Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, April 19: Owls - Whoo's Who? 

Local Owls: Learn to recognize local owl calls and their features, make a craft and enjoy a night hike with a naturalist. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

 Saturday, April 20: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Native Plants: Stroll through the gardens with horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol and discover beautiful native plants with spring interest for both shady and sunny sites. Learn how to care for them to keep your garden looking great. Ages 18 and up. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $18/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Saturday:

Library 50th Anniversary Celebration: The John Marshall Library first opened in a storefront at the Rose Hill Shopping Center on April 22, 1963 and moved to its present location in 1975. Come for a day of festivities to celebrate 50 years. Sign up for special events Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres, music and dance from Latin America at 10:30 a.m., and David Mamet’s play for children “The Poet and the Rent” by Travelers Player Ensemble at 1:30 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John Marshall Library. All ages are invited. For information call 703-971-0010.

Earth Day Celebration: Learn about the changing environment, composting and other green practices. End the celebration by recycling household materials into fun new items. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Gustafer Yellowgold: Meet Gustafer Yellowgold, a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun and is living an explorer’s life in a slightly psychedelic version of the Minnesota woods. A multi-media performance of live music, animated illustrations and storytelling for ages 4 and up. From 2 to 3 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $15/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

Park Manager Walk and Talk: Join Manager Kevin Munroe to learn about the wetland restoration project and go for a walk to look for plants and animals in the park’s 50-acre marsh. From 4 to 6 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Free. No registration required. For information call 703-768-2525.

Cecil Ray Comedy Club: The “Ladies of Comedy” brings local talent Valena Metcalfe, who performs all over Virginia and up and down the East Coast. Come for laughs, fun and dancing to the sounds of “Jason & The Crew.” From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door (general admission); and $30 VIP. Limited seating, advance ticket reservations recommended. Purchase tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

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 salsa from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The social dance will be 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 21: The Early Bird

Birding for Beginners: Interested in birding? We can get you started! Learn about birds and try out different optics. A park naturalist will help you sharpen your bird identification skills. Seasonal topics emphasized. Participants age 12 and above are welcome. 8 to 11 a.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Also on Sunday:

Bluegrass Barn Concert: Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice: From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia comes one of bluegrass music’s most honest voices in the genre’s history. The band, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, is enjoying great success with its latest Rebel Records CD, “The Heart of a Song.” Hear the band perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park’s visitor center. Doors open at 6 p.m. $12/person. 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 opportunities.  
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