5 p.m. 827 Slaters Ln., Alexandria. rusticorestaurant.com. Free admission.
Oct. 8: Hops and Harvest Festival at the Columbia Lakefront
Twenty-five Maryland breweries and cideries pour their products at this new festival next to Columbia’s Lake Kittamaqundi. There’s a good mix of new breweries (Mad Science, Black Flag) and old favorites (Heavy Seas, Brewers Art), plus several farm breweries (Manor Hill, Brookville Beer Farm). Choose one of two sessions; both offer live music, games and food from local restaurants.
Noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. hopsandharvestfest.com. $40, which includes unlimited beer.
Oct. 8: Fall Beer Festival at Bad Wolf Brewing
Bad Wolf's annual fall party welcomes six other Virginia breweries, including Old Bust Head, Adroit Theory, Spencer Devon and Adventure, and the Cobbler Mountain Cellars and Bold Rock cideries. (Look out for Bad Wolf's own brews, including seasonal pumpkin saison and a yam ale.) Pair drinks with meals from Smokes BBQ and local food trucks. Tasting tickets, which include a glass and six tickets good for five-ounce pours of beer, are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
2 to 8 p.m. 8420 Kao Cir., Manassas. badwolfbrewingcompany.com. Admission free.
Oct. 9-13: Autumn Fest at Pizzeria Paradiso
The three locations of the Pizzeria Paradiso chain -- Georgetown, Dupont Circle and Old Town Alexandria -- will turn all of their taps over to seasonal beers during this five-day event. Look for a mix of styles and breweries at each of the locations. It's worth checking the online menus if there's a particular ale you're searching for: One bar might have Boulevard's Funky Pumpkin and Oxbow Oxtoberfest, while a different spot has Blue Mountain Spooky and Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest. Available at all three restaurants: a special pizza with pumpkin pesto, butternut squash, speck and toasted pumpkin seeds.
Hours vary by location. eatyourpizza.com.
Oct. 15-16: Northern Virginia Fall BrewFest at Bull Run Regional Park
The Fall BrewFest is one of the region’s biggest seasonal festivals, with dozens of breweries and cideries from across the Mid-Atlantic region gathering for two days in Bull Run Regional Park. Admission is good for one of the two days, and the event also includes music, food, a cornhole tournament and arts and crafts booths.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. novabrewfest.com. $25 in advance, $35 at the gate, which includes a sampling glass and six samples.
Oct. 22: Brewers on the Block at Union Market
For the last two years, Brewers on the Block has been a major outdoor festival during D.C. Beer Week. This year, however, it's a stand-alone event starring 20 regional breweries, cideries and meaderies. Alongside Charlottesville's Three Notch'd, Cambridge's RAR and Baltimore's Charm City Meadworks, you can try the brand-new hyper-local beer from 3 Stars, which was brewed with hops grown at the nearby Neal Place Tap and Garden beer garden. Union Market vendors provide the food.
2 to 5 p.m. 1309 Fifth St. NE. Tickets available through Eventbrite. $29.75 includes unlimited beer samples; $50 VIP tickets allow admission at 1 p.m. and include a commemorative glass.
Oct. 22: RhinO’Fest at Lost Rhino Retreat
Lost Rhino welcomes other Northern Virginia breweries to its Ashburn bar and restaurant for an afternoon of beer sampling — including $2 Lost Rhino brews — and snacking on a buffet of German food ($10). Expect DJs and live music throughout the afternoon.
Noon to 5 p.m. 22885 Brambleton Plaza, Ashburn. lostrhinoretreat.com. Free admission.
Oct. 29: The Great History of American Brewing at the National Museum of American History
The final event of the Smithsonian's Food History Weekend is an after-hours affair examining the history of brewing. Taste ales from Williamsburg's Alewerks Brewing while Colonial Williamsburg's Frank Clark talks about brewing in the American colonies; learn about how politics met the saloon in 19th-century America and wet your whistle with beer from Baltimore's Heavy Seas; find out how breweries and private citizens dealt with Prohibition (hint: home brewing) while sipping gin cocktails made by New Columbia Distillers; and listen to brewing legend Charlie Papazian -- author of "The Complete Joy of Home Brewing" and founder of the Great American Beer Festival -- discuss why changes to federal and state laws in the 1970s set the rise of craft beer in motion, accompanied by beer from Bluejacket. There will also be access to museum exhibits and a scavenger hunt with prizes.
6:30 to 9 p.m. 1300 Constitution Ave. NW. americanhistory.si.edu. $40, includes beer samples and food pairings.