The August Guide


August 16 through 22



Crab & Wine Feast

Photo courtesy of Lost Creek Winery


First Annual Chesapeake Crab & Wine Feast
Aug 17, 5 – 8 p.m. “Crack, Sip & Savor” crabs and wine at this 1st Annual Chesapeake Crab & Wine Feast. Featuring the release of Lost Creek’s Reserve Chardonnay, join the owners of Lost Creek for a festive evening including an all you can eat gourmet menu. Live music will accompany your meal by Josh Burgess too! Reserve your seat now, because tickets will not be available at the event. / The Harvest House at Lost Creek Winery, 43277 Spinks Ferry Road, Leesburg; 703-443-9836; ; $49.  



Doggie Yappy Hour at Hotel Monaco Alexandria
Aug. 13, 15, 20, 22, Tuesday and Thursdays at 5 p.m. Put a twist on your happy hour this Tuesday and Thursday! Take your favorite canine companion to Jackson 20, where Fido can enjoy complimentary treats while you drink and dine. Dogs must have tags and a 6-foot leash. / Jackson 20, 480 King St., Alexandria; 703-842-2790;; cost of meal.

Afro Punk All Stars
Aug. 16, 7 p.m. As part of the Fredericksburg Area Museum “Sounds of Summer” concert series, the Afro Punk All Stars are a musical treat characterized by the fusion of international sounds with a predominantly Caribbean influence. The museum will extend its hours during this series so guests can enjoy everything it has to offer. / Fredericksbrug Area Museum and Cultural Center, 1001 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg;; free.

JD McPherson
Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m. The energy will not be lacking when JD McPherson comes around to the Birchmere this summer. His smooth, upbeat Rockabilly style commitment will wake you up and make you look forward to summer’s end and fall’s beginning. If the bass guitar doesn’t do it, the raspy voice certainly will. / The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria;; $20.

64th Annual Prince William County Fair
Aug. 9-17, times vary. If the Arlington County Fair gives off a small town charm, the Prince William County annual county fair will quickly remind you that you are, in fact, very close to a major city. It is the largest county fair in Northern Virginia. There will be rodeos, derbies, agriculture, arts & crafts as well as all the classic fair components. / Prince William County Fairgrounds, 10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas;; adult: $10, child: $5.00.

Puppy Social
Aug. 17, 9 a.m.Want to get a jump start on socializing your dog? Take Fido to Fur-Get Me Not where he can meet other young pups (10 weeks-6 months) like himself and you can learn behavior tips from on-site trainers. This event caps at 15, so get there early! / Fur-Get Me Not, 4120 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington; 703-933-1935;; free.

Finish the Race: Car & Motorcycle Show
Aug. 17, 1-4 p.m. Not to be missed by car lovers out there, this unique motorcycle and automobile show will proudly showcase classic American cars and the personalities their attached owners have given them. / Calvary Temple Church, 50214 Tripleseven Road, Sterling;; free.

DC Fest 2013
Aug. 17, 3 p.m. Put some soul back into your life with DC Fest’s return for the fourth year in a row. The lineup includes big names from contemporary Christian music: Audio Adrenaline, Jamie Grace, Matthew West and Newsboys. Because all proceeds go to Compassion International, it’s fun you can feel good about. / The Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax; 1-800-861-0850;; tickets start at $25.

Reston Concerts on the Town: U.S. Navy Band Commodores
Aug. 17, 7:30-10 p.m. It’s big band tonight as the Navy Band takes the stage. These talented musicians, who have toured across the U.S. to great applause, often write and arrange their own music. This will be a concert-format event. / Pavilion, Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St., Reston; 703-912-4065;; free. 

Leesburg 20K/5K
Aug. 18, 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. Join Potomac River Running in a scenic run through Leesburg for your choice of either a 5K or even a 20K! This rare opportunity to run a 20K doesn’t come around often so seize the chance to challenge yourself. The race benefits the youth programs by YMCA Loudoun County. After the race, get some brunch grub sponsored by Harris Teeter. Pre-registered runners will also receive a Nike Dri-Fit t-shirt! / Historic Market Station, 203 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg;; $35-$50.

Arlington Triathlon Club Youth Splash & Dash
Aug. 18, 9 – 11 a.m. Bring the kids to this youth triathlon event. The event combines swimming and running and will introduce the young sports to multi-sport. This kid’s triathlon event is the first of its kind and is run by the same team that runs Arlington’s school-based youth triathlon program. The splash & dash will encourage children to participate in a physical activity while having loads of fun. The race is also officially sanctioned by USA Triathlon! / Washington & Lee High School, 1301 North Stafford St. (Quincy Street entrance), Arlington;; $20.

Paul Thurston 4.5 Miler
Aug. 20, 6:45 – 8 p.m. Run through dirt trails in the woods in a 4.5 mile race at Burke Lake. This race is the eighth and last of the Bunion Derby races for the summer. It will be timed using a Chronotrack timing system, but scores will be determined by gun time. Since this race is on a weekday, make sure you allot extra time to be stuck in a bit of traffic! / Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station;; $5-$10.

Pat Benatar, Neil Geraldo & Cheap Trick
Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. Take a trip back to the eighties and early nineties and enjoy some great era-defining music from those that brought it the first time around. Cheap Trick & Pat Benatar will be the key summer ingredient you may be missing come August. / Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna;; $25 lawn, $42 in-house.

Alpaca Farm Tour at Maranatha Alpaca Farm
Aug. 21-24, 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. If you’ve ever dabbled in today’s knitting craze, you know how coveted alpaca fur is by yarn gurus. Now, bring your kids along as you get to know the animals themselves! Tour are personalized for each group and include feeding and petting alpacas, a Q and A period and craft time. Call to schedule your tour. / Maranatha Alpaca Farm, 71 Coakley Lane, Fredericksburg; 540-841-4878;; $5 for ages 3-5, $6 for ages 5-11 and $9 for ages 12-adult.

Shirlala Music Festival and Wine Tasting: Beach Bumz
Aug. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. There’s no better way to mark the end of summer and this concert series than with a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, which is exactly what Beach Bumz brings to the stage. What more needs saying? Cheesetique brings wine to enjoy as you and the Bumz bid the summer a Jamaican Farewell. / Village at Shirlington, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington; 301-998-8178;; wine tasting $5, concert is free.

Pentagon Row Summer Concert Series: Real Geniuses
Aug. 22, 7-9 p.m. Miss the 80s? So do the members of Real Geniuses, an 80s tribute band that plays all your favorites, like “My Sharona” by The Knack and “Tained Love” by Soft Cell. Get out to Pentagon Row tonight and get nostalgic. Please note however, the Summer Concert Series venue has changed from previous years and now takes place on a closed-access street—goes online for a map and directions! / Behind Champs Americana Restaurant; 434-977-9233;; free

Mr. B’s Bluegrass Festival
Aug. 22-24, 1 p.m. Some great regional bluegrass bands like the James King Band and Allegheny Blue will perform for this annual summer celebration of all things bluegrass. You can go for the three days or just for one—tickets are available for both options. / Mr. B’s Bluegrass Park, 7243 Gatewood Road, Woodford;; $25-75.

Crystal Screen: Blockbusters
June 3 – Aug. 26, after sunset. Bring a picnic and enjoy films under the stars every Monday. The Crystal Screen features both all-time favorites and new blockbusters such as “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)” and “The Help (2011).” / Crystal City, 1851 S. Bell St., Arlington;; Free.

Mount Vernon Nights at the Workhouse
June 1-Aug. 31, Saturdays at 7 p.m. Cease wondering what to do with your Saturday nights and visit the Workhouse instead for eine kleine nachtmusik. This series of summer concerts is only enhanced by arriving early and checking out the art galleries in advance. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. / Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton; 703-584-2900;; Free.