Current forecast calls for a sunny weekend — perfect for participating in the fun festivals and events this weekend in Northern Virginia!
Great Country Farms, Bluemont Saturday-Monday 9 am-5 pm
To celebrate the royal strawberry, our Jubilee is packed with live music, farm contests, u-pick strawberries and great food. With our Duckie Derby, Pie Eating Contests and a Tart Toss, our games will keep you smiling’. Our Roosteraunté will be serving up our famous BBQ and Kettle Corn all weekend long! Don’t miss the 6th Annual Diaper Derby sponsored by Petite Dekor of Leesburg- babies from 4 months to 9 months crawl to the finish line to win great prizes. Cost is $8; kids younger than 2 are free.
133 Church St. NE, Vienna
Saturday 10 am-11pm; Sunday 10 am-10 pm;
Monday 10 am-9 pm FREE ADMISSION
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Vienna, the festival features three days of food, vendors, children’s rides and games, live entertainment especially for kids, and more. Click here for entertainment schedule.
Delaplane Strawberry Festival
Sky Meadows State Park Saturday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm
This annual festival is a weekend of family fun, featuring local crafters, children’s games, hayrides, live entertainment, a raffle, an old-fashioned bake sale, antique cars, petting zoo, fresh strawberries, and more. Proceeds from fund the ministries and outreach programs of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Delaplane. Cost is $20 per car at the gate. Click here for entertainment schedule.
Free Lecture: Snakes – Local & Exotic
Smithsonian Naturalist Center, Leesburg
Saturday, May 24 1-2:30 pm
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event will not occur on May 24, 2008. The Naturalist Center plans to reschedule this event for a future date and time that is yet to be determined.
Saturday, May 24
Morning Bird Walk
Blue Ridge Center Meet @ Neersville Fire Station, Round Hill
9 a.m. FREE
Beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend our free monthly bird walks for members and non-members, led in partnership with Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and Audubon Naturalist Society. The Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship is a 900-acre preserve is located on Harpers Ferry Road, Rt. 671, in northwestern Loudoun County. Please bring binoculars. Call Joe Coleman, 540-554-2542, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Spring Gardens Park, Alexandria 10-11 am
Little ones explore how dirt dwellers help gardens grow, and then make their own dirt farms to take home. For ages 3 to 5 years old. Cost is $5; advance reservations are required. Call 703.642.5173
Chantilly Regional Library 10:30 am FREE
Fun stories for the whole family to enjoy. All ages. No registration is required.
Patrick Henry Library 11 am FREE
Manga, anime and refreshments for ages 12-18. No registration is required. Call 703-938-0405.
Music Makers and Movers with Ms. Susan
Woodrow Wilson Library 10:30 and 11:30 am FREE
Music and movement program for children 8 months to 5 years with adult. Cosponsored by the O’Shaughnessy Hurst Memorial Fund. Call 703-820-8774.
Cub Run RECenter 1- 2 pm
Explore the fascinating world of bugs during the season when baby bugs are abundant. Study their life cycles and the many ways bugs have adapted to their environment. For 3 years and up with adult; reservations required. Cost is $3 per child, $2 per adult. Call 703-817-9407.
Snake and Turtle Feeding
Hidden Oaks Nature Center 1-2 pm
For all ages, reservations required. Limit 20. Cost is $2; call 703-941-1065.
Mother Goose and Her Fabulous Puppet Friends by Diane Ligon
Ashburn Library 2 pm FREE
With the help of their giant puppet goose, the puppet friends sing the rhymes of Mother Goose. They play games, dance and talk about what life was like 250 years ago when these poems were written. Recommended for ages 3 and older. Tickets required and may be picked up one half hour before the program.
Movies @ the Library!
Lovettsville Library 2 pm FREE
Bring your own snacks and enjoy a movie on the library’s big screen! We will be showing Cars. Rated “G” and recommended for all ages.
Storytelling around the Campfire
Sully Historic Site 6-7 pm
Listen to stories of times past around a crackling fire. Roast marshmallows with your family and friends. Additional cost for house tour. For this event, tours available 1-5pm. Cost is $4. Call 703-437-1794.
Goodnight Walk: Sounds of the Night
Hidden Oaks Nature Center 7-8 pm
Sounds of the night fill our ears with delight! Learn about animal sounds and then take a night-time stroll along the Old Oak Trail to practice our new listening and identifying skills. For 4 years and older with adult. Reservations and prepayment required per participant. Cost is $5 per person; call 703-941-1065.
Sunday, May 25
Backyard Games and Outdoor Fun
Hidden Oaks Nature Center 2-3 pm FREE
How often do children just go outside to play after school? Celebrate National Backyard Games Week! Bring your children out for an afternoon of old fashioned outdoor games with a nature twist. Stay afterwards and discover how fun slowing down and exploring the woods can be! Reservations required; canceled if rain. For 4 years and up and adult. Call 703-941-1065.
Paws to Read with Certified Therapy Dogs and their handlers
Purcellville Library 2 pm FREE
What do you get when you bring children, dogs and books together? You get happy, confident children who love to read! Register your child to come in and read to a Therapy Dog! Co-sponsored by the Paws4People Foundation. Recommended for ages 5-10. Register online or call 540-338-7235.