by Greg Hambrick
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VIENNA OKTOBERFEST. Really, the best thing happening this weekend. Vienna’s own Oktoberfest 2013 is this Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. along Historic Church Street in Vienna. Yes, there’s beer, but there are also vendors, children’s activities, food and much more.
- Vienna Oktoberfest 2013: Beer, Wine and Food
- Beer Garden Music and the Children’s Stage
- Vienna Oktoberfest 2013: Moon Bounce and More for Kids
Art on the Avenue. This Del Ray (Alexandria) art festival draws thousands every year. The free event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday along Mount Vernon Avenue between Hume and Bellefonte avenues. More than 340 artists and craftspeople will set up booths along Mount Vernon to display and sell their work, including jewelers, silversmiths, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass artists, painters, sculptures, fabric artists and more. Read more about it here.
Soulful folk music is on tap at Jammin' Java. Mindy Smith headlines a night of music with Sarah Clanton Schaffer. Smith is best known for her breakout single, “Come to Jesus,” and a haunting rendition of “Jolene.” $20. 7:30 p.m. Friday. 227 Maple Avenue E., Vienna.
Time to take your dog for a walk — for a good cause. The Paws for a Cause 3K Walk supports Fairfax Pets on Wheels, which provides pet visitation to residents of nursing homes and hospitals. $25. Weber’s Pet Supermarket, 11021 Lee Highway, Fairfax. The event is Sunday at noon.
Performances shift to The Barns this week at Wolf Trap, with three shows. Former member of the band Traffic, Dave Mason, performs a second night at The Barns on Thursday. Traditional Scottish music and modern pub songs are expected from Battlefield Band on Friday. And Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault take the stage Saturday. Times and ticket costs vary. 1635 Trap Road, Vienna.
Broadway’s villains get the spotlight at the Workhouse Arts Center this weekend. Saturday’s Cabaret Series performance shines a light on the wicked characters of classic musicals. Shows have sold out, so buy tickets in advance. $25. 8 p.m. Saturday at the W-3 Theatre, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton.
Halloween! We found a ton of great Halloween events throughout Northern Virginia this month—here's our round-up. (Save the date for the Vienna Halloween Parade on Oct. 23.)
Have a good weekend!
Save the date! The Fairfax County Police Department K9 Krawl is Saturday, Oct. 19. Read more here.