The last days of October are packed with local events that are seemingly designed to get us out there to enjoy the fall weather.
On Saturday, October 22:
Peirce Mill’s Heritage Day is returning as an in-person event for the first time since 2019. The fall festival includes music, children’s crafts and milling and blacksmithing demonstrations. Peirce Mill will be open for Heritage Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The mill will be running from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The Chevy Chase Art Walk begins Saturday and continues into Sunday. Artists in Chevy Chase DC and Maryland are inviting visitors into their home studios from noon until 5 p.m.
The Spooky Pooch Howl-o-ween Celebration at Hillwood promises to be hilarious and adorable. Pups and their people will be parading around in costumes and competing for “Top Dog” honors from 4 to 6 p.m.
Jazz at Wesley, the monthly concert series at the Wesley Campus of the National United Methodist Church, hosts singer Iva Jean Ambush from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 23:
Between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., kids and teens are invited to drop in and help out with an ongoing Connecticut Avenue gardening project on this day and Sunday, October 30th. Volunteers led by ANC 3F and Van Ness Main Street are planting and tending native pollinator gardens in the tree boxes outside of Politics and Prose and I’m Eddie Cano.
The Murch Fall Fair, from noon to 4 p.m., is the school’s annual festival and fundraiser, with games for kids, a bake sale, a used book sale, and more.
Thursday, October 27:
Did you know there’s a laboratory nestled in Forest Hills with its eyes on the stars? The Carnegie Institution’s Earth and Planets Laboratory on Broad Branch Road has for years invited neighbors to its campus for periodic lectures. And for the first time since 2019, its 2022-2023 neighborhood lecture series will be in-person as well as virtual. The October 27th lecture is about the Giant Magellan Telescope. The lecturer: the project’s chief scientist.
Sunday, October 30:
The Forest Hills Playground Spooktacular is a revival of another adorable Halloween event. From 10 a.m. until noon, Van Ness Main Street and Friends of Forest Hills Playground will have crafts, spooky story time and a magic show. Costumes are definitely encouraged, and afterward, some neighborhood businesses are welcoming trick-or-treaters from noon until 3 p.m.
Van Ness Main Street seeking volunteers to serve as “candy ambassadors” at those businesses, and to help out with Spooktacular setup and activities. You can sign up here.
The fun doesn’t stop when we turn the page on the calendar! Find events for November and beyond on our community calendar. And tell us what you like about fall in the neighborhood.
Like Friends of Forest Hills Playground, Forest Hills Connection is a special program of Van Ness Main Street.