Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, May 17: Songs Under the Stars 

Sixth Generation Concert: The Sixth Generation is a dynamic rock ‘n’ roll band at the forefront of musical style from the late ‘60s. The band was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2011. Playing remakes of ‘60s hits, as well as original songs, the band performs across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions. Their crowd-pleasing performances bring back fond memories for baby boomers and a surprising appreciation of good music for younger generations. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Rizer Pavilion, Workhouse Arts Center, weather permitting. $10/person in advance, $15 at the door. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Saturday, May 18: Wetland Wonders

Nature Buddies: Parent and child take a walk to the wetland to look at real-world examples of seasonal happenings. Following the walk, there will be activities and a craft. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 3 to 5. $10/person (no charge for accompanying adult). Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Also on Saturday:

A Propensity to Dig: Visit the garden of Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia's first congressman, and learn about plants and their uses in the Federal Era. While many plants were grown for daily sustenance and commerce, others had medicinal or decorative uses. Hear about Mrs. Lee's "propensity to dig" and her brother, Zaccheus, a merchant and noted botanist in Philadelphia. A guided tour is included in the fee. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. $7/adult, $6/student and $5/senior or child; pay at site. For information call 703-437-1794.

McLean Day 2013: Celebrate McLean’s biggest annual community party with fun, rides, entertainment, exhibitors, food and more. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road. Free. No registration required. Map. For information call 703-790-0123.

Golf Open House Extravaganza: Want to learn more about golf? Stop by open houses at two of Fairfax County’s golf courses. Club demonstrations, door prizes, free golf tips, skills contests and kids events. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Burke Lake Golf Course and Oak Marr Golf Course. Free. No registration required. For information call Burke Lake GC at 703-323-1641 or Oak Marr GC at 703-255-5390.

Frog Chorus at Eakin Pond: Celebrate National Frog Month! Join a Hidden Oaks Nature Center naturalist on a walk to Eakin Pond to identify frogs by sound and features. Bring one flashlight per family. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Eakin Community Park in Fairfax. Ages 4 and up. $5/person. Register online. Canceled if raining. 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 swing dancing 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 19: Nature by the Book

Eric Carle's Storybook Party: Enjoy popular stories by author Eric Carle and act out being hungry caterpillars actually munching through some of the storybook treats. Meet not-so-grouchy ladybugs and more. Miss Spider will join us for tea! From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $15/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

Mill Run Dulcimer Band Concert: Take a relaxing musical journey to the past. Welcome the band back for a spring concert featuring your old-time favorite tunes. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Free. No registration required. For information call 703-759-2771.

Young Soloist Recital at the Alden: Enjoy the music of violinist Jehshua Karunakaran, an 18-year-old rising star in the concert world. He has performed at several embassies, the United Nations and Weill Recital Hall in New York as well as at the opening ceremony of the Spivakov Foundation in Washington, D.C., broadcast over Russian radio and TV.Sponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library and the McLean Community Center. From 3 to 4 p.m. at the Alden Theatre. Free. No registration required. For information call 703-790-0123.

Tree Trek: Trees make a special place. Join expert naturalist Jim Dewing on a search for the biggest, oldest, most rare and most important trees in the park’s forest. Discover what makes a forest habitat home and how parks care for them. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 10 and up. $6/person. Register online. For more 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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