NoVa Weekend Lineup July 19-20

Sorry this is late, everyone, I’ve been overcoming jet lag after a 14-hour flight from Narita, Japan to Houston…

The good news is that the current forecast calls for great weather this weekend! 


Summer Market & Faire
Claude Moore Colonial Farm
11 am-4 pm Saturday and Sunday
Travel back in time and enjoy food, drink and attractions of a Colonial-era market and fair. Entertainment includes a puppet show, three-legged race for adults and kids, Signora Bella the Slack Rope Walker, swordmasters, Gypsy Fortune Teller and more. Kids’ games include rope swing, see-saw and apple-bobbing to test the dexterity of one’s teeth. For a discount pass of 50 percent off admission for up to six people, click here.


Nature Walk
Pohick Bay, Lorton  9-10:30 am FREE
Join our naturalist for a leisurely hike on the trials along Pohick Bay. Search for wildlife and other natural wonders. Meet at the Pohick Bay camp store.

Music Makers and Movers with Ms. Susan
Woodrow Wilson Library, Falls Church
10 am and again at 11 am FREE
Music and movement program for children ages 8 months-5 years with adult. Call 703-820-8774.

Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria    10-11 am FREE
Learn about fruit and hunt for berries in our gardens.Cost is $6 per child. For Preschool ages 3-5 with accompanying adult. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Summer Fun!
Centreville Library    10:30 am FREE
Stories, activities and a craft. Age 2-5 with adult.

The Nicolo Whimsey Show
Reston Regional Library    10:30 am
Chantilly Regional Library    2:30 pm
Nicolo the Jester shares his juggling, clowning and comedy in this free program. For ages 6-12.

Richard Byrd Library, Springfield     10:30 am FREE
Learn about all the crustaceans found here in Fairfax County, maybe even in your backyard. Meet these “locals” and the other live specimens that will be on hand. Presented by Hidden Pond Nature Center. All ages. Call 703-451-8055.

3rd Annual Key West Fest
Breaux Vineyards, Purcellville
11am- 6pm (rain or shine)
Cruise on down to Breaux Vineyards for a Jimmy Buffet style party! Ease into a new frame of mind with wine tastings & specials, Carribean food and music, crafts from local artists, entertainment for the kids, and a costume contest for the loyal Parrot Heads! Bring the family and a blanket and we’ll provide the food, refreshments, wine and entertainment! Admission is $15 per person, $10 for designated drivers and children under 6.

Saturday Afternoon Hike: American Indian History
Prince William Forest Park Noon-1:30 pm
Join Ranger Issac for this easy, one mile hike down the South Valley Trail to learn about the ways of the Doeg American Indians before European contact. Please bring good walking shoes, water, and a love for history! This hike leaves from parking lot A off of Scenic Drive. No charge for the program, but there is a $5 vehicle entrance fee.

Feathers and Fur
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    Noon-1 pm 
Check out real furs, skulls and more of the animals that live in the park. Meet at Picnic Area. Call (703) 339-2385 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.

Baby Signs with Dana Carmichael
Ashburn Library    1 pm FREE
Join us for this basic baby signs class with instructor Dana Carmichael. Recommended for ages 6-24 months with parent/caregiver. Register online or call 703-737-8100.

Makin’ Tracks
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton   1-2 pm FREE
Identify tracks from animals native to Mason Neck, and then make some of your own. Meet at Picnic Area.  Call (703) 339-2385 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.

Pond Probe
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    2-3 pm FREE
Join our scientific investigation. We’ll have dip nets and buckets available for you to catch minnows, crayfish and more as we check for life in our pond. Meet at Cartop Boat Launch. Call (703) 339-2385 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.

LIVE! The Stand-Up Chameleon
Cascades Library      2 pm FREE
Jackson Gillman magically transforms himself into a wide array of eccentric characters through his many talents as a mime, actor, songsmith and storyteller. Shining through Jackson’s wit and extraordinary versatility is his bemused, warm-hearted honesty.

Insects of Potomac Overlook
Potomac Overlook, Arlington      2 pm FREE
Join a naturalist for a hands-on investigation of this oft-maligned branch of the animal kingdom! From dragonflies to butterflies to wasps, insect diversity is astounding. The program will feature a slideshow and a hike outside (with nets) to locate and view insects in their natural habitats. Call 703-528-5406 for reservations.

Comics Around the World
Kingstowne Library, Alexandria     2:30 pm FREE
See comics from around the world and create your own with graphic artist and author Matt Dembicki. For ages 12-18. Call 703-339-4610.

A Tangle of Tales presented by Grey Seal Puppets
Thomas Jefferson Library, Falls Church    2:30 pm FREE
Colorful puppets present stories from around the world, including The Frog Prince. All ages. Call 703-573-1061.

American Wildlife
Martha Washington Library, Alexandria    2:30 pm FREE
Meet and learn about live animals from your own backyard and beyond with Animal Ambassadors. For ages 6-12. Call 703-768-6700.

Nothing But Netting
Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville     3-4 pm FREE
It’s time to find out what really lives in Bull Run stream. Our naturalist will lead a group into the stream in search of anything we can find. We may catch fish, insect larvae, and maybe even an elusive American Eel. Clothes and shoes that can get wet are a must for this program. Meet at Bull Run camp registration building. For reservations, call 703-631-0550.

Majestic Eagles
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    5-6 pm
Look for majestic bald eagles with us and find out about their fascinating lives. Can you tell an eagle from an osprey in the distance? We’ll show you how. Binoculars and spotting scope available for your use. Call (703) 339-2385 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.

Owls: Mysterious and Misunderstood
Oak Ridge Campground, Prince William Forest Park    8 pm
Owls have always been associated with darkness, intelligence, and spooky nighttime scenes. But there is a lot more to these misunderstood creatures than meets the eye! Come and hear more about these fascinating creatures at the Oak Ridge Campground amphitheatre.  No charge for the campfire program, but there is a $5 vehicle entrance fee.

Bat Watching
Huntley Meadows Visitor Center, Alexandria   8-9:30 pm FREE
Learn about the diversity and adaptations of bats at a slide illustrated lecture. Then search twilight skies for bats. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child. To reserve, call 703-768-2525.


Thomas the Tank and Friends Play Day
Kinder Haus Toys, Arlington   1:30-2:30 pm  FREE
Come have fun with Thomas and the gang. Enjoy coloring. Listen to Thomas stories. Have your face painted, and go home with a free engineer’s cap and other goodies. Space is limited to the first 25 children to sign up, so sign up today. If you sign up and find you cannot attend, please call and let us know so we can add kids from the waiting list. Call 703-527-5929. From GO CityKids DC.

Critters Alive!
Occoquan Regional Park, Lorton   3:30-5 pm FREE
While enjoying the wonderful scenery along the Occoquan, join our naturalist for a live animal show! Turtles, snakes, frogs and more will be featured. For all ages.


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