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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 17, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday
Address: 14390 Air & Space Museum Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 11:00am
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 activity. Story time will take place at 11:00 am and 11:30 am. Location changes depending on the book to provide the proper atmosphere for each story-telling experience, so ask at the Welcome Center for the day's Flights of Fancy location.

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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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Stories from Strawberry Park

Apr 8, Mosaic District - Strawberry Park

Recurring weekly on Tuesday
Address: 2911 District Ave, Merrifield, VA
Times: 10am
Admission: Free
Enjoy a live interactive performance each week taught by a group of unique storytellers. For ages 10 and under.

Held outside in Strawberry Park. In inclement weather story time will be held in Angelika Film Center.

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Cox Farms Fall Festival

Sep 27 - Nov 2, Cox Farms

Recurring daily
Address: 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA
Times: 10am-6pm (5pm in November)
Phone: (703) 830-4121
Northern Virginia's largest & most famous Fall Festival! Washington Post Editor's Choice: Cox Farms is "the Big Kahuna of farms with fall festivities in northern Virginia." Northern Virginia Magazine Award: 2009 Best of Nova Award 'Family Friendly Event'. We are celebrating more than 40 years of business for Cox Farms - join the fun and new additions! 5 giant slides, famous hayrides, rope swings, farm animals & their babies, CORNundrum© cornfield adventure, farm chores, kiddie zone, apples & cider, food, entertainment, over 90 acres of fun! Everyone gets a small patch pumpkin to take home FREE with paid admission. 

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Kingstowne Striders Weeknight Run

Sep 30 - Oct 30, Tuesday Landsdowne / Thursday Kingstowne

Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Thursday
Address: 5910 Kingstowne Towne Center, Alexandria, VA
Times: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Amelia Baldree
Phone: (202) 288-6221
Admission: Free with membership (Annual single membership just $20 and family membership is $35)
Kingstowne Striders hosts four weekly runs: two weekend runs and two weeknight runs. Tuesday runs start at Honest Soul Yoga (6470 Landsdowne Centre) at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday runs start on the plaza across from the Kingstowne Regal Cinema (5910 Kingstowne Towne Center, Alexandria, VA 22315) at 6:30 p.m. We will have distances of approximately 3 and 5 miles. As the sun sets earlier please bring a headlamp or flashlight.

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Pumpkin Patch

Oct 11 - Oct 31, St. Peter's in the Woods Episcopal Church

Recurring daily
Address: 5911 Fairview Woods Drive, Fairfax Station, VA 22039, VA
Phone: (703) 503-9210
Admission: Free
For Fall Fun Join Us – St. Peter’s in the Woods Episcopal Church All our Welcome! Pumpkin Patch Sales October 11th – 31st Pumpkins and Gourds of all sizes available for purchase St. Peter's in the Woods is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization; 100% of proceeds will benefit community outreach. Our pumpkins sales support the a Navajo Reservation in Farmington, NM. 5911 Fairview Woods Drive, Fairfax Station, VA 22039 (Corner of Burke Center Parkway and Route 123)

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Crys Matthews with Owen Danoff and Steve Poltz

Oct 21, Jammin Java

Address: 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA
Times: 7:30pm
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $15
North Carolina native and Virginia resident Crys Matthews has been performing professionally since 2008. She has shared the bill with artists ranging from the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams to regional favorites like Xenia Sky and Mission South. Matthews just released her third full-length album called Come What May. A departure both musically and lyrically from her earlier works, this album bridges the gap between contemporary folk and Americana with simple, honest storytelling set to great music that helps you feel every word. From the title track (a love song, sparked by a furlough) to "You Remind Me" (three love stories rolled up into a history lesson), Come What May is a beautiful and heartfelt commentary on the belief that the personal is political and the political is personal.

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World Series Viewing Party

Oct 21 - Oct 29, America Eats Tavern

Recurring daily
Address: 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, VA
Phone: (703) 744-3999
Join us at our bar to view all of the games for The World Series. We will provide peanuts and house made cracker jacks!

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On-Going Events

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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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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Historical Site & Wine Tasting Tour

Aug 7, The Winery at Bull Run

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 15950 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA
Times: M-F, 11:30am & 1pm; Sat & Sun, 11am, 12pm, & 2pm
Phone: (703) 815-2233
Admission: $25 for 40-minute tour & 9-wine tasting
The Winery at Bull Run is now offering a historical site tour and tasting 7-days a week. TWABR's roots are woven throughout monumental times in the Civil War and other parts of American history. Enjoy a full 9-wine tasting while exploring the remarkable Hillwood Ruins & our vivacious vineyard along with the stunning surrounding battlegrounds & vistas seen from the property. Get hands on with some of the recovered battleground relics and enjoy a true taste of our history... & of course our award winning wines!


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Sep 16 - Oct 30, Trummer's On Main

Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Address: 7134 Main Street, Clifton, VA
Times: 5:30pm - 9pm
Our popular Austrian Oktoberfest pop up restaurant returns on Tuesday and will be open until October 30th! Join us for authentic Austrian dishes from Stefan Trummer's childhood in collaboration with chef Austin Fausett's experience cooking in Vienna, Austria. The menu features the ever popular Wiener Schnitzel served with Austrian potato salad and lingonberry jam
as well as a traditional Tafelspitz which is boiled beef served with spinach and apple horseradish cream and is known as the "National Dish of Austria". Reservations are recommended as we cannot guarantee a table without a reservation.

Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 5:30pm - 9pm.

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Halloween Music & Light Show

Oct 1 - Oct 31, Creepy Nights on Calamo

Recurring daily
Address: 7104 Calamo Street, Springfield, Virginia
Times: Sunset through 9:30pm (weeknights); through 10:30pm (Fri & Sat)
Contact: Hauntmasters Chris or Catherine
Phone: (202) 744-8276
Admission: FREE, but any canned or non-perishable food donations will be gratefully accepted to support the food bank for local charity E.C.H.O.
For 2014:

Nightly during October - Back by popular demand - the Halloween Music & Light Show! Details on the light show here. Listen to the speakers out front or on your car radio on FM 91.1.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Friday October 31 7:00-10PM.


We're located on Calamo Street in Springfield Virginia; just south of DC and about a mile from the 395/495/95 "mixing bowl".

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"Side-by-Side in Europe: Two Artists, Two Views, One Subject" by Jerry Lewis & Mohsen Alashmoni

Oct 14 - Oct 31, Hunters Woods Exhibit

Recurring daily
Address: 2310 Colts Neck Rd, Reston, VA
Times: 9am-9pm
Phone: (703) 476-4500
Two artists, one from Reston and the other from Egypt, will approach the same subject from viewpoints influenced by different religions, culture, and nationalities.

Annual ArtReston Regional Fine Art Exhibit

Oct 14 - Nov 3, Jo Ann Rose Gallery

Recurring daily
Address: 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA
Times: 9am-9pm
An exhibit of two-dimensional paintings and mixed media art from members of the League of Reston Artists.

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Fine Art Mosaics Exhibit: Anita Bucsay Damron

Oct 14 - Oct 31, Reston Corner One

Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 120001 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA
Times: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm; Saturday, 8am-12pm
Beautiful glass mosaics are inspired by the tapestries of Gurut and Rajasthani India, and created with Italian glass, Czech and Austrian crystals, 24k gold and more.

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4th Annual La Sandia "Mole" Festival

Oct 15 - Nov 30, La Sandia Mexican Kitchen

Recurring daily
Address: 7852L Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA
Join us as we celebrate everything Mole. Offering bold sauces with rich, complex flavor profiles, this festival will soon be your new favorite. 

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Great Pumpkin Gathering

Oct 16 - Nov 1, Town Square at Tysons II

Recurring daily
Address: 8025 Galleria Drive, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 6pm - 10pm
Follow up a visit to Tysons Harvest Festival with this inspired display. Artisan pumpkin carvers showcase a dazzling display of pumpkin art beyond your wildest imagining. Humorous, beautiful, terrifying, and just plain terrific, the dozens of different faces you'll see are sure to spark your creativity. Your kids are going to love these. Look out, Charlie Brown. These are some truly great pumpkins. Displays change daily. From Oct. 16-Nov. 1, 6 pm to 10 pm.

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Tuesday Night at the Movies: "Breathing Earth"

Oct 21, RCC Hunters Woods - The CenterStage

Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Contact: Paul Douglas Michnewicz
Phone: (703) 390-6167
Admission: FREE

Free • Drop-in • 18 Years and Older; Breathing Earth:

Susumu Shingu’s Dream World famous Japanese artist and architect Susumu Shingu sculpts the winds and follows them in search of a resting place, a wind powered home, for his long, lifetime dream of Breathing Earth. He talks with nature through his sculptures. His lifelong dialogue with the wind and with water has given the world uniquely beautiful works of fluid, unpredictable and ever changing movement. Susumu renders visible the veiled and the unseen and opens to us new perspectives. Film director Thomas Riedelsheimer accompanies this quiet and unassuming man in pursuit of a dream, a quest to create an awareness of our planet, our breathing earth and our human values. Breathing Earth is a film about the wind, the philosophy of a wise person, about art and love and dreams. The film won the Jury Award at the 32nd International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) in Montreal in March 2014. This movie is presented in collaboration with the Initiative for Public Art – Reston (IPAR).

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