Fairfax County Weekender


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 Friday, June 28: Reptile Recognition 

Snake and Turtle Feeding: Enjoy a brief presentation and see four snakes and four turtles plus other reptiles and learn what makes a reptile different from an amphibian. At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed. Learn to identify the county's only venomous snake, the northern copperhead. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.$5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Also on Friday:

Night Music: Take your pick from a concert band, bluegrass or blues. Four concerts include the City of Fairfax Main Street Community Band (concert) at Lake Accotink Park; The Hot Seats (bluegrass) at Royal Lake Park; Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark (blues) at Grist Mill Park; and Nu-Blu (bluegrass) at Mason District Park. Bring a picnic if you want, blankets and/or lawn chairs; flashlights also recommended as some parks are not lighted. Concerts are 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free, no registration required. If there’s a threat of bad weather, call 703-324-SHOW (7469) one hour prior to the start of the concert for updates. More information.


 Saturday, June 29: Face the Music

Arts in the Parks: Before the day gets too warm, come out for a variety of entertainment suited to the younger crowd. Nicolo Whimsey Show (music/juggling) at Mason District Park; The Great Zucchini (comedy/magic) at Burke Lake Park Amphitheater; Paul Hadfield “General Foolishness” (juggling/comedy) at E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater; and Grandsons Jr. (songs) at Lake Fairfax Park Amphitheater. Shows are from 10 to 11 a.m. Free, no registration required.More information.

Also on Saturday:

Eat My Dust!: Meet Charlie Williams, vocal sound impressionist and noise-making kids comedian; you won't believe your ears! From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, Meeting Room A/B and from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Library. Ages 6-12. Free. Register for City of Fairfax show or Tysons-Pimmit show. For information call 703-293-6227.

Jazz, Folk or Pop: The Paradoxical Genius of Hoagy Carmichael: Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby have all been superb interpreters of Hoagy Carmichael songs, yet no matter who sings them or how he is categorized, Carmichael remains as Johnny Mercer said, “the composer whose songs begin where those of most other songwriters leave off.” The incomparable John Eaton examines such classics as “Skylark,” “Georgia on My Mind” and “Stardust” in this installment of the lecture/recital series, Jazz Masters with John Eaton. From 1 to 3 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center.  Free, no registration required. For information call 703-790-0123.

Peter Pan and Captain Hook in the Fairies’ Land”: Come for an afternoon of laughter and mystery with playwright Vianlix Mestey’s adaptation of the famous fairy tale. The magic clock of Neverland is winding down and is about to stop. If this happens, Neverland will disappear. Peter Pan and Captain Hook have to get the clock key from the queen fairy. Find out if they succeed. From 1 to 2 p.m. at the W3 Theater, Workhouse Arts Center. $12/adults, $8/children under 12. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

Historic Huntley Summer Social: Celebrate summer while enjoying refreshments, a cool breeze and period games at the “Villa with a View.” From 2 to 4 p.m. at Historic Huntley. Ages 4 and up. $8/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Free Concerts: Select from two distinctive musical styles: the country sound of Sierra Hull and Highway 111 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center or the electrifying Afro-beat sound of Eme and Heteru from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ossian Hall Park. Free, no registration required. If there’s a threat of bad weather, call 703-324-SHOW (7469) one hour prior to the start of the concert for updates. More information.

The Soul of Langston”: Langston Hughes is among the most eloquent American poets to have written about the wounds caused by social and political injustice. Daron P. Stewart's “Soul of Langston” is a humorous, witty and enlightening play depicting the poet. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the W3 Theater, Workhouse Arts Center. $15/person (advance reservations strongly recommended). Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.


 Sunday, June 30: Butterflies, Dragonflies, Oh My!

Wagon Ride – Birds, Butterflies and Blossoms: Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. From noon to 1 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 2 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-759-9018.

Also on Sunday:

Dragonflies: Learn about the life cycle, behavior and identification of Huntley's many dragonflies and damselflies. Venture to the wetland to observe these acrobatic fliers in action. From 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 18 and up. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

How to Draw Your Dragon(fly): Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalist/artist Margaret Wohler (illustrator for Huntley’s own Dragonfly Guide) to learn tips and techniques for drawing dragonflies and other insects. From 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 12 and up. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Spotlight by Starlight: Enjoy the sound of The Taters, a band that plays an eclectic mix of roots rock, pop, country, skiffle and Americana. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park. Free, no registration required. If there’s a threat of bad weather, call 703-324-SHOW (7469) one hour prior to the start of the concert for updates. More information.


  • 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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