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.
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:
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.
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
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
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
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
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
A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
To request this information in an alternate format, call
703-324-3187, TTY 711.
TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.