Fairfax County Seasonal Event Calendar

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Fairfax County Seasonal Event Calendar

There are many special events happening all around the county as the seasons change. Browse below to find one that speaks to you!

Featured Events

Blood and Guts Run

Oct 25, Bull Run Regional Park

Address: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA
Times: 9am - 2pm
Admission: $79
Participants will trudge through a 5k (approximately) obstacle course while dodging a horde of zombies. The zombies will shoot runners with blood-filled water guns throughout the run. The obstacles are low to moderate risk and are designed for runners of all ages and ability levels. Runners are encouraged to wear a costume or white shirt. There will be prizes for wildest individual, couple, and team costumes. Prizes will also be awarded for bloodiest and muddiest runners. Runners will have access to live music and a DJ dance party. See you at the start line! OBSTACLES Walls of death, tire gauntlet, bloody steeplechase, mudslide, blood and guts pit, pumpkin guts pit, blood-filled foam, and 200+ zombies!!! PRIZES Runners will receive a custom made Blood and Guts Run medal and t-shirt when they cross the finish line! GIVING BACK A portion of the profits from the Blood and Guts Run will benefit Susan G. Komen of Virginia and Maryland. For more information please visit www.bloodandgutsrun.com.

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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

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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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: 12pm - 6pm
Phone: (703) 942-6840
Admission: Free admission. Tickets for beer/food.
Join us as we turn our Market Square patio into a large Biergarten from 12pm-6pm on Saturday, September 27. Enjoy a selection of the region's top india pale ale (IPA) and Oktoberfest beers including the tapping of our Hitzig Frau Oktoberfest, grilled fare and live music. An outdoor family-friendly event. Purchase a Mad Fox tasting glass and six food/drink tickets for $20. Additional tickets are $2 with each 4 oz. pour costing one ticket.

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Fort Belvoir's Oktoberfest

Oct 2 - Oct 5, Fort Belvoir Fremont Field

Recurring daily
Address: Fremont Field off of Gunston Rd (Tulley Gate), Fort Belvoir, VA
Times: See website.
Admission: Free
MWR hosts one of the most anticipated events of the year, Fort Belvoir's 19th Annual Oktoberfest at Fremont Field! Oktoberfest is a four-day festival, highlighting authentic German food, beverages, music and dancing! Enjoy an exciting carnival, the Krazy Krieger 5K challenge, the Volksmarch 10K Walk, kinder korner activities, prize raffles at sponsor tables and more! A fun-filled weekend for the whole family!

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Cabaret Series: Macabre! performed live

Oct 4 - Oct 5, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring daily
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: Saturday, 8:00pm and Sunday, 1:00pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: $30
Every good story has a wicked villain, and they usually have the best songs in the show! This month the Workhouse Cabaret welcomes a talented cadre of voices to tackle some of the infamy with a good dose of laughter! A live accompanist leads the cast through the darker side of Broadway's music and characters. Ticket price includes planche campagnarde. Macabre! will be performed Oct 4th at 8:00pm and Oct 5th at 1:00pm. For tickets and information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/performing-arts/cabaret-series-cabaret-macabre

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Fall for Fairfax KidsFest

Oct 4 - Oct 5, Fairfax County Government Center

Recurring daily
Address: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA
Times: Saturday, 10am-7pm and Sunday, 10am-5pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. is proud to present the annual Fall For Fairfax KidsFest, the premiere fall family festival in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Enjoy exciting, interactive and educational programs, entertainment and activities. Fall For Fairfax KidsFest is specially designed for families with elementary and pre-K aged children.

Admission, most activities and entertainment are free of charge.


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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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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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Superintendent's Revenge Tournament 2014

Oct 10, Twin Lakes Golf Course

Address: 6201 Union Mill Rd, Clifton, VA
Times: 10am
Phone: (703) 631-9099
Admission: $160/team
Nightmarish layout, frightening pin placements, ghoulish food & spooky prizes! 2 person scramble. Rain date is Oct 17th. Register in the pro shop or call 703-631-9099.

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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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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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Scarecrow Making Workshop

Oct 11 - Oct 12, Colvin Run Mill

Recurring daily
Address: 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, VA
Times: 1-1:45pm and 2-2:45pm
Phone: (703) 759-2771
Admission: $6/scarecrow
No reservations required. 1-1:45 p.m. and 2-2:45 p.m.
Make a new family member for your garden or lawn. Bring pants and shirt, plus an old pair of pantyhose (for head and arms). We supply the stuffing and know-how. $6/scarecrow

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Fall Carnival Fun on the Farm

Oct 16 - Oct 19, Frying Pan Farm Park

Recurring daily
Address: 2309 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: Thursday, 6-10pm; Friday, 6-10pm; Saturday, 12-10pm; Sunday, 12-7pm
Contact: Frying Pan Farm Park
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: Free
(All Ages) Free parking and admission. Games and rides, tasty food fair and beverages for sale. Rides take 3-5 tickets each. Regular ticket price $1 each or 24 for $20. Discount multi-ride passes available for Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon and can be purchased online. Unlimited one day pass purchased through October 8 is $16. Unlimited one-day ride pass purchased October 9-14 is $18.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show live on-stage!

Oct 17 - Nov 1, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: $25
Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for the Rocky Horror Picture Show presented live on-stage by the Unquiet Theater 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-traditional Halloween Musical favorite... LIVE on stage! Audience Call-Out Nights are on Saturday performances and our Halloween performance ONLY. For tickets and information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/performing-arts/rocky-horror-show

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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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Family Halloween Party

Oct 18, Vienna Community Center

Address: 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna, VA
Times: 2pm - 3pm
Phone: (703) 255-6360
Admission: FREE
Stop by the Vienna Community Center for a hauntingly good time at our annual Family Halloween Party. There will be festive games and prizes, Halloween crafts, a hayride, storytelling and plenty of fun for all. The party will be held in front of the Community Center (in the event of rain it will be held in the gymnasium.) Make sure to wear your costume! Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Vienna and the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department. No registration is required

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Farm Harvest Days

Oct 18 - Oct 19, Frying Pan Farm Park

Recurring daily
Address: 2309 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: Saturday, 10am-3pm; Sunday, 11am-3pm
Contact: Frying Pan Farm Park
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: Free
(All ages). Free admission. Fall is a busy time on the farm. Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet the farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations. Add a wagon ride ($3) or visit the Fall Carnival for even more family fun.

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Halloween Family Fun Day

Oct 18, RCC Hunters Woods - The CenterStage

Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Contact: Debbie Heron
Phone: (703) 390-6163
Admission: FREE
Come dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy sensational performances perfect for the whole family. Peter McCory, a famed one-man band, will put children in the Halloween spirit at 12:15 p.m., followed by a wonderful performance at 1:15 p.m. by Bob Brown’s Puppets in Monster Madness. Little ghosts and goblins up to the age of 8 will try their skill at winning candy and prizes when they play carnival games. All children must be accompanied by an adult guardian, age 18 or older.

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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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Scary Halloween Treats!

Oct 18, Workhouse Arts Center

Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 10am-12pm
Children ages 4+ and their parents will have fun learning to make Halloween-themed dishes and healthy snacks for the holiday.

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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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The Circus Life Music Festival

Oct 19, The Winery at Bull Run

Address: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA
Times: 11am - 7pm
Admission: $15 advance, $20 at door
Impact Marketing and Events Present: THE CIRCUS LIFE MUSIC FESTIVAL ! Tickets are $15 in advance $20 at the door. Net proceeds to benefit: Meant to Live Foundation and Cancer Can Rock!

Bands: The Pietasters, The Woodshedders, Black Masala, Justin Trawick and the Common Good, The New Pollution: The ultimate Beck cover band, Erin and the Wildire, DJ S am Snow

Sponsors Include: Tori McKinney Rock Star Realty, Growth Group, Cancer Can Rock, Network Depot, Electric Kiwi

All ages welcome, Kids under 12 are free, Event will be held rain or shine, Bring lawn Chairs and Blankets. Sorry No pets or outside alcohol allowed.


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Universal Pictures' Original Monsters of Film

Oct 19, Workhouse Arts Center

Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 2pm
Admission: $7 - $10 (includes all films)
Special Triple Featuring Screening! Join us if you dare for this special one-day-only screening of Universal Pictures' Original Monsters of the Cinema. The day starts with Frankenstein (1931, dir. James Whale, 70 min) starring Boris Karloff in the iconic role of the re-animated human in this film based on Mary Shelley's literary masterpiece. Next up is The Mummy (1932, dir. Karl Freund, 71 min) featuring Karloff's return to the screen after his 'overnight success' in Frankenstein. And the final film of the afternoon is The Wolf Man (1941, dir. George Waggner, 70 min) starring Lon Chaney with an all-star supporting cast including Bela Lugosi!
Short breaks between each film will feature trivia contests with door prizes, as well a la carte cash bar and concessions.

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BOO-Stravaganza

Oct 23, Frying Pan Farm Park

Address: 2309 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: 6-8pm
Contact: Frying Pan Farm Park
Phone: (703) 437-4101
Admission: $10/child Reservations required.
(3-8 years) Come to the Indoor Arena Barn dressed in your favorite costume anytime between 6 and 8 pm. Enjoy fun, games, and a wagon ride. Finish the evening with treats and a small pumpkin. Reservations required.

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Boo at the Zoo

Oct 24 - Oct 26, National Zoo

Recurring daily
Address: 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Times: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Phone: (202) 633-2922
Admission: $20 members, $30 non-members (plus small parking fee)

Boo at the Zoo is Washington DC's favorite Halloween treat. With more than 40 not-so-spooky treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails, this event is frightfully fun for the whole family. With traditional chocolates, as well as good for you snacks, souvenirs, and other items, thousands of Boo treat bags will be brimming with goodies at the end of the evening. Don't forget your costume!


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Bradley Farm Haunted House

Oct 24 - Oct 25, Bradley Farm Barn

Recurring daily
Address: 13159 New Parkland Drive, Herndon, VA
Times: Fri & Sat 6-10pm (Kids Haunt Sat 1-5pm)
Admission: $5

Be warned ... we will terrify you from the moment you arrive!

Bradley Farm Haunted House is a Halloween destination appropriate for the entire family! There are no gross-out gory haunts. And there is a special kids haunt with a milder scare and lots of kids activities on Saturday from 1-5pm.  Rain or shine. All proceeds benefits Herndon-Reston FISH.


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Halloween Costume Party and Late Evening of Mild Fright

Oct 24, Club Phoenix Teen Center

Address: 120 Cherry St, SE, Vienna, VA
Times: 3:30pm - 10pm
Phone: (703) 255-5736
Snakes, bats and witches galore. Let's see what this Halloween has in store! Come in your best costume to enjoy the food, games, and costume contest that we have planned. Pizza will be served for dinner and change into your cozy pair of pajamas for an evening of age appropriate Halloween movies. All grades (6th-8th) can stay until 10pm. 

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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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Workhouse Arts Center Haunted Trail

Oct 24 - Nov 1, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring daily
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 7pm - 10pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: Evening trail, $10; Daytime trail, $5
As part of its "31 Nights of Frights," the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA invites visitors to its terrifying, spine-chilling Haunted Trail Oct. 24-Nov. 1. During an exclusive event for six hair-raising nights only, visitors can walk the Haunted Trail with friends and family. Visitors will experience the macabre outdoor scenes in the lesser traveled areas of the historic prison campus and enjoy special effects, live scare actors and a nightmarish, immersive storyline about a growing horde of infected drones. Admission to the evening trail is $10 per person; daytime/family tours are $5 per person. All proceeds go to support the Workhouse Arts Center programs. The paved, outdoor trail takes 30 minutes to complete and may not be appropriate for everyone. This event will be scary and is recommended for ages 13 and older.

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Air & Scare

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

Address: 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, Virginia
Times: 2pm - 7pm
Contact: Visitor Services
Phone: (703) 572-4118
Admission: Free, Parking $15
See the spooky side of air and space at our annual Halloween event! Join us for creepy crafts and activities with a spooky twist including Ghost Blasters, Trick or Trajectory Rocket Launch, spooky science Discovery Stations, Paper Scare Planes, story time, puppet shows, and photo opportunities with costumed characters from some of your favorite space- and ghost-themed movies. Learn about the possibility of aliens in the universe and make your own alien. Visit the Tot zone with the little ones and send the Teens and Tweens to activities just for them. Don't forget to wear your costume, and come prepared for some awesome trick-or-treating!

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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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Fall Harvest Family Days

Oct 25 - Oct 26, George Washington's Mount Vernon

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 9am - 5pm
Phone: (703) 780-2000
Admission: Regular admission.

Mount Vernon celebrates the autumn season with Fall Harvest Family Days! The entire family enjoys autumn activities including wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, 18thcentury dancing demonstrations, a straw bale maze, farrier (blacksmithing) demonstrations, apple-roasting, corn husk dolls demonstrations and early-American games and music.

Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price this weekend only.

 


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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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Halloween Mini-Camp: Costume & Culinary

Oct 25 - Oct 26, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring daily
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Ages 6-10 can learn how to customize their Halloween costume and the trick to creating tasty treats!

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Haunted Ballroom Social Dance

Oct 25, Workhouse Arts Center

Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: $10 - $15
Join us for our monthly Ballroom Social Dance with a haunted twist! Wear your Halloween costume for this chilling occasion and join the ghosts and ghouls on the dancefloor! Start your evening by learning some new moves with a ballroom mini-lesson! Each month will feature a new style of dance ranging from the ChaCha to the Tango. Mini-lesson begins at 7:30pm and is $5 per person. Then take your new moves to the dance floor when open dancing begins at 8pm. Open dance is $10 per person. Complimentary refreshments and a cash bar will be available in the gallery. There is no need to get fancy unless you feel like it-the dress code is casual. All skill levels are welcome--even if you have two left feet!
Mini-lesson 7:30-8pm.
Open dance 8-10:30pm
Complimentary refreshments and cash bar available.

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Junk Food & Wine Pairings/Tastings

Oct 25 - Nov 2, Paradise Springs Winery

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: 11am-7pm
Phone: (703) 830-9463
Admission: $25/person
Join us for two weekends in October for this unique take on food and wine pairing. Our junk food and wine pairing / tasting has become immensely popular over the years. Each of our wines is uniquely paired with an everyday household brand name junk food, teaching you that food and wine pairings can come from outside the box!!!

No reservations necessary as tastings will be done at our main tasting counter.

$25 per person


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Screen on the Green in Paradise: "Halloween"

Oct 25, Paradise Springs Winery

Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: 7pm
Phone: (703) 830-9463
Admission: Free
Join us as our "Screen on the Green in Paradise" movie series continues. The winery will close at 7pm but the lawn and outside bar will remain open for guests staying for the movie. The movie will be shown on a giant movie screen on the lawn.

Lawn chairs and blankets recommended. Outside food welcome but please no outside alcohol.

This event is for Adults only.

No reservations needed. The event is free to attend so long as you are a customer of the winery. Wines will be sold by the glass or the bottle along with limited meat and cheese selections.

MOVIE: "Halloween" (scary)


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Trick or Treating at Reston Town Center

Oct 25, Reston Town Center

Address: 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA
Times: 11am - 4pm
Start your trick-or-treating early! The Reston Town Center invites you to hunt for treats and goodies on Sat., 10/25, 11am-4pm. Costumed children visit participating retailers, and the Information Center for treats and goodies. Look for the pumpkin flyer in the window.

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68th Annual Halloween Parade

Oct 29, Town of Vienna

Address: Maple Avenue, Vienna, VA
Times: 7pm
Admission: Free

This year's parade theme is "Celebrating the Tradition of Vienna Girls Sports." 

Each year, the Town recognizes parade winners before a Town Council meeting in November. Judged categories include Youth Band, Float with Music, Youth Performer, Antique/Classic Vehicle, Adult Band, Float without Music and Adult Performer. The public is invited to attend and find out who won in each category!

Kids are invited to walk in the parade in their Halloween costumes. No registration is required; meet at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of United Band, 374 Maple Avenue E. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


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All Hallows Eve House of Reptiles and Night Ride

Oct 29, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Address: 5040 Walney Rd, Chantilly, VA
Times: 7-8:30pm
Phone: (703) 631-0013
Admission: $10

Halloween has almost arrived, and with the scariest of holidays comes fun-filled events for families, such as Ellanor C. Lawrence Park's All Hallows Eve House of Reptiles and Night Ride on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. From 7 to 8:30 p.m., families are invited to test their courage and challenge their fears and phobias as they meet and touch creepy-crawly creatures in darkened rooms decorated for the season. This campfire program concludes with a wagon ride through a moonlit meadow and s'mores. The cost is $10 per person. Registration is available through Parktakes Online or by calling 703-222-4664. For information, call the park at 703-631-0013.


Participants will venture through two rooms of the old Lawrence home at Middlegate, where they'll feel the skin and shells of a variety of snakes, turtles, and salamanders -- if they dare. With its creaking floors and shadowy, echoing rooms, Middlegate provides a spooky ambience for learning about local reptiles and amphibians. Fun facts will be shared, such as how eastern king snakes eat venomous snakes, how spotted salamanders use poison for protection, and how a snapping turtle can bite while its head is fully retracted in its shell. There is no real danger to participants; however, children under the age of four will not be able to touch the critters.

While riding through the meadow on the 15-minute wagon ride, participants may catch a glimpse of some of the park's nocturnal hunters. A watchful owl may be seen perched in a tree or diving silently toward a mouse in the field. The shining eyes of foxes and coyotes patrolling the perimeter of the forest may be illuminated by the naturalist's flashlight. Who knows what's lurking in the dark? Animal sightings will be discussed around the warm glow of a bonfire while participants roast s'mores and calm their nerves.


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Night of the Living Zoo

Oct 30, National Zoo

Address: 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Times: 6pm - 10pm
Admission: $20 FONZ members, $30 non-members, $55 VIP

Prepare to witness death defying acts and amazing oddities at the Zoo's annual Halloween event, Night of the Living Zoo. With live music, a costume contest, performance artists, and glow in the dark lawn games, it's a wicked night of fun that you won't want to miss.


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"The Sixth Generation" Halloween Monster Mash!

Oct 31, Workhouse Arts Center

Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 7:30pm
Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at door
Halloween Dance Party - 1960s Style!
Attention all Baby Boomers and Bobby Soxers! Join The Sixth Generation for a Halloween concert in 60's Dance Hall Style at the Workhouse Arts Center! Award-winning rock-n-rollers, The Sixth Generation, perform live in the McGuireWoods gallery with plenty of room to dance the night away! Formed in Michigan in 1966, this dynamic band is the forefront of musical style reflecting the late 1960s. The Sixth Generation is a Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame inductee whose specialty is playing hits from the 1960s as well as original songs about the era, throughout the Midwest and Mid Atlantic regions. Their crowd pleasing performances bring back fond memories for baby boomers and a surprising appreciation of good music for younger generations.

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Halloween Spooktacular

Oct 31, Great Falls Village Center

Address: 776 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA
Times: 5pm - 7pm
Phone: (571) 293-0474

THIS YEAR'S FEATURES INCLUDE
The Haunted House by Great Falls Friends and Neighbors
The Falls Salon's incredible Haunted Forest
Adeler Jewelers will have both a scary and a princess area on their porch
and Listen to the sounds of the Langely High School Band

The Spooktacular was launched over 20 years ago, by members of Great Falls Friends to provide younger children with a central, convenient place in Great Falls to have fun trick or treating. It was because of their initiative that still today we have Great Falls vendors offering candy around the Village Green as well as in the Safeway shopping center at the corner of Georgetown Pike and Walker Road.

Children are encouraged to wear their best Halloween costume, experience the Haunted House, and enjoy trick or treating right in the heart of town.


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Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon

Oct 31, George Washington's Mount Vernon

Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 3:30pm-6:30pm
Phone: (703) 780-2000
Admission: $10 per adult and $5 per child. Tickets are required for all adults and children to attend this event.

Join the costumed cast of interpreters for a special opportunity to trick-or-treat in the historic area. A special scavenger hunt is available for our more adventurous guests. All trick-or-treaters are invited to join in the children's costume parade around the Mansion at 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best "George" and "Martha" costumes!  Participate in a Halloween craft activity in the greenhouse. 

Special trade demonstrations, like 18th-century wool carding, spinning and fish net making, will take place in the historic area. Listen to Halloween-themed stories in the straw bale amphitheater, enjoy colonial games and dancing demonstrations, and take a wagon ride.

The Mansion and Donald W. Reynolds Museum will not be open for this event. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and close at 6 p.m.


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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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Huntley Harvest Festival

Nov 1, Historic Huntley & Huntley Meadows Park

Address: 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA
Times: 1pm - 4pm
Phone: (703) 768-2525
Admission: $10/person; ages four and under are free
Families are invited to enjoy autumn-themed games, crafts, and activities at both Huntley Meadows Park and Historic Huntley. Refreshments will be available, and kids can collect prizes at educational stations. At Huntley Meadows Park, families will find educational stations focused on the autumn season and how nature prepares for winter. Other activities include making animal masks and playing games such as pumpkin bowling and musical hay bales. At Historic Huntley, costumed period interpreters will teach visitors about historical agricultural practices. Children will enjoy a puppet show about Huntley manor's history and make a bookmark after story time. Other crafts, games, and refreshments will be available at both locations. Kids collect charms as they visit each activity station, and once they collect them all they earn a bigger prize. Pre-registration isn't necessary, so just show up and have fun!

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Kiln Club Pottery Show and Sale

Nov 1 - Nov 2, Colvin Run Mill

Recurring daily
Address: 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, VA
Times: 11am-4pm
Phone: (703) 759-2771
No reservations required. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Looking for great locally hand-crafted holiday gifts at reasonable prices? Members of the Ceramic Guild and the Kiln Club of Washington, D.C. will display and sell a variety of pottery styles in the Colvin Run Barn. A portion of the sales benefits Colvin Run Mill.

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Hands-on Harvest and Biscuits, Too

Nov 8, Sully Historic Site

Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 1pm - 2pm
Phone: (703) 437-1794
Admission: $10/person
(5-Adult) At the slave quarter, learn about the lives and chores of slaves who lived at Sully. Bake biscuits in the open hearth kitchen, dip a candle and fashion a corn husk doll.

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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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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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Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights

Nov 14 - Jan 4, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA
Times: 5:00pm doors, 5:30pm show
Phone: (703) 255-3631
Admission: $13 adults, $8 children ages 3-12; Children under 3 are free.

Visit Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights from November 14th - January 4th to experience over 500,000 LED lights and displays that bring Meadowlark Botanical Gardens to life! Imagine the beauty of Meadowlark's renowned gardens transformed into a winter wonderland, including a flowing stream of softly glowing lights. Marvel at the two story animated fountain, stroll past the Gingerbread Village, and explore the beauty of nature like you've never seen it. This event is sure to be the highlight of your holiday season!


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Bull Run Festival of Lights & Holiday Village

Nov 19 - Jan 4, Bull Run Regional Park

Recurring daily
Address: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA
Times: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Fridays - Sunday & holidays: 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Phone: (703) 631-0550
Admission: Mon-Thurs, $15 per car ; Fri-Sun & Holidays, $20 per car

For more than 12 years the Bull Run Festival of Lights at Bull Run Regional Park has drawn thousands of visitors from hundreds of miles away to Centreville, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. This year's festival opens November 19th and runs through January 4th.  The Bull Run Festival of Lights is held each year to celebrate the winter holiday season. The event sees more than 30,000 cars each season, and over 130,000 people! Bull Run Festival of Lights is located just off of Interstate 66 in Centreville, on Rt. 29 (Lee Highway), just 3 miles from historic Manassas Battlefield Park.

The Portal Wreath signifying the official start of the beautiful Bull Run Festival of Lights, this display has been part of the show since 2006. Each year a new ornament representing a display in the show will be added to this collection, and the portal wreath is the first in the series.

Santa's Enchanted Lights, with over 40,000 animated lights set to music! This great feature is merely a fraction of what you'll find at this season's Festival of Lights! 

 


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Quote-Along Film: "A Christmas Story"

Nov 21, The Alden

Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: 7:30 pm
Phone: (703) 790-0123
Admission: Free
Put your bunny pajamas on, get your secret decoder rings out, and experience this holiday movie in a totally different way. Go ahead, yell your favorite lines. We triple-dog-dare you! Rated PG, 94 minutes. Free. Reservations are not required.

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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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Reston Holiday Parade

Nov 28, Reston Town Center

Address: 11900 Market St., Reston, VA
Times: 11:00am
Contact: Reston Town Center
Admission: FREE
RESTON TOWN CENTER • FREE • ALL AGES The 24th annual parade will celebrate Reston’s 50th anniversary and kick off the 25th anniversary of Reston Town Center in 2015. Come for a full day of community, charity and cheer including the Gingerbread Man Mile & Tot Trot, visits and photos with Santa, tree lighting, sing along, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

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The Thanksgiving Story

Nov 28, Frying Pan Farm Park

Address: 2309 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: 11am
Contact: Frying Pan Farm Park
Phone: (703) 437-4101
Admission: $5/person
(3-adult) Children must be accompanied by a paid adult. Bring the family and holiday guests to this lively and interactive retelling of the Thanksgiving Story. Gleemania's Sue Cournoyer entertains and informs while engaging everyone. After the show, stroll the park and visit our animals or take a ride on our carousel or wagon rides. 

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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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Sparkling Wine Tastings

Nov 29 - Dec 28, Paradise Springs Winery

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: 11am-7pm
Phone: (703) 830-9463
Admission: $20/person
Every year throughout the holiday season during the weekends we offer a unique sparkling tasting. Taste all three sparklings from Paradise Springs as well as a unique Pineapple Sparkling from Maui. 10% off all sparkling wines purchased for anyone who does the tasting.

Wines to Include:
Aprés (Sparkling Viognier
Blanc de Blanc
1991 Vintage Virginia Sparkling
Pineapple Sparkling from Maui

No reservations necessary as tastings will be done at our main tasting counter.


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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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Annual Church Street Holiday Stroll

Dec 1, Vienna’s Historic Church Street

Address: Church Street between Lawyers Road and Mill Street, Vienna, VA
Times: 6 to 9 p.m.
Phone: (703) 938-5187
Admission: FREE

The annual Holiday Stroll on historic Church Street is held the Monday evening after Thanksgiving. Church Street is closed to vehicular traffic between Lawyers Road and Mill Street and visitors are invited to stroll along the street amid the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Santa Claus greets children at the Freeman House.


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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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Children's Holiday Shopping

Dec 6 - Dec 8, Frying Pan Farm Park

Recurring daily
Address: 2309 West Ox Road, Herndon, va
Times: Saturday, 10am-2pm; Sunday, 12-4pm; Monday, 1-4pm
Contact: Frying Pan Farm Park
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: Cost of presents; free gift wrapping
Meet at the Old Floris Schoolhouse. Volunteers help children shop for everybody on their holiday list. The Country Store stocks many unique items in all price ranges. Free wrapping assures surprises for family and friends. Adults are invited to wait at the schoolhouse. Monday is for ages 8 years and older with self-shopping and wrapping (no volunteer helpers). No reservations required.

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Christmas with Fairfax Choral Society: Christmas Comes Anew Concert

Dec 6, National City Christian Church

Address: 5 Thomas Cir. NW, Washington, DC
Times: 7:00 p.m.
Phone: (703) 642-3277
Admission: Season Subscription Tickets: $25 for Adults, $10 for Students Advanced Tickets: $30 for Adults, $15 for Students Door Tickets: $35 for Adulst, $15 for Students
Welcome in the holiday season with over two hundred voices of the Fairfax Choral Society as we present Christmas Comes Anew. This year’s concert features new and highly imaginative arrangements of many of your favorite Christmas carols, including Patapan, In the Bleak Midwinter, I Saw Three Ships and O Come, All Ye Faithful. The FCS Symphonic Chorus, Master Singers, and Concert Choir will join together with the church’s magnificent five-manual pipe organ, a battery of percussionists, piano, harp, flute, oboe, cello and handbells to bring you traditional Yuletide carols as you have never heard them before! Invite your family and friends to join us for this popular celebration of Christmas. Season Subscription Tickets: $25 for Adults, $10 for Students Advanced Tickets: $30 for Adults, $15 for Students Door Tickets: $35 for Adulst, $15 for Students

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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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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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"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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Christmas at the Farm

Dec 7 - Dec 14, Frying Pan Farm Park

Recurring weekly on Sunday
Address: 2309 West Ox Road, Herndon, va
Times: December 7: 11:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-2:30pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm; December 14: 11:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-2:30pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Contact: Frying Pan Farm Park
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: $8/person
(2 years-adult) Enjoy a special holiday visit and take a wagon ride with Santa through the woods and fields. Activities include a holiday craft, cookie decorating and puppet show. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Dress for the weather.

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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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Hear The Angels Sing! Fairfax Choral Society Youth Concert

Dec 9, Annandale United Methodist Church

Address: 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Virginia
Times: 7:00 p.m.
Phone: (703) 642-3277
Admission: Season Subscription Tickets: $16 for Adults, $8 for Students Advanced Tickets: $20 for Adults, $10 for Students Door Tickets: $25 for Adults, $10 for Students
The combined Youth Choruses of the Central Campus bring you all the voices of angels! From our youngest cherubs in our Da Capo Choir to the seraphic harmonies from our Master Singers, our young people will lift your spirits with the sounds of the season. The concert will conclude with a stirring new arrangement of Brent Adams', Hark! the Herald Angels Sing featuring the entire heavenly host in grand celebration. Season Subscription Tickets: $16 for Adults, $8 for Students Advanced Tickets: $20 for Adults, $10 for Students Door Tickets: $25 for Adults, $10 for Students

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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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Civil War by Candlelight

Dec 13, Sully Historic Site

Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Phone: (703) 437-1794
(5-Adult) Experience a Civil War Christmas as Confederate soldiers cook dinner in the field and fire the Christmas guns. Enjoy music by Evergreen Shade, make a 19th century holiday decoration, sample hot cider and homemade cookies. House tour is 45 min. outside festivities available until 8 p.m.

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Santa at the Mill

Dec 13, Colvin Run Mill

Address: 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, VA
Times: 3-6pm
Phone: (703) 759-2771
Admission: $5/person
No reservations required. 3-6 p.m.
Enjoy old-fashioned family holiday fun at Colvin Run Mill. Visit Santa in the mill and see the Christmas tree trimmed with Victorian decorations. Join the costumed 49th Virginia Volunteer Infantry caroling around a bonfire. Roast marshmallows and make a family craft. $5/person.

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Winter's Muse Fairfax Choral Society Youth Concert

Dec 13, First Baptist Church of Herndon

Address: 681 Elden St., Herndon, Virgina
Times: 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (703) 642-3277
Admission: Season Subscription Tickets: $16 for Adults, $8 for Students Advanced Tickets: $20 for Adults, $10 for Students Door Tickets: $25 for Adults, $10 for Students
Enjoy an afternoon of seasonal music interwoven with short, winter proverbs and witty observations performed by our very own West & South Campus choristers. Season Subscription Tickets: $16 for Adults, $8 for Students Advanced Tickets: $20 for Adults, $10 for Students Door Tickets: $25 for Adults, $10 for Students

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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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World War II Christmas at Home

Dec 14, Sully Historic Site

Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Phone: (703) 437-1794
(5-Adult) Soldiers on leave spent the holidays with family and friends dancing to big band music, singing carols and enjoying home cooking. Get in the spirit of a 1940s Christmas as you make an ornament to take home, learn about cooking with substitutions and hear the latest war news. Enjoy hot cider and homemade cookies. House tour is 45 min. outside festivities available until 8 p.m.

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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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"A Kodachrome Christmas" by Pat Hazell

Dec 19 - Dec 21, The Alden

Recurring daily
Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: Friday & Saturday 8:00 pm; Sunday 2:00 pm
Admission: $30/$20 MCC district residents
Welcome to an irreverent and hysterical holiday celebration! From the creator of “The Wonder Bread Years” and a writer for “Seinfeld” comes a one-woman, cable-access holiday special. Enter the colorful world of Earlene Hoople as she entertains with participatory bell ringing, cookie baking, a family slide show, some outrageous advice for surviving the holidays with relatives… and a whole lot more.

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19th Century Christmas by Candlelight

Dec 20, Sully Historic Site

Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Phone: (703) 437-1794
(5-Adult) Holiday customs have evolved from elegant balls in the time of Jane Austen to family traditions of the Victorian era. See Regency period dancers and be inspired by Sully's 1885 Christmas tree. Make a tree decoration based on a Victorian original. Enjoy hot cider and homemade cookies. House tour is 45 min. outside festivities available until 8 p.m.

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Christmas in Fairfax with Fairfax Choral Society & City of Fairfax Band

Dec 20, Fairfax High School

Address: 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, Virginia
Times: 7:00 p.m.
Phone: (703) 642-3277
Admission: FREE
Make our tradition your tradition. Join the Fairfax Choral Society and the City of Fairfax Band in a glorious selection of seasonal favorites in this free, annual concert which will feature the world premiere of a new selection by Radol Alan Bass. Christmas in Fairfax is a FREE concert, however tickets must be secured with the city of Fairfax Band here.

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Holiday Model Train Display

Dec 20 - Dec 28, Colvin Run Mill

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, VA
Times: 11am-4pm
Phone: (703) 759-2771
Admission: Free
No reservations required. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fun for all ages! Watch G-gauge trains wend their way through a miniature western town in the Colvin Run Barn. FREE

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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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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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Reston Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

Jan 17 - Jan 20, RCC Hunters Woods

Recurring daily
Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: Times will vary, depending on the day.
Contact: Kevin Danaher
Phone: (703) 390-6166
Admission: FREE
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ANNA DEAVERE SMITH Anna Deavere Smith will join us for three days of activities including a performance, the Reston Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Keynote Address, and school performances. Professional Touring Artist Series Performance SNAPSHOTS: PORTRAITS OF A WORLD IN TRANSITION Sunday, January 18, 8:00 p.m. Ms. Smith has been listening to people across the country from all walks of life for the last several years, using Walt Whitman’s idea “to absorb America” as an inspiration. Keynote Address and Community Lunch RECLAIMING GRACE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY Monday, January 19, 12:00 p.m. The Keynote Address celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, the power of kindness and the strength of imagination in hope. The address will be followed by our traditional Community Lunch.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration: "Snapshots: Portraits Of A World In Transition"

Jan 18, RCC Hunters Woods - The CenterStage

Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 8:00pm
Contact: Paul Douglas Michnewicz
Phone: (703) 390-6167
Admission: $25 Reston/$50 Non-Reston
Anna Deavere Smith Special Reston Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Performance and Residency Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to highlight issues of community, character, and diversity in America. Best known for crafting onewoman, multi-character plays about American social issues, Smith has been awarded the 2013 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the largest and most prestigious awards in the arts, as well as the National Humanities Medal. The MacArthur Foundation honored Smith with the “Genius” Fellowship for creating “a new form of theatre – a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.” Ms. Smith has been listening to people across the country from all walks of life for the last several years, using Walt Whitman’s idea “to absorb America” as an inspiration. To illustrate her goal of bringing “people across the chasm” of what she calls the “complex identity of America,” Ms. Smith slips in and out of character during the course of her presentation, recreating a diversity of emotions and points of view on controversial issues.

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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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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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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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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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Professional Touring Artists: Lúnasa

Mar 18, RCC Hunters Woods - The CenterStage

Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 8:00pm
Contact: Paul Douglas Michnewicz
Phone: (703) 390-6167
Admission: $25 Reston/$50 Non-Reston
An RCC tradition returns to the CenterStage. This delightful group of Irishmen has celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with Restonians for more than 20 years. Internationally acknowledged as one of the finest traditional Irish instrumental bands in recent times, they have performed more than 1,000 shows across the globe since 1997. Their inventive arrangements and bass driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Their recordings have been hailed as some of the best and most important world music albums anywhere, while their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music.

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On-Going Events

Pandemonium Theatrical Productions presents "Edgar Allan Poe: Nevermore"

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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Halloween Music & Light Show

Oct 1 - Oct 31, Creepy Nights on Calamo

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

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

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

 

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


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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

Come out and enjoy a trail course 5K with the family! The race will begin at 4pm on 11/22. Packet pick-up and race day registration runs from 1:30pm-3:30pm. Long sleeve Sport Tek T-shirts guaranteed to the first 900 pre-registered runners. Shirts must be picked up the day of the race. Shirts will not be available after race day. Prizes to 1st and 2nd place winners in various age groups.

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

All food will be donated to LINK. 

 


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Festive Sully

Dec 3 - Dec 28, Sully Historic Site

Recurring daily
Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 11am - 4pm; closed Tuesdays
Phone: (703) 437-1794
Admission: $7/adult, $6/student, $5/senior or child
Experience the Sully main house decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups require reservations.

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Reston Town Center Holiday Performances

Dec 6 - Dec 21, Reston Town Center

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 11900 Market St., Reston, VA
Contact: Kevin Danaher
Phone: (703) 390-6166
Admission: FREE
RESTON TOWN CENTER • FREE • ALL AGES SOUTH MARKET PROMENADE Between Market Street and Democracy Drive (across from Starbucks) Come and enjoy holiday songs outside at the Reston Town Center South Market Promenade. Performances will include holiday favorites by the South Lakes High School Chorus, small ensembles from the Reston Chorale, Tenor Tim McKee, and the Northern Virginia Ukulele Ensemble. Please check the RCC website in November for the schedule.

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