NoVa Weekend Lineup Sept. 27-28

One-day fall festivals are under way this weekend; hopefully the current forecast of 40 percent chance of rain on Saturday changes!


The Godspeed
Alexandria Waterfront near the Torpedo Factory
Foot of Cameron Street 
Saturday 2-5 pm, Sunday 11 am-6 pm
This re-creation, completed for the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown, will be open for public tours. The Godspeed, which carried a total of 52 people, was one of the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Jamestown in 1607.

Virginia Wine Festival
Prince William County Fairgrounds
10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas
Saturday and Sunday 11 am-6pm
More than 50 wineries, wine seminars, Gourmet Picnic Fare, music all day both days, and a fabulous alfresco arts and crafts show. Admission is $20 online for tasters, $25 at the gate. Non-tasters/designated drivers, $15. Kids under 3 free. Charter bus service is available from metro. Parking is free, room for motorcoaches.

Occoquan Fall Arts and Crafts Show
Historic Occoquan,  200 Mill Street
Saturday 10 am- 6 pm, Sunday  10 am- 5 pm  FREE

traffic only as this quaint and charming former mill town welcomes more than 350 juried artists and crafters. The annual Occoquan Fall Arts and Crafts Show also features food, live entertainment and family fun. Rain or shine.  Shuttle bus service available for $4 round-trip. 


Saturday Sept. 27

Morning Bird Walk
Meet at Neersville Fire Station, Purcellville at 8 am FREE
Beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship‘s monthly bird walks led in partnership with Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and Audubon Naturalist Society.

National Public Lands Day
Prince William Forest Park,  Cabin Camp 3  8 am-12:30 pm
This one-day event invites individuals and groups to join volunteer projects includingcabin repair, trail maintenance, tree planting, etc. Breakfast and lunch will be provided! Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Cabin Camp 3 (Camp Orenda) with a special welcoming ceremony to follow. Volunteers will work alongside rangers and park personnel from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. making improvements and major contributions to the natural and cultural resources of the park. To sign up, contact Jenn at 703-221-7181 or 

Fall Festival
Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria 8:30 am-3 pm
Included in this fundraiser festival is a Kids’ Activity Tent is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., when you can bring the kids to learn about trees, participate in crafty activities and enjoy face-painting in the activity area. Click here for a schedule of activities.

National Public Lands Day
Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Purcellville 9 am FREE
Join thousands of volunteers coast-to-coast who are pitching in to help improve & enhance our treasured lands on this national day of caring for the lands. Must pre-register by emailing

Ashburn Yard Sale
Ashburn Farm 9 am-1 pm FREE
More than 20 Ashburn Farm residents will be putting out their goods for sale on their driveways in this communitywide yard sale sponsored by the Ashburn Farm Association. Event takes place rain or shine. A list of participating homes will be posted at the Windmill Community Center on 21400 Windmill Drive on that day; you can get the current list by clicking here.

Fall Festival
Mason District Park Starts at 10 am FREE
6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale
Crafts, live entertainment, puppet shows and clowns are just part of the attractions at this year’s festival. Fun seekers can also enjoy police and fire demonstrations and children’s activities including moon bounces and pony rides. In addition, crafters will be displaying and selling their wares. Live entertainment includes popular local bands between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is free; tickets may be purchased for individual rides. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 28. For information, call 703-941-1730.

Warrenton-Fauquier Heritage Day
Old Town Warrenton    10am – 4:30pm
A day to remember and celebrate 248 years of Warrenton and Fauquier County heritage. Enjoy Main Street living history and special displays, antique show & sale, an 1860s field war hospital, antique vehicle display, tours, r-eenactments and lectures at the Old Courthouse Square, The John Barton Payne Building, Old Jail Museum and The Spilman-Mosby House. Fun and educational activities all along Main Street. Living history parade planned for 11a.m. For more information call (540) 341-7019 or e-mail:

Autumn Arts & Crafts Festival
Claude Moore Park, Sterling     10 am-5 pm FREE
Visit a fabulous array of vendors in our historic area. Tour the Lanesville House, watch old-time craft demonstrations, and enjoy live music while the children have fun making crafts.

Giant Book Sale
Lovettsville Library   10 am-5 pm FREE
Come and browse thousands of wonderful books for sale while taking part in the Town’s annual Oktoberfest celebration.

Seaport Day
Waterfront Park
1A Prince St., Alexandria    10 am-5 pm FREE
Come on down and join us for Seaport Day. We’ll have boat building demonstrations, model boat building, and shop open house. Sponsored by the Alexandria Seaport Foundation. For more info, call Joe Youcha at 703-549-7078.

Annual Fall into the Arts fest
Downtown Leesburg  
25 West Market St.       11 am-5 pm FREE
Live music, juried art exhibit and sale as well as exhibits and dining in local restaurants. Art items also on display in most shops in historic Leesburg.

Ice Cream Making
Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls     Noon-4 pm
Don’t miss the last chance of the season to see how ice cream was made in the past and to help hand-crank a delicious batch of ice cream. Ice-cream is available for $1 per cup. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Irish Folk Festival
Van Dyck Park
3730 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax    Noon-6 pm FREE
This year’s festival promises to be the best ever with an exciting line-up of musicians and dance schools, a seisun tent, three stages for music and dancing, a world class dance floor, fiddle-making demonstration, children’s program, Gaelic Football and Hurling with the DC Gaels, and more.

Tagging Monarch Butterflies
Hidden Oaks Nature Center    12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Learn to identify monarch butterflies aAssist a naturalist in tagging live monarchs and release them as they begin their southwest migration. Make a symbolic monarch to “migrate” to a child who lives in the Mexican communities surrounding the butterfly reserves. This program is suitable for children ages 5 and older. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $6 per person. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.

MWAC Youth Art Festival 2008
Reston Town Center     1-6 pm FREE
Join a celebration that brings together professional artists, artisans and performers to share their work and talent with children and their families. Festival includes: art competition, mini concert, dance performances, martial arts performances, arts & crafts, face painting, balloon artists, games & prizes, and more! Proceeds benefit Devotion to Children. Call 703-268-5626 for more info.

Mantis Mayhem!
Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly 1:30-2:30 pm
Learn about mantises and other insects in this program is suited for children ages 3 and older with an adult. Reservations are required. The cost is $3 per child and $2 per adult. To reserve, call 703-817-9407.

Vietnamese Folk Music – Dan Tranh
Sterling Library     2 pm FREE
Kim Oanh Nguyen is a graduate of the Saigon Conservatory of Music and Performing Arts as well as the Gia-Dinh National School of Fine Arts in Viet Nam. She is devoted to traditional Vietnamese culture and is an accomplished player of Dan Tranh, a 16-string instrument.

Spying on Spiders
Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly     3-4 pm
Explore spider anatomy and prey-catching tactics and identify several local spider families in this program is suitable for children 3 years and older with an adult. Reservations are required. The cost is $3 per child and $2 per adult. To reserve, call 703-817-9407.

Barn Dance
Hill School Dornin Science Center
1753 The Plains Road, Middleburg     4-7 pm  FREE

Experience an old-fashioned Barn Dance! Sponsored by The Community Music School of the Piedmont this event will feature fiddling, dancing, games, food vendors and more. Dancing is optional but encouraged!

Fighters Tournament
C3 Cyber Club
44710 Cape Court 118, Ashburn      4-9 pm
Join the ranks of America’s finest Street Figther Video game champions at C3 Cyber Club. Test your skills against players all over the East Coast at our monthly Fighters Tournament! Games include Street Fighter III: Third Strike (PS2); Super Street Fighter II Turbo (DC);
Tekken 5: DR(PS3); and more. Venue fee of $10, plus $10 per game.

Harvest Moon Concert
Sully Historic Site    5-8 pm
Enjoy music on the lawn as Jericho Bridge fills the air with bluegrass songs at 5 and 7 p.m. At 6 p.m. Tim O’Kane presents his unique, sing-along sound playing mostly Irish music, but also classic acoustic standards. Bring a picnic supper and toast marshmallows at the fire. Take a ride on the hay wagon. The cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Family Movie Night
Occoquan Regional Park
9751 Ox Road, Lorton    8-11 pm  
The animated movie Surf’s Up will be shown on a large outdoor screen with open concessions. Cost is $15 per car. For more info, call 703-690-2121.


Sunday, Sept. 28

Happy Halloween Dinner
La Cuisine
323 Cameron Street, Alexandria   10 am-12:30 pm
This morning class will be for kids ages 6-8, who will learn basic cooking skills, kitchen safety, and healthy eating with a Halloween-themed menu. Cost is $30 plus a $25 materials fee, which will include a carry-home bag of useful kitchen tools and all ingredients for the meal. All food ingredients will be provided. The class size is limited to six so each student can get personalized attention. Register online.

Lucketts Annual Antique and Classic Auto Show
42361 Lucketts Road   10 am-4 pm
The antique and classic car show for the whole family is presented by the Loudoun Douglass Alumni Association. Enjoy good food, fine cars and listen to great bluegrass music.  Admission is $5, $3 seniors, children under 12 free.

Paws to Read: Certified Therapy Dogs and their Handlers
Purcellville Library  2 pm
What do you get when you bring children, dogs and books together? You get happy, confident children who love to read! Register your child to come in and read to a Therapy Dog!
Recommended for ages 5-10. Register online or call 540-338-7235.

Happy Halloween Dinner
La Cuisine
323 Cameron Street, Alexandria   2-4:30 pm
This afternoon class will be for kids ages 9-12, who will learn basic cooking skills, kitchen safety, and healthy eating with a Halloween-themed menu. Cost is $30 plus a $25 materials fee, which will include a carry-home bag of useful kitchen tools and all ingredients for the meal. All food ingredients will be provided. The class size is limited to six so each student can get personalized attention. Register online.

Magic Workshop
Hooray for Books
1555 King St., Ste. 101, Alexandria 3-4 pm
Magician Lorenzo the Great will host a one-hour workshop for aspiring wizards ages 7-10. Call the store at (703) 548-4092 or drop by to register soon! Cost is $20, due at registration (nonrefundable).


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