Spend a lovely fall weekend enjoying unique events in and around the City of Falls Church including time with a visiting artist, a trip to the farmers market, two concerts, a garage race/party and the reopening of the Arlington Planetarium!
Arlington Planetarium Reopening: Check out the improved Arlington Planetarium, complete with brand new seats, projector and interior dome. Celebrations include a formal ribbon cutting on Friday, a family day on Saturday and a Sunday science program. Don't miss tours, demonstrations, solar views, a special performance by the Yorktown Yahoos and other fun activities!
Friday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. - Sunday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m.; Free
1426 N. Quincy St. Arlington, VA; 703-228-6070
September Visiting Artist Donna Byrne at Stifel & Capra: Award-winning artist Donna Byrne works primarily with acrylic on canvas. She often paints pieces in a series and is currently working on “Floral Abstractions” and “Looking In” series. Her inspiration comes from abstract expressionist such as Kandinsky, Rothko and Klee.
Friday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. - Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m.; Free
Second Floor in the Alcove Gallery at Stifel & Capra, 260 West Broad St.; 703-533-3557
The Legwarmers: Dig out your tackiest 80s outfit and head to the State Theatre for this retro dance party featuring the most popular 80s tribute band in the Washington metropolitan area. 21+ show.
Friday, Sept. 28 - Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m. doors and 9:30 p.m. show; $18
220 N. Washington. St.; 703-237-0300
Falls Church Farmers Market: Enjoy a beautiful fall morning at the farmers market. Shop for fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses, meats, baked goods, plants and wine from more than 40 local farmers and producers.
Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Free
300 Park Ave.; 703-248-5077
The Crystal City Diamond Derby: This garage race and party features art, music, fashion and food. Kick off the Diamond Derby with the fashion-fueled D&Q River Ride followed by cycling-inspired fashion shows, colorful street art from local artists, a kids' derby, an open course challenge, a cash bar, tunes from DJ Smudge and a phenomenal food line-up.
Saturday, Sept. 29, 4-10 p.m.; Admission is free for spectators
2345 Crystal Dr. Arlington, VA
Tinner Hill Music on the Terrace at Open Kitchen Bistro: The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and Open Kitchen Bistro present acoustic blues trio M.S.G., who will be performing traditional Piedmont blues on the bistro’s terrace. The musicians have played at numerous festivals including Blues in the Burg, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Artscape, Bayou Boogaloo and on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. All funds go to support the programming and projects of Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation.
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2-5 p.m.; $20
7115 Leesburg Pike, #107; 703-942-8148