Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, June 1: State of the Art

The third installment of a highly successful exhibition focused on the aesthetic of street art, urban culture and new contemporary art ideologies, Urban Decay 3, on display through June 24, focuses on lowbrow, a widespread populist art movement with origins in the underground comic world, punk music, hot-rod street culture, graffiti and other subcultures. In conjunction with the exhibit, a special RSVP First Friday event features three major players in urban art. Gregg Deal, HKS181 and Asad ULTRA Walker will discuss their work as it relates to street art as a valid and historical art genre. The artists will showcase their talents live as they paint two 8'x8' walls that will then be raffled off during the exhibit's  opening reception on June 2, from 5 to 11 a.m. The exhibit is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Wednesdays through Saturdays), 12 to 5 p.m. (Sundays.) First Friday runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For information call 703-495-0001. 

Saturday, June 2: Party Line

Celebrate Springfield Days with a Party in the Park, featuring live music on the entertainment stage, delicious food, a pet parade, Family FitnessFest, farm animals, raptors and snakes, a pool party and the animated movie "Happy Feet II" on the big screen at dark. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. South Run RECenter. All offerings are free, with the exception of food and wagon rides. For more information call 703-866-0566.

Also on Saturday:

An Evening Salute: Help celebrate the 237th birthday of the U.S. Army and Fort Belvoir's Centennial Year with performances from the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble and the USO's Liberty Bells show troupe.  All are welcome to attend. Bring blankets to sit out on the yard and enjoy the performances.  Fort Belvoir and U.S. Army exhibits will also be showcased throughout the evening. 5 p.m. Fairfax County Government Center. Free. To request reasonable ADA accommodations call 703-324-3187.

Cub Run Creek Walk: Explore one of Bull Run’s best natural features, the Cub Run stream. Join a naturalist on a netting excursion to the creek. Learn about the stream life, catch crayfish, aquatic insects and fish. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Bull Run Regional Park. Free. For reservations and more information call 703-631-0550.

Mount Vernon Nights at the Workhouse! Featuring The Johnny Artis Band: Bring a picnic and a comfy lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the Johnny Artis Band, well-known in the region for its fun-loving brand of R&B and Rock & Roll. Come early and stroll through the gallery! 7 to 8 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center.  Free.  For information call 703-584-2900.

Hidden Oaks Treasures Hunt: Ahoy matey! Prepare for an adventure as you follow your treasure map to collect clues finding treasures along a half mile of woodland and stream trails. Some of the treasures include meeting live woodland creatures, others are fun facts about native plants and rocks and some include feats of daring. Children must be accompanied by a registered, paying adult. 2 to 4 p.m. Groups leave every 15 minutes. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $8/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, June 3: That Sinking Feeling

The Regatta is back! Who will sink and who will float? Come cheer on contestants in the Cardboard Boat Regatta! Awards for the best boats and costumes will be presented. Boats will be judged at noon and the races begin at 2 p.m. Lake Accotink Park. $25/boat. ( Download the registration form.) Admission for spectators is free; however, a $4 parking fee/vehicle applies for those entering the park on race day. For more information call at 703-569-0285.

Also on Sunday:

Painting in the Park: Art lovers of all ages are invited to participate in an outdoor art activity including art projects for kids of all ages. Artists who would like to paint "en plein air" are encouraged to bring their supplies and add to the fun.  1 to 4 p.m. McLean Central Park. Free.  For information call 703-790-1953.

Kayak Tour: Join volunteer trip leader Scott Stewart for an exciting adventure on the water of the Pohick Bay Marsh. Glide by kayak while enjoying views of bald eagles, great blue herons and other wildlife. No experience necessary. Appropriate for ages 8 and above.  Participants under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Pohick Bay Regional Park. $30/person. For information and reservations (required) call 703-339-6104.

  • 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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