Beautiful forecast for this weekend … perfect weather to check out any of the events below!
Update: Sorry, now the forecast is for 70 percent chance of rain Saturday!
The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum
201 South Washington Street, Alexandria,
Saturday 11 am-5 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm FREE
All aboard! The Potomac Division of the National Model Railroad Association returns with working HO gauge trains and a state-of-the-art digital command system. New this year is a hands-on Thomas the Tank Engine area for toddlers. Also climbing on board for Railroad Days are Whistle Stop Hobbies to discuss the fun of miniature trains and Operation Lifesaver, a national railroad safety program headquartered in Alexandria. For more info, call 703-838-4994.
Blackberry Days Wine Festival
13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg
Saturday 11 am-6 pm, Sunday 11 am-5 pm
Enjoy award-winning wines, oversized u-pick blackberries, food & craft vendors, wagon rides through the vineyard, the Kids’ Grape Escape, canoes, kayaks and paddleboats on Shadow Lake compliments of River and Trail Outfitters, discounts on Tarara’s Wild River Red and live entertainment all weekend long. Complimentary recipes will be available along with our popular, oversized u-pick blackberries ($5 a pint). Up to 45 craft and food vendors will be selling their wares. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for those under 21 years, free for kids 6 years and younger.
4-H Fair and Farm Show
Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon
Saturday and Sunday 9 am-5 pm FREE
Find old-fashioned country fun with games, rides and exhibits. Watch exhibitors getting their animals ready for the show. See real farmers use antique equipment. Try your hand at milking a cow or goat, shelling corn or other farm chores. For information, call 703-437-9101.
Saturday, Aug. 2
Loudoun County Fair
17558 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg
8 am-10 pm; carnival rides open at 6 pm
The annual fair features livestock shows, riding demonstrations, a bull-riding rodeo, a demolition derby, carnival rides, food, cooking competitions and special programs for children. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, free for kids 5 and younger.
12th Annual Loudoun County Butterfly Hunt
Throughout the county 9 am FREE
All skill levels are welcome. Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy will organize teams led by experienced butterfliers. We’ll visit fields, farms, butterfly gardens and woods that span the county from White’s Ferry in the east, to the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Center in the west, to Point of Rocks south to Lincoln. Spend a few hours in the morning or count all day. For more information and to register, please visit our butterfly count page and sign up online or contact Nicole Hamilton, 540-882-9638 or email@example.com. A $3 fee is collected for adult count participants (over 18).
14th Annual Friendship Firehouse Festival
107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria 9 am-2 pm FREE
Celebrate the founding of the Friendship Fire Company in 1774. Activities include craft and food vendors, displaying their wares in the 100 block of S. Alfred Street, right in front of the Firehouse. A live band plays contemporary music and kids of all ages come to see the firehouse, fire trucks clowns, and have a good time. For more info, call 703-838-3891.
Kid’s Free Fishing Tournament
Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge 9-11 am
volunteers are on-hand to help participants learn proper fishing techniques. Children 5-15 are invited (no fishing license required), and winners of age groups are given trophies. Some supplies are available, but staff encourages you to bring your own. Call (703) 583-6904 to register. No charge for the program, but there is a $5 vehicle entrance fee.
Birding by the Bay
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton 10-11 am
Join this walk to look for songbirds, waterfowl, and of course bald eagles! Meet at Bayview Trail Head. Call (703) 339-2385 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.
Teddy Bear Picnic
Locust Shade Park, Triangle 10 am
Bob Brown Puppets will perform a delightful tale of Baby Bear and his forest pals as they picnic in the woods. Bring your own teddy bear and get $1 of off regular admission rates! Admission is $4 per person for ages two and older. Viewers are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunches, blankets and lawn chairs.
Meet the Harleys
City of Fairfax Regional Library 10 am-Noon FREE
Fairfax H.O.G.s bring their motorcycles to answer questions and give safety tips. All ages.
A Day at The Beach With Under the Sea
Oakton Library 10:30 am FREE
See creatures you’d find at the shore and learn about sand, waves, tides and sun. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Oakton Library. Age 6-12. Call 703-242-4020 to register.
Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville 11 am-Noon FREE
The wildlife viewing pond at Bull Run is full of some very interesting critters. Join our naturalist as he will lead a group to the pond for some pond exploration. Using official nets we will see what we can catch in the pond. After a short talk about what was caught, all critters will be released back into the pond. Remember to wear shoes that can get muddy. Call 703-631-0550 for reservations.
Martial Arts: A Family Affair
Kingstowne Library, Alexandria 11 am FREE
Join us to learn how martial arts can be a great experience for every member of the family. Program includes martial arts demonstrations by students from Bushido Studios. All ages. Call 703-339-4610 to register.
“It’s a fine beginning”
Carlyle House Historic Park
121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria Noon-4pm FREE
On August 1, 1753, John and Sarah Carlyle finally moved into their new stone house in Alexandria, Virginia. Begun in 1751, the house was the grandest residence in the growing port. Later that same day, Sarah gave birth to a son, William Carlyle. As John penned in a letter home to England “It’s A fine beginning.” Over two hundred-fifty years later, as part of the museum’s Day in the Life series of programs visitors will experience firsthand this important day in Carlyle House history.
18th Annual African-American Heritage Festival
Metz Middle School
9950 Wellington Road, Manassas Noon-6 pm FREE ADMISSION
More than 125 arts and crafts dealers, food vendors, youth groups, school and colleges; health fair, business and job expo and classic car show. For more info call 703-369-2475.
1A Prince Street, Alexandria Noon-7 pm FREE
A celebration of all things great and Gaelic in the region with non-stop entertainment, including pipe bands and dancers. Plus arts and crafts and Irish food, including Guiness. No coolers allowed. For more info, call 703-838-4844.
Tavern Day at Gadsby’s
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria 1-5 pm FREE
Want to learn to dance like George Washington? Ever heard of a learned pig? Tours led by costumed guides, period music and light refreshments at Gadsby’s Tavern annual open house.
Creek to River Walk
Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington 2 pm
What better way to spend a hot summer day than to explore Donaldson Run and the Potomac River with a park naturalist? We’ll search for stream life, do some water quality testing, and even dip our feet in the water. Refreshments will be served along the river. Suitable for adults and for children age 8 and older. Space is limited to 12 participants. Call 703-528-5406 for reservations.
Patrick Henry Library, Vienna 2:30 pm FREE
Meet and learn about live animals from your own backyard and beyond with Animal Ambassadors. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Patrick Henry and George Mason Library branches. Age 6-12. Call 703-938-0405 to register.
Summer Thunder Cruise In
Franklin Park, Purcellville 3-7 pm
Rain date is Sunday, Aug. 3 from Noon to 4 pm.
More than 750 cars of vintage years will take you back in time. View classic cars restored to pristine condition, hear the rumble of hotrods, stand tire-high next to a monster truck, and inspect the engine of a racecar. Live entertainment and deejays will host this event which offers good food and fun for all! All the proceeds will benefit the nationally-recognized Automotive Service Technology Program at C. S. Monroe Technologyy Center in Leesburg, Virginia. (From Ashburn Online)
Brian Curry: Magic and Mischief
Lubber Run Amphitheatre
N. Columbus St. & 2nd St. N., Arlington 8 pm FREE
Brian Curry’s show is engaging, fun and baffling, and includes comedy, magic and a few surprises. His interactive routines range from tricks with water, cell phones, bottles and the rarely-seen pickle manipulation! Great fun for the whole family! Call 703-228-1850 for more info.
Sunday, Aug. 3
Water Festival & Watermelon Day
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale 1-3 pm
Explore a discovery room of wet and wild self-guided learning stations, games and activities at . At 1:30 p.m. naturalists lead a hike to the creek for water tests and critter searches. At 2:30 p.m. slip into your bathing suit and join our water limbo contest plus other wet and wild outdoor activities. Enjoy a slice of watermelon in honor of its special day. This event is suitable for children ages 5 to 10 years. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $6 per child. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.
Occoquan Regional Park, Lorton 3:30-5 pm
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.
Read Aloud to Lloyd, a Therapy Dog
Centreville Regional Library 4-5 pm FREE
Sign up for a 15-minute session. Age 6-12. Call 703-830-2223 to register.