Predators, Concerts, Campfires and Civil War Spycraft Make For A Hot Fairfax County Weekend

The heat is on this weekend – and there’s plenty to do.


  • Hoo Goes There? Explore the world of predators at Bull Run Regional Park during Predators of the Night. Discover the habits of foxes, coyotes, owls and many other animals out hunting after dark. Reservations required. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Bull Run Regional Park. Free.  Meet at the Bull Run Camp Store. For information call 703-631-0550.
  • Summer Entertainment Series: A summer-long calendar of shows, concerts and movies. Friday night’s concerts feature Billy Coulter at Lake Accotink Park; Pablo Antonio y La Firma at Grist Mill Park; Little Red & The Renegades at Mason District Park Amphitheater; and Washington Toho Koto Society at Royal Lake Park. More information is available here.


  • Hot Stuff: Listen to old-fashioned tall tales during Campfire: How and Why Summer Stories. Toast marshmallows over the embers. Participants ages 4 and above are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-941-1065.
  • Birding in the Gardens: Join a naturalist and learn the basics of identifying birds by sight, sound and behavior. This month features a special tour of the gardens before they open to the public. Some field guides and binoculars available, but feel free to bring your own. Reservations required. 8 to 9:30 a.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Free. Meet in the Visitor Center. For information call 703-255-3631.
  • ExtravaCATza 2011: Ready to make a loveable feline friend part of  your family?  The Fairfax County Animal Shelter may have just the right one for you. During Extravacatza the first 100 cats adopted from the shelter during July and August will receive a free spay or neuter at the shelter’s veterinarian. There will also be no adoption fee for cats who are seven years or older. Drop by and meet the loving animals looking for new homes. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. (And from 12 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.  For information call 703-830-1100.


  • I Spy…: Hear fascinating stories of Civil War spy craft and the men and women who served as agents for the Blue and the Gray. Get acquainted with two important Civil War spies who had close connections to Green Spring and whose undercover exploits changed the course of the war. 1 to 3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens Historic House. $27/person includes full English tea. To make a reservation or for more information call 703-941-7987.
  • Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park: Enjoy the song stylings of The Reagan Years at this week’s concert.  This band of musicians recreates the sounds of the music of the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan was president, MTV hit the airwaves, CDs hit the scene and acid-washed jeans were cool.  5 p.m. McLean Central Park.  Free.  For information call 703-790-0123.