Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, Nov. 3: Author, Author!

An Evening with Dan Gutman: Meet Dan Gutman, bestselling author of children's titles including the My Weird School, Genius Files and Baseball Card Adventure series. Books available for sale and signing. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Herndon Middle School. Ages 6 and up. Free; register online. For more information, call 703-324-3100.

Also on Friday:

Animal Pajama Party: Put on your pajamas and come hear bedtime stories, meet animals and say goodnight to the center’s live animals. From 7 to 7:45 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 3 to 7. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $6/child. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Fall Campfire Fridays: Come for a campfire, s’mores and more. A different topic and a different area of the park will be explored each time. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Ages 3 and up. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Saturday, Nov. 4: Dinner is Served

Feeding Day: Join a naturalist demonstrating how site display animals are fed. Search for worms and insects and assist in the feedings. Make a birdfeeder to take home. From 10 to 11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Ages 2 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $6/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Also on Saturday:

Forgotten Fairfax – 100th Anniversary of the Night of Terror: Lynne Garvey-Hodge will speak about the Night of Terror when 33 female protesters picketing the White House for the right to vote were incarcerated at the Occoquan Workhouse and brutally tortured. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-293-6227.

A Taste of Tea and History – Fashion: Journey through time in our new series: Tea and History. This session explores women’s clothing of the mid-19th century. Examine garments and accessories up close and enjoy a light afternoon tea with scones and jams. After tea, make your own fashionable accessory to take home. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Ages 8 and up. $28/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Cocoa Wagon Rides: Enjoy fall with a special harvest-themed wagon ride and hot cocoa and s’mores around the campfire. From 4 to 5 p.m., 5 to 6 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 2 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Sunday, Nov. 5: Turkey Talk

Tricky Turkeys: Do you know a jake from a jenny? Baby turkeys and their grown-ups are surprisingly curious creatures. Find out about these birds through a story, song and craft. From 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 2 to 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $6/child. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

Hardtack and Johnnycakes: Get a taste of a soldier’s life as you sample hardtack and freshly made johnnycake. Join an interpreter in period dress to write a letter home with pen and ink and learn to sew a button as we share stories about wartime residents of Huntley. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Historic Huntley. Ages 4 and up. $7/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

A Taste of History – Thanksgiving: Food historian Joyce White explores changing Thanksgiving traditions, from the settlers’ “Harvest Home” of 1621 to the present-day celebration. Hear about famous Americans who influenced the holiday’s transformation. From 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens’ Historic House. Adults. $18/person for the program only (please note the tea portion is sold out but there are seats available for the program). Reservations required. For more information and to make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Sunday Country Western Dance: Line dance, two-step, shuffle and swing the night away to popular country-western tunes played by the Reston Community Center’s DJ. Dances are held monthly in the community room, which offers a spacious wooden dance floor and a smoke-free environment. Refreshments provided. No square or contra dancing, please. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Pay at door. For more 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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