Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Mar. 8: Ponderings-Winter 

Amphibians: IDiscover the amphibians that live in our region and the various habitats that support them. Live animals and field studies are the reason this program is so popular. Come and join the park naturalist for the next adventure. Ages 6 to 10. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

 Saturday, Mar. 9: Life on the Home Front

History Symposium: Find out what was happening over here while war was being waged over there. Hear about rationing, victory gardens, wartime fashions and more from distinguished guest speakers. View wartime newsreels and enjoy 1940s music, exhibits and a special appearance by Rosie the Riveter. Learn why 1942 is a pivotal year in Green Spring’s history. From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at historic Green Spring Gardens. $75/person; lunch included, call the site to request a vegetarian option. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Saturday:

Raggedy Ann and Andy: A new doll, Babette, has arrived in the playroom only to be whisked away by Prince Leonard-the-Looney-Hearted. Raggedy Ann and Andy spring to action and climb out the playroom window into the deepest, darkest woods to rescue Babette. In this hilarious and free-wheeling romp for ages 5+, the dolls encounter numerous crazy characters on their quest. Based on the Bobbs-Merrill book, this is an adventure for the child in all of us. From 3 to 5 p.m. (also Sunday) at the Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $10/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight: Join the naturalist to call in these amazing night gliders and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. Participants must be at least age 4. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

2nd Saturday Art Walk: The 2nd Saturday Art Walk at the Workhouse showcases the diverse work of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue. Guests can tour seven unique studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists, buy original works of art, experience ever-changing exhibitions and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshments and music — the perfect destination for a date night or girls night out, as well as  for art collectors and art appreciation groups. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center.  No tickets or registration required. For information call 703-584-2900.

Astronomy Festival: This Saturday the moon approaches its “new” phase, which means it won’t be bright and the sky will be dark — perfect conditions for an astronomy festival. As long as it’s not raining or snowing, gather for an evening of stargazing, stories and snacks. Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, is the highlight. Study the gaseous giant and its Galilean moons through the park’s powerful Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. Naturalists will point out constellations and share ancient stories around a warming fire. Crafts and games for children. Hot chocolate and snacks are available to purchase. From 7 to 9 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Reservations only required for groups of 10 or more. $5/person. For information or group reservations, call 703-759-9018.

 Sunday, Mar. 10: Catch Some Spring Fever

Winter Lecture: American Top 40: By planting more natives in your managed landscape, you support and encourage an abundance of life. Learn how to pamper pollinators, beguile butterflies and boost birds – all while enjoying a beautiful garden yourself. Ages 18+. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Sunday:

Hands-on History: Drop off your children (ages 4 to 11) and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th-century children. Activities include games, penmanship, washing clothes, churning butter or making a food item such as butter, ice cream, cheese or applesauce. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $10/person. Register online. For more information call 703-631-0013.

Brass 5: Brass 5, one of America’s most successful educational ensembles has been an active part of the Mid-Atlantic arts scene for 29 years. The “5” offer a repertoire from Renaissance, classical, Dixieland, swing, jazz and rock to country and more. Something for everyone, young and old alike. Brass 5 performances have been featured on TV and broadcast live on National Public Radio. Cash bar and concessions available for purchase. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. in W16 – McGuireWoods Gallery, Workhouse Arts Center. $25/person general admission, $20/senior or military and $12/youth/student. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

  • 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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