Friday, August 26:
Born and raised in Hawai'i and transplanted to the
Washington, D.C. area, the
Aloha Boys met in 1996 while playing music for their
children at Halau O 'Aulani, a school of Hawai'ian culture in
Maryland. The Aloha Boys love to "kanikapila" or play
an acoustic down-home, backyard-style Hawai'ian music - a
style that includes everything from the very traditional to
contemporary songs and styles. Hear them at the Mason
District Amphitheater. Also featured Friday night are No
Second Troy, teetering on the edge of indie rock with
introspective anthems at Royal Lake Park;
The English Channel bringing British hits of the '60s and
'70s to Grist Mill Park; and the oom-pah-pah of the
City of Fairfax Band Alte Kameraden German Band at Lake
Accotink Park. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Free. More
information on the Summer Entertainment Series is available
Also on Friday:
Dairy Days at Sully: 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 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Children must be
accompanied by an adult. Sully Historic Site. $5/person.
(Wagon rides are $2/person.) For information, call
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.
27: Bloomin' Begonias!
Expand your plant palette at the
29th Annual Begonia Show and Sale. Be tempted by 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. 9 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. (noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday). Green Spring
Gardens. Free. For information call 703-642-5173.
Also on Saturday:
Exploration: The pond at Bull Run is teeming
with life and awaits the intrepid explorer! Use dip nets and
help the naturalist survey the life in the pond. Search for
fish, tadpoles, crayfish, insects and anything else that can
be found! Dress to get muddy. Meet at the Bull Run Camp
Store. Reservations required. 11 a.m. Bull Run Regional
Park. Free. For information call 703-631-0550.
Starlight Cinema: 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. In the final movie
of the series, "Megamind" featuring the voices of
Will Ferrell and Tina Fey, supervillain Megamind finally
conquers his nemesis, the hero Metro Man, but finds his life
pointless without a hero to fight. 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
Sunday, August 28: A
Bird in the Hand
Join a naturalist and learn the basics of identifying birds
by sight, sound and behavior! Each month will feature a
different part of the gardens. Some field guides and
binoculars will be available or bring your own. Reservations
required. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Meet in the Visitor
Center. Free. For information or to make reservations, call
Also on Sunday:
Kayak Tour - Island Secrets: Discover the natural and cultural secrets
of the islands on a scenic section of the Potomac. Get
started with the basics and soon you'll be maneuvering
through the water. No previous experience required. Kayaks
provided; one-person and two-person kayaks available.
Download waiver and bring completed to tour. Canceled if
inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. 9 a.m.
Riverbend Park. $55/person. For information call
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
A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
To request this information in an alternate format, call
703-324-3187, TTY 711.
TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.