Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, Jan. 18: A Barrel of Laughs

Laugh your way through the winter blues when Cool Cow Comedy Presents: Dan St. Germain. Seen on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “John Oliver’s NY Standup Show” on Comedy Central and MTV’s New Year’s Eve Bash, among many others, St. Germain is sure to have the crowd in stitches. Due to material, attendees must be 18 years or older. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door (cash only). 8 to 9:30 p.m. and 10 to 11:30 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $15/person. For information call 703-584-2900.

Also on Friday:

Winter Ponderings: Children ages 6 to 10 discover the wildlife that lives in our region and the various habitats that support them, particularly life under the ice.  Come and join the center’s naturalist for the next adventure! 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Hidden Pond Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, Jan. 19: Musical Tribute to Dr. King

The Reston Community Orchestra will present its annual Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year's presentation features the music of Reston resident Brian Scarbrough with a wide range of compositions from symphonic selections to upbeat original tunes for jazz quartet. Also included in the program will be the premiere of a work for a vocal soloist drawn from the writings of Dr. King.  4 to 5:30 p.m. Reston Community Center – Hunter Woods. Free. For information call 703-476-4500. 

Also on Saturday:

Take a Hike – A Winter Waterfowl Hike: Hike with a Huntley Meadows naturalist to search for winter waterfowl along the Upper Potomac River. Bring binoculars and spotting scopes. Participants age 14 and above are welcome. 9 to 11 a.m. Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online.  For information call 703-768-2525.

Garden Design: It’s not too early to be thinking about your garden. In this session taught by Elin Haaga and Betsy Washington, George Washington Landscape Design instructors, learn how to assess and improve your garden’s growing conditions, discover great plants, including natives, and create a sustainable garden.  This session is on “Sun, Soil and Drainage and The Right Plants for the Right Places.” 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Green Spring Gardens. $35/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Ballroom Social Dance: Dancing, food and fun! Led by an instructor (with a pre-dance mini-lesson available, $5/person).  Complimentary refreshments and cash bar. All skill levels are welcome. Dress is casual. Mini-lesson from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and open dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person. Tickets available online. For information call 703-584-2900.

Sunday, Jan. 20: A Little Squirrely!

Celebrate squirrels with Squirrel Appreciation Day. Find out about the survival strategies that make squirrels so successful in our suburban environment through stories, games and songs. Plus learn easy ways to make your backyard more attractive to squirrels! Participants age 4 and above are welcome. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

Winter Lecture - Don’t Be a Drip: Water is essential to a garden but using it wisely can be a challenge.  Joe Henderson, pond and creek gardener at Chanticleer, discusses the use of water from ponds to tiny water features including thoughtful storm water management and how to handle excess water with rain gardens. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Music Friends Concert at the Alden - Trio Cleonice: This Graduate Piano Trio-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory has quickly established itself as one of the most creative and exciting young ensembles in the U.S.  The group’s diverse repertoire spans early trios of Mozart and Beethoven through romantic masterworks and new pieces.  Co-sponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library and the Alden. 3 to 5 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre. Free. For information call 703-790-0123.

  • Information was correct at time of publication.  Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled. 
  • The Fairfax County Weekender highlights a selection of county events taking place each weekend. Many more events and activities can be found at the Parks and Library pages, and elsewhere on the Fairfax County website. Additionally, the towns of Herndon and Vienna as well as the city of Falls Church offer many arts, entertainment and recreational opportunities.  
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