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What To Do Between the Ridiculous Heat and Terrible Cold

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As you may have figured out by now, it is no longer summer. From Oktoberfests to apple picking to the upcoming mass exodus of half the city, fall is the perfect time to get fat, attempt manual labor, and be gainfully unemployed. Within three months, the entire city will once again be under piles of snow — or maybe it will still be sunny, because of Jim Inhofe’s global warming, who knows. Meanwhile, here are some fun autumnal things for you to do.

  • Apple and Pumpkin Picking: Picking fruit is fun, so long as the picking happens in October and November, can be done at a leisurely pace, isn’t difficult, and your livelihood doesn’t depend upon it. If you’re curious what it’s like to gather your own apples and pumpkins, head to Stribling Orchard or Butler’s Orchard, where you can even pick your own raspberries.
  • Potenza: With fall comes the opportunity to eat all things pumpkin. Potenza is offering seven pumpkin dessert items (all small plates!) including a Pumpkin Cake with sweet spice glaze, Pumpkin Dessert Ravioli with candied sage and buttermilk caramel, and other dishes that include the words “bombolini,” “aforgato” and “anglaise” that we can only assume are mouthwatering. They’re also offering a special Pumpkin Bellini made from items we have no trouble understanding: pumpkin, VODKA and Prosecco.
  • Oktoberfest: Soon the pig roasts will end and all there will be left to do is drink. And look, here’s an event that has to do with beer and not pigs:  Pizzeria Paradiso is hosting an Autumn Fest this weekend. All 28 of their draft lines will be filled with Oktoberfest, pumpkin, and other seasonal beers and they will also be serving a special pumpkin-pesto, pancetta and parmesan pizza.
  • Corn Maze: Make your way through three miles of paths that are in an eight-acre cornfield all while attempting to find six checkpoints. Yes, it could only be the “American Dream Corn Maze,” and what would autumn be without it?
  • FotoWeek DC: Of all the Fall Festivals, FotoWeek DC — with its photos, contests, exhibits and LUNCHTIME lectures — is not to be missed.

What else? BiergartenHaus is also hosting an Oktoberfest, as is Rustico, and admission to Dumbarton Oaks is FREE starting November 1, and the Jews will celebrate their literary capabilities.

About the author

Arielle Fleisher is the Wonkabout. She roams D.C. seeking tasty foods, cheap drinks, whole-pig BBQs, think tank events, street fairs and other local horrors.

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  • jus_wonderin

    I love Fall. Though, I was once called a "Prophet of Doom" by a college mate because I spoke of that love outloud. Me: a prophet of doom for loving Fall???

    • Doglessliberal

      Your mate was a moron. It is the best season, by far, especially in the DC region. LOVE fall.

      • JMPEsq

        Some folks must not get seasonal allergies.

        • Doglessliberal

          Ah, true. I am sorry for forgetting about you poor souls. Spring sucks for you, too.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    I'd take a miss on that corn maze thing, what with "He Who Walks Behind The Rows" and all that.

    • H Curve

      Don't forget what happened to Cedric Diggery! Voldemort's back and he's in the DelMarVa cornfields, but which one?!?!!!!

  • OvertonWindolt

    Go to New Jersey, it is safer now that Chris Christie is hibernating for the season.

    • Doglessliberal

      He will come out for Halloween candy, though. So be careful that weekend.

  • bureaucrap

    what would be even more fun is to go to oktoberfest first, and THEN see if you can find your way out of the corn maze. That would keep you busy for a couple days.

  • OkieDokieDog

    I despise Jim Inhofe.

    This is all it takes to get elected or re-elected in the state of OKIEhoma –

  • Weenus299

    In South Carolina, we tend toward North Carolina – to SkyTop Orchard in Flat Rock. It's fuckn' awesome: http://www.skytoporchard.com/

  • http://hong-kong-actresses.blogspot.com/ donner_froh

    Potenza sounds like a great restaurant–a seven course meal–every course is desert!

  • Nopantsmcgee

    Bring on the cold. I hate hot weather and bright sunlight. I'd buy a shotgun and move to Alaska but Alaska is too full of dumbfucks and Alien-Butt Probed victims. Canada sounds nice, tho.

  • winterboots

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