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Dance the Night Away with Black Masala

Can you hear that? Can you feel it? It’s the sound of Washington, D.C.’s eclectic high-energy brass band, Black Masala. Formed in 2012, the band creates an irresistible dance groove packed with funk, gypsy-punk and soul. Dance your heart out on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Nottoway Park.

Rock n' Roll with Steve Lauri at Frying Pan Farm Park

A renowned singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Steve Lauri is currently a frontline member of the sixties hit-making group, The Hollies, who still record and tour worldwide. In past years, he has also toured with Bonnie Tyler, Bucks Fizz, Sir Cliff Richard, Elaine Page and David Essex ... to name just a few. Rock out to Steve Lauri on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Frying Pan Farm Park.

Three Genres, Three Concerts to Pick from on June 29

Take a break in the middle of the last week in June. Pick from three fun performances on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – free of charge: Rocknoceros, Patsy’s Honky Tonk Torch & Twang, and The Tom Principato Band.

Oh Say Can You See: Fun Facts, Games and Trivia for the 4th

This Independence day the Fairfax County Park Authority has fun in store for you and yours. Challenge your brain this Independence Day with political trivia, games and fun facts at Sully Historic Site on Monday July 4, 2016.

History's Medicine Chest: Sully Explores Staying Well

Explore the history and mystery of staying well in the 18th century at Sully Historic Site on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

Dig into Garden Programs for Kids and Families at Green Spring

Bring your kids to Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, July 9, 2016, for an herb container workshop. You and your little ones will plant a simple herb container that brings the love of food and gardening together. Children with a green thumb will enjoy a Thursday series of Let’s Grow Garden Club programs in July and August.

Mill around Colvin Run and Learn to Turn Grain into Flour

What does it take to turn grain into flour or corn into corn meal? Find out how it was done in years past as Colvin Run Mill demonstrates the milling process from beginning to end in this hands-on program on July 10 and July 31, 2016.

Have Delicious Fun at Historic Sully with Ice Cream, Dairy Delights

On Saturday, July 9, 2016 from noon to 3 p.m., experience life as in the good old days! Bring your family and friends and a picnic lunch to Sully and enjoy a day of games, churning and eating butter with crackers and ice cream!

Discover Reptiles and Amphibians at Hidden Pond Camp

Too old for some camps but still looking to get soaked and muddy? Want to find animals but don’t know where to look? Want to destroy some invasive plants? Then Hidden Pond Nature Center’s Stream Survey camp may be just the right fit for you. The Hidden Pond Nature Center’s Stream Survey camp runs from July 11 to July 15.

Celebrate the 4th of July with Fireworks at Lake Fairfax

Celebrate the nation’s birthday with water slides, music, food, puppets, and, of course, fireworks at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston. There’s a full day of fun on tap this Fourth of July.

Help Update the Master Plan for Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

The public is invited to attend an Open House and Information Meeting on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, to kick off the Park Master Plan process for the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (ECLP) in Chantilly, Va.

Park Authority Wins Seven NAGC Communication Awards

The Fairfax County Park Authority received seven awards at the annual meeting of the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) held last week in Washington, D.C.

Take a Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge at Riverbend Park

Winnie the Pooh might mistake Riverbend Park for the Hundred Acre Woods on Sunday, June 26, 2016, as the park offers a wagon ride to Poohsticks Bridge.

See What’s Stirring Underfoot in the Forest at Scott’s Run

Look down and learn to appreciate what’s happening right under your nose as you explore the forest floor with a naturalist at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, June 26, 2016.

School’s Ending, but Learning is Going Strong at Fairfax County Parks

From tadpoles to turtles to quill pens, start your child’s summer off with a hands-on learning experience at Fairfax County parks. At Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, meet a naturalist by Walney Pond on June 22, 2016 to learn about pond life; children can say good-bye to smart boards and hello to slate boards at Sully Historic Site’s program on 19th Century School Days, Thursday, June 23, and again on Thursday, June 30; Hidden Pond Nature Center hosts a Flora-Fauna series with a naturalist on Thursdays this summer for children age three to six.

Picnic and Groove to the Music at Green Spring Gardens

Weekends aren’t the only time to have fun this summer. Be our guest for a musical evening in the gardens at Green Spring on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Bring a picnic dinner and kick back on the lawn as you groove along with the Fender Benders.

Nothing Beats Bluegrass Beats

On Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Nottoway Park start your weekend early by coming out to see the Seldom Scene. The Seldom Scene has long been one of the most progressive bands in bluegrass and one of this musical genre’s finest acts. And if you just can’t get enough the first time they will also be performing a second time on Friday, June 25 at Arrowbrook Centre Park.

Linger at the Legacy of Lace Tea Program at Historic Green Spring

Spend a summer Sunday afternoon learning about luxury lace and sipping fine teas at Historic Green Spring. Artist and collector Caroline Hottenstein will return to Green Spring Gardens on June 26, 2016.

FCPA Shares Update on Facilities, Programs at Turner Farm Park

The public is invited to attend a community meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2016, to hear information on facilities and programs at Turner Farm Park in Great Falls, VA.

Work Getting Underway on New Synthetic Field at Pine Ridge Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority is asking residents to "pardon our dust" as work begins on improvements to Field #6 at Pine Ridge Park in Annandale, Virginia.

Come On Down to the Farm and Lend a Hand at Frying Pan

Kids who don't want to clean their rooms will jump at the chance to do chores when it means helping out on the farm at Frying Pan Farm Park. The whole family can get into the act on Thursdays in June, July and August by registering for one or more days of Junior Farmer Family Fun.

Help Children and Sk8 for a Cause at Wakefield Skate Park

Wakefield Skate Park will host SkateFest and Sk8 For A Cause on June 24 and 25, 2016 to benefit Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The annual fundraising event, which is in its tenth year, is open to children and adults throughout the region.

REI Presents Sixth Grant to Park Foundation

REI, Inc., has found something of value to believe in inside the Fairfax County Park Authority. For the sixth time, the outdoor equipment company is partnering with the Park Authority to support the agency's Invasive Management Area (IMA) Program. REI recently presented the Fairfax County Park Foundation with a $5,000 grant for IMA, a volunteer program designed to reduce invasive plants and increase biodiversity on parkland.

Relax with Soothing Sunday Teas at Green Spring this Summer

Fill a Sunday with tea and history each month this summer at Historic Green Spring. On June 26, 2016, artist and collector Caroline Hottenstein comes to the historic house at Green Spring Gardens with a display of lace items and lace-making tools. On July 17, souvenirs take center stage at the historic house. If you won't be at the beach in August, return to Green Spring for a program on the Victorian Seaside on August 7.

Park Discovery Trail Leads Kids to Presidential History, Prizes

Which U.S. President made a daring escape from the enemy through Riverbend Park? What does the House at Hidden Pond Nature Center have in common with the White House? Which Commander-in-Chief saved Sully Historic Site from demolition? The answers to these questions and more can be found in this year's Fairfax County Park Authority Discovery Trail Map - Presidential Edition. The promotion runs through Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.

Mastenbrook Grant Funds New Batting Cages at Stratton Woods

New batting cages will be coming to Stratton Woods Park. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a Mastenbrook Volunteeer Matching Fund Grant Program request from Northern Fairfax County Babe Ruth (NFCBR).

Pioneer Baseball League Awarded Mastenbrook Grant Funds

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a Mastenbrook Grant for the Pioneer Baseball League (PBL) to fund construction of batting cages adjacent to Field 1 at Clermont Park and Field 2 at Lee District Park.

Explore Fairfax County History with a Click on artiFACTS

The Fairfax County Park Authority is home to millions of historic artifacts that trace the county's history through thousands of years. Take a peek at some of the items in our collection and learn about their importance to our past by exploring artiFACTS online.

Apply Now to Become a Lifeguard at the Water Mine

Spend your summer at a water park and get paid for the privilege. Become a lifeguard at the Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole at Lake Fairfax Park.

Installation of Shade Structure Impacts Chessie's Big Backyard

The Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park is well-known for Chessie's Big Backyard playground, and the popular Our Special Harbor spray ground. The two playgrounds are open to the public during daylight hours and Our Special Harbor is set to open on Memorial Day weekend. At the two to five age group playground, a structure will be constructed over the play area to provide much-needed shade and to enhance the play experience. The playground for two to five year olds will be closed from now through approximately June 10, 2016.

Rainy Weather Delays Towers Park Metro Connector Trail

Rain has delayed the completion of 425 linear feet of ADA-accessible asphalt trail in Fairfax, VA. The trail is now expected to open for public use by mid-to-late June 2016.

Paid Summer Internships Available at Riverbend Park

Riverbend Park in Great Falls, Va., is looking to fill a pair of paid internships for the coming summer. The park is in need of a Nature Education Intern and a Fishing Education Intern for 10 to 12 weeks.

How to Find the Freshest Fruits and Veggies When You Need Them

If you have a recipe crying out for strawberries, kale, beets or swiss chard, there's an easy way to find the freshest produce to use. Fairfax County Farmers Markets are open from May to mid-December at locations throughout the county.

Swing into Summer with Free Concerts in Fairfax County Parks

With everything from acoustic rock to zydeco, there's a show for everyone in Fairfax County parks this summer - and you can enjoy them all for FREE! The 2016 Summer Entertainment in the Parks season kicks off on June 1 with Jazz and American Roots concerts and wraps up on August 31 with Blues and Americana Soul.

Spring Hill Renovation Wins NACPRO Award

The expansion and renovation of the Spring Hill RECenter in McLean, Virginia, is being honored with an award from the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO). The Fairfax County Park Authority project has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 NACPRO Award in the Park and Recreation Facility Class II category.

Parks Count Survey: More Maintenance, Open Space

Fix what you have, and step up the maintenance - because parks are more important than they've ever been. That's the message from the public, stakeholders, and a consultant team working on the Parks Count Needs Assessment Study.

Park Authority Wins Award for Colvin Run Campaign

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is the winner of a 2016 NACPRO Award for the marketing efforts that helped Colvin Run Mill achieve a top-four finish in the 2013 web-based Partners in Preservation (PiP) voting contest sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express. As a result of the contest, the FCPA received a $75,000 grant to restore the historic mill.

Get in the Know about the 2016 Fairfax County Park Bond

There's more on the ballot than the presidential race this November. Fairfax County voters will also have the chance to vote on a 2016 Park Bond to finance park renovations and upgrades, land acquisition, natural and cultural resource stewardship and new park development.

Hal Strickland Honored for Professional-Lifetime Achievement

Former Fairfax County Park Authority Board member Harold L. Strickland will be honored by the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) for his career in public service.

Mastenbrook Grant Awarded for Telescope at Turner Farm

The skies will soon be in sharper focus over Observatory Park at Turner Farm, thanks to a Mastenbrook Grant. At its meeting on April 27, 2016, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Volunteeer Matching Fund Grant for $20,000 for the Analemma Society.

Friends of Royal Lake Receive Mastenbrook Grant Funds

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant for the Friends of Royal Lake (FORL) at its meeting on April 27, 2016. The grant of $16,343 will be used by the non-profit friends group to purchase and install replacement outdoor fitness equipment at Royal Lake Park.

Fairfax County Farmers Markets to Open First Week of May

What do Fairfax County residents look forward to at the beginning of May? Many would say the return of farm fresh products with the opening of the 11 locations of the Fairfax County Park Authority's (FCPA) Farmers Markets. Customers can look forward to the freshest produce, meats, cheese, baked breads, honey, ice cream, sweets and cut flowers our region has to offer.

Economists Find Park Authority Creates 1,260 Jobs in Local Economy

The Fairfax County Park Foundation recently contracted with the Center for Regional Analysis (CRA) at George Mason University to assess the Fairfax County Park Authority's economic impact on the county economy.

New Tysons II Urban Park Features Colorful Perennial Landscape

Fairfax County parks are growing by another 2.3 acres with the addition of a new public urban park in Tysons. This new park contributes to fulfilling the Tysons Park System Plan endorsed by the Park Authority Board in 2014.

Wakefield Park Stream Restoration to Impact Trail Use

One of two stream restoration projects in Wakefield Park in Annandale, Va. that began in October 2015 is about 40 percent complete and a second project is just beginning. Both restoration projects will impact trail use within the park sporadically.

Chantilly Youth Association Receives Mastenbrook Grant

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant for the Chantilly Youth Association (CYA) at its meeting on March 23, 2016. This approval provides another example of the benefits of partnerships and collaboration between the Park Authority and the local youth athletics organizations.

Park Authority Receives Financial Reporting Award

For the eighth consecutive year, the Fairfax County Park Authority has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

Park Board Approves Mastenbrook Grant for Little League

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook grant at its meeting on March 9, 2016 that will help support Little League in Northern Virginia.

Fairfax County Parkland Grows with New Acquisition

Park acreage in Fairfax County has grown with the acquisition of 10.15 acres in the Mount Vernon District. The Park Authority acquired the acreage in Paul Spring Stream Valley Park.

Park Authority Marks Ten Years of Invasive Management

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Fairfax County Park Authority's national award-winning Invasive Management Area (IMA) program.

Explore Parks on Instagram; Hashtag Photos with #FairfaxParks

Just in time for spring, the Fairfax County Park Authority has joined the Instagram community. The Park Authority looks forward to engaging with Instagram's active online community and sharing beautiful photos of local parks and recreational facilities.

87% of Residents In Fairfax Report Regular Park Use

Fairfax Parks Are More Popular Than Ever. Newly released results from a survey conducted as part of the 2015 Parks Count Needs Assessment Study, indicates Fairfax County parks are more popular than ever with results reflecting the highest park use numbers received in the last five community surveys. Additionally, 93% of residents indicate that parks are extremely or highly important to their quality of life - the highest rating in 12 years of measurement.

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