Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, August 19: Holy Cow!

Discover the whey of the dairy! Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th-century life. Ice cream and butter are made at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 1 to 4 p.m. Sully Historic Site. $5/person. Wagon rides are $2/person. For information call 703-437-1794.

Also on Friday:

Summer Entertainment Series: A summerlong calendar of shows, concerts and movies. Friday night's concerts feature Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition at Lake Accotink Park; Atzilut at Grist Mill Park; The ATOMIC Swing Club  at Mason District Park Amphitheater; and Andrew Acosta String Band at Royal Lake Park. More information is available online.

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 20: Screen Scenes

Wholesome family fun 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 continues with "Shrek Forever After" featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas and Jane Lynch. A midlife crisis-burdened Shrek is tricked by Rumpelstiltskin into letting himself be erased from existence and cast in a dark alternate timeline where Rumpel rules supreme. 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:

Venomous Snakes and Poisonous Plants: Learn what you need to watch out for in the fields and forests of Fairfax County. See a live copperhead snake, learn to identify poison ivy and a black widow spider. Find out what is easily confused with our noxious neighbors. Children must be accompanied by a registered, paying adult. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online or call 703-324-4662. For information, call 703-941-1065.

The Doctor Is In!: Medical care in the 18th and 19th centuries was very different from today.  Tour a 1794 kitchen and learn about the preparation of home remedies. Tours are offered at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Sully Historic Site. $7/adult, $6/student, $5/senior and child. For information call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, August 21: Doggone Fun

Treat your canine companion to a special cruise aboard Lake Accotink Park’s pooch-friendly pontoon boat. Catch the last rays of the sun as it dips toward the distant lake shore while your dog scans for ducks, geese and other lake dwellers. Passengers must be at least eight years old. Limit one dog per person. 7 p.m. Lake Accotink Park. $6/person. For reservations call 703-569-0285.

Also on Sunday:

Riverside Wildlife!: Discover some of the native wildlife found along the Occoquan River. See fish, turtles, snakes, frogs and more. Look for the display near the boat launch. No reservations required. 1:30 to 4 p.m. Occoquan Regional Park. Free. For information call 703-690-2121.

  • 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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