May 17: Art Fest
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival: More than 200 artists from across the nation present original artworks in 16 categories of fine arts and crafts at the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) event. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Reston Town Center. All ages. $5 suggested donation. More information.
Also on Friday:
What’s Growing in the Garden: Explore the ever-changing landscape of the Kidwell vegetable garden. This weekly program features seasonal activities such as planting seeds, harvesting vegetables, digging in the soil and exploring seeds and roots. From 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 2 to 4. $8 per child. Adults must attend with a registered child. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
May 18: Plant Party
Spring Garden Day – THE BIG PLANT SALE: Don’t miss this exciting annual tradition. More than 40 local garden vendors descend on Green Spring Gardens with beautiful and unusual plants to fill your spring gardening needs. Growers and master gardeners are on hand to help with plant selections and gardening advice. Proceeds help support the gardens. FROGS members receive 10% off plants in the Garden Gate Plant Shop. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Also on Saturday:
Mindful Yoga, Breath & Meditation: Learn yoga basics for mind-body connection: breathing exercises, gentle yoga, progressive relaxation and meditation movements. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-765-3645.
123 Andrés presents “A New Instrument”: Join 123 Andrés on his journey as he learns to share his favorite instrument with Christina. Movement, song and dance make this a high-energy, interactive family event. From 11 a.m. to noon at Thomas Jefferson Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-573-1060.
Home Grown How-tos-Composting Workshop: Humans pile landfills with thousands of pounds of food waste that can be recycled and used to feed house plants and gardens. This seminar delves into how composting works, why composting (can) stink and how trash is turned into black gold. Participants will walk away with all the knowledge needed to run a successful composting operation. From 10:45 a.m. to noon at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 12 and up. $5 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Bats: Walk the meadows and forest edges to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. Learn about our native bats and their habits. From 8 to 9 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Ages 7 and up. $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-569-3464.
Full Moon Boat Tour: Enjoy a picturesque night under the full moon aboard the Burke Lake Park tour boat. Test your listening and observation skills to spot local wildlife with one of our naturalists. From 8 to 10 p.m. at Burke Lake Park. Ages 6 and up. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-323-6600.
Reston Baby Expo: The Reston Baby Expo is the perfect place for all parents, including expecting and new, to learn about products, enrichment opportunities, child care resources and recreation pursuits for their family. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings are encouraged to join in on the fun! It is a warm and welcoming experience – not too big or too small – for the whole family. From 9 a.m. to noon at Reston Community Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-390-6158.
“There is Always Plan B”: The Vienna Choral Society presents a fun concert that guides the audience through the story of music ranging from Bach to the Beatles. 7:30 p.m. at Providence Presbyterian Church. All ages. Tickets $25/$20 (65+)/$20 (15-18)/Free (14 and under). Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-349-7150.
“Dessert Concert with Reception”: The Northern Virginia Chorale presents an afternoon concert featuring the musical works of Stephen Sondheim followed by a dessert and savories reception. 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. All ages. Tickets $20 ($25 at the door)/$10 (student)/Free (under 12.) Buy tickets online. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 19: Wags and Wine
Wine, Whiskers and Wags: Don’t miss the 13th annual, best ever, dog friendly, wine abundant, delight inducing, pat-yourself-on-the-back-for-supporting-a-good-cause event! Enjoy outdoor games, silent auction, raffle prizes and more. From 1 to 5 p.m. at Paradise Springs Winery. Adults. $45-55 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-830-1100.
Also on Sunday:
Julie Langsdorf and Angie Kim: Author Talk and Book Signing: In partnership with Scrawl Books, “White Elephant” author Julie Langsdorf and “Miracle Creek” author Angie Kim will discuss and sign their books, which also are available for purchase. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-689-2700.
Wagon Ride Journey to the Potomac River: Find out about the park’s wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here while riding through the woods and along the Potomac River. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 2 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $7 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Birds Teach the Physics of Flight: Experiment with wing shapes and designs that provide advantages for how birds migrate, hunt and survive in varied habitats. Get hands-on investigation time with real feathers of different shapes, colors, sizes and designs. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 7 and up. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Amadeus Orchestra with Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association Prizewinners: For the first time, Amadeus Orchestra will join the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association to feature the 2019 competition prizewinners at Saint Luke Catholic Church. A pre-concert lecture starts 3:15 p.m. Concert is 4 to 6 p.m. with a closing reception. All ages. $40 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-759-5334.