The September Guide


September 20 through 26


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Logo courtesy of the Big Apple Circus.


Big Apple Circus: Luminosity 
An evening filled with thrilling circus chaos await attendees at Dulles Town Center. Experience the nostalgic thrills of historic Big Tops and get a first-hand view of beauties, daredevils, and clowns from another era. At their 36th season production, no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring!

Sept. 26-Oct. 14, times vary. VDulles Town Center, 45630 Dulles Center Blvd., Sterling.; 888-541-3750;; $25 and up.


I.M.P. Presents Imagine Dragons & The Neighborhood 
Sept. 20, 6 p.m. “Radioactive” had to be one of the go to summer hits for 2013, securing international success for Imagine Dragon’s debut album “Night Visions.” So it’s no wonder they’ll headline in Maryland next to “Sweater Weather” artists The Neighborhood. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD;; 877.435.9849; $35-$45

Korpiklaani and More at Empire
Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m. A unique combination of folk and metal music are on hand at this crazy night of performances. Korpiklaani has seven albums under their belt, and will be sharing their twist on music at Empire. Tunes by Moonsorrow, TYR and Metsatoll will also be featured – with more artists to be announced soon./ 3255 Rolling Road, Springfield.; 703-569-5940;; $18 in advance, $22 at door.

Doorways for Women and Families’ 3rd Annual Brighter Futures Breakfast
Sept. 21, 8-9 a.m. Enjoy a delicious array of breakfast foods while learning about the work and support of Doorways. Watch and listen to inspiring videos and client speakers as they share their stories. Over 300 members of the community will be there, so don’t miss out on this organization’s only annual fundraiser./ National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.; 703-504-9289;; Free.

CCE Irish Folk Festival
Sept. 21, noon-8:30 p.m. With support from the Fairfax City Commission on the Arts, the CCE O’Neil Malcolm Branch brings the 17th annual CCE Irish Festival. Enjoy free music workshops as well as live traditional Irish music and dance at both the Sherwood Community Center and the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub. Event will take place rain or shine./ Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax.; 703-919-1031;; Free.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Sept. 21, noon-6 p.m. There are plenty of “B’s” to go around at this live Rock, Blues and Bluegrass bash that’s serving up a selection of 60 Beers, 40 Bourbons and tons of BBQ! Be there or be hungry! 110900 Market St., Reston;; 703.476.9377; $ 75/advance only VIP tasting bacon and whole hog admission & tasting glass, $35/advance, $45/on-site regular admission & tasting glass, free/kids 12 & under

Screen on the Green Movie Night at Paradise Springs Winery
Sept. 21, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
This movie night will offer a unique experience out on the lawn by showing an afterhours movie on a large outdoor projector screen. Arrive begins at 7:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 8 p.m. Bring a blanket, picnic and enjoy your favorite wine while watching “Under the Tuscan Sun.” The main winery building will be closed with only bottle sales and limited cheeses and meats available for sale. No tastings will be offered. Adults only, please./ Paradise Springs Winery, 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton.; 703-830-9463;; Free

2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival
Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sept. 22, noon-5:30 p.m.The National Book Festival is here! Join hundreds of authors, illustrators, poets, and lovers of the written word Saturday and Sunday on the National Mall between 19th and 14th streets. On top of reading-related activities, books can be purchased by National Book Festival authors who will be in attendance and can sign your copy. National Mall; (888) 714-4696;; Free

Winnie the Pooh: Live on Stage
Sept.21-Sept. 29, 1 p.m. A.A. Milne’s beloved bear comes to Lorton! Pooh, Piglet and the rest of the gang join together to help Eeyore, find his lost tail. Come visit the Hundred Acre Wood on stage and enjoy all the magic of Winnie the Pooh in person! Workhouse Arts Center; 9601 Ox Road, Lorton; 703-584-2900

Grand Opening of PRO Martial Arts Chantilly
Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Just in time for Back to School! Help your kids gear up for the new school year and fend off bullies through extracurricular activity./ 13876 Metrotech Drive, Chantilly.; 703-298-7041;; Free.

‘Miss Saigon’
Sept.22, times vary. A Vietnamese bar girl and an American G.I. begin a tragic romance during unthinkable times in this ill-fated love story, created by the acclaimed writers of “Les Misérables” in this modern adaptation of “Madame Butterfly.” 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington; 703 820 9771;; $60 -$95 

Capital Home Show
Sept. 20-22, 8 p.m. Looking to update your home this month? Mark your calendar for Chantilly’s home design and inspiration shindig. Style Network’s Mark Brunetz, host of “Clean House,” will be at the Expo all three days, sharing tons of his space-transforming tips and tricks. With over 500 experts on site, the Capital Home Show is a decorator’s mecca for remodeling and home improvement advice./ Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly; 703-378-0910;; $7/adults (online), $10/adults, $3/ages 6-12, free 5 & under.

The Capital Steps
Sept. 22, 8 p.m. Here’s a good healthy dose of comic relief when it’s needed most. This hysterical musical comedy troupe returns to the Hylton Center for an evening of bipartisan spoofery. Based in Washington, D.C., The Capitol Steps have entertained audiences for more than 30 years with clever political musical parodies that lampoon those on both sides of the aisle./ Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas.; 703-993-7759;; $28, $36, $44.

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Opens Concert Season
Sept. 22, 8-10 p.m. The Fairfax Symphony opens its three-year exploration of “Mischief in Music” with a concert of all-American composers featuring Bernstein, Gershwin, Adams and a Virginia premiere of Ellen Taafe Zwilich’s Shadows for piano and orchestra. Christopher Zimmerman will be conducting with special guest artist Jeffrey Biegel on piano./ George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax.; 888-945-2468;; $25, $5 for students.

Capital Challenge Walk MS
Sept. 21-22, The Capital Challenge Walk MS, presented by Secor Group, is an endurance challenge hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Participants commit to a fundraising minimum before making a life-changing journey of 50 kilometers over 2 days in an effort to bring about a cure for MS! The Challenge Walk is expected to host several hundred walkers and volunteers and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to support local chapter programs and services./Throughout D.C.; 202-296-5363;; Call for ticket prices.

Super H 5K Run, Walk and Wheel
Sept. 22, 7 a.m. Last year , this fundraising event had about 300 participants! Be a part of a chance to benefit MedStar National Rehabilitation Network’s adaptive and paralympic sports programs such as wheelchair basketball, quad rugby, handcycling, sled hockey and more. Registrants can walk, run or use their wheelchairs or handcycles at the event./ Sport and Health, 8250 Greensboro Drive, McLean.; 202-877-1773;; $25.

Alexandria Fire Department Family Picnic Fundraiser
Sept. 23, 1:30-4:30 p.m. This family picnic offers the chance to meet and support the people keeping the city safe. All proceeds will benefit the Alexandria Fire Department. Food, music, games and fun are all on the menu for this picnic on the Virginia Theological Seminary lawn./ 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria.;; $30 for a single ticket, $75 for a family ticket (up to five people).

National Plug In Day
Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The second annual National Plug In Day celebrates thousands of people who are now enjoying plug in electric vehicles, making driving more convenient, less expensive and cleaner. This celebration will feature ride-alongs in electric vehicles from local dealers, a gas-powered pickup truck transformed into an electric-powered truck and more./ The Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas.; 202-738-2245;; Free.

Pups and Pilsners
Sept. 23, 2-6 p.m. Fly solo or bring Fido to the inaugural Pups and Pilsners outdoor beer festival in Crystal City. This dog-friendly festival features a massive beer garden with ten stations – each with a different craft brew, including offerings from local breweries. Crystal City restaurants will serve up food to satisfy appetites./ 1405 Crystal Drive, Arlington.;; Free, beer garden prices TBA.

Oakton Trolley Station September Showcase
Sept. 23, 5 p.m. Here’s your chance to experience the last remaining trolley station along the historic Washington and Fairfax Electric Railway! Hang out on the porch where so many did from 1905 to 1939. This year’s September Showcase will feature a variety of natural foods, an in-depth look at the work of the event host Northern Virginia Conservation Trust and a line of fine local wines from local vineyard, Northgate Vineyards. Live music by the Greg Harrison Jazz Band will accompany these historic surroundings./ 2923 Gray St., Oakton.; 703-354-5093;; $50 for one, $75 for two.

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel
Sept. 23, 7 p.m. Pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns this year with a thrilling program honoring the grand master of Baroque music, Johann Sebastian Bach. Mr. Siegel has captivated both piano aficionados and neophytes alike with his “concerts with commentary” series, in which he illuminates the lives and works of the most famous composers of all time./ George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, MS 2F5, Fairfax.; 888-945-2468;; $19, $30, $38.

Tigerlily Foundation’s On Par for Pink
Sept. 25. Here’s a great excuse to get outside, band together and honor a great cause. The Tigerlily Foundation is throwing their 1st annual celebrity golf tournament to raise money for women dealing with the breast cancer process. Buy a ticket and sink a hole-in-one to help women everywhere./ Lansdowne Golf Club, 44050 Woodbridge Parkway.; 888-580-6253;

Lionel Richie All the Hits All Night Long Tour
Sept. 25, 8 p.m. After selling out his European tour, Grammy Award winning artist Lionel Richie says “Hello” to American audiences with his All the Hits All Night Long Tour, showing off years of music industry experience. 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax; 800-745-3000; $39.50, $59.50, $89.50, $129.50

Yoga for Cancer

Sept. 25, 6-7:30 p.m. This course will include lectures on the physiology behind yoga and an understanding of yoga’s workings. These tools and techniques, in combination with movement, are proving invaluable in reducing stress, pain, fatigue, insomnia, depression and anxiety; improving both coping skills and overall quality of life./ Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center- Hylton Education Center
2300 Opitz Blvd.  Woodbridge.; 1-800-736-8272; Enroll here ; Free


Robert and Gail Pipenburg – Ceramics
Sept. 26-Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Workhouse is pleased to present an exhibit of Gail and Robert’s Raku and Smoke-fired Sculptures and Vessels. This exhibit is being presented in conjunction with their Raku Workshop on Oct. 20-21./ Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton.; 703-584-2900;; Free.