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Weekend Planner: Art, Kayak Tours and the Circus

What's up this weekend?

Make the most of your Labor Day weekend by checking out these events happening locally this Friday through Monday.


  • Where: Art at the Center, Alexandria
  • When: Friday, August 31 from 8 – 10 a.m.
  • Why Go: This annual event turns a parking lot into a giant canvas.  School supplies and backpack donations will be accepted for Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services.
  • Price: FREE
Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars
  • Where: Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville
  • When: Multiple showtimes Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3
  • Why Go: Excitement under the big top will include live animals, a human cannonball, trapeze artists, clowns and more.
  • Price: Prices vary – see website for details.

  • Where: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, September 1 at 8 a.m.
  • Why Go: This event is part of the Church’s International Festival, and funds raised will go toward the Shepherd’s Gate grant program to assist those in need.  
  • Price: $25 Registration Fee; $15 for ages 14 and under
Alexandria Art Market
  • Where: Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, September 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Why Go: Enjoy live music while you peruse original works displayed by local artists.
  • Price: Admission is FREE
Battle of Ox Hill 150th Anniversary
  • Where: Ox Hill Battlefield Park, Fairfax
  • When: Saturday, September 1 from 10 a.m. – 5p.m.
  • Why Go: Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Ox Hill with artillery demonstrations, soldier encampments, crafts for kids, live music and more.
  • Price: FREE

  • Where: Paradise Springs Winery, Clifton
  • When: Saturday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Why Go: Get cozy with a blanket while you enjoy the movie “Bottle Shock” under the stars.  Bottles of wine will be for sale, as well as a limited assortment of meats and cheeses.  Adults only, please.
  • Price: Admission is FREE
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association’s Summer Chamber Music
  • Where: The Lyceum, Alexandria
  • When: Sunday, September 2 at 3 p.m.
  • Why Go: The final summer chamber music series performance will feature pianist Carlos Ibay.
  • Price: FREE
Fairfax County Summer Entertainment Series:
  • Braddock Nights presents City of Fairfax Band “Alte Kameraden German Band” at Lake Accotink Park, Springfield.  Friday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. FREE.
  • Mount Vernon Nights presents Slightly Something at Grist Mill Park, Alexandria.  Friday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m.  FREE.
  • Spotlight by Starlight presents OCEAN Orchestra at Mason District Park, Annandale.  Friday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m.  FREE.
Library Events:
  • The World of Harry Potter at Centreville Regional Library, Centreville.  Now through October 4.  For all ages.  FREE.
  • Wag a Tale at Kingstowne Library, Alexandria.  September 1 through September 30.  For school age children.  FREE – Appointment Required.
  • Read to the Dog at Pohick Regional Library, Burke.  Saturday, September 1 beginning at 1 p.m.  For ages 6 – 12.  FREE – Registration Required.
Nature Highlights:
  • Historic Kayak Tour to the Town of Occoquan at Occoquan Regional Park, Lorton.  Saturday, September 1 at 11 a.m.  $10 per person.
  • Tagging Monarch Butterflies at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Saturday, September 1 at 1 p.m.  For ages 3 and up.  $6 - $8 per person – Registration Required.
  • Junior Naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Saturday, September 1 at 1 p.m.  For ages 7 – 12.  $15 - $17 per person – Registration Required.
  • Dino Extravaganza Puppet Show at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Saturday, September 1 at 3:30 p.m.  For ages 2 and up.  $5 - $7 per person – Registration Required.
  • Kayak Tour at Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton.  Saturday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m.  For ages 8 and up.  $30 per person – Reservations Required.
  • All About Bats Campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Saturday, September 1 at 7:15 p.m.  For ages 3 and up.  $6 - $8 per person – Registration Required.
  • Sunday Morning Bird Walk at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Alexandria.  Sunday, September 2 at 8 a.m.  FREE.
  • Pond Explore and Hike at Eakin Community Park, Annandale.  Sunday, September 2 at 10 a.m.  $5 - $7 per person – Registration Required.
  • Monarch Tag and Tea Party at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Sunday, September 2 at 2 p.m.  For ages 3 and up.  $15 - $17 per person – Registration Required.
  • Monday Bird Walk at Eakin Community Park, Annandale.  Monday, September 3 at 7 a.m.  FREE.
  • Snake and Turtle Feeding at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Monday, September 3 at 2 p.m.  For ages 3 and up.  $5 - $7 per person – Registration Required.
Have a great weekend!



 

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