Fairfax County Weekender



Friday, October 21: Pumpkins - Great and Small

Join in games and activities about pumpkins at Pumpkins by the Campfire. Bring a small pumpkin to decorate and enjoy roasted marshmallows and toasted pumpkin seeds. Participants age 4 and above are welcome. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online.  For information call 703-631-0013.

Also on Friday:

Basic Gardening - Gifts from the Gardener: Learn about drying flowers and herbs, forcing bulbs, making relish or chutney, potpourri, and many other techniques at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. $10/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, October 22: Halloween History

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Virginians celebrated Halloween with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods and family gatherings. Experience these traditions from yesteryear at the Historic All Hallows Eve. Enjoy a tractor-drawn wagon ride to your tour stops. Tour the house and grounds by lantern light. Hear about fall foods and how the harvest was preserved for use during the winter months. Then enjoy a fall treat of doughnuts and warm cider. Afterward, make a fall craft to take home as a reminder of your visit. Participants ages 5 and above are welcome. 5 to 7 p.m. Sully Historic Site. $8/person. Register online. For information call 703-437-1794.

Also on Saturday:

Storytelling Concert and Open Mic: Master of Ceremonies Gary Lloyd will lead talented storytellers Geraldine Buckley, Judith Onesty, Les Schaffer and Kim Waitkamp in an evening of storytelling magic. Stick around for refreshments and an open mic. 7 to 10 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $12/person.Tickets available online. For information call 703-495-0001.

McLean Symphony: Enjoy a performance of "Two Passionate Seconds!" featuring "Piano Concerto No.2" by both Rachmaninoff and MacDowell. 7:30 p.m. McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre. $25/adults, $20/seniors, $15/students. Tickets available online. For information call 703-790-0123.

Sunday, October 23: A-Maze-Ing Festival Fun

It's fun for the whole family at the Festival on the Square! Enjoy roving children’s entertainment, a “Help the Homeless" walk, live entertainment, petting zoo, hay maze, moon bounce, a “Z” car show, a kids train ride, Lego area for kids of all ages, booths with local businesses and organizations and food by Vinifera. 12 to 5 p.m. Reston Heights. Free.  For information call 703-476-4500.

Also on Sunday:

Pilates for Pink Fund-Raiser: Workout to help fight breast cancer! Bring a $10 donation to this special "Pilates for Pink" class. All participants receive a free gift. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 2 to 3 p.m. Lorton Arts Foundation, Building W-11. To reserve a spot contact Art of Movement Program Director Lesley Spalding, 703-584-2965 or lesleyspalding@lortonarts.org

Ghost Train:  Board the haunted train at Burke Lake for a special ride through the forest. Costumes are encouraged! The Ghost Train runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last ticket sold 4:15 p.m.) Burke Lake Park. $4.50/person.  For information call 703-323-6600.

  • 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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  • A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
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