.

Weekend Planner: Fall Festivals, Firefighters and More

Friday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 28

Let Patch help you plan your weekend with our list of local events happening this Friday through Sunday. 

 

Cool Cow Stand-Up Comedy

  • Where: Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton
  • When: Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 and 10 p.m.
  • Why Go: Featuring stand-up comedians Danny Rouhier and Jared Stern.  Due to the nature of the material, this show is intended for adults only.
  • Price: Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door

 

Into the Woods

  • Where: GMU Center for the Arts, Fairfax
  • When: Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m.
  • Why Go: In this popular Stephen Sondheim musical, characters from Grimm’s Fairy Tales face the consequences of their actions.
  • Price: General Admission: $20; Students, Faculty, Staff, Seniors and Groups: $15

 

Annandale Fall Festival and Parade

  • Where: Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike, Annandale
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Why Go: The day begins with a parade traveling down Columbia Pike to the festival grounds.  The festival itself will feature an arts and crafts market, live entertainment, food, moon bounce, face painting, bungee jumping and more.
  • Price: Admission is FREE – see website for details.

 

“We’ve Been Burned: Alexandria Firefighters During the Civil War” Walking Tour

  • Where: Friendship Firehouse Museum, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.
  • Why Go: Learn about the lives of firefighters in Union-occupied Alexandria during the Civil War.  The walking tour will visit four of the five local firehouses from that era.
  • Price: Adults $6; Children ages 10-17: $4 – Reservations Required

 

A Toast to the Animals

  • Where: Paradise Springs Winery, Clifton
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Why Go: This year’s event will feature a “Dog Bar”, as well as live music, vendors and a silent auction to benefit the Humane Society of Fairfax County.
  • Price: Admission is $45 at the door

 

Re-enactment of John Carlyle’s 1870 Funeral and Footsteps to the Past Historical Haunts Tour

  • Where: Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6 – 9 p.m.
  • Why Go: Re-enact John Carlyle’s funeral, including a procession to the Old Presbyterian Meeting House and mock internment at the cemetery.  The Historical Haunts Tour will run every 15 minutes leaving from Market Square. 
  • Price: Tickets are $15 per person

 

Fall Harvest Family Days

  • Where: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Why Go: Featuring wagon rides, wheat treading demonstrations, straw bale maze, apple-roasting, period entertainment and more.  Enjoy a Potomac River cruise at half price this weekend only.
  • Price: Adults: $15; Children ages 6-11: $7; Children under 5: FREE

 

5th Annual Autumn Arts and Crafts Show

  • Where: South Run RECenter, Springfield
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Price: Adults: $3; Children 12 and under are FREE
  • Why Go: More than fifty artisans will display handmade apparel, glasswork, jewelry, pottery, woodwork and more.  Kids are invited to play in the free Kids Zone while their parents shop.

 

Open-Hearth Cooking Class

  • Where: Gunston Hall, Lorton
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Why Go: Learn how to prepare 18th century recipes over an open hearth.
  • Price: $125 per person – Registration Required

 

Charity Used Book Sale

  • Where: Old Town Alexandria
  • When: Through Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Why Go: The sale of used books, CDs, DVDs and LPs will benefit Books for America, a DC-based charity that supports reading programs and provides books to schools, shelters, prisons and more. 
  • Price: Most items priced from $1 - $3

 

Cantorial

  • Where: The Little Theatre of Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. (shows run through Nov. 17)
  • Why Go: This humorous and heart-warming story, written by Ira Levin, is about a couple who renovate an abandoned synagogue only to find it haunted by the synagogue’s late cantor.
  • Price: Tickets are $20

 

Library Events:

  • Friends Fall Book Sale at Chantilly Regional Library, Chantilly.  Friday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 28 from 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Fun Flicks at Pohick Regional Library, Burke.  Friday, Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m.  For all ages.  FREE – Registration Required.
  • Wag a Tale at Kingstowne Library, Alexandria.  Saturday, Oct. 27 beginning at 10:30 a.m.  For ages 5-12.  FREE – Registration Required.
  • Wheee! at Centreville Regional Library, Centreville.  Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m.  For ages 3-5.  FREE – Registration Required.
  • Writers Group at Centreville Regional Library, Centreville.  Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m.  For adults.  FREE.
  • Virginia Search and Rescue Dog Demonstration at Martha Washington Library, Alexandria.  Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.  For ages 8 and up.  FREE – Registration Required.
  • Referendum, Reception and Redskins at Pohick Regional Library, Burke.  Sunday, Oct. 28 from 3 – 4:30 p.m.  For adults.  FREE.

 

Nature Highlights:

  • Basic Gardening: Easy to Grow Shrubs at Green Spring Gardens, Annandale.  Friday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m.  For adults.  $10 - $12 per person – Registration Required.
  • Floral Design: Green is In at Green Spring Gardens, Annandale.  Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.  For adults.  $35 - $37 per person – Registration Required.
  • Fall Color Hayrides at Mason Neck State Park, Lorton.  Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 and 4 p.m.  $3 per person or $8 per family; weekend parking is $4 per vehicle – Reservations Recommended.
  • Why is That Leaf Yellow and That One Red? at Mason Neck State Park, Lorton.  Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.  Weekend parking is $4 per vehicle.
  • Lizards at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly.  Sunday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m.  For ages 7 and up.  $5 - $7 per person – Registration Required.
  • Fall Color Hike at Mason Neck State Park, Lorton.  Sunday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m.  Weekend parking is $4 per vehicle.
  • Family Backyard: Toad Abodes at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1:30 p.m.  For ages 3-12.  $15 - $17 per person – Registration Required.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something