October entertainment guide 2022

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

October is filled with spooky events, killer concerts and film festival premieres.

Time for your “top of the month” entertainment guide to events around town.


October Entertainment Guide

Oct. 1: Panic! at the Disco at Capital One Arena

Oct. 1: The B-52s with KC & The Sunshine Band at The Anthem

Oct. 1: Lorde headlines “All Things Go” at Merriweather

Oct. 1: “The Black Version” at Kennedy Center

Oct. 1-2: The Yellowjackets at Blues Alley

Oct. 1-2: “Disney’s Newsies” at Arlington Players

Oct. 1-2: “Revoltosa” at GALA Hispanic Theatre

Oct. 1-9: “Hamilton” at Kennedy Center

Oct. 1-9: “The Color Purple” at Signature Theatre

Oct. 1-9: “Nine Night” at Round House Theatre

Oct. 1-9: “Ain’t No Mo” at Woolly Mammoth Theatre

Oct. 1-16: “The Trip to Bountiful” at Ford’s Theatre

Oct. 1-6: “No Place to Go” at Signature Theatre

Oct. 1-16: “Einstein’s Wife” at ExPats Theatre

Oct. 1-22: “Playing It By Ear” by Washington Improv Theater

Oct. 1-23: “Heroes of the Fourth Turning” at Studio Theatre

Oct. 1-23: “Notebook of Leonardo da Vinci” at Shakespeare Theatre

Oct. 1-23: “The Good Doctor” by Washington Stage Guild

Oct. 1-30: “Dance Nation” at Olney Theatre Center

Oct. 1-31: “Field of Screams” in Olney, Maryland

Oct. 1-Nov. 5: “Haunt: Nightmare Harvest” at Workhouse Arts Center

Oct. 1-Nov. 6: “Ghost” at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia

Oct. 1-Nov. 6: “Once On This Island” at Constellation Theatre

Oct. 2: Renee Fleming & Esperanza Spalding at Kennedy Center

Oct. 2: Sam Hunt, Jimmie Allen, Eli Young Band at Merriweather

Oct. 2: Herman’s Hermits at Rams Head Annapolis

Oct. 4: Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp at The Anthem

Oct. 4: Post Malone at Capital One Arena

Oct. 4: Sublime with Rome at Capital One Hall

Oct. 4-Nov. 20: “The Till Trilogy” by Mosaic Theatre at Atlas

Oct. 4-23: “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” at National Theatre

Oct. 5: Alice In Chains and Breaking Benjamin at Jiffy Lube Live

Oct. 6: Brandon Marshall’s “I Am Athlete” at City Winery

Oct. 6: Rebirth Brass Band at Wolf Trap

Oct. 6-9: Dave Attell at D.C. Improv

Oct. 6-10: “Disney on Ice: Frozen & Encanto” at EagleBank Arena

Oct. 7: “Hellraiser” premiers on Hulu

Oct. 7-16: “Guys & Dolls” at Kennedy Center

Oct. 7-Nov. 6: “Holiday” at Arena Stage

Oct. 7-21: Hitchcock Classics at Miracle Theatre

Oct. 8: They Might Be Giants at “Shocktober” in Leesburg

Oct. 8: Down in the Reeds music event at Walter Reed

Oct. 8: Ira Glass & Jad Abumrad at Strathmore

Oct. 8: Cracker at State Theatre in Falls Church

Oct. 8-9: Bethesda Row Arts Festival

Oct. 9: The Manhattans at The Birchmere

Oct. 10: Tiffany at The Birchmere

Oct. 10: Demi Lovato at The Anthem

Oct. 10: The Killers at Capital One Arena

Oct. 11: Rufus Wainwright at Rams Head Annapolis

Oct. 11-30: “Hamilton” at The Hippodrome

Oct. 12: Rufus Wainwright at The Birchmere

Oct. 12: The Killers at The Anthem

Oct. 12: Tony Woods & Friends at D.C. Improv

Oct. 12-16: The Washington Ballet presents “NEXTsteps”

Oct. 13-15: Kelsey Cook at D.C. Comedy Loft

Oct. 13-16: Middleburg Film Festival

Oct. 13-16: Double Exposure Film Festival

Oct. 13-17: Washington West Film Festival

Oct. 13-Nov. 6: “Dracula” at Synetic Theater

Oct. 14: “Decision to Leave” in movie theaters

Oct. 14: “Till” in movie theaters

Oct. 14: David Sedaris at Kennedy Center

Oct. 14: Oleta Adams at Weinberg Center in Frederick

Oct. 15: The Wailers at Tally Ho Theater in Leesburg

Oct. 15: Nashville Emerging Artists Night at Wolf Trap

Oct. 15: Atlantic Starr at Bethesda Blues & Jazz

Oct. 15: Jake Blount at Pearl Street Warehouse

Oct. 15: Joan Osborne at The Hamilton

Oct. 16: Regina Spektor at Warner Theatre

Oct. 16: War at The Birchmere

Oct. 16: Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood at Strathmore

Oct. 17: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at The Anthem

Oct. 17: Gorillaz at Merriweather

Oct. 17: Mother Mother at Echostage

Oct. 17-19: Arcade Fire at The Anthem

Oct. 18: Smashing Pumpkins at Capital One Arena

Oct. 18: Crystal Bowersox at Rams Head Annapolis

Oct. 18: “Concert for Ukraine” at Kennedy Center

Oct. 19: Weird Al Yankovic at Kennedy Center

Oct. 20: Pusha T at The Fillmore Silver Spring

Oct. 20: National Philharmonic at Capital One Hall

Oct. 20-Nov. 6: “My Body My Choice” at Arena Stage

Oct. 20-Nov. 6: “To Journey’s End with Into the Woods” at Signature Theatre

Oct. 21: Terence Blanchard at Kennedy Center

Oct. 21: Arrested Development at Bethesda Blues & Jazz

Oct. 21: “Black Adam” starring The Rock in movie theaters

Oct. 21: “Banshees of Inisherin” in movie theaters

Oct. 21: Lee Greenwood at Capital One Hall

Oct. 21: Jim Messina at Rams Head Annapolis

Oct. 21: Kevin James at Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown

Oct. 21-22: The Whispers at The Birchmere

Oct. 21-Nov. 27: “Sanctuary City” at Arena Stage

Oct. 22: Madison Cunningham at Capital Turnaround

Oct. 22-Nov. 20: “Elegies: A Song Cyle” at Keegan Theatre

Oct. 22: National Philharmonic at Strathmore

Oct. 22: Jim Messina at State Theatre in Falls Church

Oct. 23: Iron Maiden at Capital One Arena

Oct. 23: The Roots Residency at Kennedy Center

Oct. 23-24: Violent Femmes at 9:30 Club

Oct. 25: Ray Lamontagne at Strathmore

Oct. 26: AWOLNATION at The Fillmore Silver Spring

Oct. 27: Mark G. Meadows & James Fernando at AMP

Oct. 27-29: Chris Rock at DAR Constitution Hall

Oct. 28: “All Quiet on the Western Front” on Netflix

Oct. 29: 10,000 Maniacs at Tally Ho Theater in Leesburg

Oct. 29: Nightmare on M Street Halloween Bar Crawl

Oct. 29: “Best in Show” at The Boro in Tysons

Oct. 29: Count Gore hosts “A Nightmare on Elm Street” at AFI Silver Theatre

Oct. 29-Nov. 14: Washington National Opera’s “Elektra” at Kennedy Center

Oct. 30: Tegan and Sara at 9:30 Club

Oct. 30: Midori at Kennedy Center

Oct. 31: Nightmare on U Street for Halloween

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

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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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