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Friday, Feb. 17: Some Like it Hot

More than seven decades after the innovations of the Quintette du Hot Club de France featuring guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt, combos called “Hot Clubs” carry on the gypsy jazz sound around the globe. None offers a fresher take than the Hot Club of Detroit, led by fast-fingered Reinhardt disciple Evan Perri. Special guest artist Larry Coryell, who has been described by The New Yorker as “the most innovative and original guitarist since Charlie Christian,” will join Perri and crew. 8 p.m. Reston Community Center's CenterStage. $30 ($15/residents.)  Tickets available online.  For information call 703-476-4500.


Saturday, Feb. 18: A Fowl Mood

Hike the boardwalk to the observation tower and look for green-winged teals, pintails, swamp sparrows, winter wrens and, hopefully, spot a bald eagle during Winter Hike: Wetland Fowl. Participants age 10 and above are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 2 to 4 p.m. Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

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. 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.

Consider Conifers: Conifers stand out in the winter garden. Master Gardener docents lead a brisk stroll at Green Spring to identify and describe some of the parks’ evergreen trees. Be inspired to consider conifers that will brighten and define your winter landscape. Then step into the warmth of the historic house for refreshments.10:30 a.m. to noon. Green Spring Gardens. $12/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-941-7987.

Be Fit McLean: Ever wanted to learn how to kayak or rock climb? Looking for outdoor activities for the whole family? Searching for adaptive ways to experience the outdoors? Then don't miss Be Fit McLean, a day of fun, giveaways and information to get you geared up for spring and a lifetime of adventure. Free interactive demos and door prizes plus a free climbing wall!  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. For information call 703-790-0123.

Pressed-Leaf Butterfly Workshop: Make lovely winged creatures from vivid autumn leaves. Staff horticulturalist Nancy Olney demonstrates creating a work of art using recently pressed leaves. Take your ‘butterfly’ home in a matted frame. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Green Spring Gardens. $25/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.


Sunday, Feb. 19: Tap Dance

The sap is rising and the maple trees are tapped. Now it’s sugaring time! We all love maple syrup on our pancakes and waffles, but most folks are not familiar with the unique harvesting methods employed or preparation needed to get to this sweet delicacy. Watch and learn as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire at the Maple Syrup Boil Down. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup and cornbread. Noon to 2 p.m. Colvin Run Historic Site. $3/person. For information call 703-759-2771.

Also on Sunday:

Meadowlark in Winter: Are the lakes frozen over? Do the geese stay or fly off? Explore Meadowlark in winter. We may even find some early signs of spring. Dress for the weather. 2 p.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Free. For information or to make reservations (required) call 703-255-3631.

Raise the Rafters Music Series: Rock & Roll music evolved with the social change of the '60s. Hear selections that reflect the political and musical influences of the era.  Performances by the talented duo Katy Benko and Julie Crosson. 2 to 3 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park’s visitor center. 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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