Friday, May 24: Fun Family Film
E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial: Enjoy this movie
classic where a young boy finds a stranded extra-terrestrial
and has the courage to defy the authorities to help the alien
return to its home planet. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Alden
Theater, McLean Community Center. Free. No registration
required. No food or drinks in the theatre. For information
Also on Friday:
Riverside Campfire: Bats and Bugs: As day turns to
night, bats and various insects become active. Through games
and activities, learn about the relationship between
night-flying bats and the insects they seek. Bring a toasting
stick – s’mores will be provided. Come early if you'd like to
bring a picnic. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 2 and up.
online. For information call 703-759-9018.
Saturday, May 25: Go
Games Day: Shoot a bow and arrow, launch a spear and
make cool crafts as you learn about daily Native American
life long ago. Enjoy fun hands-on activities and games. Stop
by anytime from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. $5/person. No
registration required. For information call
Also on Saturday:
Water Mine Park
Opens: The Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole opens for
the season with more than an acre of slides, flumes, sprays,
showers, floatables and interactive play features. While the
Water Mine's attractions are designed for elementary-aged
children, there's something here for everyone. Tenderfoot
Pond gives toddlers a perfect place for water play. Teenagers
can join a game of water volleyball and everyone will enjoy
going with the flow in a tube on Rattlesnake River. Open 10
a.m. to 7 p.m. on Memorial Day weekend and subsequent
weekends until June 19 when it opens daily from 10 a.m. to 8
Fairfax Park. Admission on weekends and holidays: $14.50
– over 48” tall, $11.25 – under 48” tall, 2 years and under –
free. For information call 703-471-5415.
Hanging Baskets: Create your own hanging basket by
filling a moss-covered container with a variety of foliage
and flowering plants. Learn about soil mixes, fertilizers and
maintenance. From 10 to 11 a.m. at
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $30/person includes all
materials. Reservations required. For information and to
reserve a spot, call 703-255-3631.
Bell Garden Day: Celebrate
Korean Bell Garden Day with music, performances by fan
dancers, martial arts demonstrations and delicious, free
Korean food. Come for this exciting cultural event from 11
a.m. to noon at
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Free. No reservations
required. For information call 703-255-3631.
River Monsters: Explore the Bull Run stream to
discover river monsters. Fish the deep pools for giant
catfish and search the banks for northern water snakes. Bring
fishing pole and bait. From 10 to 11:30 a.m., Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (meet at Hemlock
Overlook). Ages 8 and up. $6/person. Register
online. For information call 703-631-0013.
Cures from the
Quarter: At Sully’s slave quarter, learn how enslaved
African Americans maintained their health. Discover the
differences and similarities between preferred health care
methods of slaves and their masters. This program is included
in Forgotten Road Tours and is offered at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. at
Site. $7/adult, $6/student, $5/senior or child. Buy
tickets at site. For information call 703-437-1794.
Cool Cow Comedy: Ryan Connor: Now living in Los
Angeles, Ryan Connor started his comedy career in the D.C.
area. He has shared the stage with some of the best-known
comedians in the industry, entertained in clubs and colleges
across the country and been a contributing writer for
“Saturday Night Live.” Two shows: 7 to 8:30 p.m. and 9 to
10:30 p.m. at the W-3
Arts Center. $15/person general admission (must be 18 and
up). Buy tickets online. Discount
special: $12 tickets for the 9 p.m. show when you purchase
four tickets. Use coupon code 12DOLLAR at checkout. For
information call 703-584-2900.
Sunday, May 26: All
Miniature Train and Carousel: Memorial Day weekend
marks the start of daily operations for the Burke Lake
miniature train and carousel. The ride over 1.75 miles of
track takes 10 minutes and reaches speeds of 10 to 12 miles
per hour. And after the chug-along, there's more old
fashioned fun to sample — a spin on the carousel, a
hand-dipped cone at the Ice Cream Parlor and a walk on the
park trail rated one of the 10 best urban fitness trails in
the nation by the American Hiking Society. First train ride
is 11:15 a.m.; last train ride is 5:45 p.m. First carousel
ride is 11:30 a.m.; last carousel ride is 5:30 p.m. Burke Lake
Park. Riders under age 2 may ride the train and carousel
for free. All other riders 2 and older must purchase a
ticket. Parents who ride the train or carousel with their
children must also purchase a ticket. $2.50/person for the
train; $1.75/person for the carousel. For information call
Also on Sunday:
Copperheads and Black Racers: Assist a naturalist
with a reptile survey and search for, capture, identify and
release snakes. Learn the habits and preferred habitats of
native snakes. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 8 and
up. An adult must be registered with child. $5/person.
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
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.