Fairfax County Weekender — Sept. 27-29, 2019

Sept. 27: Hip Hop Anonymous

Global Hip-Hop Excursion: Join Dumi Right, hip-hop pioneer and cultural ambassador, as he and other musical guests present an evening of rhymes, beats and cultural infusions. From 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library. Teens and adults. Free. For more information, call 703-765-3645.

Also on Friday:

Teen Art Club: Paint with Bob Ross: Teens paint along with Bob Ross instructional videos. Space is limited. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Dolley Madison Library. Ages 13-18. Free. For more information, call 703-356-0770.

River Fishing by Boat: Fish for smallmouth bass and sunfish from a canoe or jon boat. Get started with an introduction to boating and fishing basics. Previous experience rowing or paddling not required. Boats, PFDs, fishing rods and bait provided. 5 to 7 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 5 and up. $16 per person. Maximum of three participants per boat, one must be 16 or older. Each participant must register. Register online. This program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. For more information, call 703-759-9018.


Sept. 28: Culture Medley

Reston Multicultural Festival: This signature Reston event brings together the people of Reston to celebrate our rich medley of cultures and honor the diversity that is one of our greatest strengths. Family, friends and neighbors are treated to music, entertainment, dress, food and cultural treasures from all over the world that are all right here. Everyone is encouraged to dress in attire from their own cultural roots and share the stories that we gather on the pathways of our lives. Also includes 2019 National Heritage Awards Fellows. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lake Anne Plaza. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-476-4500.

Also on Saturday:

Burke Historical Society Presents WWII Veteran Romuald Lipinski: The WWII veteran shares his story from youth in Poland, to exile in Siberia to reaching and joining the Polish Army to fight alongside Allied forces in Italy. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-644-7333.

Adapting Ideas from Big Gardens: Horticulturalist Karen Rexrode takes you on a virtual garden tour to share world-class gardens ideas that you can use in your home garden. Learn from public, historical or old school grounds. From staking vegetables to combining plants or learning what you don’t like, examples are there to incorporate into your own garden space. 10 to 11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $18 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Stand Up Paddleboarding: Paddle a beautiful section of the Potomac River from a kneeling or standing position. This beginner class has a low student/instructor ratio to allow for plenty of personal instruction. PFDs and helmets are provided. The maximum participant weight is 225 pounds. From noon to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 14 and up. $51 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

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

Galaxy Gazing-Jupiter and Saturn: Turn your eye to the sky and join a park naturalist to peer through the telescope toward two visible planets in our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn. How are these planets different from Earth? What constellations can we see? From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 8 and up. $12 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Harvest Happenings: A fun and exciting day for the whole family! Come to this indoor-outdoor festival and enjoy live entertainment, crafts and activities. Children can buy their own pumpkins from the pumpkin patch (with the help of a parent/guardian) to decorate at the crafts station. Food available for purchase. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McLean Community Center. Ages 3 to 8. Free. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

An Evening with Audra McDonald: The Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner performs her trademark mix of hits from Broadway and the Great American Songbook. Mason Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Performance at 8:30 p.m. $50-$100. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-996-8888.


Sept. 29: A River Runs Through It

Kayak Tour-Seneca to Riverbend: This 8-mile river journey begins in the lazy waters above the old Seneca Dam. The pace quickens through riffes and small rapids as we weave through Seneca Breaks, glide past Watkins Island, and finally turn the bend to Riverbend Park. Previous kayaking experience is required for this tour. Kayaks are provided: one person per kayak. Download the waiver and bring the completed forms to the tour. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 14 and up. $90 per person. Register online. The program runs about six hours. This tour will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Also on Sunday:

Reston Friends Semi-Annual Book Sale: Browse thousands of great books in great condition — from the latest popular titles and classic favorites to the rare and unexpected fiction and nonfiction. The Reston Friends have something for everyone! We restock for as long as supplies last. From noon to 3:30 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-689-2700.

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