Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Nov. 15: Life is a Cabaret 

Cabaret One Night Stands: Renowned cabaret artists Michael Sharp and Mary Payne eachperform a solo 45-minute set as pianist Jacob Kidder leads you in an evening of music and laughter. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $25/person; $20/senior or military and $15/student with ID. Buy tickets online. Ticket includes light fare; cash bar available. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Saturday, Nov. 16: All Aboard!

Ride the Turkey Train: Take a ride on Engine #62 to learn about early American Thanksgiving celebrations. Make a craft to take home and learn American Indian hunting skills.  Rides are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park. Also on Sunday. $5/person; pay at site. The park is also collecting nonperishable foods to be donated to a local food bank. For more information call 703-471-5415.

Also on Saturday:

Tree Identification: Conifers: Learn to distinguish a pine from a fir or spruce. Look at the scale needle conifers and learn how to distinguish the junipers, cedars and cypresses. Bring a 10X hand lens or magnifying glass and dress for the weather. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $20/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Tea: Not Just for Drinking: Learn how to cook with tea as an ingredient in both sweet and savory recipes from 1 to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. $30/person; reservation required. For more information and to make a reservation call 703-759-2771.

Park Manager Walk and Talk: Join Park Manager Kevin Munroe on a walk to find out about the wetland restoration project and learn about wildlife from 4 to 6 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Free, no registration required. For information call 703-768-2525.

Ballroom Social Dance:Put on your dancing shoes and join the monthly Ballroom Social Dance featuring complimentary refreshments and a cash bar. All skill levels welcome! Arrive early for a 30-minute mini-lesson on swing dancing from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The social dance is led by a professional ballroom instructor from 8 to 10:30 p.m. in the McGuire-Woods Gallery (second floor of W-16), Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person (Ballroom Social) and $5/person (mini-lesson). Mini-lesson tickets sold only at the door. Ballroom Social Dance tickets may be purchased online, by phone or at the door. For information call 703-584-2900.

The Rite of Spring: 100 years after Igor Stravinsky’s ballet score for “The Rite of Spring” debuted to much controversy, Bowen McCauley Dance will perform the piece with accompaniment as it was originally composed, for piano four hands. The piece has been considered the staple of modern dance - angular and abstract - with a score full of harmonic dissonance and syncopated rhythms. After a brief intermission, experience the 14-movement tour de force when Darryl Brenzel conducts his arrangement, “The Re-Write of Spring,” for the 17-piece Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra. From 8 to 10 p.m. at the Reston Community Center’s CenterStage. $50/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-476-4500.

Christopher O’Riley – Out of My Hands: Christopher O’Riley is well known for hosting NPR’s “From the Top” for over a decade. He’s also well regarded for his live performances and recordings of classical works from Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel and more. But what gets fans truly excited is his work as a crossover artist, recording contemporary works such as Radiohead’s “True Love Waits.” O’Riley will perform music from R.E.M., Portishead, Cocteau Twins, Pink Floyd, Nirvana and others from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $27/person, $22/senior or student. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

 Sunday, Nov. 17: Music to Your Ears

Young Soloists Recital: This free concert showcases the talents of local school-age musicians including Julia Marie Angelo on violin, Raymond Lin on cello, and Emma Guo and Lyric Yu on piano from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. Free, no ticket required. For information call 703-790-0123.

Also on Sunday:

Sunday Soirée Series Dance: As inexpensive and enjoyable dates go, they don’t get better than this! Come hear the music of The Wayne Tympanick Trio as you try out your favorite dance moves and enjoy appetizers and other refreshments at the Autumn Splendor dance from 3 to 5 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. $5/person; pay at the door. For information call 703-790-0123.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight: Join the naturalist calling in these amazing gliders of the night and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. From 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register 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 opportunities.  
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