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Weekend Report: 12 events not to miss this weekend

Thursday, October 26

Hirshhorn's Conversation Series: Inspired by Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn, the Hirshhorn partners with Newseum to launch a series of conversations with headline-making artists, journalists, activists and academics to debate the role of art and free speech in the 21st century. Nato Thompson, artistic director of Creative Time, a public arts organization, will lead a wide-ranging conversation with headline-making artists Laurie Jo Reynolds, Pedro Reyes and Paul Ramírez Jonas on how their art directly confronts legislative and social issues and engages contemporary audiences. Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW, 6:30 p.m., free

Day of the Dead Chef's Station: The Mitsitam Cafe has created a holiday menu to celebrate the Day of the Dead. From October 26 through November 1, the cafe will offer red- and green-chile tamales, chicken mole, pork posole, and Mexican side dishes and desserts, including pan de muerto. On October 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m., Freddie Bitsoie (Diné) will be in the cafe staffing a special Day of the Dead chef's station. Join Chef Freddie to talk about the significance of the dishes on the menu and how they're prepared, and to share family stories and traditions of hospitality at this time of year. Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St. and Independence Ave. SW, 12 p.m., free

Washington International Horse Show: The Washington International Horse Show is returning October 24-29 to the Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center)!Since 1958, America's favorite horse show has brought world-class equestrian competition with top riders, Olympic veterans and superstar horses to the nation's capital for thrilling show jumping, boutique shopping, educational events and more.

Friday, October 27

Night of the Living Zoo: Prepare to witness death-defying acts and amazing oddities at Friends of the National Zoo's annual adults-only Halloween party, Night of the Living Zoo. Ghouls and goblins will enjoy craft beer, fare from popular D.C. food trucks, a spooktacular costume contest, and performance artists while dancing to music at the DJ dance party. It's a wicked night of fun that would be scary to miss!

TedxMidAtlantic: Superheroes: TEDxMidAtlantic, an independently organized TED event, is pleased to announce the return of their annual, two day conference, which will be hosted on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Sidney Harman Hall in Downtown Washington, D.C. The conference, titled Superpowers, will bring together over a dozen of the most brilliant minds in the Mid-Atlantic region for enlightening sessions on combating opioid addiction, fake news, environmental activism and more.

Newseum Nights Loves the ‘60s: Newseum Nights is rewinding the clocks once again. On October 27, they will be throwing this season’s most psychedelic party, taking you back to the decade of hippies, madmen and social activism. It’s gonna be a gas. Enjoy an open beer and wine bar all night, and signature retro-inspired cocktails. Tickets start at $40 for members and $48 for general admission.

WHAT SHE SAID: Join W Washington DC and Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival for a power talk, W style with some of the most influential women in the business of comedy moderated by Elahe Izadi, Pop Culture writer for Washington Post.

Bark or Treat Canine Cruise: Come out with your costumed canine and cruise to some Halloween tunes along the Potomac! Halloween treats will be provided on board. Be sure to have your four-legged friend in their best costume.

Saturday, October 28

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon: Participate in a special scavenger hunt, take a wagon ride on the 12-acre field, and create a Halloween craft during this unforgettable evening. Watch wool carding and spinning, historic chocolate-making, and fishnet making demonstrations in the historic area. In order to burn off all the extra excitement, try 18th-century dancing in the upper garden before greeting Martha Washington. A children’s costume parade around the Mansion will begin at 5 pm and prizes will be awarded for the best George and Martha costumes! Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon takes place rain or shine.

Pups Who Brunch: To celebrate the new legislation in D.C. giving restaurants the right to allow dogs on their patios, City Tap Penn Quarter and City Tap Dupont will both host Pups Who Brunch on Saturday, October 28. Both restaurants will have complimentary dog treats, toys, and water bowls on their patios from 11 am to 3 pm, during which time guests can enjoy brunch dishes, $18 bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys, and specially priced $5 Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA drafts. As an added bonus, guests who bring their dogs to brunch in a Halloween costume can enter to win a prize for the best-dressed pooch.

Zombie Escape at Carlyle House: Bring your wit to an escape-the-room style event inspired by The Walking Dead. The Zombie Apocalypse. D.C. was one of the first cities to fall when the apocalypse began. As such, Alexandria was a close second due to proximity. However, your group has managed to survive by barricading off a hotel. For a while the supplies were enough to keep your group going. But now, they are dwindling at a fast rate. To keep your group afloat, several of you have volunteered to head out on a supply run. Now, you must navigate your way through zombie infested territory to claim what supplies are on your list and make it back to your base safely. Your group will have 20 minutes to crack a series of puzzles and physical feats to obtain all the supplies needed for your survival group back at the hotel. Tickets are $30.

Sunday, October 29

21st Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade: Don your best Halloween costume and join thousands of participants in one of Del Ray's favorite traditions. The 21st Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade begins at Mount Vernon Ave., south of E. Bellefonte, and continues down to the Mount Vernon Recreation Center play fields at Mount Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. Children, pets and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb with prizes in different categories. The parade and all activities are free! Please note that both judging for Best Decorated Stroller and registration for Best Pet Costume will begin at 1:30 p.m.