Centreville High School Goblin Gallop. Centreville High will host its second annual Goblin Gallop, partnering with Lake Braddock Secondary in hopes of raising $50,000 for the Food for Others food bank. U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) will speak to the students.
Sully Historic Site Event. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sully Historic Site hosts Colonial Day highlighting the Revolutionary War years, 1775 and 1783. At this family-friendly event leave the 21st century behind and return to a time when western Fairfax County was the frontier. Help card, spin and weave wool into cloth and see how food was cooked over an open fire. Try a hand at woodworking with tools used to build houses, barns and fences. Learn the latest dance steps and make a craft to take home. Visit the 18th century food booth for a hearty snack and hear about the many functions of a roadside tavern. Tour the house to hear stories of Sully’s early history. The cost is $8 per adult and $6 per child. Sully Historic Site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way in Chantilly. Call 703-437-1794 or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sully.
Saturday & Sunday/Nov. 3 & 4
Pumpkin Madness at Cox Farms. Pumpkin Madness will once again serve as the grand finale to this year's festivities. Pumpkins will be launched, dropped from a high-lift crane, smashed, bashed, hurled, and trashed during two days of fun. Guests can bring pumpkins from home and choose a squashing method of their choice. Besides, hayrides, slides, rope swings, a farm chores play area, animal areas, and food will all be available for that last taste of the fall season. Visit www.coxfarms.com.
Monday & Tuesday/Nov. 5 & 6
Fall Festival at Cox Farms. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Fall Festival will open these bonus days. This year’s bonus days fall on teacher workdays for local kids and Election Day. Visit www.coxfarms.com.
Nov. 8 through Dec. 24
Fair Oaks Enchanted Ice Palace Holiday Tradition. Open during all Fair Oaks regular and holiday hours. Fair Oaks' Ice Palace features a 30-foot ice dome with falling snow, interactive multi-sensory elements, larger-than-life snow globes, Ice Throne and light show beneath twinkling icicles descending from Fair Oaks' 65-foot Grand Court atrium. New this year will be showcases of the beloved prehistoric herd from the family film Ice Age: Continental Drift. The 1,200 square foot Ice Palace will culminate with a visit to Santa and a complimentary Ice Age gift. Fair Oaks will also celebrate the eight days of Hanukkah with a display adjacent to the Ice Palace featuring the history and significance of the dreidel (sevivonim). Free and open to the public. Visit www.ShopFairOaksMall.com or call 703-279-2708. Fair Oaks Grand Court, 11750 Fair Oaks Mall.
A Holiday Bazaar & Craft Fair. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Centreville United Methodist Church, 6400 Old Centreville Rd. More than 50 craft vendors will be on hand selling their wares. United Methodist Women are hosting a Silent Auction, Grandma’s Attic, White Elephant, Bake Sale, Book Nook, and luncheon at the event. Free Admission. All proceeds will go to charity. Contact 703-830-2684 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author Discussion. 7:30 p.m. Author Don Hakenson will discuss his manuscript, "This Forgotten Land: A Tour of Civil War Sites & Other Historical Landmarks South of Alexandria, VA" at a Civil War Forum at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. Free and open to the public. The Railroad Museum is located at 11200 Fairfax Station Rd. Call 703-425-9225 or visit www.fairfax-station.org.
Free Lung Cancer Event. 6-8:30 p.m. In honor of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Inova Thoracic Oncology Program, Inova Life with Cancer™ and the Lung Cancer Alliance are hosting a free lung cancer awareness event. At Dewberry Life with Cancer™ Family Center, 8411 Pennell St. Free parking. Dinner and refreshments served. Multidisciplinary discussion on current treatments in lung cancer will be presented. RSVP at 703-776-3777.
Solo Performance and Coaching. 11 a.m.-noon at Frost Middle School, 4101 Pickett Road. The FSO and VASTA present a solo performance and coaching session with 2012 Avery Fischer Grant recipient Benjamin Beilman. Free admission with RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 14. Call 703-563-1990 or email email@example.com.
Christmas Floral Designs. 10 a.m. Learn how to make beautiful and creative holiday arrangements with artificial greens, flowers and berries. At Merrifield Gardens at Fair Oaks, 12101 Lee Hwy. Call 703-968-9600 or visit www.merrifieldgardencenter.com.
Celebrate a Night of Beethoven. 8 p.m. at GMU's Center for the Arts, Fairfax. Featuring Kenneth Woods, conductor and Benjamin Beilman, violin . There will be a free pre-concert discussion with Kenneth Woods at 7 p.m. Visit www.fairfaxsymphony.org or call 703-563-1990.
Shave Your Head. 5-8 p.m. Chantilly High School Academy's Cosmetology program is sponsoring a Shave Your Head event to benefit the Capital Caring Charity. Representatives from Capital Caring will be at this event to share information. Students can receive up to six community service hours by participating in this event. At Chantilly High School, Room 907. Call 703-222-7487 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Decorating with Holiday Greens. 10 a.m. Learn how to bring the beauty and fragrance of the holiday season indoors with fresh cut pine, holly, cedar, boxwood, magnolia and other plants. Peg Bier will share her ideas and displays. At Merrifield Gardens at Fair Oaks, 12101 Lee Hwy. Visit www.merrifieldgardencenter.com.
Toys for Tots Event. The Ed Lang Team and Re/Max Premier will be hosting their Annual Toys for Tots Charity Movie Event at the Centreville Multiplex theatres. The event is free to local residents with the donation of at least one unwrapped new toy per guest. This charity event has brought in over 10,000 gifts for the Toys for Tots Foundation over the past 15+ years. There is a broad base of support for the event; some of the past sponsors and participants include the Marines, Girl Scout Troops, Rocky Run Middle School Band and Choir, St. Timothy’s Conquest Boys Clubs, and many local community member volunteers.
Thruough Dec. 5
Yogurt Lid Collection. Western Fairfax Alumnae of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity are collecting pink Yoplait yogurt lids. For each lid collected 10 cents will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Community drop off location is Centreville United Methodist Church, 6400 Old Centreville Rd, Centreville. Call 703-631-8238.
Toy Train Show. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Chapter (WB&A) of the Train Collectors Association will be holding a Holiday Toy Train Show and Sale at the Shriner’s Kena Temple, located at 9001 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax. Attendees of all ages will get into the holiday spirit at the Holiday Show, which will include working layouts of model trains of all types and gauges. Model trains, track, and components will also be available for sale. Admission is $5, free for children under 12 and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform (when accompanied by an adult); active members of the military, National Guard, Coast Guard, and Reserves; and members of the WB&A. Call James or Colleen Hall at 540-497-1840 or email email@example.com.