Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Nov. 29: The "Art" of Shopping

Black Friday Celebration at the Workhouse: This Black Friday, forget the crazy malls, discover the creativity in your community with Workhouse artists. You will discover unique gifts at your price point from approximately 100 artists in 65 studios and nine galleries. In addition, enjoy the farmers market from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as lots of fun events throughout the day. Schedule of activities. From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. No ticket required. For information call 703-584-2900.

Also on Friday:

The Thanksgiving Story: Bring the family and holiday guests to a lively and interactive retelling of the Thanksgiving story as Gleemania’s Sue Cournoyer entertains and informs. From 11 to 11:40 a.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. After the show, stroll the park and visit the animals or take a ride on the carousel or wagons. $4/person. Register online. For information call 703-437-9101.

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 6 to 7 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

 Saturday, Nov. 30: Feed the Birds

Holiday Treats for Sully Critters: Create a treat for woodland friends and use natural materials to make edible ornaments for the birds and squirrels. Ride Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad to Sully’s woods and hang one on a tree in the park. Take one home for your own backyard critters. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-437-1794.

Also on Saturday:

Reptiles and Amphibians: View live indigenous snakes, turtles and a toad to help separate fact from fiction. Compare similarities and contrast differences to mammals, and learn how to stay safe around these often misunderstood creatures. From 11 a.m. to noon at George Mason Regional Library. Ages 5 to12. Free; register online. For information call 703-256-3800.

Cookies with Santa: A Santa meet-and-greet before “In Santa, We Believe” (see below)with Christmas cookies and milk, juice or coffee. Santa will make his rounds to greet each child and pose for pictures. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the W3 Theatre Youth Arts Center at the Workhouse Arts Center. Also on Dec. 7, 14 and 21. $8.50/adult and $8/under 12 (tickets for “Cookies with Santa” do not include admission to “In Santa, We Believe”). Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

In Santa, We Believe”: An afternoon of adventure with Vianlix Mestey's original story! Just when you thought everything was going great, Santa's workshop grinds to a halt! Will Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves do what it takes to make sure Christmas Day happens? Come find out as this tune-filled story unfolds. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the W3 Theatre at the Workhouse Arts Center. Also on Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28. $12/adult and $8/under 12. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

Snake and Turtle Feeding: A brief presentation and demonstration by the animal caretaker staff with four snakes and four turtles plus other reptiles. Learn what makes a reptile different from an amphibian and how to identify the county's only venomous snake, the northern copperhead. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

American Indian Stories Campfire: Delight in the campfire and toast marshmallows as you hear traditional American Indian stories focusing on the change in season. From 7 to 8 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

In Concert – Percussionist Tom Teasley: The master percussionist performs live on stage in a journey of world music and innovative percussion techniques. Described in the Washington Post as “a percussionist in the widest and most exuberant sense of the word,” Teasley maintains a unique career as a solo percussionist, composer and collaborator. A la carte cash beer/wine bar available in venue. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the W3 Theatre at the Workhouse Arts Center. $25/person, $20/senior and military and $10/student with ID. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Sunday, Dec. 1: Tea, Old Time and Tunes

Squirrel's Nutcracker Tea Party: Enjoy the sounds of the season as your family takes in a puppet show starring a gray squirrel as he dreams of a nutcracker. Learn a few fun facts about this most common and curious creature as you sip sugarplum tea and savor gingerbread treats. From 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $15/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

A Walk through Time at Walney: Step back in time with Emmeline Machen and tour Walney, her family farm. Hear adventures from the Civil War, learn about early settlers and see the historic buildings and remains. Finish with light refreshments. From 2 to 3 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Young Soloists Recital: This free concert showcases the talents of local school-age musicians including Sarah Quan on violin and Rachel Chon, Theron Masters, Virginia Sun and Kevin Zhang 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.

  • 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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