Current forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain Saturday with thunderstorms; Sunday appears just partly cloudy and cooler. Father’s Day activities will appear in a separate post!
Saturday, June 14
Birding the Banshee
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve 8 am FREE
Join the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks at our monthly bird walk. Because of its rich and varied habitat, this part of the county is a birding hot spot. Please bring binoculars. For more info contact Joe Coleman at email@example.com or 540-554-2542.
Wetland in Bloom
Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria 9-11 am
Take a plant ecology hike to the wetland during peak bloom of buttonbush, swamp rose and lizard’s tail. Search for birds and mammals that use these plants. The cost is $6 per adult. To reserve, call 703-768-2525.
15th Annual Potomac Celtic Festival
Morven Park Historic Green (Mansion Side of Park), Leesburg 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
This cultural heritage festival celebrates Celtic life with living history camps, continuous music and dance, Celtic crafters, specialty import vendors, a parade, pipers, story telling, children’s activities, workshops, mouth-watering food, an authentic pub tent, and fun for the whole family! Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 6-12 years, and free for kids younger than 6. Discounted advanced tickets online.
Become A Pilot Family Day
Steven F.Udavr-Hazy Center 10 am-3 pm FREE ADMISSION
More than 50 vintage, recreational, military, and home-built aircraft will be especially flown in for the event and displayed outdoors. Explore a variety of aircraft, talk with pilots, and learn what skills are needed to fly. Test the museum’s flight simulators and meet model airplane experts. The U.S. Air Force band’s Airmen of Note will provide musical entertainment. Admission is free, but there is a $12 parking fee.
Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon 10 am-3 pm
Celebrate National Dairy Month. Milk cows and goats and taste different types of dairy products. Churn butter, enjoy hands on farm activities and see other farm demonstrations. Cost is $4; Call 703-437-9101.
Riverbend Dragonfly Count
Riverbend Park, Great Falls 10 am-2 pm FREE
Learn dragonfly identification basics as we count and net dragonflies. More than 40 species have been recorded, and there are more to find. Bring a lunch, water and binoculars. Bring your own net or borrow one of ours. Reservations are required. For children ages 13 and older. To reserve, call 703-759-9018.
Nature Nook with a Book
Richard Byrd Library, Springfield 10:30-11:30 am FREE
Hidden Pond’s naturalist visits the Richard Byrd Library for a free program on backyard wildlife residents. Learn how to create a backyard which will attract local wildlife. Librarians recommend books to fit the subject. Call the library at 703-451-8055 to make reservations.
Summer Reading Preview
George Mason Regional Library, Annandale 10:30 am FREE
Learn about our Summer Reading Program and popular books. Register by calling 703-256-3800. Age 5-15 with parent or caregiver.
Bob Swanson, The Singing Weatherman
Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, Falls Church 10:30 am FREE
Join USA Today’s Assistant Weather Editor for a special program. Touch a weather balloon, see a tornado in a box, and sing and dance to The Weather Wiggle. Register by calling 703-790-8088. Age 6-12 with adult.
Teen Summer Volunteer Orientation
Cascades Library 11 am-Noon FREE
We need teen volunteers to help us run the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Come to ONE of the orientation sessions to learn how. Orientation is needed in order to become a volunteer. Limited space available. Recommended for ages 12-18. Register online or call 703-444-3228.
11th Annual Cajun Festival
Breaux Vineyards, Hillsboro 11 am-6 pm
Boogie the day away with live Cajun music at this unique festival. Enjoy authentic cajun cuisine including gumbo jambalaya, muffaletta, beans-n-rice, and steaming fresh crawfish flown in straight from Louisiana. The children will enjoy games, Cajun kiddie packs, face painting, and vineyard hayrides! Admission is $15 per person, includes wine tasting and souvenir wine glass; $10 for designated drivers; free for kids younger than 6. For more info, call 800-492-9961.
Taste of the Town
Reston Town Center Noon-11 pm FREE ADMISSION
Northern Virginia’s largest outdoor food festival, featuring delectable fare from the region’s finest eateries, live music all day on 3 stages, 3 beer and wine gardens, and activities and games at Kids Korner. Produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. Admission and parking are free, taste tickets $1 each. Advance tickets available, call 703.707.9045. www.restontaste.com
The Great Zucchini
Arlington Cinema N Drafthouse
2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington Noon
For ages 2-6. The Great Zucchini presents a hilarious, comedy-magic show for young audiences. Having performed at the White House Easter Egg Roll Doors will open 1 hour before show time to allow for eating and pre show movie entertainment. Admission is $8; online reservation fee is 45 cents. To reserve online, click here.
Teen Summer Reading Volunteer Training
Rust Library 1 pm FREE
Teen volunteers who want to help with the children’s and teen’s Summer Reading Program need to attend ONE of these training sessions. Training is required for all volunteers. Recommended for ages 12-18. Teens are to pick up applications and have them completed before the training. Register online or call 703-777-0323.
Claude Moore Colonial Farm Turkey Run 1-4 pm
Planted in early fall, the wheat and rye are finally ready for harvest. Watch the farm family and their neighbors cut the grain, then join them to bind and stack the crop. Find out why more and more of the neighbors are growing wheat as a cash crop in addition to tobacco. At the farm house, lend a hand churning butter, and learn how the farm wife bakes wheat bread. Admission is $3 for adults; $2.00 for children (3-12 years old). Weather permitting – call ahead at 703.903.9330.
Family Dig Day
Grounds of the George Washington Masonic Memorial
101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria 1:30-3 pm
Help Alexandria City archaeologists and trained volunteers screen excavated soil for artifacts from a real “dig” located on the grounds of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Wear comfortable clothes, protect yourself from the sun, and bring a water bottle. Please, no sandals. All necessary equipment will be supplied. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Cost is $5 per person; reservations required. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.838.4399 to save your spot!
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 “A Knight’s Tale,” one of Heath Ledger’s earlier movies. Recommended for ages 12 & up.
Summer Reading Program Teen Volunteer Orientation
Purcellville Library 2pm FREE
Orientation for teens interested in Summer volunteer opportunities. Must be 12 years or older. Teens must attend one orientation session in order to volunteer. Register online or call 540-338-7235.
Sterling Library 2pm FREE
We need teen volunteers to help us run the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Come to ONE of the orientation sessions to learn how. Orientation is needed in order to become a volunteer. Limited space available. Recommended for ages 12-18. Register online or call 703-430-9500.
An introduction to Edible Wild Plants
Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington 2pm FREE
Join a park naturalist for an indoor presentation and an outdoor hike on edible wild plants in our area. The program will cover “do’s and don’ts” of wild food gathering, history of food use, nutrition, and much, much more! Samples will be available! Arrive prepared to spend an hour or more on the trail. Adults and youth age 8 and older.
Can You Canoe?
Lake Accotink Park 2-3:30 pm
Experience the great outdoors while having fun and getting a great workout! You will learn the basic mechanics of canoeing with an emphasis on safety and enjoyment. Perfect for beginners. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Canoes and life jackets provided. Bring a water bottle and snack if desired. Cancelled if rain or windy conditions. Cost is $12 per person. For 8 years and up. Refunds only if class is cancelled. Call 703-569-0285.
Sunday, June 15
Bird Watchers Walk!
Oak Ridge Campground, Prince William Forest Park 7:30 am
Beginner and expert birders alike will enjoy the chorus of birds that awaken each spring morning in Prince William Forest Park. Bird Walks are 1-1/2 to 2 hours in length and require a moderate amount of walking over uneven ground. Please bring walking shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, and binoculars. Meet at the Oak Ridge Campground parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $5 per vehicle.
Summer Soltice Festival Day
Fort Hunt Park, Alexandria Noon FREE
All ages welcome at the Washington Revels’ festival, where participants will spend the day singing, dancing and picnicing with the Washington Revels! No auditions or experience necessary. Participants gather, rehearse, and perform a “mini-Revels” — all in one day! Participants choose (in advance) one of four Revels activities; children learn and perform their own set. Advance sign-up is required for performers and volunteers; click here to sign up. Beginning at noon, we will picnic in the park. Official activities begin at 1 pm with a circle and the singing of several large group songs. After the circle, we break into the activity groups (as outlined above). Later, after a short snack break, we review everything and put it all together. At 5:30pm we perform our Festival Day “mini-Revels” for the Nordic communties’ Midsommar-Juhannus Picnic (also held at Fort Hunt Park) sponsored by the American Scandinavian Association, Swedish Drott Lodge, and the Finlandia Foundation.
Unlocking the Secrets of Our Planet: A Guided Hike
Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington 2 pm
A guided walk like you’ve never experienced before! 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. This program is suitable for adults and children age 8. Cost is $3.00 per person; reservations required. Call 703-528-5406 for reservations.
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale 2-3:30 pm
Decipher clues with your family as you explore the woods, ponds and streams of Annandale District Park with one of three scavenger hunts. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $7 per family. To reserve, call at 703-941-1065.