Fairfax County Events

Events

Upcoming Fairfax County, Virginia Events 

We have the latest information on what to do while staying in Fairfax, VA. Our updated events listings for Virginia provide travelers and visitors with the latest details for upcoming festivals, concerts, art performances, sporting events, and more. 

Visit our events calendar to browse events by category and date. We're sure that no matter what, you'll find something entertaining to do.

 

Featured Events

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

Mount Vernon Signature Walking Tour

Jan 16, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 3:30pm
Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

This tour is available daily at 3:30 pm through March 14 (except February 14 - 17).


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Tributes at the Tomb at Mount Vernon

Jan 16, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 10am and 3pm (April-October); 12pm (November-March)
A special ceremony and wreath laying occurs at Washington's Tomb daily at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., April - October, and 12 p.m., November - March. This tour is included with general admission. Consult Today at Mount Vernon upon arrival for programming details.

 


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First Saturday Brewery Open House

Feb 1 - Dec 6, Mad Fox Brewing Company

Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday
Address: 444 W. Broad St, Suite I, Falls Church, VA
Times: Tours start around 12pm
Join a brewer to learn about and get a behind-the-scenes look at our brewing process. Scheduled for Noon, 2 and 4 PM, tours last approximately one-hour and are available on first-come, first-serve basis for up to 15 guests per session. Sign up available at host stand the day of the event.

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Friday Mornings with Rocknoceros

Feb 7 - Dec 26, Jammin Java

Recurring weekly on Friday
Address: 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA
Times: 10:30am
Contact: Jammin Java
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $5
As every family with youngsters in the DC area already knows, Rocknoceros (pronounced like rhinoceros) is three guys: Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie, who make wildly popular, award-winning music for the whole family. The three Rocknoceros bandmates "grew up" (if they ever did) in Northern Virginia. Boggie and Coach, best friends since they were four years old, remember endlessly spinning Beatles records in Boogie's suburban bedroom while "waiting for Williebob" who appeared on the scene in high school. The three have been making music ever since, although it wasn't until 20 years later in 2005, when Coach Cotton was raising young'uns of his own, that the inspiration for Rocknoceros finally crystallized. Rocknoceros has since dominated the Washington, DC children's music scene and gained significant national recognition as well...

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Cigar Bar and Swagger Fridays

Feb 21, Paradise Springs Winery

Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday
Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: 5pm - 9pm
Phone: (703) 830-9463

Join us every 3rd Friday of the month for Swagger Friday and Cigar Bar. Cigar bar on our front patio and our fortified port style wine, Swagger, poured by the glass. Complimentary tasting with every cigar or Swagger clothing purchase.


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Special Exhibit: Gardens & Groves

Feb 22 - Jan 10, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission.

Come explore Washington's design for his estate, highlighting the first president's interests and talents as a landscape designer.


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National Treasure Tour at Mount Vernon

Mar 1, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: Check Mount Vernon Website for dates/times.
Admission: $5 per tour, in addition to regular Estate admission.

 

This one-hour walking tour goes behind-the-scenes to areas where "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets" filming took place and explores how these locations were used during George Washington's time.

 


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Sightseeing Water Tour at Mount Vernon

Mar 1 - Nov 29, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: Check Mount Vernon Website for dates/times.
Admission: $10 per tour, in addition to regular Estate admission.

 

See George Washington’s Mount Vernon from a different perspective during this 45-minute narrated sightseeing excursion on the Potomac River.

 


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Through My Eyes Tour at Mount Vernon

Mar 1 - Dec 28, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 1:30pm
Admission: $5 per tour, in addition to regular Estate admission.

 

Step back in time for a 45-minute immersive experience. Join people from Washington's world, like his granddaughter, personal secretary, or farm manager, as they go about their daily activities, making several stops along the way.

 


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"Flights of Fancy" - Stories for Children

Mar 11 - Dec 17, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday
Address: 14390 Air & Space Museum Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 11:00am
Phone: (703) 572-4118
Admission: Free, Parking $15

Museum staff will read stories for children about famous aviators, hot-air balloon flights, trips to Mars, the night sky, and winged creatures that soar through the skies. Afterwards, visitors ages two through eight-years-old will take part in a hands-on activity. Story time will take place at 11:00 am and 11:30 am. Location changes depending on the book to provide the proper atmosphere for each story-telling experience, so ask at the Welcome Center for the day's Flights of Fancy location.


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Stories from Strawberry Park

Apr 8, Mosaic District - Strawberry Park

Recurring weekly on Tuesday
Address: 2911 District Ave, Merrifield, VA
Times: 10am
Admission: Free
Enjoy a live interactive performance each week taught by a group of unique storytellers. For ages 10 and under.

Held outside in Strawberry Park. In inclement weather story time will be held in Angelika Film Center.


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Yoga in the Park

Apr 10, Mosaic District - Strawberry Park

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday
Address: 2911 District Ave, Merrifield, VA
Times: Thursday, 7pm; Sunday, 9am
Admission: Free
Free community Vinyasa flow yoga outside in Strawberry Park taught by Spark Yoga.

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Sunday Night Jazz

Apr 20, Il Fornaio

Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday
Address: Reston Town Center, Reston, VA
Times: 6pm - 9pm
Phone: (703) 437-5544
Enjoy live jazz the last two Sundays of every month.

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Sunday Night Jazz

Apr 27, Il Fornaio

Recurring monthly on the last Sunday
Address: Reston Town Center, Reston, VA
Times: 6pm - 9pm
Phone: (703) 437-5544
Enjoy live jazz the last two Sundays of every month.

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Campfire Saturdays

Oct 25 - Nov 25, Lake Accotink Park

Recurring monthly on the 25th
Address: 7500 Lake Accotink Rd, Springfield, VA
Times: 7-8:30pm
Phone: (703) 569-0285
Admission: $7/person
Enjoy Campfire Saturdays at Lake Accotink
What better place for a campfire than on a lake? Campfires will be held on Saturday evenings at Lake Accotink Park on Sep. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, and Dec. 13

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Historic Fairfax Courthouse Tours

Oct 31, Historic Fairfax Courthouse

Recurring weekly on Friday
Address: 4000 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA
Times: Tours begin at 11am and 3pm
Phone: (703) 246-4168
Admission: FREE

Come see the 1799 Fairfax Courthouse and historic records center!  Tours meet at the Historic Courthouse under the covered walkway and are held every Friday excluding county holidays and inclement weather days. Please call if you have any questions.


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Smithsonian TechQuest Game: Eye in the Sky

Nov 1 - Nov 29, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Recurring weekly on Saturday
Address: 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, Virginia
Times: 10:30am to 4pm
Contact: Visitor Services
Phone: (703) 572-4118
Admission: Free, Parking $15
It is the height of the Cold War, and tensions are escalating between the world’s superpowers. An American aircraft carrying sensitive cargo has disappeared. The cargo cannot end up in enemy hands. Your mission is to find the aircraft, using aerial surveillance tools. Success depends on verifying the intelligence you gather at every step. Smithsonian TechQuest, a new, alternate reality game at the Udvar-Hazy Center, will test your powers of observation, your problem-solving skills, and your decision-making abilities as you take on the role of intelligence analyst. The game will engage you through hands-on activities and secret codes that lead to an ultimate conclusion. It is aimed at upper elementary and middle school visitors and their families. A self-guided activity, the game starts with a ten-minute orientation offered at regular intervals throughout the day. Staff will help guide you along the way. The game should take between 60 and 90 minutes.

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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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Santa HQ at Tysons Corner Center

Nov 14 - Dec 24, Tysons Corner Center

Recurring daily
Address: 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner, VA
Visit Santa's Magical Workshop & Observatory, presented by HGTV - for photos and family activities, located in Fashion Court on level one between Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's - beginning November 14th.

Capture memorable photos with family & friends, scan yourself at the Naughty or Nice O'Meter, Snap and "Elfie" and star in your own video, experience Elf-Ray Vision in Santa's Observatory and much more!

Skip the line to see Santa...Reserve your space online.


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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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"One Man, Two Guvnors"

Nov 21 - Dec 28, 1st Stage Theater

Recurring daily
Address: 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons, VA
Times: See website for all performance times.
Contact: Eileen Mandell
Phone: (703) 854-1856
Admission: See website.
By Richard Bean
Directed by Matthew R. Wilson
Slapstick, satire, mayhem, songs and glittering one-liners combine in this glorious celebration of all that is comic in the world. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe... but Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother... who's been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers. Now Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. But maybe not. But Glorious fun nonetheless.
Some naughty, feisty language

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"One Man, Two Guvnors"

Nov 21 - Dec 28, 1st Stage

Recurring every 6 weeks on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 1524 Springhill Road, Tysons, Virginia
Times: Fridays at 8PM; Saturdays at 2 & 8pm and Sundays at 2 & 7 pm
Contact: Eileen P Mandell
Phone: (703) 465-1607
Admission: $28-General / $23 - Seniors/ $15 -Students
November 21 – December 28, 2014 One Man, Two Guvnors By Richard Bean Directed by Matthew R. Wilson Slapstick, satire, mayhem, songs and glittering one-liners combine in this glorious celebration of all that is comic in the world. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe… but Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother… who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers. Now Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. But maybe not. Some naughty, feisty language

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Jimmy's Annual Thanksgiving Bash

Nov 26, Jimmy's Old Town Tavern

Address: 697 Spring St, Herndon, VA
Phone: (703) 435-5467

The World's Greatest 70s Experience with The Right On Band

Nov 26, The State Theatre

Address: 220 North Washington Street, Falls Church, Virginia
Times: 9pm
Phone: (703) 237-0300
Admission: $15

 

Right On Band is an authentic "Ten-Piece Show Band" with a full horn section. They have performed all over the world including Italy, Ethiopia, Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas. They have had the honor of performing for each of the last three United States Presidents. They also have played for the US Congress at "The White House," as well as other celebrities, dignitaries and heads of state around the world.

Specializing in Motown, Disco, and '70s Funk, Right On Band has been keeping the '70s alive for over 16 years. Right On Band is known for their outlandish '70s costumes, but can also perform in formal attire if so desired.

Right On Band carries its own "state-of-the-art" sound and lighting production and also travels with its own professional sound man, lighting director, and production crew. The band also coordinates all of the details for each event with the venue and event contacts.
Nothing ruins a good party more than when the band takes too many breaks. That does not happen with Right On Band EVER: the band will not take a break unless you ask them to.

18 & up to enter. VALID ID required.


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Wednesday Evening Thanksgiving Buffet

Nov 26, Mount Vernon Inn

Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 4pm - 8pm
Admission: Adults, $39.95; Children (6-12), $19.95, Ages 5 and under are free
Join us for our first exclusive Wednesday evening Thanksgiving buffet! Our infamous Thanksgiving buffet is sold out on Thursday, but we've opened our doors for an early celebration!

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Celebrate Thanksgiving at Wildfire

Nov 27, Wildfire

Address: Tysons Galleria, International Drive, McLean, VA
Times: 10:30am - 8:30pm
Phone: (703) 442-9110
Admission: $44.95/person and $18.95 for children 12 and under
Bring your family and friends to Wildfire on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27!

From 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Wildfire at Tysons Galleria, 3rd floor, will offer a special family style menu featuring spit roasted turkey and all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes. The cost is $44.95/person and $18.95 for children 12 and under.

If you are entertaining family and friends at home, Wildfire will be offering Thanksgiving party platters for carryout. Each platter serves 8-10 people. Choose from platters of salads ($30.95-$35.95), main courses ($129.95 - $185.95), side dishes ($11.95- $21.95) and desserts ($19.95). Platters can be picked up on Thanksgiving Day from 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Wildfire will be donating a portion of the day's proceeds to Food for Others, the largest distributor to free food directly to people in need in Northern Virginia. In addition, Wildfire will be hosting a food drive on Thanksgiving Day - Sunday, November 30 to help restock the cupboards in time for the holidays. Please bring unopened cans or boxes of non-perishables. All contributions will benefit the pantry at Food for Others.


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Holiday Feast with an Italian Twist

Nov 27, Il Fornaio

Address: Reston Town Center, Reston, VA
Phone: (703) 437-5544
Admission: $42/adults; $18/children under 12

Your family. Your tradition. Il Fornaio.

Join us for a Thanksgiving Holiday Feast with an Italian Twist. A la carte menu also available. Reservations online at 1-888-Italian. 


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Thanksgiving at Chima

Nov 27, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

Address: 8010 Towers Crescent Dr, #100, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 1-8pm
Phone: (703) 639-3080
You can always find something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving at Chima. Regular menu (rodizio and salad bar) plus Thanksgiving favorites such as Roasted Turkey, stuffing, cranberry jelly, gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and cornbread!

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Thanksgiving at Trummer's On Main

Nov 27, Trummer's On Main

Address: 7134 Main Street, Clifton, VA
Phone: (703) 266-1623
Admission: $64/adults; $32/children under 12.
THANKSGIVING
Celebrate the season of thanks with family and friends and leave the cooking up to us! Chef Austin Fausett is serving some traditional and some non traditional fare for a fabulous Thanksgiving feast!

Three Courses for $64.
Children 12 and under $32.


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Black Friday Holiday Celebration at the Workhouse

Nov 28, Workhouse Arts Center

Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 10am - 7pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: Free
Explore the artwork of nearly 100 artists, join in interactive demonstrations and find that perfect gift while supporting local artists. Festivities will also include Doughnuts with Santa, fine-art projects for children, and holiday music and theatrical performances throughout the day.

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Christmas at Mount Vernon

Nov 28 - Jan 6, George Washington's Mount Vernon

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 9am - 4pm
Admission: Regular Estate admission.

Themed decorations (including 12 Christmas trees) and historical chocolate-making demonstrations will be offered.


Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. During Christmas at Mount Vernon, visitors can meet a camel on the grounds.

 


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Feed God Cabbage - live on stage

Nov 28, Jammin Java

Address: 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA
Times: 7:00pm
Contact: feedgodcabbage@gmail.com
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $10-$15
The Washington DC area has watched Feed God Cabbage blossom into an established group that is vital to the local music scene. The bands blend of music is a unique combination of punk-rock/reggae and has distinguished the group as a local favorite. This four piece out of Northern Virginia has continued to pack venues, rock crowds, and play some of the most incredible events on the east coast. FGC has shared the stage with many on-demand national acts including: SOJA, Tribal Seeds, Passafire, HR from Bad Brains, and Ballyhoo!,Pacific Dub,Fortunate Youth,Inna Vision,Through the roots,Three legged Fox. Be on the lookout for more to come.

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John Eaton

Nov 28, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25-$27
Renowned pianist, vocalist, musicologist, and humorist delivers renditions of cherished American songs.

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Max Major Magic Show

Nov 28, The Winery at Bull Run

Address: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA
Times: 8:30pm
Phone: (703) 815-2233
Admission: $40 - $69

After fifteen consecutive weeks of sold-out shows and selling over 5000 tickets to "THINK: An Evening of Mind Reading and Magic", Max Major, twice voted the best entertainer in DC by readers of the Washington City Paper, is bringing his critically acclaimed show to The Winery at Bull Run as a new Monthly Show Series!

In this 90 min show, magician Max Major will use a combination of magic, psychology, hypnosis and suggestion to demonstrate the untapped powers of the mind. Among the show's highlights, Major will employ his uncanny understanding of body language to decode the thoughts of audience members, assume the role of a human lie detector, and even, and subject himself to extreme physical harm in a feat of mind over body. This is a charity show. Partial proceeds will benefit the Meant To Live Foundation, of which Max is a board member, and Touching Heart.  


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Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Nov 28, George Washington's Mount Vernon

Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 5pm - 8pm
Phone: (703) 780-2000
Admission: $22 adults, $15 children (11 and under)
Join "Mrs. Washington" as she hosts an enchanting evening of candlelight tours, fireside caroling, and hot cider and ginger cookies. Tours include dancing, merry music, and characters from the Washingtons' world guiding visitors through the first and second floors of the home, adding ambiance and authenticity to a traditional Christmas evening at Mount Vernon.

Visitors will meet a cast of friends and family of the famous founding couple. In the kitchen, the final stop on the tour, guests will hear about 18th-century holiday cooking, see a reproduction of Martha Washington's Great Cake, and be given a complimentary copy of the recipe to try at home. Following the Mansion tour, guests are invited to stroll candlelit walks, join in fireside caroling, and visit Aladdin the Christmas camel.

Timed tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children 11 and under and go on sale October 27 at 10 a.m. at the Ford Orientation Center or at MountVernon.org.


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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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Reston Holidays are Here Celebration!

Nov 28, Reston Town Center

Address: 11900 Market St., Reston, VA
Times: 8am
Contact: Reston Town Center
Admission: FREE
Discover a day of community, camaraderie, charity and cheer to kick off the holiday season! Cheer on kids of all ages as they "run as fast as they can!" in the Gingerbread Man Mile and Tot Trot, and if mom and dad want to do some racing of their own stores open at 8 am! Then snag some snacks and a seat for the Reston Holiday Parade at 11 am.

After Santa gives his final farewell to parade spectators, he is available for visits and photos until 4:30pm - we recommend stopping by after you grab lunch, as the line is much shorter. Make your way around the ice, mark a few items off the list, marvel at the Hyatt Gingerbread Village in their lobby, do a bit of people-watching.

Then at 5 pm, wander over to Fountain Square to see "Santa's Frosty Follies," a performance by Metropolitan School of the Arts, and stay for the magic and merriment of the Tree Lighting & Sing Along at 6 pm. Finally, climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage to end a day to remember!

While you go home with great memories, some local non-profits will go home with a smile too! The race benefits Neediest Kids, photos benefit SLHS Choir, and carriage rides benefit Volunteer Fairfax! Thanks for the support!


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The Nighthawks and Skip Castro Band

Nov 28, The State Theatre

Address: 220 North Washington Street, Falls Church, Virginia
Times: 9pm
Phone: (703) 237-0300
Admission: $20
Washington's favorite bad boys, the Nighthawks are masters of electric Chicago Blues and the kings of sh*t kicking roadhouse rock. They're not called America's Best Bar Band for nothing...

The Nighthawks history is extensive, beginning in the '70s when the band criss-crossed the country playing clubs and colleges then dominated by the sounds of country rock and disco. The band spread their version of roots rock, soul, rockabilly, and blues that was hardly the standard fare. In addition, the Nighthawks were considered touring pioneers, since only a handful of Chicago blues stars were touring nationally, and the west coast blues bands stayed on their side of the Great Divide.

It began a long time ago. 1978 to be exact. Four musicians, out of work at the same time got together because honestly, they liked to play music. Thus, the Skip Castro Band was born. A mutual love of rhythm 'n blues, swing, boogie woogie and rock 'n roll became the foundation.

Over the next ten years, Skip Castro would become staples on the East Coast between Boston and Atlanta playing every bar, club, music hall, and college in between. All the while having a great time. Called one of the best party bands ever, Skip Castro brings the party everytime they take the stage.

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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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Vienna Art and Craft Show

Nov 28 - Nov 30, Vienna Community Center

Recurring daily
Address: 120 Cherry St, Vienna, VA
Times: Friday: 10am-5pm, Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 11am-4pm
Admission: $3.00
This terrific show -- running for more than 30 years --features more than 80 juried artisans offering original, handmade arts and crafts, including decorative painting, fused, etched, painted and stained glass, ceramics and pottery, hand-painted silk, woodworking handweaving, photography, paintings and drawings,clothing and functional textiles, jewelry and much more. All of the artists and artisans will be on hand to answer questions and talk about their work. Thanksgiving Weekend 120 Cherry Street, SE, Vienna, VA Hours: Friday: 10am-5pm Saturday: 10am-5pm Sunday: 11am-4pm Admission: $3, Parking Free.

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Classical Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker

Nov 29 - Nov 30, Richard J. Ernst Theatre, NVCC Annandale Campus

Recurring daily
Address: 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia
Times: Saturday, 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, 2pm
Contact: Kim Brummett
Phone: (703) 471-0750
Admission: $18-$25
Experience the magic of Classical Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker! This holiday classic includes stunning costumes, beautiful choreography, and Tchaikovsky's magnificent music. -- Share your holiday spirit by bringing a non-perishable food donation for LINK!

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Herban Lifestyle Trunk Show

Nov 29, Herban Lifestyle Shop

Address: 2931-C Eskridge Road, Merrifield, VA
Times: 12-4pm
Contact: Mary Kearns
Phone: (571) 282-3624
Admission: Free
Please join us on Saturday, November 29 from noon to 4:00pm for a special Small Business Saturday, marking one year at our Merrifield location! We will be featuring blown glass objets d'art by Beth Hess of WunderAround. You will have a chance to meet Beth and talk to her about her creations. She will also be offering a demo on how to make a glass terrarium. Come enjoy free samples, refreshments and giveaways. And we will be offering demos of our production process in our studio! Plus, receive 10% off your purchase in celebration of Small Business Saturday! In addition to Herban Lifestyle bath and body products, we also carry a variety of Etsy artisan products by: EHL Creations, Healing Touch Pottery, Herban Luxe, Karmalades, Naked Botanicals, Pine Branch Designs, Sarah Winter Clothwork, Sprout Bottle, Vita Pulita.

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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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Stephen Kellogg

Nov 29, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 7:30 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25
This lively performer and talented everyman combines soulful songwriting and passionate guitar for a classic rock ’n’ roll sound.

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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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Family Advent Celebration

Nov 30, Burke United Methodist Church

Address: 6200 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke, Virginia
Times: 4:00-5:30PM
Contact: Katie Webster
Phone: (703) 250-6100
Admission: FREE
Join us for a celebration of Advent for the whole family! We will make crafts, decorate cookies, and more! Don't miss this annual celebration - now at the beginning of the Advent Season!

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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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Children's Performance Series - Mr. Skip

Dec 1, Old Town Hall

Address: 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 10:30am
Contact: Joanna Ormesher
Phone: (703) 352-2787
Admission: Free, donations accepted
Start the week off with Mr. Skip, our favorite music man! Mr. Skip, who is all about music and movement, sings original and classic kids songs like Old MacDonald to the five and under crowd. He gets the kids off their seats and moving. Even the parents and grandparents have fun as Mr. Skip plays his own brand of music! Performances are free, but donations are gratefully accepted. This series is sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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Tuesday Night at the Movies: "My Neighbourhood"

Dec 2, RCC Hunters Woods - The CenterStage

Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Contact: Paul Douglas Michnewicz
Phone: (703) 390-6167
Admission: FREE

Free • Drop-in • 18 Years and Older My Neighbourhood

My Neighbourhood follows Mohammed El Kurd as he comes of age in the midst of unrelenting tension and remarkable cooperation in his backyard. Highlighting Mohammed’s own reactions to the highly volatile situation, reflections from family members and other evicted residents, accounts of Israeli protesters and interviews with Israeli settlers, the film chronicles the resolve of a neighbourhood and the support it receives from the most unexpected of places. My Neighbourhood is directed and produced by Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, who documented Mohammed’s story over two years, and acclaimed filmmaker Julia Bacha. It is the latest production by Just Vision, an award-winning team of Palestinian, Israeli, North and South American filmmakers, journalists and human rights advocates dedicated to telling the stories of Israelis and Palestinians working nonviolently to achieve security, freedom and peace in the region. FOLLOWING THE SCREENING, REBEKAH WILL DISCUSS THE FILM AND HER INVOLVEMENT WITH THE AUDIENCE.


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"Snow Day"

Dec 3 - Dec 7, Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre

Recurring daily
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 10:30am
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: $8
One cold December morning, a young girl named Skip wakes up to find the entire neighborhood covered in a thick, dazzling blanket of white snow. 

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Casting Crowns: Thrive Tour, with special guests Mandisa and Sidewalk Prophets

Dec 4, The Patriot Center

Address: 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7pm
Phone: (703) 993-3000
Admission: $15 - $75
Christian rock group, Casting Crowns, is bringing their Thrive Tour to the Patriot Center on December 4 at 7 p.m. Touring in support of their latest album, Thrive, Casting Crowns will be performing some of their signature songs about real life. Mandisa and Sidewalk Prophets are set to open.

 


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Civil Twilight with special guest Baby Bee

Dec 4, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 8pm
Phone: 1877WOLFTRAP
Admission: $22
Stirring alt-rock with impassioned vocals and atmospheric melodies have earned this band international acclaim.

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Scotch Tasting

Dec 4, Trummer's On Main

Address: 7134 Main Street, Clifton, VA
Phone: (703) 266-1623
Admission: $50

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A Classic Brass Christmas

Dec 5 - Dec 6, Falls Church Presbyterian Church

Recurring daily
Address: 225 East Broad St., Falls Church, VA
Times: Friday, 8pm and Saturday, 5pm
Admission: $5 - $45
Our annual Christmas concert is a Washington-area favorite. With the American premiere of British composer Cecilia McDowall's A Winter's Night, our stunning candlelight processional, the popular conducting raffle, and an audience carol sing-along, we promise to start your holiday season off in spectacular fashion.

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Christmas Market & Winterfest

Dec 5 - Dec 14, Tysons Corner Center Outdoor Plaza

Recurring daily
Address: 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: Friday, 11am-9pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-8pm

Located at Tysons Corner Center on the grand new Plaza at new mall entrances from the Silver Line Metro, the festival will include 30 vendors selling German holiday goods. Plus, mulled wine, German beer, German fare, hot chocolate and coffee. Also, enjoy the spectacular Christmas tree, entertainment, beer garden and other festive activities.


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McLean Holiday Craft Show

Dec 5 - Dec 7, McLean Community Center

Recurring daily
Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA - Virginia
Times: Friday, 11am-7pm, Saturday, 10am-6pm, Sunday, 11am-4pm
Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children under 14
Enjoy a wide variety of arts & crafts and holiday music by local school groups. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children under the age of 14.

New York Festival of Song: At Harlem's Height

Dec 5, RCC Hunters Woods - The CenterStage

Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 8:00pm
Contact: Paul Douglas Michnewicz
Phone: (703) 390-6167
Admission: $20 Reston/$40 Non-Reston
At Harlem’s Height celebrates the music of Eubie Blake, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Billy Strayhorn, W. C. Handy and many other composers who led the Harlem Renaissance. In the period between the end of World War I and the Great Depression, these artists awakened the world to the creative and intellectual power of black America. Writing about life in Harlem with wit and deep feeling, they set off an explosion of popular song irresistible in its melodic and rhythmic energy. At Harlem’s Height will include many rarely heard songs by these popular and classical composers, giving a musical portrait of Harlem as it was experienced by the artists who lived there. At Harlem’s Height is led by artistic team Steven Blier and Michael Barrett and performed by singers Julia Bullock, Darius de Haas and James Martin.

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Over The Rhine

Dec 5, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25-$28
Uplifting Midwestern Americana duo whose “soul-nourishing music” (LA Times) will transport you to “The Edge of the World.”

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Parents Time Out: New York Festival of Song

Dec 5, RCC Hunters Woods - The CenterStage

Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Contact: Paul Douglas Michnewicz
Phone: (703) 390-6167
Admission: $15 Reston/$30 Non-Reston
Parents Time Out (4-9 years old) This program is designed for parents who would like to enjoy a nice date night and attend a great performance at RCC’s CenterStage. Children will be happily engaged with games, videos, and simple crafts while under the supervision of RCC staff in a separate room. They should wear comfortable clothing and shoes, suitable for play. Registration deadline is one week prior to the event. Space is limited. Cost is only for childcare and includes snacks and drinks for participating children. Please purchase performance tickets by visiting the CenterStage box office via phone, online or in person.

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Towne Square Singers Holiday Concert

Dec 5 - Dec 7, ArtSpace Herndon

Recurring daily
Address: 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA
Times: Friday & 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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Virginia Opera: H.M.S. Pinafore

Dec 5 - Dec 6, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $86, $72, $44
All aboard the grand British naval ship, H.M.S. Pinafore, where the Captain plans to wed his dear daughter to the First Lord of the Admiralty, despite her forbidden love for a sailor of humble means. Hilarity ensues and secrets are revealed when the young couple ignores social convention and plans to elope. Filled with toe-tapping tunes, saucy satire, and nutty nautical humor, it is easy to see why this timeless comic operetta was Gilbert & Sullivan’s first international sensation, and remains one of the opera world’s most popular works. Sung in English with English supertitles.

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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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Authentic Darjeeling Tea

Dec 6, Colvin Run Mill

Address: 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, VA
Times: 1-3pm
Phone: (703) 759-2771
Admission: $30/person
From India's Himalayan foothills, the "Champagne of Teas" has recently been granted Protected Origin Status. Taste and compare the unique qualities from the four seasonal flushes and enjoy some tea-infused treats. Take-home tea sampler included. Call Colvin Run Mill for reservations. Presented by Certified Tea Specialist Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden. $30/person.

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Breakfast with Santa

Dec 6, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Address: 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church, VA
Times: 9:30 - 11:30 am
Contact: Joan Buscher
Phone: (703) 532-6617
Admission: Free
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church invites you to Breakfast With Santa on Saturday, December 6 from 9:30am-11:30am. Come enjoy crafts, snacks and a visit from Santa! Everyone is welcome! Free event! For more information, visit www.htluther.org or facebook.com/HTLuther. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 3022 Woodlawn Avenue, Falls Church, VA (at the intersection of Route 50 and Woodlawn Avenue, near I-495). Please contact us at 703-532-6617 or admin@htluther.org with any questions.

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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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Festival of Lights and Carols

Dec 6, Sherwood Community Center

Address: 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 11am-9pm
Contact: Mitzi Taylor
Phone: (703) 385-7858
Admission: Most events are Free, Lunch with Santa - $8 per child, Celtic Christmas - $5 per adult
Come listen to live holiday music and enjoy s'mores and hot cider on the Civic Green in front of the Sherwood Community Center for FREE. Children ages 10 and under can enjoy lunch with Santa at the Sherwood Community Center. Three lunch seating will be offered - 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. $8 per child. At 7:30pm the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts sponsors the eighth annual Christmas concert. $5 Adults, Children 12 and under free.

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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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Historic Pohick Church Candlelight Dinner

Dec 6, Pohick Church

Address: 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton, VA
Times: Reservations deadline is Nov. 22nd!
Contact: Charlotte Knipling
Phone: (703) 946-1031
Admission: Tickets are $75 a person.
Historic Pohick Church Candlelight Dinner Reservations deadline is Nov. 22nd Time is running out to make reservations for the Pohick Church Docent Guild’s Candlelight Dinner to be held on Saturday, December 6. Only a dozen seats remain. Do not miss out on this beautiful annual event! Tickets are $75 a person. Featured will be musical entertainment and a catered dinner of assorted hors d’oeuvres, beef tenderloin, roast chicken, side dishes and several desserts. Pohick Church is located at 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton, VA 22079, on U.S. Route 1 between Telegraph Road and Pohick Road, www.pohick.org . For reservations and more information contact Charlotte Knipling at 703-946-1031.

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Holiday Wine Pairing Dinner

Dec 6, The Winery at Bull Run

Address: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA
Times: 7-9pm
Phone: (703) 815-2233
Admission: $135

The Winery at Bull Run invites you to celebrate this holiday season with us at our Holiday Wine Pairing Dinner event! Check out the delicious menu put together by the talented chefs of RSVP Catering and the knowledgeable management of the Winery at Bull Run. A perfect early gift for your loved ones; this is an event you will not want to miss!


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Jingle on Lake Anne Holiday Event

Dec 6, Lake Anne Plaza (Waterfront)

Address: 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, Virginia
Times: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Admission: Free Rain or Shine
Lake Anne Plaza is inviting people of all ages to head down to the lake for some warm merriment and holiday cheer as they host their annual family friendly holiday event Jingle on Lake Anne. Community organizers and plaza retailers will host a variety of festive activities ranging from the ever popular special visit from Santa (arriving on a lake barge), strolling carolers, a petting zoo, music, wine tastings, merchant specials, children’s crafts, cookie & ornament decorating, holiday arts & crafts market, holiday entertainment and much more. The holiday event is hosted by Lake Anne Merchants. Event Schedule: 11:00AM-2:00PM – Holiday Arts & Crafts Market Gifts from the HeART Exhibition (presented by the Reston Community Center - til 4PM) Petting Zoo Cookie Decorating Caroling Children’s Crafts Plaza Activities 12:00PM-2:00PM – Santa Arrival/Departure (Arrival time is 12PM Sharp)

Plantation Christmas

Dec 6, Gunston Hall

Address: 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 2pm - 7pm
Phone: (703) 550-9220
Admission: $15 adults, $5 children (6-18)
Let the Christmas Past become part of your Christmas Present!

Ride in a horse-drawn carriage, sip warm cider by the fire, and sample period food prepared in the hearth kitchen. Return to the 18th century as costumed characters greet you in the house and throughout the grounds. Visit with Santa!


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Smithsonian TechQuest Game: Eye in the Sky

Dec 6 - Dec 27, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Recurring weekly on Saturday
Address: 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, Virginia
Times: 10:30am to 4:30pm; last briefing at 2:30pm
Contact: Visitor Services
Phone: (703) 572-4118
Admission: Free, Parking $15
It is the height of the Cold War, and tensions are escalating between the world’s superpowers. An American aircraft carrying sensitive cargo has disappeared. The cargo cannot end up in enemy hands. Your mission is to find the aircraft, using aerial surveillance tools. Success depends on verifying the intelligence you gather at every step. Smithsonian TechQuest, a new, alternate reality game at the Udvar-Hazy Center, will test your powers of observation, your problem-solving skills, and your decision-making abilities as you take on the role of intelligence analyst. The game will engage you through hands-on activities and secret codes that lead to an ultimate conclusion. It is aimed at upper elementary and middle school visitors and their families. A self-guided activity, the game starts with a ten-minute orientation offered at regular intervals throughout the day. Staff will help guide you along the way. The game should take between 60 and 90 minutes. Smithsonian TechQuest takes place the second Friday of every month, and most Saturdays.

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Superintendent’s Revenge Golf Tournament

Dec 6, Herndon Centennial Golf Course

Address: 909 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 9am
Phone: (703) 471-5769

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Winter Open House, Herndon Fortnightly Library

Dec 6, Herndon Fortnightly Library

Address: 768 Center Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 11am-2pm
Phone: (703) 437-8855

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Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long

Dec 6, Wolf Trap - The Filene Center

Address: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 4pm
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: Free
"The President's Own"
United States Marine Band
Members of local choirs and vocal groups

Kick off the holiday season with family and friends at Wolf Trap's 2014 Holiday Sing-A-Long! This annual musical celebration hosts a performance by the United States Marine Band and a Sing-A-Long of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs with choir and vocal groups from the metropolitan Washington area.

Wolf Trap will be participating in Toys for Tots by collecting new, unwrapped toys at the entrance to the Filene Center before the Sing-A-Long. Donations are strictly voluntary and not a requirement. Admission is FREE, and no tickets are required. Parking is free, but limited, so please plan on arriving early.

Bring a candle and join the tradition of exiting the Filene Center with a candlelight processional during the last verse of "Silent Night." There will also be a "Jing-A-Long" during the singing of "Jingle Bells," so remember to bring a candle, a bell, and a new, unwrapped toy!


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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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American Girl Tysons at The Nutcracker

Dec 7 - Dec 21, Tysons Corner Center - American Girl Store

Recurring weekly on Sunday
Address: 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 10am
Phone: (877) 247-5223
Admission: $110/person
Your experience begins with a delicious Brunch at the American Girl Bistro. Then, a private coach bus will take you to the historical Warner Theatre where you¹ll discover the timeless magic of The Nutcracker, performed by the Washington Ballet. Round-trip transportation from American Girl to the theatre will be provided.

Tickets: $110 per person
(Please note, prepaid event reservations are non-exchangeable and non-refundable) (gratuity not included)

Reservations required; call toll-free 877-247-5223Call: 877-247-5223. 
For girls ages 8 and up.


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Annandale Brass Holiday Concert: A Winter Wonderland

Dec 7, Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater

Address: 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia
Times: 4:00 pm
Contact: Gwen Plummer
Phone: (703) 371-0465
Admission: $10 Adults, $7 Students with ID, FREE for Children 12 & under and NOVA students with ID
Talented brass ensemble musicians from military bands and area orchestras perform seasonal favorites arranged in traditional, jazz and easy listening styles. Family friendly concert with free refreshments. John Wright, Director. Sponsored by NOVA-Annandale campus and Reunion Music Society with support from the Arts Council of Fairfax County.

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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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Cookie Concert

Dec 7, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Address: 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church, VA
Times: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Contact: Joan Buscher
Phone: (703) 532-6617
Admission: Free
Join Holy Trinity's Bell and Vocal choirs for a night of Christmas and Advent music followed by a Christmas cookie reception, a tradition that dates back over 50 years! The program begins at 7:00 pm on Sunday, December 7. For more information, visit www.htluther.org or facebook.com/HTLuther. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 3022 Woodlawn Avenue, Falls Church, VA (at the intersection of Route 50 and Woodlawn Avenue, near I-495). Please contact us at 703-532-6617 or admin@htluther.org with any questions.

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Gardeners Holiday Open House

Dec 7, Green Spring Gardens

Address: 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA
Times: 12pm-4pm
Phone: (703) 642-5173
Admission: $3 (puppet show)
Come to an open house hosted by Friends of Green Spring for gardeners of all ages to get in the holiday mood, including a children's puppet show.

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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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Home for the Holidays Concert

Dec 7, Lanier Middle School

Address: 3801 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, Virginia
Times: 4pm
Admission: Free
Join the Main Street Community Band for a wintry mix of seasonal and holiday favorites for the entire family. Please bring a nonperishable food item to benefit Food for Others- feeding families in Northern Virginia.

Admission is free. Tickets are required. Reserve tickets using the print-and-mail order form. Ticket requests should be addressed and mailed to The Main Street Community Band Holiday Concert Tickets, P.O. Box 1306, Fairfax, VA 22038-1306. Please include a stamped, self-addressed return envelope with your request.


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Matinee Holiday Aca-Extravaganza w/ Pitches Be Crazy + Handsome Reward + Impitched + Kaila Mullady

Dec 7, Jammin Java

Address: 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA
Times: 1:30pm
Contact: Mei - Jammin Java
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $10-$13
Pitches Be Crazy (PBC) Acappella returns to Jammin Java to host the first "Holiday Aca-Extravaganza" featuring local DC contemporary a cappella group, Impitched, the barbershop harmony pros, Handsome Reward and making a VERY special appearance, from New York City, the 2013 Beatsrhyme Champion and top ranked beatbox sensation Kaila Mullady. You don’t want to miss the afternoon of music that will make you move!

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McLean WinterFest Parade

Dec 7, McLean

Address: Old Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA
Times: 3:30pm

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Santa Breakfast

Dec 7, Tysons Corner Center

Address: 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 8am
Join us Sunday, Dec. 7 at 8am to celebrate Santa and the holiday season. 

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Steven Gellman: "Songs of Winter's Cheer" album release concert

Dec 7, Jammin Java

Address: 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA
Times: 7pm
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $15 advance, $18 at door
Contemporary folk tunesmith Steven Gellman brings holiday cheer to Jammin Java on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. for the Songs of Winter's Cheer album release concert. Jammin Java, one of the premier spots for live music on the East Coast, is located at 227 Maple Ave East, Vienna, Virginia. Tickets for this all-ages show are available for $15 in advance or $18 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

With a voice to match John Denver and songs hailed by Billboard Magazine as "essential for fans of sensitive acoustic music," Gellman has performed his slice-of-life lyrics to audiences across the United States since the mid-90s. Now, Gellman brings his heartfelt vocals to Jammin Java for an acoustic concert featuring Christmas and Hanukkah favorites, as well as originals, performed by Gellman on guitar and vocals, Doug Poplin on cello, and Margaret Wolfe on harmony vocals. Gellman's new, playfully irreverent song about the holidays in Maryland - Jewish Christmas - is sure to delight the Beltway crowd.

Gellman broke onto the folk music scene in 1997 garnering critical acclaim for Photobook with a sound that Billboard Magazine compared to the Indigo Girls. Since then, he has continued his hallmark approach of capturing story in song through a string of indie releases. Gellman has received multiple nominations for Best Contemporary Folk Vocalist in the Washington Area Music Awards and his Peaceful World album was up for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Gellman has performed at premiere music venues including the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA and the Blue Bird Café in Nashville, TN and has had the honor to open shows for Dar Williams and Richie Havens among others.

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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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Midday Film Thrillers: "The Others"

Dec 10, The Alden

Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: 1:00 pm
Phone: (703) 790-0123
Admission: Free
Get goose bumps on your hump day with these suspense and mystery movies personally chosen by The Alden staff. Shown on Wednesdays at 1 pm. Free. Reservations are not required. "The Others" - Rated PG-13, 100 minutes.

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Holiday Gingerbread House

Dec 11, McLean Community Center

Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: 6:30pm - 8pm
Phone: (703) 790-0123
Admission: $45/house
Families work together decorating a pre-assembled gingerbread house. Cost includes one preassembled gingerbread house, decorating supplies and candies. Note: Products may contain dairy, eggs, wheat, gluten, corn, and peanuts.

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"3 Days 'Til Christmas!" - A New Holiday Musical

Dec 12 - Dec 14, Richard J. Ernst Theatre, NVCC Annandale Campus

Recurring daily
Address: 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia
Times: Friday, 8pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12pm & 4pm
Admission: $19 - $23

 

It's three days ‘til Christmas and time to load the sleigh, but what has happened to all the toys? What folly has befallen the North Pole? Reginald. But why would the North Poles own self-proclaimed lawman hijack all the toys? And how did all the children get put on the naughty list? Will Comet ever be able to go super-sonic? It will take more than elves, reindeer, and a touch of ginger to get ready for Santa's late night flight. This Broadway-Style holiday musical, appropriate for audiences of all ages, is packed with fun and fanciful chaos that promises to warm your heart and have your toes tapping. Glorious scenery, amazing costuming and a phenomenal cast weave a festive and touching song and dance story that will appeal to audiences young and old.


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"A Charlie Brown Christmas" Live on Stage

Dec 12 - Dec 21, NextStop Theatre Company at Industrial Strength Theatre

Recurring daily
Address: 269 Sunset Park Dr, Herndon, VA
Times: Varies
Phone: (703) 481-5930

 

For the first time, NextStop Theatre Company will be producing a full-scale holiday production featuring a cast comprised entirely of young performers. All roles are unpaid, but will be supported by a team of high caliber directors, designers and technical personnel from the professional company. Directed by Jennifer Lambert. (Based on the classic holiday TV special.)

 

 

 


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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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Ensemble PVS - Folk to Art: Edvard Grieg

Dec 12, Old Town Hall

Address: 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8pm
Contact: Joanna Ormesher
Phone: (703) 352-2787
Admission: FREE
Ensemble PVS is a unique ensemble, comprised of piano, violin and voice. The ensemble PVS has been performing together since they were doctoral students at University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (CCM). Their performances have been heard at numerous venues in Washington D.C, Cincinnati, and Baltimore. Members include Jun Kim (violin), You-Seong Kim (soprano), and Soyoon Yim (piano). This performance is a part of the 25th season of the Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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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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Smithsonian TechQuest Game: Eye in the Sky

Dec 12, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Address: 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, Virginia
Times: 10:30am to 4:30pm; last briefing at 2:30pm
Contact: Visitor Services
Phone: (703) 572-4118
Admission: Free, Parking $15
It is the height of the Cold War, and tensions are escalating between the world’s superpowers. An American aircraft carrying sensitive cargo has disappeared. The cargo cannot end up in enemy hands. Your mission is to find the aircraft, using aerial surveillance tools. Success depends on verifying the intelligence you gather at every step. Smithsonian TechQuest, a new, alternate reality game at the Udvar-Hazy Center, will test your powers of observation, your problem-solving skills, and your decision-making abilities as you take on the role of intelligence analyst. The game will engage you through hands-on activities and secret codes that lead to an ultimate conclusion. It is aimed at upper elementary and middle school visitors and their families. A self-guided activity, the game starts with a ten-minute orientation offered at regular intervals throughout the day. Staff will help guide you along the way. The game should take between 60 and 90 minutes. Smithsonian TechQuest takes place the second Friday of every month, and most Saturdays.

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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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D-Day thru the Battle of the Bulge 70th Anniversary - Presented by Jim Lewis

Dec 13, Reston Regional Library

Address: 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA
Times: 2pm-3pm
Admission: FREE

Join local historian Jim Lewis as he speaks about WWII focusing on the day after D-Day through the Battle of the Bulge.  The D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 were one of the most significant moments of the Second World War, and marked the point when the combined military force of the Western allies were finally brought to bear fully against Germany. The landings were the largest single day amphibious assault in history, with 156,000 men. Support included 11,590 aircraft making 14,674 sorties in a single day and 195,700 men manning nearly 6,000 ships of all sizes. Facing them was a supposedly impregnable sea wall of fortifications and the famed German army. Learn about the incredible obstacles "our boys" faced that day. The days after D-Day were even more demanding. Finally, an amazing pincer movement brought closure. Just when it appeared things were going well, Hitler turned the tables as he launched a last gasp effort, known today as the Battle of the Bulge (the largest land battle ever fought by the U.S.). The battle would prove decisive and Germany would capitulate in 3-1/2 months.


Family Film: "Frozen"

Dec 13, The Alden

Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: 2:00 pm
Phone: (703) 790-0123
Admission: Free
Just when your kids stopped singing “Let It Go,” the blockbuster movie returns. Bring the whole family to see it again (or for the first time). We’ll even let you sing along! Rated PG, 102 minutes. Free. Reservations are not required.

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Holiday Horse Drawn Hayrides at Lake Accotink Park

Dec 13, Lake Accotink Park

Address: 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, 22150, Va
Times: 11:30 to 2:30 pm
Contact: Lake Accotink Park Parktakes
Phone: (703) 222-4664
Admission: $10 per person (FREE for 2 and under)
It’s holly jolly family fun! Enjoy holiday music and merriment on a horse drawn hayride through the park. Warm up with seasonal treats available for purchase at our snack bar, and settle in to share stories around a toasty campfire. Also visit with Santa and tell him what’s on your wish list. Remember to bring a camera and make it your holiday family photo if you wish! Dress for the weather and plan on a brisk walk from the parking lot. To register: Please call 703-222-4664 or register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes. No refunds unless event is canceled.

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Join Santa on a Train Ride

Dec 13 - Dec 14, Lake Fairfax Park

Recurring daily
Address: 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr, Reston, VA
Times: 12pm - 6pm
Phone: (703) 471-5414
Admission: $10
Kick off your fall with Pumpkins in the Park. Family activities include burlap sack slide, face painting, and carousel rides. Admission $7 includes a pumpkin.

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Model Train Display

Dec 13 - Dec 14, Herndon Municipal Center

Recurring daily
Address: 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA
Times: Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-4pm
Phone: (703) 437-5556
Depot Museum and Caboose also open.

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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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Swing Dance With Music by Josh and Good Old Stuff

Dec 13, Sherwood Community Center

Address: 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7:30pm-11pm
Contact: Karen
Phone: (703) 385-7858
Admission: $15 cash or credit card
Join us for an evening of swing dancing and great music! Each event begins with a half hour swing dance lesson by Gottaswing, followed by a dance. More information at www.gottaswing.com. Music by Josh and Good Old Stuff. Admission fee of $15 can be paid at the door with cash or credit card.

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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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Claude Moore Colonial Farm Wassail

Dec 14, Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Address: 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA
Times: 1-4pm
Phone: (703) 442-7557
Gather in the Farm's orchard to Wassail! ("wish good health to") the apple trees with singing, dancing, and chants to ensure a "howling crop" next year. Enjoy spiced cider, ginger biscuits, a bonfire and 18th century games. Regular admission fee.

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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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Children's Performance Series - Bob Brown Puppets

Dec 15, Old Town Hall

Address: 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 10:30am
Contact: Joanna Ormesher
Phone: (703) 352-2787
Admission: Free, donations accepted
Bob Brown Puppets have been a major children's theater company for the past 50 years, offering the finest in children's education and entertainment and performing to over 300,000 children a year. Performances are free, but donations are gratefully accepted. This series is sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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Classic Cinema: "All About Eve"

Dec 15, RCC Hunters Woods - The CenterStage

Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Contact: Karen Brutshé
Phone: (703) 390-6157
Admission: FREE
Free • Drop-in • 18 Years and Older Be swept back through the years as you watch timeless films in the comfort of the CenterStage. Movies are shown from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and include a free continental breakfast beginning at 9:30 a.m. All About Eve Starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, and Celeste Holm, this film about backstage backstabbing won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1950. From the moment she glimpses her idol on Broadway, Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) strives relentlessly to upstage Margo Channing (Bette Davis). Cunningly stealing Margo’s role, Eve then disrupts the lives of Margo’s director boyfriend (Gary Merrill), and her other friends in this juicy, witty drama. (1950)

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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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Griffin House

Dec 16, Jammin Java

Address: 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA
Times: 7:30pm
Contact: Mei - Jammin Java
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $18.00 - $20.00
House began writing and recording and issued his first independent release, Upland, in 2003. His music attracted attention from Nettwerk, a Vancouver-based management company and record label, and House partnered with the label's American branch to issue Lost & Found in 2004. In August 2004, on CBS Sunday Morning, music journalist, Bill Flanagan, (MTV/VH1) raved about Lost and Found, putting the newcomer on his short list of the best emerging songwriters in the U.S. "I bought House's CD after a show in New York City," said Flanagan, "and this never happens: I took it home and must have listened to it 20 times that weekend. I was knocked out." Several self-released albums followed, and in 2008 House released Flying Upside Down, produced by Jeff Trott and featured Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench. House has released the majority of his records on his imprint label, Evening Records. House has toured extensively, opening for artists such as Ronsexsmith, Patti Scialfa, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Matt Kearney, and The Cranberries. Since 2007 House has been a national headliner.

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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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Jimmy's Annual Christmas Party and Casino Night for Charity

Dec 18, Jimmy's Old Town Tavern

Address: 697 Spring St, Herndon, VA
Phone: (703) 435-5467

Malbecs from Around the World

Dec 18, Trummer's On Main

Address: 7134 Main Street, Clifton, VA
Phone: (703) 266-1623
Admission: $25

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VMFA Lecture Series: An Album of a Century - Photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue

Dec 18, Workhouse Arts Center

Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 7:30pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: $10/person; $5/Workhouse artists, Friends of the Workhouse, Workhouse volunteers, and military
Jeffrey Allison: Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Statewide Manager at VMFA

"I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost - that is important." - Jacques-Henri Lartigue

French photographer and painter Jacques-Henri Lartigue (1894-1986) is most famous for his stunning photos of automobile races, planes, and fashionable Parisian women from the turn of the century. This lecture explores Lartigue's photographs from his first sincere, often playful, presentation of friends, family, and French society made as early as age 6 to his later fashion layouts and portraits.


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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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International Gem & Jewelry Show

Dec 19 - Dec 21, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Drive, Chantilly, VA
Times: Friday, 12pm-6pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
Phone: (301) 294-1640
Admission: $8; Children 8 and under are not admitted.
The Int'l Gem & Jewelry Show offers the greatest selection and lowest prices on diamonds, gold, silver, beads, and more. Choose either costume or fine jewelry from more than 360 exhibitors from around the world.

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"A Christmas Carol"

Dec 20, Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center

Address: 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7pm
Admission: $15 general admission; $10 seniors and students
NYC actor / playwright, Greg Oliver Bodine, comes to Fairfax to perform his critically acclaimed, one-man performance of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL for a limited, one-night only engagement. "Charming!" --Laurel Graeber, The New York Times

THE STORY: Charles Dickens' 1867 American Reading Tour is off to a rough start. Due to an inexplicable loss of his luggage, he regretfully announces that he will be unable to read from his beloved classic, "A Christmas Carol." All is not lost however; Dickens delivers what he promised by performing from memory the magical story of Ebenezer Scrooge's journey from miserliness to redemption with warmth and humor. This one-man play is based on the condensed version Dickens himself used on his historic reading tours of the United States and is adapted here to offer a unique theatrical experience. One actor. One hour! This show is rated G and is suitable for adults and children over ten (10) years of age. Please join us!


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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 Illuminations at Mount Vernon

Dec 20, George Washington's Mount Vernon

Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Phone: (703) 780-2000
Admission: $30, adult; $20, youth (6-11); children under five are free.
Ring in the holiday season with sparkling fireworks overlooking the Potomac River at George Washington's Mount Vernon on Saturday, December 20!

For the first time ever, Mount Vernon will open its doors for an evening of holiday-themed fireworks and special programs. Before the fireworks show at 8:45 p.m., Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon offers guests a chance to step back in time and experience a festive holiday evening at the first president's estate.

Stroll through the historic area while being serenaded by local choirs. Watch as colonial artisans demonstrate the 18th-century process of creating chocolate. Visit a winter encampment and meet re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment.

Enjoy cider, cookies, and a bonfire while listening to the harmonious sounds of musicians performing 18th-century tunes. Impress holiday guests by learning 18th-century dance moves with costumed guides in the Greenhouse. Warm up in the blacksmith shop - a working reconstruction of Washington's blacksmith shop. Sip hot chocolate while watching a fireworks show choreographed to holiday music over the Potomac River.

"General and Lady Washington" along with a cast of costumed characters from the 18th century will be on hand to greet Mount Vernon's holiday guests. Learn more about the Washingtons' Christmas traditions during a tour the first and second floor of the Mansion.


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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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Jimmy's Annual Holiday Party for Kids!

Dec 20, Jimmy's Old Town Tavern

Address: 697 Spring St, Herndon, VA
Phone: (703) 435-5467

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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Virginia Ballet Company and School - "Nutcracker" Working Stage Rehearsal

Dec 26, Richard J. Ernst Theatre, NVCC Annandale Campus

Address: 8333 Little River Turnpike (corner of Wakefield Chapel), Annandale, VA
Times: 6:30PM
Contact: www.vaballet.org
Phone: (703) 503-5960
Admission: $10 plus a $2 fee per ticket
A limited number of general admission tickets is available for the Nutcracker Working Stage Rehearsal on December 26 at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $10 plus a $2 fee per each ticket and may be purchased online at www.vaballet.org. The tickets for the Working Stage Rehearsal must be purchased in advance. For additional information call 703 249-8227.

Greenberg Train & Toy Show

Dec 27 - Dec 28, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Drive, Chantilly, VA
Times: Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm
Phone: (630) 279-4087
Admission: $7, ages 12 and up. Free for ages 11 and under.
Greenberg's Train & Toy Show was founded in 1976 to promote the hobby of model railroading and toy train collecting. Our shows feature operating model railroads, dealers selling trains and collectable toys, hands-on exhibits and demonstrations.

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Max Major Magic Show

Dec 27, The Winery at Bull Run

Address: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA
Times: 8:30pm
Phone: (703) 815-2233
Admission: $40 - $69

After fifteen consecutive weeks of sold-out shows and selling over 5000 tickets to "THINK: An Evening of Mind Reading and Magic", Max Major, twice voted the best entertainer in DC by readers of the Washington City Paper, is bringing his critically acclaimed show to The Winery at Bull Run as a new Monthly Show Series!

In this 90 min show, magician Max Major will use a combination of magic, psychology, hypnosis and suggestion to demonstrate the untapped powers of the mind. Among the show's highlights, Major will employ his uncanny understanding of body language to decode the thoughts of audience members, assume the role of a human lie detector, and even, and subject himself to extreme physical harm in a feat of mind over body. This is a charity show. Partial proceeds will benefit the Meant To Live Foundation, of which Max is a board member, and Touching Heart.  


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Virginia Ballet Company and School present the 65th Annual "Nutcracker"

Dec 27 - Dec 29, Richard J. Ernst Theatre, NVCC Annandale Campus

Recurring daily
Address: 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA
Times: 2PM and 7PM
Contact: www.vaballet.org
Phone: (703) 249-8227
Admission: $30 adults, $20 for children, students, & seniors, plus a $3 fee per each ticket
VIRGINIA BALLET COMPANY AND SCHOOL will present its 65TH season of the classic NUTCRACKER ballet, fully staged and costumed, on December 27, 28 and 29, 2014. The performances are at 2PM and 7PM each day at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus in the Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater. Ticket prices for reserved seating are $30 for adults and $20 for children, students and seniors, plus a $3 fee per each ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at www.vaballet.org. Group pricing for these 6 performances is available for groups of 10 or more for the same performance. For additional information and group rates please call 703-249-8227.

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
ArtSpace Herndon will host Historic Herndon's traditional New Year's Eve celebration on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. The New Year's Eve celebration is one of ArtSpace Herndon's signature events.

The celebration features family-friendly activities and entertainment.


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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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The Capitol Steps

Jan 3, The Alden

Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: 8:00 pm
Admission: $45/$35 MCC district residents
The Steps have never needed new material… they always have an endless supply just down the road! This show always sells out when McLean gathers to find out who will be the butt of bipartisan jokes this time.

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Chamber Music Concert at the Alden

Jan 4, The Alden

Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: 3:00 pm
Phone: (703) 790-0123
Admission: Free
Free chamber music concerts cosponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library and The Alden. All concerts are open to the public and begin at 3 pm. Tickets are not required.

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Chicks Rule Comedy Workshop

Jan 5, The Alden

Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: 7:00-9:00 pm
Phone: (703) 790-0123
Admission: $20/$10 MCC district residents
For women ages 18+. Channel your inner Tina, Amy, or Kristen! In this women-only workshop, Groundling-trained Capitol Step Tracey Stephens will introduce you to the fundamentals of comedy, such as improve, timing, and movement. Make Monday ladies’ night!

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Dobet Gnahoré

Jan 8, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (703) 255-1900
Admission: $25 - $30
Discover delicate ballads and vivacious African grooves from this Grammy-winning vocalist, percussionist, and dancer praised as one of contemporary African music’s most charismatic talents.

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Pinot Noir Tasting

Jan 8, Trummer's On Main

Address: 7134 Main Street, Clifton, VA
Phone: (703) 266-1623
Admission: $35

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The Bravura Ensemble - Chamber Music Classics

Jan 9, Old Town Hall

Address: 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8pm
Contact: Joanna Ormesher
Phone: (703) 352-2787
Admission: Free, donations accepted
The Bravura Ensemble is a Washington D.C.-based chamber group devoted to performing chamber music repertoire ranging from 18th-century works to modern-day music. Clarinetist Albert Hunt earned a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from The Juilliard School and has performed around the world as a soloist and chamber musician. He has also played in orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Violinist Rachelle Betancourt is a member of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in Germany and is an international competition winner. She frequently performs solo and chamber music recitals in the Americas and in Europe. Come join us for an evening of chamber music featuring clarinet, piano and strings. This performance is a part of the 25th season of the Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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The Ying Quartet

Jan 9, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $35
The Ying Quartet excels in performances "as close to the ideal as possible, delivering chamber music of astonishing, refreshing exaltation and exhilaration" (The Los Angeles Times).

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Bluegrass Barn Concerts: April Verch Band

Jan 11, Frying Pan Farm Park

Address: 2309 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: 7pm
Contact: Frying Pan Farm Park
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: $15/advance, $18/door, $105/season pass
Enjoy bluegrass concerts at Frying Pan Farm Park. Food and beverages available for purchase. Presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority and Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park. Concerts are held indoors in the Visitor Center. 

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Chamber Music Concert at the Alden

Jan 11, The Alden

Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: 3:00 pm
Phone: (703) 790-0123
Admission: Free
Free chamber music concerts cosponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library and The Alden. All concerts are open to the public and begin at 3 pm. Tickets are not required.

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Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra

Jan 15, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (703) 255-1879
Admission: $25 - $27
A rare solo show by the frontman and songwriting mastermind of alt-rock band Better Than Ezra, who has written for Train, Sugarland, James Blunt, Howie Day, Missy Higgins, Blondie, and more.

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VMFA Lecture Series: Audio Visual - Music in Art

Jan 15, Workhouse Arts Center

Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 7:30pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: $10/person; $5/Workhouse artists, Friends of the Workhouse, Workhouse volunteers, and military
Margaret Hancock: Art and Design Educator

Enter the world of music in art! This visual presentation delves into the unique depictions of musicians, instruments, notes and musical ephemera in a variety of works and media. From Picasso's framed collages to Man Rays iconic photographs, the audio has greatly influenced the visual in 20th century 2-D and 3-D works of art.


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5 Year Anniversary Party at Paradise Springs Winery

Jan 17, Paradise Springs Winery

Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: 11am - 7pm
Phone: (703) 830-9463
Admission: N/A
Join Paradise Springs Winery for their 5-Year Anniversary. Check the website for more details as the event approaches. www.paradisespringswinery.com

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Livingston Taylor

Jan 17, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 7:30 pm
Phone: 1877WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25
Lauded for his “intimate and laid-back musical approach” (AllMusic.com), this timeless singer/songwriter is treasured for his warm demeanor and well-crafted folk/pop songs like “I’ll Come Running.”

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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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Reston Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration: Keynote Address and Community Lunch

Jan 19, RCC Hunters Woods - The CenterStage

Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 12:00pm
Contact: Paul Douglas Michnewicz
Phone: (703) 390-6167
Admission: $5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston
Reston Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration • Keynote Address and Community Lunch Reclaiming Grace in the Face of Adversity We live in a winner take all society. And yet, part of our potential as humans is our capacity for compassion and our resilience in the face of adversity. Anna Deavere Smith interviewed people in the US and abroad who were able to have grace in the face of dramatic adversities. The speech celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, the power of kindness and the strength of imagination in hope.

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Dave Mason

Jan 21 - Jan 22, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Recurring daily
Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $45
This prolific guitarist and former frontman of the legendary English band Traffic has rocked out with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, and more throughout his illustrious career.

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Midday Film Thrillers: "Jurassic Park"

Jan 21, The Alden

Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: 1:00 pm
Phone: (703) 790-0123
Admission: Free
Get goose bumps on your hump day with these suspense and mystery movies personally chosen by The Alden staff. Shown on Wednesdays at 1 pm. Free. Reservations are not required. "Jurassic Park" - Rated PG-13, 126 minutes.

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Aquila Theatre: The Tempest

Jan 23, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $44, $37, $26
Aquila Theatre brings to our stage this tale of shipwrecks, magical powers, vengeance, forgiveness, and enlightenment. The Bard’s bittersweet farewell to the stage is the story of Prospero, the Duke of Milan and self-taught sorcerer, who was put to sea with his daughter, Miranda, but found exile on an exotic and mystical island. Seeking justice against those who usurped him, and with retribution finally within his grasp, his relationship with his child is tested when she falls in love with the son of one of the conspirators.


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Canellakis-Brown Duo

Jan 23, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $35
Hailed as “a pair of adventurous young talents” (Time Out New York), the Canellakis-Brown Duo has been captivating audiences with its superb musicianship and thrilling performances.

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Mpingo - Portraits for Wind Ensembles

Jan 23, Old Town Hall

Address: 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8PM
Contact: Joanna Ormesher
Phone: (703) 352-2787
Admission: Free, donations accepted
Mpingo is the Swahili name for the black wood used in making clarinets. This performance by Mpingo features members Larry Bocaner, Nancy Genovese, Robert Little, Christopher Hite, and Steve Lawson performing on bass clarinet, basset horn, E-flat, B-flat, and A soprano clarinets. This performance is a part of the 25th season of the Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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Ari Hest

Jan 24, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 7:30 pm
Phone: 1877WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25
This heartfelt acoustic singer/songwriter channels “poignant, acoustic reverie” (USA Today) with his smoky, soothing voice and introspective lyrics.

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Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio - Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey

Jan 24, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $48, $41, $29
In an extraordinary performance, renowned actress, singer, and dancer Jasmine Guy, along with the acclaimed Avery Sharpe Trio, honors these legendary artists of the Harlem Renaissance who struggled against racial inequality, prejudice, and segregation. Weaving together text, song, movement, and imagery into a panoramic experience, Guy and the trio transport audiences to this prolific period through the voices of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, and W.E.B. Du Bois.


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The Iguanas

Jan 24, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: 1877WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25
These Bourbon Street party-starters mix New Orleans jazz, R&B soul, and traditional Mexican melodies to cook up their eclectic musical gumbo.

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Workshop - Power of Painting with a Limited Palette

Jan 24 - Jan 25, Agile Arts Atelier

Recurring daily
Address: 1008 Tyler Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Contact: Debra Keirce
Phone: (571) 236-0047
Admission: $300
Learn to create powerful compositions using a limited palette to explore subtlety and drama in your paintings. This workshop prepares artists to make stronger paintings using a limited palette of colors. Teaching artist Tricia Cherrington Ratliff will teach options that simplify the work of color so that the mind is able to focus on one idea at a time and make more powerful compositions. Using classical techniques we will do a series of activities that strengthen a painters approach by learning to mass values, build realistic 3D volume, use grisaille and improve decision making in order to create color illusion with very few pigments. Students will also learn to leverage the important skill of deciding what to leave OUT of a painting. Through these interesting and fun exercises you'll create multiple, small limited palette paintings in a row. In doing so, you'll learn to make active decisions about the use of direction/movement, weight, light, strong rendering (including the simplified modeling of forms) and temperature to make even a small paintings feel more powerful to the viewer. The workshop will also introduce the pros and cons of various "limited palette" options (or recipes) to help make good decisions about which colors to lay out before beginning any painting. Through increased confidence and focus, you can put restrained power and pop into your paintings. There are only 2 spots left in this small workshop of 6 students plus the organizer. Trish's strength as an instructor is identifying the skills each painter needs to work on. In this way, beginner through advanced level artists benefit from her very personalized instruction in a small group setting. To register for this workshop, contact the organizer, Debra Keirce, at DebraKeirceArt@yahoo.com or 571-236-0047. Once the workshop fills, you may ask to be added to the wait list.

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Laura Benanti

Jan 25, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 7:30 pm
Phone: (703) 255-1879
Admission: $40
Broadway and ABC Nashville star praised for her “bright, full soprano” blends theatre classics with pop music, original works, and her brilliant, down-to-earth humor (The New York Times)

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Jonathan Edwards

Jan 29, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (703) 255-1879
Admission: $25
Champion of the acoustic guitar, this vibrant singer/songwriter spreads “Sunshine” through earnest songs, feel-good folk, and heartfelt Americana.

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San Fermin

Jan 30, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (703) 255-1900
Admission: $22
Experience exhilarating Baroque pop and indie music from these young talents whose sound is hailed as “gloriously complex” (The Telegraph)

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Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Jan 30 - Feb 1, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Drive, Chantilly, VA
Times: Friday, 10am to 6pm; Saturday, 10am to 6pm; Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Phone: (800) 210-9900
Admission: Adults: $8 online; $10 at the door. Children under 12: free. Parking: free
It’s time for the season’s generous gift givers to shop for themselves! The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Chantilly, VA, January 30 – February 1, will offer a well-deserved opportunity to browse and buy items and fine art created by more than 250 celebrated American artists. Jury-selected artists will display one-of-a-kind items in sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, wood, metal, furniture, home accessories, leather, photography and fine art. 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. The Festival also features live music, children’s entertainment and specialty food vendors. 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/winter_chantilly_photo.html.

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“Richard Rogers: One Man and His Lyricists”

Jan 31, The Alden

Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: 1:00 pm
Phone: (703) 790-0123
Admission: $10/$5 MCC district residents
Whether it was with Lorenz Hart of Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rogers made beautiful music. Come discover the man behind “Oklahoma!,” “The Sound of Music,” “Pal Joey,” and so many other American musicals.

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Schooner Fare

Jan 31, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 7:30 pm
Phone: (703) 255-1900
Admission: $27 - $32
Maine’s premier folk duo presents an exuberant mix of original folk songs, country ballads, and maritime masterpieces laced with “Down East” humor.

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State Symphony Orchestra of México

Jan 31, 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
This esteemed Latin American orchestra pays tribute to its Spanish roots with an exquisite performance featuring the works of Enrique Granados, Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla, and other great Spanish composers. For over 40 years, National Symphony Orchestra of México has interpreted the classics with great reverence and has introduced exciting new compositions to audiences around the world. Under the baton of founding conductor Enrique Bátiz, these gifted musicians perform a Spanish Festival program featuring piano soloist Irina Chistiakova and guitar soloist Alfonso Moreno.


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Bluegrass Barn Concerts: Special Consensus

Feb 1, Frying Pan Farm Park

Address: 2309 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: 7pm
Contact: Frying Pan Farm Park
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: $15/advance, $18/door, $105/season pass
Enjoy bluegrass concerts at Frying Pan Farm Park. Food and beverages available for purchase. Presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority and Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park. Concerts are held indoors in the Visitor Center. 

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An Evening of Arias & Duets – Virginia Opera

Feb 2, Sherwood Community Center

Address: 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7pm
Contact: Joanna Ormesher
Phone: (703) 352-2787
Admission: FREE
Join the Virginia Opera for this delightful musical event featuring arias and duets from your favorite operas and operettas, including selections from our 2014-15 Season. This unique collection of popular song selections will be performed by Virginia Opera Mainstage and Emerging artists. Admission is free. There is limited seating; reservations requested.

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International Guitar Night

Feb 4 - Feb 5, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Recurring daily
Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: 1877WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25 - $27
A night of international guitar virtuosos featuring poetic lyricist (Gore), Grammy-winning classical guitarist (York), jazz master (Figueiredo), and steel string prodigy (Jamal).

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Arlo Guthrie

Feb 6, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Legendary folk singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie returns to the Hylton Center on Feb. 6 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his iconic song, "Alice's Restaurant," which helped spark an entire generation to embrace social activism. This counterculture icon charmed audiences with his witty stories, amusing anecdotes and folk favorites during his last appearance at the Hylton Center, and "Alice's Restaurant: 50th Anniversary Tour" promises even more.






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The Montrose Trio

Feb 6, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $35
Accomplished soloists and chamber musicians Jon Kimura Parker, Martin Beaver, and Clive Greensmith join forces to create a new piano trio

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Walnut Street Theatre: A Life in the Theatre

Feb 6, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $44, $37, $26
Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre presents David Mamet’s humorous and thoughtful play about two actors competing for the spotlight — and the dressing room! Inspired by his background as an actor, this Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright wrote a very funny and touching story about two actors in a repertory company: Robert, a veteran thespian, and John, a promising young actor. This hilarious work provides a backstage glimpse into the world of show business, and the challenges of the relationship between this mentor and his apprentice — from rehearsals to reprisals, and ego trips to acting tips.


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BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

Feb 7, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 7:30 pm
Phone: 1877WOLFTRAP
Admission: $27
Led by fiddler Michael Doucet, this Grammy-winning ensemble combines zydeco, Caribbean calypso, and traditional Louisiana folk music for an irresistible Cajun mix.

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents Dvorak and Bodorova

Feb 7, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Pre-concert lecture at 7pm. Show begins at 8pm.

Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 and Bodorova: Symphony No. 1 (U.S. Premiere)


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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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Dancing Heart - Innovative Music for Flute, Percussion & Piano

Feb 13, Old Town Hall

Address: 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8pm
Contact: Joanna Ormesher
Phone: (703) 352-2787
Admission: Free, donations accepted
The Dancing Heart Ensemble grew out of a shared fervor to perform exciting, innovative music which transforms audiences and performers alike. The group commissions works, adds their own personal touch with new arrangements of existing pieces, and combines works around various captivating themes. Dancing Heart believes that audiences love to be informed and engaged, so they are informal, accessible and interactive. Dancing Heart Ensemble includes Karen Johnson on flute, John Killkenny on percussion, and Carlos-Cesar Rodriguez on piano. This performance is a part of the 25th season of the Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series and is sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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Solas

Feb 13 - Feb 14, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Recurring daily
Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25-$28
Hailed by The Washington Post as “one of the world’s finest Celtic-folk ensembles,” this quintet's diverse repertoire includes innovative original songs as well as Irish classics.

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"Pinkalicious the Musical"

Feb 14, The Alden

Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: 2pm
Admission: $20 general admission
This musical adaptation of the popular book celebrates more that just the color pink. It reaffirms that being yourself is best of all. Get your tickets now, or your daughter will never forgive you.

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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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Edwin McCain

Feb 18, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: 1877WOLFTRAP
Admission: $30
Dubbed “the great American romantic” by The New York Times, this platinum-selling alt-rocker performs ballads like “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask for More” along with fresh new songs.

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VMFA Lecture Series: Civil War to Civil Rights - How African American Artists Engage the Past

Feb 19, Workhouse Arts Center

Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 7:30pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: $10/person; $5/Workhouse artists, Friends of the Workhouse, Workhouse volunteers, and military
Evie Terrono: Professor of Art History at Randolph-Macon College

Through the critical lens of the political, legal, and cultural changes that marked the transition from slavery to the Civil War to the Civil Rights period in the 1960s and 1970s, this presentation will examine depictions of the multifaceted and highly politicized dimensions of "race" and American identity in the artistic production of African American artists. Artists as such as Elizabeth Catlett, Faith Ringgold, Kara Walker, Fred Wilson, Kehinde Wiley, and Hank Willis, among many others, will be discussed.


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Doc Severinsen with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra - "An Evening with Doc Severinsen"

Feb 20, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Trumpet legend Doc Severinsen joins the extraordinary Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra for a concert of high-flying jazz music on Feb. 20. "An Evening with Doc Severinsen" features the former leader of "The Tonight Show" band performing a collection of memorable jazz classics with this remarkable jazz orchestra from the greater D.C. area, led by alto sax virtuoso and Artistic Director Jim Carroll.







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HAPA

Feb 20 - Feb 21, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Recurring daily
Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: Friday, 8:00 PM & Saturday, 7:30 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25-$30
With songs ranging from ancient chants to contemporary Hawaiian tunes, it’s no wonder the LA Times calls HAPA's music “beautiful, fragile, spiritual, and powerful” all at once

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Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: An Evening with Doc Severinsen

Feb 21, 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
Trumpet legend Doc Severinsen joins the extraordinary Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra for an evening of high hitting jazz. From his incomparable talent to his unforgettable fashions, this former music director of The Tonight Show band is sure to wow the audience with this program of jazz classics. Under the direction of artistic director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra brings together the most remarkable jazz performers in the D.C. metro area.


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Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem

Feb 21, The Alden

Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: 8pm
Admission: $25 - $30
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
"American Spiritual"
In American Spiritual, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem and lead concert audiences in a bona fide revival. There's no tent, no potluck dinner - and no preaching, unless you count the band's uproarious and wise stories. Instead, this charismatic quartet administers songs and tales that explore and revive the human spirit. From a lush setting of Tennyson's "Crossing the Bar" to old American shape note hymns, prison work songs, blues, gospel and original compositions, American Spiritual, draws from 200 years of roots music to find songs that uplift and connect.

With infectious camaraderie, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem easily coax audiences to join their spine-tingling, rafter-shaking harmonies, clap to roaring fiddle tunes and open their hearts to songs of love and loss. This is American Spiritual - in which big questions are asked, few are answered, much harmony is sung, and a joyful string band is let loose to dispense its good medicine.


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Christopher O'Riley and Pablo Ziegler: Two to Tango

Feb 22, 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
These two brilliant contemporary pianists perform two-piano arrangements of tango music. One of the foremost pianists of his generation, Christopher O’Riley is known for breaking down barriers between classical and popular music. He regularly performs as a soloist with the world’s leading orchestras, and is host of NPR’s popular From the Top. Latin Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler launched his career performing in the legendary quintet of tango master Astor Piazzolla, and has since become the face of Argentine New Tango, a fascinating hybrid of tango and American jazz.


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Disney Live! presents "Mickey's Magic Show"

Feb 22, The Patriot Center

Address: 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, VA
Times: 1pm & 4pm
Phone: (703) 993-3000
Admission: $25 - $55
Disney Live! presents Mickey's Magic Show features the special magic from legendary Disney films, performed right before your eyes: Cinderella's rags turn into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; Aladdin's Princess Jasmine levitates into the air; and the enchanted dancing brooms in Fantasia help sweep Minnie off her feet. The Master Magician himself - Mickey Mouse - performs astonishing illusions along with Cinderella's Fairy Godmother, Alice in Wonderland's Mad Hatter, and professional illusionist Zak Williams. The magic is complimented by appearances from Disney princesses Belle and Snow White and Mickey's pals from Toontown - Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.

 


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Bettye LaVette

Feb 24, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (703) 255-1879
Admission: $45 - $48
Dubbed the “High Priestess of R&B,” this sizzling soul singer turns up the heat with her soaring voice that made “My Man—He’s a Lovin’ Man” a Top 10 hit (The Huffington Post)

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Kat Edmonson with special guest Robert Ellis

Feb 25, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (703) 255-1900
Admission: $25 - $30
Float away on the sweet, jazzy vocals of this singer/songwriter cherished for her vintage pop and “timeless-sounding voice” (NPR)

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Season of Innovation: "In the Next Room, or 'The Vibrator'"

Feb 26 - Mar 1, George Mason University's Center for the Arts - TheatreSpace

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Feb 26-28, 8pm; Feb 28-Mar 1, 2pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $15, adults; $10, students, faculty & staff, seniors and groups
A stimulating, funny and provocative play set in a prim upper class Victorian home at the dawn of electricity, where a gentleman doctor has invented an extraordinary and mysterious device for treating "hysteria." This smart comedy ponders marriage and intimacy, and what it truly means to find connection.


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John Eaton

Feb 27, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: 1877WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25 - $27
Renowned pianist, vocalist, musicologist, and humorist delivers renditions of cherished American songs.

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United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" Downrange

Feb 27, Old Town Hall

Address: 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8pm
Contact: Joanna Ormesher
Phone: (703) 352-2787
Admission: Free, donations accepted
In 2002, then Sergeant Major of the Army Jack L. Tilley asked The U.S. Army Band (TUSAB) for volunteers to join a contingent of USO performers for an exceptional opportunity: to travel with his “Hope and Freedom Tour” to entertain deployed troops throughout Southwest Asia during the December holiday season. These volunteers were the first members of “Pershing’s Own” to go “downrange” into a theater of foreign combat operations since World War II. It was during this event that TUSAB became vitally aware of the need to perform the Popular Music of our Troops both overseas and here at home. The success of this Sergeant Major of the Army-sponsored boots-on-the-ground mission has become an annual event, and through their performances inspired the new look and sound that is now The U.S. Army Band Downrange. To expand its repertoire, Downrange augmented its vocal and keyboard talent with the permanent addition of a six-piece rhythm section. Today, Downrange enjoys great popularity with its audiences, young and old, through its continuously up-to-date repertoire of rock, pop, country, and R & B, while still inspiring its listeners with signature patriotic arrangements. Downrange embraces TUSAB’s newest mission as a strategic public relations asset for the U.S. Army, and stands ready to entertain audiences at home and around the world. The men and women of Downrange are not just “present and accounted for,” they are constantly on the move and on the frontline — setting the popular-music entertainment standard for The U.S. Army Band and the United States Army. This performance is a part of the 25th season of the Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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Big Sam's Funky Nation

Feb 28, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (703) 255-1879
Admission: $24
Join these New Orleans “hot purveyors of funk,” (Miami New Times) for urban funk electrified by distinctive trombone riffs and rhythmic, jazzy beats.

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Hylton Family Series: Pushcart Players present "Alice in Wonderland"

Feb 28, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

The Emmy-nominated Pushcart Players, who have enchanted young audiences at the Hylton Center for the past several seasons, return on Feb. 28 with two performances of Lewis Carroll's zany and fantastical tale, "Alice in Wonderland." Featuring memorable characters such as the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts, this delightful adaptation is complemented by whimsical music, vibrant costumes and spectacular scenic elements.




 


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Mark Morris Dance Group

Feb 28 - Mar 1, 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: $48, $41, $29
For over three decades, this visionary choreographer has thrilled audiences and impressed critics with the exquisite beauty and delightful wit of his choreography and the remarkable artistry of his dance group. Renowned for his commitment to setting his dances to live music, Mark Morris’s work is celebrated for its musicality, and he continues to experiment with the relationship between music and movement. Mark Morris Dance Group has been an important presence at the Center for over 18 years, each season performing groundbreaking new works, as well as many pieces from its classic repertoire.


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Bluegrass Barn Concerts: Patent Pending

Mar 1, Frying Pan Farm Park

Address: 2309 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: 7pm
Contact: Frying Pan Farm Park
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: $15/advance, $18/door, $105/season pass
Enjoy bluegrass concerts at Frying Pan Farm Park. Food and beverages available for purchase. Presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority and Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park. Concerts are held indoors in the Visitor Center. 

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James Cotton

Mar 1, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25
Widely regarded as one of the best harmonica players of all time, this powerful instrumentalist and blues legend has made his mark on music history.

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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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Austin Lounge Lizards

Mar 5, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (703) 255-1879
Admission: $25 - $27
Texas’ favorite musical satirists light up the stage with their one-of-a-kind Americana, bluegrass, and rock songs, with style similar to Loudon Wainwright III and “Weird Al” Yankovic.

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Mar 5, The Alden

Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: 7:30pm
Admission: $45 - $50
Graceful dancers, tulle, pointe shoes and-is that chest hair!? Founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesti, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo first performed in the late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway lofts. Within a year, their loving knowledge of dance and comic approach was being noted beyond New York. Since those beginnings, the Trocks have established themselves as a major dance phenomenon throughout the world. The Trocks will delight and amuse everyone in the audience, from the most knowledgeable to the novices.

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Atlan

Mar 6, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25
One of Ireland’s most respected traditional Celtic music acts blends lively strings and ethereal vocals to transport listeners to the heart of the Emerald Isle.

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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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Tango Buenos Aires: Song of Eva Perón

Mar 7, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $48, $41, $29
This renowned company uses the art of tango to journey through the life of Argentina’s larger-than-life former First Lady, Eva Perón. From her impoverished childhood in the slums to her position as one of the country’s most powerful and influential figures, Perón’s story is told in this riveting new performance by these celebrated dancers, singers, and instrumentalists. Tango Buenos Aires, one of Argentina’s greatest cultural exports, is recognized worldwide for its authentic interpretations of this captivating dance.


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To the Moon & Back Fairfax Choral Society Youth Concert

Mar 7, Annandale United Methodist Church

Address: 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Virginia
Times: 1:00 p.m.
Contact: Christi Esterly Schwarten
Phone: (703) 642-3277
Admission: Season Subscription Tickets: $16; Advanced Tickets: $20; Door Tickets: $25
"How much do I love you? To the moon...and back! Join our youngest singers in a celebration of family, love and the joy of a bedtime story. Revel in songs suitable for dreams and the magic of the moonlight as you greet the day in this special concert!" Season Subscription Tickets: $16 Advanced Tickets: $20 Door Tickets: $25 Student Tickets: FREE

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Vatsala Mehra

Mar 7, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $50
Known as the “Ghazal Queen,” this celebrated Indian singer has been honored by her home country for her valuable contributions to India’s musical tradition.

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Torment and Triumph – Franz Liszt — Satan or Saint?

Mar 8, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $40, $34, $24
Jeffrey Siegel elucidates and enlightens audiences on one of the most celebrated composers of the Romantic Era in his third performance at the Center this season. In this enchanting evening of classical music, Mr. Siegel performs Liszt’s heavenly Ave Maria, the devilish Mephisto Waltz, and the Sonata in B Minor, perhaps Liszt’s most autobiographical work.


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Tango Buenos Aires - "Songs of Eva Perón"

Mar 8, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Tango Buenos Aires shares the story of one of Argentina's most compelling historical figures with "Song of Eva Perón" on March 8. This masterful ensemble of dancers, singers and musicians use the art of the tango to tell the larger-than-life story of Evita: her dizzying ascent from an impoverished childhood in the slums to a successful career in radio and film, which culminated in her becoming the celebrated First Lady of Argentina.









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Buckwheat Zydeco

Mar 11, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: 1877WOLFTRAP
Admission: $28
Join a “Swamp-boogie joy ride” (People) as this Grammy-winning zydeco band serves up their vibrant brand of Creole music.

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The Best of The Second City

Mar 12 - Mar 13, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Recurring daily
Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (703) 255-1879
Admission: $27
Chicago’s legendary improv troupe showcases some of the best sketches, skits, and songs from their 55-year legacy, along with uproarious new material.

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart, Vaughan-Williams and Richard Strauss

Mar 14 - Mar 15, George Mason University's Harris Theatre

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Show begins at 8pm.

Mozart: Adagio and Fugue; Vaughan-Williams: "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" and Concerto for Violin and Strings; Richard Strauss: "Metamorphosen"


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Harlem Globetrotters

Mar 14 - Mar 15, The Patriot Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7pm
Phone: (703) 993-3000
Admission: See website for ticket prices.

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family - creating memories that will last a lifetime.


The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to beat the Globetrotters. The Generals, the last team to beat the Globetrotters, are now coached by a former member of that 1971 team. They are on a mission and will do whatever it takes to win, with a new strategy that's sure to give the Globetrotters a run for their money.


Magic Pass: Before the game, take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your family where you get to actually spend time on the court with the Globetrotters- shooting, trying out ball tricks, autographs and photos! The unique 30-minute pre-show, "Magic Pass", will create memories for a lifetime. All customers must have a game ticket AND Magic Pass for entry. Soft/rubber soled shoes must be worn on the court.


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In Paradisum: Fairfax Choral Society

Mar 15, St. Luke Catholic Church

Address: 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Virginia
Times: 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Christi Esterly Schwarten
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 Adults, $15 for Students
The FCS Symphonic Chorus and Concert Choir present In Paradisum, a concert of sacred masterworks from 20th century France. The centerpiece of this uplifting program will be Maurice Duruflé’s inspiring Requiem presented in its rarely-heard chamber orchestra version prepared by the composer fourteen years after the work’s premier. Our concert of music by all Parisian composers also includes a performance of Gabriel Faure’s intimate Messe Basse by the FCS Concert Choir, and Lili Boulanger’s thrilling setting of Psalm 24 performed by combined choirs, organ, and orchestra. Renowned organist Paul Skevington will be featured soloist in Marcel Dupre’s Cortege et Litanie heard here in its relatively unknown scoring for organ and orchestra. Season Subscription Tickets: $25 for Adults, $10 for Students Advanced Tickets: $30 for Adults, $15 for Students Door Tickets: $35 for Adults, $15 for Students

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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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Lucy Kaplansky & Richard Shindell

Mar 19, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (703) 255-1879
Admission: $26 - $28
Enjoy contemporary, introspective folk from an exceptional harmonist who “beautifully augments her soulful vocals and stunning songwriting with stylish guitar playing” (Vintage Guitar) alongside a “master of subtle narrative” (The Wall Street Journal)

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19th Annual Craftsmen's Spring Classic Art & Craft Festival

Mar 20 - Mar 22, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Fri. & Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5
Contact: Gilmore Shows
Phone: (336) 282-5550
Admission: $8/Adult, $1/Child (6-12) at door
Features original designs & work from hundreds of talented artists & craftsmen locally and from across the nation. Something for every style, taste & budget with thousands of choices from traditional to contemporary, functional to whimsical and decorative to fun & funky. Visit with the actual artisans as you browse the booths for those one-of-a-kind treasures that will become treasured heirlooms. Admission good all three days with Free Return Pass from the show desk. Advance Discount and Group (15+) Tickets available through promoter and online two weeks prior to start of show. Discount coupons available in local newspapers as a part of the ads or from the web site. For more information call 336-282-5550, email contact@gilmoreshows.com or visit CraftShow.com. Gilmore Shows is continually looking for new exhibitors with unique and unusual work. New Exhibitor Application kit available online for the jury process.


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Enter The Haggis

Mar 20, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $28
Experimental roots-rock stalwarts push the boundaries of Celtic music with vigorous performances and inventive albums.

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Virginia Opera: La Traviata

Mar 21 - Mar 22, 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
Verdi’s heart-wrenching tale of the desirable and fragile courtesan is a heartrending classic. Violetta is the most desirable courtesan in Paris, enjoying a luxurious lifestyle filled with glamorous soirées and wealthy gentlemen. She gives it all up for her true love, Alfredo, but when his father claims her reputation is ruining the family name, she selflessly attempts to end the relationship. Will true love win out in the end, or does failing health seal her fate? This tragic love story is brought to life through the glorious voices of Virginia Opera. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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Bluegrass Barn Concerts: Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray

Mar 22, Frying Pan Farm Park

Address: 2309 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: 7pm
Contact: Frying Pan Farm Park
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: $15/advance, $18/door, $105/season pass
Enjoy bluegrass concerts at Frying Pan Farm Park. Food and beverages available for purchase. Presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority and Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park. Concerts are held indoors in the Visitor Center. 

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Poetry of Music - In the Nick of Time: Fairfax Choral Society Youth Concert

Mar 24, Annandale United Methodist Church

Address: 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Virginia
Times: 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Christi Esterly Schwarten
Phone: (703) 642-3277
Admission: Season Subscription Tickets: $16 Advanced Tickets: $20 Door Tickets: $25 Student Tickets: FREE
Celebrating its 11th year, our collaboration with the Fairfax County Public Schools is an unparalleled journey of the creative spirit of our young people. This concert will feature our Treble Choirs (Central and West), the Concert Choir and the Master Singers. This year we will focus on all aspects of time; the hours of the day, the moments we remember and the seasons of our lives. Season Subscription Tickets: $16 Advanced Tickets: $20 Door Tickets: $25 Student Tickets: FREE

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Karla Bonoff

Mar 25, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: 1877WOLFTRAP
Admission: $27
A velvety-voiced, folk-pop singer/songwriter whose heartfelt ballads have been covered by Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, and Wynonna Judd.

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Season of Innovation: "An Experiment with an Air Pump"

Mar 26 - Mar 29, George Mason University's Center for the Arts - Harris Theatre

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Mar 26-28 & Apr 2-4, 8pm; Mar 28-29 & Apr 4, 2pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $25, adults; $15, students, faculty & staff, seniors, and groups
This contemporary consideration of art and science takes place in the same house but, in time, on the eve of two very different centuries. Furtive romance, farcical commotions and dark secrets infuse this unique examination of women's roles in medical research and the ethical challenges unfolding in anatomy in 1799 and genetics in 1999.


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Cantus

Mar 27, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $35
“The premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare) makes its Barns debut in this program which explores when and why people sing together.

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Mason Dance Company Gala

Mar 27 - Mar 28, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Friday & Saturday, 8pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $25 adults, $12 children up to grade 12
The Gala Concert is the Dance Company's crowning season event featuring a program of works by contemporary professional choreographers.



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Russian National Ballet Theatre brings "Cinderella"

Mar 27, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Russian National Ballet Theatre brings one of the most exquisite fairy tale ballets of all time to the Hylton Center on March 27. Featuring an exuberant score by Prokofiev, "Cinderella" is the iconic tale of the virtuous servant girl, who with the help of her fairy godmother, is magically transformed so she can attend the royal ball, where she captures the heart of the prince.










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Professional Touring Artists: Mr. Vaudeville & Friends! With Mark Brutshé

Mar 29, RCC Hunters Woods - The CenterStage

Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 3:00pm
Contact: Paul Douglas Michnewicz
Phone: (703) 390-6167
Admission: $5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston
Mr. Vaudeville is back! Buddy Silver, the self-proclaimed Mr. Vaudeville and alter ego of local funnyman Mark Brutsché returns to the CenterStage Motion Picture & Vaudeville House to prove, once again, that nothing can take the place of live entertainment. And this time, he’s brought along some friends. Throw in a little help from the audience and you’ve got even more magic, mayhem, and classic vaudeville comedy. It’s an afternoon of fun for the whole family that’s sure to leave you in stitches.

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Art Garfunkel

Mar 31, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Recurring daily
Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (703) 255-1900
Admission: $75
Catch this folk-rock legend as he delivers solo hits and Simon & Garfunkel favorites.

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Professional Touring Artists: BOOM! A New Duet Choreographed by Cynthia Oliver

Apr 1, RCC Hunters Woods - The CenterStage

Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 8:00pm
Contact: Paul Douglas Michnewicz
Phone: (703) 390-6167
Admission: $15 Reston/$30 Non-Reston
Cynthia Oliver creates performance collages that move from dance to word to sound and back again toward an eclectic and provocative dance theatre. A Bronx-born, Virgin Island-reared performer, she incorporates the textures of Caribbean performance with African, and American, aesthetic sensibilities. BOOM! features Oliver and Leslie Cuyjet exploring black femininities, gender and racial dynamics, and life’s contradictions as they kinetically embody individuals, friends, strangers, and the younger/older versions of themselves.

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Tom Paxton

Apr 3, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $24-$28
Unstoppable ’60s folk icon performs a mix of thoughtful ballads like “The Last Thing on my Mind” and topical tunes like “I Am Changing My Name to Fannie Mae.”

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Bandhouse Gigs' Tribute to Steve Winwood & Traffic

Apr 4, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 7:30 pm
Phone: 1877WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25 - $27
Featuring: Patty Reese, Eric Scott, Tommy Lepson and Brian Simms. The District’s most talented artists recreate the powerful sound of legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Steve Winwood and Traffic.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: LEGENDS

Apr 8, The Patriot Center

Address: 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, VA
Times: See website for all performance times.
Phone: (703) 993-3000
Admission: See website for prices.

 See this legendary circus up close and personal!


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Jane Monheit

Apr 9, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
With the spirit of jazz and the swagger of cabaret, this talented songstress takes audiences on journeys from Brazil to Beatles-era Britain.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: LEGENDS

Apr 9 - Apr 19, The Patriot Center

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, VA
Times: See website for all performance times.
Phone: (703) 993-3000
Admission: See website for prices.

 See this legendary circus up close and personal!


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Poulenc Trio

Apr 10, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $35
“The Poulenc Trio brought an intriguing and beautifully played program to the [National Gallery of Art's] West Garden Court. […] The Poulenc Trio does its namesake proud.”—Stephen Brookes, The Washington Post.

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents "A Civil War Portrait"

Apr 11, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Pre-concert lecture at 7pm. Show begins at 8pm.

Luke Frazier, guest conductor with the National Broadway Chorus.

"A Civil War Portrait" - This program guides the audience through the major campaigns of the Civil War and features music of the era, from Stephen Foster to "Battle Hymn of the Republic" as well as popular Civil War era folksongs like "Danny Boy" and "Annie Laurie." 


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Hylton Family Series: Peter Yarrow

Apr 12, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

American folk music legend and children's author Peter Yarrow returns to the Hylton Center on April 12 with a family-oriented concert featuring "Don't Laugh at Me" and other songs that encourage children to treat each other with compassion, kindness and respect. Yarrow also performs iconic folk songs from throughout his career, including "If I Had a Hammer," "Puff the Magic Dragon," "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Leaving on a Jet Plane."




 


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Todd Ellison: Classic Broadway

Apr 12, 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
This virtuoso pianist and consummate entertainer brings the best of Broadway to our stage in a delightful concert performance. Few are as well suited to stage this tribute to the Broadway musical as Todd Ellison, who is one of the most sought-after music directors and conductors working on Broadway today, who has worked on 42nd Street, Monty Python’s Spamalot, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Annie. Joined by some of Broadway’s finest vocalists, this concert features hits from your favorite Broadway shows, including Damn Yankees, Les Misérables, West Side Story, Hello, Dolly! and more.


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Eileen Ivers

Apr 17, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $27-$30
This virtuoso’s award-winning skill and Irish-inspired playing prove she is “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin.” –The New York Times.

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Phil Vassar and Lyndsey Highlander

Apr 18, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Two of Virginia's finest homegrown country artists bring their rich sound to the Hylton Center on April 18. Known as one of Nashville's top tunesmiths, Phil Vassar has touched country and popular music fans alike with his soulful lyrics, infectious melodies and charismatic voice, which he has showcased on hits like "Just Another Day in Paradise," "Carlene" and "American Child," as well as "Bye Bye" and "My Next Thirty Years," which were hits for fellow artists Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw. Lyndsey Highlander, who has enchanted music fans across the country with her vocal prowess and intimate storytelling, opens for Vassar in this fantastic evening of country music.











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Russian National Ballet Theatre: Cinderella

Apr 18, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $56, $48, $34
Cinderella is a treat for audiences of all ages. This classic fairy tale is about the virtuous and mistreated servant girl who is magically transformed by her fairy godmother, so that she may attend the grand royal ball. She captures the heart of the handsome prince, but dashes off at the stroke of midnight, leaving only her glass slipper behind. Russian National Ballet Theatre is committed to upholding the great, grand national tradition of Russian ballet, and at the same time offering opportunities for emerging young artists.


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Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel - "Popular Piano Classics"

Apr 19, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to the Hylton Center on April 19 to perform a collection of the best-known and most beloved melodies in classical music with his popular "concerts with commentary" series, Keyboard Conversations®. Siegel provides illuminating insight into the lives and works of the world's most famous composers. In this program, titled "Popular Piano Classics," he performs Mendelssohn's "Wedding March," Beethoven's "Sonata Pathétique," a Polonaise by Chopin and Grieg's "Wedding Day."












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Russian National Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty

Apr 19, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 4 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $56, $48, $34
Considered the crown jewel of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa’s career, The Sleeping Beauty is the magical fairy tale of the beautiful, sleeping princess who awaits the kiss of her prince. This enchanting tale is set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. A grand theme of good versus evil, the ballet is the story of Aurora, who has been cursed since birth by the evil fairy Carabosse. After pricking her finger on a spindle, the princess and her whole kingdom fall into a deep sleep that will last one hundred years until she is saved by the brave prince, Désiré.


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John McCutcheon

Apr 23, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25-$28
Folk expert with narrative stylings performs classics like “Christmas in the Trenches” and “Hail to the Chief.”

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BBC Concert Orchestra

Apr 24, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $60, $51, $36
Since the early 1950s, the BBC Concert Orchestra has grown into one of the world’s most respected and versatile orchestras, with an enviable reputation in light music, opera, ballet, and musicals. Performing regularly on radio, television, and in the concert hall, it is featured on BBC’s radio program Friday Night is Music Night, and can be heard on countless television soundtracks, including Blue Planet and Planet Earth. Under the baton of principal conductor Keith Lockhart, who is also the conductor of Boston Pops, BBC Concert Orchestra performs music of British and French composers and is joined by pianist Charlie Albright.


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Season of Innovation: The Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival

Apr 24 - Apr 25, George Mason University's Center for the Arts - TheatreSpace

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Apr 24, 8pm; Apr 25, 2pm & 8pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $15, general admission; $10, students, faculty & staff, seniors and groups
The tradition continues as student directors, dramaturgs and actors present their fellow student writers' newest works in an intense 10-day process that culminates in a presentation that shines a light on the storytellers of the next generation.


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Sybarite5

Apr 24, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
Times: 8:00 PM
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $35
String quintet Sybarite5 blurs boundaries with exacting musicianship and adventurous programming for a transfixing result. “Expect an experience that will satisfy your inner rock star and your secret Mozart.”—Arizona Daily Star

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Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival

Apr 25, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 7:30 pm
Phone: 1877WOLFTRAP
Admission: $27 - $30
Melodic island music with uncommon tunings and finger picking by Hawaii's finest players.

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Bluegrass Barn Concerts: Spinney Brothers

Apr 26, Frying Pan Farm Park

Address: 2309 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: 7pm
Contact: Frying Pan Farm Park
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: $15/advance, $18/door, $105/season pass
Enjoy bluegrass concerts at Frying Pan Farm Park. Food and beverages available for purchase. Presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority and Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park. Concerts are held indoors in the Visitor Center. 

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Professional Touring Artists: Trout Fishing in America with Special Guest Dana Louise

Apr 26, RCC Hunters Woods - The CenterStage

Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 3:00pm
Contact: Paul Douglas Michnewicz
Phone: (703) 390-6167
Admission: $15 Reston/$30 Non-Reston
Introducing folk music’s fresh new face – and Ezra’s daughter – Dana Louise! Trout Fishing in America’s infectious mix of folk/pop and family music is enriched by the diverse influences of reggae, Latin, blues, jazz and classical music. They’ve been playing music together since the 1970s, when they met up in Texas in a folk rock band. In 1979, Trout Fishing was born, and now - 15 albums and four Grammy nominations later - Keith and Ezra still get up every day looking forward to playing music together.

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Black Violin

Apr 30, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: 1877WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25 - $27
Combining classical music with hip-hop beats, this striking violin/viola duo defies boundaries with spellbinding vocals and high-energy compositions.

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28th Annual Evening of Comedy

May 1 - May 2, Wolf Trap - The Barns

Recurring daily
Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 7pm & 9:30pm
Phone: 1877WOLFTRAP
Admission: $25
The nation’s funniest performers keep audiences in stitches with this hugely popular evening of raucous stand-up.

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MOMIX: Alchemia

May 1 - May 2, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 8pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $48, $41, $29
This new work about the art of alchemy was born of the brilliant and untamed mind of MOMIX’s genius, founder, and choreographer Moses Pendleton. It manipulates the four classic elements: earth, air, fire, and water, to create a visually arresting theatrical experience full of whimsy, sensuality, beauty, and intrigue. Pendleton and his company have enthralled audiences for over three decades on stages all over the world — including the 2014 Olympic opening ceremonies — with their athletic virtuosity and outstanding innovation, combined with hypnotic music, inventive props, and outrageous and vibrant costumes.


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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

May 3, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

The 2014-2015 Hylton Presents season concludes with one of the world's most illustrious ensembles, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, performing a delightful concert of classical music by Brahms, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn on May 3. Created in 1967 to perform a range of the larger chamber works from quintets to octets, this ensemble comprises principal musicians from the world-renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra.


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Professional Touring Artists: Persistent Voices Choreographed by Daniel Phoenix Singh

May 6, RCC Hunters Woods - The CenterStage

Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 8:00pm
Contact: Paul Douglas Michnewicz
Phone: (703) 390-6167
Admission: $15 Reston/$30 Non-Reston
Persistent Voices combines poignant choreography, thought-provoking poetry, and evocative visual designs to explore the effect of AIDS in our lives. The dance is inspired by the anthology Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS, which includes the work of eight DC poets whose lives and creativity will be celebrated through this performance. Co-Commission with Dance Place World Premiere!

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart and Mahler by Stanislav Khristenko

May 9, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Pre-concert lecture at 7pm. Show begins at 8pm.

Stanislav Khristenko, piano. 

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 and Mahler: Symphony No. 1 "Titan" 


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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Rachmaninoff and Friends

May 10, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $40, $34, $24
The Romanticism of the Russian Soul! Jeffrey Siegel concludes this season of his “concerts with commentary” series with a fantastic program highlighting the life and works of Rachmaninoff and his fellow Russian composers. In this final concert of the season, Mr. Siegel performs the glorious Preludes of Rachmaninoff, excerpts from the famous Seasons by Tchaikovsky, the hair-raising Suggestion Diabolique of Prokofiev, and the mystical musical musings of Scriabin. This virtuoso pianist has dazzled piano enthusiasts and classical music newcomers at the Center for over two decades.


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Fairfax Choral Society Spring Follies

May 15, Richard J. Ernst Theatre, NVCC Annandale Campus

Address: 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia
Times: 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Christi Esterly Schwarten
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 final concert of the Youth Concert season will celebrate the songs of the stage - Spring Follies! This concert format, now in its 9th year, will offer our students an opportunity to essentially design their own concert – they pick the music, choreograph the selections, find the costumes and prepare the arrangements. The directors give guidance, but for this concert our job is really behind the scenes. It is a wonderful thing to see the personalities and creativity of this great group of young people! You won’t be disappointed, I assure you! 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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Fairfax Choral Society Broadway Goes Choral! Concert

May 30, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, NVCC Alexandria Campus

Address: 4915 East Campus Lane, Alexandria, Virginia
Times: 8:00 p.m.
Contact: Christi Esterly Schwarten
Phone: (703) 642-3277
Admission: See description.
Many bright lights illuminated New York’s theatre district as “The Great White Way.” Now, the bright lights come down to Northern Virginia as the Fairfax Choral Society presents Broadway Goes Choral. The voices of the Symphonic Chorus, Master Singers, Concert Choir, and soloists, along with a full symphony orchestra, will light up the night with works from your favorite musicals, featuring shows by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, and Andrew Lloyd Webber, to name a only a few. Come hear the richness, depth and grandness that hundreds of skilled singers will lend to these musical treasures from the Broadway stage. It’s a bright night you won’t want to miss. Season Subscription Tickets: By section* $35/$25/$15 Advanced Tickets: By section* $40/$30/$15 Door Tickets: By section* $45/$35/$20 All Student Tickets: $10 *Section A ($35-45): Center Orchestra, Terrace, & Lower Boxes Section B ($25-35): Orchestra Sides & Upper Boxes Section C ($15-20): Balcony--Social Media Friendly Section

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Professional Touring Artists: Turtle Island Quartet

May 30, 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
Turtle Island Quartet, the double Grammy Award-winning quartet that has re-defined chamber jazz for more than 25 years, is joined by the great jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton. From the moving traditional hymn Wade in the Water to Joni Mitchell’s All I Want to settings of Coltrane’s A Love Supreme to the words of Hafiz and Rumi – Poets & Prayers celebrates the muse, in all its forms. Turtle Island Quartet has been hailed by The Washington Post for its “excellent precision and musicality.” Vocalist Tierney Sutton’s celebrated career has included multiple Grammy Award nominations and performances for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Hollywood Bowl. JazzTimes says Sutton’s brilliance is her ability to blend seamlessly and The New York Times calls her “a pure jazz spirit.”

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The Song that Nature Sings: Fairfax Choral Society Youth Concert

Jun 6, First Baptist Church of Herndon

Address: 681 Elden St., Herndon, Virginia
Times: 5:00 p.m.
Contact: Christi Esterly Schwarten
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 culminating concert of the season for the West & South Campus Choirs will feature songs about beauty, whimsy, mystery, and sanctuary found in nature. Join us in this tribute to the majesty that surrounds us each day. 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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On-Going Events

Third Thursday Charity "Talent" Night

Aug 15, Walker's Grille

Recurring monthly on the 3rd Thursday
Address: 6909 Metro Park Dr, Alexandria, VA
Times: 6:30pm
Phone: (703) 922-6200
Admission: Free, but donations encouraged
Walker's Grille will be hosting a Third Thursday Charity "Talent" Night once a month in support of Operation Renewed Hope Foundation. Come and enjoy a great show and wonderful food all while contributing to a great cause - Helping Homeless Veterans! This is a free event but ORHF will be accepting donations at the door.


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Thursday Mornings with The Great Zucchini

Oct 17, Jammin Java

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA
Times: 10:30am
Contact: Jammin Java
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $5
The Great Zucchini, Washington's funniest and most magical PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN entertainer, performs a colorful magic show where every child is a star and guaranteed to laugh! Experience the excitement of the children when they get to learn a magic trick at the end of show! For over 12 years, The Great Zucchini has been entertaining young children as a magician and preschool teacher. He performs his hands-on, interactive magic shows to more that 250 groups a year. His experience, coupled with his gentle nature and wacky facial expressions, makes kids immediately feel comfortable and ready to laugh. The wonder of magic, silliness of comedy, and interactive nature of The Great Zucchini's show keeps children on the edge of their seats. Watch your kids' faces light up as they see things disappear and reappear. Watch how animated and excited the children get when they yell "Wake up Zucchini," when he accidentally falls asleep during the show or when he turns tissue paper into colorful rainbow streamers, or when his puppet, Ruffles the Rabbit, keeps coming out of the hat without The Great Zucchini noticing. This is "eye candy" magic comedy at its best. Have your cameras ready. You'll get some terrific pictures of the kids laughing the entire 40-minute show.


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Live Music at Paradise Springs Winery

Dec 20 - Dec 28, Paradise Springs Winery

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: Fridays until 9pm, Saturdays 2pm-6pm, Sundays (most afternoons)
Phone: (703) 830-9463
Admission: N/A
Enjoy your Friday evening or Saturday and Sunday afternoons with live music at Paradise Springs Winery, the closest winery to Washington DC and the first in Fairfax County. After a hard week at work, relax with a picnic, good friends, and a great bottle of wine. Featuring live music every Friday evening until 9pm, and every Saturday from 2-6pm. Additionally, music is featured on most Sunday afternoons. Artists include acoustic acts, pianists, jazz bands, banjos, or other various forms. Check the website for the schedule of performing artists.


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"The Paradise Springs Winery Experience" Production Tour & Tasting

Jan 4 - Dec 28, Paradise Springs Winery

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 13219 Yates Ford Rd., Clifton, Virginia
Times: Sat - 11am, 1pm Sun - 11am, 12pm
Phone: (703) 830-9463
Admission: $25 per person
Join us on our signature experience tour and tasting with a first hand look at how wine is made at Paradise Springs. The tour will take you through the historic log cabin, inside the vineyard, through production, and ultimately end with a full tasting of our entire flight of wines including our sparkling Viognier, Aprés. No reservations needed but can be taken over the phone (prepayment required). First come, first serve. Please check in at the main tasting counter. *We apologize but children are not allowed on the tour due to visitation of production areas. Groups of 8 or more will need to reserve a private time. Available group times include:


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Phoenix Rising Meal Deliveries - Volunteer Event

Feb 28 - Nov 28, Franconia United Methodist Church

Recurring monthly on the 4th Friday
Address: 6037 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA
Contact: Ese
Phone: (703) 971-5151
Admission: Free
Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, is part of a group of churches that serves a nutritious bagged meal to homeless people living in the woods, their vehicles, and in motels along the Route One corridor between North Kings Highway and the Fairfax County Parkway in Alexandria. All ages can help prepare and assemble the bag lunches and assist in delivery. We deliver the meals the fourth Friday of the month at 5:30 pm, and we prepare the meals on the day before (Thursdays) at 6:30 pm. Contact us at 703 971-5151 or admin@franconiaumc.org. Website: http://www.franconiaumc.org. We're at the corner of Beulah and Franconia, next to Franconia Elementary School, on Fairfax Connector buses 231, 232, and 310. Our 2014 schedule is Jan 23 & 24, Feb 27 & 28, Mar 27 & 28, Apr 24 & 25, May 22 & 23, Jun 26 & 27, Jul 24 & 25, Aug 21 & 22, Sep 25 & 26, Oct 23 & 24, Nov 25 & 28, and Dec 23 & 26.

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Live Acoustic Music Weekends

Mar 8 - Dec 28, The Winery at Bull Run

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 15950 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA
Live acoustic music throughout the day every weekend! Check calendar for artist line-up.

 


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Jazz Night with Karl Anthony

Mar 17, Maplewood Grill

Recurring weekly on Monday
Address: 132 Branch Rd., Vienna, VA
Times: 7:30-10 PM
Phone: (703) 281-0070
Admission: Free
A night of straight ahead jazz every monday at 7:30 pm. Hosted by drummer, Karl Anthony. Gguest musicians and open mike at times.

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Slave Life at Mount Vernon

Apr 1, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 2pm - 3pm
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission.

 

This 45-minute guided walking tour highlights the lives and contributions of the enslaved community who built and operated Mount Vernon, the plantation home of George and Martha Washington.

 

 


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Falls Church Farmers Market

Apr 12, City Hall Parking Lot

Recurring weekly on Saturday
Address: 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA
Times: April-December, 8am-12pm; January-March, 9am-12pm
Phone: (703) 248-5077
Admission: FREE
Located just minutes from Washington, D.C. and Metro accessible from the East and West Falls Church Metro stations, Falls Church City's Farmers Market boasts over 50 vendors during peak season and 40 during the winter months. Unique to the Falls Church Market is the monthly Chef Series, which brings chefs from area restaurants in to develop recipes and share tastes using local, seasonal food.

The market strives to support local farmers while also helping protect the environment by reducing packaging and transportation demands.


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Great Falls Community Farmers Market

Apr 19, Great Falls Farmers Market

Recurring weekly on Saturday
Address: 750 Walker Road (next to Wells Fargo Bank), Great Falls, VA
Times: 9am to 1pm
Admission: FREE
The Markets offer a wide variety of freshly picked fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers. There are also fresh eggs, baked goods, honey and cider to purchase. Milk and cheese products, along with a wide array of meat products, round out the edible delights. If gardening is an interest, many vendors have small plants at the beginning of the season, while other vendors have larger landscape plants for those ambitious projects.

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Mount Vernon/McCutcheon Farmers Market

May 7 - Dec 17, Sherwood Library

Recurring weekly on Wednesday
Address: 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria, VA
Times: 8am-noon
Phone: (703) 642-0128
Admission: FREE
The Markets offer a wide variety of freshly picked fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers. There are also fresh eggs, baked goods, honey and cider to purchase. Milk and cheese products, along with a wide array of meat products, round out the edible delights. If gardening is an interest, many vendors have small plants at the beginning of the season, while other vendors have larger landscape plants for those ambitious projects.

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Oakton/Oak Marr Farmers Market

May 7 - Nov 26, Oak Marr Park and RECenter

Recurring weekly on Wednesday
Address: 3200 Jermantown Road, Oakton, VA
Times: 8am-noon
Phone: (703) 642-0128
Admission: FREE
The Markets offer a wide variety of freshly picked fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers. There are also fresh eggs, baked goods, honey and cider to purchase. Milk and cheese products, along with a wide array of meat products, round out the edible delights. If gardening is an interest, many vendors have small plants at the beginning of the season, while other vendors have larger landscape plants for those ambitious projects.

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Tour George Washington's Library

Jul 2, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens - Fred W. Smith National Library

Recurring daily
Address: 3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 1:30pm - Check website for specific available dates.
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission.

This one-hour guided tour takes visitors through the main floor of the Fred W. Smith National Library. View rare books and manuscripts, special collections and art, research resources, and one-of-a-kind design details such as custom-created busts of the Founding Fathers.


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Wine'd Down Wednesdays

Jul 2, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

Recurring weekly on Wednesday
Address: 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA
Times: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

 

Sample Sommelier Vincent Feraud's hand selected wines by the glass or step up to the Fresh Market Seafood Station where you can create your own tasting of Jumbo Shrimp, Crab Claws, and Fresh Louisiana Oysters prepared right in front of you by our chefs.


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Afternoon Tea at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

Jul 4, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA
Times: 12pm - 4pm (check website for specific dates/times)

Enjoy the timeless ritual of Afternoon Tea served at Entyse Lounge. Treat someone special to this enduring tradition honored in a luxurious setting while being pampered with The Ritz-Carlton hotel's service excellence. 

To start, enjoy a lavish selection of tea sandwiches including egg salad, grilled vegetable tart, classic English cucumber, and smoked salmon rosette. An assortment of fresh fruits, flavorful scones, and a sumptuous display of sweets are a delicious complement. 

Our tea selection includes traditional Earl Gray, as well as chamomile, green tea and English Breakfast as well as other varieties. Add a glass of Champagne for a royal treat. 

*Musical entertainment available 

(reservations required 24 hours in advance) 


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Jazz Fridays in ENTYSE Wine Bar & Lounge

Jul 4, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

Recurring weekly on Friday
Address: 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA
Times: 8:30pm - midnight

 

Join The Ladies and Gentlemen of ENTYSE, Wine Bar & Lounge for live Jazz Entertainment, The Christopher Linman Jazz Ensemble. As the jazz ensemble plays for your musical entertainment, enjoy an upscale food and wine experience in a warm and relaxed environment.


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Live Music Saturdays in ENTYSE Wine Bar & Lounge

Jul 5, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

Recurring weekly on Saturday
Address: 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA
Times: 8:30pm - midnight

Join The Ladies and Gentlemen of ENTYSE, Wine Bar & Lounge for live music. As the group plays for your musical entertainment, enjoy an upscale food and wine experience in a warm and relaxed environment.


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Sushi Thursdays

Jul 10, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA
Times: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

 

Watch as our expert guest Sushi Chef creates savory maki, sashimi and specialty rolls for guests delight. Enjoy drink specials and the luxury of creating your own sushi experience that will leave guests asking for more!


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Historical Site & Wine Tasting Tour

Aug 7, The Winery at Bull Run

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 15950 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA
Times: M-F, 11:30am & 1pm; Sat & Sun, 11am, 12pm, & 2pm
Phone: (703) 815-2233
Admission: $25 for 40-minute tour & 9-wine tasting
The Winery at Bull Run is now offering a historical site tour and tasting 7-days a week. TWABR's roots are woven throughout monumental times in the Civil War and other parts of American history. Enjoy a full 9-wine tasting while exploring the remarkable Hillwood Ruins & our vivacious vineyard along with the stunning surrounding battlegrounds & vistas seen from the property. Get hands on with some of the recovered battleground relics and enjoy a true taste of our history... & of course our award winning wines!

 


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West Coast Swing Instruction and Social Ballroom Dancing

Sep 14 - Dec 14, Herndon Senior Center

Recurring every 2 weeks on Sunday
Address: 873 Grace Street, Herndon, VA-Virginia
Times: 5 PM until 8 PM
Contact: Herndon Social Dancers
Admission: Suggested Donation

Herndon Social Dancers meets at the Herndon Senior Center's beautiful ballrooms with our fabulous instructor Tim Bowker and his partner Laura Martin, concentrating on West Coast Swing classes (basic knowledge recommended) from 5 until 6:00 PM and WCS, Hustle, Latin, and Ballroom dancing following from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. Singles & Couples over 18 are welcome! No Partner Needed.

**Please check website for full schedule! Meetings occur random Sunday nights through December.** 

Please like us on https://www.facebook.com/herndonsocialdancers or contact us directly at HerndonSocialDancers@gmail.com Song Requests Welcome! UPDATED CALENDAR : SAVE THESE SUNDAY DANCE DATES! 14 Sept,  5 Oct, 19 Oct, 9 Nov,  23 Nov, 7 Dec, 14 Dec - *holiday party


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Vienna Photographic Society Competition and Critiquies

Sep 17 - May 20, Oakton Elementary School

Recurring monthly on the 3rd Wednesday
Address: 3000 Chain Bridge Rd, Oakton, VA
Times: Photography Critiques
Contact: David Heagy
Admission: Free
The Vienna Photography Society is holding monthly critiques by award winning judges on the third Wednesday at 7:30 PM at the Oakton Elementary School September 17 Alan DeFelice critiques images for the themes boats and red. October 15 Josh Taylor's critiques images for the themes glasses/stemware and abandoned. No meeting in December.

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Jazz Under the Stars

Oct 3, The Winery at Bull Run

Recurring weekly on Friday
Address: 15950 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA
Times: 6pm - 10pm
Phone: (703) 815-2233

From 6 pm to 10 pm EVERY FRIDAY enjoy live jazz on the patio, cigars on the lawn, Sangria pitchers, and wine all around! Complimentary massages and spine alignment evaluations all day! This event is free to attend!


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4th Annual La Sandia "Mole" Festival

Oct 15 - Nov 30, La Sandia Mexican Kitchen

Recurring daily
Address: 7852L Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA
Join us as we celebrate everything Mole. Offering bold sauces with rich, complex flavor profiles, this festival will soon be your new favorite. 

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Dressing for the Occasion: An Exhibition of Costumes and Textiles Representing Fairfax...

Nov 3 - Feb 8, Fairfax Museum

Recurring daily
Address: 10209 Main St, Fairfax, VA
Times: 9am - 5pm
Phone: (703) 385-8414
Admission: Free
An exhibition of costumes and textiles representing Fairfax personalities and events. Open daily.

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Thanksgiving To Go at Bazin's on Church

Nov 3 - Nov 25, Bazin's on Church

Recurring daily
Address: 111 Church St, NW, Vienna, VA
Phone: (703) 255-7212

Thanksgiving Dinners To-Go!
Bring Bazin's home and avoid the busy restaurant crowds with our reheat-and-ready meal. All orders must be placed by Tuesday November 25th and will be ready to pick up on Thanksgiving Day at a specified time. $32.00 per Person


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LineWorks: Drawing Redefined

Nov 13 - Jan 3, Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE)

Recurring daily
Address: 12001 Market Street, Suite 103, Reston, VA
Times: 11am - 5pm (Tues-Sat); Reception is Nov. 15 from 6-8pm
Phone: (703) 471-9242
Admission: Free

All are invited to attend the exhibition's opening reception on Saturday, November 15 from 6-8pm with an artist talk at 5:30pm. 

Greater Reston Arts Center is pleased to present LineWorks: Drawing Redefined, a group exhibition featuring five artists who utilize line as an essential element in their work. Line-based glyphs and pictograms were among the earliest forms of communication. Wedges pressed into clay slabs, drawings on the walls of caves, and script writing all link our earliest ancestors to the creative process of conveying thoughts and information through linear images. Line-based drawings remains a critical component in the work of contemporary artists, who are expanding the definition of drawing itself, through the adoption of innovative processes. 


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Exhibit of Colorful Nutcrackers

Nov 22 - Jan 31, 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
See an amazing array of nutcrackers, both old and new, in a colorful case exhibit at Sully Historic Site from November 22, 2014 through January 31, 2015. This special holiday exhibit is included in a guided tour of the 1794 house.

Did you ever wonder where the craze for collecting nutcracker dolls came from? Nutcrackers have a fascinating history. The first nutcrackers were produced to crack nuts more effectively and the oldest known metal example, on exhibit in Tarent, Italy, is from the third or fourth century B.C. The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum in Leavenworth, Washington, shows a bronze Roman nutcracker dated between 200 B.C and 200 A.D. German nutcrackers, made as decorative pieces, were developed around 1500. Early nutcrackers were in the shapes of animals, birds and people. Later, they were made in the likeness of kings, soldiers, church leaders and ruling class figures. Fine wood carved nutcrackers were created across Europe, especially in France and England by the 15th and 16th centuries.

Nutcracker collectibles can be found in many parts of the world today with a huge variety of themes and images, mostly exhibited around Christmas time. The German nutcracker became widely popular in the U.S. in the 1950s. This was due partially to American soldiers stationed in Germany, who brought nutcrackers back as gifts. Russian composer Tchaikovsky wrote the music for the Nutcracker ballet in 1892. The ballet features the immensely lovable nutcracker prince as the champion of young Clara in this iconic story.
Sully, the home of Richard Bland Lee, northern Virginia's first congressman, will be decorated for the holiday season from December 3 through December 28, including the Christmas tree trimmed according to the memories of an 1885 visitor.

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La Lumiere DuBois

Dec 1 - Dec 31, RCC Hunters Woods

Recurring daily
Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 9am - 9pm
Phone: (703) 476-4500
Admission: FREE

An exhibit of the colorful nature photographs of award-winning artist, Michael DuBois.


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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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Children’s Performance Series – Mr. Skip

Jan 5 - Jun 1, Old Town Hall

Recurring monthly on the 1st Monday
Address: 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 10:30am
Contact: Joanna Ormesher
Phone: (703) 352-2787
Admission: Free, donations accepted
Start the week off with Mr. Skip, our favorite music man! Mr. Skip, who is all about music and movement, sings original and classic kids songs like Old MacDonald to the five and under crowd. He gets the kids off their seats and moving. Even the parents and grandparents have fun as Mr. Skip plays his own brand of music. Come along and join in the first Monday in the month, you'll be glad you did!

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The Friday Morning Music Club

Jan 15 - Apr 16, Old Town Hall

Recurring monthly on the 3rd Thursday
Address: 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 11am
Contact: Joanna Ormesher
Phone: (703) 352-2787
Admission: Free
A community of music lovers and musicians, the Friday Morning Music Club, Inc., has promoted classical music in the Washington area for over 120 years. FMMC’s public concerts—now held throughout the week—provide performing members with a host of outlets for their talents as well as delighting audiences in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. All concerts are free and performed as a public service.

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52nd Annual Needlework Exhibition

Mar 1 - Mar 30, Historic Woodlawn Plantation

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA
Times: Woodlawn is open from 10 am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Monday, including weekends
Phone: (703) 780-4000
Admission: Adults $12; Students through 12th Grade $6; Children 5 and under are free.
The Needlework Exhibition at Historic Woodlawn in Alexandria, Virginia is the nation's premiere show of contemporary needlework. The exhibit honors Eleanor "Nelly" Custis Lewis' legacy by displaying her needlework as well as inviting the public to display theirs. Visitors will see hundreds of needlework entries on display in every room of the historic mansion among the museum collections.

Information on submitting your work to the show is coming soon.


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