Cultural Festivals in and around Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. offers a rich canvas of the culturally-diverse. No wonder, the nation’s capital is brimming with events that showcase the ethnic rich heritage and global culture.

Passport DC and Embassy Open Houses

One of Washington, D.C.’s spring-time event kicks off on May 4 with “Around the World Embassy Tour,” when more than 40 embassies open their doors to visitors from the area. This is the perfect time to explore cuisines, art, fashion and music from different countries. Admission is free and no registration is required. Complimentary shuttle services are also included. This is followed up by the open house by European Union Embassies’ on May 11.

National Asian Heritage Festival

On May 18, 800 performers perform on 5 stages from over 20 cultures on the Pennsylvania Avenue for the 8th annual Fiesta Asia Street Fair to commemorate the Asian Heritage Month. Special highlights include bhangra mania, fortune cookie writing contest and talent shows. Neighboring residents can visit the Fiesta Asia at Silver Springs, Maryland. Celebrated on May 4 on Ellsworth Drive, visit for a unique cultural experience completed with dancers, martial artists, puppeteers and musicians.

Cinco De Mayo

Hosted by Maru Montero Dance Company, the Cinco De Mayo festival at the National Mall is a free, rain-or-shine festival, which celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2013.

Celebrated between 8th and 12th streets on May 5, the annual festival is an opportunity to explore Mexican culture, food, music and dance. Along with live salsa, Mexican folk dancing, mariachis, and other dance and music performances, games and activities for the family, Mexican market and food from Latin America are also offered.

Washington D.C. Dragon Boat Festival

Celebrating its 12th anniversary, Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival is a two-day festival held on the Potomac River on May 18 and 19. It pays homage to a 2300-year-old Chinese legend and includes the traditional eye dotting ceremonies, lion dances, and other cultural demonstrations.



Earth Day 2013 in and around Washington, D.C.

D.C. Cherry blossomEarth Day 2013 is all about climate change.  Perhaps a minor problem to several, “it’s already impacting real people, animals and beloved places.” Learn more about it and be a part of the change by participating in one of the many events planned in Washington, D.C. and its neighboring areas.

Union Station

D.C.’s Union Station has dedicated the month of April to the environmentally conscious. Throughout the month, various activities are planned — you can explore alternative energy options, along with fun science fair, an art contest, a green fashion show, a farmers market, NASA demonstrations, and a film festival, among others. Most events are free.

National Mall

Scheduled for April 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., a rain-or-shine event on the National Mall will feature interactive exhibits, renewable energy demonstrations, musical performances, and prominent speakers. This year, celebrity performances include Ron Holloway, The Chad Hollister Band, and seven-time Grammy-nominated R&B artist Ledisi.

National Zoo

The National Zoo has a free, family-friendly Earth Day celebration planned on April 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids will be able to create biodegradable plant pots made out of recycled newspaper and participate in giveaways.

For more events, click here.



Vibha DC Dream Mile 5K Run & Walk & 1K Kids Fun Run on July 29

Active in the DC Metro area since 1996, Vibha is a non-profit organization that helps provide food, shelter, health care and education to underprivileged children. Vibha has a volunteer network of 825 volunteers spread across 15 Action Centers in cities across the US and India.

The organisation is hosting the 8th Annual Vibha DC 5K Run /Walk & 1K Kids Fun Run on the 29th of July. All proceeds of this event will go towards supporting two NGOs –  Door Step School and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area 

The event will feature

  • Chip Timing
  • Free T-Shirt for registered participants
  • Face painting, Mehndi, Games & Activities
  • DJ Music with Western and Bollywood- Bangra dance entertainment
  • Dance Performances by StudioBorn2Dance & StudioDoom
  • Food for all
  • Ample Parking
  • Kids 1K Fun Run

Here are the details:

Date: Sunday, July 29th, 2012. Race Starts at 8:00 AM
Venue: Fairfax Corner Shopping Center, 4250 Fairfax Corner Avenue, Fairfax VA 22030
Time: Registration at 7:00 AM/ Run/Walk  Starts at 8:00 AM

Registration fees: 

Early bird rates: Until July 15th, 2012
5K Run/Walk : $20
1K Kids Fun Run: $7

Rates from July 16th –July 28th
5K Run/Walk : $25
1K Kids Fun Run: $10

Rates on event day
5K Run/Walk : $30
1K Kids Fun Run: $10

Event Website:

To register online, click here.

Image courtesy: giselaroyo


5K Runs in and around Northern Virginia – June Edition

5K Runs in and around Northern Virginia

5K Runs in and around Northern Virginia

Kick off June  by supporting a cause close to your heart. Whether you wish to contribute to the society, get some exercise or just indulge for the fun of it, 5K runs are great to participate in. Here are some of the places you can check out in the coming weeks.

Buzzing for a Cure 5K and 1 mile Fun Run

Saturday, June 9, 2012 8am

Herndon Elementary School
630 Dranesville Road Herndon, VA

5K Run/Walk – $30
1 mile Kids Fun Run – $15

CRC Benefit 5K Run / 1-Mile Walk

Saturday, June 9th
5K – 8am
1K – 8.05am

45425 Winding Road
Sterling, VA 20165

5K- $30
1K- $20

Queen of Apostles Inaugural Soar like an Eagle 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run

Saturday, June 9, 2012, 8am
5k -8am
1 Mile Fun Run – 8.15am

Queen of Apostles School
4409 Sano Street Alexandria, VA

5K Adult – $25.00
5K Family Combo (1 Adult, 1 Student 18 or Under) -$40.00
5K Student (18 and Under) – $20
1 mile – $10.00

Oakton Football 5K/1K

Friday June 8th 4-8 pm
Saturday June 9th 11-4pm

11950 Grand Commons Ave Fairfax, VA 22030

$35.00 5K before May 26
$30.00 1K before May 26 a
After May 26 or onsite registration $40

Kevin Stargell 5K Memorial Run

Sunday, June 10, 2012 8am

9971 Sowder Village Sq.
Manassas, VA

Race day – $30.00

SPCA Rescue Run 5K

June 10, 7am

Central Rappahannock Regional Library
1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401


Losing to Live 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, June 16, 9am

Capital Baptist Church,
Annandale, VA

$20 through June 14
$25 after

Run with Dad 5K and Fun Run

June 17, 2012
5K- 8 am
1 mile fun run/walk-8.45am

South Lakes High School
11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191

13th Annual Tim Harmon 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 8:30am

Fairfax County Government Center

Dash for Dance 5K Run/2 Mile Walk

June 23, 6:15am

University Commerce Center
44933 George Washington Blvd., Suite 120
Ashburn, VA 20147



5K Runs in Northern Virginia – May Edition

Runs in Northern Virginia

Runs in Northern Virginia

Summer is upon us! Now is the time to contribute to the community by participating in a 5K run. This gets you going, challenges your fitness levels and gives you a goal to achieve. Hard to do it alone? Find a running buddy – ask your close friend, significant other, a colleague or a neighbor. You’ll be surprised how many will be ready to take the plunge.

To help you get started, we have narrowed down some 5K runs happening in the area in May.

Kelley Cares 5K Run/Walk
Date:May 19, 2012/8am
Address:GW Middle School
1005 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301

5th Annual CPES Puma Pounce Fun Run
Date:May 19, 2012/8:30am
Address:Colin Powell Elementary School
13340 Leland Road
Centerville, VA 20120

4th Annual Saint Agnes Fitness Festival
Date:May 19, 2012
Address:Saint Agnes Catholic School
2024 North Randolph Street
Arlington VA 22207

2012 Spring 5K Girls on the Run
Sunday, May 20/8am
Address: George Mason University

Joe Cassella 5K
Sunday, May 20th/8.30am
Great Falls Village Center
750 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066

Tommy’s Run For a Reason
Date:Sunday, May 20th/9am
Algonkian Regional Park
47001 Fairway Drive
Sterling, VA 20165

Middleburg 5K Point to Point Foot Race
Saturday, May 26/9am
Glenwood Park
Middleburg, Virginia 20118

Soaring Eagle 5K
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Osbourn High School

Date:Monday, May 28, 2012/7am
Address:1201 Caroline St,
Fredericksburg VA, 22401

Ringing in Hope 10K, 5K
Date:Monday,May 28, 2012
Brambleton Town Center Plaza
42395 Ryan Road,
Ashburn, VA 20148o

To find new additions and registeration details, please visit Running in the USA



Things to do in the weekend in Northern Virginia – April 20 to 22, 2012

From family friendly events to music, arts and entertainment, there are several things to do in the weekend in the North Virginia area.

Welcome Discovery
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 – Friday, April 20, 2012
Free – $15 parking

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is planning a festival of activities — Welcome Discovery — to celebrate the acquisition of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Activities at the Center will kick off on April 19 when Discovery will be officially transferred by NASA into the Smithsonian’s collection in an outdoor ceremony open to the public.

Swing Dance at Potomac Point Winery
275 Decatur Rd.
Stafford, VA 22554
Thursday, April 19, 2012 (6:00 PM-9:00 PM)
Reservations: (540) 446-2107
An intro lesson followed by social swing dancing at the beautiful Potomac Point Winery.
Admission Fee: $10.00 per person

22nd Annual Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival
Historic Downtown Leesburg
Leesburg, VA 20175
Saturday, April 21, 2012 – Sunday, April 22, 2012 (10:00 AM-5:00 PM)
$3 Suggested Donation

Visit the Historic District of Leesburg and walk through award-winning landscape displays and shop for fresh flowers, gifts, trees, fountains, garden furniture, and much more! Enjoy lively music and bring the kids to explore hands-on art and education area featuring puppet shows, story telling, and unique art projects. Rain or shine.

2012 Earth Day at Loudon Family Festival
Willow Creek Farm by Clyde’s
42920 Broadlands Blvd
Broadlands, VA 20148
Sunday, April 22, 2012 (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)

The Earth Day Family Festival, the official Earth Day Celebration of Loudoun County, will feature Live music. Live wildlife exhibits. Petting Zoo. MarketPlace with local artisans arts and crafts. Local Beer and Wine Garden. Over 100 exhibitors; eco friendly products, services of all kinds

Date Night: Chef’s Table at Workhouse Arts Center
9601 Ox Road Lorton
Lorton, VA 22079
Saturday, April 21, 2012 (7:30 PM-10:30 PM)
$70 per couple and includes food, non-alcoholic drink and dancing

Visit for an evening of dancing, cooking and fun. Begin the night at 7:30pm with a 30 minute optional ballroom dancing lesson in the Workhouse Gallery. Work your way downstairs at 8pm to our café area , where you’ll work side by side with your date as our instructor teaches the easy yet impressive techniques behind a menu of dishes designed to inspire the warm fuzzies every time! Students are welcome to head back upstairs after the cooking lesson and take another twirl until 10:30pm!

The Hub Theatre presents John & Beatrice
The Swayze Theatre
9431 Silver King Ct, Fairfax, VA
Friday, April 20, 2012, 8:00 pm – 9.30pm
Saturday, April 21, 2012
25, $15 seniors and students

The Hub Theatre, a Fairfax-based, professional nonprofit theatre presents John & Beatrice by Carole Fréchette. This modern, urban fairy tale is set in a nearly empty room in Beatrice’s 33rd-floor apartment. She’s posted an ad declaring that a “well-to-do heiress is seeking a man who will interest, move, and seduce her.” She offers a substantial reward which lures in John, a self-described bounty hunter. When John climbs the 33 flights to deliver his proposal in person, the rules are laid out, and a battle of the wits begins. Carole Fréchette’s work is a masterful play about the delusions and truths of modern day romance.

Children’s Art Workshop – Reston Museum
11400 Washington Plz W, Reston, VA 20190
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 10:00 am
Pat Macintyre’s ever popular Saturday morning free art workshops for children are now held on the plaza level of Heron House.

Sixth Annual Spring Art Festival
790 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA
April 21 and 22,10 AM to 5 PM

Great Falls Studios presents the Sixth Annual Spring Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday featuring 20 artists exhibiting their work including painters, potters, photographers, jewelry artisans, and fiber artists.

Reston Salsa Sundays
M & S Grill
11901 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190
Sunday, April 22, 2012, 6:00 pm
Beginner Salsa – 6 PM
Intermediate / Advanced Salsa – 7 PM
After-Hours Salsa Social – 8 PM
$10 Class Admission/$5 After-Hours Salsa Social Only

Learn the basics of salsa dancing along with food and drinks.Don’t forget to get your shoes!

NoVAL 10: 10th Anniversary Art Show in the Northern Virginia
750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170 (ArtSpace Herndon)
April 21, 2012
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Artists League in celebrating their 10th anniversary with a delightful exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon. The Exhibit features creative works in a variety of media from watercolors, oils, pastels, acrylics and photography .

Historic Garden Week Tours at Oatlands
20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln, Leesburg, VA 20175
April 20, 2012, 21, 22

This year Oatlands is offering special guided tours of its spectacular gardens during Historic Garden Week in Virginia. The Historic Garden Week Tours at Oatlands are outdoor walking tours that will give visitors a chance to explore the beautiful gardens at Oatlands.



Summer Kids Volunteer Opportunities in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia


Volunteering is a great way for kids to give back to the society, along with building character skills like team work, confidence and selfless giving. It’s also one of the best ways to keep kids occupied during summer – especially when school’s out! Whether you have a young one or a teen looking volunteer opportunities, Fairfax County in Northern Virginia has an array of prospects for them. While some of these organizations offer year round volunteering opportunities, others may be seasonal.

Arlington county

Arlington Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources

Minimum Age: 13
Minimum Age w/Adult: 10

2121 N. Culpeper
Arlington County, Virginia 22201
(703) 228-4724


Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Inc.

Minimum Age: 13
Minimum Age w/Adult: 13

6121 Lincolnia Road, Suite 303
Alexandria, Virginia 22312
(703) 658-9500

Bucknell Elementary School

Minimum Age: 14
Minimum Age w/Adult: 14

6925 University Dr.
Alexandria, Virginia 22307
(703) 660-2900

Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS)-Project Sucess

Minimum Age: 13

Hopkins House

Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 14

1224 Princess Street / 8543 Forest place
Alexandria, Virginia
(703) 549-4232, x4086

United Community Ministries

Minimum Age: 14
Minimum Age w/Adult: 13

7511 Fordson Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22306
(703) 768-7106 ext. 328

Wright to Read

Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 14

418 S Washington Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 549-0111, x134


Annandale Christian Community for Action

Minimum Age: 12
Minimum Age w/Adult: 8

7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, Virginia 22003
(703) 256-0100

Arts Council of Fairfax County

Minimum Age: 15
Minimum Age w/Adult: 14

4022 Hummer Road
Annandale, Virginia 22003
(703) 642-0862, x7


Greenbrier Learning Center

Minimum Age: 15

5401 7th Road South
Arlington, Virginia 22204
(703) 379-6488


The Centreville Community Foundation

Minimum Age: 14
Minimum Age w/Adult: 12

PO Box 1813
Centreville, Virginia 20122
(703) 830-5407


Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

Minimum Age: 12

13981 Metrotech Drive
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
(703) 988-9656, x3

Dunn Loring

Alternative House

Minimum Age: 16

PO Box 694
Dunn Loring, Virginia 22027
(703) 506-9191


Alzheimer’s Family Day Center
Minimum age:15

2812 Old Lee Highway, Suite 210
Fairfax, Virginia 22031
(703) 204-4664

Celebrate Fairfax, Inc.

Minimum Age: 14
Minimum Age w/Adult: 12

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 247
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
(703) 324-5457

Earth Sangha

Minimum Age: 8

10123 Commonwealth Blvd.
Fairfax, Virginia 22032
(703) 764-4830


Minimum Age: 14

10640 Page Ave., Ste. 300
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 865-4251

Fairfax County Public Libraries

Minimum Age: 12
Minimum Age w/Adult: 12

12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
(703) 324-8332

Fairfax County Park Authority – IMA Program

Minimum Age: 13
Minimum Age w/Adult: 5

12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
(703) 324-8681

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Minimum Age: 14

4103 Chain Bridge Rd., Suite 200
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 273-3526, x22

Hemophilia Ass’n of the Capital Area

Minimum Age: 14
Minimum Age w/Adult: 14

10560 Main Street PH-4
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 352-7641

Fairfax ReLeaf

12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
(703) 324-1409

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum

Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 12

11200 Fairfax Station Road
Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039
(703) 278-8833

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Minimum Age: 16

3905 Railroad Avenue,
Suite 202 N Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 563-1990

Northern Virginia Training Center

Minimum Age: 15
Minimum Age w/Adult: 11

9901 Braddock Road Fairfax, Virginia 22032
(703) 323-4079


Minimum Age: 15
Minimum Age w/Adult: 12

9677 A Main St.
Fairfax, Virginia 22031
(703) 218-3984

Pathway Homes, Inc.

Minimum Age: 13

10201 Fairfax Blvd., Suite 200
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 876-0390, x539

Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS)-Project Sucess

Minimum Age: 13


American Cancer Society

Minimum Age: 13

124 Park Street, SE, Suite 100
Vienna, VA
(703) 938-5550

Falls church

Inova Fairfax Hospital

Minimum Age: 15
Minimum Age w/Adult: 15

3300 Gallows Road
Falls Church, Virginia 22042
(703) 776-6824

Asian Youth Empowerment Project

Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 16

6066 Leesburg Pike, Ste. 170
Falls Church, Virginia 22041
(703) 647-6495

Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM)

Minimum Age: 16

803 W Broad Street, Suite 700
Falls Church, Virginia 22046
(703) 533-5505, x13

Boat People SOS, Inc.

Minimum Age: 18
Minimum Age w/Adult: 14

6066 Leesburg Pike, Suite 100
Falls Church, Virginia 22041
(703) 538-2190

Colvin Run Mill Historic Site

Minimum Age: 13
Minimum Age w/Adult: 11

10017 Colvin Run Road
Great Falls, Virginia 22066
(703) 759-2771

Coptic Orphans

Minimum Age: 17

2579 Holly Manor Drive
Falls Church, Virginia 22043
(703) 641-8910

Capital Caring

Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 16

2900 Telestar Ct.
Falls Church, Va 22042

Shelter House, Inc. – Patrick Henry Shelter

Minimum Age: 14
Minimum Age w/Adult: 12

3080 Patrick Henry Drive
Falls Church, Virginia 22044
(703) 538-7105

Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads

Minimum Age: 15

3440 S. Jefferson Street
Falls Church, Virginia 22043
(703) 578-7671

Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS)-Project Sucess

Minimum Age: 13


Chestnut Grove Cemetery

Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 13

831 Dranesville Road
Herndon, Virginia
(703) 435-3480

Herndon Parks and Recreation Department

Minimum Age: 13
Minimum Age w/Adult: 10

814 Ferndale Avenue
Herndon, Virginia 20170
(703) 435 6800, x2134

Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc.

Minimum Age: 12
Minimum Age w/Adult: 9

336 Victory Drive
Herndon, Virginia 20170
(703) 437-0600


Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run

Minimum Age: 12

6310 Georgetown Pike
McLean, Virginia 22101
(703) 442-7557

Treasure Shop

Minimum Age: 14

6246 Old Dominion Drive
Mclean, VA 22101
(703) 536-7467


Northern Virginia Family Service

Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 13

10455 White Granite Dr. Suite 100
Oakton, Virginia 22124
(703) 219-2193

Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS)-Project Sucess
(703) 324-5504
Minimum Age: 13


Reston Association

Minimum Age: 13
Minimum Age w/Adult: 10

12001 Sunrise Valley Dr
Reston, VA 20191
(703) 435-7986

Reston Interfaith, Inc.

Minimum Age: 14
Minimum Age w/Adult: 12

11150 Sunset Hills, Road, Suite 210
Reston, Virginia 20190
(571) 323-9565

Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS)-Project Sucess
Minimum Age: 13



Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 8

10056 Dean Drive, Manassas, VA 20110
Manassas, Virginia 20110
(703) 367-6725

Great Falls

Neighbors International Foundation

Minimum Age: 14
Minimum Age w/Adult: 12

1146-D Walker Road
Great Falls, Virginia 22066
(703) 759-2102


Capital Area Food Bank
Minimum Age: 12

645 Taylor Street NE and 6833 Hill Park Drive
Washington, DC and Lorton, VA, DC 0
(202) 526-5344; (703) 541-3063

Guitars Not Guns – Virginia

Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 14

11 locations across the region
(703) 644-1311


Date night couples dance classes around Northern Virginia

Planning a date night isn’t as easy as it sounds. Finding the right activity for the two of you can leave many frustrated. However, with inspiration things can get a less complicated. So, along with eating sumptuous dinner with some live music, indulging in date night cooking classes, you could enjoy a relaxing couple’s massage or perhaps head to the nearest dance studio for an informal private dance lesson. Sounds intriguing? Here are some dance studios in the D.C area that offer private lessons along with nonchalant and fun dance meet ups. So, put on your dancing shoes and get set to impress your date. After all, it takes two to tango…

Dance Factory
Along with offering private dance lessons,Dance Factory opens its 3,000 square foot floor every Friday night to the public from 7 to 10pm for social ballroom dancing followed by instructional learning. Lesson taught to the Int/Adv groups at 9pm.Other recreational dance opportunities include Saturday night parties that include a lesson before or during the dance. In addition, you can drop in on Sunday nights for DJ-led Skyline Ballroom Dance featuring great music.

954 North Monroe St
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 528-9770

Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center
Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center is one of the Washington metropolitan area’s largest dance venues offering an array of social and instructional dance classes. Check out their schedule that features several date night dance opportunities for couples. A complimentary lesson, which starts an hour before the dance, is included in the admission price. From contemporary dance to ballroom dancing, they have it all covered.

2126 Industrial Parkway
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Phone: (301) 326-1181

Ballroom Dance Company
Brush up your dancing skills with your date or learn a couple of new moves, when you schedule a private lesson at the Ballroom Dance Company. The company specializes in swing, ballroom, tango, swing, salsa and many more dance forms. Private lessons are by appointment only.

8442-A Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone:(703) 593-0100

Joy of Motion Dance Center
Touted as “the area’s most comprehensive dance institution” by The Washington Post, Joy of Motion is one of D.C. metro’s most popular dance venues. The center offers a variety of social dance lessons that includes introduction classes in salsa, ballroom dancing, tango, swing and much more. Sign up is required.

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 399-6763

Air Rights Building
7315 Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 180E (lower level)
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 986-0016

5207 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20015
Phone: (202) 362-3042

Forever Dancing
Forever Dancing offers a 45-minute private dance lessons in variety of dance forms – ballroom, salsa, Argentine Flamenco and more.

5818-B Seminary Road
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: (Studio) 703-824-3555

Deni Danzco
Deni Danco offers private dance lessons in Swing, Salsa, Ballroom, Latin, Country or West Coast Swing.

3408 Annandale Rd
Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: (703)795.6446

All 2 Dance
Learn social dance in a relaxed private lesson environment at All 2 Dance that specializes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, among others.

6925 Willow St NW, Washington D.C.
Phone:(202) 829-0647

Other dance studios to check out:

Dance with me
251 Sunset Park Dr
Sunset Business Park
Herndon, Virginia 20170

eMotion LLC
9411-D Old Burke Lake Road
Burke, Virginia 22015

Ballet Nova
3443 Carlin Springs Rd., Falls Church, VA 22041

Image courtesy: tim & annette


2012 Easter Egg Hunts in Northern Virginia

The first day of spring brings to mind pretty flowers, Easter bunnies, fun-filled egg hunts and more. Although 2012 Easter is scheduled for April 8, you can get in the holiday spirit early by participating in the local egg hunts with your little ones. Northern Virginia has plenty of Easter fun in store for you – so check them out before it’s too late.

Easter Egg Hunt & Marshmallow Harvest
Venue: Great Country Farms
18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, VA 20135
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012 – Sunday, April 01, 2012 (9:00 AM-6:00 PM)
Cost: To be decided

Description: Join us for the first “crop” of the spring marshmallows! Do marshmallow peeps grow on trees? Be sure to check it out and harvest a few to roast on the bonfire with Farmer Bob. We will host multiple Easter Egg Hunts this year with over 7000 eggs! Come see our spring chicks and baby animals, check out the spring plantings in the greenhouse, take a hayride and rejoice the spring! Our jumping pillow, hayrides, slides, rope swings, 4 mazes, and farm animal barnyard will all be open and ready for family fun on the farm. Our Roosteraunte will be serving up BBQ, burgers, and hot dogs while our Country Store will be filled with new jams, jellies, and freshly baked pies and goodies.

 Preschool Egg Hunt
Venue: Stafford County Parks & Recreation
Address:1739 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford, VA 22554
Date: Monday, April 02, 2012 (11:00 AM)
Time: 11:00am
Admission: $3/child (ages 5 and under only)

Description: Join the Easter Bunny for a hunt just for the little ones! Don’t forget to bring a basket! Hunt will be held indoors in case of rain. You MUST pre-register for this event. RSVP by 3/26.

Eggciting Easter Crafts For Kids
Venue: Stafford County Parks & Recreation
Address:1739 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford, VA 22554
Date: Thursday, April 05, 2012 (5:00 PM-7:00 PM) Time: 5:00-5:45pm (ages 3-5); 6:00-6:45pm (ages 6-10)
Cost: $8/Stafford child ($10/non-resident)

Description: Celebrate Easter by having your child create some “eggciting” Easter crafts! Join your friends at Stafford Parks & Recreation for this fun-filled festive event!  RSVP by 3/30.

Herndon Aqua Egg Hunt
Venue: Herndon Community Center
Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA 20170
Date(s)/Time: Saturday, March 31, 2012 (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
Cost: $10 for one child and one parent

Description: Join us for our Aqua Egg Hunt where children will collect as many floating and sinking eggs as possible in the time allowed. Everyone will receive a prize. A special prize will be awarded to whomever collects the most eggs in each group.

Herndon Easter Egg Hunt
Address: 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA 20170
Date: Saturday, April 07, 2012 (9:30 AM-12:30 PM)
Cost: $7 pre-register; $9 on-site

Description: A tisket a tasket, be sure to bring your basket for collecting eggs and other spring goodies at our old-fashioned Easter celebration. Join the Easter Bunny and his helpers for an eggstra-special event. Hands-on arts projects, baby animal petting zoo, and egg hunts by age.

Egg Hunt
Venue: Rippon Lodge Historic Site
Address:15500 Blackburn Rd.,Woodbridge, VA 22191
Date: Saturday, April 07, 2012 (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Cost: $7 per child, adults free

Description: Spring has sprung and colorful eggs have been hidden all over the grounds of Rippon Lodge. Children are needed to help us hunt them up. In addition to egg hunts, children can enjoy crafts, games, pony rides, a moon bounce and train rides. Bring a picnic. Bring a basket for egg collecting. Egg hunts will take place at 11am and 1pm. Advanced reservations recommended. House tour included.

Easter Egg Hunt At Leesylvania
Venue: Leesylvania State Park
Address: 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr, Woodbridge, VA 22191
Date: Sunday, April 08, 2012 (1:30 PM-2:30 PM)

Description:Hunt for colorful, prize-filled Easter Eggs. Kids color eggs, play games and make crafts. We also take a look at the history of the Easter Egg, and why it became a tradition for this holiday.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt                
Venue:Bull Run Regional Park Soccer Fields
Address:7700 Bull Run Drive Centreville, VA 20121
Date:04/03/2012 10:00 AM to 04/03/2012 11:30 AM
Cost: $10 per child and open to children ages 2 to 8.

Description: Enjoy a fun filled spring morning with the Easter Bunny! Activities include crafts, games, refreshments, photos with the Easter Bunny and the egg hunt!  Parents and Grandparents are FREE! Don’t forget to bring your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny!

Spring Festival Dates at Ticonderoga
Dates:March 17, 2012 – April 15, 2012 (Egg Hunts on Weekends)
Website: http//
Cost: Weekdays – $7.95/person; Weekends – $11.95/person (children under 2 are FREE)

Description:Come join us and the Easter Bunny for some festive fun.  Egg Hunts feature candy and toy-filled eggs.  Find those special golden goose eggs for a prize.  Kids and adults can get on the slides, take a hayride, visit our farm animals and roast marshmallows.  Bring your camera for photo ops with the Easter Bunny.  Please, arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the Egg Hunt and remember to bring your own basket or bag for collecting eggs.  Baskets will be available for purchase.  We request the emptied eggs to be returned at the end your visit so we can re-use (recycle) them if you do not wish to take them home.

Easter Eggstravaganza at Frying Pan Farm Park
Date: March 24, 2012
Time: Various time slots

Description:Hunt for eggs that contain treats and prizes. Weather decision will be made 10am and makeup date would be Sunday, March 25 same hunt times.

Easter Bunny Brunch at the Windmill Community Center
Address:21400 Windmill Drive, Ashburn, VA 20147
Date: March 24-25, 2012
Time: 10am to noon
Cost:$3 per child not to exceed $9 per family

Description:Remember to bring your camera if you’d like to capture your little one with our Bunny. Weather permitting, we may have an egg hunt outside, but if that is not possible we will have games, food, and prizes indoors.

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Budgeted D.C. Area Hotels For Springtime Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration

Springtime is one of the best seasons to experience Washington D.C. Along with enjoying historical sights, treating your gastronomical senses and taking pride in all Washington D.C. has to offer, this year guests can also partake in the Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration- a day that commemorates the 100th anniversary of Tokyo’s gift of 3,000 beautiful Cherry Trees to our Nation’s Capital? The peak bloom is predicted during the week of March 24 – 31; however the Festival has 5 weeks of amazing events and programs to celebrate the occasion and the advent of spring. Here are some budgeted hotel packages to consider during your visit.

The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

Stone throw away from the Union Station, The Liaison Capitol Hill is one of DC’s top boutique hotels. The hotel offers an exclusive Cherry Blossom package that entitles you to

  • Two $10 metro passes
  • a live keepsake cherry blossom branch
  • a bag of goodies from Art and Soul
  • a box of Artisan handmade chocolates

The package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 22 and must be booked by April 21, 2012. Rates from $119

Capitol Skyline Hotel – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

A 10-minute drive from the Washington’s Reagan National Airport brings you to Capitol Skyline Hotel that offers a special Cherry Blossom package to its guests. Along with a stay at the Capitol Skyline hotel, the package includes

  • welcome with chocolate covered cherries
  • breakfast buffet for 2
  • complimentary self-parking
  •  shuttle to National Mall daily

The package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 30. Rates from $99

Embassy Row, Washington, D.C. – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

Along with a stay at The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C, the package features

  • daily full American breakfast in restaurant for two
  • welcome arrival with a Cherry Blossom themed cocktail
  •  Enjoy a Cheery Blossom keepsake in memory of your visit.

Package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 27.  Rates from $109

Capitol Hill Suites – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

With Capitol Hill Suites’ Cherry Blossom package, you enjoy

  • complimentary breakfast each morning
  • internet access
  • gourmet snack basket

The package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 30.  Rates from $116

Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

Located in the Heart of Washington DC, and four blocks from The White House, the package from the upscale Washington D.C. hotel includes

  • full American breakfast for two
  • valet Parking for one car
  • 2 Centennial Blossom martinis or 2 cherry Cokes
  • upgrade based upon availability
  • discounts in restaurants

Package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 26  Rates from $119

L’Enfant Plaza Hotel – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

Located minutes from the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, and the Monuments, the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel’s Cherry Blossom package offers you

  • daily breakfast for two
  • valet parking (one vehicle)
  •  a special Cherry Blossom souvenir

Package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 30  Rates from $129

St. Gregory Hotel and Suites – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package 

When you book yourself a room in one of the Top 100 Best Performing Hotels, you enjoy

  • Full American breakfast for two
  • valet parking (one car)
  • 2 Centennial Blossom Martinis or 2 Cherry Cokes
  • Discounts in Restaurants

Package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 26,  Rates from $ 110

Other budgeted D.C Area hotels to consider:

Sheraton National Hotel 900 South Orme Street · Arlington, VA 22204 –  Rates from $87.20

The Normandy Hotel2118 Wyoming Avenue N.W., Washington D.C. 20008 –  Rates from $103.20

Holiday Inn Washington-Central/White House – 1501 Rhode Island Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20005  – Rates from $108.99

Quality Inn Mount Vernon, 7212 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22306 – Rates from $85

Comfort Inn & Suites Near Univ. of Maryland - 9020 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD, US, 20740 – Rates from $85

Hyatt Regency Bethesda -One Bethesda Metro Center (7400 Wisconsin Ave), Bethesda, MD 20814 –  Rates from $84.15

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North Virginia Spa Deals for the Wellness Week – March 19 to March 25

The nationwide Wellness Week kicks off March 19 to facilitate healthier and happier life. Local spa, yoga and pilate studios join hands to offer amazing deals to help you look and feel your best.

Exclusive spa treatments will be available all at $50 or 50% discounts. Whether it’s a massage you’ve been wishing for or a beauty treatment – now is the time to check them out.

Local spas and wellness locations in North Virginia have partnered with SpaFinder in this unique effort. While new locations are still being added, some of the confirmed facilities are as follows:

Creative Salon & Spa
14215-A Centreville Square, Centreville, VA  20121

Comfort & Joy Wellness Spa
9514-A Main Street, Fairfax, VA  22031

Crystalspa 2110
2110 Gallows Road, Suite C2, Vienna, VA  22182

Imani Wellness
3650 South Glebe Road, Arlington, VA  22202

Michelle Beauty Day Spa
202 S. West St, Alexandria, VA  22314

Pure Matters
607 Herndon Pkwy suite 110, Herndon, VA  22201

elements diet and fitness
8379 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA  20109

Interested? Many locations are offering booking and appointments online. Add your email address to the Wellness Week’s official website for new spa and deal alerts.

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2012 Girlfriends’ Getaway Packages in Northern Virginia

Girlfriends’ getaways are fun way to spend time with like minded people – shopping, sipping wine, sharing laughs, partying and simply having fun. Located minutes from Washington D.C., Northern Virginia is home to popular malls, elaborate clubs and restaurants, famous spas – enough to keep you and your pals happy for the weekend. Here are some getaway packages designed for such occasions. Whether you aim to hit the malls for some retail therapy, or spend some alone quiet times together close to nature, there are enough to keep you covered.

The Ultimate Girlfriends’ Getaway package at Crowne Plaza Tyson’s Corner

Crowne Plaza Tyson’s Corner hotel is located directly across the street from Tysons Galleria II and the Tysons Corner Center Shopping Mall. The hotel has partnered with one of the DC-area’s top personal stylists, Jessica Marty, from JEM Styling, and designed this unique shopping package called the Ultimate Girlfriends’ Getaway Package. Price: Starts from $110 per night.

Perfect for the shopaholic, the package includes:

Overnight accommodations for two people
Free parking
Free breakfast buffet
Early check-in (12 noon)
Late check-out (3pm)
One beverarage coupon per person at check-in
Free scheduled transportation service to/from both Tysons Corner malls
Shopping coupon book with discounts from several Tysons Corner shops and boutiques
One $25 Visa gift card to jump start your shopping spree
30 Minute consultation with one of DC’s top personal stylist, plus discounted rates for additional personal shopping and styling services

“Girl’s Night Out” package from the Black Horse Inn 

Spend a day away from the hustle and the bustle from the city at the premier Black Horse Inn, a Circa 1850 plantation-style  bed and breakfast located in Warrenton, Va, by opting for their Girl’s Night Out package (price: $390)

The “Girl’s Night Out” package from the Black Horse Inn entitles you to:

Overnight accomodation
Upon arrival a selection of fine wine and hors d’oeuvres
$50 dinner certificate to be used at Iron Bridge Restaurant in Old Town Warrenton, Va.
Pedicure for two at a local spa
After Dinner “Cookie Night Cap” tray upon your evening return
Gourmet breakfast

“Shop and drop” girlfriend’s package from The Hampton Inn and Suites

The Leesburg Outlets is home to exclusive designers and premium retail stores. Book yourself a room at the Hampton Inn and Suites Dulles and indulge in a shopping escapade at one of the most sought-after shopping destination.

The Shop and Drop package includes:

Room for up to four friends
$25 Gift Card to Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets
Coupon vouchers
Complimentary breakfast
Late checkout

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Date Night Couples Cooking Classes in Northern Virginia

Whether it’s your first date or you have known him long enough, attending a recreational cooking class is a good way to bond. While it offers a way for many to break the ice on their first date – it’s also an opportunity to try something new together for couples who have known each other for long. Whatever the reason is: cooking classes are stress-free and casual. North Virginia offers myriad options for couples to enjoy a culinary class together.  Here’s a list of places to check out:

Culinaria Cooking School
110 Pleasant Street, NW,
Vienna, VA 22180

21100 Dulles Town Cir
Dulles, VA 20166
Phone:703 433-1909

Open Kitchen
7115 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043
Phone: 703-942-8148

Sur La Table
1101 South Joyce Street Suite B-20
Arlington, Virginia 22202
Phone: 703-414-3394

Let’s Dish
Pinecrest Shopping Center
6550-G Little River Turnpike
Alexandria VA 22312
Phone: (703) 750-0790

44260 Ice Rink Plaza #122
Cameron Chase Village Center
(next to Ashburn Ice House)
Ashburn VA 20147
Phone: (703) 858-7900

44710 Cape Ct
Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 861-2387

Judy Harris Cooking School
2402 Nordok Place
Alexandria , VA 22306
(703) 768-3767

Alice & Louise Catering and Cooking School
4449-A Brookfield Corporate Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151 703-657-0226

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Romantic Valentine’s Day Spa and Couples Massage Packages in North Virginia


Looking for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift idea? How about pampering your sweetheart with a day of indulgence at a local spa? Or even better, how about joining her for a couples’ massage? Local North Virginia day spas have it all planned for you – from chocolate infused massages to rejuvenating rose treatments, you can have it all. Amid myriad of options available, we have shortlisted some of the best day spas in North Virginia – known for their impeccable services and memorable experiences. Click on their website for additional Valentine’s Day packages, specials and to check availability and for booking details.

Fountains Day Spa

Awarded Top Day Spa by The Washington Post

422 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-549-1990

Valentine’s Day packages

Two hearts Valentine’s Day package: 2 hoursCouples Combination Massage, Couples Hydradermie Facials + Fruit & Chocolates – $418
Ultimate Indulgence : 4 hours of Ultimate Couples Combination Massage, Couples Ultra Hydradermie, Couples Reflexology + Fruit and Chocolates = $745
TLC for you and me : 2 hours of Couples 50 min Harmony Massage, Couples Hydradermie Facials, Fruit, Juice and Chocolates = $441

Couple’s massage -
50min Swedish Massage – $217
50min Combination Massage – $233
50min Deep Tissue Massage – $250
80min Swedish Massage – $323
80min Combination Massage – $350
80min Deep Tissue Massage – $375

Amenity Day Spa

Rated one of the Top 30 Favorite Spa’s in the Washingtonian Best of the Best Magazine 2011

44365 Premier Plaza, Suite 120
Ashburn, VA 20147
Phone: 703-726-8100

Recommended Package: Petals from Heaven Massage
Your massage experience begins with a rose sea salt scrub rinsed with soothing steamed towels and a warm rain shower. Enjoy a revitalizing pure rose oil massage from head to toe. (Not recommended for a pregnant woman). 75 minutes/$135

Calvert Rejuvenations

Voted “NoVA’s Best Spa” for the past three years

485 Carlisle Dr.
Herndon, VA 20170
(571) 323-1088

Valentine’s Day packages

“Tea for Two” Package 
60 Minute Couples Hot Stone Massage
30 minutes of extra relaxation in the Oasis with refreshments
Aromatherapy upgrade
Aromatherapy Oil or Spray to take home

“Best of Everything” Package 
The Works (“NoVa’s best” Signature Facial and 60 min. Custom massage) for Two
Aromatherapy oil or spray to take home
Peppermint Foot Treatment or Citrus Herbology Hand and Foot Exfoliation
30 minutes of extra relaxation in the Oasis with refreshments

Lorien Spa

Luxury boutique hotel, a Kimpton Hotel property and the only hotel spa in Alexandria.

1600 King St.
Alexandria, Va.

Valentine’s Day packages

Chocolate Dream Massage – 50 minutes – $119
Chocolate Anti-oxidant facial- 50 minutes – $125

Spa Noa

Voted one of No-Va Living Magazine’s Top Day Spas.

11638 Plaza America Drive
Reston, VA 20191
P : 703-318-3223

Valentine’s Day packages

Cupid’s Arrow: Featuring Ultimate Escape Manicure & Pedicure, 90 warm shea butter massage, signature facial – $340

Other Day Spas Offering Couples’ Massage and Valentine’s Day Specials

8990-A Fern Park Drive
Burke, Va. 22015
Phone: 571-217-1150

60 minute custom couples massages-$180
90 minute custom couples massages-$250
2 hour custom couples massages-$330

Bellezza Spa
Located inside Valon Salon
5708 Pickwick Rd. Centreville Va. 20121

Be Mine Package - Swedish massage with hot stone, pedicure and manicure – $150
Red Roses – Mini facial, eye treatment, shoulder massage – $100
True Love- Brazillian sugaring stress back relief, shoulder and neck massage – $95
Sweet Escape – Spa hair therapy treatment, haircut and blow dry – $75

14215-A Centreville Square
Centreville, Va. 20121
Phone:(703) 815-2224

60 min Couple’s Swedish Massage – $160
90 min Couple’s Swedish Massage – $220

Comfort & Joy Wellness Spa
9514-A Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: 877-425-8801

90 minutes couples’ massage-$300

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North Virginia things to do in the weekend – January 20 – January 22, 2012

The weekend weather forecast looks grim. However, you have enough events to look forward to warm you up. Here are some ideas if you are looking to venture out.

Friday, January 20

Date night: Spend a leisurely night at the acclaimed, romantic French restaurant in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. La Bergerie participates in the Alexandria Restaurant Week offering a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $35.

Saturday, January 21

Music: Indulge in a musical night featuring Tom Chaplin, the Grammy Award -winning American musician, entertainer, singer-songwriter and storyteller. The solo concert will feature some of Tom’s musical hits at the Wolf Trap Barn. 7.30pm. $22

Food & Drink: Beat the chill with a cup of simmering hot soup, and wine next to a fireplace at Loudon Valley Vineyards. Click here for the soup menu. 11am. $12/person for glass of wine and bowl of soup, $2 extra for reserve wines.

Kids friendly: If we dodge the snow, head your li’l ones to Reston Town Center, where they can indulge in a skating session with Scooby-Doo, Tweety Bird, Cat in the Hat and more. 11am to 1pm Adults – $9.00/Children under 12 – $7.00

Date Night: Enjoy a delightful evening at the Market Street Bar and participate in the sounds of local musicians as they perform live from 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. No cover charge.

Date Night/Cooking Class: Head over to Workhouse Arts Center that features Date Night: Chef’s Table every third Saturday of each month. Work along with your partner in this instructor-led class and prepare a delectable menu. Every month, a new dish is featured. 8-10pm $30 per person

Sunday, January 22

Family Friendly: Transport to a old-world storytelling at Bow-tie Cinemas, that features the classic “My Fair Lady” (1964) starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. $5. 11am

Date night: Visit Clyde’s of Tysons Corner for a casual wine night where most bottles of wine are value-priced. This is a perfect time to try something new, or indulge in your favorites. 4-9pm

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2012 Valentine’s Day Hotel and Bed and Breakfast Packages in North Virginia

Velntine's Day hotel packages

Valentine's Day in North Virginia

Eager to treat your sweetheart to something special on Valentine’s Day? From gourmet chocolates, roses and breakfast in the privacy of your room, North Virginian hotels and bed and breakfasts have geared up with several romantic packages for an unforgettable experience. Check them out and make your reservations now.

Spend time with your Valentine at the historic ten-room bed and breakfast located on a 4200-acre working cattle ranch. Marriott Ranch in Hume. Va. offers a Valentine’s Day package, which includes one night stay, intimate 4-course dinner featuring Philip Carter wines,gourmet chocolates, champagne in room,country breakfast, horseback riding and picnic. Manor House & Suite – $525.00 per couple +taxes/ Carriage Rooms & Cottage Rooms – $430.00 per couple, plus taxes

On Valentine’s Day, spend a leisurely night at Black Horse Inn, a Circa 1850 plantation-style home located in Warrenton, Va. They have several packages to meet every budget.

Indulge in their “Bed of Roses” massage package that features one night stay, bouquet of flowers, bottle of Virginia red/white wine, his/hers massage OR couples massage for an extra $100, after dinner “Cookie Night Cap” tray! $399/$150 additional for 2nd night.

Also available is their “Days of Wine and Roses” Virginia Wine Lovers Tour Package that includes 2 night stay, two-hour winery tour, floral arrangement in room, a $50 Gift Certificate for dinner at Iron Bridge Restaurant in Old Town Warrenton, Va. and an after dinner “Cookie Night Cap” tray. $899

Black Horse Inn also offers the “Horse Whisperer” package that wows you with two night stay, horseback trail riding for two at Marriott Ranch in Hume, Va., $50 Gift Certificate for dinner at Iron Bridge Restaurant in Old Town Warrenton, VA and an after dinner “Cookie Night Cap” tray.$649

Hampton Inn is located in the historic town of Manassas and is close to  The National Battlefield Park. Indulge in their “Just because” romantic package and receive a romantic night for two, a bottle of wine, 2 wine glasses a single rose in a bud vase and assorted chocolates. $109/per night

The Rosslyn hotel Palomar Arlington offers the “Adore Mi Amore” package, featuring accommodations in a waterview suite overlooking the Potomac, strawberries and champagne upon arrival, dinner for two at their exclusive Domaso restaurant ($100 food & beverage credit) and complimentary in-room movie. Price varies with room selection.

Indulge in a Leesburg getaway, when you book the “Roses and Romance package” at Lansdowne Resort. The AAA 4 Diamond Resort offers luxurious accommodations, $150 dining credit, dozen roses, Champagne and Chocolate Covered Strawberries, your way breakfast, valet parking and much more. Price varies with room selection.

Spend a night at the Ritz Carlton, Tyson’s Corner and savor their Romance package that entitles you to overnight stay, bottle of Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, rose-petal turndown and American-breakfast for two at the acclaimed restaurant Michel. Starting at $279 USD per night.

Enjoy total privacy in the House at the Water Street, a 107-year old historic farmhouse  nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Indulge in their Weekend Wine getaway and enjoy a weekend stay along with 7-wine tasting at the nearby Gadino Cellars. $270 per couple

Enjoy a romantic weekend at Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles. Their Escape Romance package includes overnight accommodations for two, breakfast for two in The Palm Court or $25 room service credit towards breakfast, welcome with champagne and truffles, in room movie and valet parking. $149

Savor the peaceful surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains when you book the Relax and Rejuvenate package at the historic farmhouse, Cardinal Springs. This package includes a bottle of fine local wine, 2 nights lodging, 5 hour tour of local wineries in your own car with a professional designated driver/tour guide, and a $50 gift certificate to the awesome Thornton River Grille in Sperryville.

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North Virginia things to do in the weekend – January 12 – January 15, 2012

Date night in and around DC

Date Night in Northern Virginia


Thursday, January 12

Date Idea: Civil War Dance Classes

Prepare for the Civil War Ball on the January 28, learn the waltz, polka, Virginia reel and more from an expert dance master at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. 7.30 PM – 9.30PM. $12

Friday, January 13

Music: Jazz at Cafe Montmartre

The quaint French bistro presents Brazilian Vocalist – GiGi MacLaughlan performing live from 8:30pm until 11:30pm. This will kick off Cafe Montmartre’s Jazz Concert series, featuring “Live” Jazz every Friday evening from 8:30pm until 11:30pm. No Cover Charge. Tickets $0

Foodies: Old Town Alexandria Food Tour

Participate in DC Metro Food guided tour and learn all about Old Town Alexandria’s culinary history. During the tour, indulge in samplings from popular family-owned restaurants. 1PM – 4:30PM. $60.

Date Idea: Off The Cuff Comedy Show

Join local comedians Steve Heaton, David Sly, and CeCi Stephens, OTC in an evening of comedy and fun in Off The Cuff Comedy Show at the Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg, Va. The evening caters to young adults and college students. 8:00 pm–9:30 pm, $10

Family friendly: Fabulous Foxes

Learn all about foxes from finding its den to recognizing its tracks, hosted by the The Broadlands Nature Center. 12:00 pm. $10 for family up to 5 members, $2.50 for each additional, or $5 for 1 adult + 1 child

Cooking Class: Register for Valentine’s Day in the kitchen

Learn all about culinary skills and be ready to wow your special someone with a romantic dinner for two, organized by the Alice & Louise Catering and Cooking School. $35.

Saturday, January 14

Date Idea: Cine Classics – “Gone with the Wind”

Indulge in cine classic series – “Gone with the Wind” at Bow Tie Cinemas starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. Seats $5; Series is every Saturday & Sunday.  11AM. $5

Foodies: Old Town Farmers’ Market

Visit one of the most popular farmer markets of the area, selling year round in the Market Square in front of City Hall. Fresh and local dairy, fish, fruits, vegetables and artists are available. Make the most of the free parking in garage during market hours. $0. 5:00 am–10:30 am

Cooking Class: Learn to make sushi

Join Sushi master chef John Yi in a fun class and learn all about making sushi. 7:30 pm–9:30 pm

Family Friendly: Virginia Hunters Show Horse Series

See horses in action at Frying Pan Park. 9:00 am. $0

Sunday, January 15

Mind & Soul: Meditation at Mindful Hands

Indulge in an hour of introductory Tibetan Buddhism with silent sitting meditation, visualization, and chanting. 10AM – 11AM. $0

Family Friendly: All about Butterflies in winter

Learn all about butterflies in winter in a fun and informative session sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Sign up is required. 1:30 pm–3:00 pm, $0

Music: Raise the Rafters Music Series

Co-sponsored by The Council for the Arts of Herdon and Fairfax County Park Authority, Raise the Rafters transports you to an era bygone. Enjoy Rock ‘n Roll classics by the talented duo Katy Benko and Julie Crosson.

Date Idea: Alexandria Restaurant Week

Indulge in a $35 Prix-Fixe Three Course Dinner in one of the many romantic foodie establishments in and around Alexandria.

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Valentine’s Day 2012 Gift Idea – A Day at Mandarin Oriental Spa, D.C. w/Champagne for $149


Mandarin Oriental Spa

Mandarin Oriental Spa, Washington D.C.


Don’t wait until the last moment to find that perfect li’l Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other. TravelZoo makes it easier for D.C. area couples! Gift your special someone a day of indulgence at the AAA 5-Diamond Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Washington, DC, ranking as one of the top 3 hotel spas by travel experts Conde Nast.

Pamper her with an 80-minute Oriental bamboo massage and essential body scrub.  Complete the experience with a glass of champagne to sip before or after the treatment.  In addition, she’ll have exclusive access to other facilities including a zen relaxation room, sauna and indoor lap pool. While the original price of the package is $295, it is now available for $149 for TravelZoo subscribers.

Vouchers can be redeemed starting Tuesday, January 10 through March 15, 2012 and will be valid Sunday through Thursday only. A 20% gratuity charge will be added to the TravelZoo sale price upon completion of services.

Check out TravelZoo for purchase and details.




Northern Virginia things to do in the weekend – January 6 – 8 2012

Northern Virginia ushers the first weekend of January 2012 with a wide selection of events. Whether you’re looking for something for the whole family, or for a cozy date night idea for the two of you, we have several options to beat the winter chill.

Wine & Dining

Each weekend in January, enjoy the gorgeous view of the vineyards and the Blue Ridge Mountains, as you relax with an assortment of mulled wine at Gadino Cellars in Rappahannock County, Va.  Complete the experience with live accordion music, gourmet cheese and sumptuous sausages. Date: January 7 & 8; Price: Cost of mulled wine and tasting fees

The Virginia Wine Experience in downtown Fredericksburg hosts a free sampling of four new selections of beer/wine every Friday night. Sign up for their email list for special discounts. Date: January 6; Price: Free; Time: 5:30-8:30pm

Cork & Fork in Gainesville, Va. invites you to free specialty beer tastings every Friday evening. Enjoy anywhere from 4 to 20 selections, in addition to live music. Food pairings are also provided.  Date: January 6; Price: Free; Time – 6.30 to 8pm

For the next ladies night out, gather a few of your special girls and enjoy special discounts at Market Street Bar & Grill on Friday nights. Ladies will enjoy $3 glasses of Canvas wine, $5 premium rail drinks and $3 draft. Date: January 6; Time: 7:00 pm. – 9:00 pm.

Family-friendly theater and entertainment

Savor a heartwarming afternoon and enjoy two shows at the Encore Stage and Studio featuring Darius the Dragon by Eleanor Harder and Rap-Punzel by Whitney Ryan Garrit – ideal for kids 4 and up. Tickets: Adults $12; Children, Students, and Seniors $10. Group discounts are available.

Performance Dates:

Fri. Jan. 6 at 7:30 pm
Sat. Jan. 7 at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm
Sun. Jan. 8 at 3:00 pm

Also available during the weekend is the classic knockout show Plunkett & Tremolo, recommended for kids 4 and up. Get entertained as you enjoy an amusing session between two mute fools played by Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandrell. Date: Saturday, January 7; Price: $8

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Both shows will be performed at:
The Artisphere’s Spectrum Theatre
1611 North Kent Street
Arlington, VA 22209


While the holidays are over and we’re back to the grind, doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the fuzzy feeling. Perfect for the cold winter days is Parfumerie, the story that inspired You’ve Got Mail and the musical, She Loves Me.  A perfect comedy for the whole family! Price: $15.00 – $35.00

Fridays 8 pm
Saturdays 2 pm & 8 pm
Sundays 2 pm & 7 pm


1st Stage Theater
1524 Spring Hill Road
Tysons Corner, VA 22102

Classic Movies

Participate in classic series of yesteryears and enjoy “Citizen Kane” at the Bow Tie Cinemas starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten. Price: $5; Date: January 7 & 8; Time: 11am

Rock ‘n Roll Skate Night

Every Friday night, skate your way to the tunes of a Live DJ at the Reston Town center from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Games & prizes are available until 11 p.m.  Date: January 6, Time: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Price: Adults – $9.00 Children under 12 – $7.00 Senior citizens (55 & up) – $7.00

Live Music

Make plans to come into Market Street Bar to enjoy local musicians perform; Date: January 7, Time: 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. No cover charge.

Free workshops

Reston Museum offers a session of interactive fun for your little ones. Bring your little artists to enjoy free art workshops offered by Pat Macintyre every Saturday morning Date: January 7, 2012; Time:10am.

Free yoga classes for the whole family is offered at the Health Advantage Yoga Center; Date: January 7 & 8

Community & Giving Back

Blood Drive sponsored by Reston Runners – Reston Town Center on Saturday, January 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 703-629-0381



North Virginia Restaurants Serving Specials on New Year’s Eve

Image Courtesy: Shondra

Looking to eat out on New Year’s Eve? While many restaurants in North Virginia serve their usual dinner menu, others have stepped it up with specials. Whether you are looking for a la carte menu experience or three to five course meals, we have it all covered here. This list covers some of the best restaurants known for their extensive and innovative menu offerings, great service and nice ambiance. Prior to stepping out, do check their availability, hours and prices. Don’t forget to make reservations in advance.

Falls Church


Three-course prix-fixe menu; $95; Menu



Five-course tasting menu; $115/165 with wine pairings; Menu

Chart House

Regular dinner menu served; Sample dinner menu

bistrot Lafayette

Five-course dinner; $75; Website

BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier – Lorien Hotel & Spa

Five course set menu from 5.30-7pm/$70

Seven course menu from 7.30 to 11pm/$95

Menu 1; Menu 2

Seagar’s Restaurant at Hilton

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2011 Holiday Events in Northern Virginia

December brings with itself cheery thoughts of holidays, carols, Christmas trees, parades and presents. It’s the perfect time to rejoice with friends and family. Northern Virginia has several holiday events lined up to celebrate the season with mirth and joy.

Torpedo Factory Art Center’s annual Holiday Open House

Partake in the Torpedo Art factory annual bash on December 1. The Hawaiian themed party features several studio and gallery offerings along with live music, refreshments and dance. Spread joy, hope and compassion by participating in the holiday food drive and the annual toy drive.

Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Thursday, December 01, 2011 (6:00pm -9:00pm)
Phone: (703) 838-4565

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Top Northern Virginia Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Specials

Preparing Thanksgiving meals can be extensive and stressful. If eating out is an option, check out the following restaurants in Northern Virginia serving Thanksgiving specials. From prix fixe menu to a la carte Thanksgiving fare, you are sure to find it all. Hurry and make your reservations.


The modern French-American restaurant is dishing up a prix-fixe menu for Thanksgiving. The three-course menu offerings include appetizers like butternut squash Valoute, Caesar salad, lobster bisque along with sea bass, turkey breast with chestnut and mushroom stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry jam and gravy. Complete your meal with their signature apple pie baked in a bag and served with vanilla ice cream.

Price: $ 65
Availability: 11a.m. to 7.30p.m.


Spend a relaxing evening at the award-winning bistro and wine bar located in Alexandria. Enjoy the classy vibe and indulge in a Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu comprising of pumpkin soup, oysters, slow-cooked turkey, Sirloin roast, artisanal cheeses, pumpkin Bavaroise, molasses spice cake, fall squash and raisin compote.

Price: $78
Availability: Dinner only

BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier

Three-course Thanksgiving dinner is on offer at Brabo, the elegant restaurant that focuses on Belgian specialties with American influences. Partake in a sumptuous meal of mixed green salad, Maine lobster ravioli, seared Chesapeake rockfish, caramel walnut tart, in addition to the ubiquitous Thanksgiving turkey served with sweet potato purée, brussels sprouts, cranberry relish, chestnut dressing and giblet gravy.

Price: $65; wine pairings add $35
Availability: 2p.m. to 7.30p.m

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Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend & Parade

Northern Virginia kicks off the holiday season with the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend & Parade that takes place on December 2 to 3 through Old Town Alexandria. Drawing nearly 30,000 families from across the region, the Parade ranks as one of the Top 20 Events in the South by the Southeast Tourism Society. Partake in the cultural extravaganza that takes place rain or shine. Join more than 100 Scottish clans dressed in traditional garb marching with bagpipes through the historic town of Alexandria.

The Campagna Center

The Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade is the largest fundraising activity for The Campagna Center, a non-profit organization that helps children in need. The Center focuses on early childhood education and started several programs that include the Early Head Start, Alexandria Head Start, Campagna Early Learning Center, Afternoon Adventures and the Summer Safari. Continue reading


Christmas Markets and Holiday Bazaars in Northern Virginia

Holiday season will be soon upon us! Christmas markets and holiday bazaars are a great way for those who are looking to get a head start on their gift purchases and holiday decorations. Several local communities in Northern Virginia have announced their annual holiday bazaar schedule. Here is a list of some you can expect in the coming months.

Northern Virginia Christmas Market

Northern Virginia kicks off the holiday season with the 18th annual Christmas Market at the Dulles Town Center. The market will feature more than 300 artisans from 25 states. Indulge in the best of arts and crafts, pottery, stained glass, including a wide variety of Christmas specials. Complete the experience by partaking in a food extravaganza featuring delectable holiday cookies, fruit cakes, pound cakes, jams and jellies. Admission is $8 for adults. Children under 12 enter free. (You can receive $1 off admission by bringing a canned food donation.) Continue reading


List of Pet-Sitting Services in the D.C., Area

Are you looking for pet-sitting services for your furry friend? D.C., area offers several pet sitting services including doggie daycare, dog walking, in-home pet care, boarding, full service dog and cat grooming and others.


Wag More Dogs2606 S Oxford St
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 845-3647

Dog Paws ‘n Cat Claws Pet Care
940 S George Mason Dr
Arlington, VA 22204
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Halloween Events, Haunted Houses & Paranormal Tours in Northern Virginia

Fields of Fear at Cox Farms, Centreville


Northern Virginia has an eclectic blend of events scheduled for Halloween 2011. From paranormal and spirit tours, you also have offerings like the Fields of Fear and visit to the haunted asylum.

Fields of Fear at Cox Farms, Centreville

Partake in nighttime adventure at Cox Farms located in Centreville. Walk through 20 acres of fields of cornfield in the dark every Friday and Saturday nights, September 30 to October 30, 7:30-11 pm (last entry 10 pm). Enjoy dark side hayride and participate in torch lit slide, bonfires and music.

 The Fields of Fear is not recommended for children under 12. Visitors under fourteen years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Purchase tickets online (group and combined tickets are also available). You may purchase food, snacks, hot and cold drinks (no alcohol allowed) at an additional cost.

15621 Braddock Road
Centreville, VA 20120-1140
(703) 830-4121

Paranormal Tours at Oatlands, Leesburg

 Situated in Leesburg, Oatlands is a 19th-century mansion that encompasses around 200 years of American history. Today it is a  National Trust Historic Site and a National Historic Landmark.

 During the last week of October, visit the stately Oatlands mansion for a guided evening paranormal tour where you are exposed to exciting ghost events and strange incidents happened at the property. Tours are offered every evening at 7 and 8pm. Reservations required.

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens
20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane
Leesburg, VA 20175
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2011 Fall Festivals in Northern Virginia

Welcome the change in season by visiting a local festival in your neighborhood. Fall festivals are held in several places in Northern Virginia. Explore arts and crafts by local artisans, indulge in sumptuous food and partake in fun for the whole family.


 Fall festivals in Northern Virginia

Fall Festival in City of Fairfax

The City of Fairfax Parks & Recreation hosts an annual fall festival on the second Saturday in October in historic Old Town downtown. The event starts at 10am and runs until 5pm. Admission is free. Free shuttle buses run from George Mason University and Fairfax High School. Children’s activities include carnivals, face-painting, pick-your-own-pumpkin, amusement rides, petting zoo among others. While most activities are free, some require a nominal fee. This year the Festival Stage will feature smash hits from “The Legwarmers – The Ultimate 80’s Band.”

Old Town Historic Fairfax
10455 Armstrong Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

Date(s)/Time: Saturday, October 08, 2011 (10:00 AM-5:00 PM)
Phone:(703) 385-7949

Fredericksburg Arts & Crafts Festival

Join hundreds of artisans and crafters from all over the region as they showcase their talents at the 2011 Fredericksburg Arts & Craft Festival hosted at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center on October 15 (10am to 6pm) and October 16 (11am to 4pm).

Admission price is $7 for adults; children under 12 enter free. (Be sure to check the website for a discount coupon).

The festival will feature an array of handcrafted creations from paintings, ceramics, jewelry, home décor and clothing to jewelry, pottery, photography and more.

2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Date(s)/Time: Saturday, October 15, 2011 (10:00 AM-6:00 PM)
Sunday, October 16, 2011 (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Phone:(540) 548-5555

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List of Farmer’s Markets in Northern Virginia






Farmer’s Market is a good source of seasonal and organic produce. DC suburbs host several farmer’s market in the area – some opened seasonal while others opened year round. Here is a list of markets in Northern Virginia offering fresh produce and several other products.

Farmer’s Market in Alexandria

Market Square/City Hall
300 Block of King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone:(703) 883-4686/(703) 838-5005
Date(s)/Time:Open every Saturday morning from 5:30-10:30am throughout the year.

Del Ray
Corner of East Oxford and Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
Date(s)/Time: (8:00 AM-12:00 PM)
Phone: (703) 683-2570

Four Mile Run
4109 Mt Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
Date(s)/Time:(8:00 AM-1:00 PM)
Phone: (215) 514-4144
Open Sundays April 1- October 31.


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2011 Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap Summer Schedule

Dreading the summer break and wondering how to keep your kids happy? Wolf Trap Foundation announced the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods 2011 summer schedule.From Tuesdays through Saturdays, you and your little ones can enjoy family-friendly shows on a stage nestled between 117 acres of woods.

What’s new for summer 2011 Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods

For summer 2011, enjoy two shows for the price of one. The cost of the ticket is only $8. Enjoy 70 performances and partake in a summer time adventure of storytelling, puppetry, music, dance and theater, ideal for kids in Kindergarten through sixth grade.


Tuesdays through Saturdays


10 am and 11:15 am


Tickets are needed for all performances for adults and children ages 3 and up. You may buy tickets by visiting, call 1(877)WOLFTRAP or at the Filene Center Box Office. Discounted rates and special pricing are available for groups of 10 and more. Call (703) 255-1851.


Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods is located behind the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

1551 Trap Road, Vienna VA 22182.



Cancellation Policy

Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods performances are cancelled if it rains. Tune your radio to 870 AM for updates. For rain cancellation/refund exchange policy, click here.

For the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods 2011 summer schedule click here.


4th Annual Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest, June 25 & 26, 2011

Join thousands in the annual Northern Virginia Brewfest on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26, 2011 and partake in beer samplings from over 40 of America’s best breweries. Along with the best libations, learn all about the process of brewing your own beer!

 The festival will have a kids-friendly area for young adults. Enjoy food from local restaurant vendors, musical performances and a display of crafts from local artisans.


The Northern Virginia Summer BrewFest will be held at Morven Park in Leesburg, VA, just north of Leesburg on Route 15 at Tutt Lane.

Address: 41793 Tutt Lane, Leesburg, VA, 20176


June 25th: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

          June 26th: 11a.m to 7 p.m.

 Admission Fee

Advance purchase: $20/adult, $15/designated driver. At the gate: $30/adult, $20/designated driver, free/child under 16 years of age accompanied by an adult. Advance tickets being sold at their official website.

Important FAQs

  • Valid identification is required for admission to the event.
  • Ticket is good for one day only,
  • The DD program is available for attendees 16 and older. Free water and soda is included in the price of this ticket.
  • Outside food and beverage is not allowed.
  • Four beer sampling tickets are included with the price of admission and additional samping tickets are available for $1.00. Food is purchased separately from vendors.
  • No pets allowed.