August 16 through 22
This is not your average talent show. The “bawdy, vaudeville-type variety show” will benefit Taking Care of Our own, which helps area theater professionals and artists in personal emergency situations. Ninety minutes of swanky burlesque awaits anyone who dares to be a part of the fun.
August 20, 7 p.m. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington.; 703-820-9771; http://www.signature-theatre.org/; $25.
Date Night: Chef’s Table
August 18, 8-10 p.m. During this fun cooking course, 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! A new dish is featured every month and a cash bar is available./ 9601 Ox Road, Lorton.; 703-584-2900; http://www.workhousearts.org/events/general-events/date-night-chefs-table-0; $80.
DC Fest Brings the Best in Christian Rock
August 18, 3 p.m. Come to the Patriot Center to enjoy new releases and top hits from Christian rock successes. Platinum record group Mercy Me, who released their newest album, “The Hurt and the Healer” this spring, plus Grammy award-winning group Third Day performing hits from their album, “Move.” Other performances include Sanctus Real, Brandon Heath, Building 429, Kerrie Roberts and Lindsey McCaul./ George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax.; 703-993-3000; http://patriotcenter.com/; $99, $65, $40, $20.
First Annual Civil War Day
August 18, 11 .a.m-7 p.m. Journey back 150 years to a time that is not forgotten, a time when the land was divided on the fields of Virginia. The Winery at Bull Run wishes to invite guests to an exciting and educational day of Civil War commemoration and living history demonstrations marking the Sesquicentennial of the 2nd Battle of Bull Run./The Winery at Bull Run, 15950 Lee Highway, Centreville.; 703-815-2233; http://www.wineryatbullrun.com/; Free.
Mountain Road Wine Experience – Art Down the Parkway
August 18-19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Foggy Ridge Cider, five wineries and Blacksnake Meadery await in this self-guided tour. Seven unique locations representing the area’s distinct artisan beverage market feature fine wine, mead or cider, plus the best artisan craftsman in this rich artistic corner of Virginia. Tickets include drinks, plus curated exhibits of local pottery, handmade paper, furniture and jewelry./ Foggy Ridge Cider House, 1328 Pineview Road, Dugspur.;276-398-2337; http://mountainroadwineexperience.com/; $25 in advance, $35 at door.
40th Annual Lucketts Fair
August 18-19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Another kid-friendly fair hits NoVA! Musicians play bluegrass tunes and interpreters demonstrate country-life as kids enjoy southern treats, pony rides and farm exhibits./ Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Road, Leesburg.;703-771-5281; http://www.theluckettsfair.com/; $5, kids under 6 are free.
Big Time Rush and Cody Simpson
August 19, 7 p.m. Nickelodeon superstars Big Time Rush and pop singer Cody Simpson will melt adolescent hearts on the Jiffy Lube Live stage. Listen for tunes from BTR’s latest album, “Elevate.”/ Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow.; http://www.livenation.com/section?tm_link=tm_homeA_header; $25-95.
Salud: The Healthy Pantry Opening
August 20, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. A new organic market is coming to the Great Falls area! The grand opening celebration of this super healthy hotspot will include door prizes, goodies, organic treats, tastings and more. Change up your lifestyle or simply experience the organic side of life./ 1137 Walker Road, Great Falls.; 703-757-0120; http://saludnaturalmarket.com/; Free.