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The 18th annual Irish Festival is back in Fairfax City this weekend. All are invited to enjoy, free of charge, the "pure drop" - the beauty and depth of Irish music, dance, language and sport as it has taken root in the Fairfax community. The festival will take place at two venues: The Sherwood Center at Van Dyck Park, 3740 Old Lee Hwy in Fairfax City (noon to 8:30 p.m.) and The Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant, 3791 Chain Bridge Road (noon to 6 p.m.). Free.
Motorcycles will be thundering throughout Northern Virginia this Sunday for the 2013 Poker Run, a ride benefiting the Greater Herndon Fraternal Order of Police and the many local causes the group supports. The participants will travel 95 miles, making stops in Gainesville, Marshall, Winchester, Upperville and Middleburg before they finish back in Herndon, where the day will conclude with lunch and an awards ceremony. Locals are welcome to participate in the ride, either on their own bike or on the back of one of the main riders, or donations of support are appreciated. Sunday, 8 a.m. Herndon Department of Public Works, 1479 Sterling Road.
The official start for the Cox Farms Fall Festival isn’t here yet, but that shouldn’t stop you. The Preview Weekend includes all the hayrides, giant slides, swings, animals and live music you’d expect, along with apples, cider and pumpkins. $14. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville.
There will be rocking ‘60s music at the Workhouse Arts Center. The Sixth Generation will be performing classic tunes outdoors at the Rizer Pavilion, weather permitting. Seating is available, but you can also bring your own. $10-$15. 8 p.m. Friday at 9601 Ox Road, Lorton.
Get ready to "Discover Korea": The 11th Annual KORUS Festival kicks off on Friday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. in Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, located at 7700 Bull Run Drive. The festival hours are: Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be performances from Korean artists and food vendors will sell a variety of Korean dishes. Additionally, the festival will feature demonstrations, contests and more. The KORUS Festival is organized by the Korean American Association of Washington Metropolitan Area (KAAW).
Supporters of programs at the Wolf Trap can take the stage this weekend. The popular arts and entertainment venue will host the 2013 Wolf Trap Ball fundraiser on the stage at the Filene Center. $500. 7 p.m. Saturday at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna.
The music of Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen combine for a unique event at Jammin Java. The venue hosts Dream Discs, with live performances of every song from Morrison’s “Moondance” and Springsteen’s “The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle.” Some of D.C.’s top talent will tackle hits like “Into the Mystic,” “Moondance” and more. $25. Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday at 227 Maple Avenue E., Vienna.
Food, beer and wine will be available for sampling (along with kids events and live music). The Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting the first Taste of Tysons, with 19 restaurants and even more vendors. There will be a kids area, as well as a beer and wine tent. More info. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at 8229 Boone Blvd., Vienna.
Is there anything cool going on this weekend around Fairfax County that we missed? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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