Friday, May 4:
To Market, To Market
From May to November, Fairfax County's 11 farmers markets
come to life with a feast for the senses. The vibrant colors
of freshly picked fruits and vegetables, the fragrant perfume
of cut flowers, savory artisan cheeses. In addition to fruits
and vegetables, you'll find fresh eggs, meats and other
edible delights along with gardening plants of all sizes. All
products sold are produced by vendors within 125 miles of
Fairfax County. On Fridays stop by the McLean Farmers
Market, 8 a.m. to noon, Lewinsville Park, or the
Kingstowne Farmers Market, 4 to 7 p.m., Kingstowne
Center (in the Giant parking lot). Check out out the
county's Farmers Market
page for days, times, locations and more on all of
Also on Friday:
Creature Comforts: Comfort today is a thing
of necessity and comes in many forms. A new exhibition
features 12 artists from around the country whose work
addresses the varieties of comfort. The Creature Comforts
exhibition includes a wide range of sculpture and
installation art. The art selected combines various art forms
to create a broader sensory experience by filling a space
with the objects or sculptures. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Workhouse
Arts Center. Free. For information call 703-495-0001.
May 5: Gone Fishin'
Four-time Grammy award nominee,
Trout Fishing in America, is one of
the most successful family musical groups around. Their
eclectic folk/rock sound can be heard on popular songs like
“My Hair Had a Party Last Night,” “18 Wheels on a Big Rig”
and “When I Was a Dinosaur.” 3 p.m. CenterStage at Reston
Community Center. $30 ($15/Reston residents). For
information call 703-476-4500.
Also on Saturday:
Family Fun - Art is in the Air: Use natural
objects to create works of art. Enjoy stone stacking,
creating music with natural objects and make a painted
masterpiece to take home. Participants age 5 and above are
welcome. 2 to 3 p.m. Green Spring
Gardens. $6/person. Register
online. For information call 703-642-5173.
Living Wreath: Join horticulturist Tammy
Burke in creating a wreath using annuals on a moss frame.
Soil mixes, fertilizers, maintenance requirements and
appropriate plants are the topics. BYO garden gloves if
desired. 10 a.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $30/person
(cover all materials and equipment). For information and
reservations (required) call 703-255-3631.
Off-Trail Birding at South Kings Highway:
Search for neotropical songbird migrants. Dress for going
off-trail. Binoculars and field guides are recommended.
Canceled if raining. 7 to 9:30 a.m. Huntley
Meadows Park. (Meet at the park’s South King’s Highway
entrance.) $6/person. Register
online. For more information call 703-768-2525.
6: Back to the Grind
The miller will be grinding grain and the blacksmith will
fire up the forge at the Colvin Run Mill for a look at how
things like flour, cornmeal and grits were produced and how
steel was forged during the mill’s heyday. Grain
grinding takes place from noon to 3 p.m., conditions
permitting. The blacksmith will be at work from 11 a.m. to 3
p.m. Please call ahead to confirm. Colvin Run Mill Historic
Site. Mill tours are $7/adult, $6/student 16 and older
with ID, and $5/child or senior. For information call
Also on Sunday:
27th Annual Open House and Heritage Festival:
Enjoy a wonderful springtime tradition full of fun activities
and exhibits for all ages. The event will include music,
entertainment, food, community exhibits, games, a Maypole
dance and much more! 1 to 4 p.m. Potomac Overlook Regional
Park. For information call 703-528-5406.
Wetlands Awareness Day: An afternoon of
wetland interpretation, wildlife presentations and a Fun Fair
for kids. Bring your friends and family to celebrate the
importance of wetlands to wildlife and you. Noon to 3
Meadows Park. There is a small fee for some activities,
but admission is free. Register by calling 703-222-4664. For
information call 703-768-2525.
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
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
A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
To request this information in an alternate format, call
TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.