Friday, Oct. 26: Just for Laughs
End the week on a high note as the Workhouse hosts another
Live Stand-up Comedy Night. This event features
local comedian and radio show host Danny Rouhier from
"The Holden & Danny Show." Rouhier
has performed all over North America at clubs like
Caroline's on Broadway, the DC Improv, Funnybone comedy clubs
and at festivals in Boston, DC, Detroit and Seattle.
Ages 18 and above welcome. 8 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center.
$15/person (in advance, $20/person at the door). For
information call 703-584-2900.
Also on Friday:
Haunted Wagon Ride and Scary Movie: Take a wagon ride
through the haunted meadow and then roast marshmallows over a
campfire and watch a scary Halloween movie on a giant outdoor
screen. Bring flashlights and blankets. Participants age 8
and above are welcome. 7 to 10 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (meet at
Cabell’s Mill). $6/child, $8/adult. For information
Basic Gardening: Easy
to Grow Shrubs: Shrubs add shape and structure, in
addition to flowers, berries, autumn color, foliage and
colored stems. Master Gardeners show you how properly
selected shrubs are easy to care for and can provide
year-round interest. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $10/person.
online. For information call 703-642-5173.
Saturday, Oct. 27: Happy Howl-oween!
Are you and Fido ready for some howlin’ good Halloween
fun? Head over to Lake Accotink for the Annual Howloween and
Boneyard Hunt to witness the best in canine
creativity. Watch as festive furry friends compete for
special prizes and treats! The costume contest is
followed by a walk through the "boneyard" to sniff
out well-earned treats. All dogs must be leashed and
friendly. 2 to 4 p.m. Lake
Accotink Park's large pavilion. $6/dog. To register
Also on Saturday:
John Carlyle’s 1780 Funeral: Step back in time and be
part of the historic funeral of town founder John Carlyle as
you learn about mourning practices in early America,
then join the funeral procession as mourners proceed
with the coffin from Carlyle House south on Fairfax Street to
the Old Presbyterian Meeting House. A short 18th-century
benediction and blessing will be held in the Meeting House
followed by a mock internment at John Carlyle’s lantern-lit
grave in the cemetery. The package includes a ghost tour
of Old Town Alexandria, during which participants will visit
the candlelit Carlyle House to view the coffin and pay
respects to surviving family members. 6 to 9 p.m.
Carlyle House Historic Park. $15/person. (Death and
mourning program only, $5/person.) To purchase tickets call
Goblin Golf and Bonfire: A spooktacular event geared
toward adults and children of all ages. Boldly venture forth
onto the haunted golf course to play a round of miniature
golf with glow-in-the-dark golf balls! Ride the spooky
carousel, sip hot chocolate and hear stories around a beach
bonfire. 6 to 9 p.m. Lake Accotink
Park marina. $8/person. Costumes welcome. To
register call 703-569-0285.
Family Fun: Wizard’s Plant and Potions: Muggles,
conjure up some magic in our gardens as we explore the
special powers of Harry Potter’s favorite plants. Craft a
wizard’s wand and learn potion recipes just in time for
Halloween! Participants ages 5 and above are welcome. 2 to 3
p.m. Green Spring Gardens.
online. For information call 703-642-5173.
Ghost Train at
Burke Lake: Take a ride through the forest decorated
for Halloween. Meet costumed characters along the way. The
carousel will also be running. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Burke Lake Park. $4/person.
(Also Oct. 28.) For information call at 703-323-6600.
Hobey Ford's Golden Rod Puppets
in “Migration”: Master puppeteer Hobey Ford
returns to the natural world of animals to explore the
wonders, trials and sometimes unspeakable beauty of those in
search of a better way of life. A young Mexican girl,
Beatriz, witnesses wild animals and insects migrate while
going through the same thing with her family. Ford performs
the voices and manipulates the puppets in full view,
connecting the action on stage to the audience. This gorgeous
production is a touching story of change and hope that will
move your family. For ages 5 and above. 2 p.m. McLean
Community Center’s Alden Theatre. $15/person ($10/McLean
Community Center district residents.) For information call
Sunday, Oct. 28: Song and Dance
Hit the dance floor (in costume this week if you like!) as
Soiree series makes a comeback. A great way to spend
a Sunday afternoon! Don't miss these casual dances and
make sure to bring friends. Dance or just listen to the music
of The Wayne Tympanick Trio. Refreshments will be served
and included in the price of admission. 3 to 5 p.m. McLean
Community Center. $5/person. For information call
Also on Sunday:
Family Backyard: Toad Abodes: Attract slug-eating
toads by building a shady spot with a flower pot, a fresh
water source and a hibernaculum for overwintering. Learn why
harmless toads have been misunderstood for centuries! Suited
for ages 4 to 11. 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center.
online. For information call 703-941-1065.
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.