Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, March 22: Gone Fishin'

Fish Lake Fairfax: Although fishable year-round, spring is the premier time for fishing at Lake Fairfax. Thousands of pounds of safe-to-eat rainbow trout are stocked in the lake with bi-weekly stockings running from February into April. A Virginia fishing license is required along with either a one-day or a seasonal trout fishing pass available at the site. There are one-pole and six-fish limits. The lake is very accessible for shoreline fishermen. For information call 703-471-5415.

 Saturday, March 23: Egg-stra Special Events

Easter Egg Hunt: Openings remain for three Easter egg hunts, each lasting 45 minutes, but register soon as these fill fast. Children ages 2 to 3 start at 12:15 p.m. Four and 5-year-olds start at 10:45 a.m. Six to 8-year-olds start at 11:30 a.m. At Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. $6/child. Register online. For information call 703-759-2771.

Also on Saturday:

Spring Eggstravaganza Puppet Show: Celebrate spring with an egg-cellent puppet show, stories and crafts. Meet live animals while learning about the spring awakening of many woodland creatures. Naturalists highlight the history of eggs. Suited for children ages 4 to 8. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Nature Buddies: Spring is finally here, we hope, so here’s a chance for a parent and child to take a wetland walk to look for seasonal happenings. Following the walk are activities and a craft. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. $10/child. Accompanying adult does not pay. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

A Walk through Time at Walney: Step back in time with Emmeline Machen and tour Walney, her family farm. Learn about early settlers, hear about Civil War adventures, see historic buildings and remains and finish with light refreshments. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company: Count on lots of laughs with the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company. The cast is hand picked from the best improv comedians in New York City and Los Angeles. These are the "next wave" of comedy superstars. The group's comedy has been called "twisted and uproarious" by Entertainment Weekly and "witty and irreverent" by the renowned comedy site The Onion. Rated PG-13. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at The Alden, McLean Community Center. $30/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

Drumroll Please: Tom Teasley, described in the Washington Postas “a percussionist in the widest and most exuberant sense of the word,” maintains a unique career as a solo percussionist, composer and collaborator. In an unusual performance/installation of German Dadaist filmmaking masters Hans Richter and Viking Eggeling, Tom will perform original compositions that both complement and transform the original art. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $25/general admission, $20/senior or military and $12/youth or student. Cash bar and concessions available for purchase. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

Fly Me to the Moon: Enjoy an intimate evening of lush, smooth, jazz-infused standards from the Great American Songbook paired with mid-20th century jazz and Broadway favorites featuring classically trained vocalist Merissa Driscoll and pianist Vladimir Gabay. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. in W-16 – McGuireWoods Gallery, Workhouse Arts Center. $25/general admission and $20/senior or military. Complimentary refreshment plate provided with ticket; cash bar available in venue. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Sunday, March 24: Austen-tacious Gardens

Jane Austen Tea: Jane Austen set her novels in the natural beauty of the English countryside when England was becoming a nation of gardeners. Explore the Regency-era gardens and landscapes depicted in Austen’s novels and learn about Jane’s own passion for gardening. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 13 and up welcome. $28 fee includes a full afternoon tea served at the Historic House. For more information and to make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Also on Sunday:

Build Your Own Bluebird Box: Uncover the mysteries of bluebirds through a slideshow and walk. Make your own nest box for your backyard. Bring a hammer. Ages 6 and up welcome. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $15/person. For information call 703-631-0013.

Deeds Not Words: Hear the compelling story of the suffragist movement including the stories of Alice Paul, Lucy Burns and other brave women at the forefront of the struggle to gain the right to vote. This concert-style preview is not a full production, but gives a sneak preview into a theatrical work in development. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the W3 Theatre,Workhouse Arts Center. While the event is free, a $5 donation is encouraged but not required. 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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