Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Nov. 22: Bright Lights 

Winter Walk of Lights: The enchanted world of Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights is open seven days a week through Jan. 6. From 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Meadowlark Gardens. Timed tickets required. Weekday rates (Monday-Thursday excluding holidays): age 13+/$12, age 3-12/$7, children under 3 are free. Weekend and holiday rates: age 13+/$13, age 3-12/$8, children under 3 are free. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-255-3631.

Also on Friday:

Bull Run Festival of Lights: For more than 12 years the Bull Run Festival of Lights has drawn thousands of visitors to celebrate the winter holiday season with a magnificent display of lighted wonders. This year's festival is open through Jan.5 at Bull Run Regional Park. Monday-Thursday: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday-Sunday and holidays: 5:30 to 10 p.m. Admission fee. For information call 703-631-0550.

Black ‘n Blue Boys: Dael Orlandersmith premiered this uncompromising show garnering high praise from audiences and critics alike. In this work, he embodies seven male victims of abuse – across racial and socio-economic backgrounds – with compassion and laser-like insights. Strong language and adult situations; suitable for adults only. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage. $40/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-476-4500.

 Saturday, Nov. 23: Bird's-Eye View

Guided Bird Walk: Join master gardener and local bird enthusiast Harry Glasgow for a guided bird walk. Look for migrants on their way to southern wintering grounds as well as familiar year-round birds. Bring binoculars, dress for the weather and the walk. Stay for refreshments to review the walk and compile the bird list. From 9 to 11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Free, but please RSVP at 703-642-5173.

Also on Saturday:

Gustafer Yellowgold: Gustafer is a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun and is living out an explorer's life in a slightly psychedelic version of the Minnesota woods. Enjoy this multi-media performance of live music, animated illustrations and storytelling. From 3 to 4 p.m. at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage. $10/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-476-4500.

Hike with Mike: Join manager Mike McCaffrey for a free walk through the park to learn about the plants and animals at home in the Pohick Stream Valley. From 3 to 5 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Free, no registration required. For information call 703-451-9588.

Owl Outing: These nocturnal raptors are pair-bonding and looking for nesting sites at this time of year. Prowl the park after dark to listen for and learn about local owls and possibly see a barred owl. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Meet at the visitor center and dress for the weather and standing off trail. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Cool Cow Comedy Presents Kevin Lee: Kevin Lee captivates his audience with amazing magic, breathtaking juggling and outrageous comedy. A la carte cash bar, soft drinks and concessions sold before performance (no outside alcoholic beverages). Due to material, all patrons must be 18 and older. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. and 9 to 10:30 p.m. in the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $15/person in advance; $20/person day of show; free tickets for active or retired military. Tickets available online. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Sunday, Nov. 24: Native Americans and Nature

American Indian Foods Tasting and Tea:Taste the flavors enjoyed by Woodland American Indians in the 1600s while sitting communally around the “fire.” Listen to stories about local animals, enjoy traditional games and make a game to take home. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $15/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

Turkey Walk: Discover the wild turkey’s habits and secret ways during a walk in the cedar forest. From 9 to 10 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online. For more information call 703-631-0013.

  • 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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