NoVa Weekend Lineup June 7-8

Current forecast calls for partly/mostly sunny weather this weekend … no rain!  

Saturday, June 7

Canoe the Marsh
Pohick Bay Regional Park     8 am-Noon
Explore of one of the area’s finest wildlife habitats while gliding over the water on a canoe! Experience the beauty of Pohick Bay’s marshes and see bald eagles, osprey, fish and other wildlife. These trips are for adults and youth age 16 and older. Space is limited to 12 people per trip. Cost is $25 per person; reservations are required. Call 703-528-5406 for reservations and other information.

Arlington and Alexandria Community Bike Ride
2121 Crystal Drive, Crystal City   
Registration begins at 7 am; community tour leaves at 8 am; family ride leaves at 8:30 am
Grab your family and friends and bring them out to the 4th annual Arlington & Alexandria Community This non-competitive ride is designed for families and people of all ages and will give you a fun, first-hand view of some of the best trails, bike routes and facilities the region has to offer. With two routes to choose from, full-service rest stops, valet bike parking, and music and entertainment at the finish line in Crystal City, it’s sure to be a fun-filled day! Cost is $34 for families in advance, $40 at the event. For more information or to register, visit

Kids’ Fishing Derby
Claude Moore Park/Lanesville Heritage Area      9am-Noon  FREE
Kids, discover the sport of fishing! Enjoy a morning of fishing and show off your angling skills at Claude Moore Park’s two fishing ponds! Prizes will be awarded in several categories at the end of the contest. Registration is required by June 6; rain date is June 14. Call 571-258-3700. From Ashburn Online

14th Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival
The Train Depot,   9431 West Street          10 am-5 pm    FREE ADMISSION
The Manassas Heritage Railway Festival is a family celebration of the rich railway history that Manassas has to offer.  Attractions include a variety of elaborate model railroads; railroad history and memorabilia; living history and folklore; 3 live bands throughout the day; and children’s rides and activities. Tickets for the much anticipated VRE excursion train ride to Clifton and back are $6 (children under 2 years old are free). Tickets must be purchased IN PERSON at the train depot. The Excursion Trains are run on the hour at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. The trip is about 35 minutes. At 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm don’t miss the one-man music and comedy of Rick Hubbard and The Kazoobie Kazoo Show on the Kid’s Stage! Activities also include a live animal show with Animal Ambassadors and children’s rides.

A Chittlin’ Circuit Family Workshop: Painting the Past
Greater Reston Arts Center    10 am
Artist Rik Freeman takes you on a voyage of historical exploration as you turn your personal history into painting. Come prepared with a narrative from your family’s history or a time in history that has personal interest and meaning for inspiration for your painting (including photographs, documents, and images both imaginary and real). Rik will enlighten us on his process as well as guide you in crafting the visual elements of your art. Cost is $5 for GRACE members; $8 non-members; family of three or more is $12 for GRACE members; $20 for nonmembers. For registration and information, call 703-471-9242.

Garden Sprouts: Lamb’s Ears and Dandy Lions
Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria    10-11 am.
Search for spider plants, catmints, elephant’s ears, and monkey grasses as we find plants with animal names hidden in the garden. For preschool children (3-5 years) with accompanying adults.  Cost is $6. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Kids Club Meeting
Tysons Corner Center  10-10:30 am    FREE
Reptiles Alive at Join us this Saturday for Reptiles Alive in the food court, 3rd level, next to the kids play area. Visit for additional information!

Mountain Biking for Beginners
Lake Accotink Park, Springfield      10:30 am-12:30 pm
Learn trail safety and bike maintenance fundamentals, then enjoy a group ride geared for beginners. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own bike and helmet or rent one from the park for $25. Bring a water bottle and snack if desired. Workshop fee: $20 per person. For ages 9 years and older. Refunds only if class is canceled. Call 703-569-0285.  

Korean Movie with English Subtitles
George Mason Regional Library     10:30 am
Presented by the Korus House; Embassy of the Republic of Korea. For ages 12 and up.  Call 703-256-3800. 

Lovettsville History Alive! 
Lovettsville Library         11 am  FREE
Eugene Scheel, historian and mapmaker, will discuss the history and geography of Lovettsville, includingShort Hill, the defining boundary of Lovettsville, the German Settlement, and Between The Hills, which are spanned by four public roads and are laden with innumerable caverns and forbidding crevices. Recommended for ages 12 and older.

Regency Era Country Dance and Picnic
Aldie Mill Historic Park    Noon-5 pm FREE
Dust off your favorite Regency era frock and grab your parasol, because it’s time for Aldie Mill Historic Park’s 1st Annual Regency Country Dance and Picnic to celebrate the birthday of the mill’s builder and founder of the village of Aldie, Charles Fenton Mercer. The time period for the dance and picnic is 1808, when Mercer would have been celebrating his 30th birthday. Period dress is encouraged, but not required.  You’ll also want to be sure and bring your own picnic lunch and a blanket (or some such thing) to picnic on, as these things will not be provided.  Tours of Mercer’s 19th-century mill accompanied by milling demonstrations will be provided throughout the day. Activities include period dancing demonstrations, carriage rides, early19th century children’s games  and light refreshments.

Bluegrass and BBQ
Lee-Fendall House
614 Oronoco Street, Alexandria      Noon-5 p.m.
Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy local bluegrass bands and some of Northern Virginia’s best BBQ. All proceeds benefit the education and restoration of the Lee-Fendall House. Tickets are $45 for adults, $30 for kids 12-17, $15 for kids 5-11, free for kids 5 and under. Call 703-548-1789 to purchase tickets or visit Please note that in the event of inclement weather, this event will be rescheduled.

16th Annual Armenian Festival
Market Square, 301 King St.      Noon-6 pm  FREE ADMISSION
The City of Alexandria will host the 16th Annual Armenian Festival, rain or shine. The festival features Armenian foods, arts and crafts, and live entertainment including instrumentalists and vocalists, and Arax Dance Ensemble. For more information on the Armenian Festival, call the Special Events Hotline at 703.883.4686 or the Special Events Office at 703.838.4844.

Herbal Remedies Day
Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run   1-4 pm 
One of the farm children has fallen ill! Help the farm wife diagnose the disease and harvest herbs from the garden for a cure. Learn the difference between decoctions, infusions, plaisters and poultices, and learn how these remedies were used to treat the dreaded maladies of the 18th century. Weather permitting – call ahead 703.903.9330 Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children 3-12 years.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Hidden Oaks Nature Center     1-2:30 pm
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic at Hidden Oaks! Bring your teddy bear and come along. Before our adventure, we’ll disguise everyone to catch the bears unawares! Stories, songs, games and light refreshments for humans and teddy bears. Reservations and prepayment required; cost is $10 per child. For ages 3-6 years with adult. Call 703-941-1065 for more info.

Snakes Local and Exotic
Natural Museum of Natural History
Naturalist Center, 741 Miller Drive, Ste G2, Leesburg
1-2:30 pm FREE
For kids age 10 and older. Snakes are marvels of adaptation. They fascinate all of us, even those of us who find them frightening. George Zug (Emeritus Research Zoologist and former curator of herpetology, National Museum of Natural History) will offer an introduction to snake anatomy and biology of local and foreign snakes, and also comment on snake-human interactions.

Unlocking the Secrets of Our Living Planet: A Guided Hike
Potomac Overlook   2 pm
The park comes alive on this 1/2 mile walk with hands-on activities, tidbits of history lost in the shuffle of modern life, and a puzzle that participants solve as they go. In just over an hour, eat a fresh vegetable, operate a solar electric panel, handle 2000-year-old Indian artifacts, wax philosophical, and come away with an understanding of how these are all seamless parts of the story of Northern Virginia. For kids age 8 and older. Cost is $3 per person. Call 703-528-5406 for reservations.

Teen Summer Reading Program Volunteer Orientation
Lovettsville Library     2 pm   FREE
Do you want to volunteer at the library during the Summer Reading Program? Come to an orientation to get started! Refreshments will be available. Recommended ages 12-18. Register online or call 540-822-5824.

Hansel & Gretel: Washington National Opera
Chantilly Regional Library   2:30 pm

Presented by the Washington National Opera. For ages 4-10 years. Register by calling 703-502-3883.

Piano Xpress with Greg Genter
Cascades Library     2:30 pm   FREE
Join us for this fun day camp, that offers piano instruction at an introductory level. Register for one session only. Recommended for ages 7-11. Register online or call 703-444-3228.

Loudoun Wildlife Festival
Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Nearsville    4:30-6:30 pm
Starting at 4:30 and going into the evening, we have four great bands, Allegheny Uprising, the Roots Quintet, Acoustic Burgoo and Dirty River, playing bluegrass and blues as we enjoy the night sounds. Between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Reptiles Alive will have a live amphibian zoo set up so you can meet some local species and learn more about them. This is a free event but donations are encouraged to help raise funds for future programs and events. Food and drinks will be available for purchase but you’re welcome to bring a picnic. No alcohol please. Please try to carpool to help us with the parking.

Riverside Camping
Riverbend Visitor Center   7 pm Saturday – 9 am Sunday
Shake the dust out of your camping gear and head over to Riverbend Park. Bring the kids and a dinner to cook over the campfire. Enjoy night-time activities, a night hike and s’mores as we celebrate the arrival of warmer weather. Wake up to the dawn chorus and breakfast. Canceled if rain. Reservations and advance payment required. $45 per family. Call 703-759-9018.

Skywatching at Sky Meadows State Park
Sky Meadows State Park , Delaplane      Dusk-11 pm
Sponsored by the National Air and Space Museum. Join Sean O’Brien, staff astronomer of the Albert Einstein Planetarium, and other local amateur astronomers, for public telescopic observing under dark, star-filled skies, away from city lights. The evening begins with a short night sky orientation at dusk, followed by telescopic observing of various astronomical objects. The park contact phone number is (540) 592-3556. There is a $4 parking fee per car. Please cover flashlights with a red filter or a brown paper bag. Dress warmly. In case of clouds or rain, an amateur astronomer will lead a short alternate program.

Sunday, June 8

Annual Arlandria-Chirilagua Festival
Mt. Vernon Village Shopping Center     Noon-7 pm  FREE ADMISSION
The City of Alexandria will host the Annual Arlandria-Chirilagua Festival rain or shine. The festival features live entertainment, children’s activities, traditional arts and crafts from South America, Bolivia, Peru, and Central America, and food and beverage sales. For more information on the Arlandria-Chirilagua Festival, call the Special Events Hotline at 703.883.4686 or the Special Events Office at 703.838.4844.

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Children’s Festival
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center
3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria    2-4 pm
Ahoy, mateys! Set your course for the ASO’s Children’s Festival featuring musical selections from “The Pirates of Caribbean,” dance and art activities, and even a costume contest! Tickets only $5!  Call 703-548-0885.

Songs of Freedom
Gunston Hall, Mason Neck   1-5:30 pm
Alexandria’s Alfred Street Baptist Church Male Chorus performs. Hearth cooking demonstrations and special tours illuminate slave life at Gunston Hall. Children even pitch in with the chores. Performances start at 2:30. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for students in grades 1-12, free for kindergarten and younger.  Call 703-550-9220.

Read Aloud to Lloyd, a Therapy Dog
Centreville Regional Library  4-5 pm
Sign up for a 15-minute session. For ages 6-12. Call 703-830-2223.



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