June 28: Funk Soul Brother
King Soul: Born of a mutual passion for the deep, down-home sounds of an earlier time, King Soul brings real Southern Soul, featuring original songs, gritty vocals, a slamming horn section and driving rhythms. 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:
Wonderful Wildlife: Fairfax County is home to many strange and interesting wild animals. Learn about native snakes, turtles, amphibians, birds and even a few friendly insects. Meet and greet several animals and release live native ladybugs. From 10 to 10:55 a.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 2 to 11. $6 per child. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
Kayak Tour-Sunset over Riverbend: Experience day’s end with an upper Potomac River tour. Start with the basics and in a short time maneuver through the water. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience is required. Kayaks are provided; one- and two-person kayaks are available. Download waiver and bring completed to tour. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 14 and up. $41 per person. This tour will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
June 29: Fireworks Frenzy
Celebrate Independence Day: Get the nation’s birthday party started early with a day of celebration. The park opens at dawn and the fun continues until the last fireworks disappear from the sky after dark. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park. All ages. Free (parking $10 per vehicle). For more information, call 703-471-5414.
Workhouse Fireworks: A nearly 30-minute fireworks show follows our Rizer Pavilion musical performance by the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters and will dazzle visitors with an incredible display of vibrant colors, bright lights and ground-shaking explosions. From 5 to 10 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. All ages. Free (parking $25-30). Purchase parking passes online. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Also on Saturday:
Silence of the Himalayas: A photo and video exhibition, live sitar music, Indian classical vocal and poetry will immerse you in a meditative aura of the most spiritual and enigmatic place on Earth – the Himalayas region. Presented by Sahaja Yoga Meditation in collaboration with UNESCO Body and Mind Wellness Club. Light refreshments. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Burke Centre Library. Teens and adults. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-249-1520.
Dances of India-Ancient to Modern: Learn and celebrate the dances of India, from ancient to modern, with Ms. Archana Chaya. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Richard Byrd Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-451-8055.
Jailhouse Rock on the Range: A unique and one-of-a-kind event with music by Northern Virginia-based bands Skeleton Crew and Rusty Cage. Proceeds benefit The First Tee of Greater Washington D.C. 5 p.m. at Laurel Hill Golf Club. All ages. Kids $10/Adults $15. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-493-8849.
Canoeing Tour: Experience the upper Potomac’s beautiful scenery and wildlife. Start with an introduction to canoeing basics and then head out onto the river with an instructor. This is not a whitewater tour and no previous experience is required. Paddling and safety gear is provided. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 16 and up. $41 per person. This program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Community Workshop with Artist Ben Volta: An intergenerational community workshop with the artist selected to create a permanent public artwork at Colts Neck Road underpass at Hunters Woods at Trails Edge. From noon to 3 p.m. at Hunters Woods at Trails Edge. All ages. Free. For more information call, 703-880-1177.
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Children’s Concert: An interactive experience with the audience, especially for young, first-time concertgoers. Each concert offers an introduction to each musician, their instrument, their role creating music and a wide variety of musical selections from classical to the familiar music of today. From 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.
June 30: Colorful Culture
Padmarani Rasiah Cantu: Bharatha Natyam, an ancient classical dance form of India is one of the world’s oldest art forms. It begins with special movements of the limbs and intricate rhythmic footwork, then storytelling through hand gestures and facial expressions and concludes with a brilliant exposition of pure rhythm. Colorful costumes, sparking jewelry and ankle bells complement this traditional presentation. 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:
Run of the Mill: Learn about the milling process from beginning to end. This hands-on program teaches you how we clean, mill and sift grains using antique equipment. All participants get to take home a souvenir sample bag of what is milled during class. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Ages 6 and up. $20 per person. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-2771.
Sonia de Los Santos: Praised on Billboard’s “Best Latin Kids Music” list, Sonia de Los Santo’s bilingual children’s album “¡AlegrÍa!” celebrates everyday themes that bring joy and weaves together styles from across the Americas. 5 p.m. at Mclean Central Park Gazebo. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-790-0123.