Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, August 2: Dinosaur-Sized Fun 

Dino Extravaganza Puppet Show: Enjoy puppet shows and activities featuring the biggest animals that ever roamed the earth! Walk with a naturalist to find hidden clues along the trail from the Jurassic era. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 3 to 7 (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Also on Friday:

65th Annual 4-H Fair and Carnival: Throughout the weekend, enjoy country fun with traditional fair rides, amusements, exhibits and treats. Watch the 4-H exhibitors get farm animals ready for the show, visit exhibit booths, try farm chores, enjoy fair food and watch stage entertainment, dog and horse shows and more! Attend the free Big Truck event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday (carnival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.). 4-H Fair is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tractor pull begins 5 p.m. on Saturday. All at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ticket information. Parking: $7/car on Saturday and Sunday (free on Thursday and Friday). For information call 703-437-9101.

Music for Many Tastes: More musical variety is available with four concerts including: Alt Washingtonia (Bavarian) at Lake Accotink Park; Mariachi Los Amigos (mariachi) at Royal Lake Park; Urban Funk (R&B/jazz) at Grist Mill Park; and The TOAST Big Band (big band/swing) 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, August 3: Hot Time in the Summertime

Cabaret Series: Hot! Hot! Hot!: Temperatures rise as a trio of “sultry sirens of song” takes over the stage in a night of music and laughter, featuring music from “Chicago,” “Cabaret,” “Sweet Charity” and more. Performance for mature audiences due to some suggestive humor. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the W3 Theatre at the Workhouse Arts Center. Also 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. $25/person. Ticket price includes planche campagnarde; a la carte cash bar (beer and wine) available in venue. Buy tickets online; advance reservations highly recommended as previous shows have sold out. For information call 703-584-2900.

Also on Saturday:

Garden Sprouts: National Watermelon Day: Savor a slice of summer with a story about watermelons and a search for them in the garden. Join a seed spitting contest and craft a sunflower visor. Ages 3-6 with accompanying adult. From 11 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens Park. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Free Yoga on the Quad: Enjoy free, early-morning, drop-in yoga classes the first and second Saturday of August. Bring your own yoga mat. Classes open to all and held outside, please dress accordingly. From 8 to 8:45 a.m. on the Quad at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free, no registration required. For more information contact lesleyspalding@workhousearts.org.

Arts in the Parks: Choose from an assortment of fun family musical or puppet entertainment from 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason District Park for Milkshake Duo (music); Burke Lake Park Amphitheater for Ryan Buckle and Friends (music); E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater for Rocknoceros (songs); and Lake Fairfax Park Amphitheater for DinoRock (puppets). Free, no registration required. More information(PDF).

Winnie the Pooh: Live onstage! Join Pooh, Piglet and all the rest for an adventurous afternoon in the Hundred Acre Wood. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the W3 Theatre at the Workhouse Arts Center (also on Aug. 10 and 17). $12/adult, $8/children under 12. Buy tickets online. For more information call 703-584-2900.

Family Fun: Pond Party: A naturalist will lead you to a special habitat where dragonflies, turtles and frogs live. Use nets to learn about the larvae that live in the pond. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens Park. Ages 5 and up. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Starlight Cinema: Bring the family to the first of four free Saturday evening movies at Trinity Centre, “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.” Gates open at 6 p.m. Movie starts at dark. Free movie, children’s games and rides. Food and drinks available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Consumption of alcohol is not permitted. More information (PDF).

Free Concerts: Come for the blues/soul sound of The Holmes Brothers from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center or take part in Vietnamese 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.

 Sunday, August 4: Bloomin' Lovely 

Tour the Potomac Valley Native Plant Collection: Stroll the gardens and view Eupatorium, sunflowers, Liatris, milkweed, obedient plant, purple coneflower and other native plants. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Free, no registration required. For information call 703-255-3631.


Also on Sunday:

Spotlight by Starlight: Come hear the blues sound of Mike Westcott. 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 (PDF).

  • 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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