The weekend promises fair weather, according to current forecasts!
Civil War Encampment Weekend
Sully Historic Site, Chantilly
10am-4pm Saturday, 10am-3pm Sunday
Federal and Confederate troops recreate Civil War daily life. Skirmishes each day include infantry, artillery and cavalry. Stop by the surgeon’s tent to see how the sick and wounded were treated. Enjoy live music and a fashion show. House tour included. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children; two-day tickets are $12 for adult, $8 for seniors and children.
Dog Days Peach and Sunflower Fest
Great Country Farms, Bluemont 9 am-5 pm
Bring the whole family for a romp in the sunflower field and to u-pick peaches at the peak of perfection. We will have Rally and Agility courses with Fun Dogs a Leesburg Company that focuses on fun for your dog after obedience training. Live Music will keep your toes tapping. Our Roosteranté will be open and feature peach slushies and peach pies. Bring your retriever’s favorite item to enjoy a dip in the pond. All canine companions are asked to bring their owners on a leash and sport their finest rabies certification tag. Canine drinking water and scooping bags provided. Admission is $8 per person; kids 2 and younger are free.
Saturday, Aug. 16
Bird Walk at the Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project
Near Oatlands Plantation 8-10 am FREE
Come and see a variety of woodland and wetland bird species. To join us for this walk by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and get directions to the meeting place, please sign up online or contact Joe Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-554-2542. The walk is limited to 12 people so registration is required.
Clarke County Fair
890 West Main St., Berryville
Gates open at 10 am
This year’s county fair features demolition derbies, bull riding, tractor pulls, lawnmower races and the ever popular pig scrambles! Admission: $5 for adults, $2 for children 15 years and younger, free for preschoolers. Reduced rates for carnival rides from 2-5 p.m.
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.
E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater, Chantilly 10-11 am FREE
Audiences set sail with a true son-of-the-seas, PIRATE JACK! His colorful costuming, energy and mastery of traditional instruments have hoisted sails and spirits from Sea World and Disneyland to the Chesapeake on the original Bounty. This musical sea voyage explores the ports and lifestyles of those who sailed the seas of the 1800s. Their diversity of culture is revealed through the songs they sang.
Bob Brown Puppets
Lake Fairfax Park Amphitheater, Reston 10-11 am FREE
Join Puppeteer Bob Brown for an Awesome Arctic Adventure exploring a Super-Secret “PENGUIN’S PLAYGROUND,” hidden at the very bottom of the world! To get through the long gloomy winter, Bob’s clever creatures lift their spirits by putting on a spectacular show, right out among the icebergs! Be there as Bob’s rollicking, playful, multi-talented penguins join their good friends at a Hot Time at the South Pole tonight!
Dragonflies at Banshee Reeks
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve 10:30 am-Noon FREE
Join the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for one of our free, family dragonfly walks. We will investigate some of the many diverse natural areas at Banshee Reeks and identify all of the dragonflies we can find. If you own binoculars, please bring them. Questions: contact Andy Rabin at email@example.com.
Richard Byrd Library, Springfield 10:30 a.m FREE
Who are the creatures that can sting? Learn about the bugs and even a plant that can sting, as well as how to avoid getting stung! Presented by Hidden Pond Nature Center. Call 703-451-8055 to reserve a space.
Fighting & Frolicking: The Civil War Comes to Morven Park
Historic Morven Park, Leesburg 11 am-4 pm
Experience life for Confederate soldiers through this living history program. Historical interpreters portray soldiers who lived at Morven Park following the nearby Battle at Ball’s Bluff. The program includes a visit to log huts (replicas of structures built by Mississippi troops at Morven Park) and a look at authentic objects of the time period found on the property. The soldiers will also explain their uniforms, accoutrements, personal items they carried with them in war, and will demonstrate musket firing, military drilling, and campfire cooking. Admission is $5 for visitors 13 and older; $1 for kids ages 6-12; free for children under 6 years.
Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville 11 am-Noon
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. Program is free but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.
Prince William County Fair
10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas
Gates open at noon
The largest county fair in Virginia with concerts, rides, games and food ends on Saturday. Admission ticket includes midway entertainment, exhibits, barn shows and grandstand events. Ride tickets purchased separately. Admission is $7 for visitors older than 7 years; $5 for children ages 3-6; free for kids 2 and younger.
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.
Family Dig Day
Grounds of the George Washington Masonic Memorial
101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria 1:30-3 pm
Help 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!
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton 2-3 pm
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.
Nothing but Netting
Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville 3-4:30 pm
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 illusive American Eel. Clothes and shoes that can get wet are a must for this program. Meet at Bull Run camp registration building. Call 703-631-0550 for reservations. Program is free but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.
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.
Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge 8:30-10:30 pm
Take a hike with a ranger through the woods of Leesylvania at night. This is your chance to experience the park the way our nocturnal animals do. Call (703) 583-6904 to register. No charge for the program, but there is a $5 vehicle entrance fee.
Sunday, Aug. 17
Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge 11 am-3 pm
Get outside this summer and learn how survive in the woods. Come to the Visitor Center for a chance to practice the skills you need to go camping or backpacking successfully. You’ll get to make your own shelters; build fires; go on a Search and Rescue Mission; and create an emergency first aid kit. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch, water, backpack, and wear closed toe shoes. For ages 12-16. Call (703) 583-6904 to register. No charge for the program, but there is a $5 vehicle entrance fee.
Lost and Found GPS Adventures
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton 2-4 pm
Ever use a Global Positioning System (GPS)? Come learn how to navigate using these hand held electronic devices and then go and find hidden catches around the park. Meet at Visitor Center. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.
Occoquan Regional Park 3:30-5 pm FREE
All ages While enjoying the wonderful scenery along the Occoquan, join our naturalist for a live animal show! Turtles, snakes, frogs and more will be featured! Cal 703-690-2121 for more info.
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton 4-5 pm
Come make and eat delicious fresh butter with us. You’ll love the pure rich taste, just like George Mason’s family might have enjoyed. Meet at Picnic Area. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.
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. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.