Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Oct. 18: Fantastic Fall Fun 

Fall Carnival Fun: Games, rides and tasty fair food at the Farm Harvest Days Fall Carnival on Thursday and Friday from 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Admission is free. Rides take three to five tickets each ($1 each or 24 for $20). Discount multi-ride passes available for Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon. For information call 703-437-9101.

Also on Friday:

Cabaret One-Night Stands: D.C. area stars in concert. Renowned cabaret artist Bev Cosham is paired with award-winning actor and vocalist Stephen Gregory Smith; eachperform a solo 45-minute set. Pianist Jacob Kidder leads them in an evening of music and laughter. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $25/person; $20/senior or military and $15/student with ID. Buy tickets online. Ticket includes light fare; cash bar available. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Saturday, Oct. 19: Pumpkin Patch Pandemonium

Pumpkins in the Park: Bring your little munchkins for preschool pumpkin festival fun! Pumpkin painting, face painting and a puppet show. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park. A small pumpkin is included with the $7 admission fee. Children must be accompanied by a registered paying adult. Register online. Stay after for Pumpkins in the Park Festival. For information call 703-471-5415.

Also on Saturday:

Symposium: Revamping Tired Landscapes: Is your home landscaping looking left over from decades ago? It’s time to renovate and update! The 2013 Garden Design Symposium will give you the confidence to edit out the overgrown and help you design your outdoor surroundings to reflect your home’s style and your personal style. Learn the principles of scale and balance. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $75/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Farm Harvest Days: Fall is a busy time. Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet the farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations. Add a wagon ride ($3) or a visit to the Fall Carnival for even more family fun. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at Frying Pan Farm Park. Free, no registration required. For information call 703-437-9101.

McLean Petfest 2013: Take part in a petting zoo and enjoy music and a performance by the Amazing Leroy (featured on the David Letterman show). Bring your pets and enter them in the pet trick contest or dress them up as one of your favorite characters for the Howl-a-Ween Parade. Vendors with pet-related products and services will be on hand, along with food concessions. From noon to 3 p.m. at McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Boulevard. Free admission. For information call 703-790-0123.

Dinosaurs Galore: Dig into dinosaurs and explore the prehistoric world. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Cub Run RECenter. Ages 3 to 7. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-817-9407.

Campfire with Stories and Songs: Cozy up to the campfire and join the naturalist for a traditional sing-a-long. Listen to American Indian stories of how some animals came to be. Enjoy s’mores. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Night Hike Campfire: At dusk, hike to look and listen for wildlife. While sitting around the campfire, visit with the resident barred owl and enjoy s’mores. Bring a flashlight and a blanket. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Fear-less Fest:Join a naturalist for a night hike and meet costumed creatures such as a black widow spider, skunk, owl and a dead tree who explain why they have scary reputations. Investigate real animal skulls, owl pellets and make crafts. From 7 to 9 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Ustad Shafaat Khan Concert: Hear three of India’s ancient instruments – the sitar, surbahar (bass sitar) and tabla (drums) played with the energy and elegance of a true master, Ustad Shafaat Khan. Praised as a “virtuoso” by the Washington Post, Khan is descended from one of the most distinguished musical families in Indian history. He also plays popular Western music and will be joined by other musicians, adding a folk/rock element. From 8 to 10 p.m. at The Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center. $27/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

 Sunday, Oct. 20: Creepy Crawlers

Venomous Snakes, Spiders and Poisonous Plants: Learn what you need to watch out for in Fairfax County’s fields and forests.  See a live copperhead snake and learn to identify poison ivy and a black widow spider. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

Birding for Beginners: Learn about the birds and some basic identification skills. From 8 to 11 a.m. in Huntley Meadows Park. $8/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations: Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Free, no registration required. For information call 703-759-2771.

Grain Grinding Demonstrations: See and hear 19th-century technology at work. From noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting. Tour costs are $7/adult, $6/student 16 and up and $5/child or senior. Pay at site. For information call 703-759-2771.

Johnny Appleseed: John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was as kind as he was generous. He was a folk hero when the “Wild West” was Ohio. Enjoy this play and be inspired by Johnny Appleseed as he takes his lifelong trek of planting apple trees. From 2 to 3 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. Ages 5 and up. $15/person. Buy tickets online. For 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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