Aug. 2: To be Fair
4H Fair and Carnival: Enjoy unlimited rides at the 4H Fair and Carnival on Thursday or Friday with a one-day pass. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park .Ages 3 and up. $25 per person at the carnival. Parking and park admission are free on Thursday and Friday. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Also on Friday:
Wonderful Wildlife at Mason District: Fairfax County may not be home to lions and tigers and bears, oh my, but it is home to many strange and interesting wild animals. Learn about native snakes, turtles, amphibians, birds and even a few friendly insects. Meet and greet several animals and release live native ladybugs. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason District Park. Ages 2 to 11. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
River Fishing by Boat: Fish for smallmouth bass and sunfish from a canoe or jon boat. Get started with an introduction to boating and fishing basics. Previous experience rowing or paddling is not required. Boats, PFDs, fishing rods and bait will be provided. There is a maximum of three participants per boat, one of whom must be 16 or older. Each participant must register. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 5 and up. $16 per person. This program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
The Groove Factor: Discover the Groove Factor’s highly unique sound. We blend the best of 80’s funk, jazz, pop, and R&B with some modern Neo-Soul, fusion, and original songs. Band members include: Bennie “PhillieBOP” Pearce on Bass guitar, Josh Fertel on Keyboards, Ron Mayfield on guitar and vocals, Eric Robertson on Drums, and our two lovely ladies, Rina Chanel and Natasha Diora on vocals. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Royal Lake Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.
Aug. 3: Mural Masterpieces
Workhouse Mural Project and Festival: This one-day event is the first mural project of its kind in Fairfax County, Virginia and will showcase the creativity of regional artists whose primary art form is mural painting. This outdoor festival include live painting by skilled muralists, live music and performances, food trucks, cash bar, local vendors and sponsor booths, and more. Meet and greet our muralists, watch them create new works of art, and enjoy a day of fun and creativity with family and friends. From 3 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. All ages. $20 per person Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Also on Saturday:
Stream Life: Freshwater ecosystems are full of fascinating creatures. Search for stoneflies, hellgrammites, water pennies and crayfish. Explore Big Rocky Run with a naturalist. Use dip nets and kick nets to catch and release these creatures and learn about their role in the environment. Learn stream monitoring techniques and the impact humans have on these fragile ecosystems. Wear shoes that can get wet. From 6 to 7 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 4 and up. $6 per person. Meet at the pond. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
John Hadfield: This wild, fast moving comedy show is a hit with families and kids of all ages. Award winning songs about toasters and beans mixed with circus quality juggling and amazing magic tricks! An imaginary friend pays a visit and helps sing a duet, a wise cracking robot bird tries to get on American Idol, and Reggie – the funniest dog in the world – plays the piano and reads an audience member’s mind. This is the funniest, most unusual family show you will ever see. From 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.
Craig Gildner Big Band: Whether you love to lindy hop, remember the days when “swing was king,” or just appreciate good vintage jazz, you can dig all that jive with Blue Sky 5. The band’s repertoire consists of songs made popular by Count Basie, Nat Cole, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Fats Waller, along with tunes by other swing-era artists. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Arrowbrook Centre Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.
Aug. 4: Afro-Celtic Funk
Soulsha: Soulful call and response singing, masterful improvisation, traditional Senegalese and Scottish dancing and incredible energy make every Soulsha show an unforgettable live experience. Intricate rhythms, soaring bagpipe melodies, and New Orleans-infused horn lines come together seamlessly, and the joy of music rises above all differences, reminding us that we’re all in this together. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.
Also on Sunday:
Pokémon Scavenger Hunt: Join us for a fun scavenger hunt and find out what books these Pokémon have been reading to finish their Summer Reading Adventure log. Find them all in the library, write down what they are reading, and you might even win a free book. All day event at Great Falls Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-757-8560.
When Life Gives you Lemons: Join us on a hot day in the park to learn how to make lemonade. Discuss the history of the popular beverage and how people would chill their drinks in summers throughout history. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 6 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Wood Carving Lessons: Enjoy free wood carving lessons with the Northern Virginia Carvers. From noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Ages 12 and up. No reservations are required. There is a nominal charge for wood blanks. For more information, call 703-759-2771.