October in DC means warm weather, fall foliage, and none of the sweltering heat you can expect of summer. As the nation’s capital transitions into autumn, many of DC’s finest sports teams, veterans, restaurants, and venues are going to come alive with exciting events and attractions. Here are our top picks of things to do this month in DC.
Washington DC October event guide
Major League Baseball is wrapping up its regular season on the first of the month, so if you haven’t gone to see a game live, now’s your chance. The Washington Nationals face off the Pittsburgh Pirates on their home turf at Nationals Park. Secure your tickets ahead of time to guarantee a hassle-free game day experience.
When: Oct 1
Where: 1500 S Capitol St SE
Football season only just started last month but it’s already at full throttle. The Baltimore Ravens are playing several home games this month, giving you the opportunity to catch them live at the M&T Bank Stadium. First up is the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 1. On October 15, the Ravens go against the Chicago Bears and return once again to their home field on October 26 to face off the Miami Dolphins.
When: Oct 1, Oct 15 and Oct 26
Where: 1101 Russell St
October really is the best month for sports enthusiasts, because at one point, 4 of the major American sports are in season. One of those is basketball – the NBA preseason opener takes place on October 6, when the Washington Wizards play against the New York Knicks at Capital One Arena. The first regular season home game is scheduled for October 18 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
When: Oct 6 and Oct 18
Where: 601 F St NW
Capital One Arena might be home to Washington’s NBA, NHL, WNBA, and NLL teams, but it’s also a bonafide concert hall for big headliners. October is an exciting month for music fans in DC, starting with the Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias concert on October 3. Other superstars that’ll grace the stage at Capital One Area are Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, Halsey, and even Guns N’ Roses throughout the month.
When: Oct 3
Where: 601 F St NW
The self-described largest culinary festival in the mid-Atlantic is a no-brainer for foodies in DC. The main draws are Restaurant Row, with over 65 establishments joining in, Wine Walk and Taste of DC Beer for high spirits, as well as 3 stages with live entertainment. If you’re looking for a family-friendly attraction, there’s a Kid Zone for those bringing their children.
When: Oct 7 – Oct 8
Where: 2400 E Capitol St SE
Remember how we mentioned that October is prime time for sports fans? Hockey fans, the season opener is almost here. The Washington Capitals face the Montreal Canadiens at Capital One Area on October 7. Only a few days later, on October 11, the Nationals have another home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. On October 17, they play the Toronto Maple Leafs and, 2 days later, on October 21, they have a game against the Florida Panthers.
When: Oct 7, 11, 17, 21
Where: 601 F St NW
DC’s newest and hottest music venue booked a crowd pleaser to inaugurate the location. The Foo Fighters are slated to appear at The Anthem on October 12, alongside fellow rockers The Struts. After the significant investment it took to get The Anthem up and running, it’s not a stretch to imagine the first show at the concert hall will be spectacular.
When: Oct 12, doors at 6:30pm and show at 8pm
Where: 901 Wharf St
There’s another sports team in town worthy of attention. The Washington Redskins are set to play a couple of home games at FedExField this month. On October 15, they have a regular season game against the San Francisco 49ers. 2 weeks later, on October 29, they return to their home stadium to face the Dallas Cowboys.
When: Oct 15 and Oct 29
Where: 1600 Fedex Way – Hyattsville, MD
By this point, Chris Rock needs no introduction. Having the opportunity to go to a performance of his is a treat unto itself. The legendary comedian and actor is on his Total Blackout tour, which has received rave reviews from critics and sold out most venues. Comedy fans in DC, take note—this is one of those events you don’t want to miss.
When: Oct 18 – Oct 21
Where: 101 MGM National Ave – Oxon Hill, MD
The Marine Corps Marathon returns for its 42nd edition this October. The famous annual race and festival seek to promote health, community spirit and activism, and serve as a display of just what the US Marine Corps are all about. The race starts early in the morning and lasts until mid-afternoon, after which racers and family members indulge themselves with much-deserved fun at the MCM Festival.
When: Oct 22, at 7:45am
Where: Start line is on Route 110, halfway between the Pentagon and Arlington Memorial Dr
Whether you’re looking for a quiet afternoon with friends, a laugh-until-you-cry night in town, or looking to support your community and favorite teams, there’s a wide array of options just waiting for you in DC.