Fairfax County Weekender — August 17-19, 2018

August 17: Soulful Brass

Spotlight by Starlight: DuPont Brass has grown from five Howard University music majors trying to raise money for tuition during the Christmas season to an eight-piece ensemble consisting of brass, a rhythm section and vocalists. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

Also on Friday:

Summerbration – Cristian Perez Band: Take a trip without going far to enjoy world jazz. 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.

Mount Vernon Nights: With instrumentation consisting of acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, mandolin and pedal steel, Justin Trawick and The Common Good’s live performance plays fast and loose with the “Americana” genre, performing heartfelt ballads followed by raucous bluegrass melodies and even moments of hip-hop verses. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grist Mill Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

Braddock Nights – Royal Lake: Meet Johnny Castle, David Kitchen, Robbie Magruder and Andy Rutherford, known as The Thrillbillys, and see and hear why this rockabilly band won a Wammie for Best Debut Recording. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Royal Lake. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

Braddock Nights – Lake Accotink: “Alte Kameraden” is the German Band unit of the City of Fairfax Band. Since 1977, the Old Comrades have introduced American audiences to the lush, spirited festmusik played by Bavarian bands. The ensemble is an authentic blaskapelle wind band that performs music of Alpine village bands. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

Campfire Friday Nights: Come out for an evening campfire, s’mores, animals and more. Each night in this summer program features a different topic and different areas of the park will be explored. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 3 and up. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.


August 18: Balance and Harmony

Sahaja Yoga Meditation Workshop: The Sahaja Yoga meditation workshop is perfect for beginners. You will learn how to connect with your inner energy and achieve a state of peace. In the silence, inner joy flourishes and brings balance and harmony to everything we do. Music and light refreshments. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Burke Centre Library. Ages 16 and up. Free; register online. For more information, call 703-249-1520.

Also on Saturday:

The grandsons jr.: The grandsons, jr. is the kids’ band version of DC-area roots rock superstars, The Grandsons. Kids and their parents will dig the upbeat mix of rock, swing, New Orleans R&B, country and Latin music. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Burke Lake Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

Mr. Gabe & the Circle Time All-Stars: Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Stars perform a danceable mix of traditional sing-alongs, family-friendly pop songs and original children’s songs. From 10 to 11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

123 Andrés: One of the most exciting voices on the children’s music scene, 123 Andrés makes everyone sing, dance and learn – in Spanish and English. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

Starlight Cinema: “Lego Batman” (PG) is this week’s featured film. Gates open at 6 p.m. with free games/activities/live entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m.; movie (104 minutes) begins at dark at 5860 Trinity Center Parkway. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

Mount Vernon Nights: From sentimental Southern ballads to the popular songs of Tin Pan Alley to regional fiddle breakdowns, a Bill and the Belles show is a celebration of the diversity country music once represented. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

Historic Desserts: Join a historian and learn about the Machens, who lived at Walney in the 19th century, and how they might have made dessert. Try making raspberry dumplings with homemade ice cream. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Ages 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Irish Cultural Heritage Night: Irish Breakfast performs music and dance in the Irish tradition featuring fiddles and flutes, piano and hammered dulcimer, cello, guitar, vocals, mandolins, banjo, bouzouki, bass, bones and bodhran (Irish drum). From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ossian Hall Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

Music at Arrowbrook: The David Bach Consort is a spirited and eclectic group that excites crowds with their unique jazz. They have performed at the historic Blues Alley, Jazzmatazz with B.B. King, the Rosslyn Jazz Festival, Artscape, Virginia Wine Festival and the Lancaster Jazz Festival. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Arrowbrook Centre Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).


August 19: Nature’s Treasure

Pirate Treasure Hunt: Follow a treasure map to collect clues and natural treasures along a half-mile woodland and stream trail. Friendly pirate naturalists share nature’s wonders including live animals, plants, rocks and life under logs. You’ll also make a craft. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Groups leave every 15 minutes. Canceled in the event of heavy rain. Ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $7/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1045.

Also on Sunday:

Spotlight by Starlight: Throughout the years, the Airmen of Note have presented their exciting brand of big band jazz to audiences across the U. S. and dozens of countries in Europe and Asia, as well as back home in the Washington, D.C. area. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

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