Friday, Nov. 30: It's Crafty!
Fine artisans from across the country convene for the highly
regarded and much anticipated juried
McLean Holiday Crafts Show featuring fiber arts,
wood, ceramics and pottery, jewelry, glass, holiday decor,
items for children, gourmet foods, paper art, photography,
soft sculpture, paintings and drawings and
more. Refreshments available for
purchase. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) McLean Community
Center. $2/adults, $1/children 13 and under. For
information call 703-790-0123.
Saturday, Dec. 1: Home for the Holidays
What better way to spend a Saturday than giving a new pup or
kitty (or rabbit, or boa constrictor) a loving home? The
Fairfax County Animal Shelter's annual
Home for the Holidays adoption celebration helps
homeless animals make their way out of the shelter and into
stable new homes in time for the holidays. As part of the
celebration, the shelter is offering a free spay or neuter
for the first 100 cats, kittens, dogs or puppies adopted
there through Dec. 31. In addition to loving cats and
dogs available for adoption, the shelter has a host of
rabbits, small mammals, reptiles and birds. Go to the Animal Services page and
click on "adoption" to see available animals. Or
visit the shelter between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Tuesday
through Friday, noon to 6:30 p.m.) to meet some of these
great potential pets. For more information call 703-830-1100.
Also on Saturday:
Night Sky Festival at Riverbend: Enjoy
guided stargazing, looking through the telescope and
listening to ancient stories about the constellations around
the campfire. Jupiter is this event’s featured planet. Other
activities and games will be ongoing throughout the evening.
Purchase hot chocolate and other snacks. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Riverbend
Park. $5/person. For information call 703-759-9018.
Cabaret Series at the Workhouse: Holiday Magic:
Featuring some of the region's finest performers and
musicians you'll recognize from theaters and concerts around
the area! Kick off your holiday season with a spirited
evening of music and memories, featuring songs made famous on
the silver screen. Experience the warmth and joy of the
season, while celebrating some of the best-known holiday
music from the cinema. Cash bar available. 8 p.m. Workhouse
Arts Center. $25/person (includes complimentary hors
d’ouevres.) For information call 703-584-2900.
Squirrel’s Nutcracker Tea Party: Enjoy the
sounds of the season as your family sees 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 munch on gingerbread treats at
the sit-down tea. Participants age 4 and above are welcome. 2
to 3:15 p.m. Hidden
Oaks Nature Center. $15/person. Children must be
accompanied by a registered adult. Register
online. For information call 703-941-1065.
Frying Pan Farm Park’s Old-Fashioned Holiday
Celebrate holiday festivities at one of the most unique
parks in Fairfax County. Stroll the 1930s-era working farm,
enjoy live music, watch equestrian demonstrations and visit
the farmhouse. Enjoy a wagon ride, warming fire, carolers and
holiday photo opportunity with Santa in his sleigh. Some
activities have fees. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Frying Pan
Farm Park. To make a reservation with the photographer or
for more information call 703-437-9101.
Sunday, Dec. 2: Gardeners' Delight
Treat yourself to a day of fun at the
Gardeners Holiday Open House. There’s a little
something for everyone: botanic decorations, a train display,
Santa, antique toys and holiday collectibles, a children’s
puppet show, refreshments and a gift shop. This festive day
is for gardeners of all ages, individuals and families. Noon
to 4 p.m. Green Spring
Gardens. Free. Register in advance for the puppet show
“Rufus the Red Nosed Raindog.” Cost is $3/person. For
information or to register call 703-642-5173.
Also on Sunday:
Bluegrass Barn Concert: Patuxent Partners:
Since 1975, Patuxent Partners has brought their exciting
brand of bluegrass music to festivals, dances, concerts and
special events throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Band
members Tom Mindte, Bryan Deere, John Brunschwyler, Jack
Leiderman and Victoria McMullen are taking the stage at
Frying Pan to share their musical stylings. Doors open at 6
p.m.; showtime is 7 p.m. Frying Pan
Farm Park. $15/person at the door, $12/person in advance.
online or call 703-437-9101.
Slither and Crawl: Reptiles and Amphibians: Can’t
wait for spring? Neither can the Potomac Overlook
naturalists! Join them to learn about the frogs, lizards,
snakes and salamanders that you can find in the woods when
warm weather arrives. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Potomac
Overlook Regional Park. Free. For information and
reservations (required) call 703-528-5406.
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.