Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, March 11: The Pool Is Open!

Ponderings: Vernal Pools, offers a trek through the Pohick Stream Valley forest to see what is happening at its various vernal pools. The importance of such habitats will be examined through field study and more. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Hidden Pond Nature Center. For ages 6 to 10.  $4/person. Registration is required. Register online.  For information call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, March 12: Splendid Stroll

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk showcases the diverse work of more than 150 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community. Guests can tour seven studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists and buy original works of art, all while enjoying light refreshment and music. The social atmosphere of the monthly art walk makes it the perfect destination for a date night or girl's night out, as well as for art collectors and art appreciation groups. 6 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Free.  For information call 703-495-0001.

Also on Saturday:

Birds and Bagels: Enjoy the end of winter during this morning search for waterfowl. Following the walk, warm up with hot drinks and fresh bagels. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Huntley Meadows Park. $8/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Batting Cages Open: The batting cages open this weekend at various Northern Virginia Regional Parks, including Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton.  More information is available online.

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. Register (required) by calling 703-255-3631.

Storybook Festival: Tons of fun for kids throughout the event with roaming princess characters by Joy of Dance, puppet shows by Rainbow Puppets, as well as crafts and face painting by Abrakadoodle. Kids can play fun games and win prizes.  Popcorn, cookies and juice for the kids. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. McLean Community Center. $5/person. Registration required. For information call 703-790-0123.

Sunday, March 13: A Garden of History

History comes alive as you meet the King's Gardener and America's first botanist, John Bartram, a traveler, collector and father of the nursery industry in the original 13 colonies. Kirk Brown, as John Bartram, takes visitors back to a time when the new field of plant discovery and identification led to the development of America's first public gardens. Bartram's humor, passion and achievements are on display as he shares his historical perspective and hopes for the future. Registration (online) required. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Sunday:

Raise the Rafters and Game Day: Who’s on first bass? Find out how music and sports can go together. 2 to 3 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park. Free. Participants must be at least age 6. For information call 703-437-9101.

Birding in the Gardens: Join a naturalist for a tour of the gardens in search of the many bird species that call Meadowlark home. Learn basic bird identification and general birding tips. Some field guides and binoculars are available, but feel free to bring your own. Meet at the visitor center. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Free. For information call 703-255-6092.

  • 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.

  • A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
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