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.
Fall Festival of South Asian Arts at Atlas Performing Arts Center: Female choreographers of India bring their work to Washington for Dakshina’s 14th annual fall festival. Each evening is devoted to one choreographer: 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. $27.50-$60.
Saturday, Oct. 14
Reopening of the Freer and Sackler galleries: After a lengthy renovation, the Freer/Sackler is planning a weekend-long event to celebrate its reopening. “IlluminAsia,” inspired by Asian night markets, will bring art and cooking demos, light displays, music and performances to the museums’ ground, plus food stalls run by notable restaurants, including Himitsu and Tiger Fork. Inside, check out the refreshed galleries and new temporary exhibits, including the history of bells in China and ancient Egypt’s fascination with cats. Saturday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.
Virginia Wine Festival at Oronoco Bay Park: All you’ll need to bring to Old Town is a blanket, because the Virginia Wine Festival’s got everything else covered for the perfect picnic. That includes unlimited tastings of more than 200 Virginia wines and ciders for ticket holders, along with food trucks, a Virginia oyster pavilion, music and riverfront views. Also included: a souvenir glass and the opportunity to buy bottles and cases to take home. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $29 in advance, $45 at the gate.
Black President's Day: A Celebration of Fela Kuti at Kalakuta D.C.: This annual tribute to Afrobeat innovator, musician and Nigerian activist Fela Kuti features a stellar lineup of DJs from nights like Axel F and the Sol Power All-Stars playing their favorite Fela and Fela-related tracks; a performance by Nigerian drummer Tosin Aribisala; dancing; live paintings and a marketplace with local artisans. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Port City's Long Black Veil Happy Hour at Gadsby's Tavern: One of the most fabled mysteries in Alexandria's history is the story of the Female Stranger, a woman who died at Gadsby's Tavern on Oct. 14, 1816. Her face was concealed by a long black veil, and she never told anyone her true identity. Her male companion disappeared right after she died. Buried in the nearby St. Paul's Cemetery, the unknown woman reputedly haunts room eight of Gatsby's. On the 201st anniversary of her death, the tavern remembers the Female Stranger with a Halloween happy hour. Tickets include tours, snacks and a pint of Port City Brewing's Long Black Veil IPA. 6 to 9 p.m. $25.
Washington Concert Opera's Opera Outside at Meridian Hill Park: The Washington Concert Opera eschews elaborate staging in favor of performing lesser-known or rarely performed operas with an orchestra and letting the music take center stage. That makes them the perfect outfit to perform in Meridian Hill Park, near the statue of Joan of Arc. Soprano Amy Owens and baritone Norman Garrett will be featured, and picnics and blankets are suggested. 11 a.m. to noon. Free.
Sunday, Oct. 15
Happy Hour at the National Zoo: Looking for a new happy hour destination? How about one with a view of pandas? The National Zoo is hosting happy hour Thursday through Sunday at the Panda Overlook, a dining area above the Giant Panda Habitat on the Asia Trail. Stop by between 3 to 5 p.m. for $5 beer, wine and sangria, or a menu of $5 snacks, including nachos and buffalo bites. If you're lucky, you'll be able to see Mei Xiang and Bei Bei — what bar can beat that? 3 to 5 p.m. Free admission.
Oktoberfest at Owen's Ordinary Bavarian Beer Garden: The first Oktoberfest at the Pike and Rose beer garden is a solid mix of 10 imported German craft beers, such as Mönchshof Kellerbier and Mahrs Bräu Saphir Weiss, and a selection of German-style beers from Maryland, including Hysteria's Yellow Sudmarine hefeweizen and the Brewer's Art's Oktoberfest. Add bratwursts and kielbasa from Red Apron Butcher and live polka and drinking songs by the Alte Kumpel band, and you've got a bit of Bavaria in North Bethesda. Noon to 6 p.m. Free admission; beer and food priced individually.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue at the Anthem: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews grew up in the birthplace of jazz, so it’s no wonder his journey led him to music. Mixing soul, funk and blues, the New Orleans native and trombone and trumpet player made his Blue Note Records debut in April with his album “Parking Lot Symphony.” For this show, he and his band, Orleans Avenue, will be joined by Vintage Trouble. 8 p.m. $37-$57.
— Fritz Hahn, Adele Chapin, Macy Freeman