Dogs take center stage at the Wiener 500, an annual Oktoberfest party with beer, food and dachshund races. (Photo courtesy of On Tap Magazine)

Friday, Sept. 29

'Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe' at the Newseum: To mark the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birthday, this returning exhibit showcases the president’s personal side with more than 70 images captured by family photographer Jacques Lowe. The photos document an important time in the family’s life: from Kennedy’s 1958 Senate reelection campaign through his presidency. Through Jan. 7. $24.95, $19.95 age 65 and older, $14.95 ages 7 to 18, free for age 6 and younger.

Madhaunter’s Madhouse Haunted Trail at Workhouse Arts Center: An indoor and outdoor maze through the 100-year-old former prison features spooky special effects. Through Oct. 31. 7 p.m. $15.

Saturday, Sept. 30

Wiener 500 at Yards Park: An Oktoberfest celebration with a twist, the annual Wiener 500 celebration features dozens of dachshunds racing in heats, with play-by-play provided by Washington Capitals announcer Wes Johnson and all the action shown on a 17-foot screen. (Yes, it’s as hilarious as it sounds.) Beyond the sprinting, there’s a dog costume contest, a stein-holding competition, live music and a beer garden with snacks. But let’s face it: This is a day that goes to the dogs. 1 to 5 p.m. Free. Registration for the race, which is limited to dachshunds and dachshund mixes, is $25.

Make it Funky Wild Beer Festival at Denizens Brewing: Thirty breweries from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond have signed up to bring at least 100 goses, sour or wild ales to Silver Spring’s Denizens Brewing, including Colorado’s Avery and Crooked Stave; Indiana’s Upland; and Pennsylvania’s Free Will and 2SP. Closer to home, Burley Oak, Ocelot and Strangeways are among the local offerings. Soul Stew plays funk music in the beer garden, while DJs spin inside the brewery. Tickets include unlimited samples, so arrive early and thirsty. 1 to 5 p.m. $60 in advance, $75 at the door.

Virginia Spirits Festival at the Passenger: Explore the Old Dominion's growing spirits scene at the Passenger, where 16 Virginia distilleries — including Catoctin Creek, James River and Belle Isle Craft Spirits — pour at least 40 different spirits neat and in cocktails. Tickets include unlimited samples and chances to chat with distillers. Bottles of spirits will be available for sale. Two sessions: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m. VIP tickets allow entry at noon or 3 p.m. $40-$75.

Capital City Brewing Company Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest at the Village at Shirlington: After 17 years of oompah music, bratwurst and German-inspired beers, Capitol City Brewing's Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest has become a fixture on the local Oktoberfest calendar. At least 65 breweries will bring beers to the 18th edition of this block party in the streets of Shirlington, while restaurants sell food on the sidewalks. As always, the musicians and dancers of the Washington Saengerbund choral group provide the entertainment. Noon to 7 p.m. Free admission. A tasting costs $30, which includes 10 four-ounce samples.

Last concert at Iota: Clarendon’s ethos is more about development than culture these days, so it’s sad, but not surprising, that funky little music venue Iota is closing this weekend after more than 23 years on Wilson Boulevard. The Arlington music hall's final show should be an epic one: At least 16 bands and solo acts are scheduled to perform throughout the day, including Justin Jones, Gist, No Second Troy and Jumpin' Jupiter. Jose Miguel Contreras, the singer and guitarist from Canadian indie rockers By Divine Right, has the honor of being the last act to take the stage. Music begins at noon. $10.

Sunday, Oct. 1

P.U.B. Dread openingAfter a year of pop-ups featuring Christmas sweaters, cherry-blossom petals and the Iron Throne, Drink Company's trio of ever-changing bars on Seventh Street in Shaw is taking a decidedly darker turn. P.U.B. Dread, which will be open for the entire month of October, features rooms transformed into a haunted forest out of a creepy slasher flick; a dollhouse filled with the staring, unblinking eyes of dozens of old dolls; and a graveyard packed with coffins and tombstones. The cocktail menu includes a riff on a Zombie, garnished with a candy brain. 1 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Free admission; most cocktails $13. 

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D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild Tiki Competition at the Brixton: The D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild's annual tiki throwdown is always a hot party. The day begins with the People's Choice Bloody Mary competition, featuring four different brunch cocktails to taste. The main event finds eight bartenders from the likes of Quill, Le Diplomat and Five to One whipping up their best island-inspired cocktails while guests sample unlimited tiki punches, munch on a pig roast and groove to a DJ. Tiki attire is encouraged, with gift certificates for the best outfits. All of the event's proceeds will be donated to hurricane relief. Noon to 5 p.m. $50.

D.C. Jazz Preservation Festival at Westminster Church: Southwest D.C.'s Westminster Church is a place for fellowship through music. Chartered in 1853, the church held its first Friday jazz concert in 1999, a weekly tradition that continues today, and added Monday night blues concerts in 2006. But it's not just for evening events: The church is also home to the 16th Annual D.C. Jazz Preservation Festival, a day-long event featuring outdoor musical performances, exhibits and food vendors. Noon to dusk. Free.

Takoma Park Street Festival: True to its name, the Takoma Park Street Festival fills Carroll Avenue with vendors, food, family activities and three stages of music, from blues to hightlife. (Yes, there will be a drum circle.) Stores and restaurants along Takoma Park’s main drag will be open, and you can grab a mug for “the Crawl”: discounted iced coffee, chai, margaritas and beers at 13 cafes and bars. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free; participating in “the Crawl” requires purchase of a $10 mug.

Family Day at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital: The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital celebrates its sixth anniversary with Civil War-era activities, coppersmiths and blacksmiths, horse-drawn wagon rides, interactive games and crafts, face painting, balloon animals and music by Dead Men’s Hollow. 2-4 p.m. Free.

— Fritz Hahn, Carrie Donovan, Macy Freeman, Sarah Lane and Savannah Stephens

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