Ellis Paul. 7:30 p.m. Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Ellis' songs have been featured on Hollywood soundtracks in films such as: “Me, Myself and Irene,” “Shallow Hal” and “Hall Pass,” as well as TV shows and documentary films. He has performed on stages at the Newport Folk Festival, Carnegie Hall, and clubs, coffeehouses all over the world. $20-22. All ages. www.jamminjava.com.
”Persuasion” Book Launch. 5-9 p.m. Barnes and Noble Tysons Corner, 7851 L. Tysons Corner Center, McLean. Award-winning YA author and teen literacy advocate Martina Boone is coming to celebrate the release of her new book. Q and A, costume contests, crafts and book signing.
Book Fair. 5-9 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 7851 L Tysons Corner Center, McLean. Join as they welcome the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia to the store for a book fair. This Halloween themed book fair will feature interactive story building sessions, a costume contest for younger children and another one for teens, storytimes, crafts and various other activities. Free admission.
Family Game Time. 3:30 p.m. Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Drop-in and play assorted board games. All skill levels and ages welcome.
2015 Arts Awards. Noon-2 p.m. Fairview Park Marriott, 3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church. Jim Vance of NBC 4 will emcee the event honoring four awardees, Earle C. Williams, Rebecca Kamen, Vienna Jammers, Richard Hausler. Great Falls sculptor Jonathan Fisher designed custom awards, commissioned by the Arts Council. For tickets and information, http://artsfairfax.org/artsawards.
”The Man Who Laughs.” 2 p.m. The Alden, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Based on a Victor Hugo novel, this sad, horrific and swashbuckling film is a great way to start off Halloween celebrations. $12, $8. www.aldentheatre.org.
Craft Kids Hour. 1 p.m. Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Create awesome crafts to take home. Age 5-12.
Halloween Spooktacular in Great Falls. 4 p.m., pet parade. 5-7 p.m. Great Falls Village Green and Great Falls Center. Children (recommended up to age 12) are encouraged to wear a costume, experience the Haunted House and enjoy trick or treating in the heart of the town at both the Village Green and Great Falls Center.
Halloween! at the Great Falls Farmers Market. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Great Falls Village Centre. Trick or Treat the vendors. Costume competition. Healthy Snack Contest - 8 - 18 year old contestants. Chef's Pumpkin Challenge. Kid's Pumpkin Painting & more. The Higher Ground String Band. 778 Walker Road. Great Falls. www.greatfallsfarmersmarket.org for details.
Vienna Train Show. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, 400 Center St. S, Vienna. Over 50 tables of trains for sale. All kinds: Lionel, American Flyer, HO, train accessories and plastic buildings. And, train repair and parts dealers, Train Doctor, door prizes, free train appraisals. $5, Free to children under 12, military and Scouts in uniform. http://www.wba-tca-eastern.org/.
Katie’s Cars and Coffee. 6 a.m. Katie’s Coffee House, 760 Walker Road, Great Falls. Join hundreds of local Maryland, Virginia, and DC area car enthusiasts at Great Falls. 703-759-3309.
Water Pumpkin Patch. Friday, 5-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tysons YWCA, 8101 Wolftrap Road, Vienna. Come ready to have fun, swim in the pool with the pumpkins and pick one to go. $6 per person, $20 per family. firstname.lastname@example.org.
”Eclectic Essentials.” 8 p.m. Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Road, SW, Vienna. The Vienna Theatre Company will maintain its presence through the Vienna Community Center renovation starting with an evening of one act plays presented at the Vienna Baptist Church. From plays that touch the core of new and old friendships to zany plays bordering on absurdity to a new play from Singapore that was recently performed at the Kennedy Center, VTC is bringing together a diverse evening of short pieces for your entertainment. Tickets available at the door or at email@example.com. $15.
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Reston Zoo’s Zooboo. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Reston Zoo, 1228 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna. Designed for a younger audience, Zoo Boo offers four days of scare-free fun. Join the safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, with kid-friendly fun around every corner.
A Very Special Solo Evening with Joan Armatrading. 7:30 p.m. The Barns, Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road Vienna. Known for hits, including “Love and Affection” and “Drop the Pilot,” the three Grammy winner, Joan Armatrading, brings to the Barns a great performance spanning her entire career. On the stage, she sings a variety of genres of songs live as well as plays piano and guitar. Tickets: $85-$95. For more information, visit http://www.wolftrap.org/tickets/calendar/performance/1516barns/1031show15.aspx or call 703-255-1900.
Playing by Air. 2 p.m. The Alden, McLean Community Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Music, juggling and circus acts in which traditional theatricality meets absurd comedy. The award-winning performers share their sense of playfulness and perform breathtaking feats in a production enjoyed equally by adults and children. $20, $15. www.aldentheatre.org. 703-790-0123.