Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Oct. 4: Nature's Night-Flyers 

Riverside Campfire – Batty for Bats: Learn more about these fascinating and mysterious night-flying marvels and why they are disappearing from our skies. Enjoy games and activities. Bring a toasting stick; s'mores provided. Come early if you'd like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. Canceled in case of rain. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. $4/person. Register online. For information call 703-759-9018.

Also on Friday:

Kyle’s Corner – It Came from the Deep: Get ready to discover what wildlife lives in our region and the various habitats that support it. Join a naturalist for the next adventure. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 6 to 12. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588. 

 Saturday, Oct. 5: Purchase Pretty Plants

Fall Garden Day Plant Sale: Fall is a great time to plant. Find more than 25 plant and craft vendors to satisfy your gardening needs. Live music and a silent auction add to the festivities. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Free, no registration required. For information call 703-642-5173.


Also on Saturday:

Fall for Fairfax KidsFest: Exciting, interactive and educational programs, entertainment and activities. Specially designed for families with elementary and pre-K-aged children. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at Fairfax County Government Center. Free admission (some activities require fees).

Scarecrow-Making Workshop: Make a scarecrow for your garden or lawn. Bring pants and shirt, plus an old pair of pantyhose (for head and arms). We supply the stuffing and know-how. This 45-minute program is offered at 1 and 2 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site (also on Sunday). $6/scarecrow; pay at site. For information call 703-759-2771.

Jazz Masters with John Eaton: Jazz pianist, musicologist and humorist John Eaton brings back his popular continuing education program. Spend an entertaining and insightful afternoon that combines Eaton’s deep knowledge of the Great American Songbook, hilarious commentary and elegant renditions of jazz standards, both popular and obscure. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. Free but advance registration required. Call 703-790-0123.

Visit with a Carpenter: Learn woodworking techniques handed down from the 18th century and work at the shaving horse. From 1 to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site; take a Forgotten Road tour at 2 p.m. $7/adult, $6/student and $5/senior or child; pay at site. For information call 703-437-1794.

SlugFest: It’s back by popular demand! The only celebration of slugs on the East Coast includes slug racing, crafts, fortune telling, skin exfoliation, slime tossing and the world premiere of The Life of Slime. It oozes back from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $8/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Evening Walk: Join a naturalist to hike the trails after dark. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Who-oo's at the Campfire?: Gather round the campfire to hear stories from different cultures of how owls came to be. Toast marshmallows and learn how to recognize owl calls. From 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Cabaret Series – Mystery, Suspense and Hijinks: Go for a ride on the wrong side of the tracks and hear the best songs from the shadier characters in music theater. Every good story has a wicked villain and they’ve usually got the best songs in the show. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. Also Sunday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. $25/person, includes planche campagnarde. A la carte cash bar available in venue. Buy tickets online. For more information call 703-584-2900.

 Sunday, Oct. 6: Creatures by Water, Land & Air

River Monsters: Explore Bull Run stream to discover river monsters, fish the deep pools for giant catfish and search the banks for northern water snakes. Bring fishing pole and bait. From 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Hemlock Overlook Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.


Also on Sunday:

Stories in the Sand: Forest animals are seldom seen but you can explore the woods to identify them by the tracks and signs they leave behind. From 2 to 3 p.m. at E. C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online. For more information call 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching Club: Look up and listen carefully to discover the amazing variety of area birds and develop awesome birding skills to last a lifetime. From 3 to 4 p.m. at E. C. Lawrence Park. Ages 5 to 11. $5/child. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Grain Grinding Demonstrations: The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, so come see and hear 19th-century technology at work. From noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Tour costs are $7/adult, $6/student 16 and up and $5/child or senior; pay at site. 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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