By Greg Hambrick
Outdoor music is one of the best parts of summer — and free outdoor music is even better. Today, Saturday, Aug. 31, you can enjoy the sounds of summer for free at the 7th annual Jazz and Blues Festival at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston.
The last day of summer is Sept. 21. Or, you can look at it this way: The first day of fall is Sept. 22. Patch has found something for you to do each day as we count down until summer passes us by.
Check our events calendar to see what’s happening in our community, and add your own events!
Today’s Lake Anne event offers a variety of performers from 1-8 p.m. The music begins with the Unified Jazz Ensemble at 1 p.m. Harpist Rashida Jolley headlines the night with her performance at 7 p.m. The event will be rain or shine and includes a beer garden. Lake Anne Plaza is located at 11404 Washington Plaza W.
There are more opportunities for free music this weekend. The Prince William Community Band will play tonight in Old Town Manassas. And the National Symphony Orchestra performs its Labor Day Capitol Concert on Sunday.
Do you have a favorite music festival of the summer? Share it with us in the comments section.
More Days of Summer:
More summer resources:
Sept. 5, Wagon Ride.
Wagon Ride. Scavenger hunt for birds, butterflies and blossoms. (also, Sept. 18)
Sept. 6, Rocket Launch
When: Sept. 6, 5-8 p.m.
Sept. 7, Indian Festival
Virginia Indian Festival Returns to Riverbend Park
Fall Festival/Taste of Falls Church
When: Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Coverage/Directory: Will appear on Falls Church Patch later this week.
Doggy Swim at Great Waves Park
When: Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
4th Annual Doggie Paddle at Signal Bay Waterpark
When: Sept. 7 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Coverage/Directory: Advance story coming Sat. Aug. 31
Burke Centre Festival
When: Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8
Coverage/Directory: (2013 guide will be posted this week) 2012 coverage: http://burke.patch.com/groups/local-connections/p/burke-centre-festival-opens-saturday
Sept. 8, Triathlon
30th annual Reston triathlon
Coverage/Directory: None yet; big splash next week. Annual real-deal regional triathlon
Sept. 9, Feed Animals
Feeding Day at E.C. Lawrence Park.
Sept. 11, 9/11 commemoration
When: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd.
Sept. 12, Farm Family Fun
Junior Farmer Family Fun
Sept. 13, Fishing
Fishing Fun at Riverbend Park
Sept. 14, Sunset concert
Outdoor concert celebrating end of Summer featuring the music of Broadway, live performance by award-winning vocalists.
What: Third Annual Native Plant Sale, Vienna
When: Sept. 14, 8 a.m. to noon.
Coverage/Directory: Will write preview for Sept. 9.
Stonebridge Fall Fest and 5K, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=585789524814287&set=a.172862106107033.43895.172841996109044&type=1
When: Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sept. 21, RiverFest
Rappahannock RiverFest 2013,
Andrea Kauffman Sprint Four the Cure 5K
When: Sept. 21 at 8 a.m.