Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, March 2: If It Walks Like a Duck...

Preposterous political disregard, buffoonery and cynicism at a time of economic and political crisis. No, it's not a current newspaper headline; it's a description of the great Marx Brothers film "Duck Soup." The classic political farce that was banned by Mussolini makes the Capitol Steps seem tame, and you will enjoy it even more with Groucho historian Frank Ferrante's introduction. 8 p.m. McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre. $8/person ($5/McLean Community Center district residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.

Also on Friday:

Woman Made: A curated exhibition centered around works made, created and inspired by women handpicked from around the D.C. Metro region, in honor of National Women's History Month. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Runs through March 25, hours vary.) Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For information call 703-495-0001. 

Saturday, March 3: Eat Dessert First!

Get your chocolate on as the City of Fairfax Regional Library takes part in the city's Chocolate Lovers Festival with special Chocolate Lovers Events.  "Chocolate-Covered Fairy Tales" with Gary Lloyd begin at 2 p.m. and the Unchained Harmony Quartet shares their fun, spirited performance style at 3:30 p.m. Register online for the storytelling event.  No registration necessary for the concert.  2 p.m. ("Chocolate Covered Fairy Tales") and 3:30 p.m. (concert).  Free.  For information call 703-293-6227.

Also on Saturday:

Winter Garden Treasures: Green Spring curator Brenda Skarphol introduces you to members of the dogwood and witch hazel families that will brighten gray days and provide you with cheery early blooms that hint of spring. The outdoor class offers a closer look at these diverse and beautiful trees and shrubs. Participants will receive thorough fact sheets on each plant covered in the class. 1 tp 3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $15/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-642-5173.

Theatre for Young Audiences - "Sinbad, the Untold Story": Join the adventure as Sinbad and Ittifaq (a pampered young lady) battle a bitter sorceress who has cast a poison cloud over the city. Experience daring swordfights, flying carpets and genies! Who will win the day? Advance ticket reservations recommended. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Saturdays through March 31.) Workhouse Arts Center. $12/adults, $8/children 12 and under.  For information call 703-584-2961.

ArtNotes: Síor-Óg Irish Band, March 3: Join the Workhouse in an early St. Patrick's Day celebration. Síor-Óg performs primarily traditional Irish tunes, songs, dances and verse, accompanied by Irish step dancers. The band also performs Celtic music from such places as Scotland, Wales and the Asturian and Galician regions of Spain. 4 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person.  Advance ticket reservations recommended.  For information call 703-495-0001. 

An Evening With Groucho: Frank Ferrante's outrageous, hilarious and uncanny portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx is loaded with the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs, including "Hooray for Captain Spaulding" and "Lydia the Tatooed Lady." You'll literally become part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. 8 p.m. McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre. $25/person ($18/McLean Community Center district residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.

Propagation Workshop: Tammy Burke, horticulturist, will show how to start annuals and perennials from seeds and cuttings. Various techniques, potting media and resources will be presented. 10 a.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $5/person. Reserve a spot (required) by calling 703-255-3631.

Sunday, March 4: Fly Like an Eagle (or a Snipe)

The marshes at Pohick Bay offer a marvelous opportunity for beginning birders to find birds well-known but rare (like eagles) and little known but common (like snipe!). During the Eagle and Snipe Watch, enjoy a walk through the woods to a magical bluff overlooking the marsh for sightings of eagles, snipes and water birds. Hot chocolate tops the experience! Meet at the mini golf parking lot.  2 to 4 p.m. Pohick Bay Regional Park. For reservations call 703-528-5406.

  • 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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