Friday, September 23: All Natural
End your busy week with relaxing, nature-inspired music,
poetry and dance at this popular, open-mic at Cattail Cafe.
All are welcome to share their talents or just enjoy the
inspiring entertainment. Reservations required for
performers only. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Huntley
Meadows Park. Free. For information call
Also on Friday:
Basic Gardening: Gardening for Wildlife: Learn how
to provide four basic landscape components that will help
sustain wildlife populations in the urban environment. 1:30
to 2:30 p.m. Green Spring
Gardens. $10/person. Register
online or call 703-222-4664. For information call
24: Around the World
Enjoy and experience multicultural entertainment, displays,
activities for children and adults, food, arts and crafts and
demonstrations at the
Reston Multicultural Festival. Come dressed in
your own native attire and share your culture with your
neighbors. This annual event brings together a rich medley of
cultures through music, entertainment, dress and cultural
treasures from all over the world. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reston
Community Center, Lake Anne Facility. Free. For
information call 703-476-4500.
Also on Saturday:
Gardening with Butterflies: Tour the Butterfly Garden with
horticulturist Laurie Short as she describes host plants and
nectar plants. Participants receive tips to help increase the
butterfly populations, and learn types of plants to grow and
their upkeep. 10 to 11 a.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.
$5/person. For reservations (required) call
703-255-3631 ext. 0.
Park Fall Festival: Enjoy police and fire
demonstrations, children's activities including moonbounces
and pony rides, shopping for crafts, live entertainment, food
vendors and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mason District Park. Free
(ride tickets available for purchase). For information
Elusive Animals - Insects and Spiders: This
new series focuses on species that are adept at staying out
of sight. Participants age 6 and older learn why as they
search, catch and identify insects and spiders. 10 to 11 a.m.
Pond Nature Center. $5. Register
online. For information call 703-451-9588.
Equinox Hike: Celebrate the arrival of fall
with a naturalist-guided two-mile hike. See and feel the
changes that are triggered by the shortening days. This hike
is appropriate for adults and children age 6 and older. 2 to
3:30 p.m. Potomac Overlook Park. Free. For reservations
(required) call 703-528-5405.
Wild Side Wagon Ride: Take a 90-minute tractor
ride with a naturalist to parts of Huntley
Meadows that are difficult to reach on foot. Relax as
you ride through forest, meadow and wetland habitats. Look
for songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies and waterfowl, then
stop for a snack at the observation platform. Meet at the
South King's Highway entrance to the park. 2 and 4 p.m.
(Saturday and Sunday.) Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person.
online. For information, call 703-768-2525.
September 25: Sew Pretty!
Hear speakers and music, see new and antique quilts,
other fiber arts, quilt-related merchandise, antique linens,
antique sewing tools, books and fabric at the Sully Quilt and
Textile Show and Sale. Northern Virginia Quilters
Unlimited members provide quilting demonstrations and
lectures. Children's activities, quilt appraisals, quilted
door prize and food. Show is held rain or shine. 10 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Sully Historic Site. $9/adult, $8/senior, $6/child
(includes house tour.) For information call
Also on Sunday:
Breakfast with the Birds:
Enjoy a continental breakfast and then hike with a naturalist
to varied habitats to search for fall migrants passing
through. Participants must be at least 12. 7:30 to 10 a.m. Riverbend Park. $8/person.
online or call 703-222-4664. For information, call
Sunday: Fairfax County residents can recycle
televisions, computers and peripheral devices – including
keyboards, speakers, printers, external drives and other such
materials – and unbroken fluorescent light bulbs and tubes on
Electric Sundays. There is no charge for Fairfax County
residents to participate, however proof of residency may be
requested. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. I-95
Complex. Free. For information call 703-324-5230.
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
A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
To request this information in an alternate format, call
703-324-3187, TTY 711.
TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.