Oct. 4: Jazzmatazz
An Evening of Jazz with Abe Ovadia: Join us at the Library Lounge for an evening of jazz. Abe Ovadia, jazz guitarist and composer, will perform. Light refreshments and mocktails provided. From 6 to 7 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Adults. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-644-7333.
Also on Friday:
Late Night in the Virginia Room: Building Roots–Homeplaces and Genealogy. Join Alexandria and Fairfax County historic property specialists to learn how to research the history of your Fairfax County property and explore family history resources in courthouse records. From 5 to 11 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library. Adults. Free. Registration is required. You must arrive before 6 p.m. For more information, call 703-293-6227.
Twilight Hilltop Tour: Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. It’s a dramatic setting made all the more stunning by the setting sun. Join us after hours for a special one-hour tour and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments are served afterward. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Historic Huntley. Adults. $8 per person. Register online. Dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
LADAMA: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a performance by the female Latin powerhouse quartet. From 8 to 10 p.m. at the GMU Center for the Arts. All ages. $25. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-993-8888.
“Disenchanted”: Creative Cauldron presents the regional premier of the hilarious hit musical that features storybook princesses who come to life to set the record straight. Adults (not recommended for young children due to adult subject matter and language). Adults $35/Seniors $32/Military $32/Students $20/Groups $20. Opening weekend (runs through Oct. 27). 8 p.m. at the Creative Cauldron. Dates and times vary. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-436-9948.
Oct. 5: Running Down a Dream
The McLean 5K: The McLean 5K Run is back! Hosted by MCC, the race features a USATF certified course through the heart of McLean and is designed to appeal to runners of all abilities. 8 a.m. at McLean Square Shopping Center. All ages. $40 per person. For more information, email McLean5k@mcleancenter.org
Also on Saturday:
Hispanic Heritage Literary and Cultural Fair: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! ¡Celebrar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana! Award-winning local authors will share selections of poetry and stories. Books available for signing. From 1 to 5 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Adults, teens. Free. For more information, call 703-689-2700.
Saving Garden Treasures–Taking Cuttings: Horticulturalists MacKenzie Brooks and Nancy Olney demonstrate simple techniques to propagate plants from cuttings. Learn strategies to overwinter your favorite tender perennials/annuals so you can add them to your garden next year. Take home a starter kit to expand your collection and save money this spring. 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $29 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Backyard Butterflies–Help Monarchs and Butterflies: Entomologist Nate Erwin shares the latest news on monarch butterfly conservation efforts. Learn about the monarch migration phenomenon and how to create a butterfly garden to help monarchs and other butterflies find food for their young. From 10:30 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 13 and up. $22 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Salamanders Undercover: Assist a naturalist with a forest salamander survey and then help find salamanders in the streams. Learn about the secret lives of these important amphibians through hands-on discoveries. From 3 to 5 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 7 to 12. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Bats, Bugs and Owls Oh My Campfire: Learn about the critters that come out only at night and their special adaptations that help them thrive while we sleep. Watch for bats, attract some bugs and call for owls. Marshmallows for toasting provided. 7 to 8 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. Register online. Children must be accompanied by an adult who is also registered in this program. Call 703-941-1065 for information.
An Evening with Beverly Cosham–”Timeless”: A favorite of the Washington, DC, theatre and cabaret scene, Reston’s own Beverly Cosham has been entertaining audiences with her intensely personal and moving interpretations of the Great American Songbook for years. 8 p.m. CenterStage at Reston Community Center. All ages. $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston. Purchase tickets online. For more information, call 703-390-6167.
Chamber Music at The Alden: Put down that tablet and enjoy the talented classical musicians, the violin and piano Borisevich Duo. 2 p.m. at The Alden. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
“Viva Italia!”: World-class vocalists, The Four Italian Tenors, in their U.S. debut tour. From 8 to 10 p.m. at the GMU Center for the Arts. All ages. $33 to $55 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-993-8888.
Oct. 6: Fright Fest
2019 Haunted Trail – BREAKOUT! : Screams will echo across the 55-acre historic Workhouse campus, built on the grounds of the abandoned and notorious DC Department of Corrections Lorton Reformatory. Our frightmasters will debut a fully redesigned trail, spookier scenes and stories, real prison cells and creepy characters to bring guests’ darkest fears and nightmares to life. From 7 to 10 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Ages 16 and up. $20 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Also on Sunday:
MPAartfest: McLean Project for the Arts presents a one-day juried fine art and craft show and sale. Contemporary art, live music, a children’s art walk, hands-on art studio, STEAM experiences, food vendors and much more. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at McLean Central Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-790-1953.
Callaway Demo Day: Test out the latest Callaway equipment. Show your love for mom with custom club fitting! Learn more about your swing and how to enhance it. Custom club fittings, just in time for golf season. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Burke Lake Golf Center. All ages. Free. To schedule a fitting appointment, call 703-323-1641, ext 4.
“Peter Rabbit Tales”: Enchantment Theatre Company’s delightful theatrical adaptation of “Peter Rabbit Tales” is on stage for two shows at the GMU Center for the Arts. 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Recommended for ages 3 to 9. $15 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-993-8888.