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The location for the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s German-style OktoberFestival fundraiser couldn’t be more appropriate: its own back yard. The society’s home is the mansion of 19th-century German immigrant and brewing tycoon Christian Heurich, now a house museum and repository of D.C history. While you sip one of Heurich’s grandson Gary’s brews—contract-brewed in New York, yes, but according to centuries-old German tradition and carrying on the legacy of the District’s best-remembered brewer—try to imagine Heurich’s first brewery at 20th & M Sts., or his largest, built in 1885, on what would later be the site of the Kennedy Center and the Roosevelt Bridge, and afterward explore the Victorian castle he built on sweat and suds. From noon-5 p.m. at the Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. $2. (202) 785-2068. (Daniel Searing)