Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, Sept. 21: Sooo Streamy!

Discover what wildlife lives in our region and the various habitats that support them on a naturalist-led adventure. Live animals and field studies are the reason the  Ponderings series is so popular. This week's session will offer participants a chance to conduct a stream study. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Hidden Pond Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, Sept. 22: Culture and Community

The Reston Multicultural Festival celebrates the area's rich medley of cultures. Come and share with family, friends and neighbors music, entertainment, dress, food and cultural treasures from all over the world, which can be found right here in your own backyard! Demonstrations, dance, music, arts and crafts and a global cafe and market are just some of the highlights. Attendees are encouraged to dress in attire from their own cultural roots and share their stories. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lake Anne Plaza. Free.  For information call 703-476-4500.

Also on Saturday:

Fishes of Northern Virginia: From Native Americans to modern day anglers, fish such as striped bass, shad and catfish have long been a draw for humans in the Mid-Atlantic region. Together we will learn how to identify native fishes and discuss how the culture and landscape of the Washington D.C-area has been altered by these fascinating creatures. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park.Free. For information and reservations (required) call 703-528-5406.

Harvest Happenings: A fun and exciting day for the family is right in your backyard. Come to this indoor/outdoor festival and enjoy activities, entertainment and games for children ages 3 to 8. All activities are included in the entrance fee with the exception of pumpkin decorating; pumpkins can be purchased for $3. Food and beverages will be for sale. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. McLean Community Center. $5/person (free for children up to age 3.) For information call 703-790-0123.

Fall Garden Day: More than 25 plant and craft vendors descend on Green Spring to help fill your fall gardening needs. This is a FROGS (Friends of Green Spring) sponsored fundraiser with family activities and a silent auction. Proceeds help acquire plants for the garden and support Green Springs’ educational efforts. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Greenspring Gardens. Free. For information call 703-642-5174.

Sunday, Sept. 23: Foxy!

Learn about foxes through activities and practice yipping like a fox during the Furry Foxes program. These wild members of the dog family are a common sight in our neighborhoods. Learn about their lives through activities and practice yipping like a fox. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

Birding for Beginners: Optics: Learn about the birds in Huntley Meadows and try out different optics. A park naturalist helps you sharpen your bird identification skills. Participants age 12 and above are welcome. 8 to 11 a.m. Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Plants in the Urban Forest: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Manager Keith Tomlinson will lead this hike and discussion of current issues with invasive plants, the survival of native plants and efforts to maintain ecosystem balance in an urban forest setting. 2 p.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Free. For information call 703-255-3631.

  • 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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