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 Friday, Sept. 20: All Fired Up 

Campfire Friday: Swamp Romp: Join naturalists for an outdoor adventure to the swamp including a campfire and s’mores. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.



Also on Friday:

Sixth Generation Concert: Playing remakes of ‘60s hits as well as original songs, the Sixth Generation’s crowd-pleasing performances bring back fond memories for baby boomers and a surprising appreciation of good music for younger generations. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Rizer Pavilion at the Workhouse Arts Center, weather permitting. Seating provided but you are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Beer, wine and concessions sold on-site. No outside alcohol. $10/person in advance; $15 at the door. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

Red Molly: Since 2004, Americana trio Red Molly has been bringing audiences to their feet with gorgeous three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship and their warm, engaging stage presence. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at CenterStage, Reston Community Center. $30/person. Buy tickets online. For more information call 703-476-4500.

Time Stands Still: The McLean Community Players present “Time Stands Still,” written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Dinner with Friends,” Donald Margulies. The drama focuses on Sarah and James, a war photojournalist and a foreign correspondent searching for happiness after being scarred physically and emotionally while covering Middle East conflicts. From 8 to 10 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center on Friday and Saturday (2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday). $16/person, $14/senior, student or McLean District resident. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.


 Saturday, Sept. 21: TREEmendous Fun

A TREEmendous Forest Festival: Come to the TREEmendous Forest Festival and discover how helping the forest heal goes hand in hand with healthier lives and gardens. Kids will help fill a butterfly oak tree with 500 paper butterflies, make a leaf rubbing or have their faces painted. Adults can have their blood pressure checked, bring in a soil sample for testing and take home tips on composting and native plants. From noon to 4 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Free, although some activities have a fee; no registration required. For information call 703-631-0013.

Also on Saturday:

Hidden Pond Wildflower Walk: Join naturalist Clara Ailes for a walk in search of goldenrods, asters and other fall wildflowers. From 10:30 a.m. to noon at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Forest Wagon Ride: Enjoy a fun wagon ride into the cedar forest. Along the way you will see firsthand how we are working to revitalize this unique habitat. Rides last a half-hour and depart at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $3/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Frogs and Sprites: Creatures of the Forest: Forests are magical places where slow-moving caterpillars become spritely butterflies and frogs can freeze solid and live. Learn more about the trees these creatures need to live, make your own forest sprite or frog and take home a native plant to make your garden more magical. From 1 to 2 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Ages 4 to 11. $5/child. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Sketches in Nature: Join a naturalist in the outdoor classroom to learn tips and techniques for adding sketches to your observations. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Ages 15 and up. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Raptors of the Forest Campfire: Relax around a campfire with live birds of prey and learn how owls hunt at night, the difference between a buteo and an accipiter and what these apex predators can reveal about the health of a forest. From 4 to 5 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Fall Equinox Campfire: Celebrate the autumnal equinox with a campfire in a beautiful outdoor setting and learn the scientific, astronomical and cultural significance of this special day. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-759-9018.

Evening Stroll: Take this rare opportunity to visit the wetland after dark. Learn the curious habits of fireflies, listen for owls and watch bats hunt. You might even see resident beavers at work! From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.


 Sunday, Sept. 22: Interesting Insects

Tagging Monarch Butterflies: Learn to identify and tag monarch butterflies. Visit a monarch waystation garden and learn how you can help increase monarch populations. From 2:45 to 4 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

 

Also on Sunday:

Trees of Riverbend Park: Take a stroll and learn to distinguish some of the most common trees. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Riverbend Park. $4/person. Register online. For information call 703-759-9018.

Sketches in Nature: Join a naturalist in the outdoor classroom to learn sketching tips and techniques. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 9-13. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

My Darling Doll and Me Tea: Bring your favorite doll for a tea party to enjoy some teatime treats, hear the story of Felicity and learn what life was like for girls from Felicity's time. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 6 and up. $15/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.


  • 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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