Fairfax County Weekender — Aug. 23-25, 2019

Aug. 23: Strawberry Fields Forever

The Apple Core: For almost a decade, the Apple Core has been bringing to life the music of the Beatles in meticulous detail with lush vocal harmonies, infectious energy and instrumental virtuosity. Come on a magical mystery tour filled with rapture and excitement and envelop yourself in the beautiful and timeless melodies of those lads from Liverpool. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park . All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.

Also on Friday:

Owl Prowl and Campfire: Join a naturalist for a night hike to learn about the different owls that can be found in the park. Listen for calls and learn about how owls can navigate the night and then enjoy s’mores at a campfire. The program runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 8 and up. $8/per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

The Pietasters: These guys and a girl grew up in and around Washington, D.C., when the scene was small and all the punks, skins and mods intermixed. This varied influence informed the covers that the Pietasters played and the originals they wrote trying to emulate their favorite bands. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Royal Lake Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.


Aug. 24: Floral Fanatics

33rd Annual Begonia Show: Feast your eyes on this show sponsored by the Potomac branch of the American Begonia Society. Be tempted with splashes of color and shapes for homes and greenhouses that last long after frosts have put outdoor gardens to bed. The sale offers a wide variety of begonias, including subtropical species. From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Also on Saturday:

Dances of India: Learn Some exciting Indian dance moves from different types of dances with Meeta Bhatnagar. From 4 to 5 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-644-7333.

Life-Size Hungry Hungry Hippos: How hungry are you? Play a round or two of the life-size version of the classic board game with your friends and see who will be crowned Hungry Hungry Hippos champion. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Chantilly Regional Library. Teens. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-502-3883.

Canoeing Tour: Experience the upper Potomac’s beautiful scenery and wildlife. Start with an introduction to canoeing basics, then head out onto the river with an instructor. This is not a whitewater tour and no previous experience is required. There will be three people per canoe, one of whom must be 16 or older. Paddling and safety gear is provided. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 16 and up. $41/per person. Register online. The tour will be canceled in the event of weather or hazardous river conditions. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Soul Crackers: The music encompasses Memphis and Motown soul and features timeless songs by artists like Sam & Dave, Average White Band, Martha & The Vandellas and Wilson Pickett. Soul Crackers grew up with this music and honor it with the legitimacy of a crackerjack soul horn band from the ‘60s. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Arrowbrook Centre Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.


Aug. 25: Butterfly Beauties

Monarch & More: Learn to identify monarch and other butterflies and discover their fascinating life cycle. Visit a monarch waystation and native butterfly garden. The nature center raises monarchs annually for tagging and release, but due to the dramatic decline in the monarch butterfly population, wild monarchs may not be available for tagging. If available, at least one monarch will be tagged during the program. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. $7/per person. Register online. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

Pokémon Scavenger Hunt: 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. School-age children. For more information, call 703-757-8560.

“She Persisted” Art Exhibit: Collection inspired by: Resilience. Personal experience of being torn down and disregarded then having to build oneself up from rock bottom by learning how to build upon rubble and make something strong out of the very items meant to degrade you. Opening weekend (exhibit runs through Nov. 10). Times vary at the Workhouse Arts Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-584-2900.

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