Fairfax County Weekender


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 Friday, Sept. 27: How Does Your Garden Grow? 

Basic Gardening — Fall Landscaping: Winter offers its own special charm in the garden. Learn how to create an intriguing landscape using evergreens with berries, seed heads, colorful and beautifully structured branches, garden accents and even flowers! From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.


 Saturday, Sept. 28: The Grass is Greener...

Fall Lawn Care: Help your lawn recover from a long hot summer with tips on fall maintenance and feeding by turf expert Frank Reilly, followed by an outdoor "field" discussion. From 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $12/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

 

Also on Saturday:

Multicultural Festival: Discover the world at the Reston Multicultural Festival. National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows joining the festival are Irish fiddler Seamus Connolly, Mexican ceramicist Veronica Castillo and Cambodian xylophonist Chum Ngek. Enjoy performing arts, family activities, ethnic food and global arts and crafts. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lake Anne Plaza. Free, no registration required. For information call 703-476-4500.

Historic Record Center Open House: George Washington’s original will in his own hand and other official documents from the formation of Fairfax County in 1742 through the early 1900s on display. From 1 to 3 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse (PDF). For information call 703-246-4168.

Harvest Happenings: This indoor/outdoor festival features live entertainment, crafts and games. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. All activities included in entrance fee except pumpkins ($3) and food. For children ages 3-8. $5/person; free for infants to 36 months. Pay on-site. For information call 703-790-0123.

Free Hula on the Quad: Enjoy a free, early-morning, drop-in hula class. No experience necessary. Classes open to all and held outside; dress accordingly. From 8 to 8:45 a.m. on the Quad at the Workhouse Arts Center. No registration required. For more information contact Lesley Spalding.

Snapping Turtles: Visit the pond and search for snapping turtles, Virginia’s largest freshwater turtle. From 2 to 3 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Meet at Walney Pond. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

The Little Engine that Could Earns Her Whistle: Little Blue Engine dreams of someday leaving the train yard to pull the big cars on the main line track. This dynamic, song-filled adventure portrays the timeless tale about hard work, determination and the meaning of true friendship. Based on the book “The Little Engine that Could” by Watty Piper. From 2 to 3 p.m. at the Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center. Ages 4 and up. $15/person. Buy tickets online. For more information call 703-790-0123.

Boardwalk Astronomy: Join naturalists on a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. From 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Ballroom Social Dance: Put on your dancing shoes and join the monthly Ballroom Social Dance featuring complimentary refreshments and a cash bar. All skill levels welcome! Arrive early for a 30-minute mini-lesson on the American-style tango from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The social dance is led by a professional ballroom instructor. From 8 to 10:30 p.m. in the McGuire-Woods Gallery (second floor of W-16), Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person (Ballroom Social) and $5/person (mini-lesson). Mini-lesson tickets sold only at the door. Ballroom Social Dance tickets may be purchased online, by phone or at the door. For information call 703-584-2900.


 Sunday, Sept. 29: Time Travelers

Hands-on History: Drop off your children and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th-century children. Various activities include games, penmanship, washing clothes and making a food item such as butter, ice cream, cheese or applesauce. From 1 to 3 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Ages 4 to 9. $10/child. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Also on Sunday:

Before the Hula Hoop: Try your hand at old-fashioned games including hoops and sticks, the game of graces, beanbag toss and much more. From 1 to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. $5/person. To make a reservation, call 703-437-1794.


  • 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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  • A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
  • To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-3187.
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