Fairfax County Weekender — Aug. 9-11, 2019

Aug. 9: Right Back Atcha!

The Get Right Band: The Get Right Band is a psychedelic indie-rock power trio from Asheville, N.C., focused on following their muses to honest self-expression, to whatever excites them and pushes them into unexplored territory. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grist Mill Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.

Also on Friday:

Kayak Tour-Sunset over Riverbend: Experience day’s end with an upper Potomac River tour. Start with the basics and in a short time maneuver through the water. This is not a whitewater tour; no previous experience required. Kayaks are provided; one- and two-person kayaks are available. Download this waiver (PDF) and bring to the tour. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 14 and up. $41 per person. The tour will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Karen Collins & The Backroads Band: One of the Washington area’s top retro honky-tonk bands, it plays country music like it was played back then. In no time they’ll have you out on the dance floor doing a boot scootin’ two-step or snuggling up close for a buckle-polishing slow tune. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.


Aug. 10: The Block is Hot

29th Anniversary Block Party: Come out and celebrate the Old Firehouse’s 29 years serving the Greater McLean community. Activities Include: open house, live music, outdoor games, hot dogs, rock climbing wall, Old Firehouse history exhibit, popcorn, ice cream, airbrush tattoos, balloon twister and more! From 1 to 4 p.m. at the Old Firehouse Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Also on Saturday:

Accessing Health Mind/Body Series: Breathing Techniques: A monthly eight-session workshop on achieving mind/body health utilizing various techniques. Attend one, all or some. From 10:30 a.m. to noon at Richard Byrd Library. Adults. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-8055.

Irish Dance: The Foley Academy for an Irish Dance will perform several Irish step dances to traditional Irish music. Afterwards, audience members can join the dancers for an interactive lesson. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Chantilly Regional Library. All ages. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-502-3883.

Geocaching Workshop: Learn to use hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) units to locate hidden treasure caches. After entering latitude and longitude coordinates into a GPS, follow the coordinates to find a hidden object, container or unique geological feature. Bring your own GPS; a limited number are available to borrow from instructor at class. From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Burke Lake Park. Ages 8 and up. $22 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Boardwalk Astronomy: What’s new in the night sky? Join park naturalists for a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. From 8 to 10 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 12 and up. $9 per person. This event will be canceled in the event of rain or other severe weather. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Children’s Concert: Interactive experiences with the audience, especially for young, first-time concertgoers. Participation by all is encouraged. Each concert offers an introduction to each musician, their instrument, their role creating music and a wide variety of musical selections from classical music to the familiar music of today. Learn about musical instruments in a fun family setting. From 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Burke Lake Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.

Wonderful Wildlife: Fairfax County may not be home to lions and tigers and bears, but we are 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 ladybugs. Presented by Hidden Oaks Nature Center naturalists. From 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Mason District Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.


Aug. 11: All Aboard

Last Train Home: The acclaimed Americana band combines rock, country, blues, bluegrass, folk and a little Tin Pan Alley into one singular sound. Led by former Washington Post journalist Eric Brace, LTH has more than a dozen Washington area music awards to its name and tours the U.S. and the world. 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:

Sunday Afternoon Dance: Dancers of all skill levels can drop in to foxtrot, swing, cha-cha and waltz to music from golden oldies to today’s more modern dance selections. A mini-lesson, door prizes and light refreshments add to the fun; partners are not required. There is no 55+ discount. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Ages 18 and up. $5 Reston (bring proof of Reston residency or employment)/$10 Non-Reston. For more information, call 703-390-6157.

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