Fairfax County Weekender


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 Friday, Aug. 15: High-Energy Entertainment

“Legally Blond — The Musical”: The Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre’s all-teen cast presents this energetic musical. Come for an evening of song, dance and music. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday; 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $20/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

 
Also on Friday:

Summer Wagon Ride: Look for butterflies or hunting bats on a 90-minute tractor ride to the wetland. Rides leave at 9:30 a.m. or 5 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Dairy Days — Ice Cream and Butter: Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games. From 1 to 2 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-437-1794.

Creek Adventure Wagon Ride: Explore the Rocky Run. From 7 to 8 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Wear shoes that can get wet. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Spotlight by Starlight Concert: MSG – The Acoustic Blues Trio brings their own style of Piedmont blues. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park. Free admission. For information call 703-324-7469.

Braddock Nights: You’ll be “swinging” with Casey MacGill at Royal Lake Park or “rocking” with Night Music at Lake Accotink Park. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free admission. For information call 703-324-7469.

Mount Vernon Nights Concert: For a change of pace, how about some Andean fusion music by the Mystic Warriors. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grist Mill Park. Free admission. For information call 703-324-7469.


 Saturday, Aug. 16: Step Back In Time

Civil War Encampment Weekend: Federal and Confederate troops recreate daily life during the Civil War. Hear live music and take in a fashion show. The house tour includes artifacts rarely on exhibit. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 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.

 
Also on Saturday:

Sunrise Kayak Tour: Enjoy breathtaking views as the summer sun rises over the Potomac River. Paddle with a naturalist and learn about the historical and natural beauty of this island-dotted section of the Potomac. From 7 to 9 a.m. at Riverbend Park. One and two-person sit-on-top kayaks are available. $59/person. Register online. For all tours, download the kayak waiver and bring the completed form to the tour. For information call 703-759-9018.

Arts in the Parks: Enjoy fun family entertainment from 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason District Park for Blue Sky Puppet Theater; Burke Lake Park Amphitheater for Pointless Theater (puppets); E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater for The YOJO Show (comedy); and Lake Fairfax Park Amphitheater for Rocknoceros (songs). Free admission. For information call 703-324-7469.

Live Sharks, Rays and More: Meet a live shark and other fish presented by Under the Sea. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Park Manager Walk and Talk: Join Park Manager Kevin Munroe on a free walk. From 4 to 6 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Free; no reservations required. For information call 703-768-2525.

Starlight Cinema: The weather forecast is “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” which will be shown free, along with free children’s games and rides. Food and drinks available for purchase. Watch from your car or bring your own lawn chairs and blankets; alcohol not permitted. Gates open at 6 p.m.; movie starts at dark at Trinity Centre. Free admission. For information call 703-324-7469.

Free Celtic Concert: IONA captivates with Celtic music at Mount Vernon Nights concerts. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free admission. For information call 703-324-7469.

European Polka and Waltz Night: Get out your dancing shoes to polka and waltz. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ossian Hall Park. Free admission. For information call 703-324-7469.


 Sunday, Aug. 17: Meander Through the Meadow

Wagon Ride — Birds, Butterflies and Blossoms: Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow. From 11 a.m. to noon at Riverbend Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-759-9018.

 


Also on Sunday:

Grain Grinding Demonstrations: Watch the miller grinding the old-fashioned way, conditions permitting. From noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Tours cost $7/adult, $6/student and $5/child or senior; pay at site. For information call 703-759-2771.

Wood Carving Lessons: Create a creature from a block of wood. From noon to 4 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Lesson is free; nominal charge for wood blanks. For information call 703-759-2771.

Ice Cream Making: Crank homemade ice cream. From noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Ice cream is $1.50/cup. For information call 703-759-2771.

Sundaes in the Park: Stroll along the paths and stop by the campfire area for an ice cream sundae. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Sundaes are $2 each; walk is free. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Spotlight by Starlight: Samantha Fish plays the blues. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park. Free admission. For information call 703-324-7469.


  • 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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