The largest culinary festival in the mid-Atlantic is back for another mouthwatering fall weekend. On October 7 and 8, the grounds of RFK Stadium will be transformed into a foodie’s paradise. Over 65 of the area’s best restaurants will be there in addition to thirst-quenching Oktoberfest brews, and the infamous Chili Bowl World Chili Eating Championship. 2400 E. Capitol St. SE, 202-547-9077
The new music venue at the Wharf, Anthem, will open on Thursday October 12 with an epic performance by the Foo Fighters. If you weren't lucky enough to snag tickets to that before they sold out, don't worry. Other shows this fall include LCD Soundsystem., Zedd, and Erykah Badu, amongst others. The venue, which can hold up to 6,000 screaming fans, is operated by the same team behind the 9:30 Club, Lincoln Theatre, and Merriweather Post Pavilion. 901 Washington Ave. SW, 202-265-0930
Just when you think Tom Hank's has done it all, he does more. Adding to his list of already impressive talents, Hanks will be joining author Ann Patchett at the Warner Theatre for an intimate Q & A on his first book, “Uncommon Type: Some Stories.” Hanks, an avid typewriter collector, filled his book with stories that are both hopeful and nightmarish. 513 13th St. NW, 202-783-4000
New York imports and global chains have been slowly populating the DC area. Now, Nobu is setting up shop with an early fall opening. Keep an eye out for when the doors open at their West End location, and enjoy popular dishes like their signature black cod with miso, and 21 different types of sushi rolls. 2525 M St. NW, 202-871-6565
The delightful family event is back for another year. From October 20-22, enjoy after-hours access to the zoo’s exclusive exhibits, animal demonstrations, and plenty of trick-or-treating stations. There will also be jugglers, magicians, and a DJ spinning all your spooky favorites. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-633-4888
After the success of Fiola, Fiola Mare, Casa Luca, and Sfoglina, Fabio and Maria Trabocchi are scheduled to open yet another eatery. Later this fall they will reveal Del Mar, a seafood restaurant at the massive Wharf development. Del Mar will be a celebration of Maria and her Spanish heritage. Expect to see lots of grilled fish, paella, tapas, and a fresh raw bar. 791 Wharf St. SW, 202-525-1402
Yes, we have our very own fashion week and it’s full of interesting things to do. From September 21 through the 24 fashion-lovers can expect to see various runway shows featuring eco fashions and next generation designers. Check out international collections, indie shows, and much more.