Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, August 12: A Little Night Music

Bring a picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy musical performances from a variety of genres - big band, jazz, bluegrass, rock, classical and world music, all part of the award-winning Summer Entertainment Series.  Friday night features The United States Navy Band Commodores at Lake Accotink as part of the Braddock Nights Concert Series; The Reunion Music Society Jazz Orchestra at Grist Mill Park's Mount Vernon Nights series; Orquesta Tropikiimba for Spotlight By Starlight at the Mason District Amphitheater; and The Capital Focus Jazz Band for Braddock Nights at Lake Accotink Park. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. Summer Entertainment Series includes puppet shows, drive-in movies, dance performances and just about everything in between. More information about the series and specific events is available online.

Also on Friday:

Farmers Market Fridays: Pick up fresh fruit, produce, baked goods, meat, eggs, cut flowers and much more at the Fairfax County Park Authority's farmers markets.  Fridays feature the McLean Farmers Market, from 8 a.m. to noon, and the Kingstowne Farmers Market, from 4 to 7 p.m. More information about all of FCPA's 12 farmers markets is available online.

Saturday, August 13: Stroll and See

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk at the Workhouse showcases the diverse work of more than 150 visual artists in a unique historic venue. Guests can tour seven unique studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists, buy original works of art, experience ever-changing exhibitions and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshment and music. The social atmosphere of the monthly art walk makes it the perfect destination for a date night or girl's night out, as well as for art collectors and art appreciation groups alike. 6 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center.  Free.  For information call 703-495-0001.

Also on Saturday:

Moonlight Hike: Join a park naturalist on a tour of the gardens after dark during full moon. Learn about the history of the gardens, the local plant and wildlife and the lore behind the lunar cycle. Meet in the Visitor Center. Reservations and advance payment required. 8:30 p.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $5/person. For information call 703-255-3631.

Geology Rocks!: We use rocks and minerals every day; we even use them to brush our teeth! Discover fun facts about rocks, local earthquakes and the rock cycle. Handle real fossils and take one home. Take a walk to see erosion and bedrock. For children ages 6 to 12. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, August 14: Rollin' on the River

Discover an island cut-through where the current goes upstream to the hidden inlet of Beal's Island on a special Kayak Tour. Start with kayaking basics and soon you will be maneuvering through the water. No previous experience is required. One-person and two-person kayaks are available. Download waiver and bring completed to tour. Participants must be 14 or above. 9 to 11 a.m. Riverbend Park. $55/person. Register online. For information call 703-759-9018.

Also on Sunday:

Civil War Encampment Weekend: Federal and Confederate troops recreate Civil War daily life as reenactors demonstrate the varied work of the army. Skirmishes each day include infantry, artillery and cavalry. Visit an encampment and see how soldiers lived. Enjoy live music and a fashion show. House tour includes artifacts rarely on exhibit belonging to the Haight family, mid-19th century residents at Sully. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.) Sully Historic Site. $8/adult; $6/senior and child. Two-day tickets are $14/adult; $10/senior and child. For information call 703-437-1794.  

  • 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.
  • To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.
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