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Friday, Oct. 13: Fall for Fun at the Farm

Fall Carnival: Come to the Fall Carnival Friday through Sunday for three days of food and fun, and enjoy free parking and admission. Tasty fair food and beverages will be for sale. Games and rides will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Frying Pan Farm Park. All ages. Tickets are $1 each, or 24 for $20. Carnival rides take three to five tickets. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Also on Friday:

Garden Talk - Composting Fall Leaves: Instead of dragging your garden and yard waste out to the curb week after week, make those leaves work for you by turning them into rich, black-gold compost for the garden. Master Gardeners show you how to set up your composting station and what it takes to get it cooking. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Meet Children’s Author Valerie Tripp: Meet Valerie Tripp, author of American Girl titles including the Felicity, Josefina, Kit and Molly series. Books available for sale and signing. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Burke Centre Library. Ages 6 and up. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-249-1520.

The Frightful Science of Mary Shelly: Join us for a chilling celebration of Halloween for adults. Dean Howarth, the “Natural Philosopher,” will demonstrate Frankenstein’s animation of the dead from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Historic Huntley. Adults. $25/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

An Evening with Mohsin Hamid: Meet Mohsin Hamid, bestselling author of Exit West and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Books available for sale and signing. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Harris Theater, George Mason University. Adults Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-324-3100.




Saturday, Oct. 14: What's Not to Lichen?

Lichens Hike & Sketch: What happens when a fungus and an algae take a lichen to each other? Learn about this hybrid organism and identify those greenish patches seen on trees and rocks. Join us as we learn to draw the textures defining lichen colonies from 10 a.m. to noon at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 10 and up. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.


Also on Saturday:

Farm Harvest Days: Fall is a busy time on the farm. Come watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet the farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations during Farm Harvest Days. For more family fun, take a wagon ride around the park, ride the carousel and visit the Fall Carnival. Harvest Day events run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (also on Sunday) at Frying Pan Farm Park. All ages. Admission is free, but there is a charge for rides. No reservations required. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Forgotten Fairfax – The Legend of the Bunny Man: County Archivist and Bunny Man expert Brian Conley will talk about the legend of the Bunny Man which has captivated Northern Virginia fear-seekers for over four decades. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-293-6227.

Chinese Kitchen Garden - Family Recipes: Gardener, home cook and author Wendy Kiang-Spray will show you how to prepare many different Asian vegetables and explain how to use them traditionally and in your own recipes. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $18/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Lev Grossman – Fantasy and Magicians: Meet Lev Grossman, bestselling author of The Magicians trilogy. Books available for sale and signing. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Harris Theater, George Mason University. Adults and teens. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-324-3100.

Second Saturday Art Walk: Tour seven unique studio buildings to see the work of approximately 85 talented visual artists. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For information, call 703-584-2900.

Boardwalk Astronomy: What’s new in the night sky? Join naturalists as they take you on a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Canceled in the event of rain or other severe weather. Ages 12 and up. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Astronomy Campfire: Enjoy a campfire and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Make s’mores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations from 7 to 8 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $7/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.




Sunday, Oct. 15: Bat Habitat

Batty Campfire: Use a bat detector to hear bats communicate and locate food. Enjoy a night hike to learn about native bats and their habitats, and then settle by the campfire to savor s’mores. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. Ages 4 and up. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.


Also on Sunday:

Grinding Demonstrations: See and hear 19th century technology at work. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Please call the site to confirm. All ages. Tour cost: $7/adult; $6/student 16 and older with ID; and $5/child or senior. No reservations required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.


  • 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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