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
Quintet: Founded 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
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
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.
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
No room in the budget for a Mediterannean vacation
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.)
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
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
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
A complete list of county calendars is also available
To request this information in an alternate format,
TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.