Sept. 20: Goodnight Farm
Putting the Animals to Bed: When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. From 7 to 8 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 3 and up. $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Don’t forget to dress for the weather. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Also on Friday:
Tea and Trivia: Are you ready for the new Downton Abbey movie? Join us to celebrate its release. Hats and gloves optional. From 5 to 6 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-644-7333.
Eisman Demo Days: Choose from drivers, hybrids, irons, crossovers, wedges, putters and more. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (also Sept. 21) at Twin Lakes Golf Course. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-380-4047.
“Trying”: 1st Stage presents a two-hander that explores the author’s real experience working for Francis Biddle at his home in Washington, D.C., from 1967-1968. Opening weekend. Dates and times vary, through Oct. 20 at 1st Stage. Adults. General $42/Seniors(65+) $39/Students and Military $15. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-854-1856.
Sept. 21: Mind Over Matter
EFT, HeartMath & Mindfulness: In a fun and light-hearted setting learn ways to reduce stress and tension with an introduction to HeartMath. Support your physical and mental health and learn the basics of the Emotional Freedom Technique, EFT. From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chantilly Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-502-3883.
Also on Saturday:
Munching Your Way Through Mysteries and Movies: Join Suzi Weinert, Sisters in Crime writing group member and Garage Sale Mystery series author, for light brunch offerings and learn more about, writing, turning books into movies and tips on successful garage sale shopping/selling. No registration necessary. From 10:15 a.m. to noon at Lorton Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-339-7385.
Fall Garden Day and Plant Sale: Fall is a great time to plant and you will find numerous local plant and garden craft vendors to fulfill your gardening needs. A silent auction, bake sale, live music, food and a kids table add to the festivities. Come enjoy and support one of Virginia’s most innovative public gardens. Sponsored by the Friends of Green Spring. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Salamanders Undercover: Assist a naturalist with a forest salamander survey and then help find salamanders in the streams. Learn about the secret lives of these important amphibians through hands-on discoveries. From 3 to 5 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 7 to 12. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
“The Downton Abbey Era”: The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents all things quintessentially British — from the music of Downton Abbey in anticipation of the new movie to the heavenly soaring of Vaughn Williams’ poetic music, to Sir Edward Elgar’s music of Edwardian grace and artistry at the GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall. 8 to 10 p.m. $25-53 Adult/$15 Students. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-563-1990.
Sept. 22: Art Inspiration
She Persisted: Collection inspired by: Resilience. Personal experience of being torn down and disregarded then having to build oneself up from rock bottom. Having to deal with the consequences of other people’s expectations or lack thereof. Having to create a life in the midst of sexism and racism. Learning how to build upon rubble and make something strong out of the very items meant to degrade you. From 12 to 5 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Also on Sunday:
Stills & Cider: Learn about the distilling process, how ciders are made and why these activities are related to milling. Watch a cider press in action and see how a still operates. A water-only operation; no alcohol involved. The mill will be open for tours during this event, and visitors can enjoy samples of non-alcoholic apple cider. From noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Ages 3 and up. $5 per person. For more information, call 703-759-2771.
“Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: The music of Mozart and Haydn is featured with virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel. Popular with classical music lovers and newcomers alike, his unique “concerts with commentary” format gives the story behind the music. 7 p.m. at GMU Center for the Arts. Adults $26-44. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-993-2787.