Fairfax County Weekender


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Celebrate FairfaxFriday, June 10: Cel-e-brate Good Times!

Celebrate Fairfax! arrives at the Fairfax County Government Center. More than 300 exhibitors, food vendors, crafters and interactive activities are included in the annual celebration. Live concerts on five stages, including Third Eye Blind on Friday, an interactive SciTech Center and ExxonMobil Children's Avenue, a petting zoo, karaoke contest, carnival rides and great festival foods. Nightly fireworks are a highlight. 6 p.m. to midnight. (also Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) Fairfax County Government Center. Ticket prices vary. For information call 703-324-3247. 

Also on Friday:

Ponderings-Swamp Romp: Several wetland types can be found around Hidden Pond. During Swamp Romp, kids ages 6 to 10 explore what lives in and around the Peeper Swamp. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Hidden Pond Nature Center.  $6/person. Register online or call 703-324-4662. For information call 703-451-9588.

Washington Gardener Magazine Photography Exhibit Opening Reception: Winning photographs from this year's Washington Gardener Magazine photo contest will be on display through August. Light refreshments offered at reception. 5 to 7 p.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Free. For information call 703-255-3631.

2011 Summer Entertainment Series: A summer-long calendar of shows, concerts and movies appropriate for you and your family. Concerts are held in local parks and are the perfect place to bring a picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the best local and regional entertainers. On Friday enjoy the City of Fairfax Concert Band at Lake Accotink Park; Paul Reiser and Friends at Grist Mill Park; Sierra Hull and Highway 111 at Mason District Park Amphitheater; and Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders at Royal Lake Park.  7:30 p.m. Free.  Further information is available online.

Rain BarrelSaturday, June 11: How I Wish It Would Rain

See beautiful rain barrels and meet the local artists who designed, painted and/or decorated them at the Artistic Rain Barrel Artists Reception and Silent Auction. The rain barrels were featured at local libraries, schools, community centers and business this spring and now you can take one home! Enjoy light refreshments at the gala while you peruse these unique works of art. Bidding on each barrel starts at $35. A buy-me-now option is also available. Checks and cash accepted. RSVP for the silent auction event to Taylor Beach and include the number of people who will attend. 5 to 7 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. For information call 703-324-1460. 

Also on Saturday:

Venomous Snakes and Poisonous Plants: Learn what you need to watch out for in the fields and forests of Fairfax County. See a live copperhead snake, learn to identify poison ivy and a black widow spider. Find out what is easily confused with our noxious neighbors. 1 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5 ($7/non-county residents.) Register online.  For information call 703-941-1065.

2nd Saturday Art Walk: Showcasing the diverse work of more than 150 visual artists in a unique historic venue. Guests can tour seven unique studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists, buy original works of art, experience ever-changing exhibitions and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshment and music. 6 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Free.  For information call 703-584-2900. 

Campfire Stories and Songs: Gather 'round the campfire for storytelling, traditional campfire songs and s'mores. Meet a live animal highlighted in one of the stories. Participants 4 and above are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person ($7/non-county residents.) Register online or call 703-324-4662. For information call 703-941-1065.

ButterflySunday, June 12: Heeeere, Butterfly...

Enjoy a Butterfly Gardening presentation by Dr. Dexter Hinckley on 15 species of butterflies, host plants for their caterpillars and nectar plant suggestions for adults. Learn techniques for attracting these garden jewels and area butterfly gardens you can visit. 2 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. ($7/non-county residents.) Register online or call 703-324-4662. For information call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

Stars on Sunday Concert Series: The Workhouse proudly presents performances from the Quantico Marine Band Jazz Combo and Fairfax Swing Band. This family friendly concert takes place at the Performance Tent on the Workhouse Quad. The Marine Band Jazz combo performs in smaller venues, playing styles such as latin, swing, bossa nova, samba, blues and jazz ballads.  The Fairfax Swing Band has been wowing audiences since 1989 with music from the Big Band Era through today's contemporary sounds. 2 to 4 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center.  Free.  For information call 703-584-2900.

  • 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.
  • To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.
  • TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.


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