Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, May 16: Hoppin' Happenings

Amphibian Campfire: Gather around a campfire to learn about native amphibians. From 7 to 8 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.


Also on Friday:

The Fantasticks”: The world's longest-running musical, “The Fantasticks” is a funny and romantic musical in a world of moonlight and magic. A classic score of songs features “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 and 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday) in the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $25/person; $20/senior, student or military. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Saturday, May 17: Splish, Splash!

Wagon Ride — Journey to the Pond: Come see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Meet at the nature center. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-759-9018.

Also on Saturday:

Spring Garden Day — BIG Plant Sale! Don’t miss this exciting, annual plant sale. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Free admission. For information call 703-642-5173.

Aloha! Ukulele Phil and the Hula Kids: Come and listen to the sound of Hawaii with Ukulele Phil and the Hula Kids. From 11 a.m. to noon at the Kings Park Library. All ages. Free, register online. For information call 703-978-5600.

McLean Day:  Enjoy amusement rides, a trackless train, pony rides, entertainment, field games, food, exhibits, balloon twisting and more. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road. Free admission; charge for rides. For information call 703-790-0123.

The Self-Sustaining Gardener: Learn the holistic approach to growing healthy and productive food plants year after year. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. $20/person with kit and $6/person without. Register online. For information call 703-437-9101.

Beginning Origami: You will start with the fish base and the yakko base to make a whale, seal, sanbo box and chrysanthemum star. If time permits, you also will make a balloon ball for the seal to balance on his nose!  From 2 to 3 p.m. at Burke Centre Library, Room 116/117. Ages 13 and up. Free, register online. For information call 703-249-1520.

Frog Chorus at Eakin Pond: Join a Hidden Oaks naturalist on a walk to the pond to identify frogs by sound and other features. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Eakin Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Ballroom Social Dance: Put on your dancing shoes and join the monthly Ballroom Social Dance featuring complimentary refreshments and a cash bar. All skill levels welcome! Arrive early for a 30-minute mini-lesson on the cha-cha from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The social dance is led by a professional ballroom instructor from 8 to 10:30 p.m. in the McGuire-Woods Gallery (second floor of W-16), Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person (Ballroom Social) and $5/person (mini-lesson). Mini-lesson tickets sold only at the door. Ballroom Social Dance tickets may be purchased online, by phone or at the door. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Sunday, May 18: Tree-mendous Forest

Tree Trek: Discover what makes a forest habitat home and how parks care for them. Join expert naturalist Jim Dewing on a search for the biggest, oldest, rarest and most important trees in our forest. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Also on Sunday:

Hands-On History: Drop off your children (ages 4 to 9) and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th-century children. From 1 to 3 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $10/child. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

  • 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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