Friday, May 18: Snakes Alive
Join a naturalist for an informative program about local
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
Also on Friday:
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
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.)
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
To request this information in an alternate format, call
TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.