Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, April 18: Time Traveler

Spring Break Special: Go back in time as you tour the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee, write a letter with a quill pen, learn to make your letter into an envelope and read a McGuffey’s Reader. From 1 to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. $7/adult, $6/student and $5/senior or child; pay at site. For information call 703-437-1794.

 Saturday, April 19: Early Earth Day Events

Earth Day at Cub Run RECenter: Volunteers are needed to help clean the water retention pond, weed, plant and mulch. Also enjoy fun crafts and demonstrations. Bring a water bottle, hat, sunscreen and bug repellent. Perfect for Scout groups and others seeking community service opportunities. From 9 a.m. to noon at Cub Run RECenter. Rain date is April 26. For information call 703-817-9407.

Also on Saturday:

Earth Day at James Lee Center: Come for a community cleanup, make Earth Day crafts, plant seeds, enjoy storytelling featuring “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss, and take part in early registration for summer RECQuest, Razorback football and cheerleading, as well as a fun fitness activity. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the James Lee Community Center. Free; no registration required. To volunteer or for more information, call 703-534-3387.

Floral Design: Breaking With Tradition: Bring a touch of spring into your home as we demonstrate floral design and you make your own floral creation to take home. From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $38/person and $25/supply fee. Register and pay supply fee online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Spring Blossom Garden Tour: Master gardener docents lead you through the gardens, highlighting cherry trees and other early-spring bloomers. Hear stories of these harbingers of spring and learn how they grow. Afterward, in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, enjoy Japanese tea and sweets. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Historic Green Spring. $12/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Wagon Ride - Birds, Butterflies and Blossoms: Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow to search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Riverbend Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-759-9018.

Bunny Train Visits McLean Central Park: Hop aboard the Bunny Train! Take an interpretive tour on Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad. From noon to 2 p.m. at McLean Central Park. $3/person; pay at site. For information call 703-324-8513.

Nature’s April Foolers Campfire: With live animals and stories, learn how animals use trickery to get a meal or to keep from being a meal. From 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Ballroom Social Dance: Put on your dancing shoes and join the monthly Ballroom Social Dance featuring complimentary refreshments and a cash bar. All skill levels welcome! Arrive early for a 30-minute mini-lesson on the country two-step from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The social dance is led by a professional ballroom instructor from 8 to 10:30 p.m. in the McGuire-Woods Gallery (second floor of W-16), Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person (Ballroom Social) and $5/person (mini-lesson). Mini-lesson tickets sold only at the door. Ballroom Social Dance tickets may be purchased online, by phone or at the door. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Sunday, April 20: Wild and Wonderful

Wildflowers of the Potomac Valley Collection: Join garden manager Keith Tomlinson every Sunday in April and May to learn about the Potomac Valley Native Plant Collection. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Free with paid admission to the Gardens. For information call 703-255-3631.


Also on Sunday:

Green Inspirations Environmental Film Festival: View short environmental films produced by students as part of an initiative of the Fairfax County Restoration Project, a public-private partnership. Take part in the discussion and enjoy pizza. Networking starts at 3:30 p.m. with films from 4 until 11:30 p.m. (through April 24) at the Cinema Arts Theatre. Free. For information call 703-916-8418.

  • 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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