Sept. 6: Top of the World
Twilight Hilltop Tour: Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. It’s a dramatic setting made all the more stunning by the setting sun. Join us after hours for a special tour, and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments served afterward. Dress for the weather. 7 to 8 p.m. at Historic Huntley. Ages 18 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Also on Friday:
NASA Family Science Nights: Using NASA educational materials, explore the skies with a new topic each week. Use telescopes during nightly activities that engage children and their adults in learning about the night sky. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and learn what the future holds for space exploration and travel. Games, crafts, night hikes and more are featured in this exciting STEAM series. The 90-minute programs include five sessions (through Oct. 11; no class Sept. 20). 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 7-12. $60 per child. At least one adult, and not more than two adults, must attend with each child’s family group. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
Sept. 7: Native Instruments
Virginia Native American Festival: The festival includes American Indian tribes from Virginia, including the Rappahannock dancers and drummers. Enjoy hands-on activities and live demonstrations that include American Indian storytelling, shooting bow and arrows, throwing spears and making stone tools. Help build a dugout canoe and visit a marketplace of American Indian crafts, pottery and jewelry. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 3 and up. $8 online, $10 at the gate. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Also on Saturday:
Dog Daze 2019: The Water Mine once again goes to the dogs with a season-ending event benefitting the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and the Fairfax County Park Foundation. Join us for dogs-only swimming and a canine resource fair. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Water Mine at Lake Fairfax. All ages. Suggested donation of $10 per dog. For more information, call 703-471-5415.
World Citizenship Through the Arts: Touch, hold, critique, study and enjoy pieces of art from all the continents of the world. From 10:30 a.m. to noon at the City of Fairfax Regional Library. Free. School age children. Register online. For more information, call 703-293-6227.
Ultimate Tailgate with Chef Cal: Chef Kraft will show you how to host the ultimate tailgate this football season. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library. Free. All ages. For more information, call 703-978-5600.
Brain Health – Take Charge: Join an AARP representative for a workshop to empower you to take charge of your brain health and learn more about the five pillars of a healthy brain lifestyle. From 10:30 a.m. to noon at Lorton Library. Adults. Free. Registration required online or call the AARP RSVP line at 877-926-8300.
Native Plant Festival and Sale: Find out why it’s best to plant native and why invasive plants are a problem. In addition to the native plant sale, festivities include guided nature walks, kid’s games and crafts, wagon rides, invasive plant pulls, a native plant gardening presentation and food trucks. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cabell’s Mill in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Peter Kageyama: For the Love of Reston: The author of For the “Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Place” and the follow-up, “Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places” brings his expertise to an exploration of how Reston exemplifies his ideals. Copies of his book for sale prior to and after his presentation, and he will sign them. 8 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Adults. $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-390-6167.
Sept. 8: You are my Butterfly
Monarch and More: Learn to identify monarch and other butterflies, discover their fascinating life cycle, visit a monarch waystation and a native butterfly garden. Learn about the monarch migration phenomenon, its challenges and how you can make a difference. The nature center raises monarchs annually for tagging and release. If available, at least one monarch will be tagged during the program. 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
Also on Sunday:
Please Touch Tour: Tour Sully Historic Site as never before with the chance to touch objects from the past — redware dishes, china, tools, clothing and reproduction furniture. These tours take the place of the regular house tour and are offered on the hour. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Ages 5 and up. $8 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.