July 26: Ladies Night
Ladies in the Day: A collage of voices will melt your soul and take you on a journey with four extraordinary women featuring the glam, beauty and fashion of yesteryears and the music of Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, Etta James and more. 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:
Grandpa’s Farm Show: Goodlife Theater’s music and puppets take you on an imaginary journey to Grandpa’s farm. Cosponsored by the Friends of Thomas Jefferson Library. From 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-573-1060.
The Alexandria Singers: Performing various types of American popular music, the chorus has dazzled audiences abroad and in countless area venues such as the Kennedy Center, Verizon Center, the White House and DAR Constitution Hall. The Singers maintain their commitment to the Alexandria community by singing at local shopping malls, senior centers and community shelters. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grist Mill Park. Free. All ages. For more information, call 703-324-7469.
July 27: Across the Pond
The British Invasion Years: More than just the Beatles, this nostalgic musical tribute spans the entire ‘60s British Invasion era with music from both sides of the Atlantic. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Arrowbrook Centre Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324 7469.
Also on Saturday:
Mountain Songs and Stories With the Dulcimer: Legendary mountain dulcimer virtuoso Madeline MacNeil and historian Ralph Lee Smith present stories and songs of the mountains with singalongs and a display of old dulcimers. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at City of Fairfax Regional Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-293-6227.
Obliged to Cook – The Legacy of Enslaved Cooks: The voices and stories of the enslaved men and women who labored in Virginia’s 18th-century kitchens are often hidden in their recipes and oral history. Their legacy is found in the lasting presence of African-American foodways in American cuisine. From noon to 2 p.m. at the Sully Historic Site. Ages 5 and up. $8 per person. Register online (and walk-ins welcome). For more information, call 703-437-1794.
Peruvian Cultural Heritage Night – “Centro Cultural Peru”: Celebrate Peru’s cultural heritage with dance and music. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ossian Hall Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.
July 28: It’s for the Birds
Birding for Beginners: Interested in birding? We can get you started. Learn about the park’s birds and some basic identification skills. From 8 to 11 a.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, begins with an indoor discussion. Ages 12 and up. $12 per person. Children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Also on Sunday:
Fast Eddie and The Slowpokes: Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes are guaranteed to get you up on your feet with a playlist is inspired by classic blues material from Chicago to West Coast swing, Motown to Muscle Shoals and all the rock ‘n’ roll in between. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.
Sunday Art in the Park with GRACE: Greater Reston Art Center, in cooperation with Reston Community Center, welcomes visitors during July to drop-in. In addition to the concert series, there will be creative art activities for all ages. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Reston Town Square Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-390-6175.