena will raise their championship banner before the Washington Capitals’ season opener on Oct. 3. But Maryland farmhands have already been hard at work preparing their own commemoration to the team’s first Stanley Cup: Bowles Farms (in Clements) and Greenstreet Gardens (in Lothian) have turned their cornfields into a tribute to the Caps’ historic season. Visitors to both mazes can navigate their way through cutout paths in the shape of the Stanley Cup and the team-approved rallying cry of “ALLCAPS”; there are also activities for people of all ages, including hayrides and children’s play areas. Open Saturday and Sunday. Bowles: $8-$10, free for ages 3 and under; Greenstreet: $10-$13, free for ages 2 and under. — Hau Chu
Glenstone reopens , Oct. 4
Glenstone, the serene contemporary art museum and nature preserve in Potomac, Md., opens its Pavilions expansion on Oct. 4, adding an additional 50,000 square feet of exhibition space surrounding a water garden. When the museum reopens, visitors will be able to relax at two new cafes after exploring the Louise Bourgeois exhibit and the surrounding grounds, filled with outdoor sculptures by the likes of Jeff Koons and Ellsworth Kelly. Attendance will be limited to about 400 people a day, so snag a reservation in advance. Open Thursday through Sunday. Free; reservations strongly suggested. — Adele Chapin
Vikings at the Wharf , Oct. 5-15
Centuries before Christopher Columbus was born, Viking warriors sailed across the ocean, eventually reaching and establishing a settlement in Newfoundland, Canada. In 2010, researchers began building a Viking great ship capable of replicating the voyage. The result is the Draken Harald Harfagre, which stretches 115 feet from its carved dragon head to its stern. Get a firsthand look at the ship during its 11-day stay at the Wharf, where it will be open for daily tours, and then visit “Draken Village,” which includes an exhibit about the ship, lectures, a documentary screening, whiskey tastings and other events. Horned helmets are optional. Open daily. Tours $12 adults, $6 children ages 5 to 16, free for children 4 and younger. — Fritz Hahn
All Things Go Fall Classic at Union Market , Oct. 6-7
In the golden days of music blogging in the late 2000s, the D.C.-based All Things Go was one of a handful of sites that took a chance and tried to turn the intimacy of online curation into reality. After a series of standing DJ nights at venues around the city, the All Things Go Fall Classic began in 2014. The festival has played host to a wide range of artists including Haim, Passion Pit, Young Thug and Vince Staples. This year’s lineup features such artists as Carly Rae Jepsen and will take place over two days — the first of which is an all-female lineup co-curated by Maryland-born artist and headliner Maggie Rogers. Doors open at noon both days. $65-$95. — H.C.
Kali Uchis at 9:30 Club , Oct. 9-10
With an impressive debut album, performances at high-profile festivals and collaborations with music heavyweights such as the Gorillaz under her belt, Kali Uchis has evolved into one of the most promising acts in pop music right now. The Alexandria native’s boundless creativity and expansive, worldly sound should shine bright during her two-night homecoming show at 9:30 Club. Doors open at 7 p.m. $40 (Oct. 9 show is sold out). — Stephanie Williams
Portside in Old Town Festival , Oct. 12-14
Old Town Alexandria’s waterfront has been central to its identity since the 18th century, and the expansion of the public park at the foot of King Street should only heighten its appeal for tourists and residents. The Portside in Old Town Festival offers a preview of the kinds of events that will regularly take place along the Potomac: tours of the Godspeed, a replica of a tall ship that brought settlers to Jamestown; art displays, including an LED light performance; live music and DJs; outdoor yoga and exercise classes; a pop-up Port City beer garden and Pizzeria Paradiso location; and craft projects for families. 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 7:45 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. — F.H.
Snallygaster Beer Festival , Oct. 13
Washington’s largest beer festival is trading Yards Park for America’s Main Street this year, shutting down Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and Sixth streets. Festival organizers say they’ll have at least 350 choices on tap, including a variety of breweries that are not usually available in the Washington area, such as Toppling Goliath, the Alchemist, Threes, Monkish and Equilibrium. But don’t overlook the selection of gravity-poured kegs of seasonal German brews, which are the best way to get a taste of the old country. Beyond the beer, look for food trucks, music, games and family-friendly activities. Pro tip: If you want to try the rarest brews without the lines, spring for the VIP ticket, which allows for admission 90 minutes before gates open to the general public. 1:30 to 7 p.m. $40-$65. — F.H.
OPUS at Merriweather Post Pavilion , Oct. 13
If you couldn’t make it to Burning Man, the next best — and closest — alternative might be OPUS. Set in the woods of Columbia, Md., the festival marries flashy, future-forward art installations with off-kilter experimental live music from up-and-coming artists. A 75-foot-tall laser sculpture inspired by a Cedar Point roller coaster, a giant animated owl that recites prophetic quotes and a soulful performance from violinist Sudan Archives are just a few of the highlights at OPUS this year. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Free with RSVP. — S.W.
‘Beetlejuice’ at the National Theatre , Oct. 14-Nov. 18
Tim Burton’s cult classic is headed to Broadway, but the world premiere of this macabre musical comedy is happening in Washington. Following in the footsteps of last fall’s “Mean Girls,” the “Beetlejuice” show will debut at National Theatre. Like the 1988 Burton film, this story centers on a teen girl’s friendship with the ghosts and a devious demon that inhabit her new home. For those curious to know how Beetlejuice’s stripes translate to the stage: The musical carries a “parents beware” advisory. $54-$204. — A.C.
WWE SmackDown 1000 at Capital One Arena , Oct. 16
Even if you aren’t a wrestling fan, you might have stumbled on “SmackDown” while channel-surfing. The weekly TV show, which debuted in 1999, has been the breeding ground for future household names like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — whose catchphrase “layeth the smackdown” gave the show its name. Local WWE fans have been hoping that Washington would host one of the marquee events like SummerSlam or WrestleMania, but for now they’ll have to settle for “SmackDown 1000,” which celebrates 1,000 episodes of the program. No set match card has been announced yet, but stars like the Undertaker are billed to appear along with some rumored special guests. 7:30 p.m. Sold out. — H.C.
Kids Euro Festival , Oct. 20-Nov. 4.
One of D.C.’s greatest family events is organized by countries thousands of miles away. The annual Kids Euro Festival brings the culture of the 28 countries of the European Union to Washington for two weeks of film screenings, story times, hands-on art activities and traditional music and dance performances, at venues that have included embassies, the National Gallery of Art, the American Film Institute and city libraries in past years. It’s most fun when countries put their own whimsical touches on the event: Last year, for example, Belgium sponsored a “Paint Like [René] Magritte” class that let elementary school students create a surreal canvas; and the Embassy of Greece turned children into archaeologists to learn about ancient culture. Locations and times vary. Most events are free, but some require RSVPs. — F.H.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is responsible for launching the careers of some of the country’s most well-known drag queens. After winning five Emmy awards this year, including best reality competition program, the groundbreaking television show hosts a night of performances featuring Season 10 finalists Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Eureka and Kameron Michaels and past contestants Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi and Violet Chachki. “Drag Race” judge Michelle Visage serves as the evening’s host. 8 p.m. Sold out. — S.W.
African American Film Festival , Oct. 24-27
The first Smithsonian African American Film Fest will take place at three D.C. museum venues, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Freer/Sackler galleries and the National Gallery of Art. Featuring more than 80 works that explore what NMAAHC’s founding director Lonnie G. Bunch III called “important moments in the history of America through the African American lens,” the festival will host a screening of the Netflix documentary “Quincy,” about Quincy Jones. (Netflix, which premiered “Quincy” on its streaming service in September, is a partner in the festival.) In addition to the film programming, which includes new and old fare, there will be panel discussions, classes and other special events. Locations and times vary. Individual screening tickets are $10, and festival passes are also available. — Michael O’Sullivan
Bentzen Ball , Oct. 25-28
Comedian Tig Notaro and Brightest Young Things’ annual Bentzen Ball comedy festival is back for a sixth straight year. This time, the four-day laugh fest features a mostly female lineup of performers, including Notaro (who opens and closes the festival), Phoebe Robinson (“Two Dope Queens”), Amanda Seales (“Insecure”), Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher and Melinda Hill. There are some men on the bill, most notably “Queer Eye’s” resident hairdresser Jonathan Van Ness, who will stage three sold-out performances, two of which are live tapings of his podcast, “Getting Curious.” There’s also a musical version of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and a live staging of “Off Book,” a podcast in which comedians Jessica McKenna, Zach Reino and special guests make up a musical on the spot. Locations, times and prices vary. Some shows sold out. — Rudi Greenberg