Book nerds, rejoice! The 15th annual Fall for the Book festival opens this weekend. The festival kicks off on Saturday with a special preview event at the Rust Library in Leesburg, Va. This year's festival features novelist David Baldacci, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist and humorist Dave Barry , novelist Melanie Benjamin, poets Matt Blakley, Amber Cook and more.
The 18th annual Irish Festival is back in Fairfax City this weekend. Fairfax and The City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts. All are invited to enjoy, free of charge, the "pure drop" - the beauty and depth of Irish music, dance, language and sport as it has taken root in the Fairfax community. The festival will take place at two venues: The Sherwood Center at Van Dyck Park, 3740 Old Lee Hwy in Fairfax City (noon to 8:30 p.m.) and The Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant, 3791 Chain Bridge Road (noon to 6 p.m.). Free.
Motorcycles will be thundering throughout Northern Virginia this Sunday for the 2013 Poker Run, a ride benefiting the Greater Herndon Fraternal Order of Police and the many local causes the group supports. The participants will travel 95 miles, making stops in Gainesville, Marshall, Winchester, Upperville and Middleburg before they finish back in Herndon, where the day will conclude with lunch and an awards ceremony. Locals are welcome to participate in the ride, either on their own bike or on the back of one of the main riders, or donations of support are appreciated. Sunday, 8 a.m. Herndon Department of Public Works, 1479 Sterling Road.
Shop Old Town. The Old Town Boutique District is holding its 6th annual Scavenger Hunt. From Friday to Sunday, visit all of the Old Town Boutique District stores and get your passport stamped to receive a swag bag and a chance to win prizes.
Condo owner? New to your condominium board or seeking to expand your knowledge of condominium living? Join the class "The Essentials of Community Association Leadership” offered by the City of Alexandria and Arlington County. The class will be held at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. in Arlington from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more info contact Shane Cochran, 703-746-4990, email@example.com or Doug Myrick, 703-228-3786, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Potomac Yard update. Alexandria City Council will host a Potomac Yard development update and bus tour from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. This meeting will precede the city’s regularly scheduled Saturday morning public hearing, now scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. There will be a short presentation at 8 a.m., with the tour departing at 8:30 a.m. from the Pulte Homes sales office at 2400 Main Line Blvd, and returning at approximately 10 a.m.
Get dirty by cleaning up. Volunteer in the Ocean Conservancy’s 28th annual International Coastal Cleanup this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Oronoco Bay Park in concert with the City of Alexandria. Volunteers meet at the end of Madison Street near the Rowing Clubhouse in Old Town. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.
Drama and tension abound in "The Children’s Hour," a play by Lillian Hellman and performed by the Port City Playhouse, 1819 N. Quaker Lane. The play runs through Sept. 28. This weekend, performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Questions? Email email@example.com.
The T.C. Williams High School varsity football team opens its home season when it plays host to Langley High School at 3 p.m. Saturday at Parker-Gray Memorial Stadium (3330 King St.). Both teams enter the game with 1-1 records. Admission is $5.
Books! Books! Books! The McLean branch of the American Association of University Women will hold its 44th used book sale Friday through Sunday at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. in McLean, Va. 703-527-4206.
Club Championship Golf Tournament at Burke Lake Golf Course begins on Saturday. The two-hour tournament lasts from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and costs $35 to participate. The fee includes lunch. At the end of the tournament, there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Burke Lake Golf Course is located at 7315 Ox Rd. in Fairfax Station. For information, call 703-323-1641.