Monday, Oct. 16
10th anniversary celebration at Red Derby: The Red Derby has made a few changes over the last decade, adding a rooftop bar and (begrudgingly) beginning to accept credit cards, but the soul of the 16th Street Heights bar remains the same: A welcoming place with board games and affordable cocktails, beer and food. To celebrate a decade in the business, the Derby is tweaking its all-can beer list for one night only, tapping an exclusive wet-hopped pale ale from Winchester Brew Works in Winchester, Va. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free.
Main Ingredient 10th anniversary at Marvin: A weekly DJ event that feels like a house party, class reunion and musical appreciation class wrapped into the guise of a dance night, the Main Ingredient is one of the best parties in D.C. You never know what DJ Jahsonic will play next — maybe golden-age hip-hop, Stevie Wonder or '70s funk, but you know you're going to have a good time. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free.
Tuesday, Oct. 17
'La Bayadère' at the Kennedy Center: The acclaimed Mariinsky Ballet celebrates the 200th anniversary of choreographer Marius Petipa’s birth with the classical three-act masterpiece that tells the story of a dancer and her deep love for a warrior. “The Kingdom of the Shades,” one of the ballet’s most memorable scenes, is based on artist Gustav Doré’s illustrations of Paradise for Dante’s “The Divine Comedy.” Through Oct. 22. 7:30 p.m. $39-$150.
Sour Hour at Anxo Cidery: Anxo is known for its house ciders, but its owners also have a thing for sour beers. For the first time, the Truxton Circle bar is putting 11 sour beers on tap, including offerings from Allagash, Jester King, Upland and Logsdon, and a free-flowing barrel of Oud Beersel lambic on the patio. It pays to arrive early: All sours are half-price from 5 to 5:45 p.m. then 25 percent off until 6:30 p.m. 5 p.m. Free admission. Beers priced individually.
Wednesday, Oct. 18
LCD Soundsystem at the Anthem: Back in 2011, LCD Soundsystem broke up in the most grandiose way possible: A sold-out four-hour concert at Madison Square Garden captured for a pair of documentaries and a live album. Six years later, to the surprise of almost no one, James Murphy’s beloved dance-punk band has come out of semiretirement. What is a surprise is that the group now has its first chart-topping album, “American Dream,” which is packed with rubbery disco-funk bass lines and anthemic choruses — the same kind hipsters were singing along with a decade ago. 6:30 p.m. $61.75-$81.75.
¡Buen Provecho! A Taste of Columbia Heights: More than a dozen Columbia Heights restaurants, including the modern Ethiopian eatery Letena, homestyle Dominican spot Los Hermanos and the recently revamped Good Silver, are participating in a neighborhood dining crawl in support of the CentroNía education center. Feel free to explore at your own pace: Two “bites” from each restaurant are included with a ticket. 6 to 9 p.m. $35.
Ashley McBryde at the Hamilton: Ashley McBryde’s recent single, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” recently hit No. 1 on the Highway, SiriusXM’s mainstream-country station. And why not? She has the big voice and ’70s country-rock arrangements so beloved of country radio. But McBryde’s blue-collar storytelling and straightforward singing set her apart from the polished production and airbrushed fantasies of such acts as Florida Georgia Line and Delta Rae. 7:30 p.m. $10-$20.
Thursday, Oct. 19
History Happy Hour: The Spirits of Washington at the Willard Hotel: Jim Hewes, the bartender at the Willard's Round Robin Bar, is a cocktail historian: He's famous for creating a menu of cocktails representing each of our 45 presidents. At this special Halloween happy hour, Hewes and White House Historical Association historian Ed Lengel will discuss tales of spirits — both ghostly and alcoholic — in Washington, focusing on the White House. Tickets include appetizers and three cocktails. 6 to 8 p.m. $46.
Friday, Oct. 20
International Yardfest at Howard University: The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and Drake are among the superstars that have taken the stage at Yardfest, the centerpiece of Howard University’s Homecoming celebrations that draws crowds of students, alumni and local hip-hop fans to a free day-long concert on the main quad. Performers are usually kept secret in advance; last year’s headliners included Common, Lil Uzi Vert and Faith Evans. Noon to 6 p.m. Free.
Boo at the Zoo at the National Zoo: Heads up, parents: The National Zoo's annual Boo at the Zoo trick-or-treat-athon has sold out on Saturday. If you want to take the kids to see animals, watch “extreme pumpkin carving demonstrations,” dance to music and, of course, collect some candy, Friday evening is the only nonschool night, and you should get tickets quickly. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30.
Shop Made in D.C. grand opening: You don’t have to be from Washington to appreciate Shop Made in D.C., a hybrid store-cafe devoted to locally made products, food and booze. Browse jewelry, clothing and home goods crafted by D.C. residents, including shirts and hats from District of Clothing and stationary and bags from Printed Wild. The Neighborhood Restaurant Group (owners of Red Apron Butcher and ChurchKey) is curating the food and drink offerings, which will include Tibetan dumplings from Dorjee Momo, tacos from Tortilladora and Bullfrog Bagels, as well as beer and cider. RSVP for the opening weekend festivities to receive a Made in D.C. canvas tote. Free.
— Fritz Hahn, Geoffrey Himes, Holley Simmons and Winyan Soo Hoo