June 8: The Fair-est of Them All
Celebrate Fairfax! Festival: Northern Virginia’s largest community-wide celebration will take place June 8-10 at the Fairfax County Government Center. The 25-acre site will be magically filled with fascinating sights and sounds of exhibitors, food vendors and interactive activities. Celebrate Fairfax! showcases live concerts, Innovation Health Children’s Avenue, a petting zoo, the Fairfax County Karaoke Championship, carnival rides and great festival foods. Fireworks are a highlight of the festival on Friday and Saturday nights. This year’s Main Stage will feature top national headline performers: Good Charlotte, Gin Blossoms and Sugar Ray. For more information including tickets, times, etc., view the Celebrate Fairfax website or call 703-324-FAIR (3247).
Also on Friday:
Summerbration – Far Away: For alternative rock and covers, the Reston Community Center presents live entertainment by Far Away 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.
Mount Vernon Nights: River Whyless, the Asheville, NC quartet, is named in the spirit of the band’s ongoing love affair with the natural world. Since forming the band in 2009, musicians Ryan O’Keefe, Halli Anderson, Alex McWalters and Daniel Shearin have toured extensively, playing hundreds of shows featuring their baroque folk from coast to coast and into Canada. Bring a blanket and enjoy this outdoor concert from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grist Mill Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
June 9: Wondrous Watershed
Pond Fest: Explore the Pohick Stream Valley with a twilight pond and stream study, a swamp walk, fishing and a campfire. Celebrate the variety of life our watershed has to offer with the whole family. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 3 and up. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.
Also on Saturday:
Meet the Brooding Hero: Come meet Carrie Ann DiRisio, the author of Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character as Awesome as Me. Books will be available for sale. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Richard Byrd Library. Teens. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-451-8055.
Mountain Stories and Songs with the Dulcimer: Join award-winning Virginia musicians Ralph Lee Smith and Madeline MacNeil for a presentation on the dulcimer’s historic role in the Shenandoah region as well as a concert of traditional Appalachian mountain songs from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Adults and teens. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-689-2700.
Mount Vernon Nights: The Stacy Brooks Band was formed in February 2007 and in her short time on the blues circuit, she has shared the stage with blues legend Sugar Blue, guitar legend Bobby Parker, The Nighthawks, Grammy-Nominated Billy Branch, Kenny Neal and Memphis Gold to name a few. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Second Saturday Artwalk: Tour twelve galleries to see the work of close to 100 talented visual artists who create some of the region’s finest sculpture, painting, glass, ceramics and fiber art works. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free admission. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
June 10: Fun Flick
Audience Choice Quote-Along Movie: “Life moves pretty fast,” so stop and enjoy the last quote-along movie of the season voted as the movie respondents most wanted to see, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (PG-13). From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. $3/person admission; popcorn is free. Buy tickets online. Prop bags are $5 each; supplies limited so advance purchase is recommended. Buy prop bags online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Also on Sunday:
Taste of Springfield: Join us for the second annual Taste of Springfield Festival, a seasonal celebration of good food, exhibitors, entertainment and live music. This outdoor, family-friendly event allows you to stroll through various vendor booths at your leisure while sampling some of the delicious offerings of local restaurants and chefs, with entertainment for all ages. From noon to 6 p.m. at Springfield Town Center (in the parking lot along Frontier Drive, straight across from Saks Off 5th and Nordstrom Rack). Free admission; $1 tickets for tastings and full menu items only. Each food vendor will provide a menu selection based on $1 tasting tickets. Samples and/or full menu items may be offered. For more information, call 703-971-3738.
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.
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.