June 1: Recharge with Battery Lane
Summerbration – Battery Lane: Join the Reston Community Center for live entertainment of classic rock by Battery Lane under the stars. From 7 to 9 p.m. on the open-air piazza adjacent to Wiehle-Reston East Metro. All ages. Free; parking is free from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for concert. For more information, call 703-476-4500.
Also on Friday:
Animal Pajama Party: Put on your pajamas and come hear bedtime stories, meet animals and wish goodnight to the center’s live animals. Bring your favorite stuffed animal with you. From 7 to 7:45 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 3 to 7. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $6/child. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
Mount Vernon Nights: Considered a “songwriter’s songwriter,” David Wilcox songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar and a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotion. Bring a blanket and enjoy the first of a summer’s worth of outdoor concerts. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grist Mill Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
“California Suite”: Four couples from different cities travel to California over the course of a year and stay in the same Beverly Hills Hotel suite, bringing their problems, anxieties and comic marital dilemmas with them. Witty banter flies fast and furious in this popular theatrical comedy by Neil Simon. Brought to you by The Providence Players of Fairfax. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday (runs from June 1–16) at the James Lee Community Center. $20/adult, $17/senior or student. Buy tickets online. For more information or to buy tickets, call 703-425-6782.
June 2: Picnic Perfection
Pack a Summer Picnic with Chef Cal: Summer is the perfect time for a picnic. Whether you’re headed to the park, an outdoor show or your own backyard, Chef Cal Kraft has the pro tips and helpful advice you need to get you out the door and into the sunshine. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library. Adults and teens. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-978-5600.
Also on Saturday:
Orchid Repotting Workshop: Learn how to repot your orchids with the help of Smithsonian Gardens’ horticulturalist Sarah Hedean. She will demonstrate how to stake and repot orchids for improved health and display, and will then assist you in repotting your own. Learn about orchid containers, potting materials and when to repot. Bring up to two of your own orchids for a check up and repotting. From 10 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $38/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Sully District Open House/Stream Valley Tour: Learn about opportunities to give back, get outdoors and have fun in the community! Tour a nearby stream valley park to learn about the ways our community can protect precious natural resources. Plus, learn more about Park Authority volunteer opportunities, tap water production in Fairfax, mosquito and tick disease prevention tips, and summer RECenter classes. Meet Sully District Supervisor Kathy Smith and her staff – share your opinions on what matters most to you. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sully District Governmental Center. Free; donations for Western Christian Ministries’ summer food drive encouraged. For more information, call 703-814-7100.
Forgotten Fairfax – 33 Schoolhouses: There are only 33 buildings left in Fairfax County that were used as public schools prior to 1935. FCPS historian Jeff Clark will highlight several of these “forgotten” school buildings and their histories. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-293-6227.
All About Bats Campfire: Several bat species flit in the Virginia sky. Look for them as we head to our campfire where you learn fun bat facts and lore. Enjoy an American Indian story of how bats got their wings and then toast marshmallows over the embers. From 8 to 9 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $6/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1045.
Robert Krulwich – “Saddam Hussein’s Secret Octopus and Other Stories”: Co-host of NPR’s “Radiolab,” Robert Krulwich’s boundless curiosity and ability to explain complex subjects in compelling, entertaining ways has made him, as The New York Times said, “a storied figure in public radio history.” From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the CenterStage, Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. $30/person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-390-6167.
June 3: Ahoy Accotink!
Cardboard Boat Regatta: Enjoy a Springfield Days’ tradition. Witness this one-of-a-kind spectacle of epic cardboard creations and cheer on courageous crews racing for glory through the waters of Lake Accotink. Make this the year that you enter the race! There is a nominal fee to enter a boat in the contest. Mini-golf and food stands open all day. Judging takes place at 9 a.m. with races at 11 a.m. at Lake Accotink Park. All ages. $30/boat entry fee. Free admission; $5/vehicle parking. Rules and registration form. For more information, call 703-569-3464.
Also on Sunday:
Liberty – The American Revolution: Join professor Harry Butowsky for his six-part lecture series on the establishment of the United States of America and our independence from Britain. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Adults and teens. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-689-2700.