Aug. 3: A Fair Amount of Fun
70th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival Come to the 4-H Fair and Carnival for old-fashioned country fun with games, rides, exhibits, Big Truck event and a tractor pull. Runs through Aug. 5. From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Frying Pan Farm Park. Admission is free; parking is free on Friday. Cost for ride passes. Weekend parking is $10/car/day. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Also on Friday:
Summerbration – Anthony Swamp Dog Clark: End your week with some funk blues by Anthony Swamp Dog Clark. From 7 to 9 p.m. on the open-air plaza adjacent to Wiehle-Reston East Metro. Free; parking is also free from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for the concert. For more information, call 703-476-4500.
Spotlight by Starlight: Gold Top County Ramblers rock an acoustic, bluegrass form of music, mixing all kinds of music together from different musical eras and genres. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Mount Vernon Nights: In the mood for some country music? Southpaw Country was formed in 2016 by John Ireland and David Cotton as an outlet for their love of the Bakersfield Sound and vintage country rock. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grist Mill Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Braddock Nights – Lake Accotink: The Empty Bottle String specializes in playing toe-tapping, highly danceable traditional Appalachian music and is known for its upbeat fiddle tunes and feel-good music. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Braddock Nights – Royal Lake: International acoustic quartet Veronneau won this year’s Washington Area Music Association Wammie awards for Best Jazz Vocals, Jazz Recording and Jazz Band, delighting audiences in North America, Europe and beyond with its world jazz and pop. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Royal Lake. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Aug. 4: Brew for You
Workhouse Brewfest – 2018: This unique event features live performances by some of the region’s most popular bands, unique food trucks, access to air-conditioned art galleries and artist studios, plus excellent beer, spirits and wine. Sample products from craft breweries, artisan distilleries and wineries. From 1 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. $25/designated driver; $45/general admission; and $85/Hopstar VIP. Purchase tickets online or at site. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Also on Saturday:
123 Andrés: For one of the most exciting voices on the children’s music scene, come hear 123 Andrés. His music makes everyone sing, dance and learn – in Spanish and English. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Burke Lake Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Marsha and the Positrons: Marsha and the Positrons get audiences singing and dancing along to fun, original songs that inspire curiosity about science and how the world works, plus kid-appropriate pop covers and traditional favorites. From 10 to 11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Blue Sky Puppet Theater: “Pig Tales” is one of Blue Sky’s most popular shows, filled with audience participation and humor aimed at all ages. It traces a day in the life of three primary school pigs: Suzy, Chester and Buster. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Light Summer Fare with Chef Cal: The dog days of summer make it difficult and uncomfortable to cook. Chef Cal Kraft returns with light, easy and refreshing summer recipes you and your family will love. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library. Adults, teens. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-978-5600.
Starlight Cinema: The ever-popular “Little Mermaid” (rated PG) is the featured film for this first of the season’s outdoor cinema shows. Gates open at 6 p.m. with free games/activities/live entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m.; movie (83 minutes) begins at dark at 5860 Trinity Center Parkway. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.
Bavaria Cultural Heritage Night: Alt Washingtonia Schuhplattler Verein performs traditional Alpine dances from Germany and Austria, representing the many different aspects of the culture including the sounds of the long alphorns, yodeling and singing, cowbell-ringing and musical saw, accompanied by button-box accordion, zither and mountain dulcimer. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ossian Hall Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Music at Arrowbrook: More than just the Beatles, this nostalgic musical tribute spans the entire ‘60s British Invasion era with music from both sides of the Atlantic — iconic British groups such as The Zombies, Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, Herman’s Hermits, Gerry and the Pacemakers; the American response with The Monkees, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, Paul Revere & The Raiders; and an extraordinary finale with songs from the four lads that started it all – The Beatles! From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Arrowbrook Centre Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Aug. 5: Float Your Boat
Kayak the Marsh: Paddle Lake Accotink’s tranquil waters with a naturalist guide for an early morning view of wildlife. Glide past bald eagle nests on a single-seat kayak. Life preservers provided. No previous experience required. Boaters younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Canceled in the event of rain or unfavorable water levels. From 8 to 10 a.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Ages 13 and up. $30/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-569-3434.
Also on Sunday:
Kara and Matty D: One of our favorite summer bands is back and this time, it’s for the kiddies (and their families). From 5 to 6 p.m. at the McLean Central Park Gazebo, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd. Free. Free parking is available at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Spotlight by Starlight: Bluegrass harmonies, hot guitar playing and rockabilly rhythms – The Andrew Acosta Band including Rosser Clark, John Kaparakis, Harold Richmond and Dave Elliott, performs originals and favorites across the Americana spectrum. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).