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Live Music, Chef Night, Nokesville Day Top Weekend Events List

Attica String Quartet

Attica String Quartet

Those who will plan to bike to work, a fun-filled day in Nokesville, and a fun lesson in learning how to cook for date night top this week’s top events from the Potomac Local Events Calendar.

Bike to Work Day, Friday, 7 to 10 a.m.

On Friday, thousands are expected to leave their car keys at home and pick up their two-wheel bicycle for Bike to Work Day. Several pit stops have been set up in Prince William County for the annual event, including a layover station at Dumfries Town Hall.

Those who stop at Town Hall between 7 and 10 a.m. are in for food, fun, and prizes.

The event costs nothing to participate, and it’s a great way to help the environment by taking some more cars off area roads. It’s also a great way to get in a workout.

Nokesville Day, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday will mark the annual Nokesville Day Festival at Nokesville Elementary School on Fitzwater Drive. The Nokesville-Bristow Ruitans put on the event that draws food vendors, as well as fun family activities.

The Nokesville Day Parade will run from the parking lot at nearby Brenstville District High School down Fitzwater Drive, starting about 10:30 a.m. To make it easier to get around, there will be festival shuttles running between parking lots at Brenstville High School, Nokesville Elementary School, and from the Chuckwagon Restaurant – which has been named Nokesville Business of the Year.

Prince William Community Band Festival, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

You’ll want to bring your lawn chairs to the Prince William Community Band Festival at Harris Pavilion in Manassas. The event kicks off at 1:30 p.m. with a performance by the Prince William Beginner Band, and then music from the Clarke County Community Band.

At 3 p.m. “Brass of the Potomac” will take the stage. Later, the Loudoun Symphonic Winds band will take the stage followed by Prince William Community Band. The event is free to attend.

Date Night: Chef’s Table cooking classes, Saturday, 7 to 9 p.m.

So, how does roasted Cornish game hens with wildflower honey and orange sound. If you’re at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton on Saturday night for Chef’s Table: Date Night, probably pretty good.

The Workhouse says the classes are great way for couples to learn some basic cooking techniques while enjoying each others company and making new friends. All who participate will be served a tasting portion of the food. Tickets are $85 and cover all food and the chef’s “beverage of choice.”

The Attica String Quartet, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Here’s just some of what people are saying about the Attica String Quartet, one of the nation’s most award-winning young performance ensembles.

Musical America: “The lush harmonies proved the Attacca’s members to
be well-matched in tone; precision ensemble playing was also impressive.”

The New York Times: “…the Attacca Quartet certainly did its part well,
playing this often gnarly new music with fierce dedication.”

Minnesota Public Radio’s classical music web log: “…phenomenally good
and surprisingly young….” I couldn’t take my eyes off them.”

The ensemble will make a stop at Westminster at Lake Ridge for a special recital at 7 p.m. Saturday. The performance free and is presented by the Woodbridge Music Club.

Want to see your event on our top five list? Post ‘em to the Potomac Local Events page. That’s where we pick ‘em for this column.

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