WORKSHOP with Amy Shawley Paquette Exploring Acrylics, Mediums, Gels and more

March 21 & 22, 2020

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

@ Vienna Art Society 

243 Church St. Suite 100 Lower Level, Vienna, Va

Cost: VAS Member: $230 

Non Member $240

Discover the excitement of using acrylic color and mediums during this two-day workshop!  Students will combine both traditional and contemporary painting techniques using a range of color applications (like washes, glazes, and blending) layered with gels, mediums, and pastes.  We will explore several color formulations, experiment with a variety of mark making tools, and create unique textures.  We will develop several small painting surfaces throughout the workshop, so students get working knowledge of the breadth of acrylic products available.  This workshop is designed for painters of all experience levels!

All supplies needed for this workshop, including GOLDEN paints/mediums, tools, and painting surfaces, will be provided by the instructor.  Students should bring an apron or wear “paint clothes” in case things get messy!  Also bring note-taking supplies and a trash bag to lay in your car for taking your projects home (in case they are tacky/wet) – we will have about 6-8 surfaces sized 6×6 up to 9×12 inches. 

Amy Shawley Paquette is a Virginia-based visual artist whose painting and illustration is inspired by the natural world.  Her paintings incorporate fauna, flora, landscapes, and textures she has experienced during her travels and daily adventures in the countryside.  After earning her Art History degree, developing her love of paint, and exhibiting her work in New York and LA, Amy was selected and trained in 2008 by Golden Artist Colors for their Working Artist Program.  She taught and lectured in their southern California territory for six years before relocating back east in to offer painting lectures in Virginia, Maryland, DC, and Delaware. In addition to her work with GOLDEN, Amy was trained in 2016 to be an Artist Lecturer for Williamsburg Oils.
Amy teaches art workshops nationally, offers online education, and published her first book in 2015.

TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT     (Fee DUE IN FULL at Registration*)

*(Cancellation Policy: A refund of 90% if cancel by February 20, 2020; thereafter 90% refund available ONLY if there is another artist to take your space).

NOTE:  If you prefer to pay by check, please make it out to Vienna Arts Society with the name of the workshop in the memo line; include a note with your name, address, and phone number, and mail to:

Vienna Arts Society,
243 Church Street, NW,
Suite 100LL,
Vienna VA 22180.

WORKSHOP with Amy Shawley Paquette Exploring Acrylics, Mediums, Gels and more

March 21 & 22, 2020

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

@ Vienna Art Society 

243 Church St. Suite 100 Lower Level, Vienna, Va

Cost: VAS Member: $230 

Non Member $240

Discover the excitement of using acrylic color and mediums during this two-day workshop!  Students will combine both traditional and contemporary painting techniques using a range of color applications (like washes, glazes, and blending) layered with gels, mediums, and pastes.  We will explore several color formulations, experiment with a variety of mark making tools, and create unique textures.  We will develop several small painting surfaces throughout the workshop, so students get working knowledge of the breadth of acrylic products available.  This workshop is designed for painters of all experience levels!

All supplies needed for this workshop, including GOLDEN paints/mediums, tools, and painting surfaces, will be provided by the instructor.  Students should bring an apron or wear “paint clothes” in case things get messy!  Also bring note-taking supplies and a trash bag to lay in your car for taking your projects home (in case they are tacky/wet) – we will have about 6-8 surfaces sized 6×6 up to 9×12 inches. 

Amy Shawley Paquette is a Virginia-based visual artist whose painting and illustration is inspired by the natural world.  Her paintings incorporate fauna, flora, landscapes, and textures she has experienced during her travels and daily adventures in the countryside.  After earning her Art History degree, developing her love of paint, and exhibiting her work in New York and LA, Amy was selected and trained in 2008 by Golden Artist Colors for their Working Artist Program.  She taught and lectured in their southern California territory for six years before relocating back east in to offer painting lectures in Virginia, Maryland, DC, and Delaware. In addition to her work with GOLDEN, Amy was trained in 2016 to be an Artist Lecturer for Williamsburg Oils.
Amy teaches art workshops nationally, offers online education, and published her first book in 2015.

TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT     (Fee DUE IN FULL at Registration*)

*(Cancellation Policy: A refund of 90% if cancel by February 20, 2020; thereafter 90% refund available ONLY if there is another artist to take your space).

NOTE:  If you prefer to pay by check, please make it out to Vienna Arts Society with the name of the workshop in the memo line; include a note with your name, address, and phone number, and mail to:

Vienna Arts Society,
243 Church Street, NW,
Suite 100LL,
Vienna VA 22180.

The County’s Art Buzz – October

 

Arts Buzz- October

By Dana C. Stewart

The 2019 Arts Awards

Fairfax County will celebrate excellence in arts and give tribute to arts visionaries at the 2019 Arts Awards on Friday, October 18, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Fairview Park Marriott. This year’s awardees have increased access and created opportunities to expose art to audiences in Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. Bikki Stricker, a potter that specializes in crystalline glazes, designed the awards for honorees Fairfax County Board of Supervisor Chairman Sharon Bulova, Margaret and Shashi Gupta, artist Foon Sham, NextStop Theatre Company and philanthropist Stephen Roberts. The event is a fundraiser for the arts and open to the public, but tickets are required.

True Stories of Seven Women 

“Seven” is the theatrical experience telling the true stories of seven women who have fought to create lasting change in their communities. Seven acclaimed playwrights collaborated to weave together the struggles and triumph of these inspiring women who hail from Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia and Cambodia. Each story shares the threats and obstacles faced in their quest to improve the lives of girls and women in their home country. Some content may not be suitable for young audience members. Tickets are required for the October 18, 8 p.m. showing at the George Mason University’s (GMU) Center for the Arts.

Star Wars Red Carpet at the Washington West Film Festival

Anthony Daniels will headline the opening night of the 2019 Washington West Film Festival, set to take place on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Reston, Virginia. The actor and writer – best known for portraying C-3PO in all of the Star Wars episodic films – will participate in an hour-long In Conversation Q&A event, followed by an exclusive screening of Star Wars: A New Hope.

“Washington West has built a national and international reputation among film festivals, not only for the quality of our programs and special events but especially our unyielding passion that ‘Story Can Change the World,'” said festival founder and President, Brad Russell.

The Washington West Film Festival is a non-profit organization that celebrates the transformative power of film. This year’s showcase features selected shorts, documentaries and fictional films that highlight a variety of perspectives. The Festival runs October 24 – 28. Check wwfilmfest.com for a complete screening schedule.

 Arts Highlights for October

The Virginia Opera opens its 45th season with “Tosca” at the GMU’s Center for the Arts on October 12, 8 p.m. and October 13, 2 p.m. Aspiring actors in grades 4 through 12 can hone their skills in Traveling Players movement classes starting October 13 through December 15th, registration is required. Amadeus Concerts presents Washington Symphonic Brass at St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean on October 13, 4 p.m. The Bluegrass Barn Concert Series presents a concert by Nothin’ Fancy at Frying Pan Park on October 13 and Colebrook Road on October 27 at 7 p.m.  Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia presents Judy Wengrovitz – A Retrospective from October 16 through December 2. Enjoy Chinese circus arts with Cirquie Mei at GMU’s Center for the Arts on October 19, 2 p.m.

The County’s Art Buzz – September

Arts Buzz- September

By Dana C. Stewart

September may mean it is back to school for students, but it doesn’t mean an end to creative exploration for all ages.  So, who is ready to play?  This month, residents can explore the intersection of public art with play, learn about creativity in the classroom and celebrate visionaries in the art field.

Public Art and Placemaking

Public Art presents an opportunity to strengthen the connection between residents, stimulate interaction and generate community growth. Placemaking plays a vital role in inspiring people to reimage public space with art, and organizations, including ARTSFAIRFAX, are doing this with playful temporary projects.

On Friday, September 13, 8 – 10:30 a.m., the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia invites the public to an Innovation Breakfast Series discussion of public art and placemaking with Katarzyna Balug, Co-founder of the Department of Play in Boston. The event features panelists Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams, Public Art Project Manager, Arlington Arts, Holly Koons, Executive Director, Arlington Arts Center; Lisa Mariam Director of Grants and Services, ARTSFAIRFAX and Marly McFly, Public Artist. Visit cfnova.org for more information and to register.

Think Like An Artist

ARTSFAIRFAX invites the public to their annual arts education panel, ”Think Like An Artist: Creativity in the Classroom” on Saturday, September 14, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Dr. Kimberly Sheridan, Associate Profession of Educational Psychology at George Mason University and Julie Carmean, Museum Educator and Coordinator of Professional Development at the National Gallery of Art will discuss the arts and critical thinking and collaboration skills in the classroom.  Fairfax County Public Schools, K-12 Theatre and Dance Educational Specialist Tara Taylor will moderate. Visit http://bit.ly/AFXArtsPanel19 for more details and to register.

NextStop Theatre, Foon Sham and Stephen Roberts To Receive 2019 Arts Awards

ARTSFAIRFAX announces NextStop Theatre Company as the Emerging Arts Award recipient. The award recognizes NextStop for their continuous broad engagement with the community and for producing quality arts programming.  See NextStop’s latest performance, “Beehive,” through September 22nd.  Also being recognized is internationally renowned visual artist Foon Sham as the Arts Achievement recipient.  Sham’s current work, ‘Mushroom’ was commissioned by the Smithsonian Garden near the National Museum of American History and can be experienced through 2020.  ARTSFAIRFAX will present the Arts Philanthropy Award to Stephen Roberts for his commitment to foster the development and growth of the arts through the Ross-Roberts Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

Jinx Hazel Award recipients Fairfax County Board of Supervisor Chairman Sharon Bulova and Shashi and Margaret Gupta, will be honored for their impact on the arts and quality of life in Fairfax County.  Tickets are available at artsfairfax.org to the Friday, October 18 Arts Awards at the Fairview Park Marriott Hotel from 12 – 2 p.m.

ARTSFAIRFAX Grant Deadline

Nonprofit arts organizations based in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax and City of Falls Church are eligible to apply for ARTSFAIRFAX’s Organizational Professional Development Grants. These grants are designed to strengthen capacity, improving management practices to support creating healthy, successful and resilient arts organizations. The application deadline is September 25, 2019. Visit artsfairfax.org/grants/ for more information.

The County’s Art Buzz – July

World Premiere Event

The Hub Theatre presents the world premiere of ‘American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables’ by playwright Sam Hamashima on July 12 and runs through August 4 at NextStop Theatre. The presentation of an original play highlights the dedication of small, local theaters to bring high, quality art to Fairfax County.

Known for performances that highlight humanity and commonality and productions that rival the thought-provoking theater of New York City, The Hub’s recent loss of performance space has not deterred its’ ambitious commitment to bring ground-breaking theatre to Northern Virginia.

The play, directed by Helen Hayes award-winning director, Kathryn Chase Bryer, follows a Japanese-American family as they learn of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Hamashima’s story mixes family and charm to examine what it means to be a family.

“Sam Hamashima’s sparkling play examines a difficult chapter in our nation’s history through one American family’s struggle to protect themselves against a sudden wave of distrust. This production maintains The Hub’s mission of bringing people together through art that uses specific stories and innovative storytelling to discuss universal experiences with heart, humor, and hope for a better way forward, despite the darkness that pushes against our collective humanity,” stated Matt Bassett, Artistic Director.

Hamashima work as a playwright has been produced or developed by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Post Shift Theatre, National Queer Theater and in venues throughout Washington, D.C. and New York City.  Visit thehubtheatre.org for tickets for dates and times.

Visit Public Art in Springfield

ARTSFAIRFAX and Epigram artist team present INOUT:Springfield, a public art installation that reflects the opinions and photos of people who live, work, and play in Springfield.

“A very up to date project with regards to photo apps, selfie moment, and sharing who you are and what you do! INOUT is a fun installation that connects you with your local community and can be viewed by your friends and family anywhere! Come participate, be featured and invite your friends from elsewhere to be part of the art in Springfield,” says Epigram artists Julieta Guillermet.

The art installation will be at Old Keene Mill Shopping Center, July 13 – August 9, and Springfield Town Center, August 10 -23.  INOUT:Springfield is part of ARTSFAIRFAX’s Imagine Art Here projects which are designed to engage the community and give them a voice and an opportunity to experience public art.

 Grant Opportunity

ARTSFAIRFAX will host a grant information session for arts organizations interested in applying for an Organizational and Professional Development Grant or the new Next Step Grant on July 31 in Mosaic District at 2985 District Avenue, Suite 100, Merrifield. Organizational and Professional Development Grants encourage the advancement of the arts in Fairfax County by improving the organizational management of nonprofit arts organizations within the boundaries of Fairfax County and the Cities of Falls Church and Fairfax and provide grants from $1K to $5K. Next Step Grants award up to $25,000 to an organization for a capacity enhancement project. The Letter of Interest for the Next Step Grant is due August 30, and the application deadline for both grants is September 25, 2019.  For more information, visit artsfairfax.org

Arts Highlights for July

The 3rd Annual Logan Festival of Solo Performances occurs July 11 -21 at 1st Stage Theatre and features national, award-winning solo performers. Visit www.1ststagetysons.org for tickets and times.   Take the kids to The Hunter Mill Melodies presented free every Wednesday throughout July from 10 to 10:45 am at Frying Pan Park’s Visitors Center pavilion.  The Hunter Mill Melodies presents entertainment for the whole family with The Reunion Jazz Orchestra on July 11, Whiskey Wildfire on July 18 and Bumper Jacksons on July 25.  Each performance is from 7:30 – 8:30 pm at Frying Pan Park, Kidwell Farm.

Hunter Mill Melodies: Scythian (Irish Rock)

Come see Irish Rock band Scythian perform at this free weekly concert series at Frying Pan Farm Park. The performance will take place at the Kidwell Farm from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Bring a chair or a picnic blanket and relax under the stars as you listen to great local music!

Hunter Mill Melodies: The Reunion Jazz Orchestra

Come see the Reunion Jazz Orchestra perform at this free weekly concert series at Frying Pan Farm Park. The performance will take place at the Kidwell Farm from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Bring a chair or a picnic blanket and relax under the stars as you listen to great local music!

Hunter Mill Melodies: Whiskey Wildfire (New Country)

Come see New Country band Whiskey Wildfire perform at this free weekly concert series at Frying Pan Farm Park. The performance will take place at the Kidwell Farm from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Bring a chair or a picnic blanket and relax under the stars as you listen to great local music!

Hunter Mill Melodies: Incendio

Come see Latin group Incendio perform at this free weekly concert series at Frying Pan Farm Park. The performance will take place at the Kidwell Farm from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Bring a chair or a picnic blanket and relax under the stars as you listen to great local music!

Hunter Mill Melodies: Chopteeth (Afrofunk)

Come see Afrofunk band Chopteeth perform at this free weekly concert series at Frying Pan Farm Park. The performance will take place at the Kidwell Farm from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Bring a chair or a picnic blanket and relax under the stars as you listen to great music!

The Reston Chorale

Enjoy the sights and sounds of five notable gardens in Reston on a self-conducted tour. Take a few hours or a full day to explore inspiring landscapes at private residential gardens and enjoy pop-up musical entertainment (10 am – 3 pm), plus a Garden Party at Hidden Lane Residential Landscapes (3-5 pm) all included in the ticket price.  All locations are provided with tour tickets – choose your first stop and exchange your ticket for the program guide that contains the tour map and garden information.

Tickets are $20 for early birds ($25 on tour day). Tickets can be purchased online (fees added) or in person at retailers throughout Reston.  Tickets go on sale in March.  More information at www.RestonChorale.org.

Main Street Chamber Players perform music by women!

The Main Street Chamber Players presents a concert of music by women composers featuring Florence Price, Louise Farrenc, Maddalena Lombardi-Sirmen and Rebekah Griffin-Greene.

MSCP is a mixed instrumental chamber ensemble whose collective experience spans more than 20 years and is comprised of members of Main Street Music Studios, LLC, in Fairfax, VA.

This concert is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

National Treasures presented by The McLean Symphony

In the acoustically rich sanctuary of Vienna’s Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, The McLean Symphony will conclude its 47th season at 7 PM on Sunday, June 2, and simultaneously celebrate another landmark birthday of its principal conductor, Maestro Dingwall Fleary. The program of National Treasures will consist only of music by American Composers, including a composition by 13 year-old local student, Daniel Carroll, winner of a festival sponsored by the Northern Virginia Music Teachers’ Association, and a work written in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Eric Lacy, PhD, a recent graduate of Louisiana State University titled, A Dream of Conscience.

The major work will be the Symphony No. 1, subtitled “Afro-American” written by William Grant Still, who lived from 1895 to 1978. A favorite among favorites, Fleary has conducted this work with numerous orchestras in the United States, and abroad. The orchestra’s diversity will be on display as listeners are treated to The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives, a bold interpretation of American Salute by Morton Gould, and selections by the legendary Leroy Anderson. Of the latter, one of his all-time greatest hits will feature a virtuoso performance featuring an old-fashioned office relic, The Typewriter. The program will conclude with favorite patriotic songs during which the audience will be invited sing along with the full orchestra.

Before the Downbeat . . .

Starting 30 minutes prior to the concert, Music Director Fleary and his associate Igor Sarmientos will hold an informal discussion about the program – it’s overall concept, the historical aspects of the music, the composers, and tips on what to listen for in each piece. This feature is open to everyone.

Mark the date. Tell your friends. Come enjoy the adventure!

Voce Chamber Singers 30th Anniversary Celebration! Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood)

As a “postscript” to our season, we celebrate our 30th anniversary with a semi-staged performance of English composer Benjamin Britten’s community opera, Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood).  Bringing together over 125 singers and players of all ages from throughout the DC-metro area, our performance is both a celebration of VOCE and of the vitality of music and the arts in our community.

James Shaffran, Noye

Barbara Hollinshead, Mrs. Noye

Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell (formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock)Voice of God

 

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia – Between the Threads (Jewish Women Project)

Between the Threads (Jewish Women Project) is a devised theatre piece about Jewish women in America exploring their relationship to their Judaism in this historical moment. What does it mean to be part of a tiny minority with a disproportionate representation in the national consciousness? How does our identity as Jews intersect with our identities as women? How important is our Judaism to our lives now? What is our responsibility as a historically oppressed people in the face of blatant injustice in our own country?

Directed by Coral Cohen with original music by klezmer artist Zoë Aqua, this interdisciplinary work uses performance as a way to interrogate Jewish identity today by looking to our past and confronting our future. A group of five female-identified artists explore their personal history to present a collage of perspectives on what it means to be perennially in-between: in the intersection of tradition and modernity, power and oppression.

Tickets: $18 at https://betweenthethreads.bpt.me

Amadeus Orchestra with NVMTA Prizewinners

Our Emerging Artist Program features young musicians just being discovered. For the first time, we join with the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association to feature their 2019 competition prizewinners accompanied by our professional orchestra. It’s the ultimate version of our flagship side-by-side concerts in the schools.

Be sure to arrive early to enjoy a pre-concert lecture by Music Director A. Scott Wood at 3:15pm. After the concert, meet the artists and mingle with fellow music lovers at a free post-concert reception.

Tickets: $40, available online or at the door
Active Duty Military and Youths 17 & under: Free

Vienna Choral Society

As our tagline says, we raise voices and spirits. Our purpose is to present varied programs of high-quality music for public entertainment and personal enrichment, to promote greater appreciation and enjoyment of good music by the general public and to join with other organizations in giving our time and our talent to programs and activities that benefit our community.

Our members come from all backgrounds and walks of life. We share a love of singing and a desire to grow both in our awareness of the rich choral music that exists and in our abilities to perform it well. We are proud to have several founding members of VCS still within our ranks, and we warmly welcome new members who are interested in blending their voices with ours.

Virginia Chamber Orchestra

The Virginia Chamber Orchestra is unique among Northern Virginia-based orchestras in having engaged only fully professional players, paying every player full union scale and benefits, since it was founded in 1970. This results in outstanding quality. Led by Music Director David Grandis, the orchestra draws enthusiastic crowds to the Ernst Center,  NVCC – Annandale and to its annual collaborative concert with the Mason Symphony at the GMU Center for the Arts.

Since July 26,  2014 (opening day of the Silver Line) the VCO has taken the lead in bringing live classical music into the “New City of Tysons” by presenting Classical Cabaret concerts at the 1st Stage Theater.

Wolf Trap Sing-a-Long

Kick off the holiday season with family and friends at Wolf Trap’s 2013 Holiday Sing-A-Long! This annual musical celebration hosts a performance by the United States Marine Band and a Sing-A-Long of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs with choir and vocal groups from the metropolitan Washington area.

Viva! Vienna!

Viva! Vienna! is a family and community-oriented celebtraion of Memorial Day and the greater Vienna Community spirit. There are amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors, and entertainment for all ages. Vendors include handcraft artisans, retail vendors, professionals, political parties and candidates, and community and non-profit organizations. 100% of proceeds go to charitable, community, and humanitarian organizations.

Vintage Virginia Wine and Food Festival

“Eat local, drink local” has become a mantra of both quality and sustainability among foodies and oenophiles, and nowhere is this more easily and more enjoyably put into practice than the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival. In it’s 34th incarnation, this cornerstone event has grown from its early beginnings in 1982 into an opportunity to taste from nearly half of Virginia’s homegrown wineries, from the oldest and the largest to the smallest boutiques and exciting new players.  A Virginia Wineries Association event, Vintage Virginia is promoted and produced by Virginia’s premier event company, Across-the-Way Productions, dedicated to the art of the outdoor festival.

Vietnamese Heritage Festival (VietFest)

The theme of VietFest this year is Vietnamese Americans: Past, Present, and Future. Through programming, decorations, and exhibits, the National Organization of Vietnamese American Leaders (NOVAL) will chronicle the journey that their community took from the moment they first arrived in this country to where they are today.

Vienna Oktoberfest

Join the Town of Vienna for a traditional Oktoberfest Festival with drinks, food, entertainment, and games for families. Get ready for brats, strudel, beer, and polka!

Tinner Hill Blues Festival

The festival features blues music, all over town, all weekend! Poised to become the premier blues festival of the region this is a weekend long event featuring outstanding national regional and local blues performers, historic displays, family activities, vendors, food, and carnival games.

Taste of Vienna

Within the VVFD parking lot, Taste of Vienna showcases the many excellent restaurants the Vienna area has to offer. Restaurants will offer choices for all tastes from the food critic to the picky eater.

Taste of Reston

Taste of Reston, produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, is the largest outdoor food festival in the area and was voted 2012, 2013, and 2014 “Northern Virginia’s Best Food Festival” by Virginia Living magazine. Join the fun this June at the Reston Town Center for two days of restaurants and community vendors, live entertainment on three stages, a carnival, the Family Fun Zone! and the Wine ‘n’ Dine area.

Taste of Merrifield

Celebrate Derby Day with the best food in Merrifield, live music, a beer garden by Port City Brewery, children’s activities and a live showing of the race.

Reston Multicultural Festival

The Reston Multicultural Festival is a celebration of the diversity and community spirit that is found in Reston. This annual event brings together the people of Reston to celebrate the rich medley of cultures. Come and share with family, friends, and neighbors the music, entertainment, dress, food, and cultural treasures from all over the world that are all right here.

Oktoberfest Reston

Oktoberfest Reston is produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and is Northern Virginia’s largest fall festival at Reston Town Center featuring the best in autumn brews with delicious traditional Oktoberfest fare from area restaurants. Enjoy food, wine, beer, live entertainment, and a carnival.

Nowruz Festival

Hundreds of Persian-American artists, musicians, singers, dancers and traditional players will assemble to ring in the Persian New Year (Nowruz) on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at Tysons Corner Center, in McLean.  Combined with more than 75 vendors offering traditional foods, jewelry, crafts, books and other traditional products, the Nowruz Festival will offer a family-friendly venue for the celebration.

What is Nowruz?
Of all the Persian national festivals, the New Year celebrations are at once the most important and the most colorful. This festival embodies a wealth of ancient rites and customs, and is about the only one in Persia which is not confined to the traditions of only one religious group. It symbolizes that continuity of the ancient Persian culture which has survived so many adversities and vicissitudes.

In harmony with the rebirth of nature, Nowruz always begins on the first day of spring marked by vernal equinox, or Tahvil. On that day -which may occur on March 20 – 21 or 22 – the sun crosses the celestial equator.

As far back as records go, Nowruz has been, either in fact or by intention, a celebration of early spring, when the sun begins to regain strength and overcome winter’s cold and darkness and when there is a renewal of growth and vigor in nature. Zoroastar’s people were demonstrably animatists, that is, they apprehended a cognitive spirit, mainyu, in all things, tangible or intangible. So for them this return of spring would have represented an annual victory for the spirit of the sun; and Zoroaster saw in it also, it appears, the symbol of a still more glorious victory to come. This was the special hope which he offered his followers, that the present struggle between good and evil, on all planes, physical, moral and spiritual, will end in total victory for the good.

Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest

The Summer BrewFest is a craft beer festival featuring summer seasonal brews from regional craft breweries. This is a great opportunity to try your favorite local and regional breweries’ spring and summer brews. Adult admission is for thise 21 years of age and older. A valid ID must be presented. A sampling glass and 6 beer sampling tickets are included in the cost of admission.

Northern Virginia Fall Brewfest

The Fall BrewFest is a craft beer sampling festival that provides a great opportunity to try fall, winter, and holiday seasonal brews from local and regional craft breweries. Included in the price of adult admission is a sampling glass and 6 beer sampling tickets. There is also wine provided by the Lone Winery, available for purchase by glass. Adult admission is for those 21 years of age and older and a valid ID must be shown.

MPA Art Fest

On the first Sunday in October, MPAartfest will transform McLean Central Park into a lively landscape of mini art galleries showcasing and offering for sale the work of a diverse group of 50 juried artists. There will be music and great food and much to do and see for the whole family.

Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival and Sunset Tour

Mount Vernon’s Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour celebrates the history of wine in Virginia with exclusive evening tours of the Mansion and cellar, appearances by “George and Martha Washington”, and live jazz on the east lawn overlooking the scenic Potomac River. Visitors can bring a blanket and relax on the lawn as they sample wines from 16 Virginia wineries.

Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour

Enjoy live blues and spectacular views of the Potomac River while sampling wine from 16 Virginia wineries. Visitors learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s wine endeavors, enjoy live blues music, and meet “George and Martha Washington” on the Mansion’s piazza. Guests experience an evening tour of the Washingtons’ home and are invited to visit the basement where he stored his wine.

Mount Vernon Colonial Market & Fair

The annual Colonial Market & Fair at Mount Vernon features dozens of America’s finest craftspeople and plenty of family fun! Fifty colonial-attired artisans demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares. “General Washington” will be on hand overseeing the lively Revolutionary War military drills and the 18th-century entertainment, including music, fireworks, sword-swallowing, puppet and magic shows, plus hearty specialty food for sale on site. This weekend only, 40-minute sightseeing cruises on the Potomac River, courtesy of Spirit Cruises and Potomac Riverboat Company, are free of charge (while supplies last).

Merrifield Fall Festival

The Greater Merrifield Business Association is pleased to offer their Annual Fall Festival. The festival is an outdoor community event that is free to the public. The festival, held in October, typically features: food vendors, a pumpkin patch, a beer garden, musical entertainment, craft vendors, local artists, children’s activities and rides, a car show, and sports celebrity appearances.

McLean Day

McLean Day is an annual festival featuring carnival rides, live entertainment, pony and kid rides and an arts & crafts show.

Lake Anne Jazz Festival

The Annual Lake Anne JAzz and Blues Festival will take place Saturday of Labor Day weekend. This free, family-friendly, all-day event will showcase a variety of talented regional and national jazz and blues performers.

KORUS Festival

The KORUS Festival is one of Greater Washington DC’s premier community events. It is a celebration of the Korean American way of life, Korean heritage & culture, and the beauty of America’s diversity. The event features modern and traditional music and cultural performances, demonstrations, Korean cuisine, and much more.

Independence Day Fireworks Celebration

The annual Independence Day Celebration on Falls Church starts at 7 p.m. with a live musical performance. Fireworks start at 9:20 p.m. Seating is available at Jack Gambill Athletic Fields or the Northern Virginia Graduate Center Parking Lot. In the event of rain, the event is scheduled for July 5 at the same time and location.

Independence Day Celebration

Join the City of Fairfax for their 50th Annual Independence Day Celebration! Celebrate our nation’s independence beginning with the best parade in Virginia and ending with a spectacular fireworks display at Fairfax High School. The parade will include groups from around the nation and from within the Commonwealth of Virginia. There will be high school marching bands, some coming from as far as California! The City of Fairfax Band will anchor the evening show entertainment.

Herndon Labor Day Festival

Join the Herndon community for the annual Labor Day Festival featuring great music, a craft show, food, twelve wineries, and micro-brew and culinary demonstrations.

Herndon Festival

Attracting an average of 80,000 people each year, the outdoor festival creates a dynamic family experience by combining the fun of an outdoor concert series with the thrill of a summertime carnival. Throughout the four-day event, there will be two fireworks displays, a craft show with 115 artisans, business expo, 10K/5K race and fitness expos, and a Kids’ Alley where children can have a hands-on art experience.

Herndon 4th of July Celebration

Join the town of Herndon on Saturday, July 4 for a family-fun event featuring games, patriotic arts and crafts activities, bingo, food, face painting, balloon artists, and of course, fireworks choreographed to music.

Heritage India Festival

The Heritage India Festival is the greater Washington metropolitan area’s premier South Asian cultural, arts and commerce festival. Rushhi Entertainment’s award-winning Heritage India Festival series has featured the best of South Asia – highlighting the culture, cuisine, commerce and entertainment of India. The festival, held twice a year, draws thousands of South Asian Americans to experience and revel in the colors of the subcontinent.

Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest

MWR hosts one of the most anticipated events of the year, Fort Belvoir’s 20th Annual Oktoberfest at Fremont Field! Oktoberfest is a four-day festival, highlighting authentic German food, beverages, music and dancing!  Enjoy an exciting carnival, the Krazy Krieger 5K challenge, the Volksmarch 10K Walk, kinder korner activities, prize raffles at sponsor tables and more.  A fun-filled weekend for the whole family!

Falls Church Annual Memorial Day Parade and Festival

Memorial Day Parade and Festival is an annual tradition in Falls Church. The parade is one of the highlights with marching bands, live music, amusement and pony rides, arts and crafts, food, civic and business booths, a 3K run and so much more.

Fall for Fairfax / Kidsfest

Enjoy exciting, interactive and education programs, entertainment and activities. Fall For Fairfax KidsFest is specially designed for families with elementary & Pre-K aged children. Activities include scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, public safety and recycling-themed exhibits, pony rides, petting zoo, model trains, instrument petting zoo, and the KidWay MidWay (with more than a dozen rides and attractions). And more than 75 exhibits, activities, and great festival food!

Fall Festival, City of Fairfax

What started out as a small market for artisans to display their wares has grown to a festival with over 500 arts, crafts, information, food & gourmet food vendors, children’s activities and three stages of music and entertainment for all ages. Even though the festival has grown up, it retains its hometown character.

Fall Festival and Taste of Falls Church

The annual Fall Festival and Taste of Falls Church is held each September in Cherry Hill Park. Features include live entertainment, pony rides, amusement rides, crafters, businesses and civic organizations, and cuisine from city kitchens. The children’s activity tent offers face painting and craft projects. The Fall Festival is held rain or shine.

Fair Oaks Mall’s Annual Lunar New Year Festival

One of the largest events of its kind in the country, Fair Oaks Mall’s annual Lunar New Year Festival is expected to once again attract close to 200,000 people to the award-winning retail center over the course of the two-day celebrations. Come see more than 300 performers participate at Fair Oaks Mall’s Lunar New Year event, representing various nationalities. The celebration features traditional Chinese dragon dances, music and dance performances, daring martial arts demonstrations, children’s crafts, multi-cultural displays and a special lantern festival.

DMV Punjabi Mela Festival

The DMV Mela Festival offers a welcoming environment for families and visitors of all ages to enjoy the open air event featuring essential aspects of the local Indian & Pakistani heritage and culture. Guests will enjoy high energy Bhangra, Gidha, and contemporary dances in colorful costumes, interactive performances, Indian and Pakistani food, children’s games, and crafts from local vendors.

City of Fairfax Festival of Lights & Carols

Enjoy live holiday music, hot cider, s’mores by the Yule log, a petting farm, a ferris wheel, caroling, and the lighting of the Christmas tree in the winter wonderland on the grounds of the Kitty Pozer Garden. Activities continue throughout the day with the tree lighting ceremony held in the early evening.

Chantilly Day

The annual Chantilly Day festival celebrates the Chantilly community. The event will include a business expo, children’s fair, performance stage, Taste of Chantilly and more. The event will benefit the local schools, including Chantilly High and Westfield High.

Celebrate Fairfax

Celebrate Fairfax! is Northern Virginia’s largest community-wide celebration. The annual festival hosts tens of thousands of visitors during the three-day run. The 25-acre site at the government center is magically filled with fascinating sights and sounds of more than 300 exhibitors, food vendors, crafters and interactive activities. Celebrate Fairfax! showcases live concerts on eight stages, ExxonMobil Children’s Avenue, a petting zoo, the Fairfax County Karaoke Championship, carnival rides, and great festival foods. Mainstage performances include the Kongos, 3 Doors Down, and The Amish Outlaws. Nightly fireworks are a highlight of the festival and one of many great family programs.

Car Show and Labor Day Festival

The Clifton Labor Day Car Show is an open show featuring street rods, foreign, customs, antiques, trucks, muscle cars, motorcycles and more! Join the fun in historic City of Fairfax, Virginia, for great cars, food, and music. There will be raffles as well as “Participant Pick” awards and specialty trophies. The first 250 show vehicles receive dash plaques.

Bluebells at the Bend Celebration

Join the fun at Riverbend Park for Bluebells at the Bend, a celebration of the blossoming of Virginia Bluebells as they blanket the banks of the Potomac River. Bring the entire family for a wonderful day including games, music, wildflower walks and wagon rides. Meet live animals, hear the soulful tunes and have your face painted. Most of all enjoy nature’s bountiful gift as these iconic wildflowers paint the woods blue. Bluebells bloom from March through June, releasing nectar that attracts local bees and hummingbirds as well as humans who come to witness the natural spectacle.

Annual Ukulele Festival

July marks the annual ritual when ukulele fans head to the waterfront at Lake Anne and enjoy the tranquil tunes when the plaza hosts its popular Lake Anne Ukulele Festival.  The free festival, in its 6th year, features performances by several internationally known and local ukulele musicians, music demonstrations, an open to the public jam session, festival vendors, and other family friendly activities.  This festival is the only ukulele festival in Northern Virginia, and it has brought thousands of people to Lake Anne from across the region for this event.

Annandale Fall Festival

The Annandale Fall Festival will offer something for everyone in the family and will be held in conjunction with the annual parade for a fun-filled day! Watch as storybook characters, marching bands, clowns, antique cars, and international dancers make their way from the historic white church in Columbia Pike and the Annandale Shopping Center near Gallows Road to the Bowling-Alley Safeway. There will be one hundred vendors including numerous artisan handcrafts in the Community Market and the Kids Zone will host rides and interactive games appropriate for all ages.

An American Celebration

Mount Vernon salutes our first commander in chief with a dazzling display of made-for-daytime fireworks during its annual Independence Day event! Visitors will be treated to spectacular smoke fireworks in patriotic colors fired over the Potomac River. The event also includes an inspirational naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens, military reenactments, a special wreathlaying ceremony, free birthday cake for all (while supplies last), and a visit from the “first” first couple, “General and Mrs. Washington.” An American Celebration at Mount Vernon is included in estate admission.

Wolf Trap – The Barns

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, known locally in the Washington, D.C. area as simply Wolf Trap, is a performing arts center located on 130 acres of national park land in Fairfax County, Virginia near the town of Vienna. The Barns is the indoor concert venue portion of Wolf Trap.

The Barns at Wolf Trap is a popular night spot for DC area music lovers. At 382 seats, it allows audiences to experience top-notch artists in an intimate setting.

The venue is owned and operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation, which is committed to creating an artistic lineup as diverse and discerning as the audiences that attend year round.

You’ll find more than 80 performances annually between October and May, everything from jazz greats to chamber musicians to legendary folk singers.

During the summer months, The Barns is home to Wolf Trap Opera.

Address
1635 Trap Rd., Vienna, VA, 22182
Free Parking
Yes
Telephone
(703) 255-1900

State Theatre

The State Theatre is a music venue with a rich history. It was built in 1936, and operated as a popular movie theatre until the late 1980’s. In the late 90’s, it went through a multi-million dollar restoration. This included the addition of a brand-new state of the art sound system, high-tech lighting and hardwood floors and much more. On the lower level, there are cocktail style tables where you can take advantage of the full menu and bar. There is also an open area for dancing, standing or whatever you see fit. There are a total of four bars in the venue serving nine different types of beer on tap.

On the upper level, you will find a lounge area and bar perfect for taking a break from the music or sitting back to relax. Next to the lounge is an entrance way to the balcony where there are 215 theatre style seats (renovated seats from the original State Theatre).

This restoration turned the former movie theatre from the 1930’s into what has been labeled as “Washington’s Premiere Live Music Venue.” This venue hosts national and regional acts and holds private events.

Address

220 N. Washington St., Falls Church, VA, 22046

Free Parking
Yes

Patriot Center

Located on the campus of Northern Virginia’s George Mason University, the Patriot Center is a 10,000-seat arena that hosts Mason men’s and women’s basketball games, concerts, family shows and commencement ceremonies.

Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban, Bob Dylan, Ricardo Arjona, Enrique Iglesias, the Harlem Globetrotters and Disney on Ice are only a few of the concerts and family shows that have performed at the arena over the past 29 years.

Address
4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, VA, 22030
Telephone
(703) 993-3000

Jammin Java

Jammin Java is a premier music venue presenting the finest local, regional and nationally touring acts seven nights a week in an intimate, enjoyable setting.

Jammin’ Java exists to offer the best live music and the finest concert experience in an all-ages community environment. We believe in the power of live music of all types to bring people together, to enlighten, and to enrich. Jammin Java is owned and operated by the three Brindley brothers Daniel, Jonathan and Luke.

Address
227 Maple Ave., Vienna, VA, 22180
Free Parking
Yes
Telephone
(703) 255-1566
Twitter Handle
@jamminjava

Grist Mill Park

Grist Mill Park is a large park in Alexandria, VA on the east side Route 1. The big red Barn and Silo is easily visible from the road and parking lot. Around the barn are community garden plots and a off leash dog park. The 75-acre park also has baseball fields, soccer fields and basketball courts.

In addition to the sports facilities, the park has a large playground area equipped with large and small pieces of play equipment. There are restrooms in the form of porta potties near the parking lot. There are a few crushed stone paths around sports fields and a few hiking trails along the tree line towards the back and along the edges of the park.

List of upcoming performances at Grist Mill Park:
http://www.parktakes-online.net/cgi-bin/db.cgi?db=concertsdb&uid=default&ma=0&mh=20&sb=0&view_records=1&DISCIPLINE=*&PERFORMANCE_VENUE=Grist+Mill+Park&PERFORMANCE_SERIES=&I

Address
4710 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria, VA, 22309

George Mason Center for the Arts – Concert Hall

The Center for the Arts is the centerpiece of performing arts on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. Each year, the Center welcomes hundreds of thousands of community members into its 2000-seat Concert Hall for performances by renowned professional artists, accomplished faculty, and emerging student artists.

Address

Mason Pond Dr., Fairfax, VA, 22030-4444

Free Parking
Yes

The Bunnyman Bridge Collective

The Bunnyman Bridge Collective is a suburban art movement that originated in Fairfax, Virginia by artists Jason Davis, Jessica Kallista, and Javier Padilla.

The Bunnyman Bridge Collective seeks to counteract the fragmented relationships between neighbors and community members who know each other only well enough to nod. We seek to disrupt the surrender to homogeneity of manicured lawns and living rooms decorated with art that does nothing more than match the sofa. We recapture missed opportunities for creative relationship, interconnectivity, and growth in order to put an end to the isolation and alienation experienced by each individual attempting to live in Suburbia. Art is a means to understand, reveal, and nurture our shared humanity.

The Bunnyman Bridge Collective envisions a more balanced Suburbia, in which art helps shape reality in a manner that:

•encourages collaboration rather than competition
•promotes cooperation, community, and togetherness
•challenges artists to consider conceptual approaches and to move beyond art that is created simply for the eye
•instigates art lovers and community members to engage in and with the new, the weird, the wild, the avant garde, the absurd
•embraces a love of chance, experimentation, surprise, and play

Opening Hours

We are open from 5pm-12:30am everyday. On Thursdays, we are open a bit later! 🙂

Address
Epicure Cafe- 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA, 22030
Free Parking
Yes
Telephone
(703) 352-9193