Sept. 28: How Does Your Garden Grow?
What’s Growing in the Garden: Join us in the Kidwell Vegetable Garden to explore what’s growing. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 2 to 5. $8/child. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Also on Friday:
Fun Flicks: Watch movies based on children’s books including “Chrysanthemum”, “Hooway for Wodney Wat” and “Noisy Nora.” From 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Pohick Regional Library. All ages. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-644-7333.
Sept. 29: Fall is for Fun
Fall for Fairfax KidFest: Enjoy exciting, interactive and educational programs, entertainment and activities including scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, animal activities, trains, exhibits, rides and a food court. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway. Festival map. Programs specially designed for elementary and pre-K-age children. Free admission; some activities have a cost. Buy tickets for KidsWay MidWay rides. For more information, call 703-324-3247.
Also on Saturday:
Plants and Design – Shade Garden Intensive: We love the relief shade offers from the hot sun, but lament how challenging it is have a shade garden. Step into the light and learn from area garden professionals Kathy Jentz and Karen Rexrode as they take on the topic of shade gardens. From 9 a.m. to noon Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $39/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
The Historical Saga of McDonald’s in Fairfax County: Gee Gee Food Corp. opened the first Fairfax County McDonald’s in 1958. Learn how they built the largest single franchise operation of the chain in the nation until Ray Kroc bought them out in 1967. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-293-6227.
Nature Playce Birthday Bash: Nature Playce and the environmentally-friendly parking lot are 10 years old and ready to be celebrated. Enjoy interactive fun throughout these areas, do experiments, meet live animals and release monarch butterflies, as well as enjoy face painting and surprise guests. Canceled only for severe weather for every day is an outdoor play day. From 1 to 5 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 1 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1045.
“The Rocky Horror Show”: This rock ’n’ roll musical comedy features many hit songs, including the notorious “Time Warp.” You’ve seen the movie, but you haven’t seen “Rocky Horror Show” until you’ve seen it ‘live’! Contains mature content and adult language and humor. The show is an unusual interactive theatrical experience, during which audience members may (voluntarily) sing along with the cast and sometimes shout out jokes and/or use props during the performance. Some audience members wear costumes inspired by the production too. The Workhouse will provide props for free for audience participation. No outside props allowed. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 28 at the W3 Theater, Workhouse Arts Center. $30/adult; $25/senior or military and $20/student with college ID. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Sept. 30: Great War Hits Home
Remembering the World War I Soldier: Fairfax County History Commissioner Mary Lipsey talks about the local men who served and died in the Great War and how that war was commemorated locally and nationally. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-644-7333.
Also on Sunday:
So Fetch: We will make “fetch” happen. So Fetch is a 2000s tribute band (do the 2000s really already have a tribute band?) with a set list of pop-punk, rap, rock and pop hits from … 10 years ago. It’s a thing. 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.
The Bad Plus Never Stop II: The Bad Plus has won critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. The intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the CenterStage, Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. $30/person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-390-6167.