Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, Feb. 12: Healthy Herbs

Garden Talks With Master Gardeners – Herb Gardening : Master gardeners offer advice on choosing the best herbs and teach you how to make them flourish in your garden or container. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $10/person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Also on Friday:

A Taste of the Arab World: Drop in for this free event to explore Arab culture including henna hand art, baklava, Middle-Eastern appetizers and belly-dancing. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. All ages. Free; no registration required. For information, call 703-476-4500.

Saturday, Feb. 13: It's in the Stars

Astronomy Festival : Come for guided star gazing, telescopic views, games and ancient star stories around the campfire. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Hot chocolate and snacks can be purchased. Cancelled for rain or snow. $6/person in advance; $7/person at the door. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Also on Saturday:

Starting From Scratch With Seeds : Grow flowers, vegetables and herbs from seed. Propagator and horticulturist Judy Zatsick, discusses potting mixes, containers, seed treatments, lighting, fertilization, watering, seed sources and timing. You’ll take home a few seeds to start your own collection. From 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $22/person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Sketch Hike – Winter Trees and Landscapes : Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler to learn sketching techniques and enhance your observation skills. From 10 a.m. to noon at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 12 and up. $7/person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Family Fun – Live Raptors Program: Meet live hawks and owls when the Raptor Conservancy brings a few feathered friends. Learn about the lifecycle, hunting and flying skills of these impressive birds and how you can help them survive. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $7/person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Fun Flicks: Get together for a movie and refreshments with family and friends. This month's movie is “Mulan” in celebration of Chinese New Year. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Burke Centre Library. All ages. Free; register online. For information, call 703-249-1520.

Martha’s Family Movie Matinee: Come watch “Minions” (rated PG). From 2 to 5 p.m. at Martha Washington Library. Refreshments provided. All ages. Free; register online. For information, call 703-768-6700.

2nd Saturday Art Walk: Tour seven unique studio buildings to see the work of over 100 visual artists, while enjoying light refreshments and music. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For information, call 703-584-2900.

Cool Cow Comedy: For over a decade, Todd Rexx (aka T-Rexx) has been a natural who quickly wins over any audience with his wit, over-the-top impersonations and brilliant crowd interaction. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. or 9 to 10:30 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. $20/person in advance and $25/person at the door; buy tickets online. For information, call 703-584-2900.

Sunday, Feb. 14: Positively Presidential

Preamble Scramble and Presidential Trivia: Celebrate Presidents Day weekend by rediscovering the Declaration of Independence as well as early American presidential and political trivia. Discover what the presidents had for pets. Play fun games such as Preamble Scramble included with your tour. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. $7/adult, $6/student and $5/senior or child; pay at site. Canceled in the event of inclement weather. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Also on Sunday:

Winter Lecture –The History of Spices : For centuries, people have lusted after pepper, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg, changing lives and fortunes forever. Science educator Todd Brethauer will discuss their botany, biogeography, production, processing and trade. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $10/person in advance or $12/person at the door. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Valentine Tea and Poetry : Enjoy poetry, tea and cookies at Machen Farm where a costumed interpreter shares a mystery love poem and invites you to write your own. Leave with your poem framed in childhood Valentine-card style. From 2:30 to 4 p.m. at E. C. Lawrence Park. Ages 4 and up. $10/person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday Afternoon Dance: Dancers of all skill levels are welcome to foxtrot, swing, cha-cha and waltz during these fun afternoon dances. Music selection ranges from golden oldies to today’s more modern dance selections. Door prizes and light refreshments add to the fun; partners not required. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. Ages 18 and up. $10/person; pay at door. For information, call 703-476-4500.

  • 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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