Park Authority

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
703-324-8700 TTY 711
12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Jai Cole
Executive Director

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Celebrate the Season with the Fairfax County Park Authority!

We’ve rounded up our seasonal fun into a handy list of holiday happenings in the parks. Check out our holiday highlights list below or bookmark this page.

Fall into Fun: Fairfax County Parks' Autumn Adventure

Experience the magic of fall with Fairfax County Parks' exciting lineup of autumn activities! From spooky haunts to scenic hikes, there's something for everyone to enjoy as we celebrate the fall season.

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​Poetry in Fairfax County Parks

poetry in fairfax county parks

​Join the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax Poet Laureate and explore the world of prose amidst the serene beauty of a park setting.

Fairfax Poet Laureate - Poetry Beneath the Stars

Poetry events are free, but registration is required. 


​​Enjoy National Ice Cream Month with Two Scoops at the Park!

​Ice cream enthusiasts of all ages can rejoice that July is National Ice Cream Month, but there’s no sweeter way to celebrate than in the park! Whether in a cone, a cup or sandwiched between cookies, the Fairfax County Park Authority offers a variety of ways to embrace one of life’s simple, chilly pleasures. 


​​Creek Adventure Wagon Rides at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park​

Register for summer adventure, ECL style, with a wagon ride and splash in the stream to keep your summer cool! 

​Jun. 15, July 12 and Aug. 11, Choose between 6-7 p.m. or 7:30-8:30 p.m., $10 

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​Frying Pan Farm Park Wagon Rides 

  • ​Nothing says fun on the farm like a good old fashion wagon ride!  
  • ​Secure your reservation for a 30 min. ride while touring the farm 
  • ​Choose times between 10:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. 
  • ​10:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Fri.-Sun. 
  • ​$5 for riders ages 2 and up

​Please note tickets for Saturday and Sunday or on-site only. 


Monarch Madness-Fall Migration of the Great Monarch

Dive into the enchanting world of monarch butterflies with our series of monarch migration programs! Join us for an educational and delightful journey as we learn about their fascinating life cycle and migration.

  • Family Fun - Monarch Migration, Saturday, September 7, 1-2 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, $10
  • Monarch & More, Sunday, September 22, 1-2 p.m., Hidden Oaks Nature Center, $8
  • Monarch Tag and Tea, Sunday, September 29, 2-3:30 p.m., Hidden Oaks Nature Center, $15

Activity Name Date Time Location Price Register
Junior Club Championship July 13 8 a.m. Oakmont Golf Center $30 Learn Mores
Modified Stableford July 13 10 a.m. Jefferson Golf Course $40 Learn More
Junior Club Championship August 4 8 a.m. Pinecrest Golf Course $45 Learn More
Club Championship August 17 8 a.m. Jefferson Golf Course $55 Learn More
Club Championship September 7 8 a.m. Oakmont Golf Center $45 Learn More
PC9 Championship September 8 8 a.m. Pinecrest Golf Course $55 Learn More
Four Club Fall Classic October 5 10 a.m. Jefferson Golf Course $40 Learn More
Fall Festival Scramble Tournament October 20 9 a.m. Pinecrest Golf Course $110 per team Learn More
Autumn Leaves Hike & Craft September 1 1-2 p.m. Burke Lake Park $8 Register Starting July 30
Goldenrods and Asters - Fall Wildflowers Sunday, September 1 10-11:30 a.m. Riverbend Park a $11  Register Starting July 30
The Great Zucchini Thursday, September 5 Choose between  10-10:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park $10 Register Starting July 30
Garden Talk - Standout Fall Beauty Bark & Berries Saturday, September 7 10:30-11:30 a.m. Green Spring Gardens Park $12 Register Starting July 30
Garden Sprouts Fall - Nature Playgroup Monday, September 9  10:30 a.m.-Noon Green Spring Gardens Park $12 Register Starting July 30
Goldenrods and Asters - Fall Wildflowers Sunday, September 15 10-11:30 a.m. Riverbend Park  $9 Register Starting July 30
Virginia Native American Festival Saturday, September 21 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Riverbend Park $12 Register Starting July 30
Autumn Equinox Evening Hike Monday, September 23 6-7:30 p.m. Huntley Meadows Park $9 Register Starting July 30
Bug Fest Saturday, September 28 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lake Accotink Park $8 Register Starting July 30
Nature Walk with a Police Officer Saturday, September 28 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center Free Register Starting July 30
Four Club Fall Classic Saturday, October 5 10 a.m. Jefferson Golf Course $40 per player

Register Starting July 30

Fall Wildflowers ID Sketch Hike Saturday, October 5 10 a.m.-Noon Huntley Meadows Park $18  Register Starting July 30
Autumn Leaves Hike & Craft Saturday, October 12 3-4 p.m. Riverbend Park $8 Register Starting July 30
Arc-toberfest-Celebrate Archeology Saturday, October 12 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sully Historic Site Free 

Register Starting July 30

Fall Color Snap Sketch Hike Sunday, October 13 10 a.m.- Noon Huntley Meadows Park $18 Register Starting July 30
Garden Sprouts Fall - Nature Playgroup Monday, October 14 10:30 a.m.-Noon Green Spring Gardens Park $12 Register Starting July 30
Shot in the Dark I Friday, October 18 7:30 p.m. Burke Lake Golf Center $100 per team

Register Starting July 30

House of Reptiles Saturday, October 19 Choose between 6-7, 6:30-7 or 7- 8 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park $10 Register Starting July 30
Fall Full Moon Hike Saturday, October 19 8-10 p.m. Huntley Meadows Park $9 Register Starting July 30
Haunted Pond Jr. (3-6 years) Saturday, October 19 4:30-6:30 p.m. Hidden Pond Nature Center $12 Register Starting July 30
Haunted Pond (6-12 years) Saturday, October 19 7-8:30 p.m. Hidden Pond Nature Center $10 Register Starting July 30
Fall Festival Scramble Sunday, October 20 9 a.m. Pinecrest Golf Course $110 per team

Register Starting July 30

Fall Foliage Kayak Expedition Sunday, October 20 10 a.m.-Noon Lake Accotink Park $43  Register Starting July 30
Legends & Lore Night Hike & Campfire Friday, October 25 6:30-8 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park $10 Register Starting July 30
Shot in the Dark II Friday, October 25 7:30 p.m.  Burke Lake Golf Center $100 per team

Register Starting July 30

Halloween on the Farm Friday, October 25 5-8 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park $10 Register Starting July 30
Haunted Mini Golf Saturday, October 25  4-9 p.m. Oakmont Rec Center $12 in advance, $15 at the door Register Starting July 30
Ghost Town Saturday, October 25  11-5 p.m Burke Lake Park $15 Register Starting July 30
Autumn Leaves Hike & Craft Saturday, October 26 3-4 p.m. Riverbend Park $8 Register Starting July 30
Haunted Mini Golf Sunday, October 26 4-9 p.m. Oakmont Rec Center $12 in advance, $15 at the door Register Starting July 30
Ghost Town Sunday, October 26 11-5 p.m Burke Lake Park $15 Register Starting July 30
Halloween on the Farm Saturday, October 26 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park $10 Register Starting July 30
Pumpkin Patch at Nature Playce Saturday, October 26 2:30-3:30 p.m. or 4- 5 p.m.  Hidden Oaks Nature Center $10 Register Starting July 30
Family Fun - Pumpkin Painting Saturday, October 26 1-2 p.m. Green Spring Gardens Park $10 Register Starting July 30
Halloween Runs Saturday, October 26 3:30 p.m. South Run Rec Center $15 (tiny tots/fun run) $25 (5K) Halloween Fun Run (5-Adult) Register Starting July 30 Monster Mash 5K Dash (8-Adult) Register Starting July 30 Spooktacular Tiny Tot Trot (2-4 yrs.) Register Starting July 30
Skulls and Skeletons Saturday, October 26 6-7 p.m. Lake Accotink Park $8 Register Starting July 30
Family Skate and Dance Night: Halloween Costume Party Saturday, October 26 6-10 p.m. Franconia Rec Center $10 Register Starting July 30
Fall Community Open House Sunday, October 27 12-5 p.m. Sully Historic Site $12 Register Starting July 30
Pumpkin Party on the Hill Sunday, October 27 2-3:30 p.m. Historic Huntley $9 Register Starting July 30
Fall Foliage Kayak Expedition Sunday, November 3 10 a.m.-Noon Lake Accotink Park $43  Register Starting July 30
Making a Scarecrow Sunday, November 3 1-2 p.m. Burke Lake Park $8  Register Starting July 30
Garden Sprouts Fall - Nature Playgroup Monday, November 4 10:30 a.m.-Noon Green Spring Gardens Park $12 Register Starting July 30
Fall Nature Appreciation & Celebration Saturday, November 9 1-2:30 p.m. Hidden Pond Nature Center $10 Register Starting July 30
Adapted Sights and Sounds of Fall Campfire,  Saturday, November 9, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park $11 Register Starting July 30
The War of 1812 and the Homefront Sunday, November 10 Noon-3 p.m. Colvin Run Mill $10 Register Starting July 30
Fall Engineering Challenge Saturday, November 16 3-4 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center $10 Register Starting July 30
Astronomy Festival Saturday, November 16 5-7:30 p.m. Turner Farm Park Observatory $10 Register Starting July 30
Turkey Cup Thursday, November 21 9:30 a.m. Greendale Golf Course $130 per team

Register Starting July 30

Make Room for Turkeys Saturday, November 23 2-3 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park $8 Register Starting July 30
Make Room for Turkeys Saturday, November 30 2-3 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park $8 Register Starting July 30

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