Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Feb. 21: Eyes See You

Campfire Friday – Eyeshine: Explore the park with a naturalist in search of glow-in-the-dark eyes. Program concludes with a campfire and s’mores. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.


 Saturday, Feb. 22: Heavens Above

Master Naturalist Lecture – Astronomy: This exciting master naturalist lecture gives a deeper look into astronomy. From 10 a.m. to noon at Hunter House at Nottoway Park. Ages 16 and up. $15/person. Register online. For information call 703-324-8513.

Also on Saturday:

EcoSavvy Gardening Symposium: Learn how to meet the challenges of gardening in the suburbs where lots can be small, views unattractive, conditions harsh and gardening is limited. From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Lunch included in the $70/person fee. Call the site for a vegetarian meal request. Register online or call 703-642-5173.

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

Grand Dérangement: The bow fires up the fiddle and the sparks fly when this Acadian band ignites the stage. In an explosion of lights, sound, contagious rhythms and amazing step-dancing, Nova Scotia’s young, hip ambassadors defy you to sit still. From 8 to 10 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $20/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

 Sunday, Feb. 23: Cry Fowl!

Winter Hike – Wetland Waterfowl: Hike the boardwalk to the observation tower and look for green-winged teals, pintails, swamp sparrows, winter wrens and hopefully a bald eagle. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 9 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Also on Sunday:

Maple Syrup Boil-Down: The sap is rising and the maple trees are tapped. Now it’s sugaring time! Watch and learn as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire. From noon to 2 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup over fresh-baked cornbread while supplies last. $3/person. Pay at site. For information call 703-759-2771.

Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: Get to know Beatrix Potter the gardener. Explore the plants and places that inspired the classic children’s tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle Duck. Author Marta McDowell leads you through the origins of Potter’s love of gardening and plants and how this passion was reflected in her work. A book sale and signing follow the lecture. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Barred Owl – Stream Valley Hunter: Meet a live barred owl and learn to recognize its call, as well as how to spot them in our woods and how they are well-adapted hunters of the night. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Young Soloists Recital: Spend a Sunday afternoon with talented student musicians Victor Pan, Evan Hu, Kevin Wang and Adam Heins on piano and Shankar Balasubramanian on violin. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. Free admission. For information call 703-790-0123.

Sunday Soirée Dance Series – My Funny Valentine: As inexpensive and enjoyable dates go, they don’t get better than this! Come hear the music of The Wayne Tympanick Trio as you try out your favorite dance moves and enjoy appetizers and other refreshments. From 3 to 5 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $5/person; pay at site. For information call 703-790-0123.

  • 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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