June 7: It’s a Celebration
38th Annual Celebrate Fairfax! Festival: Live concerts on eight stages, Inova Children Hospitals’s Avenue, a petting zoo, the Fairfax County Karaoke Championship, carnival rides, great festival foods and nightly fireworks. This year’s Bud Light Main Stage will feature top national headline performers: Better than Ezra on Friday night, and Smash Mouth on Saturday. From 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. June 7-9 at the Government Center. All ages. $5-32 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-222-9784.
Also on Friday:
Exercise to Beat Dementia, Diabetes and Disease: Dr. William Shang, author of “The FIRST Program: Fighting Insulin Resistance with Strength Training,” explains how applying resistance exercise as part of a structured exercise routine can treat a variety of diseases and conditions. Books for sale and signing. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Dolley Madison Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-356-0770.
West Potomac High School Jazz Band: West Potomac High School boasts one of the very best band programs in Fairfax County. Hear them from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grist Mill Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.
Main Street Brass Quintet: Bring friends and family to enjoy a night of fun music to celebrate the start of summer. From 7 to 8 p.m. at Old Town Plaza. All ages. Free. For more information, call 571-336-2322.
June 8: Fun at Frying Pan
Weekend Fun on the Farm: Wade in the creek, make mud pies, build forts. Lunch will be picked from the vegetable garden or roasted around the campfire. Learn how to shell peas, shuck corn, and spit watermelon seeds!. From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 7-12. $60 per child. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Also on Saturday:
Meet Author Winifred Conkling: Author of the book “Votes for Women!,” “Radioactive” and others. “Votes for Women!” explores suffragists’ often powerful, sometimes difficult relationship with the intersecting temperance and abolition campaigns and includes an unflinching look at some of the uglier moments in women’s fight for the vote. From 3 to 6 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-644-7333.
Ancient Plants Sketch Hike: Join artist and naturalist Margaret Wohler to learn about and sketch the ferns, moss and their allies on a 1.5 mile walk (flat terrain) while keeping a complimentary field sketch book. All drawing materials included, courtesy of the RunningBrooke Fund. From 10 a.m. to noon at Huntley Meadows. Ages 13 and up. $15 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Summer Scramble: Teams of two compete in a nine-hole, scramble format (captain’s choice). 1 p.m. at Jefferson District Golf Course. Ages 8 and up. $75/per team. Fee due at the time of registration and includes food and prizes. Rain date is June 15. Call 703-573-0444 to register.
Pond Fest: Explore the Pohick Stream Valley with a twilight pond and stream study, a swamp walk, fishing and campfire. Celebrate with the whole family the variety of life our watershed offers. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 3 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.
“Beauty and the Beast”: Creative Cauldron presents the Broadway Disney version of the classic fairytale. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Creative Cauldron. Through June 23, dates and times vary. $16-$32 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-436-9948.
“The Wild West of Comedy Shows”: Calamity Improv group explores on the spot comedy in the town of Scriptless Gulch while the town’s sheriff keeps them in line. Audience participation highly encouraged. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Artspace Herndon. Adults. Free. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Around the World in 80 Minutes”: Join the Fairfax Choral Society’s musical journey around the world with stops in America, Canada, Europe, Asia. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Providence Presbyterian Church. All ages. $5-$40. Purchase tickets online. For more information, call 703-642-3277.
John Eaton in Concert: The local legend, spectacular jazz pianist, brilliant historian and quite funny to boot presents an afternoon of Great American Songbook tunes. 2 p.m. at McLean Community Center. All ages. $30, non-McLean/$20, McLean. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
June 9: Carnivorous Plants
“Little Shop of Horrors”: The deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. 2 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Through June 30, dates and times vary. Adults. $20-35 per person. Purchase tickets online. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Also on Sunday:
Sunday Afternoon Dance: Dancers of all skill levels convene the second Sunday of the month to foxtrot, swing, cha-cha and waltz. Music selection ranges from golden oldies to today’s more modern dance selections. A mini lesson, door prizes and light refreshments add to the fun; partners are not required. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Ages 18 and up. $5, Reston/$10, non Reston. For more information, call 703-390-6157.