July 19: Summer Jams
Natty Beaux: Natty Beaux is a new fun-lovin’, finger-snappin’, hoppin’ and boppin’ combo featuring musicians from Billy Coulter Band, The Junkyard Saints, Alexandria Kleztet and Western Bop. Folks just can’t sit still when they hear ‘em play toe-tappin’ numbers from Louis Prima, Ray Charles, Louis Jordan, Bobby Darin, Elvis, Gene Vincent, Nat King Cole, Jerry Lee Lewis and more. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.
Memphis Gold: “He is the genuine article, perhaps a throwback to the blues men of yore who learned their licks at the knee of legendary patriarch like Charlie Patton. And having done so, serves as one of the last links to the days when cotton was king on the Mississippi Delta.” – Larry Benicewicz, Music Monthly. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.
Also on Friday:
Junior 18-hole Tournament: Junior golfers compete in an 18-hole individual stroke tournament. Players compete in 3 age divisions: 10 & under, 11 – 13, 14 – 17. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in all divisions. Closest to the pin contests. From 8 a.m. to noon at Burke Lake Golf Center. Registration begins 30 days prior to event. Rain date: July 26. $25/Jr. program members, $35/non-jr. program members. Includes lunch. Fee due at time of registration. Call 703-323-1641 to register.
Dairy Days-Ice Cream Making & Butter: Churn butter, crank ice cream, milk a fake cow, play 18th century games, and experience the products of a historic dairy. From 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sully Historic Site. Ages 5 and up. $8 per person. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is recommended. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tour the historic house for a separate cost. For more information, call 703-437-1794.
RCC Fun Around Town – Ice Cream Social: Join us as we provide recreation activities for children age 6 – 12 and their families. All activities are free and open to the public. Children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by a parent. From 6 to 8 p.m. at Island Walk Community Center. Free. For more information call 703-390-6158.
July 20: En Garde!
The Art of the Sword: Interactive Fencing Demonstration with the Fairfax Fencers: Often referred to as a physical game of chess, fencing requires both physical prowess and mental ability. Join us for an educational and interactive experience with the Fairfax Fencers, an elite fencing club in Chantilly. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Chantilly Regional Library. Ages 8 and up. Free. For more information, call 703-502-3883.
Also on Saturday:
Lichens Hike & Sketch: What happens when a fungus and an algae take a lichen to each other? Join local artist and naturalist Margaret Wohler to learn all about this hybrid organism, identify those greenish patches seen on trees and rocks, and learn how to draw the textures defining lichen colonies. Keep a complimentary field sketch book and drawing materials, courtesy of the RunningBrooke Fund. From 10 a.m. to noon at Huntley Meadows Farm. Ages 10 and up. $15 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Walking on the Moon: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s historic moon walk, eat s’mores and learn scientific and historical facts about the moon and what the moon meant to Virginia’s Native Americans and colonists. From 8:30 to 10 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 8 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Kayak Tour-Wildlife of the Potomac: Watch for deer foraging on the islands, osprey and bald eagles searching for fish and more as we paddle through this wildlife-rich section of the Potomac River. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. Kayaks provided, one person per kayak. Download this waiver and bring completed to tour. This tour will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 14 and up. $41 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Thrillbillys: Meet Johnny Castle, David Kitchen, Robbie Magruder and Andy Rutherford, four performers with several Wammie nominations under their belts and a ton of singer-songwriter, guitar and bass credits to their names. See and hear why this rockabilly band won a Wammie for Best Debut Recording. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.
Break Out and Tap: Put on those tap shoes that have been sitting in your closet and head on over to the “Break Out and Tap!” Workshop! This workshop is geared towards beginners and will incorporate both street and Broadway styles of tap. Tap dancing will help you gain flexibility in your ankles, learn how to use your body in new ways, and get you out of your normal routine. So come! Learn a tap warm up or two, go across the floor, and dance your heart out to a combo or two! From noon to 2 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Adults. $50 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
July 21: Step it Up
The Capitol Steps: Capitol Steps began in 1981 as a group of Senate staffers satirizing the very people and place that employed them. Not all of the current members are former Capitol Hill staffers, but the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. They’ve recorded more than 30 albums, including their latest, “Take the Money and Run for President,” and have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS. 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:
Justin Trawick and the Common Good: Somewhere in-between John Prine and Jason Mraz lies Justin Trawick. With a raw, emotional take on Americana, Justin Trawick and the Common Good take the genre to exciting new places. 5 p.m. at McLean Central Park Gazebo. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-790-0123.