Friday, April 5: The Great
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.
Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Sunday, April 7: Let Me
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
A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
To request this information in an alternate format, call
TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.