Oct. 19: Gather Around the Fire
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 Friday. 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.
Also on Friday:
Fall Foliage & S’mores: Join our naturalist on a family-friendly hike at Lake Fairfax Park to observe the beauty of the fall leaves and learn about the wonderful, color-changing phenomenon. After the hike, enjoy a craft activity along with a campfire and s’mores. From 6 to 8 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park. Ages 3 and up. $22 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-471-5414.
Pumpkins by the Campfire: Families can bring a small pumpkin to decorate. Play games, roast marshmallows at the campfire, enjoy cookies and juice and make crafts as we share stories about pumpkins that aren’t scary. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 4 and up. $10 per person. Register online. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Oct. 20: Fall Festivities
Lake Accotink Park’s Annual Fall Festival: Fall into some fun. Come to Lake Accotink Park’s marina for carnival games, tractor rides, food and miniature golf. From 1 to 7 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. All ages. Ticket amounts vary per activity. For more information call, 703-569-3464.
Also on Saturday:
Focus on Family Health Fair: Run through the kid’s obstacle course, participate in family fitness classes and enjoy shaved ice. From 10 a.m. to noon at Lee District RECenter. All ages. For more information call, 703-922-9841.
Mountain Stories and Songs with the Dulcimer: Virginia musicians and historians Madeline MacNeil and Ralph Lee Smith will present an afternoon of traditional songs and stories about the fascinating history of the dulcimer. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. All ages. For more information, call 703-689-2700.
Book Pumpkin Painting: Paint a pumpkin for the season or make it look like a character from your favorite book. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Martha Washington Library. Grades K-6. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-6700.
Animal Skull & Spine Stories: What stories can skulls, spines and teeth tell us about the life of an animal? Can you identify an animal just by looking at its skull? Become a bone detective and use a magnifying glass and microscope to examine and touch real animal skulls and bones. Dissect an owl pellet and take home your own animal skeleton. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 5 and up. $9 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
All About Bats Campfire: Several bat species flit in the Virginia sky. Look for them as we head to our campfire where you learn fun bat facts and lore and enjoy an American Indian story of how bats got their wings. Toast marshmallows over the embers. From 7 to 8 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $7 per person. This event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
Halloween Family Fun Day: Come dressed in your favorite costume, bring your swimsuit and towel for later and enjoy sensational performances perfect for the whole family. From noon to 2 p.m. at Reston Community Center Hunter Woods. Infant to 8 years old (all children must be accompanied by an adult guardian, age 18 and older for the entire event). Free. Register online for Boo at the Pool. For more information, call 703-390-6163.
Workhouse Social Dance: Join us for our monthly Workhouse Social Dance in the McGuire-Woods Gallery (second floor of W-16) featuring dancing, complimentary refreshments and cash bar. The social dance will be led by professional ballroom instructors Bobbi Brennan and/or Cookie Bell. Free samba mini-lesson at 7:30 p.m. From 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Workhouse Art Center. All skill levels welcome. $10 per person. Reservations online. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Oct. 21: Banjos and Bluegrass
Bluegrass-Plate Scrapers: The Plate Scrapers originated as a traditional bluegrass band five years ago in western Maryland. Strong songwriting, well-honed musicianship and creative on-stage chemistry combine to bring this refreshing young band to the forefront of our new season. Doors at 6 p.m., show 7 to 9 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. All ages. Tickets ($18 advance/$20 at the door). For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Also on Sunday:
Birding by Kayak: Enjoy a naturalist-led birding trip by kayak. Lake Accotink is home to more than 100 species of birds and holds many unique habitats. See how these small vessels can provide a closer look into the world of birds. From 8 to 10 a.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Ages 13 and up. Register online for a one-person kayak for $31 or a two-person kayak for $41.For more information, call 703-569-3464.
20th Anniversary Acoustic Jam: Back in 1998, one single person’s idea spawned a musical program that has lasted for two decades. Musicians gather to play guitars, banjos, mandolins, dobros, fiddles and bass in a spontaneous re-creation of music on a farm. From 1 to 4 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Free. All ages. For more information, call 703-324-8702.
Boo-Tiful Mobile Craft: Create a spooky mobile of your favorite Halloween characters. All materials are provided. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $8 per person. Ages 3-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.