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 Friday, April 5: The Great Outdoors 

Amphibians after Dark: Assist naturalists with a calling amphibian survey. Learn how to identify frogs and toads by their calls as you explore pools and ponds. Participants must be at least 7. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Meet at the nature center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-759-9018.


Also on Friday:

Campfire Fridays: Join the naturalist for an outdoor adventure and nature study. The program concludes with a campfire and s’mores. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

New Arrivals: Spring is the time to meet some of the newest arrivals at Frying Pan Farm Park. Meg, a Dorset ewe, gave birth to twin rams; the earliest lambs to be born. Meet these little guys and other farm babies on this working farm. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kidwell Farm at Frying Pan Farm Park. No admission charge. For more information call 703-437-9101.


 Saturday, April 6: Signs of Spring

Asian Art and Culture Day: Take part in Asian Art and Culture Day at the Workhouse National Cherry Blossom Festival 2013. This is the Workhouse’s third annual National Cherry Blossom Festival event. The day features demonstrations, performances, participatory workshops, presentations and exhibits. Presenters include the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., George Mason University, Workhouse Artists and Ikebana International. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. No registration required. For information call 703-584-2900.

Also on Saturday:

Spring Babies: It’s spring so baby birds, frogs, insects, fish and flowers are here! Children ages 2-5 will meet some of these spring babies and learn how they adapt to their new world. Enjoy activities, games and stories. From 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/child. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Hands-on History: Drop-off your child to travel back in time with a costumed interpreter and explore the lives of 19th-century children. Activities include games, penmanship, washing clothes, churning butter or making ice cream. Suited for children ages 4-11. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $10/child. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Meet the Author: M. Elizabeth Sweeney: Join M. Elizabeth Sweeney, author of "Losing Marmee: A Mother, a Daughter and Six Years in Assisted Living," a memoir with a purpose that offers firsthand lessons learned about the issues of elder care. Ages 18 and up. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Burke Centre Library, Meeting Room 116/117. Free. Register online. For information call 703-249-1520.

Asphalt Orchestra: Despite being a “marching band,” New York’s Asphalt Orchestra gleefully discards every marching band convention — frilly uniforms, Sousa marches and fight songs. What they do excel at is performing amazing music including pieces by Björk, Frank Zappa, David Byrne and many others. This innovative 12-piece group is reshaping marching music, while injecting new sounds, moves and soul into a beloved art form. The New York Times called them “part parade spectacle, part halftime show and part cutting-edge contemporary music concert.” From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $25/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

Cabaret Series: Make ‘Em Laugh: The cast takes you on a spirited and laugh-filled evening of song!  Pssst… they’ll even share some of their favorite backstage stories of when things went terribly wrong, but the show must go on. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. A second show has been added for 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. $25/person. Buy tickets online. Advance ticket reservations highly recommended as previous shows have sold out prior to performance date. Cash bar available. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres. For information call 703-584-2900.


 Sunday, April 7: Let Me Entertain You

Concerts at the Alden: Free Concert by Joni Chan: Joni Chan, doctoral candidate in piano performance at Indiana University, has given concerts across the U.S., Canada and in Hong Kong. In addition to her work as a pianist, she was appointed opera coach and accompanist for the Indiana University Opera Theater in 2009. The Concerts at the Alden series is sponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library and the Alden Theatre. From 3 to 4 p.m. at the Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center. Free. No tickets required. For information call 703-790-0123.

Also on Sunday:

It’s Vaudeville!: Once again, Mark Brutsché finds himself in a predicament of theatrical confusion. As his alter ego Buddy Silver, the self-proclaimed Mr. Vaudeville, he thinks he's arrived at the theatre to host a vaudeville show. However, he soon learns that he was expected to bring a whole lineup of acts. What does he do? What can he do? The show must go on! After all, he's Mr. Vaudeville! He'll just have to do it all by himself...that is unless he can get a little help from the audience. It's fun for the whole family in this hilarious afternoon of magic, mayhem and classic vaudeville comedy. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the CenterStage, Reston Community Center. $30/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-476-4500.

Bluegrass Barn Concert: Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa: For the past four years, Taylor has performed with his band Appaloosa. Its most recent success is “It’s Gonna Be a Beautiful Day.” Catch the band from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park’s visitor center. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. Purchase your ticket online or by phone at 703-222-4664. All sales are final. For information call 703-437-9101.


  • 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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