Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, May 20: Wiggly, Squiggly, Squirmy

Meet wiggly, squiggly and squirmy animals at a Touch Tank Campfire! Play games and enjoy s’mores. Come early and bring hotdogs to toast or a picnic. Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Riverbend Park. $4/person.  Children under 2 admitted free. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, May 21: A Fair Day

Spend the day outside at McLean Day and enjoy entertainment, carnival rides and delicious food.  The McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre will provide live entertainment and the kids can enjoy carnival rides throughout the park, a midway with games and free pony rides for the little ones. Dance performances, a special dog show and much more are also on the schedule.  11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lewinsville Park. Admission is free.  For information call 703-790-0123.

Also on Saturday:

Miss Spider's Tea Party: Tea with Miss Spider, Miss Ladybug and other wildlife friends! Come dressed as your favorite insect or spider and make your antennae there. Enjoy a sit-down tea party, stories and activities. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $15 per person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information, call 703-941-1065. 

National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society Plant Sale: An event for all plant-lovers, a wide variety of cactus and succulent species will be on display and for sale. Everyone is sure to find a special plant to take home.10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.  For information call 703-255-3631.

The Workhouse Salutes Youth in the Arts Day: This fun, family-friendly event will include performances, interactive artist demonstrations and more around the Workhouse studios. Enjoy arts and crafts, learn how to hula dance and see the best of the area's young singers, dancers and musicians. Noon to 5 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Admission is free, but a $5 suggested donation can be made to benefit the Lorton Arts Foundation. For information call 703-495-0001.

Ornamental Grasses: Many beginning gardeners aren’t familiar with this wonderful genre of plants that can add structure, movement, vertical aspects, color, texture and sound to your garden. Master Gardeners show how to select, plant and maintain the best ornamental grasses available.  9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Green Spring Gardens. $10/person.  Registration online.  For information call 703-642-5173. 

Sunday, May 22: Dog Sail

Treat your canine companion to a special cruise aboard a pooch-friendly pontoon boat. Catch the last rays of the sun as it dips toward the shore while your dog scans for ducks, geese and other critters. 6 to 7 p.m. Lake Accotink Park. $6/person. (The limit is one dog per person.) To register call 703-569-0285.

Also on Sunday:

Rocknoceros in Concert: Rocknoceros is able to cover a dizzying range of musical styles in each set. From Tin Pan Alley to the shores of Jamaica, Rocknoceros hops from genre to genre like a toad on summer asphalt. 3 p.m. McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre.  $12 ($8 McLean District residents.)  For more information call 703-790-0123.

Gardening with Deer: Get tips and tricks from the experts to avoid damage when Bambi and friends visit your garden. 2 p.m. Free. For reservations or more information call 703-255-3631.

  • 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.

  • A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
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