November at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is a season of returns for classic rock legends.
Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers behind hits like “Be My Baby,” will be performing on Friday (Nov. 9) and Saturday (Nov. 10). Ticket are $50 for rear orchestra or side balcony or $55 for prime orchestra or prime balcony.
Hot Rize, a popular 1980’s bluegrass band, will play at Wolf Trap on Nov. 17 as part of the group’s 40th-anniversary tour. Tickets range from $45 to $60.
The following three nights will feature Art Garfunkel, a solo artist and part of the iconic Simon and Garfunkel duo. Concerts will be held Nov. 18, 19 and 20 with prices ranging from $80 to $95.
The list of Wolf Trap events in November:
- Nov. 2: Bourbon and Bubbles at the Barns
- Nov. 4: David Finckel and Wu Han
- Nov. 6, 7: The Lone Bellow
- Nov. 8: John Lloyd Young
- Nov. 9, 10: Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes
- Nov. 14: Nicole Atkins
- Nov. 15: Alan Doyle
- Nov. 16: Maggie Rose
- Nov. 17: Hot Rize
- Nov. 18, 19, 20: Art Garfunkel
- Nov. 24: Janis Joplin & Jimi Hendrix Tribute
- Nov. 25: John Eaton
- Nov. 30: Chris Smither
The full Wolf Trap schedule is available online.
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Ever wanted to march in a parade? Registration is now available to join the annual McLean Winterfest.
The parade is scheduled to be held along Old Chain Bridge Road on Sunday, Dec. 2 as part of the 10th annual Winterfest. Check-in for the parade starts at 2 p.m. and the parade itself will begin at 3:30 p.m.
From 2-5 p.m., Old Chain Bridge Road from Fleetwood Street to Elm Street will be closed for the parade.
The parade will feature an “official” Santa Claus, so others in Santa costumes not be allowed in the parade. Also, pets that are not a part of rescue organizations are not allowed to march without prior written approval from parade officials.
A full list of rules for those marching or driving in the parade is available online.
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To mark Fire Prevention Week, fire stations all across Fairfax County will be opening their doors to the public this weekend.
From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, every fire station in Fairfax will be open, with members of the public invited to meet firefighters, see the fire trucks, participate in activities and learn about fire safety.
Fire stations inside our coverage area include:
- Fire Station 1 in McLean (1455 Laughlin Ave.)
- Fire Station 29 in Tysons (1560 Spring Hill Road)
- Fire Station 13 in Dunn Loring (2148 Gallows Road)
- Fire Station 2 in Vienna (400 Center Street)
- Fire Station 30 in Merrifield (8739 Lee Highway)
For those in Tysons, it will also be a chance to wish your local Fire Station 29 a happy 40th birthday.
A map of all Fairfax County fire stations is available online.
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Halloween on the Green, a free family-friendly halloween celebration, is coming to Vienna this Saturday (Oct 13).
From 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., activities sponsored by Vienna Parks and Recreation will fill the Vienna Town Green (144 Maple Ave E). Activities include:
- Crafts and games
- Storytelling with Patrick Henry librarians
- Moon bounces
- A petting zoo
- A visit from the Vienna Singing Princesses
- An applesauce-making demo, courtesy of Historic Vienna, Inc.
- Pumpkin carving and painting.
The event is aimed at children ages two through ten. In the event of inclement weather, call 703-255-7842 for updates on the status of the celebration.
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Players of Fortnite, popular battle-royale style multiplayer game, will have the opportunity to turn their hobby into profit. The Microsoft Store at Tysons Corner Center will be one of the stores hosting the North American Championship Tournament for Fortnite.
On Friday, Oct. 26, the Tysons Microsoft Store will be one of 20 stores in the Southeast region of the tournament. Teams from the Microsoft Store will be dropped into public matches, building points through placements (survival as a team) and eliminations of other players. The tournament will run from 5-9 p.m.
The top team from each store will move into a private match against teams from the other regional winners. The top three teams will take home a portion of the $7,000 prize pool. The top six teams move onto the national championship, where the top three teams will split a $15,000 pool. The national championship will take place on Nov. 10.
Mixer, a live-streaming platform owned by Microsoft, will host live broadcasts of the competitions and player interviews after the tournaments.
Entry to the tournament is free and open to everyone 14 and up. Registration is available online.
Participants between 14 and 17 must have a parent or guardian sign a parental consent form at the store. Hardware, including laptops, mice, mouse pads, and headsets will be provided. Xbox One controllers are available on request, or players can bring their own.
A full list of rules is available online.
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The Tysons McLean Orchestra will kick off its 48th season with an opening concert this Saturday (Oct. 13) at The Falls Church.
Music Director and Conductor Miriam Burns will lead 65 musicians in a “European Travelogue” concert composed of a variety of classical pieces. The concert, hosted by the Episcopal church at 115 E. Fairfax Street in Falls Church, will feature Sean Lee, a violinist who won the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2016.
The next concert of the season will be the “Holiday Fantasy” performance on Dec. 9 in Vinson Hall Ballroom (6251 Old Dominion Drive, McLean), where the orchestra will play holiday music both classical and from film soundtracks.
Individual concert tickets are not yet available, but season tickets are available at the Tysons McLean Orchestra website. Season tickets for adults are $120, $100 for seniors and $50 for youth.
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The 14th Annual Merrifield Fall Festival is returning to the Mosaic District this Saturday (Oct. 13).
The festival, original scheduled for Sept. 15, was rescheduled to this weekend amid concerns about Hurricane Florence. The festival will run from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Presented by the Greater Merrifield Business Association (GMBA), the festival will spotlight restaurants in the Mosaic District and across Merrifield. A beer garden hosted by the Caboose Brewing Company will be held on the Mosaic lawn, allowing attendees to grab a drink before listening to live music played all day.
Vendors will also give attendees a chance to get started on their holiday shopping in a market focusing on handmade and vintage items. Special deals will also be ongoing in nearby retailers.
For children at the festival, pumpkin and face painting, sack races, karate and more will be available.
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The 2018 KORUS festival is taking place Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7 in the parking lot outside Bloomingdales at Tysons Corner Center.
The event will feature food, music, cultural performances, vendors and more. It’s billed as “a celebration of the Korean American way of life, Korean heritage and culture, and the beauty of America’s diversity.”
“With close to 30,000 visitors and participation from over 50 vendors, retailers, and community groups; 20 performance artists; and more than 100 volunteers, the festival truly represents the Korean American community nationwide,” says the KORUS website.
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The 2018 KORUS Festival will be held at Tysons Corner Center and will be the perfect showcase for this fantastic journey!
The annual festival will be located in the Bloomingdale’s Parking Lot (by LL Bean, Bloomingdales and Le Pain Quotidien) and invites people of all ages and ethnicities will come together to celebrate the Korean American way of life, Korean heritage and view stunning cultural performances, demonstrations, contests, food offerings, arts & crafts, and so much more.
The MPAartfest is returning to McLean Central Park this Sunday (Oct. 7) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The art show and sale will feature work from nearly 40 visual artists in a variety of media and styles, including woodturning, jewelry and ironwork.
Mini-art galleries will be set up throughout the park featuring artwork and food from local restaurants. The MPAartfest will also feature live music from various genres and educational activities for children.
MPAartfest is an annual event hosted by the McLean Project for the Arts (MPA), attracting an average of 5,000-6,000 visitors each year. This will be MPAartfest’s 12th year.
Admission to the festival is free. Parking will be available at “signed lots throughout McLean” with shuttles running to the MPAartfest.
Photo via McLean Project for the Arts
This Saturday (Oct. 6), Vienna will kick off its 11th annual Oktoberfest.
The festival will run from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. along Church St. in Vienna. Admission to the Oktoberfest is free, with a variety of food and alcohol vendors set up along the street.
Beer will be available from the Caboose beer garden, with wine offered at Vienna Vintner. Food will be sold at a German food beer garden and elsewhere.
Leashed dogs are allowed at the Oktoberfest as well, but owners should be aware that the crowds can be large and loud. Average Oktoberfest attendance ranges from 25,000-35,000 people.
There is no festival-specific parking lots. A shuttle will run to the festival from the Vienna Metro station and Madison High School.
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