Check out our events guide for the best in and around the Northern Virginia and metro DC area.
RAINFOREST RESCUE WITH WILDLIFE AMBASSADORS
August 1, 2017
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd NW, Leesburg, Virginia 20176
Learn about the tropical rain forest as you meet some of its inhabitants: parrots, reptiles and creepy crawlies. The animals have come from wildlife rehabilitators, animal shelters, individual owners and even a restaurant! All ages. Visit library.loudoun.gov to register or for more information.
CHILDREN’S THEATRE-IN-THE-WOODS PERFORMANCE SERIES
August 3, 2017
Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182
Experience the rich culture of West Africa with this treasured D.C. dance company. Combining colorful costumes, spirited movements, and the energetic rhythms of drumming, this expert ensemble delivers an exciting performance that inspires all ages. Cost: $8.00. Visit wolftrap.org for tickets and more information.
BRICKFAIR LEGO EXPO
August 5-6, 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Dulles Expo Center,
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Virginia 20151
The BrickFair LEGO Expo returns to the Dulles Expo Center and gives enthusiasts the chance to dive deep into the world of LEGO! Offering plenty of opportunities to play and build with bricks, guests can see amazing LEGO creations, shop, play miniature golf, games, and more! Cost: $15.00. Visit brickfair.com for tickets or more information.
August 8, 2017
10:30 am – 11:15 am
City of Fairfax Regional Library,
10360 North Street, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Meet life-sized dinosaurs in this fast-paced magic-infused show. Cosponsored by the Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library. All ages. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov to register or more information.
JAMMIN’ BEACH PARTY
August 10, 2017
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Reston Regional Library,
11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, Virginia 20190
Surf, dance and sing with Cody & Bj in this high energy, interactive performance with original songs and fun activities that keep audiences of all ages engaged and moving. Learn about helping endangered animals around the world, making new friends, helping each other, recycling and much more. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov to register or for more information.
THE GRANDSON’S JUNIOR
August 12, 2017
10:00 am – 11:00 am
E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater,
5040 Walney Road,Chantilly, Virginia 20151
The Grandson’s Junior is the kids’ band version of DC-area roots rock superstars. Kids and their parents will dig the upbeat mix of rock, swing, New Orleans R&B, country, and Latin music. Visit
fairfaxcounty.gov for more information.
TUESDAY KIDS DAY AT THE ZONE
August 15, 2017
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Zone, 43811 Central Station Drive,
Ashburn, Virginia 20147
Enjoy unlimited laser tag, kids eat free (one free kids meal per each adult entrée purchased.), half off most arcade games. Face painting and balloon animals in the evening. Cost $15.00. Visit thezoneusa.com for more information.
THE GOODLIFE THEATER
August 16, 2017
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center,
2739 West Ox, Herndon, Virginia 20171
The Goodlife Theater presents The Rainbow Show, a whimsical tale of a monkey who ruins a rainbow and needs help from the audience to find the colors. Live music, sing-along, and puppetry for young children. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov for more information.
EVENINGS ON THE ELLIPSE
August 17, 2017
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Fairfax County Government Center,
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Evenings on the Ellipse is a summer concert series held Thursdays behind the Fairfax County Government Center. Come and enjoy a relaxing evening with The Hula Monsters playing Hawaiian swing music while sampling premium wines provided by Paradise Springs and Bull Run Winery. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov for more information.
STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN CINEMA
August 19, 2017
Trinity Centre 5860 Trinity Pkwy, Centreville, Virginia 20120
Come enjoy a night at the movies under the stars. Follow a rookie bunny cop and clever con artist fox as they work together to uncover a conspiracy in one of this year’s favorite children’s movie Zootopia. Gates open 6 p.m., movie starts at dark. Free children’s games and rides. Food and drinks available for purchase. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and FM radio, if you wish to sit outside. Consumption of alcohol is not permitted. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov for more information.
August 25, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Village at Leesburg, Village Market
Blvd SE and Balch Dr S. E., Leesburg, Virginia 20175
Enjoy live music and fun every Friday and Saturday in the Village Plaza. Outdoor games, outdoor patio dining, bubble spectacular shows, pop up fountain, and more. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in Smokehouse Live restaurant. Visit villageatleesburg.com for schedule or more information.
FAMILY FUN: BACK TO SCHOOL BINGO
August 26, 2017
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
22330 South Sterling Blvd., Sterling, Virginia 20164
Kick off the school year with a fun game of Bingo and prizes. Birth to age 5. Visit library.loudoun.gov to register or for more information.
MOSAIC DISTRICT FILMS IN THE PARK
August 27, 2017
Strawberry Park, Mosaic District,
2905 District Avenue, Fairfax, Virginia 22031
Grab your blankets, snacks, and lawn chairs and enjoy “The Lego Batman” movie alongside your friends and family at the Mosaic District. Special free story time for younger children prior to the movie. Free. Visit mosaicdistrict.com for more information.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS BOOK FESTIVAL
September 2, 2017
Washington Convention Center,
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001
The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities. Award winning authors on the main stage include David McCullough, Thomas Friedman, and Condoleezza Rice. Visit dcconvention.com for more information.
CITY OF FAIRFAX KIDZ KORNER
September 2, 2017
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Old Town Square,
3999 University Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Every Saturday the City of Fairfax hosts Kidz Korner which offers a variety of children’s activities and entertainment in Old Town Square. FREE. Visit fairfaxva.gov for more information.
TARARA WINERY CONCERT SERIES
September 9, 2017
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Tarara Winery, 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg, Virginia 20176
Grab your friends, a chair or a blanket, a glass of wine, and groove to some tunes under the stars at Tarara Winery. The ultimate eighties tribute band The Legwarmers will be playing all the favorites from the era. Cost $10.00-$20.00. Visit tarara.com to purchase tickets or for more information.
CHALKFEST AT RESTON TOWN CENTER
September 16-17, 2017
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Reston Town Center Pavilion,
11900 Market Street, Reston, Virginia 20190
All are invited to create chalk drawings on Market Street. The event is open to professional artists, amateur artists, businesses, families, and kids of all ages. There will be prizes for professional artists, amateur artists, families and kids, in addition to the “Audience Choice Awards”. Visit restontowncenter.com for more information.
DULLES DAY FESTIVAL AND PLANE PULL
September 23, 2017
10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Dulles International Airport,
1 Saarinen Circle, Sterling, Virginia 20166
Come watch or register to compete as teams struggle to actually pull a full size plane over the finish line to raise money for the Special Olympics of Virginia. Relax in the mobile lounge, listen to live music, visit vendors and concessions stands, watch police K-9 demonstrations, ride fire trucks, and play in the Kids Play Zone. Visit planepull.com to register or more information.
September 24, 2017
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
195 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, Virginia 20170
Explore various nature stations throughout the park including butterflies, bees, life in the meadow, web of life, and much more. Live animal shows throughout the day. Arts and crafts and fun for the whole family will be included. Visit herndon-va.gov for more information.
OCCOQUAN ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW
September 23-24, 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
314 Mill Street, Occoquan, Virginia 22125
The streets of Occoquan come alive with this award winning outdoor street festival featuring more than three hundred artisans and crafters, fun interactive activities for the whole family, live entertainment, and great food. Visit occoquanva.gov for more information.
SOUTH RIDING FALL FESTIVAL
September 30, 2017
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
South Riding Center,
42420 Unicorn Drive, Chantilly, Virginia 20152
Relax with some beer or wine while listening to some live music, sample food from local vendors, kids can have a blast on the kiddie rides, and don’t forget to check out the Business Expo with over sixty vendors. Visit southriding.net for more information.
LEESBURG AIR SHOW
September 30, 2017
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Heritage High School,
520 Evergreen Mill Rd SE, Leesburg, Virginia 20175
The Leesburg Airshow will take to the skies once again with thrilling aerobatic demonstrations, sky divers and more! Gates will be open from 11am – 4pm. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to relax on during the aerobatic portion of the event. There are no tickets needed for this event. The main show will start at 1pm. There is a suggested donation of $3 per person. Visit leesburgairshow.com for more
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