53 things to do in April around Northern Virginia

The hottest events in music, the performing arts, food and drink and more coming to NoVA in April.


2Cellos: Let There Be Cello
April 2, 8 p.m.
Cellist Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser continue to rise worldwide as a dynamic instrumental duo. 2Cellos became an overnight success in 2011 after going viral with their version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” // EagleBank Arena: 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax; $35-$125

Damian McGinty: Young Forever Tour
April 3, 7:30 p.m.
Irish pop singer/songwriter/actor Damian McGinty, best known as Rory Flanagan on Fox’s hit television series, Glee, debuted his first EP single “No More Time” in 2018. // Jammin Java: 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna; $35-$100

The Apple Core + Ashcats: AC/DC Rock Concert
April 5, 8 p.m.
The Apple Core formed in the summer of 2009 to recreate the music of The Beatles, covering their top hits such as “Yesterday,” “Hey Jude” and “She Loves You.”// Jammin Java: 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna; $16-$25

Robyn Hitchcock
April 11, 8 p.m.
Legendary English singer-songwriter, guitarist and father figure of alternative rock, Robyn Hitchcock, most known for his top hits, “Balloon Man” and “The Yip Song,” helps kick-off springtime at Wolf Trap. // The Barns at Wolf Trap: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna; $25-$35

Storm Large
April 12, 8 p.m.
Whether singing with her band, Pink Martini, or on-stage solo, Storm Large knows how to put on a show. Check out her covers of songs by Cole Porter, Pat Benatar, Black Sabbath and more. // The Barns at Wolf Trap: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna; $50-$55

Pablo Sáinz Villegas (Photo by Lisa Mazzuco)

Pablo Sáinz Villegas
April 12, 8 p.m.
Known as, “the soul of the Spanish guitar,” Pablo Sáinz Villega presents Americano, which traces the history of the guitar in the Americas. The guitarist will be joined onstage with percussionist Nacho Arimany and Argentinean bassist Pedro Giraudo. // George Mason University’s Center for the Arts: 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax; $29-$48

Gods of Grunge: ’90s Rewind
April 13, 7 p.m.
LoveKILLEDKurt is a Nirvana Tribute band capturing the spirit of the legendary grunge group, including lead singer Kurt Cobain. The night is a throwback to the ’90’s grunge era with all of Nirvana’s greatest hits, like “Smells like Teen Spirit” and “Negative Creep.” // Tally Ho Theater: 19 W. Market St., Leesburg; $15-$25

The Last Bison
April 13, 8 p.m.
The Indie-folk band from Chesapeake recently debuted its latest album, SÜDA, bringing the band a different spiritual sound focusing on lead singer Ben Hardesty’s childhood experiences in the rainforests of Bolivia. // Jammin Java: 227 Maple Avenue E., Vienna; $15-$25

Todd Rundgren
April 13-14, 8 p.m.
Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Todd Rundgren, performs a diverse range of genres for everyone in the crowd. // The State Theater: 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church; $55-$60

Stephen Kellogg
April 18, 8 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Stephen Kellogg debuted his latest album, Objects in the Mirror, in 2018 and stops at Wolf Trap on his spring tour. // The Barns at Wolf Trap: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna; $25-$35

Omara Portuondo: One Last Kiss Tour
April 23-24, 8 p.m.
Best known as the female voice of Buena Vista Social Club, and one of the most popular Cuban female singers of all time, Portuondo has been called the Latin Billy Holiday and Edith Piaf. // The Barns at Wolf Trap: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna; $50-$65

Camila and Sin Bandera: 4 LatiDos Tour
April 27, 8 p.m.
Mexican pop-rock group Camila brings its romantic and passionate sound to Fairfax, along with Latin pop duo band Sin Bandera. // EagleBank Arena: 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax; $49-$199

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Presents: Holst’s The Planets
April 27, 8 p.m.
Conductor Christopher Zimmerman and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra will usher in the next generation of musicians with a special performance with the Fairfax County All-Stars Youth Orchestra as they play Holst’s The Planets. // George Mason University’s Center for the Arts: 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax; $15-$65


Grant Hotel: The Musical (Photo courtesy of Signature Theatre)

Grand Hotel: The Musical
April 2–May 12, Times vary
A showstopper musical that embodies the joy and decadence of the 1920s, The Grand Hotel includes a series of guests, a fading ballerina, a wannabe-starlet typist, an ailing bookkeeper and an impoverished baron. // Signature Theatre: 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington; $40-$89

Russian National Ballet: Swan Lake
April 5, 8 p.m.
Based on the beloved story Swan Lake, The Russian National Ballet charms with its breathtaking dances, sets and costumes, along with music by one of the best Russian composers. // Hylton Performing Arts Center: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas; $34

Russian National Ballet: Giselle
April 6, 8 p.m.
In this tale of romance, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption, The Russian National Ballet performance of Giselle entertains with exquisite choreography and dancing. // Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Fairfax; $34-$56

Russian National Ballet: Sleeping Beauty
April 7, 2 p.m.
The Russian National Ballet performs the charming fairy tale Sleeping Beauty in grand Russian style with extraordinary choreography by ballet master Marius Petipa. // Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Fairfax; $34-$56

Fools and Tricksters: Common Ground Open Mic
April 9, 7:30 p.m.
Every second Tuesday of each month, Caboose Brewing Company hosts an open mic night giving a poet, writer or songwriter the platform to share their ideas while promoting awareness of a particular topic or theme of life. // Caboose Commons: 2918 Eskridge Road, Fairfax; Free

The Secret Sisters
April 19, 8 p.m.
Grammy nominees for Best Folk Album and real-life siblings The Secret Sisters are taking over the world with their recent album You Don’t Own Me Anymore. // The Barns at Wolf Trap: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna; $25

Parsons Dance (Photo courtesy George Mason Center for the Arts)

Parsons Dance
April 20, 8 p.m.
New York City-based Parsons Dance performs modern American dance to inspire
audiences worldwide. Founded in 1985, the international dance company has toured in more than 445 cities in 30 countries. // George Mason University Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax; $29-48

Rachel Feinstein
April 25-27, Times vary
Actress and stand-up comedian Rachel Feinstein is mostly known for Comedy Central specials, including her most recent stand-up special Amy Schumer Presents Rachel Feinstein. She brings her bawdy sense of humor to Arlington this spring. // Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse: 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington; $20

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Rags to Riches
April 27, 8 p.m.
Pianist Jeffrey Siegel puts his exceptional talent on display as he performs Scott Joplin’s “Wall Street Rag” and “I Got Rhythm” by Gershwin. // Hylton Performing Arts Center: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas; $26-$44

The Savannah Disputation
April 27-May 18, Times vary
A theological comedy that follows sisters who lose their Southern charm when an evangelist knocks on their door and saves their souls. // The Little Theater of Alexandria: 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria; $21-$24

Virginia National Ballet: Life in the Fast Lane
April 28, 3 p.m.
Virginia National Ballet presents an intriguing mashup of the classic opera Carmen, and songs from The Eagles’ greatest hits in the ballet, including “Life in the Fast Lane.” // Hylton Performing Arts Center: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas; $15-$40


Gallery Reception: David Barr
April 2-May 18, Times Vary
David Barr gives the viewer a series of different works of typography, colors and patterns presented in a thought-provoking, out-of-context manner. // Hylton Performing Arts Center: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas; Free

Dance Night at the Candy Factory
April 5, 7 p.m.
Celebrate the Hispanic and Latino contributions to our community with music and dancing, and get a sneak peek of the upcoming exhibit, Expanding Boundaries: Celebrating Traditions, Shaping the Future. // Center for the Arts: 9419 Battle St., Manassas; Free

2019 Emerging Artists
April 10-June 5; Times vary
Target Gallery presents this year’s exhibitions of four emerging artists of the DC Metropolitan area: Kate Gorman, Kim Sandara, Madeline A. Stratton and Sean Sweeney. // Target Gallery: 105 N. Union St., Alexandria; Free

Gallery Talk: Photography and Civil Rights
April 12-13, 2 p.m.
Learn about photographer Lewis Hine’s experiences photographing the lives of immigrants and child laborers. Hine’s focused most of his time photographing as a tool for social reform. // Museum of the Shenandoah Valley: 901 Amherst St., Winchester; Free for MSV Members, $15 nonmembers

Stephanie Williams
April 20 -June 22, Times vary
The 2018 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize semifinalist Stephanie Williams showcases a selection of site-specific sculptural installations and videos in a solo exhibition. // Greater Reston Arts Center: 12001 Market St., Suite 103, Reston; Free

One Love: Celebration of Life with the Arts
April 26-28, Times vary
A three-day multimedia art event that celebrates the lives of America’s diverse artistic community and the talented artists within it. // Historic Downtown Manassas: 9201 Center St., Manassas; Free


Apothecary Geek Tour: Behind the Scenes
April 1, 11 a.m.
Spend extra time touring the museum with an expert guide who will show the rarely open basement and third floor of the historic pharmacy. // Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum: 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria; Free

Founder’s Day
April 6, Noon
Enjoy an afternoon full of activities celebrating the founder of Reston, Robert E. Simon Jr. The event includes children’s activities, special exhibits, a public art tour and artist talks. // Reston Historic Trust & Museum: 1639 Washington Plaza, Reston; Free

Speciality Tour: Hamilton’s BFFs & Frenemies
April 6-27, Times vary
Learn about Hamilton’s “BFFs and frenemies”, Washington, Lafayette, Jefferson, Madison and Burr who all came to Gadsby’s Tavern. Plus, hear stories about enslaved men and women who worked at the tavern. // Gadsby’s Tavern Museum: 134 N. Royal, Alexandria; $15

New Exhibit: Hispanic Culture
April 12-Sept. 15, Times vary
Learn about the local Hispanic community with a modern day theme. This exhibit features topics such as music, food, traditions and important details on how Hispanic communities are changing modern society. // Manassas Museum System: 9101 Prince William St., Manassas; Free


Doggy Happy Hour
April-October, Times vary
Hotel Monaco hosts Doggy Happy Hour starting in April until the beginning of fall. Enjoy a beautiful afternoon in Old Town Alexandria with your best bud. // Hotel Monaco: 480 King St., Alexandria; Free

Dog Days Bloom Festival
April 13, 10 a.m.
Enjoy a day full of activities for your four-legged friends, including training techniques and live discussions, plus learn ways to connect with your dog and watch the Doggie Olympics. // Great Country Farms: 18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont; $8-$10, Free for pets

Doggy Easter Bunny Photos
April 13-14, Noon
Bring your furry friend and the whole family and enjoy a complimentary photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny. // Petsmart: 6535 Frontier Drive, Springfield; Free


Historical Tour & Wine Tasting
April 1-30, Times vary
Learn about Civil War history and the background of Bull Run in a historical guided tour of the property, while tasting Virginia’s best wines. // The Winery at Bull Run: 15950 Lee Highway, Centreville; $36.50

Cherry Blossom Celebration
April 13, 11 a.m.
It’s cherry blossom season and Breaux Vineyards is hosting its annual Cherry Blossom Celebration with live music, craft vendors and a variety of its finest wines. No reservations required. // Breaux Vineyards: 36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane, Purcellville; Free

Wine & Food Truck Day
April 13, Noon
Spend a day tasting delicious food from Red Dog BBQ food truck and enjoy your favorite La Grange wines. // The Winery at La Grange: 4970 Antioch Road, Haymarket; Free

Create + Sip
April 13, 4 p.m.
Experiment with different artistic mediums, such as glass and clay, all while enjoying a glass of wine. // Workhouse Arts Center: 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton; $35

Casanel’s Annual Spring Wine Dinner
April 27, 6:30 p.m.
It’s the beginning of the growing season and Casanel will be celebrating its annual wine dinner by sampling the best wines along with delicious bites. // Casanel Vineyards & Winery: 17956 Canby Road, Leesburg; $105

Comedy Night
April 27, 8 p.m.
Look for a night full of laughs featuring comedians Paul Strickland and David Beck while you sample Bogati Winery’s best wines. // Bogati Winery: 35246 Harry Byrd Highway. Suite 190, Round Hill; $20


DC/ Virginia’s 19th Annual Diversity Employment Day – Career Fair
April 3, 11 a.m.
The nation’s largest and most diverse recruiting event features over 30 major employers recruiting, with more than 2,000 candidates. // Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City National Airport: 1300 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington; Free

The Virginia/Washington DC Franchise Show
April 6-7, Times vary
North America’s largest franchise and business opportunities event, this show is a chance to source valuable potential partners and learn about more than 1,000 new business opportunities. // Dulles Expo Center: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly; $8

Occoquan Brickyard Superhero 5k
April 7, 9 a.m.
Put on your cape and show your superpowers at Occoquan Regional Park’s first Superhero 5k Run/Walk. Spend a family day dressed as your favorite superhero character. // Occoquan Regional Park: 9751 Ox Road, Lorton; $15-$30

A Capella for Autism
April 7, 1 p.m.
The Autism Society of Northern Virginia hosts a benefit event in support of local families impacted by autism, featuring high-energy performers Ball in The House, On the Verge and Pitches Be Crazy. // Jammin Java: 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna; $15-$20

Kite Festival
April 13, 10 a.m.
Celebrate Gunston Hall’s annual Kite Festival by taking part in family-friendly activities, doing crafts, taking guided tours and, of course, flying a kite. // Gunston Hall: 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck; $8 children 6-18, $10 adults

Middleburg Spring Horse Races (Photo courtesy Middleburg Spring Races)

Middleburg Spring Horse Races
April 20, 10 a.m.
One of Northern Virginia’s most anticipated spring events, this sporting tradition gathers thousands of guests and race-lovers to spend a day with the nation’s most athletic thoroughbreds as they compete at high speeds over hedges and timber. // Glenwood Park: Foxcroft Road 20117, Middleburg; $20-$25

Arlington Home Show and Garden Expo
April 27, 10 a.m.
This expo provides residents with access to home improvement contractors, local government programs, information about the best garden products and much more. // Kenmore Middle School: 202 S. Carlin Spring Road, Arlington; Free

NOVA Mac & Cheese Festival
April 27, 11 a.m.
The cheesiest festival in Northern Virginia, with over 25 delicious food partners, serves up a variety of flavors of mac and cheese. // Loudoun 4H Fairgrounds: 17558 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg; $25-$35

The Great American Food Truck Festival
April 27, Noon
Food truck lover? Become the judge and taste different delicious food from the region’s best food trucks. Enjoy all of the goodies that come with your ticket, including a gift bag, raffles, prizes and a food competition bingo card. // Loudoun 4H Fairgrounds: 17558 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg; $5-$21.50

Britain on the Green
April 28, 10 a.m.
Join other car lovers at the 22nd Annual Britain on the Green car show that features a variety of British automobiles, along with a complimentary tours of historic Gunston Hall. // Gunston Hall: 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck; $10 adults, $25 per family

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