Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, July 22: Out of Africa 

Celebrate world cultures, literature and the art of African storytelling. Join Akili for "African Folk Tales" featuring imaginative costumes and lots of audience participation.  These stories bring to life the vastness of the African landscape and a variety of clever animals. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library; 2:30 p.m. at Richard Byrd Library. ( More dates, times and locations.) Free. Additional information is available online or by calling individual branches.  

Also on Friday:

Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series:  The Justin Trawick Group performs as part of the Summer Entertainment Series.  Trawick and his band have opened for Blues Traveler, Sara Bareilles and Edwin McCain among many notable artists. The group won the Emerging Artist Competition at the 2006 Takoma Park Folk Festival and has gone on several East Coast tours.  7:30 p.m. Grist Mill Park. Free. Additional series performances on Friday include Celtic Mark at Lake Accotink Park, part of the Braddock Nights Series and the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington at the Mason District Park Amphitheater, part of the Spotlight by Starlight Series. More information is available online.

Saturday, July 23: Screen Scene

The Workhouse Arts Center Film Institute hosts the 2011 Clifton Film Festival. Thought-provoking independent dramas, comedies, documentaries and animation. 7:30 p.m. (Film screenings begin at 8:30 p.m.) $5/person. Workhouse Arts Center Performance Tent. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Be sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Also on Saturday:

Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Wild Animals: Through activities, stories and crafts, meet some of Dr. Seuss’ curious animals and compare them to several unusual creatures that live in Fairfax County. Participants age 4 and above. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-941-1065.

Tropical Plants: Join Horticulturist Laurie Short in a walk through the gardens to learn how to grow, propagate and over-winter tropical plants. 10 a.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $5/person. Reservations accepted.  Call 703-255-3631 for more information or to make a reservation.

Sunday, July 24: Turtle Time

Meet a naturalist at Walney Pond to learn about Painted Turtles and other native turtles.  See turtles close up and then search for them at the pond. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person.  Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Also on Sunday:

Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park: Zoso, The Led Zeppelin Experience performs live as part of the summer concert series. See the most mesmerizing and accurate portrayal of "the biggest band of the 1970s."  5 p.m. McLean Central Park.  Free.  For information call 703-790-0123.

Stream Stomp: Investigate Bugg Creek for salamanders, crayfish and more in this catch-and-release adventure. Learn about erosion and other environmental issues affecting aquatic wildlife. This program is suited for 6- to 10-year-olds. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-941-1065.

  • 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.
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