Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, July 12: Summer Past...Times 

The Team Everyone Loves to Hate: Enjoy “Damn Yankees,” a retelling of baseball during the 1950s in Washington, D.C., at a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball. Presented by the McLean Community Players. From 8 to 10 p.m., Alden Theater, McLean Community Center. Also on Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., weekends through July 28. $20/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

Also on Friday:

A Little Bit of Everything: Select from a smorgasbord of musical styles. Four concerts include: The Hot Society Orchestra of Washington (swing) at Lake Accotink Park; Town Mountain (bluegrass) at Royal Lake Park; Elvis Tribute Band, Jed Duvall (rock and roll) at Grist Mill Park; and John Jorgenson Quintet (gypsy jazz) at Mason District Park. Bring a picnic, blankets and/or lawn chairs; flashlights also recommended as some parks are not lighted. Concerts are 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 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, July 13: See the Forest for the Trees

Native Trees: Identification, Care and Culture: Stroll through the gardens and woodlands with a curatorial horticulturist to learn about some of Virginia's native trees including identification tips, where they are found in nature, landscape uses, design ideas, wildlife value, their care in residential settings and where to purchase them. A tree identification book is included with registration. From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 14 and up. $35/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Saturday:

World War II Living History: Travel back to the World War II era with Allied and Axis re-enactors for a weekend of demonstrations, memories and music. Get an up-close look at what life was like in the 1940s. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday at Sully Historic Site. House tour included with the fee of $8/adult, $6/senior or child. Veterans and active duty military personnel admitted free of charge. Pay at site. For information call 703-437-1794.

Green Tree Frogs of Mason Neck: Learn about these awesome amphibians and find out why scientists believe they can predict weather. Look for green tree frogs from 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason Neck State Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call Ellanor C. Lawrence Park at 703-631-0013.

Butterflies Aflutter: Learn how to recognize butterflies and attract them to your yard. Take home some milkweed seeds to plant to attract monarch butterflies. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Arts in the Parks: Find family entertainment Saturday morning. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason District Park for Paul Hadfield “General Foolishness” (juggling/comedy); Burke Lake Park Amphitheater for The GoodLife Theater (puppets); E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater for Blue Sky Puppet Theater (puppets); and Lake Fairfax Park Amphitheater for Milkshake Duo (music). Free, no registration required.More information.

Family Fun: Edible Flowers: Tour the gardens and taste edible flowers. Learn their history and how you can use them to enhance foods, savory and sweet. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 5 and up. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

2nd Saturday Art Walk: Tour seven unique studio buildings to see the work of over 100 visual artists. Enjoy light refreshments and music. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Sunday, July 14: Music in the Park

Sunday Summer Concert in the Park: McLean loves the rockabilly sounds of hometown boys The Grandsons. From 5 to 6 p.m., McLean Central Park Gazebo (Route 123 and Old Dominion Drive); parking available at the McLean Community Center. Free. For information call 703-790-0123.


Also on Sunday:

Spotlight by Starlight: Laughs abound with the hilarious satirical revue of The Capitol Steps from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park. Free. 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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