Although Saturday is supposed to be rainy, Sunday and Monday look clear, according to the current forecast!
Planet Arlington World Music Festival
Netherlands Carillon/Iwo Jima Memorial
1400 N. Meade Street, Arlington
Saturday, Aug. 30 4-10 pm FREE
Bring a picnic and the family for an annual world music festival featuring top world music talent. For kids, there’s the World Playground, which provides workshops & activities, and a second stage of family-friendly performances from 4-7 p.m.:
4 pm Farafina Kan: West African percussive music and dance
5:15 pm David London:”Adventure to Imagi-Nation” Storytelling & Magic Show
6 pm Bash the Trash: Science! Music! The Environment! An interactive performance with instuments made from trash
6:45 pm Tai Yim Lion Dancers: Dragon-led parade with Tai Yim Lion Dancers & Bash the Trash – kids and families join in!
Saturday, Aug. 30
Butterflies & Birds Walk
Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Purcellville 9 am-Noon FREE
Join Joe Coleman and the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy on a bird and butterfly walk at this beautiful 900-acre nature preserve in northwestern Loudoun County. We should see butterflies using the late summer wildflowers as well as early migrating birds. We’ll meet at the Blue Ridge Center’s Visitor Center (office building). For more info contact Joe Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-554-2542.
Leesburg Airport Open House
Leesburg Airport, 1001 Sycolin Road 10 am-4 pm FREE
The Leesburg Executive Airport will be hosting a Open House with free admission and parking. Event features WWII B-17, various military and civilian aircraft static displays. For more information call (703) 737-7125.
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.
Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge 11 am-1 pm
Its time to harvest the vegetables from our garden! Give us a hand and stick around for a craft and games at the Visitor Center. Call (703) 583-6904 to register. 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.
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.
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.
Trinity Centre Parking, 5885 Trinity Pkwy, Centreville
Gates open at 6 pm; movies start at 7:30 pm
The final showing in the month-long outdoor movie series will be Shrek the Third. The evening will begin with an outdoor pre-movie program – music, food and children’s activities. Then, at dark, enjoy family-friendly movies on the big screen from the comfort of your car or from beneath a canopy of stars in a designated seating area. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal. Feel free to bring a picnic, blanket and chairs, and visit with your neighbors under the stars.
Hayfield Elementary School
7633 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria 7:30-8:30 pm FREE
Bring your grass skirt and uke and swing your hips to an evening of traditional Hawaiian music and dance. Call 703-324-SHOW (7469) for more information.
Nuts About Squirrels
Prince William Forest Park Oak Ridge Campground, 8 pm
We see them in our yards and all throughout the park, but how much do we really know about squirrels? Ranger Jim will take a closer look at these adorable creatures and discuss their physical characteristics, adaptations, habitat, and how they serve as an indicator species for the park. No charge for the program, but there is a $5 entrance fee per vehicle that’s valid for seven days.
Sunday, Aug. 31
Sunday Afternoon Hike – Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine
Prince William Forest Park 10 am
Ranger Andrew will lead this 2 mile, moderately easy hike to the former site of the Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine which operated in the park from 1889-1920. Bring good walking shoes, water, and a love for history! This tour leaves from parking lot D off of the Scenic Drive. No charge for the program, but there is a $5 entrance fee per vehicle that’s valid for seven days.
Paws to Read: Certified Therapy Dogs and their Handlers
Purcellville Library 2 pm FREE
What do you get when you bring children, dogs and books together? Happy, confident children, who love to read! Register your child to come in and read to a therapy dog. Recommended for ages 5-10. Register online or call 540-338-7235.
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.
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.
Twilight Tour of Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park
Ball’s Bluff Road, Leesburg 6-8 pm FREE
Join this twilight tour of the largest Civil War engagement to take place in Loudoun County. For more information contact Kelly Weddington at (703) 737-7800 or Templehallfarm@nvrpa.org
Monday, Sept. 1
Herndon Labor Day Jazz & Wine Festival
The 20th Annual Labor Day Jazz & Wine Festival will take place noon to 6 p.m. on the Town Green in Historic Downtown Herndon. Presented in collaboration with the Herndon Woman’s Club, the event features nationally and regionally known jazz entertainers on our main stage, a Wine Tasting with about 10 Virginia wineries, gourmet food, and a Fine Arts show.