24 Things To Do in August
From Cirque du Soleil to Lenny Kravitz, August promises some serious excitement.
Where: Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna
When: Aug. 10-11, 8 p.m.
As if seeing one of the last remaining Beatles perform wasn’t enough of a draw, famed Beatles drummer Ringo Starr will be joined by Colin Hay from Men at Work, Gregg Rolie from Santana and Journey, and a roster of other veterans from revered groups. $45.
Where: Old Town and Del Ray, Alexandria
When: Aug. 10-11
This annual shopping event is now in its 10th year, with more than 50 participating boutiques, huge discounts, live music and pop-up events. (Heads up: These may include a rosé bar and a steam-clean jewelry station.) Free admission.
Where: Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington
When: Aug. 11-Sept. 29
Perhaps it’s only fitting that Signature Theatre begins its 30th anniversary season with its 30th Stephen Sondheim musical. The dark comedy Assassins explores several notorious presidential assassins (and attempted assassins), including John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald and John Hinckley Jr. $40+.
Where: Falls Church Distillers, 442 S. Washington St., Falls Church
When: Aug. 11 & Aug. 25, 3 p.m.
Falls Church Distillers continues its “Dog Days of Summer” twice this month with an outdoor barbecue including full restaurant and bar service. Pets are welcome. Free admission.
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 Second St. S., Arlington
When: August 14-18
Funnel cakes, Ferris wheels, pumpkin competitions, a parade, piglet races, pony rides and more greet visitors at the county fair, one of the largest free, annual events on the East Coast, with more than 84,000 visitors each year. Admission is free, but rides are ticketed.