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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 703-768-2525.

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 703-642-5173.


DancersSaturday, September 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.

Mason District 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 call 703-941-1730.

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. Hidden Pond Nature Center. $5. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Fall 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. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525. 


Patchwork QuiltSunday, 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 703-437-1794.

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. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information, call 703-759-9018. 

Electric 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 recreational opportunities.  
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