Fairfax County Weekender


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 Friday, Aug. 8: Music for Many Tastes

Spotlight by Starlight Concert: Folk singer Tom Paxton entertains from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park. Free admission. For information call 703-324-7469.

 


Also on Friday:

Braddock Nights: Blues is what Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark will be playing at Royal Lake Park, while The Beltway Balalaika brings Russian music to Lake Accotink Park from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free admission. For information call 703-324-7469.

Mount Vernon Nights Concert: If country music is your preference, come hear Ruthie and the Wranglers from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grist Mill Park. Free admission. For information call 703-324-7469.


 Saturday, Aug. 9: Fall Fables

American Indian Stories Campfire: Enjoy a campfire and toast marshmallows as you hear traditional American Indian stories about fall changes from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

 

Also on Saturday:

Butterflies in Colored Pencil & Acrylics: Draw butterflies from colorful photographs and take colored pencils a step beyond their traditional use from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $74/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Arts in the Parks: Discover fun family entertainment from 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason District Park for The GoodLife Theater (puppets); Burke Lake Park Amphitheater for Barefoot Puppet Theater (puppets); E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater for Rocknoceros (songs); and Lake Fairfax Park Amphitheater for Mr. Gabe (songs). Free admission. For information call 703-324-7469.

Starlight Cinema: If you liked Despicable Me, you’ll enjoy Despicable Me 2, especially since it’s free, along with free children’s games and rides. Food and drinks available for purchase. Watch from your car or bring your own lawn chairs and blankets; alcohol not permitted. Gates open at 6 p.m.; movie starts at dark at Trinity Centre. Free admission. For information call 703-324-7469.

2nd Saturday Art Walk: Tour seven unique studio buildings to see the work of over 100 visual artists. Enjoy light refreshments and music. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free admission. For information call 703-584-2900.

Free Motown/Soul Concert: The Soul Crackers bring their distinctive Motown/soul sound to the Mount Vernon Nights concerts from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free admission. For information call 703-324-7469.

Korean Cultural Heritage Night: Explore Korean dance/music from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ossian Hall Park. Free admission. For information call 703-324-7469.

Nocturnal Hunters Campfire: Join a naturalist for a night hike to learn about nocturnal animals. Catch and release fireflies, locate bats with a bat detector, search for other live animals and make s'mores from 8 to 9 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Evening Stroll: 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. 10: Rolling on the River

Intro to River Kayaking : This 30-minute introductory level course covers river hazards, water safety and paddling basics from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. $28/person fee includes equipment and half-day kayak rental (same day only). Register online. For information call 703-759-9018.

 

Also on Sunday:

Spotlight by Starlight: The big band sound of The Tom Cunningham Orchestra can be heard from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park. Free admission. For information call 703-324-7469.


  • 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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