Chilly Saturday and Sunday, but at least no rain’s in the current forecast!
Fall Farm Color Tour
Loudoun County Saturday and Sunday 10 am-4pm FREE
Fall in the Loudoun Valleys is beautiful. The colorful trees of the Blue Ridge, Short Hill and Sugarloaf Mountains set the stage for your self-guided tour of several farms in Loudoun’s countryside. See alpacas, horses, sheep, and other animals in their natural environments. Choose apples, pumpkins, trees and more from the bounty of the fall harvest. Tour a nursery or a winery and talk to the proprietors about their specialty products. Visit the Web site at www.loudounfarms.org for a list of participating venues and a downloadable map.
National Weather Service Open House
43858 Weather Service Road, Sterling
Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday Noon-5 pm FREE
Visitors can get an inside look at the Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office, which serves one of the largest populations in the country. This two day open house/dedication will feature numerous weather related events for the whole family including tours of the wind tunnel and environmental extreme chambers, hourly weather balloon launches, games like Weather Jeopardy, demonstrations of how forecasts are made, and”Weather in Music and Prose”, a multimedia show combining computer imagery, poetry, and live music performance. For more info, call (703) 996-2200.
Fall Harvest Family Days
Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Saturday and Sunday 9 am-5 pm
With the crops picked, Mount Vernon’s Pioneer Farmer site becomes a harvest celebration. Rain or shine, meet “General Washington,” see wheat-treading, blacksmithing and cooking demonstrations, take a wagon ride, explore a straw-bale maze. This weekend, sightseeing cruises, courtesy of Spirit Cruises and Potomac Riverboat Company, available half-price. Admission is $13 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-11, free for kids 5 and younger.
Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon and Wine Festival
830 Longbranch Lane, Millwood
Friday 4:30-7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 7 am-4 pm
Morning and evening a colorful array of hot air balloons in all sizes and shapes will surround you as you enjoy music, wine tasting, craft and antique car show, games and fun for the kids and so much more! Bring your own lawn chairs to stake out a good seat for balloon lift-off and landing! Historic Longbranch House will also be open for tours throughout the day. Admission is $5 on Friday, $10 on the weekend; children 12 and younger. Visit http://www.historiclongbranch.com or call (540) 837-1856 for more details.
Saturday, Oct. 18
Aldie Harvest Festival
John Mosby Highway, Aldie 9 am-5 pm
This two-hundred year old village presents a harvest festival featuring food, entertainment, vendors, crafts, bake sales, grinding and blacksmithing demonstrations, and more. Families will enjoy the fun fest and a historical tour of the Aldie Mill. Admission is free, optional $5 parking donation. For more info call 703-327-4060.
Court and Market Days
Downtown Leesburg 10 am-4 pm FREE
Celebrate the heritage of Leesburg with this annual event! During the early history of the county, the Circuit Court of Leesburg was in session only once a year. During this time, people from all over the county converged upon Leesburg to conduct business, which gave the town a festive-like atmosphere. Highlights include artisan demonstrations, traders and peddlers selling wares, reenactments of court cases from 1750-1825, period entertainment, and hands-on children’s activities. For more info call 703-777-1368.
International Gold Cup
Great Meadow, The Plains Gates open 10am
About 35,000 spectators will gather at Great Meadow near The Plains in Fauquier County to celebrate the 70th running of the International Gold Cup Races presented
by Porsche. This event will provide a full day of entertainment including a Porsche Classic car display and seven nationally sanctioned races. For more information call (540) 347-2612 or visit www.vagoldcup.com.
Commerce Wow Zone Class
Woodrow Wilson Library, Falls Church 10:30 am FREE
Financial literacy program that teaches children about the value of money by reading stories & participating in activities and games. Your child may learn financial skills. Cosponsored by Commerce Bank. For ages 7 & up. Call 703-820-8774 to reserve a space.
2nd Annual Paws in the Park
901 N. Royal St., Alexandria 11 am-2 pm FREE
Paws in the Park is a fabulous fall festival with events and activities for kids, dogs, and the rest of us. Join us for K- 9 Games including the ever popular Distraction Dash, Doga, Costume Parade and Contest, a Blessing of the Animals and more. Prizes, raffles and a general celebration of the Harvest Season. For more info visit http://www.oldtownnorth.org, email email@example.com or call the Old Town North Community Partnership at 703.836.8066.
Autumn 18th Century Market Fair
Claude Moore Colonial Farm
6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean
Saturday and Sunday 11 am-4:30 pm
See colonial farm family and community members in costume and character. Period food, beverages and wares available for purchase. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for kids ages 3-12. Visit www.1771.org for a Market Fair coupon worth 50 percent off admission. Free parking.
Reston Town Center Pavilion Noon-4 pm
Enjoy horse-drawn hayrides, a hay maze, living scarecrows, performances by the J & B Blues Project, amazing face painting, arts and craft making, and more! Children can march in a costume parade, join a costume contest, and trick-or-treat at participating retailers. Rain or shine. Cost is $5 per child or $20 per family. Proceeds benefit Reston Interfaith.
Family Dig Day
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.838.4399 to save your spot! Visit www.alexandriaarchaeology.org for more info.
Become an Anime Artist
County Extension Program Room
30B Catoctin Circle, Leesburg 2-4 pm FREE
In celebration of Teen Read Week, learn to draw like the anime artists that you love! The basics of character development and backgrounds will be shown. The importance of perspective and drawing techniques will also be discussed with plenty of opportunity to draw on your own. Sponsored by Rust Library. Register online or call 703-777-0323. Recommended for teens.
Celebrate Teen Read Week with Clay Cafe Studios
Kings Park Library, Burke 2:30 pm FREE
Paint and personalize your own pottery plate. Age 12-18. Call 703-978-5600 to reserve a space.
Ashburn Library 3 pm FREE
Performance by Cham Cham Payal Bajey International, a professional organization devoted to Indian culture.
Sunday, Oct. 19
Occoquan Regional Park 9 am-5 pm FREE
Bicycle show sponsored by revolution Cycle, come see the newest in bicycles, accessories, clothing and more. Participate in a family fun ride, see a magic act and enjoy children’s activities. That plus plenty of food and fun!
Oktoberfest Beer Tasting
Lee-Fendall House Museum
614 Oronoco Street, Alexandria 2-5 pm
The Del Ray Artisans and Lee Fendall House Museum tip their hats to the tradition of Oktoberfest with a beer and cheese tasting in the beautiful gardens of Lee Fendall. Sample eight beers and receive a beer glass hand-painted by a Del Ray Artisan or Lee Fendall House Friend. Tickets are $40. Visit
www.leefendallhouse.org for more info.
Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax 7:30-9:30 pm FREE
Recruiters from nearly 400 hundred colleges & universities will be on-hand to provide information and answer questions. The event is hosted by Fairfax County Public Schools and provides a great venue for high school juniors, seniors and their parents to speak with college representatives from Virginia, Maryland, DC and nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.fcps.edu/ss/FCPSCollegeFairNight/index.htm.