Get Out: Patch's Pick-and-Choose Weekend Planner

Need a few ideas to get your weekend going? Look no further.

It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do for the weekend.

Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check our picks for the activities to hit around Fairfax County and new bars/restaurants/shops to explore.


Where/When: 3740 Old Lee Hwy, next to police station and Van Dyck Park, Saturday 12:30 p.m.

Why Go: Fairfax City's new community center, made possible from a hefty donation from the Sherwood family, opens to the public on Saturday. Join the Fairfax community for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and take a tour of the new facility.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: Fair Oaks Mall, 11750 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Fairfax. Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Why Go: Do your last-minute Valentine's Day shopping and check off a cultural activity for the week at the same time. Some 200 performers from 11 countries will be celebrating the lunar new year with songs, dances and various performances, including a kung fu demonstration.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: GMU's Fairfax Campus, Friday (8 p.m.) and Saturday (3 p.m. and 8 p.m.).

Why Go: This funny and shocking series of sketches raises awareness of sexual violence against women. This year's procees will support Haitian women through art, advocacy, safe shelter and legal services.

Pricing: $25 general public; $15/ticket for groups of 10+; $10 faculty and staff; $5 students


Where/When: , 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna. Friday, 10 p.m.

Why Go: This Washington-based band will be performing live and celebrating the release of their newest album, "The Great Pretend." Two other bands, Newcomers and The Poly- Opto, will also be performing.

Pricing: Advance tickets are $10 or $12 the day-of.


Where/When: , 7511 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Friday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Why Go: What better way to get in the holiday spirit (or pick up a last-minute gift) than by attending this chocolate tasting at Whole Foods in Tysons Corner. Yum!

Pricing: Free!


Where/When: , 1313 Old Chain Bridge Rd, McLean. Friday through Monday, evenings.

Why Go: She tells you she doesn't need chocolate, or a card, or flowers, or expensive jewelry, or even a night out at a nice restaurant. De-coded, this means she'd actually love all of that. Make it easy on yourself and make a reservation. Evo Bistro will be serving it's regular menu plus a prix fixe special holiday menu.

Pricing: Prix fixe menu is $45-$55 per person. Regular menu items vary.

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