Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, May 27: Animals Abound 

Take a ride on the wild side in search of animal babies, animals waking from hibernation and other animals just flying in from sunny Florida at Wagon Ride: Animals Abound. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Riverbend Park. $5/person; children under age 2 ride for free. Registration is required. For information call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, May 28: Movie Magic

In conjunction with its Urban Decay II exhibition opening in June, the Workhouse Arts Center presents an Urban Art Film Series. The first film is "Beautiful Losers," focusing on the careers and work of a collective group of artists who, since the 1990s, have been involved in a movement in the art world using D.I.Y. aesthetics from skateboarding, graffiti and underground music such as punk rock and hip-hop. The artists discussed and interviewed in the film include Thomas Campbell, Cheryl Dunn, Shepard Fairey, Harmony Korine.  7:30 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Free.  Limited seating, advanced ticket reservations recommended. For information call 703-584-2900.

Also on Saturday:

Wild Side Wagon Ride: Take a 90-minute tractor ride with a park naturalist to wetlands that are difficult to reach on foot. Look for and learn about songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies and waterfowl, then stop for a snack at the observation platform. 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Huntley Meadows Park. Meet at South King's Highway park entrance. $6.  For information call 703-222-4664.

People, Places, Things: Enjoy a an evening of classical music with a performance from the McLean Symphony, an all-volunteer orchestra with over 70 players.  7:30 p.m. McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre.  $25/adults, $20/seniors, $15/students, free for children under 12. For information call 703-790-9223.

Campground Wildlife: Meet a naturalist at the campfire circle in the Pohick Bay campground for an exciting introduction to the wildlife one might encounter while camping in Northern Virginia. Complimentary s’mores will be provided at the campfire ring. After the talk and s’mores join in on a hike led by the naturalist in search of some nocturnal animals. Pohick Bay Regional Park. Free.  Reservations required.  For information call 703-339-6104. 

Sunday, May 29: For the Birds

Tour Meadowlark Gardens in search of local bird species during Birding in the Gardens. A naturalist will help the group identify birds by sight, sounds and behavior. All experience levels are welcome. Some binoculars and field guides will be available, but participants are welcome to bring their own. 2 p.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Visitor’s Center.  Free.  Reservations required.  For information call 703-255-3631.

Also on Sunday:

Lorton Farmers Market: Find fresh produce, cheeses, meat, pastries and much more at the Fairfax County Park Authority's Lorton Farmers Market. Master gardeners are also on-site to answer your questions about plants in your landscape! 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information is available online.

  • 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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