Fairfax County Events

Events

Upcoming Fairfax County, Virginia Events 

We have the latest information on what to do while staying in Fairfax, VA. Our updated events listings for Virginia provide travelers and visitors with the latest details for upcoming festivals, concerts, art performances, sporting events, and more. 

Visit our events calendar to browse events by category and date. We're sure that no matter what, you'll find something entertaining to do.

 

Featured Events

39th Annual Virginia Wine Festival

Sep 13 - Sep 14, Great Meadows

Recurring daily
Address: 5089 Old Tavern Rd, The Plains, VA
Times: 11am-6pm Both Days
Phone: (888) VA-FESTS
Admission: General admission, $30 in advance & $35 at the gate
Virginia Wine Festival has become a Grand Commonwealth Tradition and a wine enthusiasts' paradise.  Begun in 1975 by an industrious group of grape-growing individuals calling themselves the Vinifera Wine Growers Association, now known as the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association, this 36th annual wine festival began as a way to introduce and educate the populace about the merits of Virginia wine. Since those early beginnings, Virginia has grown in stature to become the 5th state in US wine production, and the Virginia Wine Festival has grown to become the #1 tasting event in Virginia-featuring over 400 varieties of wine, paired with gourmet food offerings, a juried arts show, and unbeatable musical entertainment.

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Air and Scare

Oct 25, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Address: 14390 Air & Space Museum Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Phone: (703) 572-4118
Admission: Free, Parking $15
See the spooky side of air and space at our annual Halloween event! Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. The tiniest visitors can check out the Tot Zone to play dress-up and hear a story. Pose for a photo with your favorite Star Wars or Ghostbusters character. Air & Scare is fun for the whole family!

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Great Falls Studios Holiday Show and Sale

Dec 13 - Dec 14, Wolf Trap Center for Education

Recurring daily
Address: 1645 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA
Admission: FREE

Great Falls Studios presents Great Falls Annual Holiday Art Show and  Sale. This annual show includes paintings, pottery, traditional and  digital photographs, jewelry, drawings, art quilts, and hand pulled  lithographic prints, plus artful gifts and cards. All of the artwork  is created by Great Falls artists, most of whom work out of their  home studios.


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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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First Saturday Brewery Open House

Feb 1 - Dec 6, Mad Fox Brewing Company

Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday
Address: 444 W. Broad St, Suite I, Falls Church, VA
Times: Tours start around 12pm
Join a brewer to learn about and get a behind-the-scenes look at our brewing process. Scheduled for Noon, 2 and 4 PM, tours last approximately one-hour and are available on first-come, first-serve basis for up to 15 guests per session. Sign up available at host stand the day of the event.

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Friday Mornings with Rocknoceros

Feb 7 - Dec 26, Jammin Java

Recurring weekly on Friday
Address: 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA
Times: 10:30am
Contact: Jammin Java
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $5
As every family with youngsters in the DC area already knows, Rocknoceros (pronounced like rhinoceros) is three guys: Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie, who make wildly popular, award-winning music for the whole family. The three Rocknoceros bandmates "grew up" (if they ever did) in Northern Virginia. Boggie and Coach, best friends since they were four years old, remember endlessly spinning Beatles records in Boogie's suburban bedroom while "waiting for Williebob" who appeared on the scene in high school. The three have been making music ever since, although it wasn't until 20 years later in 2005, when Coach Cotton was raising young'uns of his own, that the inspiration for Rocknoceros finally crystallized. Rocknoceros has since dominated the Washington, DC children's music scene and gained significant national recognition as well...

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Cigar Bar and Swagger Fridays

Feb 21, Paradise Springs Winery

Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday
Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: 5pm - 9pm
Phone: (703) 830-9463

Join us every 3rd Friday of the month for Swagger Friday and Cigar Bar. Cigar bar on our front patio and our fortified port style wine, Swagger, poured by the glass. Complimentary tasting with every cigar or Swagger clothing purchase.


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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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Through My Eyes Tour at Mount Vernon

Mar 1 - Dec 28, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 1:30pm
Admission: $5 per tour, in addition to regular Estate admission.

 

Step back in time for a 45-minute immersive experience. Join people from Washington's world, like his granddaughter, personal secretary, or farm manager, as they go about their daily activities, making several stops along the way.

 


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"Flights of Fancy" - Stories for Children

Mar 11 - Dec 18, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
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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Dinner for the Washingtons Walking Tour

Apr 5 - Oct 26, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, VA
Times: 12pm - 1pm
Phone: (703) 780-2000
Admission: $5 in addition to Estate admission

 

This one-hour walking tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the Mansion's basement. The tour will end in Mount Vernon's greenhouse with a special tasting. 


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Saving Mount Vernon Tour

Apr 5 - Oct 26, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Admission: $5 in addition to Estate admission: $17 adults; $8 children (6-11); free for children 5 & under.

 

During this one-hour tour, visit the rarely seen Mansion basement and wander the historic area to learn of the heroics of the estate’s caretakers during the Civil War, and the robust efforts of many over the century and a half that followed.

 


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Architecture in the Afternoon Tours

Apr 6 - Oct 5, Gunston Hall

Recurring monthly on the 1st Sunday
Address: 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck, VA
Times: 2pm
Phone: (703) 550-9220
Admission: Regular admission.

This 90-minute tour explores the Mansion's exterior and interior, including the cellar. View the master work of carpenter William Buckland and carver William Bernard Sears up close.


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First Sunday Jazz Brunch

Apr 6, Bazin's on Church

Recurring monthly on the 1st Sunday
Address: 111 Church St, NW, Vienna, VA
Times: 11am - 2pm
Phone: (703) 255-7212

Bring your friends and family for a wonderful Sunday Brunch Bazin's style while grooving to jazz. Reservations recommended, as these brunches fill up quickly.


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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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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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Gunston Hall Conversations

Apr 13 - Oct 12, Gunston Hall

Recurring monthly on the 2nd Sunday
Address: 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck, VA
Times: 12pm - 4pm
Phone: (703) 550-9220
Admission: Regular admission.

George Mason's family, friends and servants discuss politics, play games, and perform domestic skills in 18th-century Virginia. The mini-program varies each session.


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Architecture in the Afternoon Tours

Apr 20 - Oct 19, Gunston Hall

Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday
Address: 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck, VA
Times: 2pm
Phone: (703) 550-9220
Admission: Regular admission.

This 90-minute tour explores the Mansion's exterior and interior, including the cellar. View the master work of carpenter William Buckland and carver William Bernard Sears up close.


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Sunday Night Jazz

Apr 20, Il Fornaio

Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday
Address: Reston Town Center, Reston, VA
Times: 6pm - 9pm
Phone: (703) 437-5544
Enjoy live jazz the last two Sundays of every month.

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Gunston Hall Conversations

Apr 27 - Oct 26, Gunston Hall

Recurring monthly on the 4th Sunday
Address: 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck, VA
Times: 12pm - 4pm
Phone: (703) 550-9220
Admission: Regular admission.

George Mason's family, friends and servants discuss politics, play games, and perform domestic skills in 18th-century Virginia. The mini-program varies each session.


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Sunday Night Jazz

Apr 27, Il Fornaio

Recurring monthly on the last Sunday
Address: Reston Town Center, Reston, VA
Times: 6pm - 9pm
Phone: (703) 437-5544
Enjoy live jazz the last two Sundays of every month.

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Reston Farmers Market

May 3 - Nov 8, Lake Anne Village Center

Recurring weekly on Saturday
Address: 11406 North Shore Drive, Reston, 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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Mosaic Central Farm Market

May 4 - Sep 28, Mosaic District

Recurring weekly on Sunday
Address: 2911 District Ave, Merrifield, VA
Times: 9am - 2pm
Admission: Free
A weekly farmer's market with over 30 vendors offering fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and other local products.

Vendors:

Ah Love Oil & Vinegar, Bee Chic Naturals, Bending Bridge Farm, Betty's Chips & Salsa, Capital Teas, Doctor Dread's Jerk, Dress it up Dressing, Giradot's Crumbs, Good Gardener, Hook by MediterraFISH, I Heart Butter, KarenKay's Cakes, Liberty Delight Farms, MeatCrafters, Nicecream, Nina's Pantry, Number 1 Sons, Oh! Mercy Hot Sauce, Old Town Suds, Out of the Bubble Bakery, Pinch Dumplings, Pleitez Produce, Pure Pastry Co., Rita's Crepes, Robb's Edge Express, Springfield Farm, Stonyman Gourmet Farmer, Sweet Belly Cookies, The Farm at Our House, Toigo Orchards, Twin Springs Fruit Farm, Two Acre Farm, Westmoreland Berry Farm, Westmoreland Produce


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Lake Anne Summer Film Festival

May 11 - Sep 14, Lake Anne Plaza

Recurring monthly on the 2nd Sunday
Address: 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA
Times: Sundown (8PM)
Contact: Maurisa Turner Potts
Phone: (703) 501-6289
Admission: Free
Lake Anne Plaza is pleased to announce the return of its Summer Film Festival. This year’s mini-film festival will take place the second Sunday of every month starting this year in May through September - transforming the Plaza into a free outdoor movie theatre. The festival will kick off on Mother’s Day evening (Sunday, May 11th) with an appropriate themed movie for this special day – Mamma Mia! Treat the special ladies in your life to a fun sing along movie on opening night! This year’s movie categories include Date Night, Family, Retro, and Classic. Grab a date, the family or a group of friends, bring the lawn chairs and a picnic and enjoy flicks under the stars. SCHEDULE: MAY 11 - MAMMA MIA! (MOTHER’S DAY) JUNE 8- UP (FAMILY) JULY 13 - BREAKFAST CLUB (RETRO) AUG 10 - CASABLANCA (CLASSIC) SEPT 14 SKYFALL $300 (DATE NIGHT) What: Lake Anne Summer Film Festival When: Second Sunday Every Month (May-September) Where: Lake Anne Plaza (Waterfront) - 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA 20190 Time: Sundown (8PM ish) Check the Lake Anne Plaza website for approximate sundown times each night. Website: www.lakeanneplaza.com Cost: Free Weather: Rain or Shine About Lake Anne Plaza Lake Anne Plaza is the historic “heart and soul” of Reston, Virginia and the center of local living in our community. Reminiscent of a European coastal village where people live, work and play, this spectacular community nestled around a lake, is one of the few places in Northern Virginia where you can dine or shop at independently owned establishments. From our fine restaurants to unique boutiques to the seasonal Farmer’s Market, Lake Anne Plaza embodies the best of living local. A destination spot for residents and visitors alike, Lake Anne prides itself on being internationally recognized as one of the finest examples of the modern planned community. Lake Anne architecture has graced the cover of dozens of national and international magazines. www.lakeanneplaza.com

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Farmers Market every Wednesday at the Workhouse Arts Center

May 14 - Nov 5, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring weekly on Wednesday
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: Free
On Saturday, May 14th from 3:00pm to 7:00pm, the Farmers Market returns to the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA. The Farmers Market will run every Wednesday until November 5th. For more information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/general-events/workhouse-farmers-market-4

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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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Epicurience Virginia

Aug 29 - Sep 1, Morven Park

Recurring daily
Address: 17263 Southern Planter Ln, Leesburg, VA
Times: Grand Tasting Event: Saturday, 12pm-6pm
Admission: $85 - $150
Epicurience Virginia, the Grand Tasting is a culinary adventure like no other in the heart of DC's Wine Country. During this day-long edible showcase at historic Morven Park, savor Virginia's finest wine and cuisine, attend wine seminars and watch notable chefs including Nathalie Dupree cook up culinary creations in the chef demonstration tent. New this year, attendees have a chance to win the Ultimate Winemaker Experience by participating in a wine blending competition where they create a unique wine with the help of a Loudoun winemaker.
Additional culinary events will take place throughout the weekend at Loudoun's wineries and historic estates including wine and cocktail pairing dinners, farm-to-table picnics and the opening night event at the Marshall House where attendees can meet Dupree, farmers and winemakers to learn how Virginia's unique products get from farm to fork and vine to glass.

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JamBrew

Aug 29 - Sep 26, Town Green Herndon

Recurring weekly on Friday
Address: 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 6-10pm
Phone: (703) 674-0589

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Labor Day Weekend at Paradise Springs Winery

Aug 29 - Sep 1, Paradise Springs Winery

Recurring daily
Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: Normal business hours
Phone: (703) 830-9463

Join us Labor Day weekend for a great time at the winery.

Rocklands BBQ sandwiches offered all weekend long starting at noon on Friday. $12.99 for a pulled pork BBQ sandwich with potato salad and cole slaw. Available while supplies last.

LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE:
Friday - California Bob (2pm-6pm)
Saturday - George Dacre & Pam Logan (2-6pm)
Sunday - 2nd Story Duo (2-6pm)

BACON TASTING - In honor of National Bacon Day we will host a Bacon & Wine Tasting/Pairing on Saturday. See below for details.

MOVIE NIGHT - Join us as we will be showing "Forest Gump" on Saturday starting at 8pm on our lawn.

CAR SHOW - We will be open for regular business on Labor Day. Please note that the annual Labor Day Car show will take place in the town of Clifton from 8am-3pm and the main roads through the town of Clifton will be closed. Entrance to the winery can be taken via Clifton road from the Fairfax Station side. Please call for directions.

 

 


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15th Annual Clifton Labor Day Car Show

Sep 1, Historic Clifton

Address: Main Street, Clifton, VA
Times: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Contact: Jim Chesley
Phone: (703) 830-2129
Admission: FREE

The Clifton Labor Day Car Show is an open show featuring street rods, foreign, customs, antiques, trucks, muscle cars, motorcycles and more!Join us on September 1st, 2014 in historic Clifton, Virginia, and enjoy great cars, food, and music. There will be raffles as well as "Participant Pick" awards and specialty trophies. The first 250 show vehicles receive dash plaques. Free to spectators so please consider a donation!


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Herndon Labor Day Festival

Sep 1, Historic Downtown Herndon

Address: 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 12-6pm
Contact: Herndon Parks and Recreation
Phone: (703) 787-7300
Admission: Wine and Microwbrew Tastings and Entertainment - $20; Entertainment Only (no alcohol) - $10
Join us in downtown Herndon for the 26th annual Labor Day Festival which includes great music, a craft show, food, twelve wineries and micro-brews and culinary demonstrations. Sorry, no pets allowed.

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Labor Day with Rocknoceros

Sep 1, Jammin Java

Address: 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA
Times: 10:30am
Contact: Jammin Java-Mei
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $5
As every family with youngsters in the DC area already knows, Rocknoceros (pronounced like rhinoceros) is three guys: Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie, who make wildly popular, award-winning music for the whole family.

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Cirque Italia

Sep 3 - Sep 7, Sudley Manor Shopping Center

Recurring daily
Address: 7807 Sudley Rd, Manassas, VA
Times: 7:30pm, 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm
Contact: office.cirqueitalia@gmail.com
Phone: (941) 704-8572
Admission: See website.
Many people dream of visiting Europe one day, and immersing themselves into its culture. Now, you will have the chance to experience a traditional event enjoyed in every village, town, and city across the “Old World:” A GENUINE, EUROPEAN TRAVELING CIRCUS WITH A UNIQUE FEATURE NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE IN AMERICA. Cirque Italia has gathered circus performers from around the world for this year’s production. The Cirque Italia owner decided to start a NEW CONCEPT in America with a TRAVELING 35,000 GALLON WATER STAGE!!! This 40 foot Broadway circular style stage is 4 feet high and contains 35,000 gallons of water inside. During the show, audience members will be surprised when the lid lifts up to 35 feet in the air while a CURTAIN OF RAIN AND FOUNTAINS DANCE WITH EACH PERFORMANCE MOVE!

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The Nth Power + The Heard

Sep 3, Jammin Java

Address: 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA
Times: 8:00pm
Contact: Jammin Java-Mei
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $13-$18
Few artists pack as much punch in a five-piece, all-analog ensemble as The Nth Power. The formula starts with drummer Nikki Glaspie (Dumpstaphunk, Beyoncé)’s deep pocket, explosive energy and silky vocals, compounded by bassist Nate Edgar (John Brown’s Body), whose quiet confidence lies in perfect contrast to the emphatic, funky low-end he creates. Next, the unmistakable vocals of Nigel Hall (Lettuce, Warren Haynes Band) and his innate ability to preach with a keyboard hit the groove in full force. Over the top comes Nick Cassarino (Jennifer Hartswick Band, The Shift), oozing more soul in one finger than most guitarists could create in a lifetime, and with a voice that immediately wraps the room in sex appeal. West African djembe master Weedie Braimah (Toubab Krewe, Kreative Pandemonium) is the final X-factor, creating a rhythmic symphony that completes the equation with resounding finesse.

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Gipsy Kings with Special Guest Ole' Noys

Sep 4, Wolf Trap – The Filene Center

Address: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 8 PM
Phone: 1-877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $35-$50
Get ready to rumba to the explosive guitar rhythms of flamenco’s reigning royal family!

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ChalkFest at Reston Town Center

Sep 5 - Sep 6, Reston Town Center

Recurring daily
Address: 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA
Times: Fri. 12pm-11pm, Sat. 7am-4:30pm
Contact: Anne Delaney
Phone: (703) 467-9797
Admission: $15-$20
Taking place rain or shine, a two-day ChalkFest--held on Reston Town Center’s Market Street, between Library and Presidents streets--will be open Friday, Sept. 5, noon to 11 p.m. to professional artists, company team-building teams and sponsors. On Saturday, Sept. 6, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., ChalkFest will be open to everyone of all ages and artistic abilities. In addition to the sheer joy of creating street-art with chalk, cash prizes will be offered in various categories. To register and for more details on participation fees, prizes, rules and sponsorships, visit IPAR’s website at http://www.publicartreston.org/get-involved/special-events/chalkfest-at-reston-town-center/, email info@publicartreston.org or call 703-467-9797.

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Cirque Dreams - Jungle Fantasy

Sep 5 - Sep 6, Wolf Trap – The Filene Center

Recurring daily
Address: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: Friday, 8 PM; Saturday, 7:30 PM
Phone: 1-877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25-$50
Animalistic acrobatics abound in a musical jungle adventure hailed as “the grandest circus spectacle east of Vegas.”—New York Magazine

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Old Town Plaza Series-Alte Kameraden

Sep 5, Old Town Plaza

Address: 3955 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7pm
Contact: Joanna Ormesher
Phone: (703) 352-2787
Admission: FREE
Alte Kamerdan German Band, an ensemble of the City of Fairfax Band Association, performs in the Old Town Plaza Series. Come out and enjoy the shops and restaurants at Old Town Plaza, along with live music! (Weather permitting.)

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All About Bats Campfire

Sep 6, Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Address: 7701 Royce St, Annandale, VA
Times: 7-8pm
Phone: (703) 941-1065
Admission: $6
Look for bats from 7-8pm. Learn fun facts and hear an American Indian story of how bats got their wings. You can also toast marshmallows. 

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Cabaret Series: Hot, Hot, Hot!

Sep 6 - Sep 7, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring daily
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: Saturday, 8pm-10pm; Sunday, 1pm-3pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: $30 General, $25 Students, Seniors, Military
During the Dog Days of Summer, escape the heat with some "cool cabaret". Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for the Cabaret Series: Hot, hot, hot! Temperatures rise as our trio of "sultry sirens of song" take over the stage in a "slightly-naughty night" of music and laughter. Featured returning vocalists will light up the stage and heat up the night! Join us for a journey through Broadway's "red light district", featuring music from Chicago, Cabaret, Sweet Charity and many more. For tickets and information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/performing-arts/cabaret-series-hot-hot-hot-0

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Lecture on Insurance for Artists: Simple ways to insure your artwork.

Sep 6, Workhouse Arts Center

Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 10:00am
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: Free
The Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA will be hosting Jamie B. Gregory, Underwriter for the Fine Art and Museums Markel Insurance Company, to give a talk on insurance for artists. Underwriting began around the same time Shakespeare was entertaining the citizens of London. While artistic methods, mediums and techniques have changed, insurance has changed with it. Artist insurance covers your work as it is being created, once completed, shipped, displayed and sold. With a goal to educate - Jamie will walk you through a standard Artist coverage form, as well as the importance and cost effective ways to become insured, so you have an important tool in your studio: knowledge. The talk is free, but RSVP is required. For more information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/visual-arts/insurance-artists-simple-ways-insure-your-artwork

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Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Stars

Sep 6, Jammin Java

Address: 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA
Times: 10:30am
Contact: Jammin Java-Mei
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: Family 4-pack $25 | GA $8
Mr. Gabe performs nursery rhymes, folk songs, and modern favorites (such as “Yellow Submarine” and “La Bamba”) for children, ages zero to six. He appears regularly at schools, libraries, and cafés in and around Washington, DC. He recently released his first CD, entitled Play Date, which received a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and was nominated for a Washington Area Music Award.

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National Capital Cat Show

Sep 6 - Sep 7, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 9am-4pm
Admission: Adults, $10; Children under 12 & Seniors over 60, $6; Family of 5, $30
One of the largest CFA Cat Shows in the United States. Spend two days visiting with as many as 450 cats and kittens from around the U.S and the world. Vendors galore offer cat products, jewelry, food, and artwork. Come see up to 40 different breeds of cats, including this year's featured breeds, the Burmese and Maine Coon! Learn about cats and what goes on at a cat show; special presentations will be held throughout the weekend explaining judging procedures and features of each breed, as well as choosing a pet cat or kitten, teaching your cat how to do tricks or take a run on the agility course, photographing cats, and many other topics. Pet-me cats will be on hand to purr-sonally promote their breeds and make sure everyone has a great time! Check our website for presentation times and more information.

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NOVA Brew Bus

Sep 6, Mad Fox Brewing Company & various other breweries

Address: 444 W. Broad St, Suite I, Falls Church, VA
Times: 11am - 6pm
Admission: $55/person (includes lunch)

Reston Limousine is rolling out a new brewery tour focusing on Northern Virginia breweries! Guests will enjoy behind-the-scenes tours and tastings at craft breweries including Mad Fox Brewing Co., Port City Brewing Co. and the newly opened Forge Brew Works!

You’ll start the trip with a tour, tasting, and lunch at Mad Fox Brewing Co., where “the food is worthy of matching those brews,” according to The Washington Post.Our next stop is Port City Brewing Co., which recently took home several medals at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. Final stop is Forge Brew Works, where you’ll sample some of the latest beers from rocket scientist-turned-brewer Matt Rose.

Choose your closest pickup location and relax as you get a taste of the Northern Virginia brew scene without worrying about driving, traffic, or parking! Bring your growler to fill at any of the breweries or purchase one.


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Trummers Food Bar

Sep 6, Paradise Springs Winery

Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: 12pm - 6pm
Phone: (703) 830-9463

Local restaurant Trummer's on Main (James Beard award nominee) will be partnering up with Paradise Springs to offer a weekly Sandwich / Salad bar at the winery. Each week, a new sandwich / salad option created and prepared by Chef Austin Fawcett will be paired with a Paradise Springs wine and available for purchase.

Join us on 9/6 to help launch this creative food and wine pairing/offering at the winery!

 

 


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Virginia Indian Festival

Sep 6, Riverbend Park

Address: 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA
Times: 10am - 4pm
Phone: (703) 759-9018
Admission: $5
Tribal dancing, songs and drumming make history come alive each September at the Virginia Indian Festival at Riverbend Park. This year's festival will offer greater opportunities to enlighten and delight the entire family.

Members of eight tribes native to the commonwealth will take to the banks of the Potomac River for the annual celebration of Indian culture featuring tribal dancing, rhythmic drumming, pottery, crafts, food and lots of hands-on, family-friendly activities. Visitors can try their hand at using chopping tools to help build a dug-out canoe from a massive log, or taking aim and hitting the mark with an arrow loosed from a bow on the archery range, or throwing spears using an atlatl.

The family event has grown each year since it was inspired nearly two decades ago by the misinformation about Indian culture and history that seemed prevalent among visitors. So the Riverbend Park staff decided to organize the Virginia Indian Festival to give visitors a first-hand opportunity to learn about the culture.


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Workhouse Arts Center Education Open House

Sep 6, Workhouse Arts Center

Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: Free
The Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA cordially invites one and all to the Annual Education Open House on Saturday, Sept 6th where you can explore what a creative arts education is all about! The event is FREE and open to the public. Come and explore multiple arts media, talk one-on-one with our amazing studio art educators, and as a special bonus receive a 10% discount on registration for any fall or winter class of your choice. Activities will include live demonstrations by studio artists and educators, mini-workshops for all ages, face-painting for the kiddies, and of course you’re invited to tour our studio art galleries and exhibition spaces. Mark your calendars for this family-fun arts experience! For more information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/general-events/workhouse-education-open-house-1

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ZOSO: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience

Sep 6, The State Theatre

Address: 220 North Washington Street, Falls Church, Virginia
Times: 9pm
Phone: (703) 237-0300
Admission: $17
Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. For Zoso, it's much more than just being a tribute. It's about touching a golden era in music. Zoso embodies Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in their spirit, tightly-wound talent and authenticity.

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Arcadia's 2014 Fall Harvest Dinner

Sep 7, Arcadia Farm at Woodlawn

Address: 9000 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA
Times: 3pm - 7pm
Admission: $175
Arcadia and Chef William Morris of Vermilion Restaurant invite you to a Farm-to-Table Dinner on the lawn of historic Woodlawn Mansion to support and celebrate the launch of Arcadia's new Veteran Farmer Program. Chef Morris has gathered an all-star team of six local chefs including Haidar Karoum of Estadio, Proof Restaurant and Doi Moi; Jonah Kim; Danny Lee of Mandu; Tiffany MacIsaac of Buttercream Bakeshop; and Jesse Miller of Café Saint-Ex to reinvent classic barbecue dishes for a spectacular, four-course, family-style dining experience. If you haven't attended one of our dinners, you're in for a treat: the freshest produce and meat our region has to offer -much of it grown at Arcadia- all expertly prepared on-site by an incredibly talented team of chefs.

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Colbie Caillat Gypsy Heart Tour

Sep 7, Wolf Trap – The Filene Center

Address: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00pm
Contact: Philip Cangelosi
Phone: 703-255-1900 ext 1729
Admission: $30.00 - $100.00
Grammy Award-winning “Bubbly” pop star charms with carefree tunes such as “Realize” and “Brighter Than the Sun.” Don’t miss Caillat’s June EP release, Gypsy Heart – Side A, including “Try,” co-written with R&B legend Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.

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DanceArtTheater presents "Heart Thoughts"

Sep 7, BalletNova in Studio Performance Space

Address: 3443 Carlin Springs Rd, Falls Church, VA 22041
Times: 2pm
Contact: Meredith Barnes
Phone: (757) 332-4318
Admission: Free
DanceArtTheater presents "Heart Thoughts" and other works. This is DanceArtTheater's premiere performance. DanceArtTheater is a new professional dance company based in Fairfax County. This performance is a result of a School Assembly Project designed to encourage young adults to stay positive and inspire them to look forward to their future.

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Purge and Replant Garden Tour and Program

Sep 7, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Address: 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA
Times: 11:00 a.m.
Contact: Jules Maloney
Phone: (703) 255-3631
Admission: Free with paid garden admission ($2.50-$5.00)
Enjoy an informative garden tour, led by Horticulturalist Keely Shaughnessy, to identify common weeds and invasive plants and discover each weed’s offenses. Under the guidance of Horticulturalist Debbie Humphreys, participants will identify and remove weeds from one of Meadowlark’s natural areas. Information on plants to add to your garden once weeds are removed will be provided. This program is free with paid admission to the Garden. Reservations are requested. For reservations, please contact Meadowlark Botanical Gardens at 703-255-3631 x103 or jmaloney@nvrpa.org.

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Vino Vinyasa Yoga at the Vineyard

Sep 7, Paradise Springs Winery

Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: 12:15pm

Join us for yoga at the vineyard led by yoga extraordinaire Georgia Gerstein (voted by Washingtonian Magazine as the #1 yoga instructor in the DC area). Georgia will be hosting a daytime retreat at Paradise Springs to include a 60 min yoga session/class, healthy mindful catering food, and wine tasting post yoga class.

For pricing and potentially transportation options from Washington DC, please contact Georgia directly at GG@ggyoga.com .

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D-Day thru the Battle of the Bulge 70th Anniversary - Presented by Jim Lewis

Sep 8, Great Falls Library

Address: 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA
Times: 7pm-9pm
Admission: FREE

Join local historian Jim Lewis as he speaks about WWII focusing on D-Day through the Battle of the Bulge.  The D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 were one of the most significant moments of the Second World War, and marked the point when the combined military force of the Western allies were finally brought to bear fully against Germany. The landings were the largest single day amphibious assault in history, with 156,000 men. Support included 11,590 aircraft making 14,674 sorties in a single day and 195,700 men manning nearly 6,000 ships of all sizes. Facing them was a supposedly impregnable sea wall of fortifications and the famed German army. Learn about the incredible obstacles "our boys" faced that day. The days after D-Day were even more demanding. Finally, an amazing pincer movement brought closure. Just when it appeared things were going well, Hitler turned the tables as he launched a last gasp effort, known today as the Battle of the Bulge (the largest land battle ever fought by the U.S.). The battle would prove decisive and Germany would capitulate in 3-1/2 months.


Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series - "Washington Looks West: 1784-1786"

Sep 11, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 7pm
Admission: $150 for members; $175 general public [for entire series]

George Washington famously "retired" from public life when he resigned his military commission following the American Revolution, but his commitment to his country continued. Before stepping down, he issued a Circular Letter to the State Governments calling for a stronger federal union. For Washington, however, the country's future lay west, on the frontier. He had invested in western lands before the war, and after it sought to develop those lands and link the trans-Appalachian west to the seaboard states. Without strong ties, he feared the west would be lost and the states remain a dependent coastal confederation. Within months after his return to Mount Vernon, Washington set off on an arduous journey to his western lands and launched a visionary program to link west to east via Potomac River navigation. These efforts and his proposal for staged western development displayed Washington's devotion to forging a strong, independent nation.

This popular educational series includes four lectures and four receptions, and is designed to provide a deeper understanding of, and expertise in, a particular subject related to George Washington.

All programs take place in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium located at the Mount Vernon Inn Complex. Receptions and book-signings take place in the same facility immediately following the lecture. 

 


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Junior Farmer Family Fun

Sep 11, Frying Pan Farm Park

Address: 2709 West Ox Rd, Herndon, VA
Times: 4pm
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: $5 - $7
This family program goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park. Come help with farm chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For information, call 703-437-9101.

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An Evening With C.S. Merrill

Sep 12, Creative Cauldron

Address: 410 South Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA
Times: 8:00 p.m.
Phone: (703) 436-9948
Admission: $20.00
C.S. Merrill will tell about her 7 years of weekends working with Georgia O'Keeffe from 1973-1979 when the great painter was in her eighties and Merrill was in her twenties. Merrill will read selections from her two books and answer questions. Since this was the period when the great genius was going blind from muscular degeneration, you will learn more about O'Keeffe's artistry, strength of will, her opinion of her own art, and her most salient memories. "Weekends with O'Keeffe " is a transcription of detailed accounts in her journals recorded by Merrill within 24 hours of the experiences. "O'Keeffe, Days in a Life" is a volume of poetry selected from over 200 poems written in the journals during the years she spent with Miss O'Keeffe. There will be surprises, details you never knew about O'Keeffe.

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Gentleman Distiller: Whiskey Tasting & Dinner

Sep 12, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens - Distillery & Gristmill

Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 6pm - 9pm
Admission: $125/person

Learn more about Washington’s role as “Distiller in Chief” at this exclusive event! The evening begins with a reception at the Distillery & Gristmill, where guests will get a first-hand look at how whiskey was produced in Washington’s time. The event continues on the estate with a brief talk by Mount Vernon’s resident distiller, followed by a whiskey tasting and seated dinner at the Mount Vernon Inn.

Tickets are available beginning August 4 and are $125 per person.


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KATCHAFIRE

Sep 12, The State Theatre

Address: 220 North Washington Street, Falls Church, Virginia
Times: 9pm
Phone: (703) 237-0300
Admission: $15
"...They transformed the place into a freedom-founded club where the only rule was to enjoy the music. No external force could stop the fire!" KDHX 88.1 (USA)
Hailing from the mighty H-Town (Hamilton), Aoteoroa (New Zealand), KATCHAFIRE, have become a global roots reggae phenomenon..The all Maori Reggae band, bring their pure classic sound to music lovers worldwide, delivering one of the most authentic Reggae shows around today.

4 highly succesful studio albums, mulitple awards, platinum sales, highest selling singles, and the list goes on.. Their sound is built on the foundations of classic roots reggae with an R'n'B and funk rub, mashing modern dancehall and slinky reggae pop. Katchafire has crafted a universal vibe, capturing something truly special in a diversity of instrumentation and clarity of sound.

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Max Major Magic Show

Sep 12, The Winery at Bull Run

Address: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA
Times: 8:30pm
Phone: (703) 815-2233
Admission: $40 - $69

After fifteen consecutive weeks of sold-out shows and selling over 5000 tickets to "THINK: An Evening of Mind Reading and Magic", Max Major, twice voted the best entertainer in DC by readers of the Washington City Paper, is bringing his critically acclaimed show to The Winery at Bull Run as a new Monthly Show Series!

In this 90 min show, magician Max Major will use a combination of magic, psychology, hypnosis and suggestion to demonstrate the untapped powers of the mind. Among the show's highlights, Major will employ his uncanny understanding of body language to decode the thoughts of audience members, assume the role of a human lie detector, and even, and subject himself to extreme physical harm in a feat of mind over body. This is a charity show. Partial proceeds will benefit the Meant To Live Foundation, of which Max is a board member, and Touching Heart.  


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Old Town Plaza Series - Fairfax-McLean Brass & Drums

Sep 12, Old Town Plaza

Address: 3955 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7pm
Contact: Joanna Ormesher
Phone: (703) 352-2787
Admission: FREE
Fairfax-McLean Brass & Drums perform as part of the Old Town Plaza Series. Come out and enjoy the shops and restaurants at Old Town Plaza, along with live music! (Weather permitting.)

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Smithsonian TechQuest Game: Eye in the Sky

Sep 12 - Sep 13, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Recurring daily
Address: 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, Virginia
Times: 10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Contact: Visitor Services
Phone: (703) 572-4118
Admission: Free, Parking $15
It is the height of the Cold War, and tensions are escalating between the world’s superpowers. An American aircraft carrying sensitive cargo has disappeared. The cargo cannot end up in enemy hands. Your mission is to find the aircraft, using aerial surveillance tools. Success depends on verifying the intelligence you gather at every step. Smithsonian TechQuest, a new, alternate reality game at the Udvar-Hazy Center, will test your powers of observation, your problem-solving skills, and your decision-making abilities as you take on the role of intelligence analyst. The game will engage you through hands-on activities and secret codes that lead to an ultimate conclusion. It is aimed at upper elementary and middle school visitors and their families. A self-guided activity, the game starts with a ten-minute orientation offered at regular intervals throughout the day. Staff will help guide you along the way. The game should take between 60 and 90 minutes.

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2nd Saturday Art Walk

Sep 13, Workhouse Arts Center

Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: Free
Join us on Sept 13th at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for our 2nd Saturday Art Walk. The 2nd Saturday Art Walk showcases the diverse work of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community. Guests can tour seven unique studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists, buy original works of art, experience ever-changing exhibitions and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshments and music. This event is free for everyone and no tickets are required. For more information, please visit: http://workhousearts.org/events/visual-arts/2nd-saturday-art-walk-18

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Annual Bat Fest

Sep 13, Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Address: 7701 Royce St, Annandale, VA
Times: 7pm
Phone: (703) 222-4664
Admission: $7 for residents; $9 for general public
Leslie Sturges, a wildlife rehabilitator and licensed exhibitor, will present live bats at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Saturday, September 13, 2014, during Bat Fest. This is the tenth year the nature center has played host to the two-hour program devoted to Fairfax County's nine local bat species. Along with Sturges' presentation, participants will enjoy an evening hike, games, and crafts. The cost is $7 for county residents and $9 for guests from elsewhere. The fun gets underway at 7 p.m.

Sturges will lead the hike and teach participants how to use her bat calling equipment. Past participants have seen live bats flying overhead in the parking lot and nearby ball fields and have enjoyed watching Sturges feed mealworms to bats by hand. Participants will learn how tropical bats provide food for us, hear an array of bat calls, and receive information on building bat houses. Kids will find plenty of age appropriate activities to hold their interest.
  
Sturges will also discuss her role as director of Save Lucy, a campaign to educate the public about how white-nose syndrome is decimating bat populations around the country.

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Bat Fest

Sep 13, Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Address: 7701 Royce St, Annandale, VA
Times: 7-9pm
Phone: (703) 941-1065
Admission: $7
Leslie Sturges, wildlife rehabilitator and licensed exhibitor will present live local bats from 7-9pm. Go on an evening bat hike using a sonar detector to identify bat calls and enjoy games and crafts. 

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Dailey & Vincent - Live CD, DVD and Television taping

Sep 13 - Sep 14, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Recurring daily
Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Times: Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, 6pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $20 for adults, and $10 for military members, veterans and their families, as well as for youth through grade 12

Multi-Grammy-nominated bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent announced that they will add a second performance to their first ever LIVE CD, DVD and public television concert taping at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Va. Due to overwhelming response from fans and ticket buyers alike, the duo will perform a concert on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m., in addition to the concert on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. Both monumental performances will be taped and recorded.









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DC Big Flea Market

Sep 13 - Sep 14, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
Phone: (757) 430-4735
Admission: $8 Adults, Good for both days
On Sale: Period & Country Furniture to Collectibles of All Eras at Affordable Prices! Featuring Glassware, Jewelry, Silver, Primitives, Porcelain and Much More!

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Fairfax Irish Folk Festival

Sep 13, Sherwood Community Center

Address: 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 12pm-8:30pm
Contact: Joanna Ormesher
Phone: (703) 352-2787
Admission: FREE
The 18th annual CCE IRISH FOLK FESTIVAL, sponsored by the CCE O’Neill Malcom Branch of CCE with support from the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts, will take place on September 13 at: Sherwood Community Center and Van Dyck Park 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax AND The Auld Shebeen Irish Pub 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax FREE Admission & Parking There will be live traditional Irish dancing and music at multiple stages at the Sherwood Center & the pub stage at the Auld Shebeen. Further information at www.CCEPotomac.org

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Farm Animal Safari

Sep 13, Frying Pan Farm Park

Recurring every 2 weeks on Saturday
Address: 2709 West Ox Rd, Herndon, VA
Times: 11am and 1pm
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: $5 - $7
Calling all Safari Detectives! Did you know that animals leave behind different signs and evidence that they exist at Kidwell Farm? You may not see many large animals around here but evidence of their presence is everywhere.We use our powers of observation to locate clues left by animals.Activities include observation games and a guided tour through the park.Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

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Flint Hill Cemetery Tour by historian Jim Lewis

Sep 13, Flint Hill Cemetery

Address: 10025 Courthouse Rd, Oakton, VA
Times: 10am
Phone: (703) 994-9054
Admission: FREE
Local historian Jim Lewis will lead a tour of historic Flint Hill Cemetery in Oakton on Saturday, September 13 at 10 am.  He will share interesting aspects of the cemetery, including  stories of prominent Vienna residents and some of the 27 Civil War era military veterans, 4 of them Mosby's Rangers, who are interred there.  Sponsored by Historic Vienna, Inc., free and open to the public, no reservations required.  Meet at Flint Hill Cemetery at the corner of Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) and Courthouse Road, next to the Church of the Brethren.

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Four Floor Tour of Colvin Run Mill

Sep 13 - Sep 14, Colvin Run Mill

Recurring daily
Address: 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, VA
Times: 12pm & 2pm
Phone: (703) 759-2771
Admission: $10
Celebrate Oliver Evans birthday weekend, with a behind the scenes tour of his modern milling marve.Explore all four floors of Colvin Run Mill, and see how Evans patented system revolutionized the milling industry. Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as we will be climbing steep stairs. Second and third floor areas are not ADA accessible, but alternative arrangements will be made for those who cannot climb stairs but wish to participate. This extended tour may last up to 2 hours.

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Historic Fairfax City Walking Tours

Sep 13, Ratcliffe-Allison House

Address: 10386 Main Street, Fairfax, VA
Times: 11am
Phone: (703) 385-8414
Admission: $5 per person ($3 for kids 6-12, childern under 6 free) or $15 per family
Join a seasoned tour guide for a walk through the historic section of Fairfax and featuring the Old Courthouse and other historic sites. Tours last approx 90 minutes.  Tours leave in front of the Ratcliffe-Allison House, 10386 Main Street in Fairfax, weather permitting.

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IONA

Sep 13, Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

Address: 410 South Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA
Times: 8:00 p.m.
Phone: (703) 436-9948
Admission: $20.00
High energy music and dance from ALL the Celtic cultures: Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Brittany, Asturies and Galicia as well as their transplants in the Americas: Appalachian, Cajun, Quebecois, Cape Breton and South American. Audience members are encouraged to dance a Breton dance and sing along, even in the diverse Celtic languages.

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Silver Line Music & Food Truck Festival

Sep 13, Town Square at Tysons II

Address: 8025 Galleria Drive, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 12pm - 9pm
Admission: General admission, $12; Kids ages 6-16, $5
Stop by from noon to 10 pm on Saturday, Sept. 13 to listen to performances from renowned local and national acts. In addition, you'll find beautiful displays of fine arts and a variety of refreshments. This is a delightful way to spend an autumn day. Best of all, the proceeds will be shared with the Spirit of Hope Children's Foundation.

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"Woodward and Lothrop: A Store Worthy of the Nation's Capital"

Sep 14, Fairfax Museum

Address: 10209 Main St, Fairfax, VA
Times: 2pm
Phone: (703) 385-8414
Admission: Free
Talk and book signing by Michael J. Lisicky, who has chronicaled the story of "Woodies," the department store that opened in Washington, DC in 1887 and operated until 1995.

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5th Annual Northern Virginia Cycle Fest

Sep 14, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

Address: 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7:30am
Admission: $50; $45 for JCCNV members; $20 for active military/first responders; $40 for children ages 12-16
The Northern Virginia Cycle Fest is an annual community ride that is hosted by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, in partnership with its sponsors, and is open to all experienced riders who are comfortable riding on roads with traffic - with a suggested minimum age of 12 - and who have a road bike. Set in the fall, the ride enjoys the fall temperatures and scenery through the hills of Northern Virginia. Each year, the charity ride selects beneficiaries. In 2014, the ride will benefit two charities: Wounded Warriors Project and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA).

The ride options are designed to be fun and challenging for riders of all levels and experience. It is the intent of Northern Virginia Cycle Fest to bring together riders who have a common goal of health, friendship, and giving back to the community. All ride options are supported with rest stops, SAG vehicle support, mechanical support, merchant sponsorship and light refreshments.


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Wildlife Gardening

Sep 17, George Mason Regional Library

Address: 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA
Times: 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Contact: George Mason Regional Library
Phone: (703) 256-3800
Admission: Free
Learn planting tips for attracting birds, butterflies and other desirable wildlife to your garden. This Green Spring Gardens Master Gardener program is sponsored by the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library. Free. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library or call 703 256-3800. George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.

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Evening Book Talk: François Furstenberg

Sep 18, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens - Fred W. Smith National Library

Address: 3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 7pm
Admission: Free

 

Mount Vernon welcomes author François Furstenberg to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss him book When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees who Shaped a Nation, on September 18, 2014.


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VMFA Lecture Series: Buddhist Art and Pilgrimage

Sep 18, Workhouse Arts Center

Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 7:30pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: $10
Join us on Sept 18th at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Lecture Series: Buddhist Art and Pilgrimage. Shortly after the death of Buddha in the 5th century BCE, pilgrimage was promoted as a vital component of Buddhist practice and spiritual development. Subsequently, the art and architecture that developed at these sites have become intrinsic components of Buddhist visual culture. Explore Buddhist art and architecture in the context of pilgrimage of South Asia, including the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment. From an early date, pilgrimage souvenirs and temple replicas of this site have been made – a tradition that survives to the present day. For tickets and information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/visual-arts/vmfa-lecture-series-buddhist-art-and-pilgrimage

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Capital Home Show

Sep 19 - Sep 21, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Friday, 10am-9pm; Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm
Phone: (800) 274-6948
Admission: Adults, $10; Kids 6-12, $3; Free for kids 5 and under
Capital Home Show returns to the Dulles Expo Center this fall, offering homeowners a valuable one-stop shopping experience for the latest remodeling and decorating products and services. Whether it's altering your style with new paint, artwork or furniture, improving an outdated space or tackling a large scale or minor renovation project, improving one's home has never been more popular, especially in the greater Washington/Northern Virginia region. This three-day show provides the perfect opportunity to shop, compare, become inspired and gather great tips and advice.

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Get Batty About Bats

Sep 19, Riverbend Park

Address: 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA
Times: 6pm
Phone: (703) 759-9018
Admission: $5
Through games and activities, learn why bats are disappearing from our skies. The one-hour program begins at 6pm. Bring a toasting stick; s'mores will be provided. 

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KORUS Korean Festival

Sep 19 - Sep 21, Bull Run Park Special Events Center

Recurring daily
Address: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA
Times: Friday, 6pm-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, and Sunday 10am-9pm
Contact: Jimmy Lee
Phone: (703) 354-3900
Admission: Free

The KORUS Festival is organized by the Korean American Association of Washington Metropolitan Area (KAAW), a non-profit 501(c) organization. The KAAW advocates the rights of Korean-Americans and promotes the well-being and prosperity of the Korean-American community. We conduct activities to promote unity and fellowship, community participation, provide educational and social programs to the Korean-American community, and share our culture to play a part in the diverse community of our region.

This year's festival theme is "DISCOVER KOREA" focusing on culture, food, and entertainment. The event will also feature a Kimchi festival in partnership with the "Gwangju World Kimchi Culture Festival." Kimchi is one of the defining icons of Korean culture and a staple with every meal. 


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Sherwood Cinema Series - "How to Train Your Dragon 2"

Sep 19, Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center

Address: 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7:00-9:00pm
Contact: Abbie
Phone: (703) 385-7858
Admission: FREE

Looking for something different for your family to do on a Friday night? How about a family-friendly movie on the new state-of-the-art big screen? Each movie is rated PG. An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 14. On September 19, 2014 join us for a screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2.

“Our Daily Bread” Food Drive at Family Fun Movie Nights Our Daily Bread is a volunteer-based organization that identifies and addresses the unmet fundamental needs of Fairfax area residents. Most Wanted Foods • canned meats (tuna, chicken and salmon, etc.) • canned vegetables and fruit • canned and boxed meals (soup, macaroni and cheese, etc.) • peanut butter • canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils, etc.) • pasta, rice, cereal • 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed) To ensure food safety, please do not donate: • rusty or unlabeled cans • expired or perishable items • homemade items • noncommercial canned or packaged items • alcoholic beverages, mixes or soda • open or used items Food can be dropped off at the Sherwood Center between 7pm–9pm.


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"Broadway's Next Hit Musical"

Sep 20, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

"Broadway's Next Hit Musical" is a hysterically funny musical comedy with a twist that comes straight from New York to Northern Virginia! A group of quick-witted improvisers, along with an entertaining emcee and gifted pianist, make up a whole new musical right on stage, complemented by original show songs, memorable characters, witty dialogue and spontaneous plot twists.


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"The War of 1812 in Fairfax"

Sep 20, Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 12pm - 4pm
Phone: (703) 591-0560
Admission: Free
In commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of local Fairfax citizens' military role with the Virginia Militias in 1814, Historic Blenheim will host a living history encampment of the 60th Virginia Militia, portrayals of local landowners, talks by historian Stuart Butler, author and reporter Steve Vogel, and period music by musician/musicologist David Hildebrand.

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5K/10K Dulles Day on the Runway

Sep 20, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Address: 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, VA
Times: 7:30 am start time
Admission: 5K: $30 per participant until August 22. $35 until September 17; $40 per participant until August 22. $45 until September 17

This is your opportunity for the flattest, fastest course in the area. The full length of the runway will be closed off for runners to experience a flat, fast course and a unique look at the airport grounds, something you do not get to do every day! Run past planes and along the actual landing strip on this certified looped course.

All race proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Virginia, the Committee for Dulles Community Outreach, and the Washington Airports Task Force, all 501c3 nonprofit organizations closely affiliated with Dulles Airport. 

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014; 7:30 am start time

Course: New this year, the event will feature both a 5k and a 10k. The 10k will run the entire length of the runway! Both races are flat and fast. All runners must be able to complete the chosen course by 9:00 am, so that the runway can be reopened for aircraft traffic. Only registered runners will be allowed on the race course There will be water stations available along the course.

Registration Fee: Sign up early! There is a limit of 2,500 runners for this event and we expect it to sell out quickly again this year. 


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Batty Campfire

Sep 20, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (Meet at Cabell's Mill)

Address: 5040 Walney Rd, Chantilly, VA
Times: 7-8pm
Phone: (703) 631-0013
Admission: $6
Use a bat detector to hear bats communicate and hunt. Enjoy the night hike and have s'mores. Meet at Cabell's Mill. 

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Colonial Market & Fair

Sep 20 - Sep 21, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 9am - 5pm
Admission: Included in Estate admission.

 

The annual Colonial Market & Fair at Mount Vernon features dozens of America’s finest craftspeople and plenty of family fun! Fifty colonial-attired artisans demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leatherworkings, weavings, furniture, and much more. “General Washington” will be on hand overseeing the lively Revolutionary War military drills and 18th-century entertainment including music, fire-eating, sword-swallowing, puppet and magic shows, plus hearty specialty food for sale on site. Costumed interpreters will be demonstrating the 18th-century chocolate-making process using an authentic colonial recipe! This weekend only, Potomac River sightseeing cruises, courtesy of Spirit Cruises and Potomac Riverboat Company, are free of charge. The Colonial Market & Fair at Mount Vernon is included in admission.


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Cox Farms Fall Festival Preview Weekend

Sep 20 - Sep 21, Cox Farms

Recurring daily
Address: 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA
Times: 10am-6pm
Phone: (703) 830-4121
Admission: $14
Everything you love about Cox Farms Fall Festival is open to everyone for this special Preview Weekend!

All of those giant slides, swings, apples and cider, animals, pumpkins are waiting for you, and we know you have been waiting for them! Be here right when we open and be on the first hayride of 2014!


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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents Brahams, Grieg and Glinka by Alexander Schimpf

Sep 20, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Pre-concert lecture at 7pm. Show begins at 8pm.

Alexander Schimpf, piano

Presents Brahms: Symphony No. 2, Grieg: Piano Concerto, and Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture. 


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Fall Tour of the Salvia and Herb Garden

Sep 20, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Address: 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA
Times: 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Jules Maloney
Phone: (703) 255-3631
Admission: Free with paid garden admission ($2.50-$5.00)
Enjoy the beautiful colors of fall while touring the Salvia and Herb Garden with Tammy Burke, Senior Horticulturist. Learn about plants that will make your autumn garden glow. This hour tour is free with paid admission to the gardens. Please sign up by contacting Meadowlark Botanical Gardens at 703-255-3631 x103 or jmaloney@nvrpa.org.

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Historic City of Falls Church Tour

Sep 20, Ticket Pickup Location

Address: 105 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA
Times: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Contact: Terry Hooper
Phone: (703) 241-2751
Admission: $25/per person
Five of the City of Falls Church’s most historic properties, including three private residences, will be open for tours on Saturday, September 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Historic properties on the tour include The Falls Church Episcopal (1769), Mount Hope (1830/1870), Cherry Hill Farmhouse (1845), the DePutron House (1893), and the Henderson House (1910). Costumed docents will be at each house to provide historical information about the house, its history, and the people who lived there. This is a unique opportunity to see these historic properties, learn more about the history of Falls Church, and help preservation efforts. Cost is $25/per person and all proceeds benefit Cherry Hill Farmhouse, The Victorian Society at Falls Church, The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, and The Falls Church. For more information contact Terry Hooper at 703-241-2751 or at terryhooperknapp@aol.com .

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Paint Herndon Celebration

Sep 20, ArtSpace Herndon

Address: 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA
Times: TBD
Phone: (703) 956-6590

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The Beads of Courage Bead Challenge

Sep 20, Workhouse Arts Center

Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: Free
Join us on Sept 20th at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for the Beads of Courage Bead Challenge. You are invited to learn more about the mission of Beads of Courage and the beautiful work of the artists that help make healing happen by their generous donation of handmade glass beads. Watch the bead artists in action as they melt rods of glass into beautiful works of art, make a courage clip in honor of your own strength and courage, sponsor an act of of courage bead $5, and win a door prize! This event is free for everyone. For more information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/visual-arts/bead-challenge-virginia

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The Cabin Tasting Series: "Wine Flights in Paradise"

Sep 20, Paradise Springs Winery

Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: 4pm
Phone: (703) 830-9463
Admission: $45/person

Join us for our 5th installment to "Wine Flights in Paradise, The Cabin Tasting Series". Once a month, we will be offering guests the opportunity to take part in an intimate, seated, premium tasting set in the historical log cabin.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste premium flights of wine along with a food paring for each selection. The theme for each tasting will change month to month.

Tasting Theme:
Unreleased Paradise Springs Wines

Wines to include:
2012 Meritage
2013 Malbec
2013 Rosso
2013 Petit Manseng
2013 Chardonnay
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 PVT


Reservations Required. Limited to 16 seats in total. Please call 703-830-9463 to reserve your space.

Includes seated premium tasting with food pairing.


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The English Beat

Sep 20, The State Theatre

Address: 220 North Washington Street, Falls Church, Virginia
Times: 8pm
Phone: (703) 237-0300
Admission: $25

Fans abroad had been waiting to embrace these long time ska legends of the 1980's. Their reformation in 2003 turned heads and people took notice. The result was a sold out show at the Royal Festival Hall in the UK. That reception convinced the band to keep doing what they do - make great music.

"Consummate showman that he is, Dave Wakeling has continued to keep The Beat alive and strong. How could he not? Dave continues to tour the world as The English Beat with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing all the hits of The Beat, General Public, and his new songs." - Louis ‘Sir Lou' Kahn

The English Beat is that fun and spirited band that never gets old. From playing sold out shows, recording multi-platinum records, donating to reputable causes, and simply making fans happy, it's not a surprise that they keep coming back for more. Grab your best threads and lace up your two-tone shoes friends. The beat is back. 

18 and up to enter. VALID ID required.


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Tysons BBQ, Bourbon and Beer

Sep 20, Town Square at Tysons II

Address: Tysons Blvd., Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 12pm - 6pm
Taste extravaganza, featuring gourmet burgers, craft beer, small-batch bourbons and fiery BBQ.


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Herndon Kids Triathlon

Sep 21, Herndon Community Center

Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 7:30am
Phone: (703) 787-7300

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Classics Go Pop!

Sep 21, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $40, $34, $24
Jeffrey Siegel opens his season of Keyboard Conversations with a stellar program of well-loved and familiar compositions by some of the world’s most gifted composers. This captivating pianist has entertained and enlightened audiences for more than 40 years with his brilliant “concerts with commentary” series. Featuring a collection of music that never goes out of style or loses its enormous appeal, this exciting program includes favorites by Gershwin, Chopin, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and much more.

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Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel

Sep 21, Sport & Health Club/Tysons Corner

Address: 8250 Greensboro Dr., McLean, VA
Times: 7-11am
Contact: Leslie Concha
Phone: (202) 877-1781
Admission: $35 til Sept. 1
MedStar National Rehabilitation Network will be holding its 11th annual Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel, Sunday, September 21, beginning and ending at Sport & Health Club in Tysons Corner (8250 Greensboro Dr., McLean, Virginia 22102). Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the race begins at 8 a.m. Registration includes a post-race party with food and entertainment. Proceeds from the race will support MedStar NRH’s adaptive sports programs, which enable adaptive athletes – those with disabilities who stay active by competing in various sports - to participate in paralympic sports such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, sled hockey, quad rugby, sit volleyball, hand cycling, rowing, paralympic archery and more.

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Virginia Opera Children's Program - The Empress and the Nightingale

Sep 21, Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center

Address: 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 2pm
Contact: Joanna Ormesher
Phone: (703) 385-7858
Admission: FREE
Virginia Opera presents their free children's program The Empress and the Nightingale. The Empress and the Nightingale is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic children’s story of a small bird sharing her gift of song with the ruler of China in ancient times. With a cast of three performing original music, this opera vividly teaches the value of music performed live versus machine-made art.

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Canard Winery Wine Dinner

Sep 22, Bazin's on Church

Address: 111 Church St, NW, Vienna, VA
Phone: (703) 255-7212

On September 22nd, we will be hosting a Canard Vineyard wine dinner. This was a favorite stop of our owners, Patrick and Julie, during their recent visit to various Napa wineries, and Patrick is extremely excited about creating a great menu to showcase these special wines.


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The 2nd Annual Charity Celebrity Golf Tournament & Dinner

Sep 22, Country Club of Fairfax

Address: 5110 Ox Rd, Fairfax, VA
Times: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Contact: Tonya
Phone: (703) 405-5841
Admission: Prices will vary. Please visit the event website for additional information.
Walking With Anthony, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries (SCI), and the Washington Redskins Alumni are teaming up again to host The 2nd Annual Charity Celebrity Golf Tournament & Dinner at the prestigious Country Club of Fairfax in Fairfax, Virginia to benefit those affected by spinal cord injuries.The event will honor Congressman Steny Hoyer, a leader in the House who guided the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. Walking with Anthony also will present a financial grant to a local spinal cord injury victim.The event will feature a fabulous day of golf with Washington Redskins greats and other legendary sports celebrities and VIP guests, followed by an exclusive dinner reception featuring live entertainment, silent/live auctions, awards and prizes.

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Fields of Fear

Sep 26 - Nov 1, Cox Farms

Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
Address: 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA
Times: 7:30-11pm
Phone: (703) 830-4121
Cox Farms' Fields of Fear™ is the haunted night-time destination you and your friends have been looking for! When darkness falls on the farm... our fields fill with creatures of the night. Featuring: Dark Side Hayride's Zombie Zoo, The Firegrounds/Midway bonfires and the Giant Torchlit Slide. If you’re really in for a scare, test your nerves in the Cornightmare™ walk-through cornfield terrors; with Claustrophobia, Vortex, Crypt and more! Also enjoy Food & Snacks, Games & Prizes, Haunt Gear & Shopping, and Entertainment. Not Recommended for children under 12 years old. All under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (18+). ADMISSION TICKETS STRICTLY LIMITED! Last admission at 10pm Come alone or in a group. Buy your tickets online or same-day at the door. Not Recommended for children under 12 years old. All under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (18+). Proof of age required. See www.fieldsoffear.com for more details

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Kids at Hope Family Fun Night

Sep 26, Herndon Community Center

Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 6:30-9pm
Phone: (703) 787-7300

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Rock the Block! #TGIFairfax

Sep 26, Old Town Fairfax

Address: University Drive between North and Main Streets, Fairfax, VA
Times: 6:00-9:00pm
Contact: Leslie Herman
Phone: (703) 385-7858
Admission: FREE
Rock the Block! #TGIFairfax is a FREE summer concert series, and block party held on the University Drive in the heart of Old Town Fairfax City. Rock the Block! features popular bands from around the areas playing covers of all of your favorite hits from the '70s, '80s, '90s, and today! Along with live music you can also enjoy some of the City of Fairfax's great food vendors and merchants, beer, games and more. What is the magic that makes LEGGZ so successful? It is the ability to read any crowd in any situation and engage them in an interactive party they will never forget. LEGGZ plays all of your favorite songs from Today's Hits to Motown & Classic Rock to '70s & '80s Retro.

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The Nation's Gun Show

Sep 26 - Sep 28, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Friday, 1pm-8pm; Saturday,9am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
Phone: (540) 951-1344
Admission: Adults, $13; Kids 12-17, $7; Free for kids under 12; 3-Day Pass, $20
C & E Gun Shows is dedicated to producing the most professional, safest and ethical gun shows in the country. We strive to provide our patrons with the best available selection of firearms, ammo, knives and related merchandise, and our dealers with the largest crowds of qualified buyers anywhere, while always doing all we can do to protect the constitution of the United States of America.

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34th Annual Fall Mosby Civil War Bus Tour

Sep 27, Tour begins at Truro Parish

Address: 10520 Main Street, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8:30am-5:30pm
Contact: Don Hakenson
Phone: (703) 971-4984
Admission: Cost for Stuart-Mosby Historical Society members is $65; Non Members is $75

Sponsored by the Stuart - Mosby Historical Society.  Tour Leaders will be Don Hakenson, Gregg Dudding & Eric Buckland with special guest Tom Evans joining us in the morning!

We will be visiting various sites in Millwood, the Old Chapel, and the execution sites in Front Royal (the 150th Anniversary of this very sordid affair), and much more!Please arrive before 8a.m. to sign in. We will be stopping for lunch, but it is not a part of the fee. You will be responsible for your own lunch! We are proud to proclaim that this tour is the longest continuously running Mosby Tour conducted in America today!Reserve your seat by sending us your name, address and phone number and contact Don Hakenson at mailto:dhakenson@verizon.net

  

Reservations are not complete until we receive your check. Make checks payable to: Don Hakenson and send it to:  4708 Lillian Drive, Alexandria, Virginia  22310

Sorry, no refunds after September 10th, 2014!


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9th Annual ARTS by George! Gala featuring Patti LuPone

Sep 27, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 5pm
Contact: Deborah Paez Hoesly
Phone: (703) 993-4188
Admission: $250/person (includes student showcases, food & beverage, concert and champagne/dessert reception onstage)

George Mason University's College of Visual and Performing Arts is pleased to announce its ninth annual ARTS by George! gala on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at 5 p.m. One of the premier arts events in Northern Virginia, this outstanding benefit event features a showcase of performances and exhibitions by gifted students and faculty, sumptuous buffets and beverages, a silent auction of arts-related items and experiences and a dazzling gala performance by Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone. ARTS by George! is dedicated to providing support for student scholarships in the areas of visual arts, dance, music, theater, computer game design, film and video studies and arts management, as well as the Great Performances at Mason season at George Mason University's Center for the Arts.


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Cider Tasting

Sep 27, Gunston Hall

Address: 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck, VA
Times: 5pm - 7pm
Phone: (703) 550-9220
Admission: $40
Join us for a tasting of the vintages of Albemarle Ciderworks. Visit with our hearth cooks as they prepare 18th-century dishes with apples.

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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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Hoppy Oktoberfest

Sep 27, Mad Fox Brewing Company

Address: 444 W. Broad St, Suite I, Falls Church, VA
Times: TBD
Phone: (703) 942-6840
Hoppy Oktoberfest Celebration

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Patti LuPone: COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA…Played That Part

Sep 27, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $100, $85, $60
Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone takes the audience on a marvelous journey through her long and triumphant career in theater, both on Broadway and around the world. In this delightful performance, Ms. LuPone performs the songs from roles in musicals that she could have played, would have played, or should have played, along with those that she did play or will be playing. Included in the program will be songs from Hair, Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story, and Peter Pan, and, of course, from Gypsy and Evita.

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"Dine in the Vines:" Sunday Afternoon Wine Dinner

Sep 28, Paradise Springs Winery

Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: 4pm
Phone: (703) 830-9463
Admission: $199/person
Join us as we host an extremely special wine dinner event at Paradise Springs, presented by the Winery and Trummers on Main.

Partnering up with Chef Austin Fawcett and Trummers on Main (James Beard award nominee), we will be offering a 7 course wine dinner paired entirely with Paradise Springs wine and set amongst the vineyard rows.

Dinner is limited to 20 persons total.

Menu coming soon.

$199 plus tax per person

Please call 703-830-9463 for reservations. Any cancellations are subject to a 5% credit card processing fee and your seat must be able to be resold.


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Amadeus Orchestra with the Silver-Garburg Piano Duo

Sep 28, Saint Luke Catholic Church

Address: 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101
Times: 4:00 pm
Contact: Amadeus Concerts
Phone: (703) 759-5334
Admission: Tickets are $30. Students 17 and under are free.
Amadeus Concerts welcomes back the exciting Silver-Garburg Piano Duo for the first concert of the 2014-2015 season. The concert will include: Rossini: Overture to "The Silken Ladder" Schubert: Symphony No. 5 Mendelssohn: Concerto for Two Pianos in E major A pre-concert lecture by Music Director A. Scott Wood will begin 45 minutes prior to the start of the concert. A reception will follow the concert, at which attendees may meet and chat with the performers and fellow music lovers.

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House Book Signing, Q&A with author Steven M. Reiss

Sep 28, Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House

Address: 9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, Virginia
Times: 4 - 6 pm
Contact: Meredith Mitchell
Phone: (703) 780-4000
Admission: $20
Please join us for the release and book signing of "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House" and a q&a with the author, Steven M. Reiss. The book signing will be followed by a private, after-hours viewing of the Pope-Leighey House. Advance reservations strongly recommended as space is limited. To reserve, email mmitchell@savingplaces.org or call 703-780-4000 x 26321. "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House" will be for sale during the event and you will have an opportunity to have the author sign and personalize your copy.

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NatureFest, Runnymede Park

Sep 28, Runnymede Park

Address: Herndon Parkway, bewteen Elden and Queens Row Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 1-5pm
Phone: (703) 787-7300
All nature programs, unless otherwise indicated, meet at Runnymede Park (off Herndon Parkway). Meet at the kiosk next to the parking lot. Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes to all programs and dress appropriately for the weather. For all outdoor nature programs, anyone under 8 must bring an adult with them-no siblings please, unless they are registered also. Please be on time as all programs start promptly. 

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3rd Annual Reston Town Center Help the Homeless Walk

Oct 2, Reston Town Center

Address: 11959 Market St, Reston, Virginia
Times: 12 pm
Contact: Angela Suarez
Phone: 5713239555x563
Admission: $25 for adults, $20 for kids
Walk from Mayflowers Floral Design Studio on The Promenade to the Embry Rucker Community Shelter and back. Funds will enable Cornerstones to provide essential resources and services for individuals and families in our community who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

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Evening Book Talk: Nathaniel Philbrick

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

Address: 3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 7pm
Admission: Free

 

Mount Vernon welcomes author Nathaniel Philbrick to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, on October 2, 2014.


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Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Oct 3, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $44, $37, $26
Alonzo King showcases his illustrious corps of dancers in their first performance at the Center for the Arts. This revered choreographer and his celebrated contemporary ballet company, LINES Ballet, use principles of science to further develop the language of movement. Among his many awards, he was honored with the Jacob’s Pillow Creativity Award for moving ballet in a very 21st-century direction. Collaborating with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists, King creates work that imbues classical ballet with a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions and is renowned for its profound sense of shared humanity.

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Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour

Oct 3 - Oct 5, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 6pm - 9pm
Admission: $38 (Fri & Sun); $44 (Sat)

Enjoy live blues and spectacular views of the Potomac River while sampling wine from 16 Virginia wineries. Visitors learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s wine endeavors, enjoy live blues music, and meet “George and Martha Washington” on the Mansion's piazza.  Guests experience an evening tour of the Washingtons’ home and are invited to visit the basement where he stored his wine. Tickets to the Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour tickets are $38 per person Friday and Sunday night; Saturday night $44 per person, fruit and cheese boxes are $26 each.

 

Ticket sales begin August 25 at 10 a.m. at the Ford Orientation Center or MountVernon.org.


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The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir

Oct 3, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir will lift hearts and spirits when this inspiring West African ensemble performs on Oct. 3, bringing unique interpretations of gospel spirituals, traditional African songs and magnificent masses sung in the country's four national languages.



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ValeArts Fall ART Show "Transitions 2014"

Oct 3 - Oct 5, Historic Vale Schoolhouse

Recurring daily
Address: 3124 Fox Mill Rd, Oakton, Va
Times: Friday, 10am-9pm; Sat. and Sun., 10am-6pm
Contact: Diana Eichler
Phone: (703) 860-1888
Admission: free
ValeArts will present their 19th annual show "Transitions" at the historic Vale Schoolhouse Oct 3-5, 2014. Known as a group fine art show representing the best in local art, "Transitions" will exhibit more than 150 original works in various media. ValeArtists welcome Laura Bealey and Songmi Heart as guest artists. Laura, a well known Oakton artist and teacher, will exhibit her impressionist work. Songmi, reveals a different style in her abstractions in acrylic and oil. Free to the public. Reception Fri. Oct 3 from 7-9

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Halloween Wagon Rides

Oct 4 - Oct 5, Frying Pan Farm Park

Recurring daily
Address: 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm
Admission: $8
Our Halloween Wagon rides feature a narrated wagon ride along a trail filled with family-oriented thrills,chills,and adventures. Many fright sites will leave you with goose bumps or giggles! You will complete your journey with s'mores and hot apple cider. Bring flashlights, blankets and dress for the weather.Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

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Meritage Vertical Tasting - Meritage Release Weekend

Oct 4 - Oct 5, Paradise Springs Winery

Recurring daily
Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: On the hour between 12pm and 5pm both days
Phone: (703) 830-9463
Admission: $20/person
To kick off Virginia Wine Month, we will be releasing one of our flagship wines, our 2012 Meritage.

MERITAGE VERTICAL:
In honor of the wine's release, we will offer a special Meritage vertical of past Paradise Springs Meritage wines. The tasting will take place in the historical log cabin. Discounts on library wines to be offered.

Wines to include:
2009 Meritage
2010 Meritage
2011 Meritage
2012 Meritage

No reservations needed. Tasting will take place once an hour, on the hour througout the day.


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The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir

Oct 4, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $46, $39, $28
Founded more than six decades ago, Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir is a symbol of peace, hope, humanity, and brotherhood in its homeland, creating harmony between the music of the Catholic and Islamic cultures in Senegal. Each Sunday, the choir performs at a cathedral in the heart of one of Dakar’s working-class neighborhoods. The voices rise in the polyphonic sounds of traditional African songs, Gospel spirituals, and magnificent masses composed by the choir’s brilliant founder. Singing in the country’s four national languages – Wolof, Diola, Sérère, and Portuguese Creole – the choir is accompanied by African drums, guitar, and kora.

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Vienna Oktoberfest 2014

Oct 4, Historic Church Street

Address: Church Street, Vienna, VA
Times: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Admission: FREE

Join us for the 7th annual Vienna Oktoberfest on October 4th, 2013 from 11am to 7pm on historic Church St. and the Town Green in Vienna, Virginia! Enjoy beer, wine, food, music, vendors, kids activities, free admission! Event proceeds will fund the new First Night Vienna New Year's Eve celebration.


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Aquila Theatre: Wuthering Heights

Oct 5, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $44, $37, $26
Set in a farmhouse on the stormy Yorkshire moors, this epic saga follows the turbulent life-long relationship between Catherine, daughter of Mr. Earnshaw, and Heathcliff, an orphan who is taken in by her benevolent father. The ill-fated pair develops an inseparable bond as children, but Catherine eventually chooses comfort and security over love, and marries a man of high social standing, leaving Heathcliff tormented and vengeful. The sole work of Emily Brontë, this riveting tale of passion, revenge, family, social class, and the supernatural is performed by acclaimed British-American touring company Aquila Theatre.

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Fairfax Pets On Wheels 19th Annual “Paws for a Cause” 3K Walk

Oct 5, Weber’s Pet Supermarket

Address: 11021 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 12 Noon - 3 PM
Contact: Ruth Benker
Phone: (703) 324-5424
Admission: Registration is $20 prior to September 18th and $25 thereafter
At noon Sunday, October 5, 2014, the Fairfax Pets on Wheels will hold its 19th annual “Paws for a Cause” 3K Walk in Fairfax, Virginia. The doggone fun begins at Weber’s Pet Supermarket, 11021 Lee Highway, Fairfax. Proceeds from the walk will go toward recruitment and training, volunteer activities, and insurance. All pre-registered participants will receive a “Paws for a Cause” t-shirt. There will be human and canine treats at each kilometer and sponsored walkers are encouraged. Registration is $20 prior to September 18th and $25 thereafter. Register online at: www.tiny.cc/walk2014 or visit www.fpow.org. Walk-in registrations are welcome. Potential walkers and businesses interested in providing sponsorship or donating door prizes for participants should call (703) 324-5424 or email dfspetsonwheels@fairfaxcounty.gov for more information, or go to www.fpow.org. Fairfax Pets on Wheels is an all-volunteer program sponsored by the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging and is a United Way agency (#8907). FPOW provides pet therapy with teams of animals and their human companions who regularly visit 14 area long-term care facilities. 2014 is the 27th anniversary of Fairfax Pets on Wheels caring and sharing in the community.


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Food and Jane Austen

Oct 5, Green Spring Gardens - Historic Green Spring

Address: 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA
Times: 1pm - 3pm
Admission: $29
(13 yrs. - Adult) Explore the Regency Era's culinary and dining conventions through Jane Austen's novels and letters. Hear about dress codes, elaborate table settings and strict mealtime etiquette and discover the delicacies fit for dinner with Mr. Darcy! After the program, enjoy a traditional English tea. Reservations required.

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MPAartfest

Oct 5, McLean Central Park

Address: 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd, McLean, VA
Times: 10 AM - 5 PM
Contact: McLean Project for the Arts
Phone: (703) 790-1953
Admission: Free
The 8th annual MPAartfest arrives on Sunday, October 5th, from 10 am - 5 pm in McLean Central Park (at the intersection of Dolley Madison Blvd (rt 123) and Old Dominion Drive). Fifty-two juried artists will exhibit and sell their art, transforming the park into a lively landscape of mini-galleries. Created for the community by McLean Project for the Arts, MPAartfest draws thousands of art-lovers of all ages to enjoy (and purchase) original art, listen to live music, create their own masterpiece at MPA’s Innovation Station and picnic on delicious selections from local restaurants. Parking is free and easy with shuttle buses running all day. This fun, free art festival gratefully accepts donations to help support McLean Project for the Arts' exceptional exhibitions and art education programs all year long.


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Recess Monkey - "Wired" Tour

Oct 5, Jammin' Java

Address: 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, VA
Times: 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Phone: (703) 255-2566
Admission: $12
RECESS MONKEY'S WIRED TOUR ARRIVES IN THE DC AREA! SUNDAY, OCT. 5 - JAMMIN' JAVA - VIENNA, VA "THE BEST KIDS' ALBUMS NOW! The perfect soundtrack for a beach weekend." -- People Magazine "These kids' songs are awesome! There are bands you can't go wrong with, and this is one of them." -- USA TODAY "THE GENRE'S TOP STARS: If Seattle is the new bastion of kindie rockers, then the trio of teachers are the city's breakout stars." -- Time Inspired by the breathtaking creativity and inventiveness of today's DIY kids, kindie music icon Recess Monkey celebrates "maker" culture with the band's eleventh studio recording, "Wired". Recess Monkey's "Wired" Tour brings the rocking trio of Seattle teachers to the DC area for two high-voltage, all ages shows at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 5 at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, VA. Families should be ready for more disco dancing, knock-knock jokes and insanely catchy sing-alongs than you can shake a drumstick at, with every song powered by Recess Monkey's trademark, pitch-perfect understanding of what gets kids excited. In addition to a healthy charge of "gadget rock" tunes from "Wired" like "Take Your Kid To Work Day," "Wired," "Skee Ball," and "Brick by Brick," Recess Monkey will offer a "greatest hits" collection of singable, danceable, thinkable, and dreamable songs from nine year's worth of over-the-top previous albums. Kids and their grownups will zoom around with Jack Forman, Drew Holloway, and Korum Bischoff on "Jet Pack," pull on their "Moon Boots" for a space-age, zero gravity moon bounce, laugh at the most outrageous knock-knock jokes on "Knocktopus," rip into a foot-stomping hoedown with "Flapjacks," and pop around the dance floor while the band gets popping on "Popcorn." When not rocking out with Recess Monkey, Jack Forman serves as a popular on-air personality on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live, where his daily call-in show, "Live From the Monkey House," is a hysterical mashup of game show segments, kid callers, special musical guests, and the best kids' and family music out there! Jack is really excited about greeting his "Live From the Monkey House" fans "up close and personal" after the Jammin' Java shows. Putting a razor-sharp, fantastical edge on the sense of wonder and exploration that's at the heart of "the everyday lives of kids," Recess Monkey weaves puns, jokes, stories, and shenanigans into its shows. No play on words is too much of a stretch, and no rhyming schemes are too out of bounds for the group's genre-bending cascade of catchy ditties that NPR described as "inventive, brilliant, multilayered." Audiences unanimously hail Recess Monkey's live shows "a great way to spend an hour rocking out!" Ten Recess Monkey songs have reached #1 on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live chart. Time Magazine celebrated Recess Monkey's "tight, smart, acclaimed original songs ... and seriously grooving funk." Explained kids' music authority Stefan Shepherd (Zooglobble.com), "Recess Monkey just keeps turning out album after album with pop nuggets, as if we'd just discovered that The Beatles had recorded a ton of kids' music 40+ years ago."

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Brandi Carlile

Oct 6 - Oct 7, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Recurring daily
Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 8:00pm
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $75-$80
Lose yourself in the passionate vocals of the rootsy folk-rock powerhouse who gave us “The Story” in this special “unplugged” performance.

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D-Day thru the Battle of the Bulge 70th Anniversary - Presented by Jim Lewis

Oct 6, Lord of Life Lutheran Church

Address: 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax, VA
Times: 10:30am-11:30am
Admission: FREE

Join local historian Jim Lewis as he speaks about WWII focusing on D-Day.  The D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 were one of the most significant moments of the Second World War, and marked the point when the combined military force of the Western allies were finally brought to bear fully against Germany. The landings were the largest single day amphibious assault in history, with 156,000 men. Support included 11,590 aircraft making 14,674 sorties in a single day and 195,700 men manning nearly 6,000 ships of all sizes. Facing them was a supposedly impregnable sea wall of fortifications and the famed German army. Learn about the incredible obstacles "our boys" faced that day. The days after D-Day were even more demanding. Finally, an amazing pincer movement brought closure. Just when it appeared things were going well, Hitler turned the tables as he launched a last gasp effort, known today as the Battle of the Bulge (the largest land battle ever fought by the U.S.). The battle would prove decisive and Germany would capitulate in 3-1/2 months.


D-Day thru the Battle of the Bulge 70th Anniversary - Presented by Jim Lewis

Oct 8, Vienna Presbyterian Church

Address: 124 Park Street N.E., Vienna, VA
Times: 1pm-2pm
Admission: FREE

Join local historian Jim Lewis as he speaks about WWII focusing on the day after D-Day through the Battle of the Bulge.  The D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 were one of the most significant moments of the Second World War, and marked the point when the combined military force of the Western allies were finally brought to bear fully against Germany. The landings were the largest single day amphibious assault in history, with 156,000 men. Support included 11,590 aircraft making 14,674 sorties in a single day and 195,700 men manning nearly 6,000 ships of all sizes. Facing them was a supposedly impregnable sea wall of fortifications and the famed German army. Learn about the incredible obstacles "our boys" faced that day. The days after D-Day were even more demanding. Finally, an amazing pincer movement brought closure. Just when it appeared things were going well, Hitler turned the tables as he launched a last gasp effort, known today as the Battle of the Bulge (the largest land battle ever fought by the U.S.). The battle would prove decisive and Germany would capitulate in 3-1/2 months.


Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan

Oct 8, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25 - $30
Banjo pioneer and Punch Brother band member Noam Pikelny teams up with the Nashville Bluegrass Band’s finest fiddler, Stuart Duncan, for a masterful acoustic showcase

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Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series - "Washington in Philadelphia: 1787"

Oct 9, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 7pm
Admission: $150 for members; $175 general public [for entire series]

George Washington's efforts to forge a strong federal union culminated in the Constitutional Convention, held in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787. He backed holding the Convention and agreed to participate as a delegate from Virginia once he felt that there was some chance that the meeting could succeed in drafting a vigorous new constitution. Unanimously selected to preside over the Convention, Washington remained actively involved in shaping the final product even as he enjoyed the social scene in cosmopolitan Philadelphia. Renowned as a military leader, Washington now displayed astute political, social, and leadership skills in crafting the Constitution and securing its unanimous adoption by a highly fractious body. He also became the public face of the Convention and its Constitution, which helped to ensure their legitimacy and popular acceptance. Professor Larson will assess Washington's often underappreciated role at the Convention. 

This popular educational series includes four lectures and four receptions, and is designed to provide a deeper understanding of, and expertise in, a particular subject related to George Washington.

All programs take place in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium located at the Mount Vernon Inn Complex. Receptions and book-signings take place in the same facility immediately following the lecture. 

 


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Loudon Wainwright III

Oct 9, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 pm
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25-$30
Classic blues melodies, honest lyrics, and piercing wit from a veteran musician.

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2014 Sweet Home Virginia Gala

Oct 10, Sheraton Tysons Hotel

Address: 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner, VA, 22182
Times: 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Contact: Tara Nadel
Admission: Event - $300 per ticket/ Sponsorships $1800 - 15000
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala raises critical funds to support its work in the region. Approximately 600 business leaders, philanthropists, and community organizers participate in the gala. A pillar of this event is the presentation of the Community Foundation’s Community Leadership Award for outstanding service and commitment to Northern Virginia, presented to Richard Duvall and Holland & Knight this year. As a grantmaker, the Community Foundation awarded more than $2.2 million in grants to nonprofits, schools and interfaith groups; $243,386 in scholarships; and reported $31.9 million in managed assets in the 2012-2013 season. www.cfnova.org

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Collectors' Showcase of America

Oct 10 - Oct 12, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Friday, 2pm-8pm; Saturday,9am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm
Phone: (540) 456-6877
Admission: Adults, $8 per day. $15 for weekend pass. Free for kids 12 and under.
Sports Collectibles of every variety. Numerous celebrity autograph guests. The regions best sports collectibles.

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Simone Dinnerstein, piano

Oct 10, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $40
Slate raves: "Dinnerstein is a throwback to such high priestesses of music as Wanda Landowska and Myra Hess...[She] is touring. Go hear her and get religion.” “She compels the listener to follow her in a journey of discovery filled with unscheduled detours...She's actively listening to every note she plays, and the result is a wonderfully expressive interpretation."—NPR

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7th Annual Oktoberfest Reston

Oct 11 - Oct 12, Reston Town Center

Recurring daily
Address: 11900 Market Street, Reston, Virginia
Times: Saturday, 12pm-11pm; Sunday, 12pm-8pm
Admission: Free
Oktoberfest Reston is produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and is Northern Virginia's largest fall festival at Reston Town Center featuring the best in autumn brews with delicious traditional Oktoberfest fare from area restaurants. Enjoy food, wine, beer, live entertainment, and a carnival.

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Aquila Theatre presents "The Tempest"

Oct 11, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Acclaimed British-American touring troupe Aquila Theatre presents Shakespeare's "The Tempest" on Oct. 11. This magical tale is filled with shipwrecks and storms, revenge and reconciliation, and fatherly love, as Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, must decide between using sorcery to exact revenge on his conspirators, or the happiness of his daughter Miranda, who has fallen in love with the son of one of the men who usurped him.



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Fairfax Fall Festival

Oct 11, Historic Downtown Fairfax

Address: 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 10am-5pm
Contact: Mitzi Taylor
Phone: (703) 385-7858
Admission: FREE
The City of Fairfax would like to invite you to join in celebrating the 38th annual Fall Festival. What started out as a small market for artisans to display their wares has grown to a festival with over 400 arts, crafts, information, food & gourmet food vendors, children’s activities and three stages of music and entertainment for all ages.

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Herndon Arts Week

Oct 11 - Oct 17, Town of Herndon

Recurring daily
Address: TBD, Herndon, VA
Contact: Council for the Arts of Herndon
Phone: (703) 689-9535

Newmyer Flyer Tribute to the Everly Brothers

Oct 11, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 7:30 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25 - $27
Relive the ’50s and ’60s glory days of country-influenced rock ’n’ roll as one of the finest tribute groups memorializes the legendary Everly Brothers.

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Virginia Opera: Sweeney Todd

Oct 11 - Oct 12, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Oct 11, 8 pm; Oct 12, 2pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $86, $72, $44
Virginia Opera’s 40th season opens with Sondheim’s hit and Tony Award-winning musical thriller about revenge, murder, and meat pies. This is the deliciously disturbing tale of Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street whose idyllic life was utterly destroyed by a corrupt and lecherous judge. Bitter and angry, Todd teams up with shop owner Mrs. Lovett to gratify his insatiable need for revenge while providing her with a steady supply of meat for her thriving pie business. Their gruesome scheme works — until Todd’s past catches up to him. Performed in English with English supertitles.

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"Taking Tea: Teatime Across the Centuries"

Oct 12, Fairfax Museum

Address: 10209 Main St, Fairfax, VA
Times: 2pm
Phone: (703) 385-8415
Admission: $8/person.
Learn about the history of the tea drink and the tradition of taking tea as an afternoon snack or evening meal. Tastings of hot tea, scones, teacakes, and shortbread will follow the presentation. Fee is $8/person. Program is limited to 25 attendees. For reservations and to arrange payment, call 703-385-8415.

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Clifton Day

Oct 12, Town of Clifton

Address: Main Street and Chapel Road, Clifton, VA
Times: 9am - 5pm
Join us our annual town's festival. Paradise Springs will be holding court in the "Wine Garden" in the square at the corner of Main Street and Chapel Road.

Wine Tastings, Grape Stomping, wines by the glass, or bottles to take home all will be offered throughout the day. Join us for a glass or two and enjoy wine produced right here in our town of Clifton.


Sam Amidon With Bill Frisell

Oct 16, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25-$27
Revolutionary jazz guitarist Bill Frisell teams up with rising folk artist Sam Amidon for a showcase of timeless Americana.

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11th Annual Great Falls Studios (GFS) Art Tour

Oct 17 - Oct 19, Great Falls Community Library, Tour Headquarters

Recurring daily
Address: 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA
Times: 10 AM - 5 PM both days
Admission: FREE
11th Annual Great Falls Studio Tour (GFS). A three-day family-friendly, FREE, self-guided driving tour to meet 50 artists in their individual home or group studios in scenic Great Falls, VA. Friday, October 17 - Saturday, October 18 - Sunday October 19. 10 AM to 5 PM each day. Rain or shine! An occasion to step inside the creative “habitats” of GFS artists. Meet potters and painters, sculptors and jewelry makers, photographers, a weaver, a print maker, a wood carver, quilters, and a layered-paper artist. Experience ongoing demonstrations, some hands on, and engage in conversations focusing on process and inspiration. The tour is meant to be educational, a celebration of community creativity. It does, though, offer guests the opportunity to purchase exceptional local art. Tour Headquarters at the Great Falls Community Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, GF. Friday and Saturday register there for one of twenty $50 “Art Bucks” good toward purchases on the tour. The Great Falls Studio Tour is generously sponsored by Sun Design Remodeling Specialists, an award winning, architectural design-build firm. http://www.sundesigninc.com/ They will be hosting an open house, throughout the weekend, at a Great Falls home where they have reinvented living spaces. Theirs is a tradition of exquisite design, expert remodeling and enduring relationships. Visit www.GreatFallsStudios.com for more information on the tour and Great Falls Studios community activities and individual artists.

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19th Annual Craftsmen's Fall Classic Art & Craft Festival

Oct 17 - Oct 19, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Fri. & Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5
Contact: Gilmore Shows
Phone: (336) 282-5550
Admission: $8/Adult, $1/Child (6-12) at door
Features original designs & work from hundreds of talented artists & craftsmen locally and from from across the nation. Something for every style, taste & budget with thousands of choices from traditional to contemporary, functional to whimsical and decorative to fun & funky. Visit with the actual artisans as you browse the booths for those one-of-a-kind treasures that will become treasured heirlooms. Admission good all three days with Free Return Pass from the show desk. Advance Discount and Group (15+) Tickets available through promoter. Discount coupons available in local newspapers as a part of the ads or from the web site. Online tickets available two weeks prior to start of show. For more information call 336-282-5550, email contact@gilmoreshows.com or visit CraftShow.com. Gilmore Shows is continually looking for new exhibitors with unique and unusual work. New Exhibitor Application kit available online for the jury process.

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Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys: Farewell Tour

Oct 17, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $48, $41, $29
This evening will be a fantastic celebration of the life of Dr. Ralph Stanley, performing the music he’s made famous. His is a distinctly American art form, which blends rural-based lyrics with fluid, jazz-like instrumental improvisations: music that will warm the hearts and stir the souls of bluegrass fans young and old. This patriarch of bluegrass has spent most of his 87 years honoring this uniquely American genre, and preserving it for generations to come. An influence for countless musicians through the years, this living legend is a Grand Ol’ Opry inductee and winner of three Grammy Awards.

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Masters of Hawaiian Music

Oct 17, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25-$30
Melodic island music with uncommon tunings and fingerpicking by Hawaii’s finest players.

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Max Major Magic Show

Oct 17, The Winery at Bull Run

Address: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA
Times: 8:30pm
Phone: (703) 815-2233
Admission: $40 - $69

After fifteen consecutive weeks of sold-out shows and selling over 5000 tickets to "THINK: An Evening of Mind Reading and Magic", Max Major, twice voted the best entertainer in DC by readers of the Washington City Paper, is bringing his critically acclaimed show to The Winery at Bull Run as a new Monthly Show Series!

In this 90 min show, magician Max Major will use a combination of magic, psychology, hypnosis and suggestion to demonstrate the untapped powers of the mind. Among the show's highlights, Major will employ his uncanny understanding of body language to decode the thoughts of audience members, assume the role of a human lie detector, and even, and subject himself to extreme physical harm in a feat of mind over body. This is a charity show. Partial proceeds will benefit the Meant To Live Foundation, of which Max is a board member, and Touching Heart.  


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Rocky Horror Show

Oct 17 - Nov 1, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 8pm
Admission: $10 - $15
Presented by Unquiet Theatre Company. Written and composed by Richard O'Brien. Directed by Katy Chmura. Choreographed by Jonathan M. Faircloth.

Innocent Brad and Janet find themselves seeking shelter at a mysterious old castle on a dark and stormy night, where they encounter transvestite Dr. Frank N Furter, his "perfect" creation Rocky, and an assortment of other crazy creatures. Join us for this campy, neo-traditonal Halloween Musical favorite... LIVE on stage! Audience Call-Out Nights are on Saturday performances and our Halloween performance ONLY.

A la carte cash bar, soft drinks and concessions are sold before each performance. Outside food and drink is not permitted.


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An Evening of Indian Dance

Oct 18, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 7:30 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $20-$25
Enjoy a rich cultural experience of beautiful and emotionally engaging classical and folk Indian dance and music.

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Claude Moore Colonial Farm 1771 Market Fair

Oct 18 - Oct 19, Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Recurring daily
Address: 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA
Times: 11:00am to 4:30pm
Phone: (703) 442-7557
Admission: Adult: $6; Children aged 3-12: $3; Children under three: Free; Seniors $3
In the fall, warm yourself by the fires and enjoy the splendor of autumn with crisp local apples, warm savory meat pies and hearty breads. Let Market Fair entertainers, tradesmen, and the militia amuse and educate you. Allow Mistress Barrow and Mr. John to entice you with their goods at the Dry Goods and the Gentlemen's Goods stands. Learn to dip candles or turn a piece of wood on the carpenter's lathe. Stop by the tavern for a cup of mulled wine before you begin your holiday shopping at the many tradesmen's and merchants' stalls.mple the foods and merchandise of the Market Fair.

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Historic All Hallows Eve

Oct 18, Sully Historic Site

Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 4pm
Admission: $10
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Virginians celebrated All Hallows Eve with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods and family gatherings. Experience these traditions as you tour the house and grounds by lantern light.

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Northern Virginia Fall Brewfest

Oct 18 - Oct 19, Special Events Center at Bull Run Regional Park

Recurring daily
Address: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA
Times: 11am - 7pm
Admission: $25 advance; $35 day of (special rates for Designated Drivers and children)

This World Beer Experience will feature more than 40 of the world's best breweries, plenty of delicious food to complement the craft beers and outstanding local and regional bands providing entertainment.  More than 40 breweries will have beers to sample including seven breweries new to the Northern Virginia BrewFest.

Visit NovaBrewFest and check out the Breweries section to see which beers the participating breweries will be offering. BE SURE to check back a couple of times as updates will be provided as breweries and beers are added.


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Paradise Springs Harvest Wine Dinner

Oct 18, Paradise Springs Winery

Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: 8pm seating
Phone: (703) 830-9463
Admission: $129/person
Join us as we host our Signature Wine Dinner of the year, The Paradise Springs Harvest Dinner. Every year we celebrate the fruits of our labor in the vineyard by celebrating a successful harvest season with the coming together of friends, family, food, and wine. You will have the opportunity to interact with our winemaker and get up close and personal with the winemaking process during our opening champagne reception. Discounts on wine offered at the end of the dinner.

A 5 course meal paired with our best wines.

Menu Coming Soon............

$129 plus tax per person

Limited seating available. Please call 703-830-9463 for reservations. Any cancellations are subject to a 5% credit card processing fee and within 2 weeks of the event your seat must be able to be resold.


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Tysons Harvest Festival

Oct 18 - Oct 19, Town Square at Tysons II

Recurring daily
Address: 8025 Galleria Drive, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 12pm - 6pm
Bring the kids for the First Annual Fall Harvest Festival. From Oct. 16-Nov.1, noon to 6 pm. Stroll through the arts and crafts booths and taste some of the fun flavors of fall. The kids will enjoy all the fun activities and rides. The adults will enjoy the wine and beer tastings. Everyone will enjoy the demonstrations by the master pumpkin carvers while they prepare for the evening's Great Pumpkin Gathering. It's all here for the reaping - you, your family and friends will definitely carve out some special memories.

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Fall Crush Festival

Oct 19, The Winery at Bull Run

Address: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA

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Food and Jane Austen

Oct 19, Green Spring Gardens - Historic Green Spring

Address: 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA
Times: 1pm - 3pm
Admission: $29
(13 yrs. - Adult) Explore the Regency Era's culinary and dining conventions through Jane Austen's novels and letters. Hear about dress codes, elaborate table settings and strict mealtime etiquette and discover the delicacies fit for dinner with Mr. Darcy! After the program, enjoy a traditional English tea. Reservations required.

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Neighbors Feeding Neighbors 5K

Oct 19

Address: 7925 Jones Branch Dr, McLean, 22102
Times: 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Sara Singmaster
Admission: $38.00
Running for a good cause! Even though Northern Virginia is considered one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in the country, we still face a poverty rate of about 5%. This means, based on U.S. Census figures, that more than 90,000 people are living in poverty and 30 percent are children. Food for Others is the largest distributor of free food directly to people in need in Northern Virginia. With the continued generous help from our community, we can fight hunger together!

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Paula Cole

Oct 19, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 7:30 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25-$27
“An extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice” (Rolling Stone) who gave us the hits “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want to Wait.”

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The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China with "Cirque Peking"

Oct 19, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China come to the Hylton Center on Oct. 19 to thrill young and old alike with outstanding athletic skill, daring feats and dazzling artistry. This exciting new performance, "Cirque Peking," features tumbling, juggling, contortion and balancing acts that have entertained audiences for thousands of years.



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Kathy Mattea

Oct 22 - Oct 23, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Recurring daily
Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $35
Country and bluegrass infused with Celtic folk flavors by a seasoned star with a “haunting, soulful voice.” (AllMusic)

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Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano; Kim Pensinger Witman, pianist

Oct 24, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $35
WTO Alumna returns to The Barns after winning the Marian Anderson Award, Opera International’s Young Artist Award, and the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

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Spooktacular

Oct 24, Herndon Community Center

Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 6:30-8:30pm
Phone: (703) 787-7300
Admission: $8 advance, $11 day of
Enjoy ghoulish games, a spooky craft and a children's show.  Fee covers all activities, show and a treat bag. Get more boo for your buck and register early; parents must accompany children at the event. 

Children's show is MAGIC of SPEED
The High Energy Magic of Speed is one of the east coast's premiere magic acts. Speed is the hyperactive, fast talking slick magician, while Curl is the fun loving, bubbly stage assistant. This combination leads to a fun, exciting and mystifying illusionist team!

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The Log & Timber Home Show: Northern Virginia

Oct 24 - Oct 26, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm
Phone: (800) 782-1253
Admission: $15/adults; Free for children under 18 with adult.
The Log & Timber Home Shows - "Magazines Brought To Life" - are large and lively events featuring two-story exhibits, life-size log and timber frame structures, extravagant furniture and decor displays, free workshop presentations and educational demonstration areas.

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Oct 24 - Oct 26, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, 4pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $25 adults, $15 children up to grade 12
This wildly warm-hearted theatrical experience kicks off when the Music Hall Royale "puts on" its flamboyant rendition of an unfinished Dickens mystery. The giddy playfulness of this play-within-a-play draws the audience toward one of the musical's most talked-about features, which allows the audience to vote on the solution as prelude to the most unusual and hilarious finale! Presented by the School of Theater and the School of Music.


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"The Little Women of Virginia: The Adventures of a Navy Widow & her Daughters during the Civil War"

Oct 25, Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 2pm
Phone: (703) 591-0560
Admission: Free
In the vein of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women," Jennie Forrest Richardson wrote a loving tribute about the ordeal of her penniless and widowed mother, Anna Henderson Forrest, and her five sisters during the Civil War. Adele Air will relate how the family survived while living in several states and Washington, DC.

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Annandale Fall Festival and Parade

Oct 25, Safeway Shopping Center at Little River Center

Address: 7414 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003
Times: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Contact: The Annandale Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (703) 256-7232
Admission: none
ANNANDALE FALL FESTIVAL SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP: Over 100 Gift Vendors On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the Annandale Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a spectacular Fall Festival in the Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike. This is the largest public event in Greater Annandale attended by over 10,000 people. From 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM the Annandale Fall Festival will offer something for everyone in the family, and will be held in conjunction with the annual parade for a fun-filled day! In the Food & Entertainment Zone, Rock, County, & Jazz Bands along with costumed international dancers, will entertain. Japanese, Thai, Nigerian, Caribbean, German, Greek, Italian, and Latin cuisines will be represented along with the perennial favorites such as barbeque, Philly cheese steaks, burgers and fried chicken, funnel cakes, snow cones, home baked good, cotton candy, Kettle Corn, and Jaguar Joe Coffee. In the Community Market there will be one hundred vendors to include numerous artisan handcrafts. The ever popular Pet Vendors will again feature a broad range of clever pet accessories, dog trainers & walkers, and gourmet pet food. Children’s books & toys, endearing marionettes, herbal wraps & wreaths, garden accessories, quality giftware from major manufacturers, silks, handbags, exquisite hair jewelry, fashion accessories, and professional stylists will fill-out the Community Market. The Kids Zone will host rides and interactive games appropriate for all ages. Bungee jumps, an Obstacle Course, the Giant Slide, and Toddler Play in Lil’ Pirates Cove are just a small sampling of what is planned. Finally, antique & classic cars, fire trucks, and the Nationwide NASCAR & simulator, sponsored by Burke & Burke Insurance, await your exploration. Vendor, Volunteer, Entertainment, and Sponsor Forms along with the parade entry form can be found at www.annandalechamber.com under OUR EVENTS. Don't delay; space fills quickly at both the festival and parade. Festival Parking available at the Bowling Alley AND at the Annandale Swim and Tennis Club, 7530 Little River Tpk. next to Wendy's. The Annandale Parade Cited in 2013 as one of, "THE BEST SMALL TOWN PARADES IN AMERICA" The popular Annandale Parade will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 beginning at 10:00 am. Marching along Columbia Pike from the historic white church near Gallows Road all the way to the Bowling Alley-Safeway, thousands of participants from Clowns, Storybook Characters, and Marching Bands to Antique & Military Cars, Fire Trucks, Civic Organizations, Scouts, and beautifully costumed International Dancers will parade before the residents of Greater Annandale. Sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, this sixty-four year old tradition only gets bigger and better every year.

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Clifton Haunted Trail

Oct 25, Town of Clifton

Address: Chapel Road, Clifton, VA
Times: 7pm - 10pm
Admission: Adults, $15; Children under 12, $10
We are proud to announce the return of this terrifying annual event that winds through Clifton's 8 Acre Park. Parents should accompany children along the Trail. NO flashlights allowed in the park. Arrive early since this popular event tends to get crowded during the later hours. Hardy shoes are recommended.

This year, look out for the new Clifton Haunted Trail t-shirts for sale at the concessions stand. Hot apple cider, fresh pizza by Clifton's newest restaurant Villagio's, cookies and snacks will be available for sale. Parking is free of charge and will be available at the Clifton Floodplain, Clifton Elementary School and Clifton House Shops where hayrides will take and pick-up Trail goers to the event.

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents Copland and Stravinsky

Oct 25 - Oct 26, George Mason University's Harris Theatre

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Show begins at 8pm.

Copland: "Quiet City"; Stravinsky: Concerto in E-flat "Dumbarton Oaks"; Copland: "Appalachian Spring"; Stravinsky: Suite 1 and 2 for Small Orchestra


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Halloween at Gunston Hall

Oct 25, Gunston Hall

Address: 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck, VA
Times: 4pm - 7pm
Phone: (703) 550-9220
Admission: Regular admission.
A family friendly event with story tellers, pumpkin painting, treats, face painting, Burying Ground tours by lantern, and more!

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Marcia Ball

Oct 25, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 7:30 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $35 - $40
This Grammy-nominated pianist and singer/songwriter blends Louisiana swamp rock and classic Texas blues into an “irresistible” musical cocktail. (Boston Globe)

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Bloomingdale's Fall Fashion Show benefitting SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center

Oct 26, Bloomingdale's Tysons Corner

Address: 8100 Tyson Blvd., McLean, VA
Times: Doors open 10 a.m.
Contact: Suzanne Singer
Phone: (301) 294-7227
Admission: $75
Calling all fashionistas! Please join us for a fun-filled morning as you gather with friends to enjoy light fare, view the latest fall fashions, and support SafeSpot of Fairfax, a Children's Advocacy Center for abused children. Amazing raffle prizes will be available to win including a Gucci purse, Jo Malone perfume, Capitals tickets, travel packages, and much more! And Bloomingdale's is generously donating 10% of the day's event purchases to SafeSpot, Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax. sponsorships and tickets are available at www.safespotfairfax.org. See you there!

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Hylton Family Series: "ImaginOcean"

Oct 26, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

The Hylton Family Series begins on Oct. 26 with two performances of "ImaginOcean," a one-of-a-kind, glow-in-the-dark, under-the-sea musical about three fishy friends who discover a treasure map, thus beginning a remarkable journey of underwater discovery. This exciting performance is brought to the Hylton Center by Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia, whose credits include "Sesame Street" and Disney's "Johnny and the Sprites," as well as Broadway's "Avenue Q," "Shrek the Musical" and "Beauty and the Beast."



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The Bad Plus

Oct 26, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 7:30 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $30-$32
Jazz trio combines audacious and pop-centric melodies with “funky new-millennium rhythms and succulent harmonic flights.” (Entertainment Weekly)

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Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series - "Founder's Son: Abraham Lincoln"

Oct 28, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 7pm
Admission: $150 for members; $175 general public [for entire series]

For Abraham Lincoln, the road to the future always began in the past-America's, and his. As a boy he admired George Washington as a champion of liberty. As a young man, he found in Thomas Paine lessons about religion, which he ultimately abandoned, and about how to win arguments, which he retained for the rest of his life. At the height of his career he embraced Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence as a statement of principle (an "apple of gold," he called it, quoting the Bible), and the Preamble to the Constitution, which named the people as beneficiaries and guardians of freedom. Other books on Lincoln note his interest in the founding fathers and how he looked back to them, but here for the first time a historian of the founding looks ahead to Lincoln.

This popular educational series includes four lectures and four receptions, and is designed to provide a deeper understanding of, and expertise in, a particular subject related to George Washington.

All programs take place in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium located at the Mount Vernon Inn Complex. Receptions and book-signings take place in the same facility immediately following the lecture. 

 


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Jim Brickman

Oct 29 - Oct 30, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Recurring daily
Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $35-$40
Soothing, piano-driven melodies by inspiring singer/songwriter and celebrated radio show host who has collaborated with Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, and Donny Osmond, among others.

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Oct 31 - Nov 1, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Recurring daily
Address: 10960 George Mason Cir, Manassas, VA
Times: Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm
Admission: $25 adults, $15 children up to grade 12
This wildly warm-hearted theatrical experience kicks off when the Music Hall Royale "puts on" its flamboyant rendition of an unfinished Dickens mystery. The giddy playfulness of this play-within-a-play draws the audience toward one of the musical's most talked-about features, which allows the audience to vote on the solution as prelude to the most unusual and hilarious finale! Presented by the School of Theater and the School of Music.


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The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China: Cirque Peking

Oct 31 - Nov 1, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $48, $41, $29
From the exotic Far East comes the world’s most riveting acrobatic troupe whose astonishing acts inspire the same awe and wonder in people today as a millennium ago. The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China is among Asia’s most acclaimed ensembles, and has won countless international awards and competitions. For seven decades, this company has been thrilling young and old alike with dazzling acts of tumbling, juggling, contortion, balancing, and high-flying athleticism. With a combination of traditional and modern music, colorful sets, and imaginative props, their extraordinary performance is guaranteed to have everyone on the edge of their seats.

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Cask Ale Festival

Nov 1, Mad Fox Brewing Company

Address: 444 W. Broad St, Suite I, Falls Church, VA
Times: TBD
Phone: (703) 942-6840
Cask Ale Festival

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Cox Farms Pumpkin Madness

Nov 1 - Nov 2, Cox Farms

Recurring daily
Address: 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA
Times: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Phone: (703) 830-4121
Admission: See Website for Details

What happens to pumpkins after Halloween? Pumpkin Madness Days of course! Bring your own used jack o' lantern and experience them getting hurled, smashed, dropped and squished! This is one of the best events of our Fall Festival and a ton of fun.  If you've never been, come and visit us for a smashing twist to our famous Fall Festival!

Last entry at 4PM during Pumpkin Madness days!


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Eddie Money

Nov 1, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 7:00 & 9:30 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $45-$50
Enjoy the best of classic rock with catchy, upbeat tunes from the star who gave us ’80s hits including “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.”

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Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate)

Nov 1, Jammin Java

Address: 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA
Times: 7pm
Contact: Jammin Java-Mei
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $15
In 25 years, Wynn has released at least that many albums and has seen over 300 of his songs recorded. He has played over 2000 shows in more than 25 countries. His songs have been recorded and/or performed by REM, Luna, Concrete Blonde, The Black Crowes, Yo La Tengo and Eleventh Dream Day, among others; his "That's Why I Wear Black" became the #1 single of 1993 in Norway as the leadoff track from the debut album by Somebody's Darling. He has been prominently featured in Rolling Stone, Mojo, Uncut, Entertainment Weekly, People, The Los Angeles Times, New York Times and countless other publications all over the world.

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The Capital Franchise Expo

Nov 1 - Nov 2, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sunday, 11am-4pm
Phone: (800) 891-4859
Admission: $8
Do you want to own your own business?

The Capital Franchise Expo invites consumers wanting to start their own business to attend this exciting, upcoming two-day event! This event is perfect for exploring the option of self-employment. Buying a Franchise means you are in business for yourself...but not by yourself. Owning a Franchise means you own a proven business concept, and have the support you need to be successful! Franchising covers many industries that are considered "Recession-Proof" - these opportunities are great investments in any economy! Take control of your financial future - invest in yourself!


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Deana Martin - "A Tribute to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra"

Nov 2, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

An unforgettable night featuring the music of two legendary American crooners comes to the Merchant Hall stage on Nov. 2 as entertainer Deana Martin brings "A Tribute to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra." In this incredible concert, Martin pays homage to the two men she knew as "Dad" and "Uncle Frank" by performing their most popular hits, such as "The Lady is a Tramp," "Volare," "Strangers in the Night" and "That's Amore," while sharing some little known stories about these celebrated members of the Rat Pack.




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New Orleans Legends: Featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint

Nov 2, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $48, $41, $29
These two musical titans from the Big Easy pay homage to the great music of their city in an extraordinary evening of jazz. The legendary jazz and New Orleans R&B pianist Allen Toussaint recently received the highly prestigious National Medal of Arts by President Obama in recognition of his seminal influence on New Orleans music. Joining Toussaint, from the heart of the French Quarter comes the one-and-only Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which has invigorated traditional New Orleans jazz through performances at Preservation Hall, extensive tours and recordings, and its collaborations with artists from a diversity of musical genres.

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Children’s Performing Art Series

Nov 3, Herndon Community Center

Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 11-11:45am
Phone: (703) 787-7300

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Capital Building & Facility Maintenance Show

Nov 5, Dulles Expo Center

Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: 9am-2pm
Phone: (508) 824-3343
Admission: Free. Children 17 and under are not admitted.
The Capital Building & Facility Maintenance Show is positioned to serve the needs of Facility Management and Maintenance professionals as well as Plant Engineering and Industrial Maintenance Professionals from across this region. Our free trade show also features educational seminars designed to bring the latest information on the products, technologies and services today's maintenance and repair operation professionals need.

 


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Justin Hayward

Nov 6 - Nov 7, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Recurring daily
Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $75
Legendary guitarist of The Moody Blues, takes fans back with outstanding acoustic versions of his old and new songs.

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Martha Graham Dance Company

Nov 7, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $46, $39, $28
Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe,” this venerated ensemble is committed to preserving the legacy of its founder, Martha Graham, whose timeless and uniquely American style of dance has influenced generations of artists. Featured in this evening of contemporary dance is Appalachian Spring Suite, which includes a narration created from letters between Graham and Aaron Copland; Graham’s Cave of the Heart, set to the music of Samuel Barber; and Maple Leaf Rag, which was Graham’s last work. Also included on the program is Echo, a new work choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis.

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DC Big Flea Market

Nov 8 - Nov 9, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
Phone: (757) 430-4735
Admission: $8 Adults, Good for both days
On Sale: Period & Country Furniture to Collectibles of All Eras at Affordable Prices! Featuring Glassware, Jewelry, Silver, Primitives, Porcelain and Much More!

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Fairfax County's 10th Annual History Conference

Nov 8, Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center

Address: 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8:30am-3:30pm
Contact: Lynne Garvey Hodge
Phone: (703) 322-1811
Admission: $20 Registration Fee - Paid in Advance
The theme of the conference is "Fire, Flight & Fury!" The War of 1812 in Fairfax County -200 years later! 

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents "I'll Be Seeing You" by Luke Frazier

Nov 8, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Pre-concert lecture at 7pm. Show begins at 8pm.

Luke Frazier, guest conductor.

"I'll Be Seeing You" - Based on actual letters from Luke Frazier's family written during World War II, including songs of the era by Gershwin, Kern, Carmichael, Ellington, and more. 


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The Mavericks

Nov 8, The State Theatre

Address: 220 North Washington Street, Falls Church, Virginia
Times: 9pm
Phone: (703) 237-0300
Admission: $40/floor ; $50/balcony
"... the Mavericks can still mix torch and twang with a vibrant virtuosity that defies genre boundaries" - USA TODAY

The Mavericks are back. The country-steeped garage band with a Cuban American lead singer that had emerged from Miami in 1989 with their sultry debut that was equal parts innocence, intensity, and vintage influences has reunited in 2012 after an eight-year hiatus. Time has a way of melting when you're busy living life - and two decades have passed since their polyrhythmic brand of post-modern country has given the world "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down," "Here Comes The Rain," and "Dance The Night Away."

With their new album, time melts once again, and the band that defied definitions, blurred genres, and made everybody feel good is back. The "most interesting band in the world" has captured the infectious energy and robust sound from their live shows on their new Valory Music release In Time. Songs like "Dance In The Moonlight," the Orbison-esque "Born To Be Blue," the horn-punctuated retro noir "Back In Your Arms Again," and the Tejano-esque "All Over Again" show that the Mavericks have once again found the way to make genre-defying soul music.

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"Not Forgotten: The Story of the Offerings at the Wall"

Nov 9, Fairfax Museum

Address: 10209 Main St, Fairfax, VA
Times: 2pm
Phone: (703) 385-8414
Admission: Free
Megan Leining, Collections Manager with Fairfax County Park Authority, will talk about her former work with the National park Service of curating objects left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Three Great B’s – Beethoven, Brahms, and Bartók!

Nov 9, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $40, $34, $24
Jeffrey Siegel delves into the creative genius of three of the most revered composers the world has ever known in his second Keyboard Conversations concert of the season. In a stellar performance, this distinguished pianist explores Beethoven’s ardent, lyrical Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78; Brahms’ powerful Rhapsodies and intimate Intermezzi; and Bartók’s vibrant, zesty Romanian Folk Dances and tuneful, humorous Rondo. For over four decades, Mr. Siegel has delighted audiences with his virtuosity at the piano and his fascinating insight into the world’s most revered composers and their works.

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Veteran’s Day Observance

Nov 11, Town Green Herndon

Address: 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 11am
Phone: (703) 481-1200
Admission: Free

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Veterans Day Ceremony

Nov 11, Memorial Amphitheater

Address: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Phone: (877) 907-8585
Admission: Free
About 5,000 visitors attend each of the two major annual remembrance ceremonies in the Memorial Amphitheater. They take place on Memorial Day and Veterans Day and are sponsored by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.

Many military organizations also conduct annual memorial services in the amphitheater. In addition, organizations also host memorial observances and events at Arlington. All ceremonies and special events are free and open to the public.


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World of Color Expo 2014

Nov 12 - Nov 15, Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel

Recurring daily
Address: 13869 Park Center Road, Herndon, Virginia
Times: Open daily 9am til 6 pm
Contact: David Vernon
Phone: (703) 754-3191
Admission: Registration Required to take classes. Trade Floor Admission.
The most amazing art Expo to hit the East Coast in a decade. We will offer painting classes in a variety of skill levels and mediums (everything from decorative to fine art). Registration is required for the painting classes. (50-60 classes and approximately 50 vendors). Attendees may register for classes, view painting demonstrations, enter the world of our Exhibit Trade Floor, and browse/shop for that special item, needed painting supplies or new painting products. All are open to the public with no prior painting experience. Join us for a truly exciting experience through the world of Art. Have You Promoted Art Today!

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Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series - "Washington & the Election: 1788-1789"

Nov 13, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 7pm
Admission: $150 for members; $175 general public [for entire series]

Washington left Philadelphia not knowing if the states would ratify the Constitution but aware that he would likely serve as the first president if the document was ratified. Working behind the scenes to avoid charges of self-interest, he threw himself into the ratification effort even as he denied interest in the presidency. Nine states needed to ratify the Constitution for it to take effect; more were necessary for the government to work. Fierce partisan battles erupted in many states, with Washington's support for the document, and his assumed service, as president serving as the Federalists' most effective argument. Following ratification, the battle shifted to the First Federal Election, with Federalists and Anti Federalists seeking to gain the advantage. They could agree on only one issue: Washington would be the President. He became the unifying figure that bound the states together and made the presidency into the popular symbol of national union.

This popular educational series includes four lectures and four receptions, and is designed to provide a deeper understanding of, and expertise in, a particular subject related to George Washington.

All programs take place in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium located at the Mount Vernon Inn Complex. Receptions and book-signings take place in the same facility immediately following the lecture. 

 


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21st Annual Northern Virginia Christmas Market

Nov 14 - Nov 16, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
Phone: (757) 417-7771
Admission: $8 Adults; Children under 12 are free.
More than 300 juried artisans from across the country offer fine art, functional & decorative pottery, handcrafted jewelry, glass, photography, woven baskets, furniture, decorative arts, collectible dolls, wearable art and much more. Specialty food vendors offer gift-packaged gourmet fare such as steamed puddings, almond pound cakes, party dips, sparkling cider and fruit cakes. Events Management Group, Inc. works with the Capital Area Food Bank helping needy families during the holiday season by collecting donations of canned goods.

Receive $1.00 off admission by bringing a canned food donation for the Capital Area Food Bank.

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Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Nov 14, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $70, $60, $42
Since its inception more than a century ago, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra has maintained an outstanding international reputation on par with many of Europe’s most prominent orchestras. The ensemble, which performed one of its first concerts under the baton of Dvořák, presents a program of beloved Eastern European works led by conductor Jiří Bělohlávek. Regarded as one of the world’s best pianists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet showcases his musical sensibilities and dazzling technical ability and musicality to the Center in a performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

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Girls Night Inn

Nov 14 - Nov 15, Courtyard by Marriott Dunn Loring

Recurring daily
Address: 2722 Gallows Rd, Merrifield, VA
Times: 6pm (Friday) to 12pm (Saturday) & 6pm (Saturday) to 12pm (Sunday)
Contact: Lauren Webb
Admission: $120 per person
Le Rebouchon hosts events where women can reconnect with each other by learning crafts, preserving memories and laughing 'til it hurts. We are hosting our first event in November where girlfriends can learn a new craft, begin an album, let loose and have fun!

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American Festival Pops Orchestra: Lights, Camera, Action! Music from Cinema, Television, & Broadway

Nov 15, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $48, $41, $29
This outstanding orchestra is known and appreciated throughout the greater D.C. area for its superb musicianship and its delightful performances. This concert features music from film, television and Broadway that is a cherished part of American pop culture. Under the baton of founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, this gifted group of musicians performs some of your favorites in what is certain to be a delightful evening of popular music. Special Guest Artist, Norma Douglas Zimdahl, has performed on radio, television and on Broadway, and joins the AFPO as piano soloist for a performance of her composition, Norma’s Jazz Classic. “[American Festival Pops Orchestra] performed crisply and with great enthusiasm under the baton of Maestro Maiello.” (Washington Times)

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Virginia Girls Summit

Nov 15, George Mason University - Johnson Center's Dewberry Hall

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 9am-3:30pm
Contact: Patsy Mangas
Admission: Registration is $20 for teens and $25 for parents.
George Mason University's Women and Gender Studies Center is hosting the first Virginia Girls Summit on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The mission of the summit is to teach and inspire 7th-12th grade girls to be resilient, confident, and courageous as they discover and pursue their passions.  Advertisers and media will tell girls that they are not skinny enough, not smart enough, or pretty enough. The Virginia Girls Summit is created to tell girls THEY ARE ENOUGH just the way they are without becoming someone else. Throughout the day of the summit, girls will attend creative, engaging, fun workshops. These workshops will challenge girls to see their value, introducing them to possibilities and helping them create their own road maps for the future.  In addition, the girls will hear from a panel of young, successful entrepreneurs sharing their own stories of resilience, passion, and dreams.  Special guest Matthew Schuler from THE VOICE will open the summit and Misty Copeland, who many consider the first African American ballerina for the American Ballet Company, will be our keynote speaker (MistyCopeland.com).

Misty is the epitome of strength, courage, and passion.  Misty's interactive talk will be live streamed for girls all over the country and hopefully the world to see.

 

The Summit is being held at George Mason's Johnson Center's Dewberry Hall.


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L.A. Theatre Works: In the Heat of the Night

Nov 16, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $44, $37, $26
This gripping detective murder mystery, brought to our stage by America’s premier radio theater company, begins on a steamy August night in a small Southern town, where the body of a wealthy white man is discovered. Police arrest a black stranger passing through town, only to learn that he is a respected homicide detective. The detective reluctantly finds himself working with the chief of police to solve the murder, while wrestling with the fear, hatred, and prejudices prevalent in the deep South in the 1960s. John Ball’s timely novel became an Oscar-winning film and an Emmy Award-winning television show.

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James Cotton

Nov 20, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25
Widely regarded as one of the best harmonica players of all time, this powerful instrumentalist and blues legend has made his mark on music history.

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Chris Smither & The Motivators special guest Rusty Belle

Nov 21 - Nov 22, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Recurring daily
Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: Friday, 8:00 PM & Saturday, 7:30 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $30-$35
The fingerstyle guitar wizard showcases his gritty but gorgeous songcraft and unmatched performing chops.

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The Nation's Gun Show

Nov 21 - Nov 23, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Friday, 1pm-8pm; Saturday,9am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
Phone: (540) 951-1344
Admission: Adults, $13; Kids 12-17, $7; Free for kids under 12; 3-Day Pass, $20
C & E Gun Shows is dedicated to producing the most professional, safest and ethical gun shows in the country. We strive to provide our patrons with the best available selection of firearms, ammo, knives and related merchandise, and our dealers with the largest crowds of qualified buyers anywhere, while always doing all we can do to protect the constitution of the United States of America.

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23rd Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

Nov 22 - Nov 23, George Mason University Fairfax, at The HUB Ballroom

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 Universtiy Drive, Fairfax, Virginia
Times: Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm
Contact: Jim Kostka
Phone: (202) 207-5437
Admission: Adults $5, seniors $3, students (13-17) $3. FREE = Children (12 and under), Scouts in uniform and GMU Students with ID.
More than 20 dealers, minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, meteorites, crystals, demonstrations, exhibits, door prizes, kids' mini-mines, learning activities, Cub Scout activities, silent auction on Sunday.

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Brother Against Sister: Rape in the Civil War

Nov 22, Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 2pm
Phone: (703) 591-0560
Admission: Free
While nearly 30 soldiers were executed for the crime of rape during the Civil War, hundreds of women came forward with horror stories of rape and attempted rape. In many cases, the judicial system worked against them. Based on her book, "I Had Rather Die: Rape in the Civil War," award-winning author Kim Murphy will contradict many historians' claims that the American Civil War was a "low-rape" war to show the atrocities against women, both white and black. Book purchase and signing to follow.

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Gobbler Scramble

Nov 22, Herndon Centennial Golf Course

Address: 909 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 9am
Phone: (703) 471-5769

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Hylton Family Series: "Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters: The Musical"

Nov 22, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Fresh from its sold-out off-Broadway run, Berenstain Bears LIVE! in "Family Matters: The Musical" appears at the Hylton Center in two performances on Nov. 22. Based on three of the most popular books in Stan and Jan Berenstain's beloved children's series, this humorous and heartwarming musical featuring everyone's favorite bear family is filled with original songs, fun dancing and important life lessons for the entire family.




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John Eaton

Nov 28, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25-$27
Renowned pianist, vocalist, musicologist, and humorist delivers renditions of cherished American songs.

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Max Major Magic Show

Nov 28, The Winery at Bull Run

Address: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA
Times: 8:30pm
Phone: (703) 815-2233
Admission: $40 - $69

After fifteen consecutive weeks of sold-out shows and selling over 5000 tickets to "THINK: An Evening of Mind Reading and Magic", Max Major, twice voted the best entertainer in DC by readers of the Washington City Paper, is bringing his critically acclaimed show to The Winery at Bull Run as a new Monthly Show Series!

In this 90 min show, magician Max Major will use a combination of magic, psychology, hypnosis and suggestion to demonstrate the untapped powers of the mind. Among the show's highlights, Major will employ his uncanny understanding of body language to decode the thoughts of audience members, assume the role of a human lie detector, and even, and subject himself to extreme physical harm in a feat of mind over body. This is a charity show. Partial proceeds will benefit the Meant To Live Foundation, of which Max is a board member, and Touching Heart.  


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The Nighthawks and Skip Castro Band

Nov 28, The State Theatre

Address: 220 North Washington Street, Falls Church, Virginia
Times: 9pm
Phone: (703) 237-0300
Admission: $20
Washington's favorite bad boys, the Nighthawks are masters of electric Chicago Blues and the kings of sh*t kicking roadhouse rock. They're not called America's Best Bar Band for nothing...

The Nighthawks history is extensive, beginning in the '70s when the band criss-crossed the country playing clubs and colleges then dominated by the sounds of country rock and disco. The band spread their version of roots rock, soul, rockabilly, and blues that was hardly the standard fare. In addition, the Nighthawks were considered touring pioneers, since only a handful of Chicago blues stars were touring nationally, and the west coast blues bands stayed on their side of the Great Divide.

It began a long time ago. 1978 to be exact. Four musicians, out of work at the same time got together because honestly, they liked to play music. Thus, the Skip Castro Band was born. A mutual love of rhythm 'n blues, swing, boogie woogie and rock 'n roll became the foundation.

Over the next ten years, Skip Castro would become staples on the East Coast between Boston and Atlanta playing every bar, club, music hall, and college in between. All the while having a great time. Called one of the best party bands ever, Skip Castro brings the party everytime they take the stage.

18 and up to enter. VALID ID required.


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Seraphic Fire Christmas: Carols by Candlelight

Nov 29, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $50, $43, $30
Begin celebrating the holiday season with the rapturous voices of this revered a cappella ensemble. This critically acclaimed group comes to the Center for the first time to present a dazzling holiday performance — a candlelight Christmas concert with a popular mix of Gregorian chant, carols, motets, and contemporary favorites. Based in Miami, and under the direction of its founder and artistic director, Patrick Dupré Quigley, Seraphic Fire’s reputation as an important vocal ensemble has been enhanced by two Grammy nominations, a top-ten appearance on the Billboard classical chart, and a number-one debut on the iTunes classical music charts.

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Stephen Kellogg

Nov 29, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 7:30 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25
This lively performer and talented everyman combines soulful songwriting and passionate guitar for a classic rock ’n’ roll sound.

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"A Chanticleer Christmas"

Nov 30, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

A cherished annual tradition at the Hylton Center, Chanticleer kicks off the Christmas season with its Thanksgiving weekend concert, "A Chanticleer Christmas," on Nov. 30. This Grammy Award-winning male a cappella group displays its mastery of more than a thousand years of vocal literature by performing ancient hymns, venerated sacred songs and contemporary works, as well as a selection of festive American and European carols and spirituals.




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Over The Rhine

Dec 5, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25-$28
Uplifting Midwestern Americana duo whose “soul-nourishing music” (LA Times) will transport you to “The Edge of the World.”

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Virginia Opera: H.M.S. Pinafore

Dec 5 - Dec 6, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $86, $72, $44
All aboard the grand British naval ship, H.M.S. Pinafore, where the Captain plans to wed his dear daughter to the First Lord of the Admiralty, despite her forbidden love for a sailor of humble means. Hilarity ensues and secrets are revealed when the young couple ignores social convention and plans to elope. Filled with toe-tapping tunes, saucy satire, and nutty nautical humor, it is easy to see why this timeless comic operetta was Gilbert & Sullivan’s first international sensation, and remains one of the opera world’s most popular works. Sung in English with English supertitles.

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Annual Tree Lighting and Sing-Along

Dec 6, Town Hall Square

Address: 730 Elden Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 5-6pm
Phone: (703) 437-5556

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Herndon Holiday Homes Tour

Dec 6, Town of Herndon

Address: Herndon Homes, Herndon, VA
Times: 10am-4pm
Phone: 703-435-6800 x2222

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Superintendent’s Revenge Golf Tournament

Dec 6, Herndon Centennial Golf Course

Address: 909 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 9am
Phone: (703) 471-5769

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Towne Square Singers Holiday Concert

Dec 6 - Dec 7, ArtSpace Herndon

Recurring daily
Address: 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA
Times: Saturday, 7:30pm ; Sunday, 2pm
Phone: (703) 787-7300
The Herndon Towne Square Singers, which is sponsored by the Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation Department, numbers 25 strong for the upcoming concert.  Many members hail from the Town of Herndon and others come from surrounding communities in Fairfax and Loudoun counties.


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Winter Open House, Herndon Fortnightly Library

Dec 6, Herndon Fortnightly Library

Address: 768 Center Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 11am-2pm
Phone: (703) 437-8855

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"Christmas in Camp" - Civil War Living History

Dec 7, Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 12pm - 4pm
Phone: (703) 591-0560
Admission: Free
Discuss Civil War-era holiday customs, make Victorian ornaments, and participate in camp drills with Company D, 17th VA Infantry, "Fairfax Rifles" C.S.A. Guided tours of Historic Blenheim House.

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Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

Dec 7, Herndon Community Center

Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 10am-4pm
Phone: (703) 787-7300
Admission: Free
Over 70 artisans and craftspeople will exhibit and sell their work at this annual arts and crafts show sponsored by the Town of Herndon Department of Parks and Recreation. A variety of handcrafted items and fine art will be on sale including wreaths, quilts, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, decorations, original artwork, photography, stained glass, and more. Visitors are encouraged not to bring strollers inside the building during show hours due to limited space.

Free admission and parking.  Additional parking at the Herndon Centennial Golf Course.

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American Festival Pops Orchestra presents "Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season"

Dec 12, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

The joy and magic of the holiday season come alive when the American Festival Pops Orchestra takes the Merchant Hall stage under the baton of founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello on Dec. 12 to present a festive concert titled "Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season," featuring cherished Christmas carols, holiday favorites, guest soloists and the popular audience sing-along.





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Holiday Celebration with The 5 Browns

Dec 12, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $50, $43, $30
In their Center debut, these virtuosic sibling pianists present a merry evening of music-making featuring everything from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite to selections from Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. Praised by Entertainment Weekly for their “scorching piano,” they first made headlines when all five were accepted at Juilliard simultaneously, and have since exploded onto the classical music scene. The Billboard chart-topping artists have appeared on The Tonight Show, Today, Oprah, and even in their own PBS special, but nothing can match the experience of enjoying these talents live onstage thundering away on five Steinways.

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Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Dec 12 - Dec 14, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Drive, Chantilly, VA
Times: Friday & Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
Contact: Sugarloaf Craft Festivals
Phone: (800) 210-9900
Admission: Adults: $8 online, $10 at the door; Children under 12: free; Parking: free
More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display and sell their handcrafted work in Chantilly, Virginia (outside Washington, DC) at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Friday, December 12, through Sunday, December 14 at the Dulles Expo Center. Jury-selected artists from around the country will present their stunning array of contemporary crafts in sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, wood, leather, metal, furniture, home accessories, photography and fine art. Holiday shoppers can enjoy browsing and buying fine crafts and unique gifts for everyone on their holiday list. As part of the family-friendly atmosphere at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, visitors can watch the creative process of master artisans during ongoing craft demonstrations. Live music, children’s entertainment and delicious gourmet goodies available to sample and buy from dozens of specialty food vendors make the fall Festival a great destination for the entire family. For more information, including admission discounts, a list of artists participating in the show and discount hotel rates, visit www.sugarloafcrafts.com or call (800) 210-9900. Free parking is available on site. High-resolution images of artist work are available at http://www.sugarloafcrafts.com/pr/december_chantilly_photo.html

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American Festival Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops - Songs of the Season

Dec 13, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $50, $43, $30
Always a treasured holiday tradition at the Center, this gifted orchestra spreads holiday cheer and good tidings. This festive concert celebrates the season with cherished Christmas carols, holiday favorites, guest soloists, and a popular carol sing-along. Under the baton of founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, this ensemble of 60 of the finest musicians from the D.C. area presents a jubilant evening full of joyful holiday favorites that is certain to create precious Christmas memories.

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D-Day thru the Battle of the Bulge 70th Anniversary - Presented by Jim Lewis

Dec 13, Reston Regional Library

Address: 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA
Times: 2pm-3pm
Admission: FREE

Join local historian Jim Lewis as he speaks about WWII focusing on the day after D-Day through the Battle of the Bulge.  The D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 were one of the most significant moments of the Second World War, and marked the point when the combined military force of the Western allies were finally brought to bear fully against Germany. The landings were the largest single day amphibious assault in history, with 156,000 men. Support included 11,590 aircraft making 14,674 sorties in a single day and 195,700 men manning nearly 6,000 ships of all sizes. Facing them was a supposedly impregnable sea wall of fortifications and the famed German army. Learn about the incredible obstacles "our boys" faced that day. The days after D-Day were even more demanding. Finally, an amazing pincer movement brought closure. Just when it appeared things were going well, Hitler turned the tables as he launched a last gasp effort, known today as the Battle of the Bulge (the largest land battle ever fought by the U.S.). The battle would prove decisive and Germany would capitulate in 3-1/2 months.


Model Train Display

Dec 13 - Dec 14, Herndon Municipal Center

Recurring daily
Address: 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA
Times: Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-4pm
Phone: (703) 437-5556
Depot Museum and Caboose also open.

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"Four Centuries of Virginia Christmases"

Dec 14, Fairfax Museum

Address: 10209 Main St, Fairfax, VA
Times: 2pm
Phone: (703) 385-8414
Admission: Free
Join author Mary Miley Theobald to explore Virginia Christmas customs and their evolution from pagan, British, German, and Dutch precedents.

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A Storybook Holiday Brunch

Dec 14, Herndon Community Center

Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 11am
Phone: (703) 787-7300
Admission: $14
Bring your child to enjoy holiday fun. Children will prepare a craft, enjoy a visit from Santa and in addition, a special guest appearance who will read the ever popular Elf on the Shelf storybook. Fee also includes brunch for one parent and one child.

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Clint Black - "A Clint Black Christmas"

Dec 14, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Country music legend Clint Black brings a heartwarming concert of original Christmas music and beloved hits from throughout his 25 years in country music to the Hylton Center with "A Clint Black Christmas" on Dec. 14. Black has won over countless country music fans with his authentic and traditional sound, as well as his numerous Triple Platinum-selling albums and Billboard chart-topping songs, including his breakout hit, "A Better Man."





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Dress Up Herndon for the Holidays

Dec 15, Homes in Herndon

Address: Homes in Herndon, Herndon, VA
Times: Judging 6-8pm
Phone: 7034356800x2222

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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Dec 17 - Dec 18, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Moscow Ballet's classic Great Russian Nutcracker returns!

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International Gem & Jewelry Show

Dec 19 - Dec 21, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Drive, Chantilly, VA
Times: Friday, 12pm-6pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
Phone: (301) 294-1640
Admission: $8; Children 8 and under are not admitted.
The Int'l Gem & Jewelry Show offers the greatest selection and lowest prices on diamonds, gold, silver, beads, and more. Choose either costume or fine jewelry from more than 360 exhibitors from around the world.

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Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna

Dec 20 - Dec 21, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 4pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $50, $43, $30
This spirited performance by these remarkable Austrian youngsters features everything from ancient hymns and traditional Christmas carols to popular holiday favorites and songs from across the globe. Audiences and critics worldwide have praised these talented singers for their celestial voices, rapturous harmonies, pure tone, appealing demeanor, and, above all, a wide-ranging repertoire spanning centuries and genres. Dating back over half a millennium, the history of this choir has been associated with many of the world’s great composers, including Mozart and Bruckner; Franz Schubert himself was even a chorister.

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Greenberg Train & Toy Show

Dec 27 - Dec 28, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Drive, Chantilly, VA
Times: Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm
Phone: (630) 279-4087
Admission: $7, ages 12 and up. Free for ages 11 and under.
Greenberg's Train & Toy Show was founded in 1976 to promote the hobby of model railroading and toy train collecting. Our shows feature operating model railroads, dealers selling trains and collectable toys, hands-on exhibits and demonstrations.

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Max Major Magic Show

Dec 27, The Winery at Bull Run

Address: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA
Times: 8:30pm
Phone: (703) 815-2233
Admission: $40 - $69

After fifteen consecutive weeks of sold-out shows and selling over 5000 tickets to "THINK: An Evening of Mind Reading and Magic", Max Major, twice voted the best entertainer in DC by readers of the Washington City Paper, is bringing his critically acclaimed show to The Winery at Bull Run as a new Monthly Show Series!

In this 90 min show, magician Max Major will use a combination of magic, psychology, hypnosis and suggestion to demonstrate the untapped powers of the mind. Among the show's highlights, Major will employ his uncanny understanding of body language to decode the thoughts of audience members, assume the role of a human lie detector, and even, and subject himself to extreme physical harm in a feat of mind over body. This is a charity show. Partial proceeds will benefit the Meant To Live Foundation, of which Max is a board member, and Touching Heart.  


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Herndon's New Year’s Eve Bonfire and Celebration

Dec 31, ArtSpace Herndon

Address: 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA
Times: TBD
Phone: (703) 956-6590

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New Year’s Eve Scramble

Dec 31, Herndon Centennial Golf Course

Address: 909 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 10am
Phone: (703) 471-5769

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The Ying Quartet

Jan 9, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $35
The Ying Quartet excels in performances "as close to the ideal as possible, delivering chamber music of astonishing, refreshing exaltation and exhilaration" (The Los Angeles Times).

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Dave Mason

Jan 21 - Jan 22, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Recurring daily
Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $45
This prolific guitarist and former frontman of the legendary English band Traffic has rocked out with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, and more throughout his illustrious career.

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Aquila Theatre: The Tempest

Jan 23, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $44, $37, $26
Aquila Theatre brings to our stage this tale of shipwrecks, magical powers, vengeance, forgiveness, and enlightenment. The Bard’s bittersweet farewell to the stage is the story of Prospero, the Duke of Milan and self-taught sorcerer, who was put to sea with his daughter, Miranda, but found exile on an exotic and mystical island. Seeking justice against those who usurped him, and with retribution finally within his grasp, his relationship with his child is tested when she falls in love with the son of one of the conspirators.


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Canellakis-Brown Duo

Jan 23, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $35
Hailed as “a pair of adventurous young talents” (Time Out New York), the Canellakis-Brown Duo has been captivating audiences with its superb musicianship and thrilling performances.

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Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio - Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey

Jan 24, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $48, $41, $29
In an extraordinary performance, renowned actress, singer, and dancer Jasmine Guy, along with the acclaimed Avery Sharpe Trio, honors these legendary artists of the Harlem Renaissance who struggled against racial inequality, prejudice, and segregation. Weaving together text, song, movement, and imagery into a panoramic experience, Guy and the trio transport audiences to this prolific period through the voices of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, and W.E.B. Du Bois.


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State Symphony Orchestra of México

Jan 31, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $50, $43, $30
This esteemed Latin American orchestra pays tribute to its Spanish roots with an exquisite performance featuring the works of Enrique Granados, Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla, and other great Spanish composers. For over 40 years, National Symphony Orchestra of México has interpreted the classics with great reverence and has introduced exciting new compositions to audiences around the world. Under the baton of founding conductor Enrique Bátiz, these gifted musicians perform a Spanish Festival program featuring piano soloist Irina Chistiakova and guitar soloist Alfonso Moreno.


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Arlo Guthrie

Feb 6, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Legendary folk singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie returns to the Hylton Center on Feb. 6 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his iconic song, "Alice's Restaurant," which helped spark an entire generation to embrace social activism. This counterculture icon charmed audiences with his witty stories, amusing anecdotes and folk favorites during his last appearance at the Hylton Center, and "Alice's Restaurant: 50th Anniversary Tour" promises even more.






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The Montrose Trio

Feb 6, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $35
Accomplished soloists and chamber musicians Jon Kimura Parker, Martin Beaver, and Clive Greensmith join forces to create a new piano trio

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Walnut Street Theatre: A Life in the Theatre

Feb 6, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $44, $37, $26
Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre presents David Mamet’s humorous and thoughtful play about two actors competing for the spotlight — and the dressing room! Inspired by his background as an actor, this Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright wrote a very funny and touching story about two actors in a repertory company: Robert, a veteran thespian, and John, a promising young actor. This hilarious work provides a backstage glimpse into the world of show business, and the challenges of the relationship between this mentor and his apprentice — from rehearsals to reprisals, and ego trips to acting tips.


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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents Dvorak and Bodorova

Feb 7, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Pre-concert lecture at 7pm. Show begins at 8pm.

Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 and Bodorova: Symphony No. 1 (U.S. Premiere)


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Todd Ellison: Love on Broadway

Feb 8, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 4 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $46, $39, $28
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, enjoy an evening of Broadway’s most romantic love songs performed by this outstanding pianist joined by some of Broadway’s finest vocalists. Todd Ellison has distinguished himself on Broadway as the first-rate music director for the Tony Award-winning productions of Spamalot, La Cage aux Folles, and 42nd Street. He was also music director for New York’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This delightful evening of music features favorites such as “It Had To Be You” and “The Way We Were”; Broadway gems from West Side Story, Carousel, and Wicked; an Elvis Presley Medley; and more!


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Solas

Feb 13 - Feb 14, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Recurring daily
Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25-$28
Hailed by The Washington Post as “one of the world’s finest Celtic-folk ensembles,” this quintet's diverse repertoire includes innovative original songs as well as Irish classics.

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American Festival Pops Orchestra presents "Valentine's Day Pops"

Feb 14, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

American Festival Pops Orchestra returns once again for a concert of popular love songs to enjoy with your sweetheart on Feb. 14. Under the baton of Anthony Maiello, this acclaimed ensemble that includes some of the finest musicians from the greater D.C. area performs "Valentine's Day Pops," featuring timeless love songs and romantic standards from the Great American Songbook.







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Virginia Opera: Salome

Feb 14 - Feb 15, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Saturday, 8pm ; Sunday, 2pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $86, $72, $44
Richard Strauss’s chilling one-act opera, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s notorious play about the Bible’s wicked femme fatale, both shocked and thrilled audiences over a century ago with its extravagant debauchery; its rich, evocative score; and its infamous “Dance of the Seven Veils.” Salome, the beautiful yet troubled stepdaughter of Herod, has a perverse obsession with the imprisoned John the Baptist, who spurns her seductions. Meanwhile, her lecherous stepfather is willing to offer her whatever her heart desires if only she will perform a dance, until he learns of the extremity of her demands. Sung in German with English supertitles.

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Doc Severinsen with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra - "An Evening with Doc Severinsen"

Feb 20, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Trumpet legend Doc Severinsen joins the extraordinary Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra for a concert of high-flying jazz music on Feb. 20. "An Evening with Doc Severinsen" features the former leader of "The Tonight Show" band performing a collection of memorable jazz classics with this remarkable jazz orchestra from the greater D.C. area, led by alto sax virtuoso and Artistic Director Jim Carroll.







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HAPA

Feb 20 - Feb 21, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Recurring daily
Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: Friday, 8:00 PM & Saturday, 7:30 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25-$30
With songs ranging from ancient chants to contemporary Hawaiian tunes, it’s no wonder the LA Times calls HAPA's music “beautiful, fragile, spiritual, and powerful” all at once

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Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: An Evening with Doc Severinsen

Feb 21, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $50, $43, $30
Trumpet legend Doc Severinsen joins the extraordinary Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra for an evening of high hitting jazz. From his incomparable talent to his unforgettable fashions, this former music director of The Tonight Show band is sure to wow the audience with this program of jazz classics. Under the direction of artistic director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra brings together the most remarkable jazz performers in the D.C. metro area.


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Christopher O'Riley and Pablo Ziegler: Two to Tango

Feb 22, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 4 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $46, $39, $28
These two brilliant contemporary pianists perform two-piano arrangements of tango music. One of the foremost pianists of his generation, Christopher O’Riley is known for breaking down barriers between classical and popular music. He regularly performs as a soloist with the world’s leading orchestras, and is host of NPR’s popular From the Top. Latin Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler launched his career performing in the legendary quintet of tango master Astor Piazzolla, and has since become the face of Argentine New Tango, a fascinating hybrid of tango and American jazz.


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Hylton Family Series: Pushcart Players present "Alice in Wonderland"

Feb 28, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

The Emmy-nominated Pushcart Players, who have enchanted young audiences at the Hylton Center for the past several seasons, return on Feb. 28 with two performances of Lewis Carroll's zany and fantastical tale, "Alice in Wonderland." Featuring memorable characters such as the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts, this delightful adaptation is complemented by whimsical music, vibrant costumes and spectacular scenic elements.




 


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Mark Morris Dance Group

Feb 28 - Mar 1, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 4pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $48, $41, $29
For over three decades, this visionary choreographer has thrilled audiences and impressed critics with the exquisite beauty and delightful wit of his choreography and the remarkable artistry of his dance group. Renowned for his commitment to setting his dances to live music, Mark Morris’s work is celebrated for its musicality, and he continues to experiment with the relationship between music and movement. Mark Morris Dance Group has been an important presence at the Center for over 18 years, each season performing groundbreaking new works, as well as many pieces from its classic repertoire.


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Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy - "Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond"

Mar 1, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Canadian fiddling couple Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy - who have each graced the Merchant Hall stage separately - team up for an exciting performance on March 1. "Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond" sees these two ferocious fiddlers and step dancers joined onstage by their children, demonstrating that this next generation has undoubtedly inherited many great talents.








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Atlan

Mar 6, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25
One of Ireland’s most respected traditional Celtic music acts blends lively strings and ethereal vocals to transport listeners to the heart of the Emerald Isle.

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Danú: 20th Anniversary Tour

Mar 6, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $46, $39, $28
To celebrate 20 years of spirited music-making, this award-winning band from the Emerald Isle returns to our stage to perform an unforgettable night of lively Celtic music. Hailing from Ireland’s historic County Waterford, Danú has built a massive following worldwide due to its vibrant performances, and its mastery of traditional Celtic instruments such as flute, tin whistle, button accordion, and bouzouki, as well as striking vocals. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, this celebrated band, along with two of its former band mates, perform a glorious blend of ancient Irish music and fresh new songs.


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Tango Buenos Aires: Song of Eva Perón

Mar 7, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $48, $41, $29
This renowned company uses the art of tango to journey through the life of Argentina’s larger-than-life former First Lady, Eva Perón. From her impoverished childhood in the slums to her position as one of the country’s most powerful and influential figures, Perón’s story is told in this riveting new performance by these celebrated dancers, singers, and instrumentalists. Tango Buenos Aires, one of Argentina’s greatest cultural exports, is recognized worldwide for its authentic interpretations of this captivating dance.


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Vatsala Mehra

Mar 7, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $50
Known as the “Ghazal Queen,” this celebrated Indian singer has been honored by her home country for her valuable contributions to India’s musical tradition.

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Torment and Triumph – Franz Liszt — Satan or Saint?

Mar 8, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $40, $34, $24
Jeffrey Siegel elucidates and enlightens audiences on one of the most celebrated composers of the Romantic Era in his third performance at the Center this season. In this enchanting evening of classical music, Mr. Siegel performs Liszt’s heavenly Ave Maria, the devilish Mephisto Waltz, and the Sonata in B Minor, perhaps Liszt’s most autobiographical work.


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Tango Buenos Aires - "Songs of Eva Perón"

Mar 8, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Tango Buenos Aires shares the story of one of Argentina's most compelling historical figures with "Song of Eva Perón" on March 8. This masterful ensemble of dancers, singers and musicians use the art of the tango to tell the larger-than-life story of Evita: her dizzying ascent from an impoverished childhood in the slums to a successful career in radio and film, which culminated in her becoming the celebrated First Lady of Argentina.









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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart, Vaughan-Williams and Richard Strauss

Mar 14 - Mar 15, George Mason University's Harris Theatre

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Show begins at 8pm.

Mozart: Adagio and Fugue; Vaughan-Williams: "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" and Concerto for Violin and Strings; Richard Strauss: "Metamorphosen"


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19th Annual Craftsmen's Spring Classic Art & Craft Festival

Mar 20 - Mar 22, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Fri. & Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5
Contact: Gilmore Shows
Phone: (336) 282-5550
Admission: $8/Adult, $1/Child (6-12) at door
Features original designs & work from hundreds of talented artists & craftsmen locally and from across the nation. Something for every style, taste & budget with thousands of choices from traditional to contemporary, functional to whimsical and decorative to fun & funky. Visit with the actual artisans as you browse the booths for those one-of-a-kind treasures that will become treasured heirlooms. Admission good all three days with Free Return Pass from the show desk. Advance Discount and Group (15+) Tickets available through promoter and online two weeks prior to start of show. Discount coupons available in local newspapers as a part of the ads or from the web site. For more information call 336-282-5550, email contact@gilmoreshows.com or visit CraftShow.com. Gilmore Shows is continually looking for new exhibitors with unique and unusual work. New Exhibitor Application kit available online for the jury process.


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Enter The Haggis

Mar 20, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $28
Experimental roots-rock stalwarts push the boundaries of Celtic music with vigorous performances and inventive albums.

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Virginia Opera: La Traviata

Mar 21 - Mar 22, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $86, $72, $44
Verdi’s heart-wrenching tale of the desirable and fragile courtesan is a heartrending classic. Violetta is the most desirable courtesan in Paris, enjoying a luxurious lifestyle filled with glamorous soirées and wealthy gentlemen. She gives it all up for her true love, Alfredo, but when his father claims her reputation is ruining the family name, she selflessly attempts to end the relationship. Will true love win out in the end, or does failing health seal her fate? This tragic love story is brought to life through the glorious voices of Virginia Opera. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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Cantus

Mar 27, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $35
“The premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare) makes its Barns debut in this program which explores when and why people sing together.

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Mason Dance Company Gala

Mar 27 - Mar 28, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Friday & Saturday, 8pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $25 adults, $12 children up to grade 12
The Gala Concert is the Dance Company's crowning season event featuring a program of works by contemporary professional choreographers.



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Russian National Ballet Theatre brings "Cinderella"

Mar 27, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Russian National Ballet Theatre brings one of the most exquisite fairy tale ballets of all time to the Hylton Center on March 27. Featuring an exuberant score by Prokofiev, "Cinderella" is the iconic tale of the virtuous servant girl, who with the help of her fairy godmother, is magically transformed so she can attend the royal ball, where she captures the heart of the prince.










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Tom Paxton

Apr 3, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $24-$28
Unstoppable ’60s folk icon performs a mix of thoughtful ballads like “The Last Thing on my Mind” and topical tunes like “I Am Changing My Name to Fannie Mae.”

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Jane Monheit

Apr 9, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
With the spirit of jazz and the swagger of cabaret, this talented songstress takes audiences on journeys from Brazil to Beatles-era Britain.

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Poulenc Trio

Apr 10, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $35
“The Poulenc Trio brought an intriguing and beautifully played program to the [National Gallery of Art's] West Garden Court. […] The Poulenc Trio does its namesake proud.”—Stephen Brookes, The Washington Post.

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents "A Civil War Portrait"

Apr 11, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Pre-concert lecture at 7pm. Show begins at 8pm.

Luke Frazier, guest conductor with the National Broadway Chorus.

"A Civil War Portrait" - This program guides the audience through the major campaigns of the Civil War and features music of the era, from Stephen Foster to "Battle Hymn of the Republic" as well as popular Civil War era folksongs like "Danny Boy" and "Annie Laurie." 


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Hylton Family Series: Peter Yarrow

Apr 12, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

American folk music legend and children's author Peter Yarrow returns to the Hylton Center on April 12 with a family-oriented concert featuring "Don't Laugh at Me" and other songs that encourage children to treat each other with compassion, kindness and respect. Yarrow also performs iconic folk songs from throughout his career, including "If I Had a Hammer," "Puff the Magic Dragon," "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Leaving on a Jet Plane."




 


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Todd Ellison: Classic Broadway

Apr 12, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 4 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $46, $39, $28
This virtuoso pianist and consummate entertainer brings the best of Broadway to our stage in a delightful concert performance. Few are as well suited to stage this tribute to the Broadway musical as Todd Ellison, who is one of the most sought-after music directors and conductors working on Broadway today, who has worked on 42nd Street, Monty Python’s Spamalot, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Annie. Joined by some of Broadway’s finest vocalists, this concert features hits from your favorite Broadway shows, including Damn Yankees, Les Misérables, West Side Story, Hello, Dolly! and more.


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Eileen Ivers

Apr 17, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $27-$30
This virtuoso’s award-winning skill and Irish-inspired playing prove she is “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin.” –The New York Times.

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Phil Vassar and Lyndsey Highlander

Apr 18, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Two of Virginia's finest homegrown country artists bring their rich sound to the Hylton Center on April 18. Known as one of Nashville's top tunesmiths, Phil Vassar has touched country and popular music fans alike with his soulful lyrics, infectious melodies and charismatic voice, which he has showcased on hits like "Just Another Day in Paradise," "Carlene" and "American Child," as well as "Bye Bye" and "My Next Thirty Years," which were hits for fellow artists Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw. Lyndsey Highlander, who has enchanted music fans across the country with her vocal prowess and intimate storytelling, opens for Vassar in this fantastic evening of country music.











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Russian National Ballet Theatre: Cinderella

Apr 18, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $56, $48, $34
Cinderella is a treat for audiences of all ages. This classic fairy tale is about the virtuous and mistreated servant girl who is magically transformed by her fairy godmother, so that she may attend the grand royal ball. She captures the heart of the handsome prince, but dashes off at the stroke of midnight, leaving only her glass slipper behind. Russian National Ballet Theatre is committed to upholding the great, grand national tradition of Russian ballet, and at the same time offering opportunities for emerging young artists.


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Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel - "Popular Piano Classics"

Apr 19, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to the Hylton Center on April 19 to perform a collection of the best-known and most beloved melodies in classical music with his popular "concerts with commentary" series, Keyboard Conversations®. Siegel provides illuminating insight into the lives and works of the world's most famous composers. In this program, titled "Popular Piano Classics," he performs Mendelssohn's "Wedding March," Beethoven's "Sonata Pathétique," a Polonaise by Chopin and Grieg's "Wedding Day."












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Russian National Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty

Apr 19, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 4 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $56, $48, $34
Considered the crown jewel of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa’s career, The Sleeping Beauty is the magical fairy tale of the beautiful, sleeping princess who awaits the kiss of her prince. This enchanting tale is set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. A grand theme of good versus evil, the ballet is the story of Aurora, who has been cursed since birth by the evil fairy Carabosse. After pricking her finger on a spindle, the princess and her whole kingdom fall into a deep sleep that will last one hundred years until she is saved by the brave prince, Désiré.


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John McCutcheon

Apr 23, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25-$28
Folk expert with narrative stylings performs classics like “Christmas in the Trenches” and “Hail to the Chief.”

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BBC Concert Orchestra

Apr 24, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $60, $51, $36
Since the early 1950s, the BBC Concert Orchestra has grown into one of the world’s most respected and versatile orchestras, with an enviable reputation in light music, opera, ballet, and musicals. Performing regularly on radio, television, and in the concert hall, it is featured on BBC’s radio program Friday Night is Music Night, and can be heard on countless television soundtracks, including Blue Planet and Planet Earth. Under the baton of principal conductor Keith Lockhart, who is also the conductor of Boston Pops, BBC Concert Orchestra performs music of British and French composers and is joined by pianist Charlie Albright.


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Sybarite5

Apr 24, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $35
String quintet Sybarite5 blurs boundaries with exacting musicianship and adventurous programming for a transfixing result. “Expect an experience that will satisfy your inner rock star and your secret Mozart.”—Arizona Daily Star

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MOMIX: Alchemia

May 1 - May 2, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 8pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $48, $41, $29
This new work about the art of alchemy was born of the brilliant and untamed mind of MOMIX’s genius, founder, and choreographer Moses Pendleton. It manipulates the four classic elements: earth, air, fire, and water, to create a visually arresting theatrical experience full of whimsy, sensuality, beauty, and intrigue. Pendleton and his company have enthralled audiences for over three decades on stages all over the world — including the 2014 Olympic opening ceremonies — with their athletic virtuosity and outstanding innovation, combined with hypnotic music, inventive props, and outrageous and vibrant costumes.


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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

May 3, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

The 2014-2015 Hylton Presents season concludes with one of the world's most illustrious ensembles, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, performing a delightful concert of classical music by Brahms, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn on May 3. Created in 1967 to perform a range of the larger chamber works from quintets to octets, this ensemble comprises principal musicians from the world-renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra.


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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart and Mahler by Stanislav Khristenko

May 9, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Pre-concert lecture at 7pm. Show begins at 8pm.

Stanislav Khristenko, piano. 

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 and Mahler: Symphony No. 1 "Titan" 


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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Rachmaninoff and Friends

May 10, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $40, $34, $24
The Romanticism of the Russian Soul! Jeffrey Siegel concludes this season of his “concerts with commentary” series with a fantastic program highlighting the life and works of Rachmaninoff and his fellow Russian composers. In this final concert of the season, Mr. Siegel performs the glorious Preludes of Rachmaninoff, excerpts from the famous Seasons by Tchaikovsky, the hair-raising Suggestion Diabolique of Prokofiev, and the mystical musical musings of Scriabin. This virtuoso pianist has dazzled piano enthusiasts and classical music newcomers at the Center for over two decades.


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On-Going Events

Third Thursday Charity "Talent" Night

Aug 15, Walker's Grille

Recurring monthly on the 3rd Thursday
Address: 6909 Metro Park Dr, Alexandria, VA
Times: 6:30pm
Phone: (703) 922-6200
Admission: Free, but donations encouraged
Walker's Grille will be hosting a Third Thursday Charity "Talent" Night once a month in support of Operation Renewed Hope Foundation. Come and enjoy a great show and wonderful food all while contributing to a great cause - Helping Homeless Veterans! This is a free event but ORHF will be accepting donations at the door.


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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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Live Music at Paradise Springs Winery

Dec 20 - Dec 28, Paradise Springs Winery

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: Fridays until 9pm, Saturdays 2pm-6pm, Sundays (most afternoons)
Phone: (703) 830-9463
Admission: N/A
Enjoy your Friday evening or Saturday and Sunday afternoons with live music at Paradise Springs Winery, the closest winery to Washington DC and the first in Fairfax County. After a hard week at work, relax with a picnic, good friends, and a great bottle of wine. Featuring live music every Friday evening until 9pm, and every Saturday from 2-6pm. Additionally, music is featured on most Sunday afternoons. Artists include acoustic acts, pianists, jazz bands, banjos, or other various forms. Check the website for the schedule of performing artists.


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"The Paradise Springs Winery Experience" Production Tour & Tasting

Jan 4 - Dec 28, Paradise Springs Winery

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 13219 Yates Ford Rd., Clifton, Virginia
Times: Sat - 11am, 1pm Sun - 11am, 12pm
Phone: (703) 830-9463
Admission: $25 per person
Join us on our signature experience tour and tasting with a first hand look at how wine is made at Paradise Springs. The tour will take you through the historic log cabin, inside the vineyard, through production, and ultimately end with a full tasting of our entire flight of wines including our sparkling Viognier, Aprés. No reservations needed but can be taken over the phone (prepayment required). First come, first serve. Please check in at the main tasting counter. *We apologize but children are not allowed on the tour due to visitation of production areas. Groups of 8 or more will need to reserve a private time. Available group times include:


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Phoenix Rising Meal Deliveries - Volunteer Event

Feb 28 - Nov 28, Franconia United Methodist Church

Recurring monthly on the 4th Friday
Address: 6037 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA
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. 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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Live Acoustic Music Weekends

Mar 8 - Dec 28, The Winery at Bull Run

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 15950 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA
Live acoustic music throughout the day every weekend! Check calendar for artist line-up.

 


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Jazz Night with Karl Anthony

Mar 17, Maplewood Grill

Recurring weekly on Monday
Address: 132 Branch Rd., Vienna, VA
Times: 7:30-10 PM
Phone: (703) 281-0070
Admission: Free
A night of straight ahead jazz every monday at 7:30 pm. Hosted by drummer, Karl Anthony. Gguest musicians and open mike at times.

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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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Falls Church Farmers Market

Apr 12, City Hall Parking Lot

Recurring weekly on Saturday
Address: 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA
Times: April-December, 8am-12pm; January-March, 9am-12pm
Phone: (703) 248-5077
Admission: FREE
Located just minutes from Washington, D.C. and Metro accessible from the East and West Falls Church Metro stations, Falls Church City's Farmers Market boasts over 50 vendors during peak season and 40 during the winter months. Unique to the Falls Church Market is the monthly Chef Series, which brings chefs from area restaurants in to develop recipes and share tastes using local, seasonal food.

The market strives to support local farmers while also helping protect the environment by reducing packaging and transportation demands.


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Great Falls Community Farmers Market

Apr 19, Great Falls Farmers Market

Recurring weekly on Saturday
Address: 750 Walker Road (next to Wells Fargo Bank), Great Falls, VA
Times: 9am to 1pm
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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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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Kingstowne Farmers Market

May 2 - Oct 31, Kingstowne Towne Center

Recurring weekly on Friday
Address: 5955 Kingstowne Center, Alexandria, VA
Times: 4pm-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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McLean Farmers Market

May 2 - Nov 21, Lewinsville Park

Recurring weekly on Friday
Address: 1659 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, 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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Burke Farmers Market

May 3 - Nov 22, VRE Parking Lot

Recurring weekly on Saturday
Address: 5671 Roberts Parkway, Burke, 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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Lorton Farmers Market

May 4 - Nov 2, VRE Parking Lot

Recurring weekly on Sunday
Address: 8990 Lorton Station Boulevard, Lorton, VA
Times: 9am-1pm
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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Mount Vernon/McCutcheon Farmers Market

May 7 - Dec 17, Sherwood Library

Recurring weekly on Wednesday
Address: 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria, 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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Oakton/Oak Marr Farmers Market

May 7 - Nov 26, Oak Marr Park and RECenter

Recurring weekly on Wednesday
Address: 3200 Jermantown Road, Oakton, 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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Wakefield Farmers Market

May 7 - Oct 29, Wakefield Park

Recurring weekly on Wednesday
Address: 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale, VA
Times: 2pm-6pm
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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Tysons Sunday Farmers Market

May 18 - Nov 16, NADA Campus

Recurring weekly on Sunday
Address: Greensboro & Westpark Drs., Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 10am - 2pm
Admission: Free
Sixteen vendors offer fresh, locally sourced produce, breads, desserts and more!

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Live Music at Mount Vernon Inn

Jun 5 - Sep 4, Mount Vernon Inn

Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 6pm - 9pm
Live Music at Mount Vernon Inn is here! On the first Thursday of each month this summer, we will have free live music in the sunken garden. Music by The Kevin Kline Band. Happy hour food and drinks will be available during the show until 8:30pm.

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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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Wine'd Down Wednesdays

Jul 2, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

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

 

Sample Sommelier Vincent Feraud's hand selected wines by the glass or step up to the Fresh Market Seafood Station where you can create your own tasting of Jumbo Shrimp, Crab Claws, and Fresh Louisiana Oysters prepared right in front of you by our chefs.


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Afternoon Tea at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

Jul 4, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA
Times: 12pm - 4pm (check website for specific dates/times)

Enjoy the timeless ritual of Afternoon Tea served at Entyse Lounge. Treat someone special to this enduring tradition honored in a luxurious setting while being pampered with The Ritz-Carlton hotel's service excellence. 

To start, enjoy a lavish selection of tea sandwiches including egg salad, grilled vegetable tart, classic English cucumber, and smoked salmon rosette. An assortment of fresh fruits, flavorful scones, and a sumptuous display of sweets are a delicious complement. 

Our tea selection includes traditional Earl Gray, as well as chamomile, green tea and English Breakfast as well as other varieties. Add a glass of Champagne for a royal treat. 

*Musical entertainment available 

(reservations required 24 hours in advance) 


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Jazz Fridays in ENTYSE Wine Bar & Lounge

Jul 4, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

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

 

Join The Ladies and Gentlemen of ENTYSE, Wine Bar & Lounge for live Jazz Entertainment, The Christopher Linman Jazz Ensemble. As the jazz ensemble plays for your musical entertainment, enjoy an upscale food and wine experience in a warm and relaxed environment.


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Live Music Saturdays in ENTYSE Wine Bar & Lounge

Jul 5, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

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

Join The Ladies and Gentlemen of ENTYSE, Wine Bar & Lounge for live music. As the group plays for your musical entertainment, enjoy an upscale food and wine experience in a warm and relaxed environment.


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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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4th Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition

Aug 2 - Sep 7, 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
The Workhouse Arts Center will be presenting the 4th Annual Clay National Ceramics Exhibition on it's campus at 9601 Ox Road in Lorton from Aug 2 to Sept 7th. This exhibition represents the depth and breadth of contemporary functional and sculptural ceramic artworks being created throughout the country. Ceramic Artist -Richard Notkin juried nearly 500 images to select 54 pieces of art which incorporate a contemporary spirit as well as a technical mastery of the material. The show is a rare opportunity to see a variety of styles and techniques which encompass the field of contemporary ceramic arts. For more information, please visit: http://workhousearts.org/events/visual-arts/4th-annual-workhouse-clay-national

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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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A Taste of Abruzzo

Sep 1 - Sep 14, Il Fornaio

Recurring daily
Address: Reston Town Center, Reston, VA
Phone: (703) 437-5544
Admission: $29.99, $15.99 for wine flights
Join us for dinner between September 1-14 and enjoy an authentic taste of the Abruzzo region of Italy from the Festa Regionale menu specially crafted by Abruzzo native Chef Ivan Giansante! Make your reservations now.

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Children's Theater: "Alice in Wonderland"

Sep 6 - Sep 28, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 1:00pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: $13 Adults, $10 Children Under 12
Pandemonium Theatrical Productions presents Children's Theater "Alice in Wonderland" live at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA. An original musical adaptation inspired by the classic Lewis Carroll stories. Poor Alice has found herself lost in strange land filled with wondrous inhabitants! Featuring songs based on the poetry from the original text, the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen, the White Rabbit and the rest of the zany cast will be on hand as Alice adventures through Wonderland. Will she ever find her way home again, or was it all just a dream..?! Running time 75 minutes with one intermission, appropriate for all ages. For tickets and information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/performing-arts/childrens-theatre-alice-wonderland

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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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Pandemonium Theatrical Productions presents "Edgar Allan Poe" the musical

Sep 12 - Oct 12, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: Fri, Sat: 8:00pm, Sun: 5:00pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: $30 General, $25 Students, Seniors, Military
Pandemonium Theatrical Productions presents "Edgar Allan Poe" the musical live on-stage at the Workhouse Arts Center, Fri - Sat, Sept 12th through Oct 12th. Take a dark, mysterious, musical journey into the heart and soul of Edgar Allan Poe, America's first truly visionary poet. This story of love, personal demons and self-discovery delves into the mind of Poe with disturbing yet relatable charm. Poe’s poetry is transformed into soaring musical numbers creating a timeline that lures the audience into his world. For tickets and information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/performing-arts/edgar-allan-poes-nevermore

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The Potomac Valley Watercolorists present the exhibition "40 years of Potomac Valley Watercolorists"

Sep 13 - Oct 25, 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
The Potomac Valley Watercolorists present the exhibition "40 years of Potomac Valley Watercolorists" at the Workhouse Arts Center, Wed-Sun, Sept 13th through Oct 25th. The Potomac Valley Watercolorists (PVW) celebrates 40 years as a juried group of Watercolorists in the Greater Metropolitan DC region with an exhibit of 100 paintings from its members. Public Opening Reception: September 13, 7-9pm This event is free, for more information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/visual-arts/40-years-potomac-valley-watercolorists

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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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Turkey Trot 5K Race

Nov 22, Herndon Community Center

Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 4pm
Phone: (703) 787-7300
Held at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Avenue

All canned food will be donated to LINK

Course takes you through Herndon Centennial Golf Course grass and paved paths, parts of the WOD paved trail and vehicular paved road.

 


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