July 6: Down on the Bayou
Mount Vernon Nights: Squeeze Bayou plays traditional Cajun and zydeco dance music from southwestern Louisiana. You can laissez les bon temps rouler with them (let the good times roll). From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grist Mill Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Also on Friday:
Beast Academy: Are you a math or writing BEAST? Come show us how BEAST you are at math and writing during our advanced learning workshop. Defeat the Calamitous Clod by solving perplexing math problems! Or create your own Beastie character using adjectives, adverbs and storytelling skills! From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Thomas Jefferson Library. School-age children. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-573-1060.
Summerbration – Four Star Combo: Jumpstart your weekend with rockabilly music and sock hop dancers, including free dance instruction 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: Harpeth Rising is three classically trained musicians playing original music as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Braddock Nights – Lake Accotink: The City of Fairfax Band Association, Inc. includes an ensemble, the “Main Street Community Band” whose repertoire ranges from Baroque to Beatles, including works by Gabrieli, Stephen Foster and Holst, as well as some arrangements by members of the group. Enjoy this open air concert 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: Little Red’s sound is described as: “Just flat out fun – it’s an exuberant celebration of everything wonderful about American music, with a heavy emphasis on Zydeco and Cajun.” This band can easily glide from ‘Bon Ton Roulet’ to ‘Zydeco Beach Party’ to blues, country, conjunto and back again.” From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Royal Lake. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
July 7: Kid Comedy
The Great Zucchini: The wonder of magic, silliness of comedy and interactive nature of The Great Zucchini’s show keeps children on the edges of their seats. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Burke Lake Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Also on Saturday:
The Goodlife Theater: In “The Five Fabulous Senses,” the audience comes to the aid of a puppet who needs help acquiring the five senses and then travels back in time to meet hungry dinosaurs. From 10 to 11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
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. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Mount Vernon Nights: Enter the Haggis offers a Celtic-based explosion of blues, funk and rock with a show that is a musical feast – dynamic, emotionally uplifting and intellectually stimulating. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Japan Cultural Heritage Night: The Washington Toho Koto Society has brought traditional koto music to the U.S. for over 45 years in performances that promote understanding and friendship with Japan. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ossian Hall Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Music at Arrowbrook: For the last 50 years, Roomful of Blues has become legendary in the Blues world. Even though their lineup has changed over the years, the band has always been one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world. Come hear for yourself from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Arrowbrook Centre Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
July 8: Cool Fun
Ice Cream at Historic Huntley: Make and enjoy hand-cranked ice cream as Huntley’s Harris family may have done. Discover how the histories of ice cream and Huntley follow a similar path from elite luxury to family fare. A tour of the ice well and Historic Huntley House are included in the program. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Historic Huntley. Ages 2 and up. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Also on Sunday:
Dairy Days – Ice Cream Making and Butter: Come churn butter, crank ice cream, milk a fake cow, play 18th century games and experience the products of a historic dairy. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is recommended. From 1 to 2 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $7/person. Separate house tour cost. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-1794.
Sunday Afternoon Dance: Dancers of all skill levels are welcome to foxtrot, swing, cha-cha and waltz. Music selection ranges from golden oldies to today’s more modern dance selections. Three mini-lessons, door prizes and light refreshments add to the fun; partners not required. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Pay at door. For more information, call 703-390-6157.
Backtrack: Known for pushing the limits of a cappella, Backtrack’s family-friendly repertoire spans from past and present pop covers to classical and electronic music. The whole family will be dancing along to their unique vocal arrangements and world-class beatboxing 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, located at 1244 Oak Ridge Ave. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Sunday Country Western Dance: Line dance, two-step, shuffle and swing the night away to popular country-western tunes played by the Reston Community Center’s DJ. Dances are held monthly in the community room, which offers a spacious wooden dance floor and a smoke-free environment. Refreshments provided. No square or contra dancing, please. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Pay at door. For more information, call 703-390-6157.