It's the Labor Day weekend! If you're not traveling for the holiday, here are some cool events going on in NoVa. Here's this week's roundup of weekend events.
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Rashida Jolley will headline the 7th Annual Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday. Jolley recent became a fan favorite on “America’s Got Talent.” The festival will be held rain or shine. Free. From 1-8 p.m. at Lake Anne Plaza, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston.
Good Shepherd Catholic Church hosts its second 5K run on Saturday. The will also be a 1K youth run. Online registration ends at noon Friday. Limited registration will also be available the morning of the race from 6:45-7:45 a.m. $25, with discount prices for children and for 1K participants. The run begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at 8710 Mount Vernon Hwy. Alexandria. The event is a kickoff to the International Festival planned for Monday. September is National Preparedness Month. Take the time today to make sure you and yours are ready for any emergency. The City of Alexandria offers preparedness tips at http://alexandriava.gov/areyouready and http://alexandriava.gov/health Grease is the word. And it’s also the movie showing at Arlington’s Gateway Park in Rosslyn on Friday. The PG-13 movie begins showing at dusk. Will good girl Sandy and greaser Danny be able to rekindle their summer romance? The park is located at the foot of Key Bridge, 1300 Lee Hwy, two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro. S’mores, stories and songs are featured at the Rascally Raccoons campfire at Gulf Branch Nature Center in Arlington, 3608 N. Military Rd. in Arlington. The Saturday event runs from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a fee of $5. Registration required by calling 703-228-3403. It’s a worthwhile trek to get out to Bluemont, Va., to pay a visit to Great Country Farms.This Saturday and Sunday, it’s the pancake breakfast and the Big Dig where you dig your own potatoes. It’s $10 per child and $12 per adult, which also includes a wine tasting at Bluemont Vineyard. All you can eat pancakes 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Military families as well as children two and under get in for free. Potatoes are 89 cents a pound. The sidewalk as canvas is part of the inspiration for chalk artists Julia Benton and Whitney Waller who create works of art by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St., NW in Washington. Call 202-639-1770 for more information about the Saturday event, which runs10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. The National Symphony Orchestra performs a Labor Day Capitol Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC at East Capitol and First streets. The Sunday event is free and starts at 8 p.m.
Wineries, microbreweries and artisans will be participating in the Herndon Labor Day Festival on Monday. There will also be live music, culinary demonstrations and food vendors at the event on the Town Green. $10, $20 for wine tastings and two beer tickets. Noon to 6 p.m. at 777 Lynn Street, Herndon.
Fairfax County Parks hosts an “All About Bats” campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Saturday. Attendees will toast marshmallows while learning bat facts and hearing an American Indian story of how bats got their wings. $6 per person. 7 p.m. at Hidden Oaks, 7701 Royce Street, Annandale.