Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Nov. 1: Stage Fright-ening 

The Music of “Nevermore” and More…Come for a cabaret performance with a frightening flavor! A sinister sextet will perform music of some of the most infamous villains to grace the stage with a spotlight on the music of Matt Conner's “Nevermore.” His original musical interpretations of Edgar Allan Poe's best known poems, stories and characters will delight and fright! A la carte cash bar available. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $25/adult and $20/student with ID. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Saturday, Nov. 2: Step Back in Time

Living History Day — Civil War at Walney: Join the Virginia 42nd Infantry for a day of Civil War history brought to life. See what it was like to live in those times and learn about the Machen family’s wartime experiences. From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Free. For information call 703-631-0013.

Also on Saturday:

Colonial Day: See a Revolutionary War skirmish between American, British and German soldiers. Learn about daily life in rural Virginia. Make a craft to take home, step a country dance and have a hearty snack in the colonial tavern. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. A house tour is included in the fee of $8/adult; $6/child (pay at site). Children with a coupon from a school flyer will receive a $1 discount. For information call 703-437-1794.

Kiln Club Pottery Show and Sale: Looking for great locally handcrafted holiday gifts at reasonable prices? Members of the Ceramic Guild and the Kiln Club will display and sell a variety of pottery styles in the Colvin Run Mill barn. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A portion of the sales benefits Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Free admission. For information call 703-759-2771.

Huntley Harvest Festival: Learn how everything from foxes to farmers prepare for winter. Come for storytelling and fun and games for the whole family. From 1 to 4 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park and Historic Huntley. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Doug Berky in “No Show”: A combination of the classic performance arts of mime, mask theater and physical comedy. A performance has been scheduled, but the actor fails to show. Or does he? What will happen when a lone spectator finds himself unwittingly on stage? Berky transforms into several characters ranging from a gorilla to a ballerina as he explores the props and masks on stage. A hilarious performance for the whole family! From 2 to 3 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $15/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

Meadowlark Marshmallow Roast: A special sneak peek of Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights! Come for a marshmallow roast at the fire pit just inside the garden. Drop by to make s’mores, look at the lights so far and ask any questions you may have about the Winter Walk of Lights. From 6 to 8 p.m. at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Free. For information call 703-255-3631.

Cabaret Series: Broadway Biography — Based on a True Story: From “1776” to “Evita” to “The Sound of Music,” many of the stage’s greatest stories and characters are drawn from historic events and the lives of real people. Join Workhouse Cabaret veteran performers for the most fun you’ll have in “history.” From 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $25/person; ticket price includes planche campagnarde. A la carte cash bar available in venue. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Sunday, Nov. 3: See the Smithy at Work

Blacksmithing Demonstrations: Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Free. For information call 703-759-2771.


  • 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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