Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, July 19: Birds, Bugs and Bands

Strange Nature: Weird and Winged: From turkeys to bats, learn about the amazing abilities of these flying creatures in a new series that delves into aspects of nature not normally covered in your average nature center program. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 6 to 12. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Also on Friday:

Riverside Campfire: Bats and Bugs: As day turns to night, bats and some insects wake up. Through games and activities, learn about the relationship between night-flying bats and the insects they seek. Bring a toasting stick; s'mores provided. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-759-9018.

Sixth Generation Concert: Playing remakes of ‘60s hits as well as original songs, the Sixth Generation’s crowd-pleasing performances bring back fond memories for baby boomers and a surprising appreciation of good music for younger generations. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Rizer Pavilion at the Workhouse Arts Center, weather permitting. Seating is provided but you are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Beer, wine and concessions sold on-site. No outside alcohol. $10/person in advance; $15 at the door. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

Bands Abound: Select from four distinctly different musical styles including: The Capital Focus Jazz Band (jazz) at Lake Accotink Park; Bachata VIP (bachata) at Royal Lake Park; King Teddy (swing) at Grist Mill Park; and Swampcandy (blues/country) 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 20: Saturday in the Park

Pollinators: Join horticulturist Tammy Burke on a tour of the garden and discuss the important role pollinators play and how you can support them, including tips on creating a pollinators’ garden of your own. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Free, no registration required. For information call 703-255-3631.

Also on Saturday:

Arts in the Parks: Discover fun family entertainment from 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason District Park for The GoodLife Theater (puppets); Burke Lake Park Amphitheater for the Grandsons, Jr. (songs); E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater for Milkshake Duo (music); and Lake Fairfax Park Amphitheater for Blue Sky Puppet Theater (puppets). Free, no registration required. More information.

Dinosaurs Galore: Follow a naturalist as you and your child explore the prehistoric world. Children make a fossil to take home and dig for buried dinosaur bones. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Cub Run RECenter. Ages 3 to 8. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-817-9407.

Clifton Film Festival: Come watch cool original films including independent dramas, comedies, documentaries and animations. The top films will be shown to the public under the stars. The award ceremony will take place after the student category during intermission and the 19+ category at the close of the festival. Day showing starts at 4 p.m. and evening showing runs 7:30 to 10 p.m. On the Quad at the Workhouse Arts Center. Ticket information is online. For information call 703-584-2900.

Park Manager Walk and Talk: Join Manager Kevin Munroe to learn about the wetland restoration project and the wildlife the park is known for on a free walk. From 5 to 7 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Free, no registration required. For information call 703-768-2525.

Frog Chorus at Eakin Pond: Celebrate National Frog Month! Join a naturalist-led walk to the pond to identify frogs. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Eakin Park. Bring one flashlight per family. Ages 4 and up. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Free Concerts: Enjoy a Motown evening with Leonard, Coleman & Blunt, three former lead singers from The Temptations, The Platters and The Drifters, as well as music by the U.S. Air Force’s Singing Sergeants (chorale) from 6 to 9 p.m. at Arrowbrook Park. Another option is Pearl and the Beard (pop/rock) from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center or opt for and international flavor with Russikye Musikanti for Russian Cultural Heritage Night from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ossian Hall 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.

Lone Star and Landry and Bourbon: James McLure's one-act plays (Lone Star accompanied by Laundry and Bourbon) are set in small town Texas with character arcs that overlap both stories. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $25/person (advance reservations strongly recommended). Buy tickets online. Cash bar (beer and wine) and concession available. For information call 703-584-2900.

Sunday, July 21: Time Machine

Hands-On History: Drop off your children and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th-century children. Activities include games, penmanship, washing clothes and making a food item such as butter, ice cream, cheese or applesauce. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 4 to 9. $10/child. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Also on Sunday:

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. From noon to 4 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. The lesson is free, no registration required; nominal fee charged for wood blanks. For information call 703-759-2771.

Grinding Demonstration: The miller will be grinding grain, conditions permitting. From noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Tour cost is $7/adult, $6/student 16 and up with ID and $5/child or senior. Pay at site. For information call 703-759-2771.

Sunday Summer Concert in the Park: The British are coming! Relive the British Invasion with The English Channel, playing great tunes by the Stones, The Beatles, The Who, Moody Blues, Dusty Springfield and more. 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.

Spotlight by Starlight: Experience the funk/Latin sound of Speakers of the House. 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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