KORUS Korean Festival, Doggie Day Swim, Golf Tournament

Here's a look at some local events where you can have some fun this weekend.

Photo Credit: Dan Kaufman/CCE
Photo Credit: Dan Kaufman/CCE
Want to get away this weekend? Here's a look at a few local event suggestions happening in Northern Virginia.

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).

Book nerds, rejoice! The 15th annual Fall for the Book festival opens this weekend. The festival kicks off on Saturday with a special preview event at the Rust Library in Leesburg, Va. This year's festival features novelist David Baldacci, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist and humorist Dave Barry , novelist Melanie Benjamin, poets Matt Blakley, Amber Cook and more.

The 18th annual Irish Festival is back in Fairfax City this weekend. Fairfax and The City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.  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.

Club Championship Golf Tournament at Burke Lake Golf Course begins on Saturday. The two-hour tournament lasts from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and costs $35 to participate. The fee includes lunch. At the end of the tournament, there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Burke Lake Golf Course is located at 7315 Ox Rd. in Fairfax Station. For information, call 703-323-1641.

Shop Old Town. The Old Town Boutique District is holding its 6th annual Scavenger Hunt. From Friday to Sunday, visit all of the Old Town Boutique District stores and get your passport stamped to receive a swag bag and a chance to win prizes.

Petticoats, cloaks and a Brunswick or two will walk the colonial catwalk Saturday. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, the Carlyle House Magnolia Terrace will be transformed into a runway celebrating fashion from the colonial and early American period. Living history interpreters will model clothing from the later half of the 18th Century and the early 19th Century while historic fashion experts explain the changes in fashion during that period. Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Old Town.

Treat your pooch to a late summertime dip
 at the City of Alexandria’s 9th annual Doggie Day Swim on Saturday, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Old Town Pool, 1609 Cameron St. Following the end of the summer pool season, this annual event provides dogs with the opportunity to swim and play games in one of the city’s pools. Admission is free! Register Online Now (activity number 140950).

Beckett’s Celtic Festival takes place from noon to 7 p.m. at the Village at Shirlington in Arlington, 4200 Campbell Ave. This inaugural event includes five live bands (The Danny Burns Band, The Aine O’Doherty Band, Shamrogues, Brendan’s Voyage and Off the Boat), food and drink, dancers and pipe bands and more.

Join 40 Maryland wineries at the 30th annual Maryland Wine Festival. The event is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. with admission fees ranging from $20 to $30. The event will be held at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, about 45 minutes from Washington, DC. Marylandwine.org/mwf 


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