14: (Grow and) Eat Your Veggies!
Many cool-season vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli,
cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, produce their best flavor
when they mature during cool weather. Learn how during Basic Gardening: Grow
Great Grub. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Green Spring
Gardens. $10/person. Register
online. For more information call 703-642-5173.
Sept. 15: Prison to Park
Celebrate the transformation of Lorton Prison into what is
now a wonderful natural, cultural and recreational park
location at the "Great Escape"
Prison to Park Festival. The event includes wagon
rides into the maximum security area of the prison complex,
sliding down the giant sack slide, farm animals, and disc
golf and mountain bike demos. Explore the pond and see what
lives there, try your hand at fishing, walk into the wilds
with a naturalist guide and more. Activities include horse
rides and equestrian demonstrations, delicious food, live
music, exhibitors, games and all-around family fun! Rain date
is Sunday, Sept. 16. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Laurel
Hill Park. $2/person. (Wagon tours are $10/person
and must be booked in advance. Tours depart at 9 and 11
a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Register
online.) For information call 703-451-9588.
Also on Saturday:
with Butterflies: Tour the butterfly garden with
horticulturist Laurie Short as she describes host plants and
nectar plants. Participants will receive tips to help
increase butterfly populations, as well as learn types and
upkeep of plants to grow. 10 a.m.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $5/person. For
more information and reservations (required) call
Ballroom Social Dance: Dancing,
food and fun! Led by an instructor (with a pre-dance
mini-lesson available, $5/person.) Complimentary
refreshments and cash bar available. All skill levels are
welcome. Dress is casual. Mini-lesson (swing) from 7:30
to 8 p.m. and open dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Workhouse Arts
Center. $10/person. Tickets available
online. For information call 703-495-0001.
Bat Fest: Bat World NOVA’s Leslie Sturges, wildlife
rehabilitator and licensed exhibitor, presents a program
featuring live bats. Go on an evening bat hike and enjoy
games and crafts. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center.
online. For information call 703-941-1065.
16: Tea Time
The spellbinding “Downton Abbey” portrays the intertwined
lives of Edwardian aristocrats and their servants during a
period of changing world order. Hear about life upstairs and
downstairs during Tea at Downton
Abbey: the fashions, food, manners and social customs
and how each character is a study in a portrait of their
time. 1 to 3 p.m. (Also on Sept. 30.) Historic Green
Spring. $27/person (includes a full English tea.) To make
a reservation call 703-941-7987.
Also on Sunday:
Tour: Join volunteer trip leader Scott Stewart for an
exciting adventure on the water of the Pohick Bay Marsh.
Glide by kayak while enjoying views of bald eagles, great
blue herons and other wildlife. No experience necessary.
Appropriate for ages 8 and above. Participants under
age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 8 a.m. to noon.
Regional Park. $30/person. For information and
reservations (required) call 703-339-6104.
Snapping Turtles:Visit the pond and search for this
large, often misunderstood reptile. Participants age 4 and
above are welcome. 10 to 11 a.m. Ellanor C.
Lawrence Park. (Meet at Walney Pond. $5/person. Register
online. For information call 703-631-0013.
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.