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One-Day Events

Mount Vernon Signature Walking Tour

Jan 16, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 3:30pm
Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

This tour is available daily at 3:30 pm through March 14 (except February 14 - 17).


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Tributes at the Tomb at Mount Vernon

Jan 16, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 10am and 3pm (April-October); 12pm (November-March)
A special ceremony and wreath laying occurs at Washington's Tomb daily at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., April - October, and 12 p.m., November - March. This tour is included with general admission. Consult Today at Mount Vernon upon arrival for programming details.

 


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Special Exhibit: Gardens & Groves

Feb 22 - Jan 10, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission.

Come explore Washington's design for his estate, highlighting the first president's interests and talents as a landscape designer.


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National Treasure Tour at Mount Vernon

Mar 1, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: Check Mount Vernon Website for dates/times.
Admission: $5 per tour, in addition to regular Estate admission.

 

This one-hour walking tour goes behind-the-scenes to areas where "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets" filming took place and explores how these locations were used during George Washington's time.

 


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Sightseeing Water Tour at Mount Vernon

Mar 1 - Nov 29, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: Check Mount Vernon Website for dates/times.
Admission: $10 per tour, in addition to regular Estate admission.

 

See George Washington’s Mount Vernon from a different perspective during this 45-minute narrated sightseeing excursion on the Potomac River.

 


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"Flights of Fancy" - Stories for Children

Mar 11 - Dec 19, National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Address: 14390 Air & Space Museum Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 11:00
Phone: (703) 572-4118
Admission: Free, Parking $15

Museum staff will read stories for children about famous aviators, hot-air balloon flights, trips to Mars, the night sky, and winged creatures that soar through the skies. Afterwards, visitors ages two through eight-years-old will take part in a hands-on art activity. Story time will take place every 15 minutes from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm near the SR-71 Blackbird in the Boeing Aviation Hangar.


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Carousel at Clemyjontri Park

Apr 5 - Oct 26, Clemyjontri Park

Recurring daily
Address: 6317 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA
Times: Check website for open dates/times.
Phone: (703) 388-2807
Admission: $1.75/ride
Universal access to fun and enjoyment is a hallmark of Fairfax County Park Authority facilities, most notably showcased at Clemyjontri Park in McLean, Va. This unique park features an accessible Liberty swing alongside an amazing two-acre playground where children of all abilities can play side by side. A fully-accessible carousel opens for the season on Saturday, April 5, 2014 , operating on weekends through May 25, then adding weekdays to the operating schedule on May 26. Complete with a picnic pavilion to make the day special, Clemyjontri earns high marks for its playground where every child is welcome and every child can play. *The carousel does not operate in conditions such as heavy rain, thunder, lightning, and temperatures less than 55° F

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Yoga in the Park

Apr 10, Mosaic District - Strawberry Park

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday
Address: 2911 District Ave, Merrifield, VA
Times: Thursday, 7pm; Sunday, 9am
Admission: Free
Free community Vinyasa flow yoga outside in Strawberry Park taught by Spark Yoga.

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Seafood Shack at Trummer's on Main

Jun 3 - Aug 7, Trummer's On Main

Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Address: 7134 Main Street, Clifton, VA
Times: 5:30pm - 9pm
Phone: (703) 266-1623

It's time to say goodbye to Burger Bar and say hello to summer, salt and sea with the new Trummer's Seafood Shack, popping up in our Gallery Room from June 3rd to August 7th!  

Our third floor is transforming into a casual seaside shack just in time for Summer! The restaurant will feature chef Austin's take on some popular dishes such as:

- Chicken Fried Oysters with Andouille Sausage Gravy

- Rock Shrimp Po'Boy with Fries

- Lobster Roll with Diablo Sauce

- Port City Pils Battered Codfish with Malt Vinegar Chips

The drink menu includes "Buckets o' Beer" to share, a

Seaside Margarita featuring a sea salt finishing spray and light crisp wines by the glass. 


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Take a Break Concert Series

Jun 12 - Aug 28, Lake Anne Plaza

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 11404 Washington Plaza W, Reston, VA
Times: 7pm - 9pm
Admission: Free
Take a Break with this outdoor concert series at Lake Anne Plaza. See website for weekly lineup.

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"Look At Me": An Art Exhibition on How Veterans View Themselves

Jun 20 - Jul 27, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: Free
Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for "Look at me", an exhibition on how veterans view themselves. Veterans and Service members were challenged to create a portrait of how they view themselves. All media was welcome; mixed media, photography, painting, print making techniques or sculpture. The art is as rich and varied as the identities of those serving today. While the show includes work by artists from all over the country, most contributors will be Active Duty Service Members recovering in the National Capital Region at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland and at Ft Belvoir Community Hospital in Ft Belvoir, Virginia. Public Opening Reception & Performance: Friday, June 20 at 7pm This exhibition is free and reservations are not required. For more information, please visit: http://workhousearts.org/events/visual-arts/look-me-how-veterans-view-themselves  

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Hunter Mill Melodies

Jun 26 - Aug 28, Kidwell Farm at Frying Pan Farm Park

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Contact: Yvonne Johnson
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: Free
Outdoor concerts at Frying Pan Farm Park run from 7:30 - 8:30pm, bring chairs or a blanket. For a complete list of the bands that'll be performing, go to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp. Lots to do while you’re at the park. Visit the farm animals, picnic and create wonderful family memories.

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Town Calendar Photography Exhibit

Jul 1 - Jul 27, ArtSpace Herndon

Recurring daily
Address: 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA
Phone: (703) 956-6590

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Chairman Bulova's "Evenings on the Ellipse" Summer Concerts & Wine Tastings

Jul 3 - Aug 28, Fairfax County Government Center "Ellipse"

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Contact: Christina Fullmer
Phone: (703) 324-2321
Admission: FREE
Enjoy food trucks, FREE wine tastings, picnic blankets, and great music? Stop by Chairman Sharon Bulova’s "Evenings on the Ellipse" Summer Concert Series, happening every Thursday evening on the Government Center lawn from 5:30pm to 7:00pm (July 3 – August 28, 2014). Whether you like jazz, big band, bluegrass, or Latin pop, there is sure to be something for everyone! So bring your lawn chairs, blankets, families and dates and get ready for some memorable Thursday evenings this summer!

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Farmers’ Market Fun Days, free children’s shows

Jul 17 - Aug 28, Town Green Herndon

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 10:30am
Phone: (703) 787-7300
Admission: Free

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A Tasting of Summer Wines

Jul 24, Trummer's On Main

Address: 7134 Main Street, Clifton, VA
Times: 6pm
Phone: (703) 266-1623
Admission: $25/person

Some wines just taste better in the summer! Join Diana Roderique for a fun tasting of two whites & two reds perfect for summer sipping. Tasting will include four wines plus a snack paired by chef Austin Fausett. $25/person Please call for reservations at 703-266-1623.


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Main Street Community Band Summer Concert

Jul 24, Veterans Amphitheater

Address: 10455 Armstrong Street, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8pm
Contact: Joanna Ormesher
Phone: (703) 352-2787
Admission: FREE
Come out and enjoy live music in the great outdoors! Main Street Community Band, an ensemble of the City of Fairfax Band Association, takes the stage at Veterans Amphitheater and plays music that the whole family will enjoy. (Weather permitting.)

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Taikoza: Japanese Drums and Dance

Jul 24, Wolf Trap Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods

Address: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 10:30 am
Phone: (703) 255-1900
Admission: $8
Thunderous Japanese Taiko drums and the magical sounds of bamboo flutes! A mesmerizing international group draws from Japan's rich heritage for a striking sensory performance.

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On-Going Events

Thursday Mornings with The Great Zucchini

Oct 17, Jammin Java

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA
Times: 10:30am
Contact: Jammin Java
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $5
The Great Zucchini, Washington's funniest and most magical PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN entertainer, performs a colorful magic show where every child is a star and guaranteed to laugh! Experience the excitement of the children when they get to learn a magic trick at the end of show! For over 12 years, The Great Zucchini has been entertaining young children as a magician and preschool teacher. He performs his hands-on, interactive magic shows to more that 250 groups a year. His experience, coupled with his gentle nature and wacky facial expressions, makes kids immediately feel comfortable and ready to laugh. The wonder of magic, silliness of comedy, and interactive nature of The Great Zucchini's show keeps children on the edge of their seats. Watch your kids' faces light up as they see things disappear and reappear. Watch how animated and excited the children get when they yell "Wake up Zucchini," when he accidentally falls asleep during the show or when he turns tissue paper into colorful rainbow streamers, or when his puppet, Ruffles the Rabbit, keeps coming out of the hat without The Great Zucchini noticing. This is "eye candy" magic comedy at its best. Have your cameras ready. You'll get some terrific pictures of the kids laughing the entire 40-minute show.


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Volunteers Needed - Phoenix Rising Meal Program

Mar 27 - Jul 24, Franconia United Methodist Church

Recurring monthly on the 4th Thursday
Address: 6037 Franconia Road, Alexandria, Virginia
Times: 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Contact: Ese
Phone: (703) 971-5151
Admission: Free
Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, is part of a group of churches that serves a nutritious bagged meal to homeless people living in the woods, their vehicles, and in motels along the Route One corridor between North Kings Highway and the Fairfax County Parkway in Alexandria. All ages can help prepare and assemble the bag lunches and assist in delivery. We deliver the meals the fourth Friday of the month at 5:30 pm, and we prepare the meals on the day before (Thursdays) at 6:30 pm. Contact us at 703 971-5151 or admin@franconiaumc.org. Website: http://www.franconiaumc.org/index.php/phoenix-rising/. We're at the corner of Beulah and Franconia, next to Franconia Elementary School, on Fairfax Connector buses 231, 232, and 310. Our 2014 schedule is Jan 23 & 24, Feb 27 & 28, Mar 27 & 28, Apr 24 & 25, May 22 & 23, Jun 26 & 27, Jul 24 & 25, Aug 21 & 22, Sep 25 & 26, Oct 23 & 24, Nov 25 & 28, and Dec 23 & 26.

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Garden and Landscape Tours

Apr 1 - Oct 31, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 11am - 12pm
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission.

 

This 45-minute guided tour examines Washington's brilliant design for the grounds at Mount Vernon. Visit the gardens he created, see some of the original trees that are still standing, and learn how he merged areas for work and leisure to create a master plan for his beloved home.


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Slave Life at Mount Vernon

Apr 1, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 2pm - 3pm
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission.

 

This 45-minute guided walking tour highlights the lives and contributions of the enslaved community who built and operated Mount Vernon, the plantation home of George and Martha Washington.

 

 


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Annandale Farmers Market

May 1 - Nov 6, Mason District Park

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA
Times: 8am-noon
Phone: (703) 642-0128
Admission: FREE
The Markets offer a wide variety of freshly picked fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers. There are also fresh eggs, baked goods, honey and cider to purchase. Milk and cheese products, along with a wide array of meat products, round out the edible delights. If gardening is an interest, many vendors have small plants at the beginning of the season, while other vendors have larger landscape plants for those ambitious projects.

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Fairfax Farmers Market

May 1 - Oct 30, Fairfax County Government Center

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 3pm - 7pm
Phone: (703) 642-0128
Admission: FREE
The Markets offer a wide variety of freshly picked fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers. There are also fresh eggs, baked goods, honey and cider to purchase. Milk and cheese products, along with a wide array of meat products, round out the edible delights. If gardening is an interest, many vendors have small plants at the beginning of the season, while other vendors have larger landscape plants for those ambitious projects.

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Herndon Farmers’ Market

May 1 - Nov 13, Historic Downtown Herndon

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 8am-12:30pm
Phone: (703) 787-7380
Admission: FREE
The Markets offer a wide variety of freshly picked fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers. There are also fresh eggs, baked goods, honey and cider to purchase. Milk and cheese products, along with a wide array of meat products, round out the edible delights. If gardening is an interest, many vendors have small plants at the beginning of the season, while other vendors have larger landscape plants for those ambitious projects.

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Tour George Washington's Library

Jul 2, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens - Fred W. Smith National Library

Recurring daily
Address: 3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 1:30pm - Check website for specific available dates.
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission.

This one-hour guided tour takes visitors through the main floor of the Fred W. Smith National Library. View rare books and manuscripts, special collections and art, research resources, and one-of-a-kind design details such as custom-created busts of the Founding Fathers.


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Sushi Thursdays

Jul 10, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA
Times: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

 

Watch as our expert guest Sushi Chef creates savory maki, sashimi and specialty rolls for guests delight. Enjoy drink specials and the luxury of creating your own sushi experience that will leave guests asking for more!


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Glass Unpolished: an Exhibition on Explorations of Time, Nature, and Technology

Jul 12 - Sep 7, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 11:00am to 6:00pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: Free
Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for a glass art exhibition entitled Glass Unpolished: Explorations of Time, Nature, and Technology from July 12th to Sept 7th. Three artists from Virginia and Maryland use glass as a means to dig into the conceptual nature of discovery, time, fiction and experiment. All expert glass workers, these artists dive into theoretical ideas and challenge the viewer’s notion of craftsmanship, media, narrative and beauty. Artists include Charlotte Potter, the Glass Studio Manager and Programing Director at Chrysler Museum of Art, Bohyun Yoon Professor of Glass at VCU School of Art and David D’Orio, a Co-Founder of DC GlassWorks located in Maryland. Public Opening Reception is July 12th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. This exhibition is free to the public and no tickets are required. For more information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/visual-arts/glass-unpolished-explorations-time-nature-and-technology

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Signs of Summer: Painters and Photographers

Jul 12 - Oct 11, League of Reston Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 10780 Parkridge Blvd (Parkridge 5), Reston, VA

The League of Reston Artists (LRA) invites artists and photographers to enter works for the "Signs of Summer" exhibit. The show runs from July 12 through October 11 and will include original painting, mixed media, two-dimensional hangable art, and photography. The exhibition will be at the Parkridge 5 Building, 10780 Parkridge Blvd., Reston, VA 20191.


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WGMU Summer Radio Camp

Jul 21 - Aug 1, George Mason University

Recurring every week day
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
WGMU, George Mason University's radio station hosts a summer camp every year designed for students in grades 6-12 to experience hands on training in a professional radio environment. Students will: -get a chance to be a deejay and play music over WGMU, broadcasting around the world from our web site! -learn from broadcast professionals how radio works! -learn how to write and produce a commercial and newscast. -attend a field trip to an area radio station to give students a "behind the scenes" look at radio. · Dates and times: July 21-25 and July 28-August 1, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm each day. Cost: $280 For more information or to enroll, call Rodger Smith at (703) 993-2874