Fairfax County Weekender — Sept. 21-23, 2018

Sept. 21: Supercalifragilistic!

Family Movie Night –“Mary Poppins”: Gather the whole family and bring your blankets, pillows and camp chairs for an indoor, picnic-style family movie night. Free popcorn. From 7 to 9 p.m. at the Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd. All ages. $5/person. Preregistration recommended online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Also on Friday:

Fall Harvest Campfire: Play children’s games from the 1900s, enjoy fireside stories and eat s’mores. Come early if you want to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. From 6 to 8 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.


Sept. 22: Ticket to Ride

Lord Fairfax Charity Ride: Lord Fairfax, the 14th Baron of Cameron, will lead a charity ride to benefit four local charities as an extension of Fairfax County’s 275th Anniversary celebration. The ride route will generally follow the boundary of the original Northern Neck Land Grant and consist of a one-, two- or four-day ride commencing at 8 a.m. on Sept. 22 at Patriot Harley-Davidson, 9739 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax. Ride information and map. $25/person. Register for the ride. For more information, contact John.Mason@lordfairfaxride.org.

Also on Saturday:

Fall Garden Day – Plant Sale and More: Fall is a great time to plant, and one of Virginia’s most innovative public gardens is hosting numerous local plant and garden craft vendors to satisfy your gardening needs. A silent auction, bake sale, live music, food and kids activity tent add to the festivities. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. All ages. Free admission. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Reston Multicultural Festival: A celebration of the rich medley of cultures including arts and crafts, exhibits, exciting entertainment, delicious food and more. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lake Anne Plaza. Free. Rain or shine. For more information, call 703-390-6166.

Harvest Happenings: Come to this indoor/outdoor festival and enjoy live entertainment, crafts and activities. Children can buy and decorate their own pumpkins from the pumpkin patch (with the help of a parent or guardian). From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s School, 7005 Georgetown Pike, McLean (due to McLean Community Center being closed for renovation). Ages 3 to 8. Free admission. Cost for pumpkins and food. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Kayak the Marsh: Paddle Lake Accotink’s tranquil waters with a naturalist guide for an early morning view of wildlife. Glide past bald eagle nests. No previous experience required. A single-seat kayak and life preserver are provided. From 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Canceled in the event of rain or unfavorable water levels. Ages 13 and up; those younger than 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. $31/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Slugfest: It’s the only celebration of slugs on the East Coast. You’ll see slug racing, crafts, fortune telling, skin exfoliation and slime tossing. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Acoustic Coffee House: Join the Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden for an evening of Octoberfest music. Light refreshments served. From 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. All ages. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-644-7333.


Sept. 23: By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Full Moon Boat Tour: Enjoy a picturesque night under the full moon aboard the tour boat. Test your listening and observation skills to spot local wildlife with one of our naturalists. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Burke Lake Park. Ages 6 and up. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-323-6600.


Also on Sunday:

Saved by the ‘90s: On a very special episode of the countdown concerts, Saved by the ‘90s serves up an interactive party in the gazebo, playing everything from the Backstreet Boys to Green Day to Notorious B.I.G. to Weezer. From 5 to 6 p.m. at the McLean Central Park Gazebo, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd. Free. Free parking is available at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

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