Monday, Oct. 9
Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs: If you can't bear to sit on your couch and watch the Nationals play the Cubs at Wrigley Field, head out to a Nationals-supporting bar, such as Duffy's, the Big Stick or the Salt Line (where Ryan Zimmerman is a co-owner) for drink specials and the game on multiple TVs. And if you're the kind of person who knows the words to “Go Cubs Go,” head to Ivy and Coney for $3 Chicago Dogs. 4 p.m. Free.
Autumn Fest at Pizzeria Paradiso: The local pizza-and-craft beer chain celebrates fall by putting Oktoberfest beers, harvest ales, ciders and other seasonal treats on every tap at its four restaurants. Hit the bar between 5 and 7 p.m. for $4 drafts and $12 pizzas. (Georgetown and Old Town offer the deal Monday through Thursday; Dupont Circle and Hyattsville run specials only on Tuesday and Wednesday.) Through Saturday. Beers priced individually.
Tuesday, Oct. 10
'The Red Shoes' at the Kennedy Center: Ballet’s strong presence this fall continues in the touring productions of ballet-powered Broadway shows. Matthew Bourne’s treatments of classic works never fail to reveal something new, so we’re eager for his version of “The Red Shoes,” the story of an ambitious ballerina and the men who try to control her. American Ballet Theatre star Marcelo Gomes is slated to dance in some performances. Through Sunday. 7:30 p.m. $29-$129.
'Antony and Cleopatra' at the Folger Theatre: The Folger Theatre opens its season with William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy. Through Nov. 19. 7:30 p.m. $35-$79.
Wednesday, Oct. 11
Fall for the Book Festival at George Mason University: Get inspiration for your book club’s next pick at George Mason University and Fairfax County Public Library’s Fall for the Book festival. Headliners include Colson Whitehead, who won the Pulitzer Prize for “The Underground Railroad”; best-selling novelist Mohsin Hamid, who published “Exit West” this year, and author and trans activist Janet Mock. That’s only the start for a jampacked schedule of readings and talks with 150 authors over four days. Through Saturday. Most events are free.
Oktoberfest Remixed at the National Portrait Gallery: Here's an Oktoberfest event that's very different from the party in Munich. DJ Biz Markie provides a soundtrack of throwback hip-hop while you create your own art, sample beers from Port City and tour “Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image” with the exhibit's curator. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free.
Thursday, Oct. 12
Fall Festival of South Asian Arts at Atlas Performing Arts Center: Female choreographers of India will bring their work to Washington for Dakshina’s 14th annual fall festival. Each evening is devoted to one choreographer. On Thursday, Mallika Sarabhai’s company Darpana will present classic and contemporary dance that examines Indian myths and current events such as global warming. On Friday, watch Rama Vaidyanathan’s performance inspired by two Indian female mystic poets. Then on Saturday, Leela Samson leads her company in dance inspired by the significance of rivers in Indian culture. Through Saturday. $27.50-$60.
The Wharf's grand opening: The first businesses at the Southwest Waterfront's mega-project are finally opening to the public. Early arrivals include new restaurants from Mike Isabella, Kwame Onwuachi and Fabio Trabocchi, and bars from the owners of the Brixton and P. Brennan's Irish Pub. Few debuts will be as splashy as the Anthem, a 6,000-seat concert venue from the team behind the 9:30 Club, whose first performer will be the Foo Fighters. Don't have tickets? There will be live music and free events all day, including a concert by the Bacon Brothers at 5 p.m., and fireworks at sunset. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free.
Friday, Oct. 13
Fear Factory at Flying Dog Brewery: Have witches been using Flying Dog's fermenters as cauldrons? Are there poltergeists around? Find out when a “ghost hunter” from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine leads groups of 25 beer lovers on guided tours of Flying Dog's haunted brewery — “things that go bump in the night” are promised — followed by a pint of the Fear, an imperial pumpkin ale, in the taproom. There are only four time slots, so make reservations soon. 5 to 9 p.m. $10.
'Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)' at Smithsonian American Art Museum: In this series of 15 lithographs, acclaimed artist Kara Walker arranges her signature cut-paper silhouettes of African Americans atop woodcut prints of the Civil War, imbuing a deeper meaning into the historic scenes. This exhibition places Walker’s works alongside the original unaltered images, allowing the viewer to compare the original narrative with Walker’s message. Through March 11. Free.
— Fritz Hahn, Adele Chapin, Carrie Donovan and Sarah L. Kaufmann