June 29: A Little Bit of Soul
Spotlight by Starlight: Lori Williams, the lead vocalist of the Washington-based jazz ensemble Lori Williams and Friends, will wow you with her dynamic presence and combination of soul and technical prowess reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Also on Friday:
Summerbration – Elikeh: Back again this year, Elikeh entertains with Afro pop music, African dancers and 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 free from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for concert. For more information, call 703-476-4500.
Mount Vernon Nights: Come hear the Harmony Heritage Singers, the Mount Vernon chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, harmonize. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grist Mill Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
June 30: The Rocket’s Red Glare
Celebrate Independence Day at Lake Fairfax: The full day of fun includes fireworks, food and family activities! Food vendors will set up near the park’s main office. Campgrounds are available for an overnight stay. Reservations are highly recommended as the campground fills quickly. Park opens at 7 a.m.; Water Mine opens at 10 a.m. with activities throughout the day and fireworks at approximately 9:15 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park. $10/vehicle parking. For more information or to reserve a camping space, call 703-471-5415.
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 Burke Lake Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
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. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Basic Pruning Techniques for Azaleas: Learn to prune like a pro with this lecture and walk of the White Gardens led by Peter Deahl of The Pruning School. Gain skills and insight into shaping and rejuvenating your azaleas to make them more beautiful and healthy. Learn how to care for and sharpen your pruning equipment. Bring gloves and pruners. Directions to the White Gardens will be emailed before class. From 10 a.m. to noon at White Gardens, 6711 Princess Anne Lane, Falls Church. Please note this location has no restroom facilities. Adults. $23/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Gentle Yoga: Explore yoga techniques to stretch, strengthen and relax. No experience needed. Please bring a mat or towel. From 11 a.m. to noon at Sherwood Regional Library. Adults. Free; register online. For more information, call 703-765-3645.
“Trail Magic – The Grandma Gatewood Story”: See this fascinating documentary about the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. The year? 1955. Her age? 67. Be inspired! From 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-293-6227.
Workhouse Fireworks: Fireworks race skyward and illuminate the Northern Virginia landscape in an expertly choreographed display of pyrotechnic light and thunder launched from the historic, 55-acre campus. The U.S. Navy Band Commodores – the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble – will treat guests to the very best of big band jazz music in the Rizer Pavilion at the center of the Workhouse’s completely renovated Quad. The nearly 30-minute fireworks show follows the performance. From 5 to 10 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Admission is free; $20/parking (cash only). VIP tickets available for $75/person (limited availability); buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
July 1: We Got the Beat
Black Masala: DC’s own Balkan and funk-music inspired brass band dishes out a heaping helping of dance grooves with multicultural influences. This award-winning group will have you dancing to the beat. 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.
Also on Sunday:
Spotlight by Starlight: Led by music director Christopher Johnston, the NOVA Annandale Summer Pops Orchestra has been performing a wide range of music embracing different cultures since 1994. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).