Nov. 2: Meet the Author
An Evening with Lisa McMann: Lisa McMann is the bestselling author of middle grade and young adult titles including The Unwanteds series, The Unwanteds Quests series and the Wake trilogy. Books available for sale and signing. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. Ages 8 to adult. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-324-3100.
Also on Friday:
AAromatherapy: Soaps and Soaks: Come and learn how to make soaps and soaks with Shannyn Synder. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Richard Byrd Library. Ages 5 and up. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-8055.
Lakeside Campfire Fridays: Join us for a night of campfire, s’mores and more. A different topic and a different area of the park will be explored each night. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Ages 3 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-569-3464.
Nov. 3: Morning Moonshine
Moonshine and Mayhem Hike: This 2.5-mile scenic hike is a journey back in time to Riverbend Park’s secret past. The trail winds through upland forest and hollows. Stops along the hike reveal how Riverbend was a hideout from local authorities during the days of prohibition. From 9 to 11 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 13 and up. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Also on Saturday:
Fall Color Snap: What’s that chill in the air? How do plants and animals adapt to the coming seasonal change? Join us for a hike and learn how to draw a beautiful fall scene. From 10 a.m. to noon at Huntley Meadows. Ages 10 and up. $10 per person. A $15 supply fee for an art kit is payable to the instructor at class, or bring your own drawing materials. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Children’s Fall Flea Market: The holidays are fast approaching, and what better place to find treasures than the Children’s Fall Flea Market. Junior merchants will sell gently used toys, books, games, videos and a variety of child-friendly items. From 9 a.m. to noon at Reston Community Center. Admission is a donation of one non-perishable food item. All ages. For more information, call 703-390-6163.
Nov. 4: Cast Away
Kid Trout Fishing Day: Come out to Lake Fairfax Park for Take a Kid Trout Fishing Day. Starts at 8 a.m. Ages up to 16 can enjoy trout fishing for free with a paying adult. Adult admission is $13. Check in is at the main office. For more information, call 703-471-5414.
Also on Sunday:
Spy Walk: Hear a spellbinding tale of espionage, secret payments and the Russians. Learn through a walk-and-talk about a spy who used Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as a drop-off location during the end of the Soviet Union in the 1980s. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 12 and up. $6 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013
Bluegrass Barn Series — Gina Clowes Project: Raised in Virginia in a bluegrass music-loving family, Gina performed with several regional outfits prior to taking a national role as the banjo player for Chris Jones and the Night Drivers. In 2017, her career expanded again when she released her solo project, True Colors, on Mountain Home records. Food and drinks available for purchase. Doors open at 6 p.m., show time is 7 to 9 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. All ages. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Buy tickets online. For more information call, 703-437-9101.