Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, April 20: Amazing Amphibians

Get ready to get muddy on an Amphibian Safari. Explore the bay area for frogs, toads, and salamanders that are waking up for the breeding season. Bring shoes that can get muddy, a flashlight and your curiosity. Meet at Pohick Bay Marina. Reservations required. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Pohick Bay Regional Park. Free. For information call 703-339-6104.

Also on Friday:

Swing into Spring: Take advantage of half-price greens fees all day on Friday at Pohick Bay Golf Course. Specials continue throughout the weekend. For information call 703-339-8585.

Saturday, April 21: A Gift That Keeps on Giving

Learn about and celebrate Japanese art and culture as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the 100th Anniversary of the Gift of Trees during Japanese Art and Culture Day. Enjoy a day of interesting presentations, workshops, demonstrations, hands-on activities and film for visitors of all ages to engage in and enjoy. Festival attendees are also encouraged to visit all seven of the studio buildings on the Workhouse campus to see the artists’ studios, meet the featured artists and enjoy the collective exhibitions in each building. 12 to 4 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Free. More information, including a complete schedule, is available online or call 703-495-0001.

Also on Saturday:

Farm Baby Day: Visit with the baby animals. Spring is a time of new arrivals and children delight in watching the antics of these newborn creatures. Find out which animals have just arrived and which animals will be arriving shortly by visiting online. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park. Free. For information call 703-437-9101.

Alice Hoffman: Meet Alice Hoffman, bestselling author of "The Dovekeepers," "Practical Magic," "Here on Earth," "The Red Garden" and others. Books available for sale and signing. Registration required. 2 to 4 p.m. McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre. For information call 703-324-8428.

Mother's Day Craft Show: Honor a hard-working mother on her special day with a heartfelt gift. There's a little something for every mom's taste at this show, featuring more than 50 vendors spread throughout four rooms. Peruse tables full of glittering jewelry, earthy pottery and colorful glass art. Visitors will find everything from cupcakes and candy to stunning photography, interesting origami, and crocheted and knit items. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Providence RECenter. Free. For information call 703-698-1351.

Beneath Ancient Seas: Digging Dinosaurs: Meet amateur field paleontologists who describe how they have unearthed fossils of triceratops, diplodocus and ancient sharks. Find out what clues the professionals use to begin their search. Participants 8 and above are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 2 to 3 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Bonsai Basics: Designed to educate the novice on the basics of bonsai. Jack FitzSimons shares examples of different bonsai types and their ancient history. He discusses styling methods, trees that are suitable for bonsai in our area, proper care and suitable containers. 1 to 2 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $15/person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Sunday, April 22: A Real Hoot!

Meet a live barred owl and learn to recognize their call during Barred Owl: Stream Valley Hunter. Learn how to spot them in our woods and how they are well-adapted hunters of the night. Participants age 4 and above are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 2 to 3 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

Deathtrap: Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play, “Deathtrap” holds the record as the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway. 2 p.m. (Also Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., through May 5.) McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre. $16/person ($14/students, seniors and McLean Community Center District residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.

  • 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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