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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 the markets.

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. 


Saturday, 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.


Sunday, May 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 703-759-2771.

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 p.m. Huntley 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 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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