Friday, Oct. 19: Fall for Fun
Play games, ride the rides, purchase tasty fair food
and beverages during the Fall Carnival Fun at
the Farm. Ride tickets are $1 each or 24 for $20.
Rides take three to five tickets each. 6 to 10 p.m. Frying Pan
Farm Park. (Also Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday
from noon to 7 p.m.) Parking and admission are free. For
information call 703-437-9101.
Saturday, Oct. 20: A Ghostly Good Time
Travel through old Centreville with a ghost from the town’s
past during the
Centreville Historic District Ghost Tours. Your
guide will share the tales of murder, lost love and war
sacrifices of the people that once lived and died in and
around the Centreville Historic District. The tour occurs on
Centreville Day and streets are closed to vehicles. Allow
time to park and shuttle into the Historic District. 1:30 or
3 p.m. Spindle Sears House at 5714 Mt. Gilead Road in
Historic Centreville Park.$5/person. Register
online. For information call 703-631-0013.
Also on Saturday:
and Birding: Join naturalists from Meadowlark and
Potomac Overlook for coffee and bagels as we examine the bird
feeders at Lake Lena and discuss birding techniques and
identification tips. 8 a.m.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $5/person. For reservations
(required) or more information call 703-255-3631.
Harvest Days: Watch
the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel
apples, meet farm animals and see traditional farm
demonstrations Add a wagon ride ($3) or a visit to the Fall
Carnival for even more family fun.. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sunday
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Frying Pan
Farm Park. Free. For information call 703-437-9101.
Historic All Hallows Eve: In the 18th and 19th
centuries, Virginians celebrated All Hallows Eve with
storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods and family
gatherings. Experience these traditions as you tour the Sully
House and grounds by lantern light. Participants age 5 and
above are welcome. 5 to 7 p.m. Sully
Historic Site. $10/person. Register
online. For information call 703-437-1794.
Symphony Orchestra - Favorites By
Request: Selections chosen from audience
and suggestions from symphony musicians. Dvorak's Symphony
No. 7 in D Minor and Overture to "Oberon" by Carl
Maria von Weber will be among the pieces featured. 7:30 p.m.
McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre. $25/person.
($20/seniors, $15/students with ID.) For information call
Sunday, Oct. 21: Venomous!
Learn what you need to watch out for in the fields and
forests of Fairfax County during
Venomous Snakes & Poisonous Plants. See a
copperhead snake and learn to identify poison ivy and a black
widow spider. Participants age 4 and above are welcome and
must be accompanied by a registered, paying adult. 1:30 to
2:30 p.m. Hidden
Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register
online. For information call 703-941-1065.
Also on Sunday:
Tea: “Double, double toil and trouble/Fire burn and
cauldron bubble.” What is brewing in your pot? Come to the
Carlyle House terrace for a spooky afternoon tea that will be
sure to cast a spell on your Halloween celebrations. After
the tea, guests are invited to tour the museum and learn
about 18th century funeral and mourning practices in
Virginia. Costumes welcome. 2 to 4 p.m.
Carlyle House Historic Park. $27/adults, $15/ages 5 to
12. For reservations (required) and information call
Wild Side Wagon Ride: Take a 90-minute tractor ride
with a Huntley
Meadows 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. Meet at the South Kings Highway park
entrance. 2 and 4 p.m. Huntley
Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information
The King and Mrs. Simpson Tea:
Hear the captivating tale of the man who gave up his
throne for love at We’ll examine the scandal, intrigue and
drama that brought Britain to the brink of constitutional
crisis in 1936 as we tell the sensational story of King
Edward VIII and Mrs. Wallis Simpson. Participants age 13 and
above are welcome. 1 to 3 p.m. Historic
Green Spring. $27/person (includes a full English tea.)
For reservations call 703-941-7987.
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.