Friday, Oct. 12: Right Off the Bat
Bats! Learn more about these fascinating and mysterious
night-flying marvels during Riverside Campfire:
Batty About Bats. Through games and activities
find out why they are disappearing from our skies. Come early
if you’d like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. Bring a
toasting stick; s’mores provided. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Riverbend Park.
online. For information, call 703-759-9018.
Saturday, Oct. 13: Art and Soul
2nd Saturday Art Walk showcases the diverse work
of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue,
creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse
themselves in the richness of this creative community. Tour
seven studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists
and buy original works of art, all while enjoying light
refreshment and music. The perfect destination for a date
night or girl's night out, as well as for art collectors
and art appreciation groups. 6 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts
Center. Free. For information call 703-584-2900.
Also on Saturday:
Dinosaur Play & Hunt: Join in the great
dino hunt as Nature Playce turns prehistoric. Learn how to
determine if the dino discovered fits all the rules to be a
true dinosaur. This program is suited for children ages 4 to
7. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Hidden
Oaks Nature Center. $5/child. Register
online. For information, call 703-941-1065.
Photographers’ Field Day: Join us for group photo
opportunities or take pictures on your own. The gardens will
be open before sunrise and will close after sunset. 7
a.m. to 7 p.m.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $5/person (some
activities have additional fees). For more information call
Annual K-9 Krawl 5K: Come and walk with your
four-legged friend to increase awareness of the
link between domestic violence and animal cruelty. This
free walk is a great way for you and your canine companion to
come out and show support for victims and pets of violence
during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Goodie
bags and free raffles. 8:30 a.m. (check-in); 9 a.m. (walk).
Fairfax County Government Center. For more information
Meet the Author
- Martha D. Peterson: The author of "The
Widow Spy: My CIA Journey from the Jungles of Laos to Prison
in Moscow" will read from her book and share her
story, including her service as one of the CIA's first women
operations officers ever assigned to Moscow, in the
mid-1970s. A book signing will follow. 2 p.m. Dolley Madison Library.
online. For information call 703-356-0770.
Hike: Come on a night hike and join the nocturnal
wildlife at the park. Explore nature’s nighttime
communication and animal senses and experience the night
environment in a unique way. Gain new confidence about
navigating comfortably in the dark and have fun with sensory
awareness activities that help us overcome our fear through
knowledge and familiarity. Although participants may bring a
flashlight, the hike will be mostly in the dark. Clothing for
nighttime climate and closed-toe shoes recommended. Ages 8
and above are welcome. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Potomac Overlook
Regional Park. For registration (required) or more
information call 703-528-5406. $5/person (suggested
Amazing Mushrooms: Jon Ellifritz, chair of
the Mycological Association of Washington, introduces you to
the wild mushroom species found in the D.C. area. Learn about
their varied environmental roles, including intricate
relationships with plants and animals. Mushroom walk to
follow, weather permitting. 1 to 3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $20/person.
online. For information call 703-642-5173.
Sunday, Oct. 14: If I Only Had a Brain
Make a new family member for your garden or lawn during a
Workshop. Bring pants and shirt, plus an old pair of
pantyhose (for head and arms). Staff supplies the stuffing
and know-how. 1 to 1:45 p.m. or 2 to 2:45 p.m. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site.
$6/scarecrow. For information call 703-759-2771.
Also on Sunday:
With Nature: Get the family outside and join us for
music, crafts, live animal displays and more. All the fun
happens just inside the gardens and is free with paid
to 4 p.m.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. (Park
admission fees.) For information call 703-255-3631.
MPAartfest: McLean Central Park will
reverberate with the sights and sounds of art and music as
McLean’s only juried arts festival showcases 40 local and
regional visual artists. A Children’s ArtWalk and ArtTent and
live entertainment throughout the day make this a must-attend
for art lovers of all ages! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. McLean Central
Park. $5/suggested donation. For information call
the World’s Plant Diversity - What Botanical Gardens are
Doing: Tour Meadowlark with garden manager Keith
Tomlinson and discuss global issues of plant conservation and
the growing role of botanical gardens. 2 to 3 p.m.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Free. For information call
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.