Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, April 13: Author! Author!

Meet the author of "Quaking," "Mockingbird" and "The Absolute Value of Mike" at An Evening with Kathryn Erskine, sponsored by the Fairfax County Public Library. Erskine won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for "Mockingbird." Books will be available for sale and signing.  7:30 to 9 p.m. Chantilly Regional Library. Register online.  For information call 703-502-3883.

Also on Friday:

Café Cattail: Welcome to Huntley Meadows' very own coffeehouse! Enjoy a relaxing evening applauding community talent as musicians, dancers and poets share their arts with a nature theme. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Huntley Meadows Park. Free. For information call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, April 14: A Bird in the Hand...

Create your own bird sanctuary with help from the experts at a Best Bird Gardening Tips workshop. Learn all the secrets to planting for birds through slides, a garden tour and planting demo. The fee includes a native wildflower and seed packet for every participant. Additional bird-attracting plants will be available for sale. 3 to 5 p.m. Huntley Meadows Park. $8/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Also on Saturday:

Second Saturday Art Walk: Showcasing the diverse work of more than 150 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community. Tour seven unique studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists, buy original works of art, experience ever-changing exhibitions and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshment and music. 6 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center.  Free.  For information call 703-495-0001.

Rainbow Fish: With her lovely coloring and shimmering scales, the Rainbow Fish is used to being the most beautiful creature in the ocean. So when the other fish ask her for some silver scales, she refuses. How can she sacrifice the one thing that makes her so unique? Will some good advice from the wise old Octopus persuade the Rainbow Fish to share her gifts with those around her?  Find out in this delightful musical performance. 2 p.m. McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre.  $15/person. ($10/McLean Community Center district residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.

Watershed Cleanup at Lake Accotink: Be part of the 24th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup to beautify the park and surrounding roadways. Meet at the marina. Bring a water bottle and dress to get dirty. 9 a.m. to noon. Lake Accotink Park. Free. For information call 703-569-0285.

Mill Run Dulcimer Band Concert: Take a relaxing musical journey to the past and welcome the Mill Run Dulcimer Band back for old-time favorite tunes at this spring concert series performance. 2 to 4 p.m. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Free. For information call 703-759-2771.

Sunday, April 15: Hit the Ground Running

Experience excitement, sweat and uncertainty as you go on the lam from the Lorton Workhouse correctional facility during the Prison Break 5k. Fear not dogs, prison guards and gunfire - fear your fellow runners. You will be chased, hounded and tracked through 5 kilometers of the historic reformatory workhouse complex while taking to the road, train route and park trails. Your goal is the ultimate prize - freedom at the finish line! All proceeds benefit the Lorton Arts Foundation.  8 a.m. Lorton Workhouse Arts Center. $35/person.  For information call 888-554-6665.

Also on Sunday:

Pooh Bear's Friends Tea Party: Families enjoy honey, tea and cookies in a Pooh-style tea. Learn about Virginia's brown bears and if heffalumps and wuzzles are native to Fairfax County. Bring your favorite stuffed animal! Participants age 4 and above are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 2 to 3:30 p.m. $15/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Bull Run Bluebell Walk: A spectacular show of bluebells, spring beauties and other spring wildflowers along a mile and a half path. Join in this 30+ year tradition. All ages. 2 to 4 p.m. Bull Run Regional Park.  Free. For information call 703-631-0550. 

  • 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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