For the 62nd year, the historic village of Waterford opens the doors to some of its most interesting old homes and buildings this weekend. The village will also host a juried crafts festival, with 160 artisans from across the country displaying work. Demonstrations, Civil War reenactments, music, dance and children's activities round out a full weekend. Proceeds benefit the preservation and education work of the Waterford Foundation. $13 in advance; $15 at the gate; 12 and younger, free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. 540-882-3018 or www.waterfordva.org.


Sterling's annual Columbus Day weekend celebration takes place Saturday at the Sterling Community Center. The festival features stage shows, music, arts and crafts, an open house at the fire station, community displays and, of course, food and games. The Knights of Columbus parade begins the day at 10 a.m., proceeding from Park View High School up Sterling Boulevard to the community center. Events take place rain or shine. Free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 703-430-9480 or www.sterlingfoundation.org/fest01.htm.


The Fauquier Community Theatre kicks off its season with performances of the Frank Loesser musical. The play will run Fridays through Sundays for the next three weeks at Warrenton's Theatre at Vint Hill. The theater troupe is also debuting Cafe Cubana Night Club, with special seating and goodies. $15; $12, students and seniors; $20, Cafe Cubana seats. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 23. 4225 Aiken Dr., Vint Hill Farms Station. 540-349-8760 or www.fctstage.org.

Bruce Benson gives his son Sky a boost up a climbing wall at last year's SterlingFest.