Fairfax County Weekender


 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 Park. Admission 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.

Free Concerts: There’s 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 information.

 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:

Free Irish 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

Blacksmithing 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:

Grain Grinding 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 call 703-759-2771.

  • 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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