Oct 26, 2023 - Things to Do

D.C. Halloween weekend: Nightmare in Navy Yard, WitchFest

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This weekend in D.C., check out Halloween parties across the metro including Nightmare in Navy Yard, the Dupont Circle Halloween Bar Crawl, D.C. WitchFest and more.

1 big thing: 🧟 Party Yardy

D.C.'s biggest Halloween party is back in Navy Yard.

What's happening: Nightmare in Navy Yard will feature two DJs, two dance floors, a five-hour open bar, food trucks, a costume contest and prizes.

When: 8:30pm Saturday

Where: The Capital Turnaround

Cost: General admission is $54.99.

  • Tickets include access to the open bar.

Of note: The event will have laser lighting, strobe lighting and fog.

🌃 2. Embassy Row Rooftop Halloween Under the Stars

  • Enjoy live Latin music, swing and salsa dancing, mojitos, wine and more, 6:30–9:30pm Friday at The Ven. Tickets are $35.
  • Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly as this event is outside.

🍸 3. Dupont Circle Halloween Bar Crawl

  • Venture through over 15 bars with drink specials and costume contests, 2–10pm Saturday. Free.

🎨 4. Artloween Bash

  • Gaze at spooky art exhibits, enter a costume contest or raffle and enjoy a dance party, 8pm Friday at Black Cat. Tickets in advance are $10 and $15 the day of.
  • Costume contest participants will compete for cash prizes of $30–$100.

🪦 5. Lesser-Known Notables of Oak Hill Cemetery

  • Walk through Oak Hill Cemetery, learn the history of the graveyard and get spooked by ghost stories, 11am–12:30pm Saturday in Georgetown. Tickets are $25.

☠️ 6. Día de los Muertos Family Day

  • Celebrate the Day of the Dead with traditional Mexican folk dance, a mariachi performance, face painting, crafts, a scavenger hunt and more at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 11:30am–3pm Saturday. Free. Registration encouraged.

🧙 7. D.C. WitchFest

  • Enjoy live music, art demonstrations and more at a market with handcrafted goods from local artists, 11am Saturday at Metrobar. Free.

💸 8. Spooky Seconds Sale

  • Browse through samples, seconds and one-off projects for purchase as you trick-or-treat through the Brookland Arts Walk studios, 10am–4pm Saturday. Free.

🍷 9. Abbondanza

  • Try unlimited pours of natural wine from local vendors, pizza and charcuterie, 1–4pm Saturday at Sonny's Pizza. Tickets start at $65.
  • VIP hour is noon–1pm.
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