Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, May 11: Garden Variety

Are you looking for that wow factor in your garden? How about a beautiful front yard with great curb appeal? Look no further than Basic Gardening: Plants with a Punch. Learn how soil preparation, mass plantings and careful attention to the right flower selection can give you a lush flowering garden all season long. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Friday:

Make 'Em Laugh: Alden's Studio Rep presents a crazy array of comic pieces that will have audiences rolling in the aisles. 8 p.m. (Also on May 12.) McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre. $10/person ($5/McLean Community Center District residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.

Ponderings - Spring: Discover what wildlife lives in our region and the various habitats that support them. Live animals and field studies are the reason this program is so popular. Come and join our naturalist for the next adventure! 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Hidden Pond Nature Center. $6/child. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, May 12: State of the Art

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk showcases the diverse work of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community. Guests can tour seven studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists and buy original works of art, all while enjoying light refreshment and music. The social atmosphere of the monthly art walk makes it the perfect destination for a date night or girl's night out, as well as for art collectors and art appreciation groups. 6 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For information call 703-495-0001.

Also on Saturday:

Victorian Hanging Baskets: Horticulturist Laurie Short will guide you in filling moss-covered baskets with a variety of foliage and flowering plants. Soil mixes, fertilizers and maintenance needs will be presented. 10 a.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.  $30/person. (Covers all materials and supplies, pre-payment required.) To register or for more information call 703-255-3631.

Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band: With numerous national awards for excellence in children's entertainment, Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band engages audiences of all ages with their lively, interactive and world-music infused performances. 2 p.m. McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre. $15/person. ($10/McLean Community Center District residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.

Frog Chorus at Eakin Pond: Celebrate National Frog Month on a naturalist-led walk to the pond. Identify frogs by sound and features. Bring one flashlight per family. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Canceled if raining. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Eakin Park (on Prosperity Ave.) $5/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-941-1065.

Studio 3 Theatre for Young Audiences - Rapunzel: What do a lost prince, a two-headed monster, an unscrupulous baker, a lonely witch and a flaxen-tressed maiden all have in common? This comic tale will answer that question and many more. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Saturday matinee performances through June 30.) Workhouse Arts Center. $12/adults, $8/children under 12.) For information call 703-495-0001.

Mother's Day Campfire: Enjoy an evening campfire with mom. We'll investigate the hard work that goes into raising young. Toast marshmallows around the campfire. 7 to 8 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Spring Farm Day: Participate in hands-on farm activities such as cow and goat milking. Watch sheep shearing and antique farm equipment demonstrations.  Enjoy crafts, games, puppet shows and get an up-close introduction to the baby farm animals. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park. $6/person. For information call 703-437-9101.

Sunday, May 13: M is for the Many Things...

Treat mom to a special day with a cruise on beautiful Lake Accotink, or a proper tea party at Historic Green Spring. Mother's Day Cruises offer moms and their families a chance to sit back and listen while staff shares interesting facts about local wildlife and some of the fascinating history of the park. Light refreshments served on board. Cruise cancelled and refunds issued in case of rain or gusty winds. Cruises last just under one hour. 1, 3, 5 and 6 p.m. Lake Accotink Park. $5/moms and children ages 3 to 16, $6/all others. To reserve a time or for more information call 703-569-0285. Mother’s Day and afternoon tea go together like scones and clotted cream. But what is clotted cream anyway? Brush up on your knowledge of teatime history, traditions and etiquette and treat mom to a memorable and thoroughly “proper” Mother's Day Tea.  1 to 3 p.m. Historic Green Spring. $27/person.  For reservations or more information call 703-941-7987.

Also on Sunday:

Rhythms Around the World Concert: Take a magical musical journey around the globe with the Virginia Virtuosi string trio. Bring the kids (ages 5 and above) and the whole family for this interactive performance with music from such countries as Kenya, Japan, Spain and Argentina. Learn about the rhythmic elements that make each nation’s music special and unique. 1 to 2 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $2/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Mother's Day Wildflower Walk: Mom and everyone else in the family is invited to this leisurely walk to discover wildflowers. A park naturalist will identify flowers and discuss their folklore and uses. Adults and children (all ages welcome; best suited for children 6 and older). 2 to 3 p.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Free. For information call 703-528-5406.

Music Friends Concerts at the Alden: This series features professional musicians who have won international recognition for their artistry. A 2011 grant recipient from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Rob Patterson, clarinet, is the artist in residence at the Music Center at Strathmore for the 2011-2012 season. He has performed with some of the great artists of our time and in several leading summer chamber music festivals, as well as in solo recitals and orchestra concerts. 3 p.m. McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre.  Free.  For information call 703-790-0123.

Save the Frog Celebration Day: To celebrate National Frog Month, make a toad abode for your backyard. Learn how to make your garden frog friendly. Meet live frogs, toads, salamanders and tadpoles. Children ages 3 to 9, with an adult, are welcome. 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. The program is for children ages 3 to 9 with an adult. $8/person. 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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