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 Friday, August 9: Summer Sounds and Stories 

Free Concerts: Choose from an assortment of musical styles including: Washington Balalaika Orchestra (Russian) at Lake Accotink Park; The David Kitchen Band (pop/rock) at Royal Lake Park; The Winstons (Motown) at Grist Mill Park; and Caravan of Thieves (Gypsy 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.

Also on Friday:

Campfire: How and Why Summer Stories: Hear old-fashioned tall tales around a campfire and toast marshmallows from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.


 Saturday, August 10: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Garden Terrarium Workshop: Create a beautiful tabletop terrarium. Begonia enthusiast Johanna Zinn provides project guidance and information on that versatile species. Container, plants, soil and care instructions are provided. From 10 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 18 and up. $45/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Saturday:

Civil War Encampment Weekend: Federal and Confederate troops re-create Civil War daily life as reenactors demonstrate the varied work of the armies. Skirmishes each day include infantry, artillery and cavalry. Visit the weekend encampment and discover a soldier's lifestyle during this turbulent time in America's history. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Sully Historic Site. $9/adult, $7/senior or child. Pay at site. For information call 703-437-1794.

Arts in the Parks: Enjoy amusing entertainment for the younger crowd  from 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason District Park for DinoRock (puppets); Burke Lake Park Amphitheater for Rocknoceros (songs); E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater for Ryan Buckle and Friends (music); and Lake Fairfax Park Amphitheater for The GoodLife Theater (puppets). Free, no registration required. More information (PDF).

2nd Saturday Art Walk: Tour seven unique studio buildings to see the work of over 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue. Mix and mingle with artists, buy original works of art, experience ever-changing exhibits and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshments and music. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For information call 703-584-2900.

Starlight Cinema: Bring the family to a free movie, “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” Gates open at 6 p.m. Movie starts at dark at Trinity Centre. Free movie, children’s games and rides. Food and drinks available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Alcohol is not permitted. More information (PDF).

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 Entertainment: Enjoy light classics from the U.S. Air Force Strolling Strings from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center or take part in Korean 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.

Animals of Myth and Legend Campfire: Owls, bats, toads and more conjure up spooky images. Separate fact from fiction as the naturalist shares stories and tales about misconceptions of local wildlife. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Boardwalk Astronomy: What's new in the night sky? Join naturalists as they take you on a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. From 8:30 to 10 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 12 and up. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.


 Sunday, August 11: Reptile Reality 

Snake and Turtle Feeding: Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by animal caretaker staff and learn what makes a reptile different from an amphibian. Also learn to identify the county's only venomous snake, the northern copperhead. See snakes and turtles plus other reptiles; at least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

Wagon Ride: Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms: Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow to search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. From noon to 1 p.m. at Riverbend Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-759-9018.

Spotlight by Starlight: A little bit of rock, a little bit of soul – that’s the Sweet Leda Band. 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).

Starry Skies - Meteors: Peer through a telescope and learn about meteors, stars, planets and the final frontier. From 8:30 to 10 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and binoculars. Ages 4 and up. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.


  • 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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