Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, Aug. 3: 4H Fair Fun

Start the good times early with the 4H Fair Outdoor Movie and Carnival Fun Night. Games and rides are open, with ride tickets available for $1/ticket. (Rides average three to five tickets.) Admission and parking are free this night only. Bring your crafts and baked goods in for judging in the 4-H Building. 5 to 10 p.m. The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The carnival rides are open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday. There is a $7/car daily parking fee. Frying Pan Farm Park. For information and to purchase tickets call 703-437-9101.

Also on Friday:

Kayak Tour: Join our volunteer trip leader Scott Stewart for an exciting adventure on the water of the Pohick Bay Marsh. Glide on the water by kayak while enjoying views of bald eagles, great blue herons and other wildlife. No experience necessary.  Appropriate for ages 8 and above. Children ages 8 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult. 7 to 10 p.m. Pohick Bay Regional Park. (Meet at the Pohick Bay Marina boat rentals.) $30/person. For reservations (required) and more information call 703-339-6104.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra's Brass QuintetFounded in 1957, the FSO is recognized as one of the best regional, professional orchestras in the country. It enriches the artistic life of the community with conveniently-located performances at GMU's Center for the Arts and through educational programs for all ages. Recently, the Washington Post described the orchestra as "dazzling...organic...and brilliant." 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Lake Accotink Park. Free. For information call 703-324-7469.

Saturday, Aug. 4: Stars by Starlight...

A new season of Starlight Cinema begins with "The Muppets." On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary and Mary from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil discovered beneath it. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have gone their separate ways. The evening will begin with an outdoor pre-movie program of music, food and children's activities. Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars. 6 p.m. Trinity Centre. Free. For information call 703-324-7469.

Also on Saturday:

Weed Patrol: Weed identification and control mean your garden shows its best face. Curator Brenda Skarphol introduces you to a few of the worst weedy plants, including exotic invasives, and focuses on their control in late summer and fall. The discussion includes controlling woody plants with herbicide and mechanical controls such as string trimming. 10 to 11:30 a.m.  Green Spring Gardens. $15/person. To register call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-642-5173.

Summer Concert with Laurie Rose Griffith- Folk Rock: Griffith and her band won a WAMMIE for Best Debut Album of the Year. They have been finalists in the Kerville Newfolk Song Competition and were nominated for the Virginia Governors Award for Artistic Excellence. Pop, rock, jazz and originals featuring guitar, mandolin, string bass and harmonica.  Picnic suppers are welcome (no alcohol, please). 7 to 9 p.m.  Potomac Overlook Regional Park. $5/person suggested donation. For information call 703-528-5406.

Sunday, Aug. 5: Olive Juice

No room in the budget for a Mediterannean vacation this summer? Meet the Mediterannean without leaving the county as chef instructor Kathleen Linton introduces a fusion of ingredients and flavors from the countries along the shores of the Mediterannean Sea: Italy, Spain, France and Greece. Explore a vibrant, colorful and delicious tapestry of cuisine featuring the flavors of the region. 1 to 4 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $70/person ($60/Friends of the Workhouse.) Register online. For information call 703-584-2900.

Also on Sunday:

Lizards: Watch a brief movie on native lizards and see lizards up close, then join a naturalist on a short hike to find these elusive reptiles. 10 to 11 a.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-631-0013.

Buckwheat Zydeco: Buckwheat leads one of the best party bands in America. He can pump out zydeco two-beats or shift into rolling 12-bar blues, steaming all the way.  7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For information call 703-324-7469.

  • 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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