Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, April 12: Young at Art 

Young at Art: An impressive array of two- and three-dimensional art will be on display in April during Reston Community Center’s Young at Art Exhibit. The exhibit, which runs until April 29, features the work of area artists 55+ in a variety of mediums including acrylic, oil, mixed media, watercolor, pen and ink and photography. Works will be informally judged. The awards ceremony and reception will be held Friday from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Community Room at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. Free. No registration required. For information contact Gloria.Morrow@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Also on Friday:

Basic Gardening: Edibles Mix-it-Up: Not enough space for an edible garden? Discover the basics of mixing edibles into your ornamental landscape and enjoy the beauty and benefit of fresh vegetables outside your door. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Twilight Hilltop Tour at Historic Huntley: Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley. It is a dramatic setting made all the more stunning by the setting sun. Enjoy it after-hours on a special tour and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments served afterward. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. $12/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

MoveMENt: Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, resident dance company of the Alden Theatre, return to present a thrilling evening of contemporary dance by a diverse group of male choreographers on Friday and Saturday. On the program are world premieres by company dancer Junichi Fukuda and artistic director Morgan, whose latest work, “Halcyon,” is a collaboration with renowned cellist, Ignacia Alcover. 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.

 Saturday, April 13: Bee Friendly

Native Bees: Denise Shreeve is on a mission to help our native bees and she wants you to help. Learn more about these busy native pollinators and how you can create native bee homes for your yard or you can purchase one after the talk. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Participants must be at least age 14. $12/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Saturday:

Bluebells at the Bend Festival: Spring is here when the Virginia bluebells are in bloom. Bluebells are native wildflowers that carpet the forests, putting on a spectacular display. Bring the whole family for this fun event and enjoy wildflower walks, wagon rides, hands-on activities, live animals and music. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. $5/person at site (ages 3 and under free). For information call 703-759-9018.

Best Bird Gardening Tips: Create your own bird sanctuary. Learn all the secrets to planting for birds through a slide show, garden tour and planting demo. Whether you have an apartment balcony, suburban yard or rural estate, you’ll learn about the best native plants to use and all the tricks to attracting a variety of birdlife each month. Program cost includes a native wildflower and seed packet; additional bird-attracting plants will be available for sale. From 3 to 5 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 18 and up. $8/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

2nd Saturday Art Walk: Tour seven unique studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists, buy original works of art, experience ever-changing exhibits and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshments and music. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. No tickets required. For information call 703-584-2900.

Sounds of the Night Campfire: Sounds of the night will fill your ears with delight. Learn to identify nocturnal animal calls and enjoy stories of local denizens of the night around a campfire complete with s’mores. From 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

“Keepin’ it Moving”: The Hip-Hop Tap Color Map: Conceived by D.C. hip-hop theater luminary Holly Bass, the work incorporates rhymed narration, a live DJ and MC, audience call-and-response and colorful footwork — literally — as tappers dip their shoes in paint to create a time-travelling dance map across the stage. Hip-hop's four elements boil down to the beat, the rhyme, dance and street art, and “Keepin' It Moving” contains all of those and more. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at CenterStage, Reston Community Center. $30/person. Ticket information online. For information call 703-476-4500.

“Sapphire” – A Play by God’s Boo: Kittee is a woman thriving after a tragedy. As you progress from observer to participant in her psychotherapy, you discover that love and hate are not the only things separated by a thin line. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $25/person. Buy tickets online. Limited seating; advance tickets recommended. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Sunday, April 14: Suit You to a Tea

Pooh Bear’s Friends’ Tea Party: Enjoy honey, tea and cookies in a Pooh-style tea while learning about Virginia’s brown bears, as well as if heffalumps and wuzzles are native to Fairfax County. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to this program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. $15/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

Free Art of Movement Classes: Enjoy a one-hour Zumba session or a one-hour Pilates Barre class. Zumba, a global phenomenon, is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning, dance fitness program. From 1 to 2 p.m. in Building W-11 at the Workhouse Arts Center. Or take a Pilates Barre class that combines the principles of Pilates with ballet barre work to ensure you gain an awareness of your core and body alignment. From 2 to 3 p.m. in Building W-11. Both classes are free; no registration required. For information call 703-584-2965.

  • 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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