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 Friday, Jan. 24: Natural Neighborhood

Family Nature Night: Discover your natural neighborhood and reconnect your family with nature. Seasonal topics will explore the many habitats and diverse wildlife through activities, crafts, games and walks. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.


Also on Friday:

Campfire Friday - Flying Squirrels: Bring the whole family to learn about nocturnal gliders and look for them in roosting boxes at the park. Program concludes with a campfire and s'mores. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

One-Act Festival: Unquiet Theatre Company presents a pair of one-act plays. What happens when a group of almost strangers is holed-up inside a school's classroom amidst a zombie apocalypse? “Pandemic” is a glimpse into human nature and raw emotion in the face of doom. The second play, “Voices in the Dark” has two couples, both solely connected by the hopes and dreams of a better life, who meet in the most unexpected of places. Which couple will survive to experience their happy ending? From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center (also on Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 8 to 9:30 p.m.). $10/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.


 Saturday, Jan. 25: Heartwarming Hike

Family Fun - Hot Cocoa Party: Take a walk with a naturalist through the winter wonderland and then come inside to warm up with a hot cocoa party. Jazz up your cup of cocoa with goodies, listen to some heartwarming winter stories and make a wintery craft to take home. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $15/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.


    Also on Saturday:

“The Merry Wives of Windsor”: One of Shakespeare's most beloved creations, the rotund, comical knight Falstaff is brought to life in a fun production by the American Shakespeare Center on Tour. He courts two wealthy married women to get his hands on their money, but they turn the tables on him. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. Come at 1:30 p.m. for live music performed by the cast. $30/person and $25/senior or student. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

Hands-On Nature: Drop off your child (ages 5 to 11) for an hour of natural adventure to explore the worlds of birds, animals and plants, and enjoy games and craft activities. From 2 to 3 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Burns Night Haggis – Tasting Party: Come to a tasting experience for brave hearts! Celebrate Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns, learn about haggis and why it's part of the annual Burns Night supper. Enjoy other traditional Scottish foods, music and the "Address to a Haggis" as you discover the unique characteristics of the "Great chieftain ‘o the pudding-race!" From 4 to 6 p.m. at Historic Green Spring. Ages 21 and up. $30/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-7987.

Evening Walk: Join a naturalist to hike the trails after dark, listening for owls and frogs and watching for beaver activity. From 5 to 7 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 18 and up. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

“Othello”: The American Shakespeare Center on Tour presents this passionate story about jealousy, betrayal and "one who loved not wisely but too well." From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. Come at 7:30 p.m. for live music performed by the cast. $30/person and $25/senior or student. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

Live in Concert – Bobby Jasinski: Join the Workhouse jazz club as native New Yorker Bobby Jasinski leads musicians in an evening of exquisite music, joined by vocalist Lena Seikaly. As conductor, composer, pianist and musical director, his work has graced stages in New York City, D.C., and Richmond among others. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the McGuireWoods Gallery, W-16, Workhouse Arts Center. $15/person, $12/senior or military and $8/youth or student. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.


 Sunday, Jan. 26: Pursuing Plants

Quest for the Best - Plant Exploration: Follow horticulturist Karen Rexrode as she traces the travels of 19th-century plant explorers through Japan, China and Korea, where many of today's favorite plants originated. Funded by botanical gardens and arboreta covetous of new species, these explorers were forced to employ cunning in their competing quests for the same plant material. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Sunday:

Drummers and Drillers: As they drum and drill on trees, woodpeckers are ridding our yards and woodlands of ants, wasps and grubs. Watch a variety of woodpeckers on the suet feeders and learn how to attract them to your yard. You might glimpse a flicker on its mission to eat a thousand insects in a day! From 10 a.m. to noon at Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Australia Day Celebration: G'day mate! Celebrate Australia Day with traditional stories, games and songs; meet a native animal; and enjoy an Australian taste treat. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn to speak Australian from our own Australian naturalist. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.


  • 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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