Fairfax County Weekender


Blank canvasFriday, Jan. 20: Worth a Thousand Words

The inaugural season of Workhouse Theatre! debuts with, appropriately,  "Art." How much would you pay for a white painting? Is it art? Would it matter who the artist was? Lines are drawn as three friends square off over the canvas, relentlessly debating the nature (and definitions) of art, beauty and friendship. 8 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $20/person ($15/seniors, military and students.) For information call 703-495-0001.

Also on Friday:

Café Cattail:  Enjoy a relaxing evening featuring local community talents. Musicians, dancers and poets share their arts with a nature theme. 7 to 9:30 p.m.  For information, call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, Jan. 21: Awww Nuts!

Celebrate National Squirrels Day! Love them or hate them, squirrels abound in suburbia. Learn what makes them such a neighborhood success with stories, games and songs. Participants age 4 and above are welcome. 2 to 3 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-941-1065.

Also on Saturday:

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 available. All skill levels are welcome. Dress is casual. Doors open at 7 p.m., 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 703-495-0001.

Games at Sully: Play 18th and 19th century games like checkers, ninepins, and fox and geese. Participants must be at least 5. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sully Historic Site. $7/adult, $6/student, $5/senior and child. Make an old-fashioned toy for an additional $2. For information call 703-437-1794.

Rhythms around the World Concert: Take a magical musical journey around the globe with the Virginia Virtuosi string trio. Bring the whole family for this interactive performance with music from countries including Kenya, Japan, Spain and Argentina. Learn about the rhythmic elements that make each nation’s music special and unique. Participants age 5 and above are welcome. 2 to 3 p.m. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. $2/person. Register online. For information call 703-759-2771.

owlSunday, Jan. 22: Give a Hoot!

Search the cedar forest for barred owls and other winter secrets concealed by the evergreen forest during a winter hike and Owl Hunt. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Also on Sunday:

Beyond Coal; Cleaner Energy, a Cleaner Environment: Featured speaker Phillip Ellis, field organizer for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, will discuss how to move electricity generating plants to cleaner energy sources. 2 to 4 p.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Free.  For information call 703-528-5406.

Just Jumpers Horse Show Series: Watch local residents compete for a blue ribbon in a variety of jumping classes. A food vendor is on site for the duration of the show. Come show or just watch. The show is held indoors rain or shine. 9 a.m. Frying Pan Farm Park. Free. For information call 703-437-9101.

  • 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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