July 13: Up a Creek
Creek Adventure Wagon Ride: Bring an adventurous spirit and shoes that can get wet to explore Rocky Run on this wagon ride. From 7 to 8 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Ages 2 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $7/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Also on Friday:
Storytime with a Deputy Sheriff: Join a deputy from the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office for stories, songs, rhymes and other activities to build your child’s early literacy skills. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library. Ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Free; register online. For more information, call 703-768-6700.
Summerbration – Oasis Island Sounds: Get you lost in the reggae, mon, with Oasis Island Sounds. From 7 to 9 p.m. on the open-air plaza adjacent to Wiehle-Reston East Metro. All ages. 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: Eilen Jewell and her husband and bandmate, Jason Beek, have a passion for studying American music that translates to their alt-country sound. 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: CAMMO’s Voices of Service showcases veterans’ and active duty service members’ talent. They represent the diversity and excellence that exists within our military and veteran communities. 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: Karl Stoll and the Danger Zone is a high-energy, houserockin’ blues band from the DC area. Their music is a unique mix of danceable rockin’ blues featuring original songs as well as the sounds of blues masters such as Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. 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: Gina DeSimone and The Moaners are a blues and swing foursome who play an eclectic mix of music from all eras. The Moaners have made their mark on the DC music scene with unrelentingly danceable tunes and fun-loving humor. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Royal Lake. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
July 14: War Stories
Unknown Civil War Incidents in Fairfax County: Local author Don Hakenson will present interesting Civil War stories from Fairfax County you may not have heard. Learn about Col. John Mosby’s fight at Dranesville; Pony Ormsby, who deserted from the Union, joined Mosby, was caught by his unit and executed in Vienna; Stuart’s ride to Gettysburg; and the closest penetration of Confederate troops to Alexandria. Books will be available for purchase and signing. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-790-8088.
Also on Saturday:
Rocknoceros: This sensational three-man band hailing from Fairfax performs original children’s songs and much-loved favorites. NPR calls it, “An outstanding mix of folk and rock…literate songs….multi-generational appeal.” From 10 to 11 a.m. at Burke Lake Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
The Great Zucchini: The wonder of magic, silliness of comedy and interactive nature of The Great Zucchini’s show keeps children on the edge of their seats. From 10 to 11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
The Goodlife Theater: In the “Five Fabulous Senses,” the audience comes to the aid of a puppet who needs help in acquiring the five senses and then travels back in time to meet hungry dinosaurs. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Jacks are Wild: Come see Jack Russell terriers Mario and Bella perform fun and amazing tricks. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Martha Washington Library. Ages 6 to 12. Free. For more information, call 703-768-6700.
Mount Vernon Nights: Machaya is a nationally acclaimed band playing authentic klezmer, Yiddish, Israeli, international, swing, rock and classical music. The band masters the style, feeling and dynamism of authentic East European Jewish music and carries on an exciting dialogue in that free-style improvisational mode that characterizes true klezmer music. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
German Cultural Heritage Night: The “Alte Kameraden” is the German band unit of the City of Fairfax Band. The “Old Comrades” introduce audiences to the lush, spirited festmusik played by Bavarian bands. The ensemble is an authentic blaskapelle wind band that performs music of the Alpine village bands. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ossian Hall Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Music at Arrowbrook: Hello Stranger includes Dale Jett, Teresa Jett and Oscar Harris. Dale is a third-generation member of the legendary Carter Family and strives to carry on the tradition of his family’s music. This ensemble provides the closest link possible to the music of the original Carter Family. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Arrowbrook Centre Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
July 15: They Were Here First
Virginia’s Indian Heritage: Dr. Karenne Wood with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Virginia Indian Program will discuss the history and culture of Virginia’s Native Americans. From 3 to 4 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-644-7333.
Also on Sunday:
Oh He Dead: Perhaps best described as “rock and soul,” Oh He Dead mixes classic R&B, funk and folk with deliciously addictive songwriting. With stirring harmonies and Motown influences, you’ll be moving to the rhythm. 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: Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends and community. He will perform with The DonJuans. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).