Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Oct. 11: Ornamental Grasses 

Basic Gardening: Ornamental Grasses/Sedge: Give your garden and your senses four seasons of interest with low-maintenance, versatile grasses and sedges. Beautiful, mounding plants add interesting shapes, motion and sound to your landscape. Learn how from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

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Campfire Bats, Bugs, and Owls, Oh My!:Learn about the critters that only come out at night and their special adaptations that help them thrive while we sleep. Watch for bats, attract some bugs and call for owls. Bring a toasting stick; marshmallows provided. From 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For more information call 703-941-1065.

Giant Spiders: Hunt for the giant nocturnal fishing spider. Bring flashlights and wear hiking shoes to explore Big Rocky Run Stream. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meet at Cabell’s Mill at E.C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

 Saturday, Oct. 12: Pumpkin Pastimes

Pumpkin Games: Come for an all-out pumpkin fest! Enjoy pumpkin games and crafts. The fastest-rolling pumpkin will win a prize. One pumpkin is included per registrant. Bring extra pumpkins for decorating if you like. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Also on Saturday:

Garden Sprouts - Ghost Tree: Listen to a not-too-spooky story and decorate a miniature ghost tree to take the Halloween spirit home. From 11 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 3 to 6. $10/child. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Live Owl and Hawk Fest: Meet birds of prey presented by wildlife rehabilitator and artist Lois Auer. Explore how these birds’ adaptations make them agile hunters. Find out which species live in Fairfax County and what is inside an owl pellet. From 2 to 3:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

2nd Saturday Art Walk: Tour seven unique studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists, buy original works of art, experience ever-changing exhibits and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshments and music. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free, no tickets required. For information call 703-584-2900.

Family Fun - Pumpkin Magic: Explore the role of pumpkins in fairy tales and Halloween lore. Create a customized pumpkin decoration with paint and jewels. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

McLean Symphony: Under the direction of Maestro Dingwall Fleary, the McLean Symphony presents “The Romantic Chemist” including Polovtsian Dances and Symphony No. 2 in B minor by Borodin, as well as Die Fledermaus Overture by Johann Strauss II. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $25/person, $20/senior, $15/youth with student ID and free for ages 12 and under. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

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 merengue 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.

Cool Cow Comedy Presents Tony Woods:Tony Woods kicked off his career as an original member of Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam on HBO and P. Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy. A la carte cash bar, soft drinks and concessions sold before performance (no outside alcoholic beverages). Due to material, all patrons must be 18 and older to attend. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. and 9 to 10:30 p.m. in the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $17/person in advance; $20/person day of show. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Sunday, Oct. 13: Over the Moon Fun

Mission Space - Phases of the Moon: Why does the moon change shape and why can’t we see it at all sometimes? Learn about the moon, Earth and the sun and how they work together in our solar system. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $6/child. Register online. For more information call 703-451-9588.

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Starry Skies - Moon: Approaching the full hunter’s moon is a perfect time to gaze at our nearest celestial body. Peer through a telescope and learn about the moon, stars, planets and the final frontier. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and binoculars (if you have them). $6/person. All ages are welcome. Ages 5 and under free. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Music Friends Concert: Known as one of the premier showcases for great chamber music in Northern Virginia, this free classical music series, now in its 39th season, features professional musicians who have won international recognition for their artistry. The National Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble is featured. From 3 to 4 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. Free, no registration required. For more information call 703-790-0123.

  • 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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