Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, May 25: Wild (Night) Life

Explore the wildlife that inhabits the Pohick Bay area at Campground Wildlife, a naturalist-led campfire and hike.Meet at the campfire circle in the main field of the campground for a nocturnal animals talk. Then enjoy roasting complimentary marshmallows and making s'mores. After the sugar rush, come along for a hike into the woods.Reservations required. 7 to 9 p.m. Pohick Bay Regional Park. Free. For information call 703-339-6104.

Saturday, May 26: On the Old Banjo

Randy Barrett is a three-way standout: top-shelf songwriter, award-winning vocalist and master of guitar and banjo. Barrett's rich, soulful baritone has earned him several Wammie Awards for Best Male Vocalist in Bluegrass and Traditional Folk as well as the 2002 Bluegrass Album of the Year for "Lights of Home." His songwriting has also won numerous awards. Bring a picnic supper and enjoy Barrett's song stylings on the outdoor stage as part of the Potomac Overlook Summer Concert Series. 7 to 9 p.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park.There is no admission fee, but $5 donations are welcome to help offset the cost of the series. For information call 703-528-5406.

Also on Saturday:

Copperheads and Black Racers: Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey. Search for, capture, identify and release snakes. Learn the habits and preferred habitats of our native snakes. Participants ages 8 and above are welcome. 9 to 11 a.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Pond Life Exploration: Exploring the pond at Bull Run has become a park tradition. Participants can find fish, tadpoles, frogs, turtles, snakes, mud and crayfish. Join in on the first exploration of the year! Wear shoes that can get muddy. Dip nets provided. 11 a.m. to noon.  Bull Run Regional Park.  Free.  For information and reservations (required) call 703-631-0550.

Sunday, May 27: Ssssssupper Time!

Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by animal caretakers and see four snakes and four turtles plus other reptiles at Snake and Turtle Feeding . At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed. Learn to identify the county's only venomous snake, the northern copperhead, and find out what makes a reptile different from an amphibian. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5, children must be accompanied by a registered, paying adult. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

Young Soloists Recital: Now in its 37th season, the Music Friends Concerts series showcases professional musicians and the talents of local school-age musicians.  This week enjoy music for piano and violin from some of the area's gifted young artists. 3 p.m. McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre. Free.  For information call 703-790-0123.

Naturalist-Guided Canoe the Marsh Trip: Explore one of the area’s finest wildlife habitats while gliding over the water on a canoe. Experience the beauty of Pohick Bay’s marshes and see bald eagles, osprey, fish and other wildlife. For adults and youth age 16 and older. 8 a.m. to noon. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. $30/person. For reservations (required) and information call 703-528-5406.

  • 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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