Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, March 15: Oh My Deer! 

Gardening with Deer: No, the deer won’t help you and can actually have a negative impact on your garden. And there seem to be more of them than ever. While fencing and spraying repellents are the tactics most often used, another good way to combat deer is to focus on the selection and care of plants. Learn which plants the deer avoid in your garden. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Friday:

Lynne Mackey, Classical Pianist: Sit back and enjoy an amazing recital featuring music of Russian composers ranging from the romantic pieces of Rachmaninoff and Medtner, to the whimsical humor of Stravinsky and Prokofiev. Talented pianist Lynne Mackey has performed in solo and chamber music settings in the United States and abroad. Her performances include three New York premieres and she currently tours as a pianist with the Virginia Commission for the Arts. From 8 to 9:30 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. 

 Saturday, March 16: Animals Around Us

Garden Sprouts: Animal Tracks: Observe nature all around you. Three to 5-year-olds can see deer, rabbit and raccoon tracks and look for other signs of these woodland creatures from 11 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens. $5/child. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Saturday:

Family Fun: Animal Trek: Learn how to identify animals by their tracks and other clues. Explore the park for evidence of woodland animals, then make a plaster cast of your favorite animal prints. Participants must be at least age five. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

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 those 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. at the Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, both Saturday and Sunday. $10/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

Ballroom Social Dance: Put on your dancing shoes and join the monthly Ballroom Social Dance featuring complimentary refreshments and a cash bar. All skill levels welcome! Arrive early for a 30-minute mini-lesson on the foxtrot from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The social dance will be led by a professional ballroom instructor. From 8 to 10:30 p.m. in the McGuire-Woods Gallery (second floor of W-16), Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person (Ballroom Social) and $5/person (mini-lesson). Mini-lesson tickets are only sold at the door. Ballroom Social Dance tickets may be reserved online, by phone or at the door. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Sunday, March 17: Go Green but Enjoy Bluegrass

Go Green: Shamrocks & Snakes: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish stories, music and the legend of why there are no snakes in Ireland. Meet several snakes that live here, not there. Participants must be at least age 4. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

Wear Green! Campfire: Wear your best green this St. Patrick’s Day and help find all things wearing green in the meadow. Return to a campfire to toast marshmallows. From 7 to 8 p.m., meet at Cabell's Mill in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Be sure to register an adult with child. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Bluegrass Barn Concert Series: Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie: Bill Emerson started singing and playing the banjo in1953 and went on to become the founder of the world famous Country Gentlemen. One of the five most influential string banjo players of all time, he has recorded and performed with more bands than any other banjo player. He performs with Sweet Dixie from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 in advance. Call 703-437-9101 or go to Frying Pan Farm Park to purchase your tickets.

Cool Cow Comedy Presents: A St. Paddy's Day Showcase!: Lucky you! Some of D.C.'s best will be bringing the laughs this St. Paddy's Day. Rahmein Mostafavi will cost joined by Phillippe Schafer, Jamel Johnson, Becca Steinhoff, Randy Syphax and Brandon Wardell. Due to material, all patrons must be 18 to attend the performance and line-up of performers is subject to change without notice. From 7 to 9 p.m. at W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center.  $10/person (advance reservations strongly recommended as previous performances have sold out). 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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