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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)
Free

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
Free

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
FREE

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
12.30pm
$12

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.

 

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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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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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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

For tickets, click here

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

Parfumerie

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

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

Where

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

 

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