August 24: Rockin’ Rockabilly
Mount Vernon Nights: Grammy-nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen can step on any stage, play those trademark licks that drove the seminal Commander Cody classic “Hot Rod Lincoln” into the top 10 nationwide and elicit instant recognition. He celebrates a musical tradition that embraces rock ‘n’ roll, blues and bluegrass, Texas Western swing and California honky-tonk. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grist Mill Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Also on Friday:
Music and Movement with Kofi Dennis: Come dance, sing and play musical instruments with Wolf Trap children’s performer Kofi Dennis. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at George Mason Regional Library. Ages 12 months to 5 years, accompanied by an adult. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-256-3800.
Summerbration – The Swingin’ Swamis: For party hits with swing dancers, plus dancing and instruction, you won’t want to miss The Swingin’ Swamis. 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.
Braddock Nights – Royal Lake: Mars Rodeo plays original, classic and modern rock with an extensive variety of songs that span from the ‘60s to today. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Royal Lake. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Braddock Nights – Lake Accotink: The Stacy Brooks Band has shared the stage with blues legends Sugar Blue, Bobby Parker, The Nighthawks, Billy Branch, Kenny Neal and Memphis Gold, to name a few. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Spotlight by Starlight – Tom Principato Band: Tom has been setting the Telecaster on fire all around the globe with some of the finest performers for more than 25 years, performing on dozens of blues recordings and making ground-breaking American music enjoyed by fans everywhere. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
August 25: Bloomin’ Begonias
33rd Annual Begonia Show and Sale: Come enjoy the many varieties of popular begonias from local growers. The sale offers a wide variety to choose from, including those hard-to-find subtropical species. From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at Green Spring Gardens. Free admission. For more information, call 703-323-7513.
Also on Saturday:
Coffee and Crime – The Sisters are in Lorton: Join a panel of writers from the Chesapeake Chapter of the Sisters in Crime as they talk about their new anthology of mystery stories, “Fur, Feathers and Felonies.” Bring your questions for the authors and we’ll provide the coffee and goodies. From 10:30 a.m. to noon at Lorton Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-339-7385.
Geometric Garden Terrarium Workshop: Enjoy the outdoors inside by creating a beautiful, hanging, geometric terrarium. Begonia enthusiast Johanna Zinn provides information on this versatile genus and teaches you techniques for creating the perfect terrarium. Modern metal terrarium, plants, soil and care instructions provided. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 16 and up. $63/person. Register online for both the workshop and supply fee. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Meadow Bug Hunt: The meadow is a-buzz with bug life. Come capture and release amazing insects and other arthropods. Learn the secret of this special meadow habitat. Insect jars and nets provided. Wear long pants and closed shoes; insect repellent optional. Bring a field guide if you have one. From 6 to 7 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Ages 2 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $6/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Starlight Cinema: “Coco” is this week’s featured film (PG). Gates open at 6 p.m. with free games/activities/live entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m.; movie (109 minutes) begins at dark at 5860 Trinity Center Parkway. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Mount Vernon Nights: Hear the Washington Balalaika Orchestra – musicians devoted to the study and performance of the music of Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe – perform on traditional instruments, the balalaika, domra and bayan, as well as folk wind and percussion. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Wetland at Dusk: Join park naturalists for a relaxing stroll through the park’s forest and wetland paths. Look and listen for wildlife settling down or waking up during the transition of day to night. From 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Adults. $9/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Music at Arrowbrook: GANGA’s songs are from the lush green Indian countryside, from the foothills of the Himalayas, from the 19th-century tea plantations that once reduced tribal people to slavery and from the minds of the people seeking a spiritual path to the divine. New compositions are featured for Tabla; Indian drums; sitar, flute and bass will also be featured. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Arrowbrook Centre Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
August 26: Tellin’ Tales
Tales from the Trench: As part of a centennial retrospective on World War I, Burke Historical Society President Jon Vrana presents stories and observations of life and death in the Great War. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-644-7333.