NoVa Weekend Lineup Sept. 20-21

Weekend forecast looks fair, with temperatures in the mid 70s and partly cloudy!


39th Annual Bluemont Fair
33846 Snickersville Turnpike
Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm
Experience an authentic country fair in this historic village nestled in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy live music, over 100 juried crafters, artisan demonstrations, antiques, local art, wine tastings, pie and pickling contests, and more. Stop in the country store and view slide shows of Civil War and railroad history. Kids will enjoy the children’s fair, pony rides, and caboose. Cost is $5/person, $5/person for wine tasting (21 years or older), free/child under 12.

5th Annual Cider Festival
Great Country Farms
18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont  
Saturday and Sunday  10am-4pm
At Great Country Farms, September means freshly-pressed cider and apples! Celebrate the start of fall with a tasting of this season’s best sparkling ciders including peach, cherry, and raspberry. Make a scarecrow to take home or leave it to help us decorate the farm. Enjoy lunch from our Roosteraunte which will be serving up apple dumplings, BBQ, and kettle corn. Our 100% natural cider slushies are sure to hit the spot. Give our 1865 cider press a crank to see how cider used to be made. We will also have hayrides, farm animals to visit, the 2300-square-foot Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillow, double barrel 60-foot slide, five mazes, pedal tractors, and “Rubber Ridge,” our tractor tire mountain, open for family fun. The pumpkin field will be open; you will be amazed by the plants over your knees that hide their orange treasure. Cost is $5/person, children under 2 free.

Tarara’s 13th Annual Great Grape Wine Festival
Tarara Vineyard and Winery
13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg
Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm (rain or shine)
Celebrate the grape harvest at Tarara with world-class wines, grape stomping competitions, artisans, culinary delights, the Kid’s Grape Escape, u-pick apples, and wagon rides through the vineyard. Relax and enjoy while listening to outrageous live music. Cost is $10/person in advance, $15/person at gate (wine tasting included), $8/under 21, free/child under 6.

Anniversary of Freestone Battery
Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge     
Saturday and Sunday   11 am-4 pm  
Join in the anniversary of the building of the Confederacy’s northernmost artillery battery that blockaded the Potomac River in 1861. Take part in a re-enactment of historical happenings; witness a weapons firing demonstration. Program is free, but parking fee is $5.

Purcellville Library’s 70th Birthday
Purcellville Library
At 2 p.m Saturday, celebrate the library’s 70th birthday by singing and dancing with Mr. Knick-Knack and eat birthday cake! At 2 p.m. on Sunday, celebrate with The Hamilton Trio and birthday cake! Recommended for families.


Saturday, Sept. 20

Birding the Appalachian Trail and Hawk Watch
8 am-2 pm   FREE
Join the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy as we hike along the Appalachian Trail in search of migrants in the morning. We will hike a section of the trail that leads to a beautiful waterfall. Then, around 11 a.m., we will meet up with Liam McGranaghan, a master falconer, licensed bander of raptors, and educator at the Snickers Gap Hawk Watch for a few hours of hawk watching and, if we’re lucky, a major push of Broad-winged Hawks. Bring a lunch and a chair. Meet at Snickers Gap Hawk Watch to car pool to the close-by hike location or join us at 11 am at Snickers Gap. For more info contact Laura Weidner at

Haymarket Day
15000 Washington St., Haymarket    9am-4 pm FREE
Town Festival with parade at 10 a.m.; more than 100 vendors including commercial, non-profit, food, and hand-crafters. Fun activities for the children and adults. Live music and entertainment. Wine Tasting with six of our local wineries. For more info call 703-753-2600.

Infant and Toddler CPR Class
Cradle & Crayon
11913 Freedom Drive, Reston   9 am FREE
Learn the important skill of infant and Toddler CPR. Limited seating; call for reservations at (703) 437-0900.

Digital Bookmobile
Ashburn Library     10 am-5 pm FREE
Bookmobile learning stations will demonstrate how to download and enjoy eBooks, audiobooks, music and video from the library.

Emancipation Day 2008
Blue Ridge Bible Church and the Carver Center
770 S 20th St., Purcellville    10am-4pm FREE
This one-day event interweaves education and celebration, a great event for families and history scholars alike. The day will start with a reenactment of the opening ceremony of the Loudoun County Emancipation Association, including a processional to the historic Emancipation Grounds, period speeches by historic characters, and singing of historic songs and hymns. The celebration continues with family entertainment, children’s games, food, and music. Historic presentations, exhibits, and speeches provide a powerful reminder of the blight of slavery and serve to educate a new generation.

Save the Block Party!
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway     10 am-6 pm FREE
The Save the Block Party! is a national foreclosure prevention program that takes a neighborhood-by-neighborhood approach to helping communities struggling from the foreclosure crisis. The event features barbecue, games for kids, neighborhood beautification workshops and live performances. For more information or to register for foreclosure prevention assistance visit or call 1-800-846-0140.

Read Aloud to Lloyd, a Therapy Dog
Centreville Regional Library   10:30-11:30 am FREE
Sign up for a 15-minute session. Age 6-12. Call 703-830-2223 to register.

Family Fun Fair
John Adams Elementary School
5651 Rayburn Ave.    11 am-3 pm FREE
Alexandria families are invited to The Center for Alexandria’s Children’s first family fun day. There will be food, moon bounce, petting zoo, face painting, family activities and entertainment. Call (703) 838-4381 for more info.

Old World Festival
Harris Pavilion
9201 Center Street, Manassas     11 am-5 pm FREE
This festival will feature ethnic foods, crafts, and music from Greece, Eastern Europe, Russia, Lebanon, and the U.S. Children’s games, face-painting and cake walks will be happening throughout the day. Free admission and parking.

Feathers and Fur
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    Noon-12:45 pm 
Check out real furs, skulls and more of the animals that live in the park. Meet at Picnic Area. Call (703) 339-2380 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee. 

Blue Ridge Fall Races
Woodley Farm
590 Woodley Lane, Berryville    12:45pm
Enjoy a day at the races and help raise funds for Blue Ridge Hospice. The days events will be fun for all that attend. In addition to exciting horse racing, families can enjoy a kids corner, tented tack shop, and much more! Cost is $20/car with 2 passengers; $5/each additional person; free/children under 12.

7th Annual Latino Festival
Harris Pavilion
9201 Center Street, Manassas    1-6 pm FREE
The 7th Annual Latino Festival, featuring food, music, dance and crafts.

Makin’ Tracks
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    1-1:45 pm 
Identify tracks from animals native to Mason Neck, and then make some tracks of your own. Meet at Picnic Area. Call (703) 339-2380 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee. 

Family Dig Day
Grounds of the George Washington Masonic Memorial
101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria    1:30-3 pm
Help City archaeologists and trained volunteers screen excavated soil for artifacts from a real “dig” located on the grounds of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Wear comfortable clothes, protect yourself from the sun, and bring a water bottle. Please, no sandals. All necessary equipment will be supplied. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Cost is $5 per person. Reservations required. E-mail or call (703)838-4399 to save your spot!

Lost and Found GPS Adventures
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    2-3:30 pm 
Ever use a Global Positioning System (GPS)? Come learn how to navigate using these hand held electronic devices and then go and find hidden catches around the park. Meet at Visitor Center. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.

Majestic Eagles
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    5-6 pm
Look for majestic bald eagles with us and find out about their fascinating lives. Can you tell an eagle from an osprey in the distance? We’ll show you how. Binoculars and spotting scope available for your use. Call (703) 339-2380 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.

A Day in the Life of a Doeg Indian
Prince William Forest Park, Oak Ridge Campground 7:30 pm
Gather around the campfire, take a journey through the past, and learn how local American Indians lived many years ago.  Discover the foods they ate and how they obtained it, and what resources they used that the park still protects today! Program is free but there is a $5 vehicle entrance fee.

Sunday, Sept. 21

Honey Harvest and Bee Program
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna    10 am-Noon
Tens of thousands of bees pollinate the plants at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens each year. See the fascinating way honey is harvested from the bees nest and bottled use. The program meets in the Visitor Center. Space is limited. Call 703-255-3631 X 0 for reservations and information. Program is free, but admission is $5 for visitors 18-54 years, $2.50 for kids 7-17 and free for 6 years and younger.

Got Butter?
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    1-1:45 pm 
Come make and eat delicious fresh butter with us. You’ll love the pure rich taste, just like George Mason’s family might have enjoyed. Meet at Picnic Area. Call (703) 339-2380 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.

Sunday in the Preserve
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve
21085 The Woods Road, Leesburg  1 pm FREE
Join a naturalist from the Friends of Banshee Reeks and the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a free informal, family walk around the preserve. Search for the many natural wonders that make this such a special place. For information call the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve at 703-669-0316.

Nature Fest
Runnymede Park, Herndon    1-5 pm FREE
Off Herndon Parkway betwen Elden Street and Dranesville Road
Come to Runnymede Park and celebrate nature! Explore all the various nature stations throughout the park and earn a treat, including Archaeology, Sugarland Run Watershed, Native Plants, Macro Invertebrates, Rain Garden Education, Electra- Fishing, pollination and bees, bats, Farm Life, insects, raptors, & much more. Fun for the whole family! Satellite parking available at the Herndon Police Station at 397 Herndon Parkway with passenger van shuttle to the Park.

Fall Equinox Hike
Potomac Overlook Regional Park
2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington   2 pm FREE
Celebrate the arrival of fall with a naturalist-guided 2-mile hike through the park! See and feel the changes that are triggered by the shortening days. Adults and children age 6 and older. Call 703-528-5406 for reservations.

Pond Probe
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    2-2:45 pm FREE
Join our scientific investigation. We’ll have dip nets and buckets available for you to catch minnows, crayfish and more as we check for life in our pond. Meet at Cartop Boat Launch. Call (703) 339-2380 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee. 

Buggin’ Out
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    3-3:45 pm 
We’ll identify some of the creepy crawly insects that are living in Mason Neck State Park and then, using pipe cleaners and other materials, you’ll create your own bugs. Meet at Picnic Area. Call (703) 339-2380 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee. 

Majestic Eagles
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    5-6 pm
Look for majestic bald eagles with us and find out about their fascinating lives. Can you tell an eagle from an osprey in the distance? We’ll show you how. Binoculars and spotting scope available for your use. Call (703) 339-2380 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.

Springfield District Nights
Burke Lake Park
7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station    5-7:30 pm FREE
Bring your picnic and blankets or folding chairs for an evening of concerts on the lawn. Come early to try the train rides, miniature golf and carousel, which will be open until 6:30 p.m. at regular fees. A park admission fee of $8 applies to cars not registered in Fairfax County. If there is a threat of bad weather, call the Park Authority’s cancellation line at 703-324-SHOW after 4p.m to learn if the show will go on. For more information call 703-451-8873.

Fireworks Night
Occoquan Regional Park
9751 Ox Road, Lorton    8-10 pm  FREE
Come to Occoquan Regional Park and enjoy the fireworks displays. The park will remain open to 10 pm with free parking and open concession area. Sept. 21 fireworks courtesy of Workhouse Arts Center. For more information call (703) 690-2121.


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