Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, Nov. 18: Dishing Up Dance

Small Plates Choreography Festival: Come for a curated evening of dance representing professional choreographers in the DC metro area. From 8 to 10 p.m. (also Saturday) in the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $15/general admission; $10/student or senior. Buy tickets online. For information, call 703-584-2900.

Also on Friday:

Rockhounders – Fall Series : A hands-on approach to geology for children ages 6 to 12 includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting (this week’s topics are volcanoes and earthquakes). From 5 to 6 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Topics vary each week. $7/child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, Nov. 19: Got-Grain?

A Bountiful Harvest : Wheat and corn were the two main crops grown at Sully. Stop by the kitchen to see foods made using those two grains and make a corn husk doll and a woven wheat ornament to take home. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Ages 5 and up. $10/person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Also on Saturday:

”Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters – An African Tale”: When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro's pride and joy, his two daughters of very different dispositions, embark on the long journey to be presented to the king. Along the way, they encounter a number of mysterious situations that unknowingly test their courage, kindness and strength of spirit. Combining authentic African drumming, powerful choreography and thrilling original music, the splendor of Zimbabwe and the African continent comes to life in this musical adaptation of the award-winning, "Cinderella" tale. From 2 to 3 p.m. at The Alden, McLean Community Center. Ages 5 and up. $15/person. Buy tickets online. For information, call 703-790-0123.

The Old Capitol Prison: Historian Jon Vrana will discuss the Civil War-era Old Capitol Prison and some of its notable events and inmates. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Martha Washington Library. Adults and teens. Free; register online. For information, call 703-768-6700.

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 an adult registered in the program. $6/person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Ballroom Social Dance: Bring a friend, a date or a group to enjoy a casual, fun night out. All skill levels welcome. Mini-lesson on the swing, 7:30 to 8 p.m. Social dance led by a professional ballroom instructor from 8 to 10:30 p.m. McGuireWoods Gallery (second floor of W-16), Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person (Ballroom Social) and $5/person (mini-lesson). Mini-lesson tickets sold only at the door. Ballroom Social Dance tickets may be purchased online, by phone or at the door. For information, call 703-584-2900.

Sunday, Nov. 20: Music, Maestro!

Reston Community Orchestra – A Sonic Spectrum: The opening concert of the orchestra's 2016-2017 concert season will demonstrate a wonderful diversity of musical styles and textures written by proven masters of composition. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room, Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. Free admission; donations accepted at the door to offset production costs. For information, call 571-449-7095.

Also on Sunday:

Concerts at The Alden: Come for the Young Soloists Recital that showcases the talents of local school-age musicians. This concert features Christopher Schmitt on piano. From 3 to 4 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. Free; no tickets 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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