30: Get Jazzed!
Enjoy a unique evening discovering the importance of jazz as
an art form and the potential impact of music in
communities and education when Nnenna Freelon and TS Monk
come to CenterStage for
"Music In Community." Freelon is a
six-time Grammy Award-nominated jazz vocalist and
international star. TS Monk is a drummer, composer, record
company founder, band leader and the son of legendary jazz
artist Thelonious Monk. 8 p.m. CenterStage at Reston
Community Center $15 ($30/non-residents). Tickets available
online. For information call 703-476-4500.
Also on Friday:
Fall Harvest Campfire: Play children's
games from the 1900s at Riverbend
Park, and enjoy fireside stories and s'mores. Come
early if you want to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast.
Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. 6:30 to 7:30
p.m. $4/person. Register
online. For information call 703-759-9018.
Holding on to Home - A
Civil War Story: Envision a time, years
ago, opening the door at the Sully
House to find Jeb Stuart's cavalry in the front
yard. Excerpts from wartime letters are woven through a
special tour. 1 to 2 p.m. Sully Historic Site.
$7/adults, $5/seniors/children. For information call
1: It's Fall Y'all
Enjoy exciting, interactive and educational programs,
entertainment and activities at Fall
For Fairfax KidsFest, designed especially for
families with elementary and Pre-K aged children. Activities
include scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, public safety and
recycling-themed exhibits, pony rides, a petting zoo, hay
rides, model trains and the Wells Fargo KidZone (with more
than a dozen rides, bounces and attractions). Check out more
than 75 exhibits, activities and great festival food. 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Fairfax County Government Center. Admission, most
activities and entertainment are free of charge. For
information call 703-324-3247.
Also on Saturday:
Birth of a Wetland: Walk along
woodland streams with park manager Kevin Munroe and trace the
Huntley Meadows wetland from its beginning in the Woodstone
neighborhood down Barnyard Run to the marsh boardwalk. 10
a.m. to noon. Huntley Meadows
Park. $6/person. Register
online. For information call 703-768-2525.
Road to Writing a Mystery: In
Garage Sale Stalker, a riveting mystery thriller,
danger lurks in McLean locations that Jennifer Shannon
thought absolutely safe. Local author Suzi Weinert talks
about the process of writing the book, and will sign copies
after the program. No registration required. 2 p.m. Dolley Madison Library.
Free. For information call 703-356-0770.
Art Notes: DancEthos and Bob Gibson Big
Band: Enjoy a free performance at the
Workhouse Arts Center's Performance Tent featuring modern
dance company DancEthos and the classic sounds of the Bob
Gibson Big Band. DancEthos will perform dynamic works
including the energetic and combative Tête-à-Tête, danced by
an all male cast. 2 to 4 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center.
Free. For information call 703-495-0001.
IV Presents Snow White: This musical
adaptation of the classic fairy tale features both live
actors and wonderful puppets. 2 p.m. McLean Community
Center's Alden Theatre. $15/person ($10/McLean Community
Center Tax District residents.) For information call
2: Go Green!
Enjoy an afternoon outdoors and have a fun, interesting and
educational time! The
Garden & Energy Solutions event features solar
energy in action, including hands-on demonstrations; a “taste
and tour” of an organic vegetable garden presented by Master
Gardeners of Northern Virginia; a “Smart Car” electric
vehicle and new charging station; and the Little Green House
– an 8’x 12’ demonstration green home built by students at
the Arlington Career Center. See a live bird of prey exhibit
by the Raptor Conservancy of Northern Virginia and enjoy
refreshments. 1 to 4 pm. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. For
information call 703-528-5406.
Also on Sunday:
the Buzz: Watch Colvin Run
Historic Site Apiary beekeepers demonstrate honey harvesting,
then taste honey on cornbread made from the Colvin
Run Mill's cornmeal. Take home a recipe featuring fresh
stone ground cornmeal. 2 to 4 p.m. Colvin Run Mill. $3/person. For
information call 703-759-2771.
The Bridal Gown: View an exhibit of vintage bridal
fashions and enjoy a slideshow of gorgeous gowns and famous
brides, highlighting changing styles and designs across time,
across the world and across social lines. Participants must
be 13 or above. 1 to 3 p.m. Green
Spring Garden Historic House. $27/person includes a
traditional English tea program. To make a reservation call
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.