Slightly cooler this weekend, but no rain forecast currently!
Native American Festival
Claude Moore Park/Lanesville Heritage Area
21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Road, Sterling
Thursday noon-5 pm, Friday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm
Enjoy Native American music, over 100 dancers and drummers, traditional foods and handmade items for sale. Admission is $5 for visitors 16 and older, free for kids younger than 16. Donation canned or dry food (Appalachian Cherokee Nation food bank) in lieu of admission fee. Call 571-258-3700 for more info.
Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit
Historic Waterford (Loudoun County)
Friday through Sunday 10 am-5 pm
This is the 65th year of the festival, which will feature 155 artisans, open houses of historic homes and other buildings, three floors of handcrafts for sale in a restored brick mill, Country Store, Revolutionary War militia camps, crafts demonstrations for kids, and more. Admission is $15 for everyone over the age of 13; free for kids 12 and younger.
Saturday, Oct. 4
Fall for Fairfax KidsFest
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway 9 am-6 pm FREE
Join us for a great day of autumn fun for the whole family featuring tons of Fall attractions and interactive exhibits! While all types of exhibitors are welcome, Fall For Fairfax emphasizes interactive exhibits focusing on health, fitness, safety, educational and environmental issues.
Family Bird Walk
Bles Park, 44830 Riverside Parkway, Ashburn 9-11 am FREE
Join the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy at Bles Park for a family bird walk. Because of its rich and varied habitat, this part of the county is a birding hot spot. Please bring binoculars. For more info contact Andy Rabin at email@example.com or 703-723-6926.
Remington October Festival
Main Street, Remington (Fauquier County) 9 am-4 pm FREE
Enjoy this family-friendly festival in the quaint town of Remington. Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast and entertainment all day long, including a fish fry, crafts, carshow, music, and much more. Benefits the Remington Volunteer Fire & Rescue. For more information call (540) 439-0754.
23rd Annual Country Fair & Auctions
Youth For Tomorrow
11835 Hazel Circle Drive, Bristow 10 am-4 pm
Animals, music, food, FREE Rides, Frontier Town, NASCAR Experience, Live and Silent Auctions, Redskin Memorabilia. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 17 and under. For more info, call 703-368-7995.
Model Railroad Open House
550 Railroad Avenue, Quantico 10 am-4 pm FREE
The Prince William County Model Railroad Club Open House pulls into the historic Quantico Rail Depot in the town of Quantico. Bring the whole family to check out trains running through highly-detailed scenery, complete with towns, mountains and classification yards. Free admission and parking. Handicapped-accessible.
Manassass Fall Jubilee
Historic Old Town Manassas
9431 West Street 10 am-5 pm FREE
This year’s Jubilee includes live music, performances by local groups and entertainers, and a wide variety of foods. Booths of handmade arts and crafts are the main attraction of the Jubilee, with more than 75 artists and crafters attending the event. There is a large Kids Corner with children’s entertainment, games, and activities to amuse you all day long.
Art on the Avenue
Mount Vernon Avenue between Bellefonte and Hume streets
Alexandria 10 am-6 pm FREE
Celebrating the diversity of Del Ray, the 13th annual street festival along Mount Vernon Avenue has 300 juried artists, three stages of music, children’s art activities (scarecrows and pumpkin painting) and restaurants selling their specialties.
Civil War Artillery Program
Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site
4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria 10 am-4 pm FREE
1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery reenactors portray a Union Civil War regiment stationed at Fort Ward and conduct firing demonstrations, set up camp, and discuss the varied tools and skills of the artilleryman.
Main Street in The Plains
The Plains, Fauquier County 10 am-3 pm FREE
A family-friendly autumn festival, this event will include a parade, an arts and crafts fair, live music and entertainment, a 5K run in the morning, and more! For more information call (540) 253-5470.
Canine Country Jamboree
Falcon Ridge Recreation Center
22025 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg 10am-4pm
A country fair for the furred, feathered, and finned! Enjoy adobtable fuzzy furries, country cookin’, an auction to benefit Virginia Spay Neuter Clinic & Alliance (VA-SNAC), farmers market, arts and crafts, games and prizes, canine demonstrations, and Dachshund/Terrier races. Leashed dogs welcome! Free admission, but there is a $5 per car parking fee.
Seasonal Stories with Miss Cathy
Kingstowne Library, Alexandria 10:30 am FREE
Miss Cathy’s Children’s Productions will present some stories appropriate for the fall season. Join us! Age 3-6 with adult. Call 703-339-4610 to reserve a space.
Riddles for Readers: Guess Who I Am!
Oakton Library 10:30 am FREE
Reading program for 1st and 2nd grade boys who need extra help. Small group activities with Thomas Jefferson H.S. volunteers. Register for all sessions. Series continues Oct.11, Nov.1,8,15 & 22. Cosponsored by Friends of the Oakton Library. Boys 6-7. Call 703-242-4020 to reserve a space.
Miss Laura Ratcliffe, Confederate Spy
Lovettsville Library 11 am FREE
Learn how Miss Laura Ratcliffe, a confederate spy, saved the life of Col. John Mosby in 1863. Learn about her home, Merrybrook, and the efforts to preserve this historic homeplace.
100th Anniversary Candy Factory Tours
Hopkins Candy Factory
9419 Battle St., Manassas Starting at 11 am
Tour the restored Hopkins Candy Factory in Old Town Manassas during the city’s Fall Jubilee and imagine being in the midst of one of the east coast’s most successful candy factories 100 years ago. Tours are 30 minutes starting at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $1. Reservations required. For more info or to reserve, 703-368-1873. Tickets sold at the Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St.
McLean Community Fall Harvest Festival
1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean 11 am-5 pm
This festival is an indoor-outdoor family event featuring live entertainment, arts and crafts for kids, fun food and special attractions. A fun and exciting day for the whole family and it’s right in your backyard! Activities include face painting, crafts, moon bounce, pony rides, buy and decorate pumpkins, and more. Entertainment includes Hot Peas ‘N Butter, Rocknoceros and more/ Admission is $10 for kids ages 2-10, $8 for McLean District residents. Free for infants and everyone over the age of 11.
Colonial Kids Games
Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge 11 am-3 pm
Bring your children to the Visitor Center for a chance to play historic games. We’ll have games from the 1700s and 1800s. Program is free, but parking fee is $5. Call (703) 583-6904 to register.
Hands On Science Workshops
Ashburn Library 11 am-4:15 pm FREE
Learn about science through four 45 minute workshops presented by the Franklin Institute. The topics are: 11 a.m. Life in Space; 12:30 pm Electricity; 2 pm Flight; 3:30 pm Energy.
Amber Brown is Not a Crayon
Cascades Library 1 pm
Based on the book by Paula Danziger and presented as a musical by ArtsPower National Touring Theater. Told in a uniquely funny and forthright style, this story of a feisty young girl who refuses to let her problems get the better of her will touch and entertain audiences everywhere. You’ll laugh and cry with Amber as she learns some valuable lessons about the virtues of patience and the meaning of friendship. Recommended for the entire family.
Virginia Fall Races
Route 626, Foxcroft Road, Middleburg Post time 1:30 pm
An annual fall tradition in the countryside, where the only interruption to a relaxing day will be the cheer of excited fans and the storming of thundering hooves. Spectators sit in the shade of 100-year-old oak trees at the oldest continuously used race course in Virginia and experience what is called “the best view in steeplechasing.”
Teen Wii Day @ the Library
Lovettsville Library 2pm FREE
Join us @ the library for an afternoon of the Nintendo Wii, including Wii Sports, Wii Play, Mario Party 8 and more. Refreshments will be provided. Recommended for ages 12-18. Register online or call 540-822-5824.
Harry Potter’s Plants and Potions
Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria 2-3:30 pm
Children 5 years and older and accompanying adults are invited to conjure up some magic in our gardens as we explore the magical powers of Harry Potter’s favorite plants. Craft your own wizards’ wand and collect recipes for potions – just in time for Halloween! Cost is $10 per project. Call 703-642-5173 to register. http://www.greenspring.org.
Shhh! It’s a Secret!
Sterling Library 2 pm FREE
It’s Mystery Series Week! Come have fun with Nancy Drew, Frank and Joe Hardy, and loads of other characters! We’ll test how well you know your books, play games, and have a good time for everybody! Recommended for ages 6-12. Register online or call 703-430-9500.
Stabbings and Bruises and Scars, Oh My!
Chantilly Regional Library 3 pm FREE
Special Effects Workshop-Learn how to create realistic stab wounds, and otherboo-boos just in time for Halloween! Age 12-18. Call 703-502-3883 to reserve a space.
Sunday, Oct. 5
McLean Central Park 10 am-5 pm FREE
Mclean Project for the Arts will transform the park into a lively landscape of mini-art galleries showcasing and offering for sale the work of 40 juried artists. Stroll through the Children’s ArtWalk to admire the work of artists from McLean area schools. Budding artists can create their own works of art at the Children’s Art Tent. The Gazebo Stage will be swinging with a variety of live performances. Parking and shuttle buses available. If raining, the MPAartfest will be move indoors to the McLean Community Center. For information, call 703- 790-1953.
Alexandria Scottish Heritage Festival
Fort Ward Park
4301 W. Braddock Road 10 am-5 pm FREEE
The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Scottish Heritage Educational Foundation are sponsoring this festival featuring Scottish weaponry, Gaelic singing, Highland dancing, story tellers, weavers, fiddlers, Scottish sports, a ceilidh tent, genealogists, an exhibition on Scottish achievement and innovation, experts on Scottish dress, clans by the score, traditional Scottish food, and many other facets of Scottish culture. For additional information, view the event flyer, or call 703.883.4686.
Hispanics in the American Revolution
Sully Historic Site, Chantilly 11 am-4 pm
The recreated Spanish Louisiana Regiment presents scenes of 18th century military and civilian life, including musket and cannon firing. A parade of fashion highlights uniforms, and women’s and children’s clothing. Furia Flamenca adds excitement with flamenco dancing. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child. Call 703-437-1794.
Fall Motorcycle Day & Air Show
Flying Circus Airshow Grounds
5414 Ritchie Road, Bealeton
Gates open at 11 am; airshow starts at 2:30 pm
Picnic and enjoy the airshow. Cost is $10 for adults; $3 for children 3-12; 50% off admission for motocycle drivers. For a discount of $2 off adult admission, complete this survey online. For more information call (540) 439-8661.
Fall Open House
Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Dept
20688 Ashburn Road 1-4 pm FREE
Bring the family out to learn safety tips and have fun with our local firefighters. This event will feature tons of fun and educational activities for the kids including a dual accelerator moon bounce, fire truck and helicopter rides, meeting the firefighters, learning to call 911, and touring the safety “smoke house”. There will also be live music, food, a silent auction and a chili cook-off.
Scarecrow Making Workshops
Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon 1-3 pm
Bring an outfit and a pair of pantyhose for each scarecrow you make at the Visitors Center. Prepaid reservations required. The cost is $7 per scarecrow; $5 per additional scarecrow. For information, call 703-437-9101.
Bread and Honey
Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls 2-4 pm FREE
Beekeepers Toni Burnham and Patrick Standiford demonstrate the process involved in harvesting honey. Sample honey on cornbread made from our cornmeal. An observation hive with live bees available for viewing.
Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly 3-4 pm
Discover what Virginians did for fun before television. Learn about different games and pastimes and then try them out. Cost is $3 per person; reservations required. Call 703-817-9407.
Blessing of the Pets
118 N. Washington Street, Alexandria 3 pm FREE
This special service takes place in the beautiful churchyard of historic Christ Church at 3 p.m. Call 703-549-1450.
Young Writer’s Workshop
The Dandelion Patch,
Reston Town Center 4-5 pm
The Dandelion Patch invites children ages 7 – 10 to explore how to write a proper thank you and learn the importance of personal correspondence. There is a $20 fee for personalized stationery; limited to 10 children. Make reservations at (703) 689-2240 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Buckwheat Zydeco Concert
Reston Town Center 7:30 pm FREE
Presented by Reston Community Center and Reston Town Center. Free Concert. Bring your picnic blankets and chairs!