Fairfax County Weekender


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Friday, August 5: A Fair-ly Good Time

Sample the fun early as carnival games and rides open in advance of the weekend's  63rd Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair. A free children’s performance takes place on Friday at 10 a.m. and families may visit the farm animals, take a wagon ride around the park, hike the natural trail and watch the family classic "Babe" on a giant outdoor screen at 8:30 p.m. Tasty fair food and beverages available for purchase.  10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park. Free admission and parking on Friday, unlimited rides for $20/person. The 4-H Fair opens officially at 9 a.m. on Saturday, closing at 9 p.m. and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Pricing and more information is available online.  

Also on Friday:

Goodnight Walk- Firefly Fun: Wonders of fireflies come to light during a walk and talk, and a craft project explores these amazing creatures. Participants must be at least age 4. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.



Saturday, August 6: Star Light, Star Bright

Wholesome family fun awaits on Saturday nights in August. Families gather under the stars for children’s activities, food and animated feature films on oversized screens at the Starlight Cinema. The series begins with "Despicable Me" featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel and Kristin Wiig.Rated PG, "Despicable Me" follows the exciting exploits of Gru, a super villain with a soft side (voiced by Carell). As Gru plans the biggest heist in history, he encounters the immense will of three orphaned girls who see him as a potential father. Gates open at 6 p.m., children's activities at 7:30 p.m. and the movie starts at dark. Trinity Center. Free. More information is available online.

Also on Saturday:

Housewarming 1753: Experience life at the Carlyle House as you welcome John and Sarah Carlyle, who moved into their new home in early August of 1753. This family-friendly program will feature living history interpreters portraying the Carlyle family. Meet Monty the horse and learn about the Carlyles’ newest arrival, baby William. How was a new baby welcomed in the 18th-century? What kinds of teething toys and rattles did they use? Children can complete a craft and enjoy games on the front lawn. Noon to 4 p.m. Carlyle House Historic Park.  For information call 703-549-2997.

Farmers Markets: The vibrant colors of freshly picked fruits and vegetables contrast with the fragrant perfume of cut flowers. Across the market floats the aroma of freshly baked breads and pastries while one savors a sample of creamy artisan cheese. The Fairfax County Park Authority's Farmers Markets are a great place to find a wide variety of freshly picked fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers, fresh eggs, baked goods, honey and cider. Milk and cheese products, along with a wide array of meat products, round out the edible delights.  The Burke and Reston Farmers Markets are open from 8 a.m. to noon.  A full schedule of markets, at 12 sites throughout the county, is available online.



Sunday, August 7: The Natives Are Restless

Enjoy Eupatorium, sunflowers, Liatris, milkweed, obedient plant, purple coneflower and other plants blooming in the woodland garden during a Summer Tour of the Potomac Valley Native Plant Collection. 2 p.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Free.  For information call 703-255-3631.


Also on Sunday:

Stars on Sunday & Art Under the Arches: Enjoy the sounds of swing, rock and roll and Broadway in one great afternoon of art and music. View the work of the Explorers Visual Arts Campers. Listen to the Nitehawks Swing, the young students of Workhouse music instructor Gregg Smith, and the LMproject Crew, presented by Reston Community Players.  Noon to 5 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For information call 703-495-0001.  

Grinding Demonstration: Conditions permitting, the miller will be grinding. Noon to 3 p.m. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Tours are $7/adult, $6/students 16 and above with ID, and $4/child or senior. To confirm schedule call 703-759-2771.


  • 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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  • A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
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