July 27: Heroes in the Skies
“Fly Girls” – Meet the Author: “Fly Girls” is the story of unsung American women who served as pilots in World War II. Author Patricia Pearson will bring their heroic stories to light and share her insights on the writing process. Prepare to be inspired! From 2 to 3 p.m. at Centreville Regional Library. Grades 5 and up. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-830-2223.
Also on Friday:
Summerbration – Alfredo Mojica and Friends: For Latin music with dance instruction, come out to hear Alfredo Mojica and Friends. 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: Chris Urquiaga is a singer-songwriter and pianist whose music consists of original pop, R&B and Latin songs in English, Spanish and Portuguese. 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: Chaise Lounge performs a blend of music lounge jazz and swing that sounds like it was recorded at Capitol Recording Studios in 1962 and somehow found its way to today’s pop charts. You might call it “Early Stereo.” 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: As a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Marian McLaughlin aims to push musical boundaries. Weaving together imaginative lyrics, intricate classical guitar work and rhapsodic delivery, she creates insightful songs in the folk and chamber music genres. Marian is hoping to release her third studio album, Lake Accotink, sometime this fall. Lake Accotink is an environmental song cycle about humanity’s multifaceted relationship with nature. 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: 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 them play toe-tapping 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 Royal Lake. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Moon Night Gathering: Learn about each full moon’s name that relates back to American Indian folklore. July’s full moon is named the Full Buck Moon and the Full Hay Moon, as this is the time of year to make hay. View the moon through telescopes, take a short walk around the farm and enjoy a theme-related dessert. From 8:45 to 10 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 7 and up. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
July 28: Raptor Rapture
Live Owl and Hawk Fest: Meet birds of prey presented by wildlife rehabilitator and artist Lois Auer. Explore how these birds’ adaptations enable them to be agile hunters and find out which species live in Fairfax County and what is inside an owl pellet. From 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $7/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1045.
Also on Saturday:
Marsha and the Positrons: Marsha and the Positrons get audiences singing and dancing along to fun, original songs that inspire curiosity about science and how the world works, plus kid-appropriate pop covers and traditional favorites! They send families home with smiles on their faces and plant the seeds for good conversations. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Burke Lake Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Blue Sky Puppet Theater: “Pig Tales” is one of Blue Sky’s most popular shows, filled with audience participation and humor aimed at all ages. It traces a day in the life of three primary school pigs: Suzy, Chester and Buster. From 10 to 11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
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 Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
The Uncle Devin Show: Journey through the land of percussion as you hear and play different instruments. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Herndon Fortnightly Library. All ages. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-437-8855.
My Reptile Guys: See live snakes, lizards and other reptiles. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Kingstowne Library. Also from 2:30 to 3:15 at Reston Regional Library. Ages 6 to 12. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-339-4610 (Kingstowne) or 703-689-2700 (Reston).
Mount Vernon Nights: Mariachi Los Amigos truly are what their name depicts: a group of friends who share a passion for the lively, extroverted sound of mariachi music. Traditionally found at weddings, birthdays, saint’s day celebrations and rural dances, mariachi music’s upbeat style was used to inspire celebration at special occasions in Mexico. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Peru 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. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Music at Arrowbrook: The Get Right Band is “hip-shaking, earthquaking pure funk fun” (The Alternate Root). Combining catchy, clever, honest songwriting with musical expertise and fearless improvisation, their live show of funk, rock and reggae promises to move your head, heart and hips. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Arrowbrook Centre Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
July 29: British Invasion
The English Channel: Now this is the kind of British invasion we like. The English Channel plays favorites of the ‘60s and ‘70s including songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and others. 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.
Also on Sunday:
Burke Historical Society Presents “Everything Fairfax”: Susan Gray of the Fairfax Museum recounts the history of other places named Fairfax, along with a look at collectibles and ephemera from some of these places. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-644-7333.
Spotlight by Starlight: For some vintage American roots, country and rock ‘n’ roll, come out to hear The Hall Brothers with Wammie Award-winning Chick Hall on lead guitar. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).