Oct. 18: Living on a Farm!
Fall Carnival/Harvest Days: Hands-on activities bring even more family fun. Help load the antique apple cider press that only operates this weekend each year. Meet farm animals. Milk a goat or cow, peel apples, shell corn, play farm games, watch farm equipment demonstrations and more. From 5 to 9 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. (Also Oct. 19 and 20 at various times.) All ages. Free admission; carnival rides require tickets. Buy wristbands online for unlimited carnival rides on Friday. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Also on Friday:
Oct. 19: Big Five-O
Hidden Oaks’ 50th Anniversary Celebration: A full day of fun, music and special activities. Opened in 1969 as the first nature center in Fairfax County, Hidden Oaks now serves more than 30,000 visitors a year. Enjoy a Reptiles Alive presentation and music from the Vienna School of Rock in honor of Woodstock’s 50th year along with other children’s music groups. Go on a Hidden Treasures of Hidden Oaks hunt, see demonstrations of monarch butterfly tagging and release and enjoy the new chainsaw tree sculpture. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Free. All ages. Parking is available in Annandale Community Park except for special permit parking. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
Also on Saturday:
Oakton Festival: Diwali: Enjoy the festivities and learn what Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, means around the world. Join us for henna, crafts and activities. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Oakton Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-242-4020.
Women’s Self-Defense Seminar with Grand Master Becky Sheetz: The grand master in the martial arts of Sho Bushido Ryu jujitsu, presents practical tips, tactics and advice everyone can benefit from to avoid a dangerous situation. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Tysons Pimmit Regional Library. Adults and teens. Free. For more information, call 703-790-8088.
Color Me Autumn: Celebrate fall and wrap up our 2019 marina season. Pet costume contest, wear your favorite costume to the photo station and let kids hunt for buried pirate treasure on the beach. Hayrides, kayak tours, face painting, a live bird exhibit, carnival style games, mini golf, carousel rides, a history talk, food trucks, a campfire bat talk, s’mores and more. From 1 to 7 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Ages 2 and up. $7 per person. Some activities require a fee. Register online. For more information, call 703-569-3464.
The Pop-Ups: From three-time Grammy nominees The Pop Ups, “The Great Pretenders Club” takes family audiences of all ages on a scavenger hunt for the best imaginative play games your mind can dream up! This highly interactive show unfolds, propelled by award-winning music and dance beats that will catapult both young and old out of their seats! 1 p.m. at McLean Community Center. All ages. $15 Non-McLean/$10 McLean. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Centreville Day: This annual festival brings the community together for a day of fun and fellowship. Activities include a parade, pet pageant, photo contest, safety expo, historic activities, kids activities, a marketplace and entertainment. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Centreville Historic District. All ages. Free. More information.
Oct. 20: Pets on Pets
McLean Pet Fest: Learn valuable information and get tips on a variety of pet products and services that can enhance the lives of your pet and improve your experience as a pet owner. Join the fun for the Howl’oween Pooch Parade. Bring your leashed pets to show off their best costumes. All dogs must remain on a leash sporting their dog license and rabies tags. From 11 to 4 p.m. at McLean Central Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Also on Sunday:
The Chesapeake Bay: A Voyage in Song and Story: Singer, songwriter and storyteller Janie Meneely showcases the people, places and traditions of the working waterfronts of the Eastern Shore. From local ghosts to tragic shipwrecks, Janie’s songs evoke the characters who add spice and color to the bay’s history to life. From 3 to 4 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library. Ages 6 and up. For more information, call 703-293-6227.
Boo-Tiful Mobile: Create a spooky mobile of your favorite Halloween characters. All materials provided. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 3 to 12. Cost is $10 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.
Haunted Trail – BREAKOUT: Screams will echo across the 55-acre historic Workhouse campus, built on the grounds of the abandoned DC Department of Corrections Lorton Reformatory. Frightmasters debut a fully redesigned trail, spookier scenes and stories, real prison cells and creepy characters all designed to bring guests’ darkest fears and nightmares to life. From 7 to 10 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Adults. $20. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Mistresses and Masterpieces: Great Performances at Mason presents music inspired by the “significant others” in the lives of Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and Bartók. From 7 to 11 p.m. at GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall. All ages. $31-$49. Buy tickets online. For more information, call the box office at 703-993-8888.