Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Feb. 1: Rock On 

McLean Community Players present Next to Normal, their version of the show that won three 2009 Tony Awards including Best Original Score.  When it premiered, Rolling Stone said, “Rock is alive and rolling like thunder in Next to Normal.  It’s the best musical of the season by a mile…an emotional powerhouse with a fire in its soul and a wicked wit that burns just as fiercely.” Suitable for ages 15 and up.  Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Feb. 1-16. Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center.  $20/person; $18/seniors and students. Buy tickets online.  For information call 703-790-0123.

 Saturday, Feb. 2: All that Jazz

The most sung, yet unsung, hero of the American Songbook, Harold Arlen, composed some of jazz’s most unforgettable songs. At “Howard Arlen, the Wonderful Wizard of Song” pianist, scholar and humorist John Eaton will introduce you to the man behind such classics as “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “Stormy Weather,” “Blues in the Night,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Come Rain or Come Shine” and of course, “Over the Rainbow.” 1 to 3 p.m. McLean Community Center. Free. Registration not required.  For information call 703-790-0123.

Also on Saturday:

Annual McLean Jewelry Showcase: This juried show will feature a variety of quality, handmade jewelry collections with designs by exhibitors from around the region. Items range from casual to elegant, it is a must-attend event just in time for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. McLean Community Center. $3/person. Print ad and receive $1 off admission.  For information call 703-790-0123.

Groundhog Day Celebration: Prepare for Groundhog Day with costumed characters, Willard and Mother Nature, as they entertainingly discuss nature's true weather forecasters. 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center.  $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

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

Spring's Just Around the Corner: Washington Gardener, the publication for DC-area gardening enthusiasts, is co-hosting the eighth annual Washington Seed Exchange. This event includes lectures, a face-to-face seed swap and more.  Bring your extra seeds to swap with other gardeners. Everyone will leave with a bag full of seeds, new garden friends, and expert planting advice. 12:30 to 4 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $15 ($10 for FROGS and WG magazine subscribers). For information and to register (required), call 703-642-5173.

Live Onstage: Sleeping Beauty-The Broken Spell: When the prince learns he is to marry the princess known as Sleeping Beauty, he has a right to worry.  She falls asleep every chance she gets!  Little does he know that a mysterious spell has been cast upon her and he must soon find a cure before it is too late and she falls asleep forever! 1 to 2:30 p.m. W3 Theatre at the Workhouse Arts Center.  $12/adults and $8/children under 12.  Buy tickets online.  For information call 703-584-2900.

Valentine's Workshop: Children ages 6-12 can enjoy arts and crafts, goodies and gift-making in the sweet colors of the season. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Reston Regional Library.  Free but registration required.  Register online.  For information call 703-689-2700.

 Sunday, Feb. 3: Tools of the Trade

Guy Schum presents a lecture on his array of early English, French and American garden tools. This fascinating collection is eclectic, often quirky, and comes with lots of stories and history. 1:30 to 3 p.m. 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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