Like DC Inno Approved? A fresh version comes out every other Friday with new ideas of tech and networking events to check out. Here’s a list of great tech, business and networking events in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, to hit up in the next two weeks. 

Friday, Oct. 27

Event: FinTech Friday Happy Hour at Five

  • Location: Dirty Martini, 1223 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 27, 5 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, fintech, networking
  • Price: Free

“Join the MPOWER Financing, 1776, Rooam, and Village Capital teams for our monthly FinTech happy hour!”

Event: Halloween Costume Party!

  • Location: Dancing Mind, 929 W Broad St, Falls Church, Va.
  • Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 27, 4:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, Halloween
  • Price: Ticket price available at registration

“BoooOo~!! Join us for a spooktacularly fun yoga class – just in time for Halloween! Dress up and wear your BEST costume as you come into Barbara’s 4:30 pm All Levels class for a sweat dripping class that you won’t want to miss out on! We will be having a costume contest, so don’t hold back and GO ALL OUT!”

Event: Rock The Core Cider Festival October 27-28, 2017

  • Location: The Mills, 680 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 27, 7 PM-10 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, Halloween, cider
  • Price: $55

“A celebration of cider, beer, and great tunes, Rock the Core transports the orchard to your mug with more than 100+ ciders and craft beers offered on site. Sip on a Granny Smith, swig a sweet Golden Russet and discover untapped apple flavors while savoring local eats and live entertainment.”

Event: What She Said: Women Talk the Business of Comedy

  • Location:W Washington DC, 515 15th St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 27, 5:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, comedy, panel discussion, networking
  • Price: $30

“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.”

The Weekend, Oct. 28-29

Event: #PugsTakeDC Hosted By Hamilton Pug

  • Location: Station Kitchen & Cocktails at The Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 28, 1 PM-4 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, dogs, outdoor festival
  • Price: Free

“Welcome to the Pug Life! Our friend, Hamilton Pug, will host Pug and Chug at The Embassy Row Hotel. Bring your pug for the meet up of the season.”

Event: Adams Morgan Apple Festival featuring 3rd Annual Pie Contest

  • Location: SunTrust, 1800 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 28, 10:30 AM-1 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, outdoor festival
  • Price: Free

“This year’s Adams Morgan Apple Festival and Apple Pie Contest will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Adams Morgan Farmers Market in front of Suntrust Bank at 18th St. & Columbia Rd.

More details soon, including when and how you can sign up to enter the contest.”

Event: Professional Networking Brunch: Costume Edition

  • Location: Matchbox, 1901 14th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Oct. 29, 11 AM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, networking, skill development
  • Price: Cost of brunch

“Are you a professional developer, designer, sysadmin, or working in a field somehow related to code? Come brunch with others like you! As it’s around Halloween, come dressed in a costume or fun outfit. The estimated cost for the brunch is $20, but the final cost will be whatever you owe the restaurant for your order, which you will pay directly to them. (We will not be taking any payments from you).”

Event: Under30Experiences DC Travel Community Meetup

  • Location: Rock Creek Park, 5200 Glover Rd NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Oct. 29, 1:30 PM-4 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, meetups, networking
  • Price: Free

“Our next meet up is happening at Rock Creek Park! We will be meeting at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium and starting our 3.5 mile hike from there. Bring some good walking shoes, water, a snack, and a camera to hopefully catch some elusive autumn colors!”

Monday, Oct. 30

Event: Fuckup Nights Washington DC Vol. VI

  • Location: Alley, 2055 L Street NW, 4th Floor, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Monday, Oct. 30, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion
  • Price: $15-$20

“Fuckup Nights is a global movement where stories of failed businesses and projects are shared, questioned and celebrated. Attendees and presenters are not afraid to use the f* word. Events bring together three (3) speakers ready to share their failure stories with an audience of people ready to be inspired by these.”

Event: Getting Started in Tech

  • Location: In3, 2301 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Oct. 30, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“We’ll cover the different ways you can break into tech and outline the pros and cons of all the options within the Washington DC tech community. Then we’ll dive into the technical career opportunities that are available in Washington DC – from jobs you’ve heard of like front end developer, to jobs that are new to the area, like developer evangelist.”

Tuesday, Oct. 31


Event: DevOps and Digital Transformation for Government Demo Day

  • Location: The Loft at 600 F, 600 F St. NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development
  • Price: $0-$75

“Now more than ever, digital transformation is moving into the federal government and the culture is changing. DevOps is becoming standard. Core to this transformation is incorporating developer tools into the mission and technology of government. Join us for our DevOps and Digital Transformation Government Demo Day to see amazing emerging technologies that are bringing about real impact to government missions.”

Event: Halloween Spirits Party with Batch #2 Bourbon

  • Location: Free State, 501B G St. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 4 PM
  • Event Type: Halloween, party
  • Price: Free

“Join us for a Halloween “spirits” party featuring specialty cocktails with Republic Restoratives Batch #2 Bourbon. The new release features a 5 year old wheated American bourbon blend that was aged in Barbados rum casks. Bring your friends, wear a costume or come as you are. Free and open to the public! Trick-or-treat!”

Wednesday, Nov. 1

Event: DC Inno’s 50 on Fire 2017

  • Location: National Union Building, 918 F St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 6:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, party, happy hour
  • Price: $60-$90

“Join DC Inno at our year-end awards celebration recognizing the city’s inventors, disruptors, luminaries, and newsmakers across all industries. We’ll be heating up National Union Building on November 1st to celebrate the people and organizations driving innovation in D.C.”

Event: DC Day of the Dead Fiestas

  • Location: Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St. and Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 10 AM-5:30 PM
  • Event Type: party, networking
  • Price: Free

“Day of the Dead Fiesta, or Dia de los Muertos, is a way to honor those who have died. There are many different events in D.C. that will be the perfect ways to celebrate the holiday and maybe even learn something new about it. The National Museum of the American Indian has a family friendly event with a concert and talks and demonstrations that celebrate the lives of Mexicans Americans. There is also the Day of the Dead Fiesta at the Mexican Cultural Center where you can experience Mayan legends, Cancun beaches, Mexican food, an open bar, Day of the Dead alter and ceremony, and more!”

Event: Pop-Up Magazine

  • Location: The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, performance
  • Price: $29

“Pop-Up Magazine is a live magazine—a night of new, true stories about the fascinating world around us. With photography, film, radio, and original music all mixed together and performed live onstage by a big cast of talented people.”

Thursday, Nov. 2

Event: Optoro’s 4th Annual Optorofest

  • Location: Optoro HQ, 1001 G St, 12th Floor, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 2, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Join us as we toast to our 4th annual Optorofest! We’re excited to open our doors to the DC community to share a beer, a pretzel, and chat about what we’ve been up to.”

Event: Lesbians Who Tech +Allies DC – November Happy Hour

  • Location: Tilt Sidebar, 1612 14th St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 2, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Tilt is a low-key bar hidden in the back of Blackjack on 14th St., above Pearl Dive. Follow signs upstairs for Blackjack, walk to the back of the bar, and enter through the unmarked red door. Tilt opens at 6pm, so don’t be alarmed if the door isn’t opened when you get there.”

Event: pineapple presents: eat your “green” ~ women, wellness & weed

  • Location: Logan Exchange, 1509 16th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 2, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion, speaker event
  • Price: $25

“Calling all herbal enthusiasts! The next wave of wellness and feminism is edibles entrepreneurship. In DC and around the country, women are leading a “greenrush” of new cannabis-based businesses and transforming the plant into delicious, healthy and universal products.”

Friday, Nov. 3

Event: First Fridays at GA 

  • Location: General Assembly (Washington, D.C.), 1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Friday, Nov. 3, 5:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking,
  • Price: Free

“The Guest List: -Hiring Partners -Current Students -Alumni -Instructors -Anyone curious about tech, business, data, or design Join us in getting 2017 off to a great start with DC’s tech rockstars! Don’t forget to bring a friend!”  

Event: First Fridays in the Art Underground-November

  • Location: Gallery Underground, 2100 Crystal Dr in the Crystal City Shops, Arlington, Va.
  • Date/Time: Friday, Nov. 3, 5 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, art event
  • Price: Free

“Head to Crystal City on the first Friday of every month for a healthy dose of arts at the Art Underground.”  

The Weekend, Nov. 4-5

Event: National Air and Space Museum + BYT Present: FOUND IN SPACE

  • Location: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 4, 8:30 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, party, happy hour
  • Price: $45-$55

“As part of Colonials Weekend, the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host a panel discussion of successful Alumni Startup Founders to talk about their journey from idea to market. This event is part of the GW Colonials Weekend. Don’t miss out on hearing from our exciting alumni!”

Event: Newseum Goes AWOL 2017

  • Location: NewseumED, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Nov. 5, 11 AM-3 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks
  • Price: Free

“Hey everyone! We’re taking a FREE trip to the Newseum! Tickets are free, but we’re giving 20 of them away on a first come-first serve basis so please let us know as soon as possible if you plan on attending! Can’t wait to see y’all there!”

Event: W2DC Meet & Greet for November- Picnic in the Park

  • Location: 2437 15th St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Nov. 5, 1 PM-5 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, networking
  • Price: Free

“We’re meeting at Meridian Hill/Malcom X Park this time around. Last meet and greet was at Dirty Habiit in Chinatown. Come out and meet some new faces and see familiar ones! All you need to bring is a blanket and some food to contribute (more than just a bag of chips, please).”

Monday, Nov. 6

Event: Join Steven Hernandez (CISO at HHS/OIG) and Capt Chrislip (USN Cyber Fleet)

  • Location: Eastern Foundry, 2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 400, Arlington, Va.
  • Date/Time: Monday, Nov. 6, 9 AM-11 AM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, skill development
  • Price: $0-$50

“Join us as Steven Hernandez, CISO at HHS/OIG and CAPT Chris Chrislip, USN N5 ACOS, Plans & Policy U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. TENTH Fleet lead the discussion around utilizing AGILE methodology to improve cybersecurity! Spaces are limited so that speakers and guests have an optimal opportunity to exchange ideas as well as network.”

Event: Start-Up Nation Tech Fair at GWU

  • Location: Marvin Center Continental Ballroom, 800 21st St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Monday, Nov. 6, 7 PM-10 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“JThe #StartUpTechFair at George Washington University – a technology and innovation trade show and opportunity fair. We are bringing many start-up companies to pitch, exhibit innovative products and technologies. Come explore Israeli technology, meet innovators, and acquire internships at this incredible event.”

Tuesday, Nov. 7

Event: Machines That Learn: Can They Also Be Taught Human Values?

  • Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2045, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 12 PM-1 PM
  • Event Type: networking, lunch
  • Price: Free

“This luncheon will feature a group of experts discussing ongoing efforts to enable the use of AI to solve critical challenges while aligning outcomes to our moral values and ethical principles. We will also discuss how policymakers can encourage the responsible advancement of AI to benefit society and help to promote an elevated level of trust as AI technology becomes a critical element in all aspects of our daily lives.”

Event: 100 Mentor Match-Up

  • Location: City View Room, 1957 E St. NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, skill development
  • Price: Free

“The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the GW Entrepreneurs Round Table Mentors Program will be pairing experienced mentors with GW students. This event will allow aspiring GW student entrepreneurs (at all experience levels) to connect with other entrepreneurs, business professionals and industry experts. Keynote Speaker will be Andrew Perlman, CEO of FORM Holdings Corp., and GWSB ’00 Alumnus.”

Event: Build an Impact Career in Washington DC

  • Location: Impact Hub DC, 419 7th Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6 PM-7:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, seminar
  • Price: $10

“Interested in the social enterprise space? New to Washington DC? This Mission Driven seminar is designed to help you find exciting and meaningful work by giving you a better understanding of the social enterprise ecosystem in Washington DC.”

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Event: Web Developer Student Hiring Event

  • Location: General Assembly, 1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 4 PM-6:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“You’re invited to GA’s exclusive private hiring event to meet our latest cohort of web developers, who have honed their skills in General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive Program. Hiring managers, recruiters, and anyone hiring web developers are welcome.”

Event: Who’s Who in Journalism Panel

  • Location: 419 7th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 3 PM-4 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“Come and meet the journalists cover social and racial justice at my Who’s Who in Journalism panel on Wednesday, November 8 from 3 pm to 4 pm at ImpactHUB DC.”

Event: Storytellers 2017: Washington, D.C.

  • Location: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, South Orientation Theater, First Street NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: live show
  • Price: Free

“Storytellers is an annual program that showcases the exemplary talents and ideas of some of our country’s brightest and most groundbreaking veterans. Each year around Veterans Day, the country comes together to celebrate the accomplishments of our veteran Storytellers and become #VetInspired by their stories of leadership.”

Event: Learning to Code with Thinkful

  • Location: In3, 2301 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Interested in becoming a web developer? Come learn more about Thinkful’s Flexible and Full Time Web Development Bootcamps. Our Flexible bootcamp prepares you for a new career without asking you to quit your current job while our Full Time bootcamp combines the benefits of a live classroom and group work with 1-on-1 mentorship. You’ll learn about our mentorship program, career services, curriculum, and track record of job placement.”

Thursday, Nov. 9

Event: Pitch Practice / Peer Feedback Workshop

  • Location: WeWork Tysons Corner, 1775 Tysons Blvd, Tysons, Va.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 9, 1 PM-5:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development
  • Price: $25

“Hey startups! At some point, you will likely need to pitch for funding for you company. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a forum where you can do a practice run, get peer feedback, and re-run the pitch with the added insights? PEDC is providing this unique opportunity to do just that. Join us for the PEDC Pitch Practice / Peer Feedback Workshop.”

Event: The New LinkedIn: Local DC Meet-Up

  • Location: TrackMaven, 1 Thomas Circle NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 9, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking
  • Price: Free

“Use LinkedIn? Come meet your DC LinkedIn connections and get to know them better! TrackMaven’s DC office will be hosting the first LinkedIn based DC Meet-Up this November. Learn how to effectively use LinkedIn’s newest video feature to market yourself.”

Event: Silicon [DMV]alley Panel Night

  • Location: WeWork K Street, 1875 K Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 9, 6:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“The Columbia Business School Club of D.C. invites you to attend an innovation panel night featuring DC area angel investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs at our signature event.”