The Weekend Report

A roundup of don’t-miss happenings around the state.  

Mount Vernon. 

Photo courtesy of Mount Vernon 


Indian food, whiskey tasting, street art and good ol' mountain dancing? Sounds like the weekend to us. And of course, we take a moment to remember those lost and injured 15 years ago on Sept. 11. 

Washington’s Whiskey
Mount Vernon, Sept. 9  

George Washington was more than just the nation’s first president—he also happened to be adept at distilling whiskey. This Friday, Mount Vernon will host Gentleman Distiller: Whiskey Tasting & Dinner, an up-close look at how whiskey was produced in the 18th century. The event will include a reception at George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, a short presentation by Mount Vernon’s distiller, a whiskey tasting and a seated dinner at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. Tickets $125 per person, transportation not provided. MountVernon.org

Savor the Flavor
Martinsville, Sept. 9  

Support the arts and sample authentic tastes of India? Yes, please. Martinsville arts education center Piedmont Arts will host Savory September this weekend, featuring Indian-themed dishes like mango lassi, beef kebob, chana masala and chicken curry created by local chefs, plus beer, wine and mango mojitos. Proceeds from the event will go straight to Piedmont Arts’ mission to engage the community in visual and performing arts. Tickets $25 per person. PiedmontArts.org

Chalk it Up
Reston, Sept. 9-10  

Calling all artists! Try your hand at street art this weekend at ChalkFest at Reston Town Center. Presented by the Initiative for Public Art - Reston, the event invites artists of all ages and abilities to park themselves on Market Street and let their imaginations run wild. Check out the work created by professional artists Friday evening, and don’t miss the free chalk workshop with artist Patrick Owens at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets $15 for amateurs, $20 for professionals, cost includes a box of chalk pastels, a goodie bag and access to a designated square of pavement. PublicArtReston.org

Mountain Mania
Buena Vista, Sept. 9-10

Looking for something a little more low-key and down-home than the headliner music festivals that bring people out in droves? The Rockbridge Mountain Music & Dance Festival at Glen Maury Park features old-timey music in a mellow atmosphere against the breathtaking backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Performers will include The Full Nelsons and Debby and The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, and dancing is highly encouraged. Tickets $14 for the day, $25 for the weekend, camping $13 per day. RockbridgeFestival.org  

We Remember 
Statewide, Sept. 11 

It's hard to believe it's been 15 years since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. To remember and honor the thousands of people killed and injured that day, the following events will take place this weekend: 

Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5k 
Sept. 10, 6:00 p.m., Arlington 
Arlington911Race.com

Moment of silence and wreath laying 
Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m., National D-Day Memorial, Bedford    
Virginia.org/Events

Old Glory retirement and bell chiming 
Sept. 11, 1:00 p.m., Virginia War Memorial, Richmond 
VAWarMemorial.org 
June 11, 2022

Star Gazing and Laser Nights

Virginia Living Museum
July 9, 2022

Star Gazing and Laser Nights

Virginia Living Museum
August 13, 2022

Star Gazing and Laser Nights

Virginia Living Museum