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Calendar

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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La Sandia's Chile Relleno Festival

Aug 1 - Sep 16, La Sandia Tysons Corner

Recurring daily
Address: 7852L Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA
Times: all day
Phone: (703) 893-2222

Chile Relleno, or "stuffed chile," originated in Puebla, Mexico in the 16th century. Traditionally the dish calls for a poblano pepper that is stuffed, battered in egg or masa flour and fried. Today, the fillings, sauces, and even the peppers used in this dish can vary by region and personal taste. Chef Richard Sandoval introduces guests to La Sandia's 3rd Annual Chile Relleno Festival, where he puts a fresh, modern spin on this traditional dish with vibrant flavors, interesting ingredients and bold sauces. Check La Sandia's website for the menu.


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Family Fun Night with FANFARE Eatery

Sep 16, Fairfax Corner - FANFARE Eatery

Address: 4100 Monument Corner Dr, Fairfax, VA
Times: 5pm - 8pm
Bring the whole family to FANFARE Eatery for Fairfax Corner's Family Fun Night on September 16 from 5pm to 8pm!

Enjoy FANFARE Eatery's chicken wings for only 50 cents and kid's meal deals.

Fun for everyone including face painting, balloon artists, games and giveaways

Listen to live entertainment by Peter McCory, a lively and upbeat one-man-band, from 6pm-7pm

Receive information from the Fairfax County's Sheriff's Office on the Child ID program and receive an ID card for your child.


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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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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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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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Jeff Thompson exhibition: "Impossible in Another Form"

Aug 25 - Sep 19, George Mason University's Fine Art Gallery (Art and Design Building)

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Gallery hours: 9am-5pm. Artist lecture/reception: Sept. 10 at 1:30pm
Phone: (703) 993-8950
Admission: FREE

George Mason University's School of Art begins its fall exhibition season with Jeff Thompson's divergent spin on data visualization in his exhibition, "Impossible in Another Form," coming to the Fine Art Gallery in the Art and Design Building on Mason's Fairfax Campus from Aug. 25 through Sept. 19. An artist lecture and reception will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 1:30 p.m.

Thompson uses computer programming technologies, video projection and other digital media to create poetic and critical artworks with information mined from myriad digital devices, coding structures and data streams. Although based in the science and application of digital information analysis, Thompson's work does not seek to prove hypotheses or provide answers to complex problems; instead, it presents data as a raw artistic material capable of generating new visual forms and questioning the cultural value of digital information.


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DC Shorts Film Festival

Sep 11 - Sep 21, Angelika Film Center

Recurring daily
Address: 2911 District Ave (Lee Highway and Gallows Rd), Fairfax, VA
Times: Varies - see website
Phone: (202) 393-4266
Admission: Varies
For 11 years, the DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition has screened the world's top short films to audiences throughout the region. This year, we will showcase 135 films from 25 countries - including a special selection of short films by emerging Spanish Filmmakers. Hundreds of filmmakers and thousands of audience members will gather to mix, mingle and explore the art of short cinema.

The Angelika Film Center & Café, a state-of-the-art boutique cinema is located at Mosaic in Fairfax, Virginia. In the established Angelika tradition, the elegant and stylish eight screen cinema will exhibit the highest quality art, independent and specialty films in a cutting edge theatrical environment.


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Fall for the Book Festival

Sep 11 - Sep 18, Mulitiple Locations throughout Fairfax and DC

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Varies
Phone: (703) 993-3986
Admission: FREE
Novelists, poets, literary non-fiction writers, scholars and their good company descend upon GMU to enlighten the county with readings, talks and programs.

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Earth and Fire The 3rd Southeast Asian Ceramics Symposium

Sep 12 - Oct 19, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring daily
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: Free

Earth and Fire opens doors to collaboration among 35 leading ceramic artists of both East and West and the projection of possibilities for this encounter are endless.  This will mark the very first time that this group of Southeast Asian ceramic artists will have direct contact with an audience in the United States.

Ceramics has played an important role in the Southeast Asian (SEA) region, where daily life and the use of pottery have always been intertwined. Bound by geographic and cultural ties, 10 countries -- Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar – today make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a regional bloc formed to reduce conflicts and achieve harmony in that part of the world.

The 3rd Southeast Asian Ceramics Symposium entitled Earth and Fire will take place at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia.  The networking phase of this project was funded by the Asian Cultural Council in New York.  This conference will provide a meeting place for an exchange of ideas and cultural practices between these artists and the local artists, students, and scholars. The interaction would introduce the viewers to a variety of perspectives offered by different artists in today’s society. The view that art is important for the survival of humanity will prevail in the conference, which will also aid the region’s artists in the globalized appreciation of their work.

The exhibition will be on display in the Vulcan Gallery at the Workhouse Arts Center from September 12 – October 19. A public opening reception with food, music and short artist talks will take place on October 9, 6-8pm.

The culmination of the exhibit will be a three day symposium (Oct. 10-12, 2014), where 12 ceramic artists Thailand, Philippines, Singapore will demonstrate their techniques and present lectures. 


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TrummerFest!

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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