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 Friday, Aug. 16: Campfires, Concerts and Cute Bugs 

Strange Nature: Bug Battles: It's a bug-eat-bug world out there; that's why these little guys must be able to flee, fight, hide and hunt in unique ways. Program includes live examples and field study. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 6 to 11. $6/child. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.


Also on Friday:

Free Concerts : A variety of musical styles is available including: Falls Church Concert Band (big band) at Lake Accotink Park; IONA (Celtic) at Royal Lake Park; John McCutcheon (folk) at Grist Mill Park; and The U.S. Army Blues (jazz) 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.

Sounds of the Night Campfire: Learn to identify nocturnal animal calls, enjoy stories of local creatures of the night around a campfire and make s’mores. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Campfire Friday: Stream Study: The whole family can take part in an outdoor adventure and nature study and wrap up with a campfire and s’mores. Go on a nighttime stream study to search for creek critters such as the madtom catfish or the elusive eel. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $8/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Sixth Generation Concert: Playing remakes of ‘60s hits as well as original songs, the Sixth Generation’s crowd-pleasing performances bring back fond memories for baby boomers and a surprising appreciation of good music for younger generations. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Rizer Pavilion at the Workhouse Arts Center, weather permitting. Seating is provided but you are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Beer, wine and concessions sold on-site. No outside alcohol. $10/person in advance; $15 at the door. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.


 Saturday, Aug. 17: Leapin' Lizards, Sharks & Stars

Lizard Survey: Join a naturalist on a short hike to find these elusive reptiles. Watch a short movie on native lizards and see some up close. From 10 to 11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park; meet at Cabell's Mill. Ages 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.


Also on Saturday:

Free Hula on the Quad: Enjoy free, early-morning, drop-in hula classes Aug. 17 and 24. No experience necessary. Classes open to all and held outside; please dress accordingly. From 8 to 8:45 a.m. on the Quad at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free, no registration required. For more information contact lesleyspalding@workhousearts.org.

Butterflies Aflutter: Learn about butterflies including how to recognize them and attract them to your yard. Take home some milkweed seeds to plant to attract monarch butterflies. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Mantis Mayhem!: Late summer and early fall are the best times to find mantises after their summer feast of insects. Study their role in the ecosystem and learn more about insects. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Cub Run RECenter. Ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-817-9407.

Arts in the Parks: Enjoy fun family entertainment from 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason District Park for Rocknoceros (songs); Burke Lake Park Amphitheater for DinoRock (puppets); E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater for the grandsons, Jr. (songs); and Lake Fairfax Park Amphitheater for Paul Hadfield ‘General Foolishness’ (juggling and comedy). Free, no registration required. More information (PDF).

Live Sharks, Rays and More: Meet a live shark and other fish with Under the Sea's Andrew Wilson and discover what makes these curious creatures well adapted to the Atlantic Ocean. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Starlight Cinema: Bring the family to “Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom.” 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).

Free Entertainment: Savor the sweet jazz sound of Lori Williams from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, take part in Indian Cultural Heritage Night from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ossian Hall Park or double your listening pleasure with Gallagher, Stang and Lewis (classic/folk rock) as well as the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters (chorale) at Arrowbrook 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.

Astronomy for Family Fun: Explore the night sky and learn about the constellations, visible planets, comets and other phenomena through fun activities. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 to 8. $6/child. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.


 Sunday, Aug. 18: Draw on Nature and History 

Sketches in Nature: Drawing can be an important part of keeping a nature journal. Children join a naturalist in the outdoor classroom to learn tips and techniques for adding sketches to their observations. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 9 to 13. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.


Also on Sunday:

Hands-on History: Drop off your children and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th-century children. Activities include games, penmanship, washing clothes and making a food item such as butter, ice cream, cheese or applesauce. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 4 to 9. $10/child. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Bats, Bugs, and Owls Oh My!: Learn about the critters that only come out at night and their special adaptations that help them thrive while we sleep. Watch for bats, attract some bugs and call for owls. From 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Spotlight by Starlight: The tunes turn to bluegrass with Blue Highway. 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).


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