Weekend Suggestions: 10/2-10/4

(Megan Zendek/ Fourth Estate)

Tatyana White-Jenkins, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

The first weekend of October presents many opportunities to check out some events nearby. Here is a list of on- and off-campus events for students to enjoy from Fourth Estate.  Stay safe and dry this weekend!

On-Campus Events

Fall for the Book: Fairfax Prize Presentation: Tim O’Brien

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the release of his book, “The Things They Carried,” award-winning novelist Tim O’Brien will accept the Fairfax Prize, Fall for the Book’s highest honor, which recognizes outstanding literary achievement. The presentation will take place Saturday, Oct. 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in Harris Theater. Mason professor Steve Goodwin will speak with O’Brien about his experiences in Vietnam and the writing of his book.

Mindfulness Meditation

This Friday, Oct. 2, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., University Life is partnering with the Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing and Mason’s Counseling and Psychological Services to host a mindfulness meditation in Student Union Building I, Room 3011. The event is free and is open to the entire Mason community. Brief instructions for attention-to-breath meditation is offered to newcomers.

Johnson Center Cinema: “Ant-Man”

The film will be showing in the Johnson Center Cinema this weekend. Showtimes are below.


Thursday, Oct. 1, at 9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.


Off-Campus Events

D.C. VegFest

Hosted by Compassion Over Killing, the annual D.C. VegFest is a festival highlighting the benefits and joys of choosing plant-based foods. The festival is Saturday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The location is outdoors at Yards Park in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.


Cox Farms

Cox Farms in Centreville, Va. is home to Northern Virginia’s largest Fall Festival, which features world famous hayrides, farm animals, a cornfield, a pumpkin patch, live entertainment and much more! The festival opened Sept. 26 and will run daily through Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket prices vary by date. Tickets are $10 on Oct. 1-2 and $17 from Oct. 3-4. The festival is located at 15621 Braddock Rd., Centreville, Va. 20120.