Fairfax County Weekender


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 Friday, Aug. 23: Wind Down the Week 

Free Concerts: Take your pick from a variety of musical styles and artists: U.S. Army Blues (jazz) at Lake Accotink Park; Shenandoah Run (folk) at Royal Lake Park; David Bach Consort (jazz) at Grist Mill Park; and Margot MacDonald (indie) 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:

Dinosaur Play and Hunt: Learn fun facts about the largest animals to ever roam Earth. Join in the great dino hunt as Nature Playce turns prehistoric and learn how to determine if the dino "discovered" fits all the rules to be a true dinosaur. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 to 10. $5/child. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Night Hike: Take a nighttime walk with a naturalist to search for wildlife. From 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.


 Saturday, Aug. 24: A Bounty of Beautiful Begonias

31st Annual Begonia Show and Sale: Feast your eyes at this show sponsored by the Potomac Branch of the American Begonia Society. Expand your plant palette! Be tempted with splashes of color and shape for homes and greenhouses that last long after frosts have put outdoor gardens to bed. The sale offers a wide variety of begonias, including subtropical species. From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Green Spring Gardens. Free. For more information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Saturday:

Arts in the Parks: Enjoy the last weekend of Arts in the Parks, fun family entertainment from 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason District Park for The Great Zucchini (comedy/magic); Burke Lake Park Amphitheater for Milkshake Duo (music); E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater for DinoRock (puppets); and Lake Fairfax Park Amphitheater for Rocknoceros (songs). Free, no registration required. More information (PDF).

Starlight Cinema: Don’t miss the last of this summer’s Starlight Cinema animated features. Celebrate the last days before the start of school with “Rise of the Guardians.” 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: It’s tango time with Quin Tango from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center or partake in Peruvian 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.

Fame – The Musical”: The Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre presents this high-energy production based on the hit motion picture and television series. “Fame” is the inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of demanding artistic and academic work. Show runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 24, 29, 30 and 31, and 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 in the W3 Theatre at the Workhouse Arts Center. $20/person. Advance reservations strongly recommended; limited availability on Aug. 24 and 25. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

Evening Stroll: Take this rare opportunity to visit the wetland after dark and learn the curious habits of fireflies, listen for owls and watch bats hunt. You might even see resident beavers at work! From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.


 Sunday, Aug. 25: Marvelous Metamorphosis 

Monarch Tagging and Waystation Gardening: Meet monarch caterpillars and butterflies up close and discover fun facts about their metamorphosis and preparations for autumn travel to Mexico. Participate in tagging monarchs and learn how to attract these and other garden jewels to your backyard. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person (children must be accompanied by a registered, paying adult). Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

Sketches in Nature: Drawing can be an important part of keeping a nature journal. Participants (ages 15 and up) join a naturalist in an outdoor classroom to learn tips and techniques for adding sketches to their observations. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Spotlight by Starlight: You won’t want to miss the foot-stompin’ roots rock sound of The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours. 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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