Fairfax County Weekender — Oct. 25-27, 2019

Oct. 25: Haunted Halloween

2019 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 11 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Adults. $20. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-584-2900.

Also on Friday:

Teen Art Club – Watercolor: Join us at the monthly meeting to paint with watercolor. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Dolley Madison Library. Teens. Free. For more information, call 703-356-0770.

BOO-stravaganza: Celebrate the Halloween season at Kidwell Farm. Themed games, trick-or-treating to the animals and enjoy a wagon ride. Complete the evening with a treat bag to take with you. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 3-8. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.


Oct. 26: Scarecrows and Sweets

Halloween Adventure: A festive wagon ride, complete with scarecrows, sweets and stories, is followed by more stories and s’mores around the campfire. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 3 and up. $15 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Also on Saturday:

Active Assailant Preparedness Workshop: Learn about preparedness and safety awareness in the event of an act of domestic terrorism. The panel will include a representative from federal law enforcement and from the Town of Herndon police. Presented by NCCSAFE. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Herndon Fortnightly Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-437-8855.

Tibetan Bowl Sound Bath: Experience a unique sound frequency meditation with Tibetan Singing Bowls. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Burke Center Library. Teens and adults. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-249-1520.

Fall Foliage Kayak Expedition: Enjoy a new perspective on fall colors. Our expedition takes us to the northern part of the lake to see glorious natural tunnels of orange, yellow and red leaves. Previous kayak experience is necessary. From 8 to 10 a.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Ages 13 and up. $31 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Burke Lake Park Ghost Train: Trick-or-treaters of all ages welcome! Ride the Ghost Train and carousel, hop in the moon bounce, play in the playground, paint pumpkins, eat food and more! From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Burke Lake Park. All ages. $6 per person. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

“Originals”: The City of Fairfax Band presents a special program dedicated to music written for and premiered by the band. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Fairfax High School. All ages. Adults $15/Seniors $10/Students Free. Buy tickets online or at the door. For more information, call 571-336-2322.

Pumpkin Pool Patch: Wear your swimsuit to pick a floating pumpkin from our beach area. Tables will be set up on the pool deck to decorate after you pick out your special pumpkin. From 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mount Vernon RECenter. Ages 6 months-12. $10 per person. Children under age 4 must have an adult in the water within arm’s reach of their child at all times. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-3224.

Halloween Family Fun Day: Come dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy sensational performances perfect for the whole family. Peter McCory, a famed one-man band, will put children into the Halloween spirit at noon, followed by a wonderful performance by Bob Brown’s Puppets in “Monster Madness” at 1:15 p.m. Little ghosts and goblins up to age 8 can try their skill at winning candy while they play carnival games until 2 p.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult guardian (18 years and older) throughout the event. From noon to 2 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Age infant- 8 years. Free. For more information, call 703-390-6163.


Oct. 26: Fall Foliage

Colors of the Forest: Fall foliage is a sight to behold, but why do leaves turn colors? Get into the science of it. Hike through the park with a naturalist. Find out what else is falling from the trees. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 7 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Also on Sunday:

U.S. Navy Band Saxophone Quartet: A chamber music concert that includes a variety of musical styles. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library. Ages 8 and up. Free. For more information, call 703-765-3645.

Bluegrass – Colebrook Road: The band performs many original compositions with varying themes and intricate and dynamic arrangements that create a modern, complex and varied bluegrass sound. Part of the Bluegrass Barn series. Food and drinks available for purchase. Doors open at 6 p.m., showtime is 7 to 9 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. All ages. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Purchase tickets online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath”: An Oklahoma drought during the Great Depression forces the Joad family to flee their home for the promise of a new life in California. Will hope prevail through the hardships and heartbreak? Steinbeck’s classic novel comes to life in this Tony Award-winning stage adaptation. 2 p.m. at McLean Community Center. Ages 13 and up. Tickets $40 to $30. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

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