Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, May 18: Snakes Alive

Join a naturalist for an informative program about local snakes, Snakes in Northern Virginia. Be prepared to meet live snakes and discover the important role they play in our environment. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bull Run Regional Park. (Meet at the Atlantis Waterpark parking lot.) Free. For information call 703-631-0550.

Also on Friday:

Riverbend Smallmouth Bass Challenge: It's opening day of the smallmouth bass catch-and-release contest. Show off your skills (or just plain luck!) Snap a photo of your fish as evidence of its length before releasing it back into the river. Submit your pictures on Facebook all summer long and become a contender for prizes for the top three biggest fish! Prizes awarded based on indications of size as measured from tail fin to mouth; photo should indicate measurement via ruler or tape. Catch and release only. Registration due May 18.  $5/person. For information call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, May 19: Maestro, Maestro!

From presidential galas to celebrations for foreign dignitaries, contemporary jazz violinist Miles Stiebel is one of the most requested performers in the special events industry. As a musician and band leader Stiebel has provided first class music for some of the country’s most prestigious events. As a recording artist, his progressive musicality and unique sound have led to his music being played on jazz stations around the country. The Reston native’s new CD, "Excellent Distraction," provides ample proof that the stringed instrument can serve as a conduit between jazz, pop, funk and Motown. 8 p.m. Reston Community Center's CenterStage. $30 ($15/RCC district residents.) For information call 703-476-4500.

Also on Saturday:

McLean Day: Spend the day outside with the McLean community and enjoy carnival rides, live entertainment and delicious food.  The Alden Theatre will provide live entertainment on the McLean Day Stage. Kids will love the carnival rides throughout the park, midway with games and free pony rides for the little ones. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lewinsville Park. Free.  For information call 703-790-0123.

Birding with Andy - Warblers and More: Search for warblers, thrushes, hawks and a host of other birds while birding with Andy Higgs, veteran Huntley Meadows birder. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Huntley Meadows Park. (Meet in the visitor center parking lot.) $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Youth Arts Celebration: Children of all ages will be delighted for hours with a wide variety of activities. Featured offerings include the performance stage with shows by local children as well as professional dancers and musicians, performers leading interactive entertainment, multicultural programs showcasing the diversity of the area, arts and crafts, food and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For information call (703) 584-2900.

Spring Garden Day: More than 40 vendors of rare and unusual plants descend on Green Spring to fill your spring gardening needs! Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) receive 10% off plants in the Garden Gate Plant Shop. Don't miss this exciting annual tradition. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. For information call 703-642-5173.

Healthy Paddles Kickoff: Paddling, hiking and health experts will be on hand to help people build individual and family health plans utilizing area streams, trails and parks. Guided hikes and paddles throughout the day. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Occoquan Regional Park. Free.  For information call 703-690-2121.

Korean Bell Garden Opening: Korean food, music, cultural demonstrations and dedication of the new bell garden. Called the Bell of Peace and Harmony, and funded by the Gyeonggi Province of South Korea, Meadowlark's bell was cast by one of the best bell makers in Korea with a method that has been used for centuries. Cast into the bell are images of birds, plants and animals. It is mounted inside a traditional Korean pavilion that was constructed on site by master craftsmen. 11 a.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.  Free admission to the park from 10 a.m. to noon as part of the event. For information call 703-255-3631.

Sunday, May 20: Ruff Waters

Get your pup ready for a one-of-a-kind Canine Cruise aboard Lake Accotink’s pooch-friendly pontoon boat.  Enjoy the long rays of the sun while canine passengers take note of ducks, geese and other lake dwellers. Dogs must be leashed and well-socialized.  Cruise cancelled and refunds issued in case of rain or gusty winds. 6 to 7 p.m. Lake Accotink Park. $6/person; no charge for dogs (one dog per person).  For reservations call 703-569-0285.

Also on Sunday:

Welcome Back Mother Goose: Join naturalists to learn and act out traditional nursery rhymes with nature themes. Make mud pie patty cakes and enjoy other activities and live animals. Suited for children ages 2 to 4 with an adult. 2 to 3 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Gardening with Deer: Join Meadowlark’s own Debbie Humphreys along with Terry Liercke of the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia for tips on how to plan your garden with deer in mind. 2 p.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $5/person. For reservations (required) or more information call 703-255-3631.

Mill Run Dulcimer Band Concert: Take a relaxing musical journey to the past and hear old-time tunes from this local favorite. 2 to 4 p.m. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Free. For information call 703-759-2771.

  • 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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