Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, June 7: Celebrate Fairfax! 

Celebrate Fairfax!: Northern Virginia's largest communitywide celebration kicks off the summer season this weekend. The 25-acre site is magically filled with fascinating sights and sounds of more than 300 exhibitors, food vendors, crafters and interactive activities. Celebrate Fairfax! showcases live concerts on eight stages, a petting zoo, karaoke championship, carnival rides and great festival foods. Nightly fireworks are a highlight. This year's Bud Light Main Stage features The B-52s, Spin Doctors and the Summerland Tour 2013 - Alternative Guitars starring Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge! The festival takes place Friday, 6 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. Ticket information. For information call 703-324-3247.

Also on Friday:

Turtle Time: Meet some live animals, enjoy a craft and learn about the turtle world. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 3 to 8. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Herb Gardening: Herbs add fragrance and flavor to our lives and practical beauty to landscapes. Find out the basics of herb gardening including site selection, planning, preparation and plant selection. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

 Saturday, June 8: Ponder Nature

Pond Life: Meet a naturalist at Walney Pond to learn about tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and anything else we catch. Bring boots that can get wet. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 2 and up. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Also on Saturday:

Civil War School of the Soldier: The 28th Virginia, Co. D, will conduct a weekend-long training camp similar to those for new soldiers during the Civil War. Talk with military and civilian interpreters as they learn the skills to confront the Union Army. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday at Sully Historic Site. Guided tour included with the fee of $8/adult, $7/student and $6/senior or child; pay at site. For information call 703-437-1794.

Welcome Back Mother Goose: Join naturalists in Nature Playce to learn and act out traditional nursery rhymes with nature themes. Make mud pie patty-cakes and enjoy other activities and live animals. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 2 to 4. $6/child. Register online. For more information call 703-941-1065.

Family Fun: Hummingbird Garden: Come search for these tiny, winged jewels. Make a special feeder and take home a nectar plant to add to your garden. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Children must be at least 5 and accompanied by a registered adult. $20/person with kit and $6/person without kit. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Fliers of the Night Campfire: Join a naturalist to learn how animals fly at night without banging into trees and how to spot these elusive creatures. Make and enjoy s'mores. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

2nd Saturday Art Walk: Tour seven unique studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists, buy original works of art, experience ever-changing exhibits and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshments and music. A featured event is the Urban Decay 4 exhibition. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free, no tickets required. For information call 703-584-2900. Also 2nd Saturday nonperishable food collection for the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC). The most crucial needs at this time include: canned fruit, tuna and chicken; vegetable oil; cereal bars; granola bars; and diapers (sizes 4, 5 and 6).

Mount Vernon Nights 2013: Concert features the U.S. Navy Band Commodores (jazz). A wide variety of other artists follows each Saturday through Aug. 31 ( schedule). Bring your picnic, lawn chair or blanket (outside alcohol not permitted). From 7 to 8 p.m. on the Quad at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free, no tickets required. For information call 703-584-2900.

Cabaret Series: Legends, Myths and Fables: An evening of food, fun, award-winning performers and musical entertainment! From “Camelot” to “Spamalot,” from “Into the Woods” to “Spiderman,” characters and stories of mythic origins have provided some of the best music for stage and screen. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. Also from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Cash bar available. Advance ticket reservations highly recommended. $25/person includes planche campagnarde. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Sunday, June 9: Go Green

Rain Gardens, Green Roofs and More!: The tour showcases homes, schools and places of worship with edible landscapes/permaculture, solar and geothermal energy, rain gardens, permeable pavers, composting and more. Plus beautiful waterfront views and verdant gardens. Local residents will share their experiences, with helpful tips and resources at each site. From 1 to 5 p.m. Tour sites. Free. More information.

Also on Sunday:

All the Fair Ladies: Civil War Fundraisers: Women in the North and South leapt into the war effort by raising funds through charity fairs – lucrative extravaganzas that included exhibitions, theatricals, fortune-telling and sales of everything from curiosities to quilts. Hear about these spectacular, morale-boosting events and how fundraising empowered the women who organized them. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 13 and up.$29/person (includes traditional English tea). For more information and to make reservations, call 703-941-7987.

Fairy Tale Tea Time: Fairy tales come to life as you sip tea and enjoy treats surrounded by your favorite characters. Come dressed in costume. Learn how fairy tales have stood the test of time and enjoy new variations on classic tales. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. $15/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

  • 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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