Friday, Nov. 9:
Join a naturalist for an evening of outdoor fun at the Thanksgiving Family
Campout. Bring a picnic or food to cook on the
fire (skewer cooking only) and enjoy a culinary sampling of
traditional Thanksgiving foods. Listen to American Indian
stories and go on a night hike. Bring sleeping bags, tents,
flashlights and food. Light breakfast provided. Ages 3 and
above are welcome. 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Riverbend Park. $18/person. Register
online. For information, call 703-759-9018.
Also on Friday:
An Evening with
Rosemary Wells: Meet Rosemary Wells, author and
illustrator of popular children's books including the Max and
Ruby series. Books available for sale and signing. Adults and
children welcome. Register each child and adult separately. 7
to 8:30 p.m. Fairfax County
Government Center Board Auditorium. Free. Register
online. For information call 703-324-3100.
Nov. 10: Gardens, By George!
Enjoy a beautifully illustrated presentation looking at
the lives of the founding fathers and how their attitude
toward plants, gardens, nature and agriculture shaped the
United States during Founding
Gardeners. Join Andrea Wulf, award-winning
historian and author of "Founding Gardeners" and
"Brother Gardeners" for this fascinating look at how
plants, politics and personalities intertwined as never
before. A book signing and reception follow the program. 1:30
to 3:30 p.m. Green Spring
online or call 703-222-4664. For information call
Also on Saturday:
Night Hike: Come on a night hike and join the
nocturnal wildlife at the park. Explore nature’s nighttime
communication and animal senses and experience the night
environment in a unique way. Come gain new added confidence
on how to navigate comfortably in the dark and have fun with
sensory awareness activities that help us overcome fear of
the darkness through knowledge of and familiarity with it.
Although participants may bring a flashlight, the hike will
be mostly in the dark. Clothing for nighttime climate and
closed-toe shoes recommended. Ages 8 and above are welcome. 6
to 8 p.m. Potomac
Overlook Regional Park. $5/person (suggested donation).
For reservations (required) or more information call
36th Annual McLean Antiques Show & Sale: An
exceptional group of dealers representing American, English
and European antiques, decorative accessories, furniture,
folk art, porcelains, silver, paintings, prints, linens,
Oriental carpets and rugs. A glass repair service will be
available on-site. Refreshments available for purchase. 10
a.m. to 6 p.m. (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.) McLean Community
Center. $7/person. For information call
2nd Saturday Art Walk: Showcasing the diverse work
of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue,
creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse
themselves in the richness of this creative community. Guests
can tour seven studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists
and buy original works of art, all while enjoying light
refreshment and music. The social atmosphere of the monthly
art walk makes it the perfect destination for a date night or
girls night out, as well as for art collectors and art
appreciation groups. 6 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center.
Free. For information call 703-584-2900.
Sunday, Nov. 11:
Face the Music
The Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library
National Symphony Orchestra Artists in Concert.
Natasha Bogachek, violin, and Dasha Gabay, piano, of the
National Symphony Orchestra, will perform works by
Saint-Saens, Faure, Wieniawsky, Massenet and Ravel. 3 p.m.
McGuire Woods Gallery in Building W-16 at the Workhouse Arts
Center. Free. For information call
Also on Sunday:
Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight: Join
a naturalist and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes.
Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Ages 4
and above are welcome. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hidden
Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register
online. For information call 703-941-1065.
The Changing Shape
of Fashion: Collector and exhibitor Caroline
Hottenstein shows her fabulous collection of antique dresses,
bodices, outerwear, trimmings and more. Take the opportunity
to examine exquisitely hand-crafted pieces up close as she
explains the changing shape of female form and fashion during
the 19th century. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Historic Green Spring. $30/person
(includes a full English tea). Program only: $10/person.
For reservations or more information 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.