Adrian Duke at Lake Anne/File photo It’s summer’s last stand this weekend. If you are sticking around, there are a couple of big events to put on your calendar.

The Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival takes place Saturday from 1 to 9:30 p.m. at Lake Anne Plaza. See this previous Reston Now story for the full lineup of performers at the free event.

Virginia-based pianist, composer and singer Adrian Duke is the festival headliner. His set begins at 7 p.m.

On Monday, the Herndon Labor Day Festival is happening on the Herndon Town Green (777 Lynn Street) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival will include Virginia wine tastings, craft beers, live music, a craft show, sponsor gallery, and delicious food vendors.

The festival features Dancing Dream, an ABBA tribute band, on the green at 3:30 p.m.

Admission

Wine, Craft Brew Tastings and Entertainment – $20
(ID required to purchase tastings)
Concert only or designated driver – $5
Extra beer tastings – $2 per ticket

  • Cash only at gate; Children 12 and under free
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • Wine and craft beer tasting and selling of open containers  ends at 4 p.m.

2015 Participating Virginia Wineries

  • Cardamon Family Vineyards
  • Chateau O’Brien
  • Desert Rose Ranch and Winery
  • Horton Vineyards
  • Mattaponi Winery
  • Mountain Cove Vineyards
  • Rebec Vineyards
  • Rogers Ford Farm Winery
  • Thistle Gate Vineyard
  • Two Twisted Posts Winery

Featured Craft Beers

  • Forge Brew Works, Belgian Blonde
  • Mad Fox Brewery, Kӧlsch
  • South Street Brewery, Satan’s Pony – Amber Ale
  • O’Conner Brewing Co., El Guapo – IPA
  • Brothers Craft Brewing, Great Outdoors- Pale Ale
  • Devils Backbone Brewing Co., Vienna Lager

Food Vendors

  • International Grill
  • Island Smoothies and Coffee
  • JR’s Italian Ice
  • Rito Loco
  • Sherri’s Crab Cakes
  • Tender Rib

Photo: Adrian Duke at previous Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival/file photo

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Flags at North County Government Center

Monday, Sept. 7 is Labor Day. Here is a look at some of the area closings for the holiday:

Most Fairfax County Parks are open. Frying Pan Park is open but the visitors center is closed.

Reston Community Centers at Hunters Woods and Lake Anne are closed.

Fairfax County Public Libraries are closed Sunday and Monday

Fairfax County courts are closed.

To see more county services, visit Fairfax County’s holiday schedule page.

Banks and the U.S. Post Office are closed.

Reston Association offices are closed.

Reston Association pools are on a holiday schedule (and it is the last day for all but Ridge Heights and North Shore Pools. See pool hours on RA’s website.

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Beltway Traffic/Credit: BethesdaNow.comAAA Mid-Atlantic says that 850,700 Washington-area residents will head out of town for Labor Day weekend.

Despite low gas prices ($2.69 to $2.73 per gallon in Reston, according to Gas Buddy.com), that’s just a 0.4 percent increase from last year. AAA says 743,200 residents expected to drive to their vacation destinations, 62,500 expected to fly and the rest expected to take trains and other modes of transportation.

AAA says there would have been more people traveling this year, had Labor Day not fallen on Sept. 7, the latest possible day it can occur. Historically, that curtails holiday travel.

“While increasing travel volume is great news for the industry and economy, our survey shows a decidedly ‘un-laboring’ take on the Labor Day holiday,” AAA’s John Townsend II said in a press release.

“Many would rather spend the holiday at cookouts, relaxing or simply at home to avoid heavy holiday traffic congestion or additional spending, especially if they have already taken a vacation this summer.”

Plus, school starts the next day in Fairfax County.

Are you planning on hitting the road one more summer trip? Or are you staying right here and getting ready for fall?

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Enjoy Your Labor Day

Pick up soccer in the parkIt’s Labor Day. Reston Now is off, and hopefully you are too. Enjoy the de facto last day of summer.

Here is a list of what is open and what is closed today.

Federal — No mail delivery. Post offices are closed. Courts are closed.

Reston Association Pools — Late season pools are open on a weekend schedule. Check RA’s pool schedule.

Fairfax County:

County Government – Closed.

Animal Shelter – Closed

Courts – Closed.

Public Schools and School Offices – Closed.

Library – Closed Sunday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 1.

Fairfax Connector – Operating Sunday schedule on Sept. 1. Routes with Sunday service operate according to the Sunday schedule. Routes without Sunday service will not operate.

Fastran – Not in service.

Park Authority  RECenters are open to 6 p.m., except George Washington RECenter, which is closed. Historic sites are open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Nature centers are open noon to 5 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; visitor center is closed. Green Spring Gardens is open noon to 4:30 p.m.; historic house is closed.

Teen and Senior Centers – Closed.

Community Centers – Closed.

Reston Community Center Hunters Woods – Closed.

Reston Community Center Lake Anne – Closed.

County Trash and Recycling Collection:

  • Private Collection Service Providers  Residents should contact their trash and recycling collector directly for service schedule changes due to the holiday.
  • Fairfax County Collection Customers: Trash and recyclables will be collected as scheduled on Monday, Sept. 1.  Please have your materials to the curb no later than 6 a.m. to ensure collection. Any questions may be directed to the Customer Service Center at 703-802-3322, TTY 711.

Recycling and Disposal Facilities:

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Dulles Toll Road Main Plaza/Credit: MWAAIt’s Labor Day weekend, which means many Restonians are on the move.

Fourteen percent of the D.C. area’s population will be going out of town for Labor Day this weekend, says AAA Mid-Atlantic.

That’s 842,100 local residents on the local roads, rails and airways. Nine out of 10 of those traveling — 735,000 residents — will doing so by automobile, says AAA.

That number is up 0.8 percent from 2013. The lowest Labor Day weekend gas prices in four years are helping to drive the increase, an AAA spokesman said.

“It remains the preferred and cheapest mode of transportation for a couple traveling with children trying to squeeze in a memorable family getaway before the school year goes into high gear,” John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs said in a press release.

Air travel this weekend is expected to dip slightly, down 0.3 percent to 64,200 residents who will be flying out of the D.C. area. Other forms of transportation, like rail, are predicted to dip 0.5 percent to 43,100 travelers.

Are you hitting the road or staying put this weekend?

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