The August Guide


August 15 through 22




Photo courtesy of Sprouse Neuhoff Photography

Photo courtesy of Sprouse Neuhoff Photography

The Black Lillies

Aug. 21, 7 p.m. // Hailing from Tennessee, The Black Lillies take on the State Theatre to perform their signature mix of country, bluegrass, Americana, jazz and blues. The band will perform songs from their newest album, “Runaway Freeway Blues,” which was entirely crowdfunded. / State Theatre: 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church; 703-237-0300; $18-$23



Aug. 12 // “Tangerine” follows the story of two trans women in the middle of Los Angeles. The movie is already getting some Oscar buzz and media attention because the film was shot entirely on an iPhone 5s. The movie is only getting a limited release, so the only place to see “Tangerine” in NoVA is at the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester. / Alamo Drafthouse: 181 Kernstown Commons Blvd., Winchester; 540-313-4060, $9.50

International Gem and Jewelry Show

Aug.14-16, Friday noon-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. // The largest exhibition of gems and jewelry in the world is coming to Chantilly. One-of-a-kind gems, ready-to-wear favorites and so much more will be on display. / Dulles Expo Center: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly; 703-378-0910; $8

Jambulay & The Panmasters Steel Orchestra

Aug. 15, 7:30-10 p.m. // Listen to the Caribbean-inspired music of Jambulay & The Panmasters Steel Orchestra as a part of the Reston Concerts on the Town Series. Bring a blanket or some chairs to relax on the lawn while listening to the reggae and calypso sounds of the night. / Reston Town Center: 11900 Market St., Reston; 703-579-6720; Free

Civil War Encampment Weekend

Aug. 15-16, Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. // Travel back in time for the weekend and learn about the daily life of soldiers fighting in the Civil War. The weekend will be filled with reenactments, special Civil War exhibits, live music and even a fashion show. / Sully Historic Site: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly; 703-437-1794; $7-$9

The Lucketts Fair

Aug. 15-16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. // Get down to basics at the Lucketts Fair. Hayrides, horse rides, grape smashing, arts, crafts and apple cider squeezing are all part of the agenda for the weekend. Oh, there’s also a mechanical bull. / 42361 Lucketts Road, Leesburg; 703-771-5281; $5, children under 6 free

ABBA in Concert

Aug. 16, 8 p.m. // Listen to the unforgettable pop sounds of ABBA as a tribute band, which includes original members from the group’s rhythm section, performs some of their greatest hits at Wolf Trap. “Dancing Queen,” “Mama Mia” and “Take a Chance on Me” are sure to be on the lineup. / Filene Center: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna; 703-255-1900; $25-$42

ZZ Top and Blackberry Smoke

Aug. 18, 8 p.m. // Classic rock veterans ZZ Top are coming to Wolf Trap complete with their Texas rock n’ roll sound. Listen to old anthems like “La Grange” and “Gimme All Your Lovin” and new songs from their recent albums. / Filene Center: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna; 703-255-1900; $30-$60

Chris Stapleton

Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. // County and bluegrass artist Chris Stapleton is coming to The Birchmere to perform songs from his debut album “Traveler.” Stapleton is the former leader singer of the Nashville-based country band SteelDrivers. / The Birchmere: 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; 703-549-7500; $20

Only Imagine with Chris Sizemore

Aug. 21-22, 8 p.m. // Veteran performer and actor Chris Sizemore will sing his heart out at the Creative Cauldron at Artspace. He’ll sing fan favorite songs from his new album, “Only Imagine,” as well as songs from past musical theater performances. / Creative Cauldron: 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church; 703-436-9948; $18-$20

Knitting Workshop

Aug. 22, noon-3 p.m. // Join expert knitter Olga Buraya-Kefelian as she leads a colorwork knitting workshop. Colorwork is a specific knitting technique involving multiple strands of yarn. Attendees will learn three different colorwork knitting methods by knitting a shawl. This workshop is for experienced knitters only. / Fibre Space: 1219 King St., Alexandria; 703-664-0344; $75