Fairfax County Weekender


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Friday, Oct. 5: Dirt Nap

There is plenty to do this fall before Old Man Winter arrives. During "Basic Gardening: Put the Garden to Bed Master Gardeners share suggestions for ensuring that your plants are well prepared for the cold weather ahead. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173. 

Also on Friday:

Family Fun Night: Hit the links with the family for an evening of fun. Cost includes driving range balls, gift bag, dinner, mini-lessons, putting contest and nature activities. Adult and child golf clubs will be available for use. 5 to 7 p.m. Pohick Bay Golf Course.  $5/person.  Reservations required by 2 p.m. For information call 703-339-8585 or email.


Saturday, Oct. 6: All that Jazz

The smooth sounds of jazz will be in the air all day as the 6th Annual Lake Anne Plaza Jazz Festival returns.This family-friendly event will showcase a variety of talented local emerging artist and national jazz performers. Singer-songwriter Rashida Jolley headlines the event. Jolley spent the past year on world tours with international mega stars performing in major arenas across the world. She fuses various elements of R&B, hip hop, classical, and pop music together to produce a melodic and creative ground-breaking style that is all her own. Taylor Jones, Ashley Danemann, the Myke Lyons Quartet and others will also perform. Noon to 8:30 p.m. Lake Anne Plaza. Free.  For information call 703-476-4500.

Also on Saturday:

Whooos at the Campfire?: Gather round the campfire  to hear stories from different cultures of how owls came to be. Toast marshmallows. Learn how to recognize different owl calls. Participants age 4 and above are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

McLean 5k Run with the Warriors: Benefits the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation’s Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing Project at Vinson Hall. Service members (active duty, some training for the Army 10-miler and some having just competed in the Wounded Warrior Olympics) retired military, ROTC members, families, students and community members will all run alongside each other in a spirit of camaraderie in support of the Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing Project. 8 a.m. McLean Square. Registration prices vary.  More information is available online.

Sixth Generation CD Release Concert: Join The Sixth Generation for a CD release party and concert. Formed in Michigan in 1966, this dynamic rock and roll band is at the forefront of musical style from the late 1960s. A Michigan Rock 'n' Roll Legends Hall of Fame inductee, whose specialty is playing hits from the 1960s as well as original songs about the era throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, The Sixth Generation is a sure crowd-pleaser that will bring back fond memories for baby boomers and a surprising appreciation of good music for younger generations. 7:30 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person in advance, $15/person at the door. For information call 703-584-2900.

Fur and Feather, Hook and Line - An Introduction To Fly Tying And Lure Making: Learn the art of mimicking nature with naturalist and fly tyer John Burke. Enjoy a hands-on fly-tying lesson with step-by-step instructions and explore what makes fish bite.  1 to 3 p.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. $6/person (helps cover cost of materials). For reservations (required) and more information call 703-528-5406.


Sunday, Oct. 7: The Wheel Deal

Take a 90-minute Wild Side Wagon Ride with a park naturalist to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot. Look for songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies and waterfowl, and then stop for a snack at the observation platform. Ages 4 and above are welcome. Meet at the South Kings Highway park entrance. Rides depart at 2 and 4 p.m. Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Also on Sunday:

Grain Grinding Demonstrations: The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting from noon to 3 p.m. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Tours are $7/adults, $6/students 16 and up with ID and $5/child and senior. For information call 703-759-2771.


  • 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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