Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Jan. 31: Spring's Around the Corner

Basic Gardening - Design Your Garden: If you're planning a do-it-yourself garden, this seminar is for you. See how trees and shrubs provide structure and year-round interest and how colorful annuals and perennials add seasonal splashes that make your house pop. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Friday:

“La Cage Aux Folles”: The original production 30 years ago won six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The McLean Players present this glittering show Friday-Sunday through Feb. 16. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. Suitable for ages 16 and up. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

 Saturday, Feb. 1: Happy Chinese New Year!

Celebrate the Year of the Horse: Join the festivities of Chinese New Year with traditional games, stories and crafts. Decorate a paper lantern and find out which animal represents your birth year. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $8/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

      Also on Saturday:

7th Annual McLean Jewelry Showcase: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this fabulous showcase will feature a variety of quality, handmade jewelry by exhibitors from around the region. The juried show has items ranging from casual to elegant and something for every taste and budget. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. $3/person admission; save $1 with ad. For information call 703-790-0123.

9th Annual Seed Exchange: Take part in lectures, seed swap and more. Bring your extra seeds to swap with other gardeners and leave with a bag full of seeds, new garden friends and expert planting advice. From 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $15/person includes lectures, goody bag and seed swap. ($10/ Friends of Green Spring or Washington Gardner Magazine subscribers.) To register call 703-642-5173.

Fireside Chat at Sully: After a house tour, sit by the fire in the outdoor kitchen to enjoy refreshments and historical tidbits. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. $8/adult, $7/student and $6/senior or child. For information call 703-437-1794.

Elska “Middle of Nowhere”:Shelley Wollert embodies the character of Elska, a modern pioneer who lives on a newly formed Arctic island also named Elska. Follow along as she takes you and your family on a musical tour of her Arctic home and introduces you to the island's wonderful inhabitants through an enchanting blend of theater, storytelling and musical performance. From 2 to 3 p.m. at The Alden Theater, McLean Community Center. Ages 3 and up. $15/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

 Sunday, Feb. 2: Groundhog Day...Again!

Groundhog Day! Will we have six more weeks of winter? Learn the story behind Groundhog Day, meet the Walney groundhog to pick up some interesting facts about this animal and play groundhog games. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Also on Sunday:

Groundhog Day Celebration: Children ages 3 to 10 prepare for Groundhog Day with costumed characters Willard and Mother Nature as they discuss nature’s weather forecasters. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/child. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Groundhog’s Day Out: See a groundhog burrow, learn cool groundhog facts, play games, make your own groundhog friend to take home and enjoy hot chocolate. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-437-9101.

A Passion for Peonies: Kathleen Gagan, owner and founder of Peony’s Envy, introduces you to the different types of peonies. Bare root peonies will be available for sale following the lecture. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

  • 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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