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Friday, August 26: Aloha!

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 online.

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 703-437-1794.

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 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:

Pond Life 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 available online.


 

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 703-255-3631.

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 703-759-9018.
 


  • 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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