Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, April 25: Healthy Harvest

Basic Gardening – Vegetables and Herbs: Want to eat more healthfully? Go local and grow your own vegetables and herbs for the best flavors in your recipes. Master gardeners show you how to plan and plant for your harvest. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Friday:

Goodnight Walk – Owls: Learn to recognize the calls of local owls, make a craft and enjoy a night hike at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Stories from Old Centreville: Savor s'mores around the campfire while hearing some favorite stories from Centreville’s past, including a ghost story or two. Finish the evening with a candlelight tour of a mysterious headstone and an ancient miller’s house. Meet at Cabell’s Mill and bring blankets or chairs and flashlights. From 8 to 9 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

“The Fantasticks: The world's longest-running musical, “The Fantasticks” is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. A classic score of songs featured: “Try to Remember,” “They Were You” and “Soon It's Gonna Rain.” A la carte cash bar available in venue. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. (also on Saturday) in the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $25/person; $20/senior, student or military. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Sat., April 26: Entertaining Environmental Event

SpringFest Fairfax at Workhouse: Fairfax County’s annual environmental celebration combines fun and education with a wide range of activities including live entertainment, environmental workshops, a plant sale, games, rock climbing, face painting, community service opportunities and more. Meet artists in their studios. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free; no registration required. For information call 703-324-5471.

Also on Saturday:

Choice Plants for Shady Gardens: Tour the springtime gardens with curatorial horticulturist Brenda Skarphol to see choice foliage and flowering plants that grow well in dry, moist and wet shady areas. Learn which of these are least likely to be eaten by deer. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $18/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Green Roof Birdhouse Workshop: Adorn a birdhouse roof with hardy succulent plants and take your project home for you and your feathered visitors to enjoy. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $38/person with a $25/person supply fee. Register online. For more information call 703-642-5173.

Catskill Puppet Theater presents “The Lion’s Whiskers”: A delightful musical adaptation of a traditional Ethiopian folktale, this show features a charming cast of human characters as well as favorite African animals. From 2 to 3 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $15/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

All About Bats Campfire: Several species of bats dart through in the Virginia sky. Look for them as we head to our campfire where you learn fun bat facts and lore plus enjoy an American Indian story of how bats got their wings. Toast marshmallows over the embers. From 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

 Sunday, April 27: Bird's Eye Viewing

Birding for Beginners – Optics: Learn about the birds in the park and try out different optics. A naturalist helps you sharpen your bird identification skills. From 8 to 11 a.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.


Also on Sunday:

Trout Fishing in America: Enjoy an infectious mix of folk/pop and family music enriched by the diverse influences of reggae, Latin, blues, jazz and classical music. Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet have been playing music together since the 1970s, when they met up in Texas in a folk rock band. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at CenterStage, Reston Community Center. $30/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-476-4500.

Sundaes in the Park: Bring the family for a Sunday stroll and stop by the campfire area for an ice cream sundae before or after your visit. Create your own confection with the toppings and enjoy a scoop of farm fresh vanilla ice cream while it lasts. From 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Sundaes are $2; the walk and visit to Nature Playce are free. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

  • 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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