Friday, Aug. 30: Swamp Things
Strange Nature: Stinky Swamp: It may be
stinky, it may be muddy, but if you explore the swamp, you
will see animals and plants that love this unique habitat.
Join in this new series that delves into aspects of nature
not normally covered in your average nature center program.
The naturalist will use live examples and field study to open
new doors in exploration of the natural world. From 4:30 to
5:30 p.m. at Hidden
Pond Nature Center. Ages 6-11. $6/person. Register
online. For information call 703-451-9588.
Also on Friday:
Last Weekend for Water
Mine: All good things must come to an end and
after Labor Day the Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole closes
until May 2014. Come out and enjoy the water attractions
while you can. Open from 2 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 and 10 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at Lake Fairfax
information. For more information call 703-471-5415.
Dairy Days: Ice
Cream and Butter: Discover the Whey of the
Dairy! Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games.
From 1 to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic
Site. Ice cream and butter will be made
at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. $5/person. Pay at site. House tour cost is
separate: $7/adult, $6/student (16 and up with student ID),
$5/senior (65+) and $5/child (ages 5–15). Wagon rides
available for $2. For more information call 703-437-1794.
a wide variety of musical styles this last weekend of free
summer concerts including: the City of Fairfax Alte Kameraden
German Band (German) at Lake Accotink Park;
Bruce Molsky and the Jumpsteady Boys (old-time) at Royal Lake Park; Squeeze
Bayou (Cajun) at Grist Mill
Park; and Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband (country/rock) 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
Saturday, Aug. 31: Pondering Ponds
Pond Life: Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond
to catch and learn about tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs and water
scorpions. Bring boots that can get wet and get ready to find
out who is living under the water at the pond’s edge. From 10
to 11 a.m. at E.C.
Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register
online. For information call 703-631-0013.
Also on Saturday:
Entertainment: You won’t have to cross the
Atlantic for Celtic music, since OCEAN Orchestra will be
playing from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse
Arts Center, or go for another variation of that theme
with Irish Cultural Heritage Night and “Shannon Dunne Dance”
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.
All About Bats Campfire: Several bat
species flutter through the late summer sky. Head to a
campfire where you'll learn fun bat facts and lore, plus
enjoy an American Indian story of how bats got their wings.
Toast marshmallows over the embers and look for bats. From 7
to 8 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature
Center. $6/person. Register
online. For information call 703-941-1065.
Sunday, Sept. 1: Anvil Amazement
Demonstrations: Watch as the blacksmith fires
up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron
tools and utensils. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill
Historic Site. Free, no registration required. For
information call 703-759-2771.
Also on Sunday:
Demonstrations: See and hear 19th-century
technology at work. From noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill
Historic Site. The miller will be grinding, conditions
permitting. Tours are $7/adults, $6/students 16 and up with
ID and $5/per child or senior. Pay at site. For information
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
A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
To request this information in an alternate format, call
TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.