Fairfax County Weekender


Fairfax County Weekender

Scenic DockFriday, July 1: It's Only Natural 

Award-winning photographer Richard Weiblinger shares his superlative work at the opening of a special Nature Photography Exhibit. Several additional photos of his will also be featured in the Washington Gardener Magazine display of photo contest winners. Both exhibits are free and open to the public during regular Meadowlark hours. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. For information call 703-255-3631.

Also on Friday:

Summer Entertainment Series: Great music, performances and entertainment of all kinds are presented throughout the summer by the Fairfax County Park Authority in partnership with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. On Friday evening enjoy a performance by Hangover Royale at Royal Lake Park; Cake for Dinner at Grist Mill Park; Last Train Home at the Mason District Park Amphitheater; or Billy Woodward and The Senders at Lake Accotink Park.  7:30 p.m. Free. For information call 703-324-8702.

American FlagSaturday, July 2: Is That a Pic-A-Nic Basket?

The Workhouse kicks off its month-long salute to the military with an Arts & Stripes Picnic featuring a curated exhibit on military art, interactive art demonstrations, youth and family activities, picnic food and drink and other fun outdoor activities.  A patriotic concert from the New Dominion Choralers will be featured, along with a keynote address by Congressman Gerry Connolly and a musical performance by the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, The Commodores.   2 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center.  $5 suggested donation.  For information call 703-584-2900.

Also on Saturday:

Volunteer Work Day: Spend a morning with park staff and volunteers helping with indoor and outdoor projects. 10 a.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Free. For information call 703-528-5406.

Beowulf T. Wonderbunny: The Saturday Morning Family Fun Entertainment Series continues at Reston Town Center with Beowulf T. Wonderbunny, a performer who combines magic, juggling, fire-eating and balloonacy with loads of audience participation in produce a show that leaves all ages laughing and wondering.  10 a.m. Reston Town Center.  Free.  For information call 703-476-4500.

Furnance MountainSunday, July 3: Your Roots Are Showing

The Appalachian roots music sound of Furnace Mountain is showcased at the McLean Community Center's Summer Sundays in the Park Concert Series. At times lively and raucous, with spirited fiddle melodies weaving in and around the powerful rhythms of the bass and bouzouki. It is at other times poignant and poetic, with sublime vocal harmonies beautifully interpreting some of the oldest songs ever written. 5 p.m. McLean Central Park. Free. For information call 703-790-0123.

Also on Sunday:

Mid-Summer Tour of the Potomac Valley Native Plant Collection: Enjoy a walk under the cool canopy of the large trees in the native plant collection and learn about perennials such as culvert’s root, Asclepias, Monarda, mountain mint, black-eyed Susan, bee balm, cone flower, wild petunia and Yucca that bloom in the summer. 2 p.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Free. For information call 703-255-3631.

Wood-Carving Lessons: Wood carvers lend their tools and expertise to uncover your hidden artistic talent as you create a creature from a block of wood. Lessons are free. There is a nominal charge for wood blanks. Noon to 4 p.m. Participants must be 8 or above. Also watch the miller grinding, conditions permitting.  Noon to 3 p.m. Call ahead to confirm. Colvin Run Mill. Mill tour cost is $6/adult, $5/student 16 and above with ID and $4/child or senior. For information call 703-759-2771.

SparklersMonday, July 4: Baby You're a Firework!

It's Fireworks, Food, Family & Fun as Lake Fairfax celebrates Independence Day. Park grounds open at 7 a.m. so bring the family for a full day of fun. Vendors are serving a variety of foods and tasty dessert treats; there will be pony rides and a small petting zoo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., moon bounces from 1 to 5 p.m. and a field day event with family games from 5 to 6 p.m. near the picnic area. The fireworks show begins at approximately 9:15 p.m. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Also on Monday:

McLean 4th of July Fireworks Celebration: McLean commemorates the nation's 235th birthday. Last Train Home, one of the country's best roots rock bands, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Come early for the music, food and games that start at 6 p.m., food vendors and more.  The grande finale features some of the best fireworks around short of the National Mall! 6 p.m. Langley High School Stadium.  Free.  For information call 703-790-0123.

  • 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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