May 31: Acting Crazy
“Leaving Iowa”: Providence Players present a comedy about the classic American vacation, which often meant being trapped in the back seat of a station wagon. Opening weekend. 7:30 p.m. at James Lee Recreation Center. Dates and times vary. $17 to $20 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-425-6782.
Also on Friday:
African Drumming Funfare: Join Kofi Dennis in making steady-beat and rhythmic patterns with the African djembe drums and shekeres. Lots of movement, singing and chanting! Limited seating. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson Library. Adults. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-802-8774.
Rahmein Presents: Jake Johannsen: A self-confessed raconteur of weird stories, Jake has over 35 appearances with David Letterman and a handful of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Politically Incorrect” gigs, plus his own HBO comedy special, “This’ll Take About An Hour.” From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Adults. $25 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
“Singin’ In The Rain”: NextStop Theatre Company presents the classic musical and fan favorite. Opening weekend. 8 p.m. at NextStop Theatre. Dates and times vary. $55 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-481-5930.
June 1: A Night with Nancy Giles
An Evening with Nancy Giles : The Accidental Pundette: Musings, Complaints, Shrieks and SIghs on American Politics. “CBS Sunday Morning” contributor, comedian, actress and self-described “Accidental Pundette,” Nancy Giles is a funny, perceptive and provocative observer of today’s world. 8 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Adults. $35 Non-Reston/$25 Reston. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-390-6167.
Also on Saturday:
ArtSplash for Adults: Create your own masterpiece in this art workshop led by artists from Abrakadoodle Northern Virginia. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Adults. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-689-2700.
Orienteering Workshop: Orienteering is the sport of navigation with map and compass. It’s easy to learn, but always challenging. Participants learn how to use a compass, read a topographic map and navigate orienteering courses. A compass is required. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Burke Lake Park. Ages 8 and up. $40 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-323-6600.
Woodland Wildlife Tree Carving Kickoff: Due to lightning strikes, a centerpiece tree had to be felled to protect the Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Chainsaw artist Andrew Mellon shares his vision to convert the 10-foot tulip poplar snag with woodland animals at this family festival celebrating natural animal habitats. Enjoy a guided hike and puppet show and contribute toward the tree carving fund with soap whittling, tree cookie art and animal meet and greets. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Free. Ages 2 and up. Under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
Alien Invaders: Learn about invasive species, their effects on the environment, how to identify them and how to remove them. Program takes place outdoors, dress accordingly. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park. Ages 6 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-471-5414.
Wetland at Dusk Walk: Join park naturalists for a relaxing stroll through the park’s forest and wetland paths. Look and listen for wildlife settling down or waking up during the transition of day to night. From 8 to 10 p.m. at Huntley Meadows. Adults. $9 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Reston Pride: The second annual Reston Pride event presents speakers, musicians, dancers and other artists in support of and celebrating the LGBTQ community in the greater Reston area. Programming is family friendly and welcomes all ages. From 2 to 7 p.m. at Lake Anne Plaza. Free. For more information, call 703-390-6167.
“The Great Outdoors : Your Choruses”: The Fairfax Choral Society presents the Centreville and Vienna youth choruses singing songs of celebration for the wild and wonderful outdoors. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Centreville Presbyterian Church. All ages. Free – $15. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-642-3277.
”Looking Forward…Looking Back: Mosaic Harmony’s 25th Anniversary Spring Concert”: Celebrate 25 years of service through song. From 7 to 9: 30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax. All ages. $4 – $25 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
”Next Reflex Dance Collective Artists in Concert”: Watch a presentation of new work from resident artists from the company and enjoy work from the company’s repertory. 7:30 p.m. at The Workhouse Arts Center’s W-3 Theater. All ages. $10 – $25 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
June 2: Float Your Boat
Cardboard Boat Regatta: Witness this one-of-a-kind spectacle of epic cardboard creations and cheer on courageous crews racing for glory through the water. Mini-golf and food stands open all day. 9 a.m. judging/11 a.m. races begin at Lake Accotink Park. All ages. Free admission/$5 per car parking fee. For more information, call 703-569-3464.
Also on Sunday:
Wood Carving Lessons: Drop in for a wood carving lesson with the Northern Virginia Carvers. No reservations are required. From noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Ages 12 and up. Lesson is free; nominal charge for wood blanks. For more information, call 703-759-2771.
Tea Rex Tea Party: How fun would it be to have a dinosaur friend over for tea? Join us for a ferociously fun tea party highlighting Cretaceous creatures, a puppet show and a sit-down tea. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult who is also registered in this program. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
”National Treasures”: Join The Mclean Symphony for an evening of music by American composers including a composition by 13-year-old local student, Daniel Carroll, winner of a festival sponsored by the Northern Virginia Music Teachers’ Association. From 7 to 9 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Comforter. All ages $15 – $25 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-831-7165.