Darn those tropical storms! There are some great festivals happening on Saturday, which currently is forecast for 70 percent chance of thunderstorms … here’s hoping!
Virginia Indian Festival
Riverbend Park, Great Falls 10 am-4 pm Saturday
Eight tribes including the Rappahannock dancers and drummers will be represented at the 2008 festival. Indian crafts, pottery and music for sale. Enjoy demonstrations, talks by tribe members, tool-making experts and local archaeologists, bow and arrow shooting and spear throwing with an atlatl. Help build an authentic dug-out canoe. The cost is $8 per adult and $5 per child. The program will be held rain or shine. For information, call 703-759-9018.
Dulles Day Plane Pull
Dulles International Airport 11 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE
The pull is a fun team competition to see which group can pull a cargo jet the fastest. An entire festival has grown up around the competition, and features a wide range of events and activities for the entire family. Come check out the car show, aircraft displays, exhibitor areas, games, & rides in the Kids Corner, live music, concessions and more! There’s even a School Bus Pull for the kids… so gather your friends and family and make a day of it! The competition and surrounding festival take place on the tarmac behind cargo buildings 5 & 6, with ample free parking on the airport grounds (shuttle busses transport people between parking and the festival entrance). The festival area opens at 11:00 pm with the actual pulls occurring between 11:30 and 3:30 pm. The event is rain or shine.
2008 Reston Multicultural Festival
Lake Anne Village Center 11 am-5 pm Saturday FREE
Reston will celebrate its 8th Annual award winning Multicultural Festival, spotlighting the global diversity of the cultures in greater Reston! Families friends and visitors are invited to come, enjoy and experience multicultural entertainment, cultural displays, children’s and adults’ activities, children’s passports, a global fashion show, food, arts and crafts, and cultural demonstrations. Come dressed in your own native attire and share your culture with your neighbors. Click on the title above for a schedule of performances.
LoudounPaloosa: End of Summer BBQ and Music Fest
Belmont Country Club
19661 Belmont Manor Lane, Ashburn Noon-11 pm
Make the most of the last days of summer at Loudoun Summer Music Fest’s season finale. This day long festival features live music, best barbecue/ribs contest, and fabulous end-of- summer food from Original Steakhouse, Famous Dave’s, Buffalo Wing Factory and Carolina Brothers BBQ. Admission is $20 per person at the gate, $15 in advance.
Saturday, Sept. 6
Canoe the Marsh
At Pohick Bay Regional Park 8 am
Explore of one of the area’s finest wildlife habitats while gliding over the water on a canoe! Experience the beauty of Pohick Bay’s marshes and see bald eagles, osprey, fish and other wildlife. These trips are for adults and youth age 16 and older and the cost is $25/person. Space is limited to 12 people per trip. Call 703-528-5406 for reservations (required), directions and other information.
Pancake Breakfast and Potato Harvest
Great Country Farms
18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont 9 am-5 pm
Join us for our 4th Annual Pancake Breakfast and Potato Harvest. You will love starting the day with pancakes hot off the griddle topped with our fruit butters or syrup, all-natural pork sausage, juice, and coffee. Enjoy live entertainment as you jump on a hayride and hunt for a potato treasure in our u-pick field. Bring a white t-shirt and make a potato stamp t-shirt or stamp a farm t-shirt, and try out our new potato guns. Admission is $6 per person, free for kids younger than 2.
Kid’s Fishing Tournament
Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge 9-11 am
Tournaments are held on the first Saturdays through September. Folunteers 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. The tournament is free, but there is a $5 vehicle entrance fee.
The Civil War Soldier’s Life
Claude Moore Park/Lanesville Heritage Area
21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Road, Sterling 10 am-3 pm
Civil War reenactors and archaeological artifacts bring the soldier’s war to life. “Enlist” at the muster station, explore weapons, military equipment, clothing, and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Cost is $5 supply fee for children 5 years and up.
Touch a Truck
Veteran’s Memorial Regional Park
14300 Featherstone Road, Woodbridge
10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. FREE
Come out and sit, climb, and explore all different trucks.
Toadally Cool Fall Froggin’
Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly 10-11 am
Soak up fall puddle life and search for frogs and tadpoles at . Learn about their fascinating life cycle. This program is suitable for children ages three and older with an adult. Reservations are required. The cost is $3 per child and $2 per adult. To reserve, call 703-817-9407.
Woodrow Wilson Library, Falls Church
10 am and again at 11 am FREE
Music and movement. Cosponsored by the Friends of Woodrow Wilson Library. Age 8 months-5 years with adult.
Soldier-Led Walking Tour
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site
4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria 10 am FREE
Learn about the history of Fort Ward on a soldier-led tour! A Union Civil War soldier will give two guided tours of the historic site, the first at 10 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m. Call (703) 838-4848 to register.
Wegman’s Back to School
Wegman’s Dulles, Fairfax, Gainesville and Woodbridge 11 am-3 pm FREE
Back-to-school time means back to needing quick and nutritious breakfasts, interesting and healthy lunches, and fast and affordable suppers. Stop by our store and see how we can help you make the transition from summer to fall easier. You’ll get tips and ideas for healthy and reasonably priced meals and snacks at stations in many departments along with a taste of what we’re recommending.
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.
Can You Canoe?
Lake Accotink Park, Springfield 1-3 pm
Learn canoe basics at This program is appropriate for children ages eight and older and perfect for beginners. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Canoes and life jackets provided. Bring a water bottle and snack. The cost is $10 per person. To reserve, call 703-569-0285.
Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly 1-3 pm
Look for wild turtles and learn about how they survive in the water and on the land. This program is suitable for children ages three and older with an adult. Reservations are required. The cost is $3 per child and $2 per adult. To reserve, call 703-817-9407.
Make a Backyard Habitat
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale Noon-1 pm FREE
Families will learn how to make a yard, school or business property an official National Wildlife Federation certified backyard habitat. Learn how to make a toad abode, too. Reservations are required for this free program. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton 1-1:45 pm pm
Identify tracks from animals native to Mason Neck, and then make some tracks 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.
Teen Wii Day
Lovettsville Library 2 pm FREE
Join us at the library for an afternoon of the Nintendo Wii, including Wii Sports, Wii Play, Mario Party 8 and more. Refreshments will be provided. Register online or call 540-822-5824.
Lost and Found GPS Adventures
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton 2-3:30 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.
Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria 2-3:30 pm
Children (5 yrs. and up) with accompanying adult(s) explore the fascinating life cycle of monarch butterflies. Make a caterpillar cage, add a milkweed snack, and adopt a tiny larva to take home to raise and release in your own garden! Cost is $10 per project. Call (703) 642 – 5173 to register.
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.
Sunday, Sept. 7
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton 1-1:45 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 2-2:45 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 3-3:45 pm
We’ll identify some of the creepy crawly insects that are living in Mason Neck State Park and then, using pipe cleaners and other materials, you’ll create your own bugs. 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 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.
Gotta Catch ‘Em All…Pokemon
Monday, Sep. 8, 4:00 PM
or call 703-430-9500.
Join Ash, Brock, May, Dawn, Misty, Max, and Team Rocket for a rockin’ time of games, crafts, and fun. Bring your Pokemon cards to trade. All Pokemon trainers must attend! Uh oh, Team Rocket is blasting off again!
Recommended for ages 6 -11. wednesday: 19 openings