October entertainment guide 2021

WTOP's Jason Fraley previews October entertainment (Part 1)

October means the leaves are changing and the weather is cooling.

It also means a brand new month of fun events around the D.C. area.

Mark your calendars with our top of the month entertainment guide:

 

October Entertainment Guide

Oct. 1: Josh Groban at Capital One Hall

Oct. 1: Lewis Black at Weinberg Center

Oct. 1: Counting Crows at MGM National Harbor

Oct. 1: Dr. Dog at 9:30 Club

Oct. 1: “The Many Saints of Newark” in movie theaters

Oct. 1: Kennedy Center 50th Anniversary on PBS

Oct. 1: “WWE Smackdown” at Royal Farms Arena

Oct. 1-2: Kelsey Cook at DC Comedy Loft

Oct. 1-3: “Quixote Nuevo” at Round House Theatre

Oct. 1-3: “Good People” at Keegan Theatre

Oct. 1-4: March on Washington Film Festival

Oct. 1-10: Chesapeake Film Festival

Oct. 1-24: “My Lord, What a Night” at Ford’s Theatre

Oct. 1-31: “Godspell” at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Oct. 1-31: “The Thanksgiving Play” at Olney Theatre Center

Oct. 1-Dec. 31: “If These Halls Could Talk” at Kennedy Center

Oct. 2: Brooks & Dunn at Jiffy Lube Live

Oct. 2: David Sedaris at Weinberg Center

Oct. 2-3: Little Big Town at Capital One Hall

Oct: 2-3: Alexandria Symphony’s “Beethoven’s Fifth & Rhapsody”

Oct. 3: Rod Wave at Echostage

Oct. 3: Dwight Yoakam at The Maryland Theatre

Oct. 3-Nov. 6: Workhouse Haunt at Workhouse Arts Center

Oct. 4: Shakespeare Theatre’s “Our Town, Our Shakespeare in the Park”

Oct. 4-5: Toad the Wet Sprocket at The Birchmere

Oct. 4: J. Cole at Capital One Arena

Oct. 6-7: Jim Messina at Wolf Trap

Oct. 6-17: David Strathairn at Shakespeare Theatre

Oct. 7: Dave Grohl at Lincoln Theatre

Oct. 7: Thomas Rhett at Merriweather

Oct. 7-11: Disney on Ice at EagleBank Arena

Oct. 8: Chicago at MGM National Harbor

Oct. 8: Christopher Cross at The Birchmere

Oct. 8: Mt. Joy at The Anthem

Oct. 8: “Mass” in movie theaters

Oct. 8: “No Time to Die” in movie theaters

Oct. 8: Karla Bonoff at Wolf Trap

Oct. 8: The Jayhawks at The Hamilton

Oct. 8: Chelsea Handler at The Hall at Maryland Live!

Oct. 8: Omarion, Bow Wow, Ashanti at Royal Farms Arena

Oct. 8-Nov. 21: “Celia and Fidel” at Arena Stage

Oct. 8-Dec. 18: Concerts from the Library of Congress

Oct. 9: The Guess Who at The Birchmere

Oct. 9: New Found Glory at Rams Head Live

Oct. 9: Dierks Bentley at Jiffy Lube Live

Oct. 9: “Tregaron Unplugged” by Washington Performing Arts

Oct. 9-10: Bruno Mars at MGM National Harbor

Oct. 10: Phil Vassar at The Birchmere

Oct. 10: Jonas Brothers at Jiffy Lube Live

Oct. 11-31: “The Madness of Poe” at Synetic Theater

Oct. 12: John Legend at MGM National Harbor

Oct. 12: Patty Griffin & Gregory Alan Isakov at The Birchmere

Oct. 13: David Foster at The Birchmere

Oct. 13: Slipknot at Jiffy Lube Live

Oct. 13: Tony Woods at DC Improv

Oct. 13-14: Damien Escobar at The Birchmere

Oct. 13-17: Double Exposure: Investigative Film Festival

Oct. 13-17: Disney on Ice at Royal Farms Arena

Oct. 13-31: “Hadestown” at the Kennedy Center

Oct. 14: Enrique Iglesias & Ricky Martin at Capital One Arena

Oct. 14-16: NSO performs “Black Panther” at Kennedy Center

Oct. 14-17: Middleburg Film Festival

Oct. 14-17: Stanley Jordan at Blues Alley

Oct. 15: Brian Wilson at Warner Theatre

Oct. 15: Trevor Noah at Capital One Arena

Oct. 15: The Spinners at Bethesda Blues & Jazz

Oct. 15: Blue October at Rams Head Live

Oct. 15: “The Last Duel” in movie theaters

Oct. 15: Gipsy Kings at Strathmore

Oct. 15: The Manhattans at The Birchmere

Oct. 15-16: Alan Cumming and Ari Shapiro at Kennedy Center

Oct. 15-16: “Broken Fantasies” at Atlas Performing Arts Center

Oct. 16: All Things Go Music Festival at Merriweather

Oct. 16: The Smithereens at Rams Head On Stage

Oct. 16: Rodney Crowell at Wolf Trap

Oct. 16: Kate Kennedy at Howard Theatre

Oct. 16: Jason Aldean at Jiffy Lube Live

Oct. 17: Judy Collins at The Birchmere

Oct. 17: Boney James at Rams Head On Stage

Oct. 17-18: Todd Rundgren at Capital Turnaround

Oct. 18: The Monkees at Warner Theatre

Oct. 18-19: Boney James at The Birchmere

Oct. 19: Kennedy Center Book Club

Oct. 19: Mavis Staples & Amy Helm at Lincoln Theatre

Oct. 20: Garrison Keillor at The Birchmere

Oct. 21: Tab Benoit at The Birchmere

Oct. 21: “Shakespeare Lightning Round” at Folger Theatre

Oct. 21-22: “Season Opening Performance” by The Washington Ballet

Oct. 21-23: Hasan Minhaj at Kennedy Center

Oct. 21-25: Washington West Film Festival

Oct. 22: “Dune” in movie theaters

Oct. 22: D.L. Hughley at Capital One Hall

Oct. 23: Foreigner at MECU Pavilion

Oct. 22-23: The Whispers at The Birchmere

Oct. 23-Nov. 20: “N” at Keegan Theatre

Oct. 25: H.E.R. at The Anthem

Oct. 26: Ledisi at Strathmore

Oct. 27-Nov. 21: “Birds of North America” at Mosaic Theater

Oct. 28: Emmylou Harris benefit concert at Capital One Hall

Oct. 29: “Army of Thieves” on Netflix

Oct. 29: Don Diablo at Echostage

Oct. 29: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at The Birchmere

Oct. 29: The Temptations & Four Tops at MGM National Harbor

Oct. 29: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at The Anthem

Oct. 29: Justin Moore at The Hall at Maryland Live!

Oct. 29-31: “Waitress” at Capital One Hall

Oct. 30: Katie Couric at The Anthem

Oct. 30: Bad Religion at The Fillmore

Oct. 30: Laura Benanti at Wolf Trap

Oct. 30: X Ambassadors at Lincoln Theatre

Oct. 30: Dennis Quad at New Spire Arts Center

WTOP's Jason Fraley previews October entertainment (Part 2)

Jason Fraley

Hailed by The Washington Post for “his savantlike ability to name every Best Picture winner in history," Jason Fraley began at WTOP as Morning Drive Writer in 2008, film critic in 2011 and Entertainment Editor in 2014, providing daily arts coverage on-air and online.

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