Friday, Sept. 28: A Laughing Matter
End a long week with a few laughs as the Workhouse brings
comedian Nick Vatterott, from Comedy Central, to the
stage. Vatterott, who has appeared on "Late Night with
Jimmy Fallon" and "Conan," has toured with
Chicago's storied Second City comedy theater and performed
his standup act around the world, from Caroline's in New York
City to Istanbul's Taksim Square. Ages 18 and above are
welcome. Limited seating; advance reservations strongly
recommended. 8 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center's W-3 Theatre.
$15/person. For more information call 703-584-2900.
Also on Friday:
Goodnight Walk - Owls: Learn to recognize the calls
and features of local owls, make a craft and enjoy a night
hike with a naturalist at Hidden Oaks. Participants age 4 and
above are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a
registered adult. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center.
online. For information call 703-941-1065.
Basic Gardening: Grow Lush Ferns: Is your yard
surrounded by tall trees and an abundance of cool, shady
areas? You have the ideal setting for growing ferns. The
fern's lush beauty and grace adds interest to the landscape
and provides a refreshing, woodland atmosphere. Learn
more about growing ferns from a Master Gardener and walk
through the garden to see them. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $10/person.
online. For information call 703-642-5174.
Saturday, Sept. 29: Fall for the Book!
What began as a two-day literary event in 1999, has expanded
into an exciting week-long, multiple-venue, regional
for the Book, which also features events on Friday,
Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 30, offers readings by renowned
authors, book sales, panel discussions and more. Featured on
Saturday are Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of "Boys of
Steel: The Creators of Superman" and "Bill the Boy
Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman," Eugenia Kim,
author of "The Calligrapher's Daughter," the Friends
of the Burke Library Book Sale and more. Complete information
on Fall for the Book is available on the festival's
Also on Saturday:
For That Which Returns: This performance draws
inspiration from the classic myth of Demeter and Persephone,
when three women inhabit a 15-foot-tall metal weathervane
while exploring the connection between mothers, daughters and
the seasons. This is an innovative collaboration between two
companies on the forefront of aerial performance: Baltimore's
In-Flight Theater and Arachne Aerial Arts; and it features an
original script by Mara Neimanis. 8 p.m. Reston Community
Center. $30/person ($15/
Small District 5 residents). For information call
Safari Saturdays: Hands-on activities teach kids
about nature and science. This Saturday’s topic is rocks and
minerals. For children ages 3 to 7. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Hidden Pond Nature Center.
$6/per child. Register
online. For more information call 703-451-9588.
Invasive Plant ID and Native Alternative: It’s time
to remove those invasive plants and plant native species we
can all enjoy, but first you need to know how to ID them.
Curatorial horticulturists Kristen Sinclair and Brenda
Skarphol focus on invasive plant identification both in the
classroom and in the field and provide native alternatives.
9 a.m. to noon. Green Spring
Gardens. $35/person. Register
online. For information call 703-642-5174.
Sunday, Sept. 30: Mind Your Peas and
Enjoy trying samples from the garden and talking with Master
Gardeners about growing vegetables in Northern Virginia, with
a special emphasis on planting fall crops and overwintering
vegetables in this area, during the Taste and Tour
at the Organic Vegetable Garden. The garden is a
demonstration garden of the Master Gardeners of Northern
Virginia.1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Potomac
Overlook Regional Park. Free. For information call
Also on Sunday:
Demonstration: See the blacksmith fire up the forge
at Colvin Run Mill and listen to the ring of the hammer as it
strikes the anvil. There is no admission fee for this
activity. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Colvin Run
Mill Historic Site. Free. For information
Tea at Downton
Abbey: The spellbinding “Downton Abbey” portrays the
intertwined lives of Edwardian aristocrats and their servants
during a period of changing world order. Hear about life
upstairs and downstairs at Downton Abbey: the fashions, food,
manners and social customs and how each character is a study
in a portrait of their time. 1 to 3 p.m. Historic Green
Spring. $27/person (includes a full English tea.) To make
a reservation call 703-941-7987.
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
A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
To request this information in an alternate format, call
TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.