Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, May 30: Slithery Serpents

Campfire Friday — Snakes: Learn about snakes of the stream valley and venture out to find a few. Enjoy a campfire and s’mores. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.


Also on Friday:

Kids Night Out: Kids only! Ages 5 to 12 are invited to come for an evening of fun, food, hikes and adventures. Each month has a different theme with activities, night hikes and games planned around that theme. From 6 to 9 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Pizza and drinks served. $25/child. Register online. For information call 703-759-9018.

 Saturday, May 31: Music to Your Ears

McLean Symphony Ultimate Mix — Palette Pleasers: Treat your ears to a wonderful sample of symphony music including “Overture to Der Freischutz,” “Piano Concerto No. 8 in A Flat” and “Rumanian Rhapsody.” From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $25/person, $20/senior and $15/student with ID. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

Also on Saturday:

River Monsters: Explore Bull Run stream to discover river monsters. Fish the deep pools for giant catfish and search the banks for Northern water snakes. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Hemlock Overlook. $6/person. Register online. For information call E.C. Lawrence Park at 703-631-0013.

The Civil War at Home and in Camp: At this new living history event, learn not only about fighting tactics, but about soldiers’ training, discipline, health care and food. Also learn what civilians were doing to support the troops. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sully Historic Site (Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) $8/adult and $6/senior or child. Pay at site. For information call 703-437-1794.

Raul Midón at CenterStage: Raul Midón's singular timeless soul/pop/jazz sound garnered him a standing ovation during his television debut on David Letterman. This talented, mesmerizing genre-defying artist has travelled the globe from India to Indiana. From 8 to 9 p.m. at CenterStage, Reston Community Center. $40/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-476-4500.

Campfire with the Constellations: Meet and talk stars around a warm campfire. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Cabell’s Mill at E.C. Lawrence Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call at 703-631-0013.

 Sunday, June 1: Don't Rock the Boat!

Cardboard Boat Regatta — A 25-Year Tradition:Witness this one-of-a-kind spectacle of epic cardboard creations racing for glory across Lake Accotink. Cheer on courageous crews and watch to see whether they sink or float. Judging starts at noon and races begin at 2 p.m. at Lake Accotink. Registration information. Parking is $4/vehicle. For information call 703-569-0285.

Also on Sunday:

Grain Grinding Demonstrations: The miller will be grinding grain. From noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Tours are $7/adult, $6/student and $5/child or senior; pay at site. For information call 703-759-2771.

  • 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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