With apple-cider and pumpkin-spice-latte season approaching, some D.C. VIPs incorporated a little pre-fall spirit into their weekend fun. Football games and pumpkin festivals, anyone?

Here’s the photo evidence:

NBC “Crisis” actor Lance Gross took a break from L.A. living this weekend. He was in the D.M.V. to watch one of the oldest HBCU rivalries: Howard University versus Morehouse for the AT&T Classic. The morning after, Gross posted these before and after photos of the waffles he demolished at local establishment Ben’s Next Door.

Talk show host Meghan McCain attended the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards (she’s a progressive GOP-er, see?) held in New York City on Saturday. She was nominated for dedicating an episode of “Raising McCain” to LGBT issues. McCain tweeted this photo, posing with “actorvist” Wilson Cruz.

“Guardians of Galaxy” actor and D.C. native Dave Bautista returned home this week. He cheered on the Washington Nats on Thursday before attending his lil’ bro’s wedding in Richmond on Sunday.

Michelin-starred Bourbon Steak chef Michael Mina was on duty Sunday for the San Francisco 49ers season opener against the Chicago Bears. Mina served up barbecue for some stadium VIPs; but he took a breather to snap a photo with all-time home run record-holder Barry Bonds and football hall-of-famer Ronnie Lott.

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) embraced fall a bit early, attending the 48th annual Morton Pumpkin Festival in Illinois over the weekend. In the spirit of the fest’s “Pumpkin of the West” theme, Schock tailored his political message for the estimated 25,000 to 30,000 spectators.

“American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips touched down for the D.C. leg of his tour. He clearly enjoyed the venue and his aunt’s sweet treat.

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