Elaborate and sometimes outrageous costumes have made the annual High Heel Race one of Washington's favorite Halloween traditions. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)

Monday, Oct. 23

The War on Drugs at the Anthem: The War on Drugs’ latest album, “A Deeper Understanding,” has critics anointing them as America’s next  great rock band. Find out why when frontman Adam Granduciel and Co. play the Anthem. The Philadelphia band’s hooky melodies are layered under a haze of reverb and synthesizers, and its six-minute songs seem to stretch out as far as the open road. 8 p.m. $41-$56.

Gin and Tonic Festival at Jaleo: Most people think of the gin and tonic as an English drink, but the mixed drink is wildly popular in Spain. Through Oct. 29, all three Jaleo restaurants are celebrating gin and tonics in all their forms. You can try chef José Andrés’s favorite version, which includes lemon verbena, juniper, lemon and lime; taste oysters on the half shell with gin and tonic added; or sample a gin sorbet with “fizzy tonic espuma.” Multiple locations. Cocktails $15; Food $2.50-$8.

Tuesday, Oct. 24

17th Street High Heel Race: One of D.C.’s favorite Halloween traditions finds hundreds of creatively costumed drag queens in towering heels, trying not to stumble as they sprint down a closed-off section of 17th Street NW. The race officially begins at 9 p.m., but participants gather hours earlier, showing off their outfits and turning the road into a fabulous and often outrageous runway. Arrive well in advance to find a sidewalk spot with a view, but leave seats, bikes and pets at home. 9 p.m. Free.

Q&A with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer at Sixth and I: Skip SoulCycle and Solidcore and hit the gym like U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Bryant Johnson, the octogenarian’s personal trainer and a court clerk by day, just published a book titled “The RBG Workout: How She Stays  Strong . . . and You Can Too!” For an only-in-Washington evening, head to Johnson’s book signing at Sixth & I, where he’ll talk through the D.C. fitness icon’s exact sequence of planks, squats and push-ups. 7 p.m.  $15-$40.

Wednesday, Oct. 25

DuPunk Underground at Dupont Underground: If you’re a fan of underground music, this is literally the week’s most underground concert. The D.C. Public Library and Germany’s Goethe-Institut cultural organization present bands from both sides of the Atlantic in the art space beneath Dupont Circle. Die Nerven, who are based in Stuttgart, have an angular punk sound that wouldn’t be out of place on D.C.’s iconic Dischord Records, while Heavy Breathing and Hand Grenade Job represent Washington. 7 p.m. $5-$10.

Thursday, Oct. 26

The Most Very Specialest Evening with Tig Notaro  and Friends at the Lincoln Theatre: “One Mississippi” star Tig Notaro is again the curator of Brightest Young Things’ annual Bentzen Ball comedy festival, which sprawls across the District for four days. Although a number of the featured events have already sold out, tickets remain for the festival’s opening extravaganza, which features standup by Notaro, one-time D.C. resident Seaton Smith and special guests. 8 p.m. $35.

'Ghost Fleet of the Potomac' at the Woodrow Wilson House: Did you know the largest shipwreck fleet in the Western Hemisphere is in the middle of the Potomac River? A new exhibit at the Woodrow Wilson house examines the history of these World War I vessels, which were rendered useless when the war ended before they could be put into service6 to 8 p.m. Free, RSVP required.

Friday, Oct. 27

Night of the Living Zoo at the National ZooLeave the kiddos at home for this one. The adult-only party, which includes craft beer, a costume contest and performance artists, culminates in a DJ-led dance party. Food trucks supply the fuel, including cake pops from Baked by Yael, empanadas from D.C. Empanadas, pizza from D.C. Slices and barbecue from Rocklands Barbeque. You’ll also get after-hours access to such exhibits as the small-mammal house, reptile center and the Great Cats Circle. 6:30 to 10 p.m. $40.

Rosslyn Harvest Festival: This brand-new celebration of autumn is spread over two days to target very different audiences. Friday is focused on adults, with beer gardens, food trucks, a scavenger hunt, an inflatable corn maze, an arts and crafts market, DJs and music from Burnt Sienna and Trailer Grass Orchestra. Costumes are encouraged. Central Place Plaza (1800 N. Lynn St.) is the main location, but activities also take place at Continental Beer Garden and in Gateway Park. (Saturday's events are more family-focused, including pumpkin carving, a magician and costume parades.)  4 to 10 p.m. Free.

— Fritz Hahn, Adele Chapin and Holley Simmons

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