Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Feb. 28: Blossoms Bring Birds

Basic Gardening – Gardening for the Birds: Watching cardinals, bluebirds, wrens and other beautiful birds is one of the best ways to enjoy your garden. Learn which plants you should grow to create a habitat that encourages these delicate beauties to visit your garden and perhaps extend their stay. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

 Saturday, March 1: Merry Music

Caladh Nua: This tightly knit, vibrant and talented band has its origins deeply rooted in the southern counties of Ireland. Five versatile musicians and singers play a wide selection of instruments — from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhran and tin whistle to button accordion. The band captures the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balances it finely with an innovative contemporary flair. From 8 to 10 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $27/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

Also on Saturday:

Fireside Chat at Sully: After a house tour, sit by the fire in the outdoor kitchen to enjoy refreshments and historical tidbits in an informal atmosphere. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Canceled during inclement weather. Fireside chat is included with the cost of the house tour: $8/adult, $7/student and $6/senior or child. Pay at site. For information call 703-437-1794.

Salamander Excursion: Witness the first signs of spring by observing Jefferson salamanders, spotted salamanders and red spotted newts breeding in vernal pools. Visit a real fossil wall and climb Woodstock tower. Bring flashlights and dinner to cook on a grill and dress for the weather. Meet at Elizabeth Furnace, Front Royal, Va. From 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants must be at least age 8. $45/family or $20/adult. Register online. For information call E.C. Lawrence Park at 703-631-0013.

Evening Woodcock Walk: Take an evening stroll through the forest to one of the largest meadows, listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Bring a flashlight. Canceled during inclement weather. Ages 18 and up. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

 Sunday, March 2: Oh, the Places You'll Go

Dr. Seuss' Birthday Extravaganza: Naturalists share the tales of "Yertle the Turtle," "Gertrude McFuzz" and more to show that real woodland creatures share some of the same talents. Meet live animals and make crafts. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

Archaeological Investigations – Old Colchester Park and Preserve: Archaeologist Christopher Sperling shares investigations into the Old Colchester Park and Preserve to give a better understanding of life for Colonial Virginians and Native Americans. Hear about discoveries unearthed and new ways to think about Fairfax County's past. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Register online. For more information call 703-642-5173.

Leland Faulkner – World of Wonder: This imaginative theatre piece charms audiences of all ages with the actor's imagination, the mime's skill and the conjuror's craft.  Beginning with the amazing and lost art of shadowgraphs or hand shadows, Leland conjures up an amazing menagerie of silhouettes using only his hands. Discover classical magic from the Far East as a Japanese magician has folded paper butterflies fill the air with color in a beautiful homage to Old Japan. Ages 5 and up. From 2 to 3 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $15/person. Buy tickets online. 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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