Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Sept. 6: Batty for Bats 

All About Bats Campfire: Look for bats, learn fun bat facts and lore and enjoy an American Indian story of how bats got their wings. From 7 to 8 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

 Saturday, Sept. 7: Dog Days of Summer

Dog Day 2013: Take your best friend for a swim at a water park. Dogs only in the water; no humans. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Atlantis Water Park in Centreville or Pirates Cove in Lorton. Must bring completed form (click on flyer)to participate. $5/dog. Pay at site. For more information call 703-352-5900.

Also on Saturday:

McLean Fall Community Flea Market: Nearly 60 sellers will have a wide variety of goods. Come out early for the best selection. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1420 Beverly Road in McLean. Free admission. For more information call 703-790-0123.

Virginia Indian Festival: Meet members of eight Virginia Indian tribes including the Rappahannock dancers and drummers. Enjoy hands-on activities and live demonstrations such as American Indian storytelling, shooting arrows, throwing spears and making stone tools. Assist in building a longhouse and a dugout canoe, as well as visit the marketplace of crafts, pottery and jewelry. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverbend Park. $5/person. Pay at site. For information call 703-759-9018.

Workhouse Education Open House: Come learn more about the Workhouse classes and workshops at the annual open house complete with demonstrations and discounts on class registrations (if you register for a fall or winter class that day, you receive a 10 percent discount). Meet the instructors face-to-face and try out classes first-hand. From noon to 3 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free, no registration required. For more information call 703-584-2900.

Hands-On Nature: Drop off your child for an hour of natural adventure, games and crafts. From 2 to 3 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Ages 5 to 11. $5/child. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Peach Cobbler Campfire: Bring your appetite and learn about the lives of 18th-century and early 19th- century residents as interpreters in period attire demonstrate cooking a peach cobbler using a Dutch oven. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Tig Notaro at CenterStage: Get your laughs with funny woman, Tig Notaro, who has become a favorite and regular on NPR's “This American Life” and on “Conan.” She has guest-starred on shows such as “The Office” and “Community” along with HBO's “The Life and Times of Tim” and has toured nationally and internationally. From 8 to 9 p.m. at the Reston Community Center. $30/person. Buy tickets online. For more information call 703-476-4500.

 Sunday, Sept. 8: Movie Music Magic

Cabaret Series: Cinemagic Memories: Pianist Jacob Kidder and a quartet of cabaret artists lead a musical journey through Hollywood featuring songs from the golden age of movie musicals such as “Singin' in the Rain”and “Showboat,” through the rock and funk-inspired musicals of the ‘70s, “The Wiz” and “Jesus Christ Superstar,” to the latest and greatest from today's box office hits, including selections from “Rent” and “Les Misérables.” From 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $25/person, includes planche campagnarde; cash beer/wine bar available. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

Also on Sunday:

Grandparents Day Tea Party: Celebrate National Grandparents Day with a multigenerational tea party. From 2 to 3:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $15/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Cool Cow Comedy Presents Jono Zalay: Jono Zalay became a staple at comedy festivals around the country, winning all of them in the “most fun” category that he made up. He now lives in New York City where his unique and informed background brings a perspective to stand-up comedy unequaled by almost any Ph.D. in neuroscience. A la carte cash bar, soft drinks and concessions sold before performance (no outside alcoholic beverages). Due to material, all patrons must be 18 to attend. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $15/person in advance; $20/person day of show. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

  • 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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