July 20: Step Back in Time at Sully
Dairy Days – Ice Cream Making and Butter: Churn butter, crank ice cream, milk a fake cow, play 18th-century games and experience the products of a historic dairy. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is recommended. From 1 to 2 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $7/person. House tour cost is separate. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-1794.
Also on Friday:
Summerbration – Jason Masi Band: For some pop and Americana, the Jason Masi Band has got you covered. From 7 to 9 p.m. on the open-air plaza adjacent to Wiehle-Reston East Metro. All ages. Free; parking is also free from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for the concert. For more information, call 703-476-4500.
Spotlight by Starlight: The Revelers, founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys, have joined together to form a Louisiana supergroup that combines swamp-pop, Cajun, country, blues and zydeco into a powerful tonic of roots music that could only come from Southwest Louisiana. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Mount Vernon Nights: Big Daddy Love is a five-piece band with a unique and natural blend of rock, roots and grass that they call “Appalachian Rock.” Big Daddy Love’s high-energy performances, fueled by the combination of fiery vocals and striking instrumental dynamics, have garnered a strong, passionate following. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grist Mill Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Braddock Nights – Lake Accotink: BG and the Mojo Hands is a dynamic and exciting band that performs a variety of styles from danceable jump blues to swing, from traditional Chicago to down-home delta blues. They take their audiences through the musical genres, playing with the deep feeling that is the hallmark of great Americana roots music. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Braddock Nights – Royal Lake: LauraLea & Tripp Fabulous is one of the East Coast’s premier cover bands, performing songs across every genre. Hailing from Philadelphia and South Jersey, LauraLea & Tripp Fabulous wins fans with her excellent vocals, charming personality and some of the most talented musicians on the scene today. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Royal Lake. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
July 21: Empire Strikes Brass
Music at Arrowbrook: From Asheville, NC, Empire Strikes Brass has been exciting fans around the world with their unique and dynamic approach. ESB stretches the boundaries of the stereotypical brass band paradigm, fusing sounds from around the globe with definite nods to old school funk, ska, Southern rock, alt country, hip-hop, boogaloo and New Orleans jazz. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Arrowbrook Centre Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Also on Saturday:
Blue Sky Puppet Theater: “Pig Tales” is one of Blue Sky’s most popular shows, filled with audience participation and humor aimed at all ages. It traces a day in the life of three primary school pigs: Suzy, Chester and Buster. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Burke Lake Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Rocknoceros: This sensational three-man band hailing from Fairfax performs original children’s songs and much-loved favorites. NPR calls it, “An outstanding mix of folk and rock…literate songs….multi-generational appeal.” From 10 to 11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
The Great Zucchini: The wonder of magic, silliness of comedy and interactive nature of The Great Zucchini’s show keeps children on the edge of their seats. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Impressions Theater Presents “Tom Sawyer”: Tom and Huck’s adventures take them to Paris, Rome and Egypt as they search for pieces of famous monuments. From 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Ages 6 to 12. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 704-644-7333.
Outdoor Grilling with Chef Cal: Summer is here and your grill is luring you outside. Intimidated? Don’t be! Whether gas, coal, wood or electric, Chef Cal has you covered. Get great tips and delicious recipes from a professional. Adults and teens. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-978-5600.
Mount Vernon Nights: Brass 5 showcases the sounds of the big bands – some of America’s best music from the best artists of the big band era: Miller, Ellington, Dorsey, Basie and more. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Bolivian Cultural Heritage Night – Tradiciones Bolivianas: Enjoy traditional Bolivian music and dance presented by Bolivian Traditions Cultural Society. Tradiciones Bolivianas was formed by artists and tradition bearers from Bolivia to preserve and share the culture, music, dance and traditions of Bolivian culture. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ossian Hall Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
July 22: Lovely Lavender
Lavender Tea: Lavender has been described as femininity all grown up, representing refinement, grace and elegance. Enjoy a lavender tea and some delicious foods made with lavender and make a lavender sachet to take with you. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Ages 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $30/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-1794.
Also on Sunday:
Hip-Hop Meets the Music of India: When you think of Indian classical music, you probably don’t expect to hear beat box or strains of jazz or even rock. But that’s exactly what Nistha Raj is all about. The violinist mixes classical Hindustani music with modern sounds for a new generation of music lovers. From 5 to 6 p.m. at the McLean Central Park Gazebo, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd. Free. Free parking is available at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Spotlight by Starlight: The Capitol Steps began in 1981 as a group of Senate staffers satirizing the very people and place that employed them. Not all of the current members are former Capitol Hill staffers, but the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. They’ve recorded more than 30 albums, including their latest, “Take the Money and Run for President,” and have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).