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Fall Highlights

Time to mark your calendar for autumn adventures. Fall is one of the most beautiful times to check out Fairfax County parks. Enjoy the fall foliage from lakefront park, on a golf course or by venturing out on our extensive trail system. The Fairfax County Park Authority has dozens of Halloween and fall-themed events to choose from: big festivals, intimate campfire circles and more.  Our programs are affordable and convenient.  Plenty for kids, plenty for adults – pick your pleasure!

Saturday, September 30 – Sunday, October 1

Kidsfest Fall for Fairfax KidsFest
(All Ages) Visit the Park Authority’s booth at the Fall for Fairfax KidsFest this weekend to learn more about our fall programs. KidsFest offers rides, games, entertainment and activities designed just for families with preschool- and elementary-aged children. Admission is free; additional cost for rides and games. Kidsfest will be held September 30 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and October 1 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. For more information visit Fall for Fairfax KidsFest.

Sundays, October 1 & 15

Grinding Demonstrations
(All ages) See and hear 19th century technology at work at Colvin Run Mill. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. Please call the site to confirm. The tour cost is: $7 for adults; $6 for students 16 and older with ID; and $5 for children and seniors. No reservations are required. For more, call 703-759-2771.

Sunday, October 1

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
(All ages) Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge at Colvin Run Mill and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils. The demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. are free! No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Wednesday, October 4

Hot Dog, S’mores! Wagon Ride and Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy a turkey hot dog supper roasted over the campfire and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about the area’s local and natural history. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments and s’mores. Feel free to bring your own drinks and sides. The campfire program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. costs $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursdays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26

Jr. Farmer Family Fun: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Junior Farmers and their families will get to play an active role in taking care of Frying Pan Farm Park. Join us as we explore topics such as caring for our farm animals, tinkering with farm machinery and learning the importance of our crops and gardens. Enjoy a new topic from 4 to 5 p.m. each week as we go behind the scenes to help farmers with their work. Topics are: 10/5-Sheep and Wool; 10/12-Apples; 10/19-Harvest Time; and 10/26-Halloween. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Thursday, October 5

Harvest Moon Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and learn about the colorful Harvest Moon’s science and history. Learn why Native Americans and colonists used the moon to indicate the time to harvest, and then gather around the campfire for s’mores. The program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Friday, October 6

Campfire Fridays: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Join us for a campfire, s’mores, animals and more each month this fall at Hidden Pond Nature Center. We cover a different topic and explore a different area of the park each night. The campfire program runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, October 7

Campfire Saturdays: Owls in the Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Who or what is that calling loudly across Lake Accotink? Learn from your naturalist guide what makes those calls. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park wraps up with a campfire. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Four Club Fall Classic
(11-Adult) Jefferson District Golf Course’s Jefferson Cup Tournament Series concludes with this nine-hole, individual stroke-play tournament at 1 p.m. where each participant is permitted only four clubs in their bag for the duration of the tournament. The cost per person is $35. The fee is due at the time of registration and includes lunch and prizes. The rain date is October 14. For more information, call 703-573-0444.

Scarecrow Making Workshops
(All ages) Come to Colvin Run Mill and make a “friend” for your garden or lawn from noon to 12:45 p.m. or 1 to 1:45 p.m. Bring pants and shirt, plus an old pair of panty hose (for head and body). We supply the stuffing and know-how. The cost is $6 per scarecrow. Panty hose can be purchased on site for an additional $1. No reservations are required. For more, call 703-759-2771.

Beginning October 8

Chris Jones Bluegrass Barn Concerts Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy the best of local and regional Bluegrass music at Frying Pan Farm Park’s performance series on select Sunday evenings October through April. Shows are held indoors at the Visitor Center. Season pass holders have premier seating; all others are general admission. Concerts begin October 8. Doors open at 6 p.m. Shows start at 7 p.m.

Sundays, October 8 & 22

Nature on the Lake: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Join us Sunday afternoons at Lake Accotink and Royal Lake parks to explore nature by boat. The two-hour lake journeys begin at 1 p.m. and will be offered at Lake Accotink on October 1 and October 15, and at Royal Lake on October 8 and October 22. The cost is $30 per person. For information on the program at Lake Accotink, call 703-569-3464. For more info on the Royal Lake program, call 703-324-8702.

Sunday, October 8

Folktales Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Cozy up to the campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to hear seasonal folktales. Stories feature bats, owls and other Halloween creatures. Enjoy roasting marshmallows. The campfire program from 7 to 8 p.m. costs $7 per person. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, October 9

Columbus Day Boat Race Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Reenact the journey of Christopher Columbus by building your own mini-cardboard boat to float down Pohick stream at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Supplies will be provided for building a boat. After it’s built, head to the creek for a race to the finish. Small prizes and bragging rights are awarded for the fastest and best-decorated boats. Race activities run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more, call 703-451-9588.
(3-6 yrs.) The youngest nature lovers can be part of this season’s natural world exploration with hands-on and up-close indoor and outdoor activities at Hidden Pond Nature Center. This series of programs includes exploration of the Pohick Stream Valley or areas surrounding the pond. Topics vary each week. Sessions meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost of each program is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October 15

Fall on the Farm (Carnival and Harvest Days) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Fall on the Farm Oct 13 - 15            Celebrate fall at Frying Pan Farm Park with rides, games, fair food and friends. On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy Farm Harvest Day activities: watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations. Wagon and carousel rides also available. Free admission and free parking. Ride tickets available day-of. Discounted unlimited-ride passes available for Sunday only, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Purchase early and save!

October 13-15, 2017
Friday, October 13: 5 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 14: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Farm Harvest Day 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Sunday, October 15: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Farm Harvest Day 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
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Friday, October 13

The Frightful Science of Mary Shelly Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join us for a chilling celebration of Halloween for adults at Historic Huntley. Dean Howarth, the “Natural Philosopher,” will demonstrate for you Frankenstein’s animation of the dead. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $25 per person. Call 703-768-2525 for information.

Creeping Creatures of the Creek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Explore Big Rocky Run Stream from 7:30 to 8:30 at night. Hunt for the nocturnal spider and its bright eyes and other nighttime creek denizens. Bring flashlights; wear old shoes that can get wet. Sandals and flip-flops are not appropriate. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Meet at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park’s Cabell’s Mill. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Walk the meadows and forest edges at Lake Fairfax Park to see bats and learn about them and their habits. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. The program from 7 to 8 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-471-5414.

Saturday, October 14

Showy Fall Natives and Companions Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adult) Fall gardens are vibrant with changing leaf colors and fall flowers. Take a walk with horticulturist Brenda Skarphol to learn about some of the best fall natives, perennials, shrubs and trees at Green Spring Gardens. Discover fall plants that are best suited for your own home garden situation, sun or shade. The program runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $18 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. This program from 3 to 4 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Astronomy Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a campfire and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Make s’mores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Who-oo’s at the Campfire? Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Gather ‘round the campfire at Riverbend Park to hear stories from different cultures of how owls came to be. Toast marshmallows. Learn how to recognize different owl calls. The program from 6 to 7 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Wings in the Park Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Discover winged creatures in Burke Lake Park. Identify habitat, life cycles, sights and sounds. This program from 8 to 10 p.m. concludes with a campfire. S’mores ingredients are provided. You are welcome to bring your own hot dogs. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Sunday, October 15

Batty Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Use a bat detector to hear bats communicate and locate food. Enjoy a night hike to learn about native bats and their habitats. Settle by the campfire and savor s’mores. This campfire program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. costs $8 per person and meets at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park’s Cabell’s Mill. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Friday, October 20

Lakeside Campfire Fridays: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Join us for a campfire, s’mores and more at Lake Accotink Park in October, November and December. A different topic and a different area of the park will be explored each time. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Fridays, October 21 & 28 and Saturdays, October 22 & 29

Burke Lake Ghost Train
Burke Lake Park’s replica CP Huntington Train turns into a Ghost Train for two weekends in October! Train riders of all ages will spot spooky friends and storybook characters on their lakeside ride. Enjoy the carousel, moon bounce, playground, and more tricks and treats while you’re there. Advance tickets not available. Pumpkin painting donations will benefit the Fairfax County Park Foundation/Burke Lake Park improvement campaign. Ticket sales open at 10 a.m. For more info, call 703-323-6600.

Saturday, October 21

Burke Lake Ghost Train Fall Fest at Lake Accotink Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us as we kick off Fall Fest with a dog costume contest at 3 p.m. Then spooky mini-golf and haunted wagon rides are available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lake Accotink Park Marina. Dig for treasures on Scare-Away beach. Registered participants receive a trick-or-treat goodie bag! Bring flashlights to continue the adventure after the sun goes down. Register separately for Howl-o-ween and Fall Fest.

Pumpkin Patch at Nature Playce Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-5 yrs.) Preschoolers hunt for their favorite miniature pumpkin in Nature Playce to decorate inside at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and take home. Enjoy seasonal stories and a craft. The 45-minute programs begin at 1:30 and 2:45 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Night Owl Hike and Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) At day’s end, take a hike to look and listen for wildlife in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. While sitting around the campfire, visit with our resident barred owl and enjoy s’mores. Bring a blanket to sit on and a flashlight. The campfire program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. Call 703-631-0013.

All About Bats Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Look for bats at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as we head to our campfire to learn fun bat facts and lore and enjoy an American Indian story about how bats got their wings. Toast marshmallows. This program from 7 to 8 p.m. costs $7 per person and will be canceled if there’s bad weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Astronomy Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a campfire at Riverbend Park from 6 to 7 p.m. and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Make s’mores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more campfire information, call 703-759-9018.

Lakeside Campfire Saturdays Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Join us for an evening campfire at Royal Lake Park to explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. is guided by a naturalist and ends with a cozy campfire. S’mores are provided. For more information about the campfire, call 703-324-8702.

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Join us at Burke Lake Park and enjoy a stroll along the lakeshore as we learn about the constellations, their stories and other night-sky features. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you and will have some telescopes on hand for you to use. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. concludes with a campfire. S’mores ingredients are provided; hot dogs are welcome. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Sunday, October 22

Spooky Animals Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Owls and bats and spiders, oh my! Learn about nature’s weird and misunderstood creatures through a parachute game, trail walk and live animals at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, The program runs from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Huntley Meadow-Ween Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-15 yrs.) Trick-or-treat in the wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park and celebrate the season with Halloween-themed activities, crafts and pumpkin painting from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per child. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Wednesday, October 25 - Friday, October 27

Pumpkins and Gourds

Bring out the whole family to our fall harvest celebration events hosted at select farmers market locations! Kids are invited to paint pumpkins, play fall harvest bingo and show off their costumes. In celebration of the bountiful fall the season, we will also be hosting healthy cooking demonstrations by local chefs.  available. Free while supplies last. 

October 25 – Wakefield Farmers Market
October 26 – Annandale Farmers Market
October 27 – McLean Farmers Market
October 27 – Kingstowne Farmers Market
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Friday, October 27

BOO-stravaganza Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) Celebrate the Halloween season with this variety event at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ghouls, princesses, and superheroes come to the indoor arena to start the extravaganza. Attendees enjoy a variety of themed games, dare to enter the slightly-spooky BOO barn, and take a wagon ride through the woods at night. Finish the evening with a small treat bag for the road. One-hour sessions begin at 6 and 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Pumpkins by the Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Families are invited to bring a small pumpkin to decorate and to play games at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Roast marshmallows at the campfire, enjoy cookies and juice, and make crafts as we share stories about pumpkins that aren’t scary. The program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Creepy Crawly Hayride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy a night hayride along the creepy Cross County Trail at Lake Accotink Park looking for all things that come out after dark. After the hayride, warm up by a campfire, enjoy s’mores and hear stories of some of our animal kingdom’s most creepy residents. The program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Saturday, October 28

Floral Workshop: Wickedly Wonderful Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adult) Create a festive Halloween floral design with gourds and seasonal flowers at beautiful Green Spring Gardens. With the help of professional floral designer Betty Ann Galway, you learn tips and tricks of the trade to apply to your floral arrangements at home. The program runs from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The program costs $38, and the supply fee is $25. Please register for both the program and supply fee. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Halloween at the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Dress up in your Halloween costume, and get ready for some not-so-spooky fun at Colvin Run Mill. Create Halloween crafts, enjoy hands-on activities, see a grain-grinding demonstration, and trick-or-treat around the site. This is an on-going event. Drop by any time between noon and 3 p.m. to enjoy the activities. Register online for $3 per person and save on admission. The cost is $5 at the gate. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Historic All Hallows Eve Historic All Hallows Eve Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) In the 18th and 19th centuries, Virginians celebrated All Hallows Eve with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods and family gatherings. Experience these traditions as you tour the house and grounds at Sully Historic Site by lantern light. The program from 4 to 7 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Hands-On Harvest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Want to learn more about the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park gardens? Join us for a garden tour through time and a chance to help staff and volunteers harvest our gardens. Dig for fall crops such as greens, broccoli, and squash. The program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Spine Tingling Skulls & Bones Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) What stories can skulls, teeth and bones tell us about the life of an animal? Can you identify an animal just by looking at its skeleton? Come to Huntley Meadows Park and become a bone detective. Use a magnifying glass to examine and touch real animal skulls and bones, and put an animal skeleton together. Make a skeleton craft to take home for your Halloween decorations. The program from noon to 1:30 p.m. costs $7 per person. For more information about the program, call 703-768-2525.

Halloween Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride on the not-so-scary side at Riverbend Park. Find out about animals that are out at night, listen for bats and meet one of the park’s not-so-scary animals. Bring a flashlight. The one-hour program runs at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Burke Lake Garter snake House of Reptiles and Night Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bring your family, friends and flashlight to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to learn about the amazing reptiles that call our parks home. Test and overcome your fear of reptiles to see these wonderful creatures up close. Calm your nerves by roasting s’mores at a campfire while listening to stories, and then join us for a refreshing wagon ride through a moon-lit meadow. The three-hour program begins at 5 p.m. and the cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Fear-less Fest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Join a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center for a learning adventure night hike. Meet costumed characters, including a black widow spider, skunk, owl, raccoon and a dead tree who each explain why they have undeserved scary reputations. Investigate real animals and their skeletons. See owl pellets and make crafts. This event is great for scout groups. Come in costume. Register for the 90-minute program at 7 or 7:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Groups are guided in sets of approximately 15 people. Scout groups are led separately. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Haunted Pond Jr. and Haunted Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-12 yrs.) This nocturnal wildlife and local lore program at Hidden Pond features a craft, live animals, a twilight walk into the forest, a campfire with spell-binding stories and s’mores, and more. Scary stories will be told in the last 30 minutes for the older age group. The Haunted Pond Jr. session will have only mild stories. The sessions for 3-6 year-olds are from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m., and the session for 6-12 year-olds is from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Riverside Campfire - Batty about Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bats! Learn more about these fascinating and mysterious night-flying marvels at Riverbend Park. Find out why they are disappearing from our skies through games and activities. Bring a toasting stick; s’mores are provided. The one-hour program begins at 6 p.m. and costs $8 per person. Come early if you’d like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. This event will be canceled if it rains. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Trick or Treat at our Campground Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy a safe place to trick or treat in our decorated campground at Lake Fairfax Park, and then enjoy a warm fire with s’mores and stories. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Halloween Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Enjoy a ghoulish ghost haunt, ghost stories and s’mores by the campfire at Burke Lake Park and Lake Fairfax Park. S’mores ingredients will be provided. The two-hour program begins at Burke Lake at 6 p.m. and at Lake Fairfax at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information about the program at Burke Lake Park, call 703-323-6600. For more information about the program at Lake Fairfax Park, call 703-471-5414.

Family Owl Outing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Come to Huntley Meadows Park and discover the secret world of owls. Learn what makes them excellent night predators and hike a trail to try to spot one of Huntley’s resident owls. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, October 29

Live Owl and Hawk Fest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Meet birds of prey at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as presented by wildlife rehabilitator and artist Lois Auer. Explore how these birds’ adaptations enable them to be agile hunters. Find out which species live in Fairfax County and what is inside an owl pellet. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Animals of Myth and Legend Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Owls, bats, toads and more conjure up spooky images. Separate fact from fiction at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as a naturalist shares stories and tales about misconceptions of local wildlife. Meet a toad and toast marshmallows. The program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, November 1

Hot Dog, S’mores! Wagon Ride and Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy a turkey hot dog supper roasted over the campfire and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about the area’s local and natural history. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments and s’mores. Feel free to bring your own drinks and sides. The campfire program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. costs $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. For more information, please call 703-631-0013.

Fridays, November 3 & 17

Lakeside Campfire Fridays: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Join us for a campfire, s’mores and more at Lake Accotink Park. A different topic and a different area of the park will be explored each time we meet this fall. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. For information, call 703-569-3464.

Friday, November 3

Campfire Fridays: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Join us at Hidden Pond Nature Center for a campfire, s’mores, animals and more each month this fall. We cover a different topic and explore a different area of the park each night. The campfire program runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturdays, November 4 & 11

Cocoa Wagon Rides Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy fall with a special harvest-themed wagon ride at Frying Pan Farm Park. Afterwards, sample hot cocoa and s’mores around the campfire. The one-hour programs begin at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, and children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Saturday, November 4

Fall Color Snap Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(10-Adult) What’s that chill in the air? How do plants and animals adapt to the coming seasonal change? Join us for a hike from 10 a.m. to noon at Huntley Meadows Park and learn how to draw a beautiful fall scene. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525

Owl Outing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) These nocturnal raptors are pair-bonding and looking for nesting sites at this time of year. Prowl Huntley Meadows Park after dark to listen for and learn about our local owls and possibly see a barred owl. The program from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Meet at the visitor center and dress for the weather and standing off trail. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, November 5

A Taste of History: Thanksgiving
(Adults) Food historian Joyce White explores changing Thanksgiving traditions, from the settlers’ “Harvest Home” of 1621 to the present-day celebration. Hear about famous Americans who influenced the holiday’s transformation, and enjoy samples of historic Thanksgiving food spanning four centuries. This tea and tasting program from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens’ Historic House costs $42 per person; $18 for the program only. Reservations are required. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Tricky Turkeys Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-5 yrs.) Do you know a jake from a jenny? Baby turkeys and their grown-ups are surprisingly curious creatures. Find out about these birds through a story, song and craft from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, November 8

Bobcat Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) New to the neighborhood, bobcats have moved into Fairfax County. Identify bobcat habitat, life cycles, sights and sounds and learn to be a good bobcat neighbor. Take home a paw print. This program at Burke Lake Park from 8 to 10 p.m. concludes with a campfire. S’mores ingredients will be provided; bring your own hot dogs. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Saturday, November 11

Goodnight Walk: Owls Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Learn to recognize the calls and features of local owls, make a craft and enjoy a night hike with a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Thursday, November 16

Turkey Cup
(Adults) Join us at Greendale Golf Course at 9 a.m. for the shotgun start of our Sixth Annual Turkey Cup. Winners bring home Thanksgiving dinner and dessert! The tournament is a two-player scramble. Prizes are awarded for top finishes in each division, as well as closest to the pin. Registration closes November 9. The cost is $90 per team and includes lunch, greens fee, power cart and prizes. The fee is due at time of registration. For more information, call 703-971-6170.

Friday, November 17

Coyotes Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Satisfy your curiosity and your sweet tooth with one howling campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Listen to coyote calls, take a short hike, and make s’mores as you learn about this wily canine from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Join us at Burke Lake Park and enjoy a stroll along the lakeshore as we learn about the constellations, their stories and other night-sky features. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you and will have some telescopes on hand for you to use. The program from 7 to 9 p.m. concludes with a campfire. S’mores ingredients are provided; hot dogs are welcome. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Saturday, November 18

Ride the Turkey Train at Lake Fairfax Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Enjoy a ride on Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad at Lake Fairfax Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See how Eastern Woodland Indians hunted and how their tools were made. Create your own Thanksgiving-themed craft to take home. The cost is $5, and the Fairfax County Park Authority will be collecting non-perishable food to be donated to a local food bank. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

A Bountiful Harvest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Wheat and corn were the two main crops grown at Sully. Stop by the kitchen at the historic site to see foods made using those two grains. Make a corn husk doll and a woven wheat ornament to take home. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Decorative Gourd Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Gourds are used in many different ways. At Huntley Meadows Park, learn this valuable crop’s history, then prep, design and decorate a gourd using different media and your imagination. The program from noon to 2 p.m. costs $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Riverside Campfire -Terrific Turkeys Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Wild turkeys roam Riverbend Park’s meadows and riverbanks. Learn about these elusive and seasonal birds with games and activities. Bring a toasting stick; s’mores are provided. The one-hour program begins at 6 p.m. and costs $8 per person. Come early if you’d like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. This event will be canceled if it rains. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

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Footgolf

Come kick it with us! FootGolf at Pinecrest Golf Course is fun for everyone, if you can kick a ball you can play FootGolf. Enjoy the family rate of $40 for 2 adults and 2 children! Special rates available for larger groups. Perfect for birthday parties, reunions and team building!
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