Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, April 15: Fired Up

Enjoy a fun-flooded evening of stories and games. Learn about otters, beavers and other animals who call the Potomac home. S’mores provided. Come early if you want to bring a picnic or hotdogs to toast. Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Riverbend Park. $4/person. Register online.  For information call 703-759-9018.

Also on Friday:

Café Cattail: Musicians, dancers and poets are encouraged to share their arts with a nature theme at this special coffeehouse.  7 to 9:30 p.m. Huntley Meadows. Reservations required for performers only. Free. For information call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, April 16: Love Your Mother

Join the 2011 Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration inside the Fairfax County Government Center. This year's festivities include a host of adventures, workshops, entertainment and more. Community clean-up, tree pruning demos and crafty fun for kids. More information (including weather related updates Friday evening and Saturday morning) can be found online or call 703-324-5471.

Also on Saturday:

Madeline and the Bad Hat: An original musical by ArtsPower, based on the much loved book, captures the blithe yet touching spirt of Ludwig Bemelman's Madeline series. Ages 4 and above. 2 p.m. McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre. Tickets available online. $12/$8 McLean district residents. For information call 703-790-0123. 

Farm Baby Day: Greet the new babies at Frying Pan Farm Park. The farm's sheep, goats and cows all may have delivered during the cold winter months. For information call 703-437-9101.

Gallery After Hours-Ballroom Dancing: Dancing food and fun! Led by an instructor (with a pre-dance mini lesson available, $5/person.)  Complimentary refreshments and cash bar available. All skill levels are welcome. Dress is casual. Doors open at 7 pm, dancing at 7:30 pm. Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person. Tickets available  online. For information call 703-495-0001. 

Sunday, April 17: Am I Blue?

A brief slide show precedes this hike to see spring ephemerals such as trout lilies, Dutchman's breeches, early buttercup, spicebush and, of course, a fabulous stand of Virginia bluebells. Bring field guides and hiking shoes. Participants ages 10 and above are welcome. 1 to 3 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $6/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-631-0013.

Also on Sunday:

Mill Run Dulcimer Band: Welcome the band back to Colvin Run Mill for the spring concert series. Enjoy old-time favorite tunes during this free show. 2 to 4 p.m. For information, call 703-759-2771.

  • 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.

  • A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
  • To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.
  • TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.


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