The Weekend: Pumpkins, Scarecrows and Kayaks

A warm, dry autumn weekend means lost of things to do at  your Fairfax County Parks.


  • Di-Vine! Discover the wonderful world of vertical plant life with “Vine Gardening.” Master gardeners show you how to add height and structure to your garden with vines. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.
  • P is for Pumpkin: Stories about autumn and pumpkins. Attendance is limited to 20 children, ages 2 to 3 with an adult. Tickets available 30 minutes before, first come, first served. 11 a.m. to noon. Burke Centre Library. For information call 703-249-1520.


  • Brains Not Included: Make a scarecrow for your garden or lawn! Bring pants and a shirt, plus an old pair of pantyhose for a head and body. Staff supplies the stuffing and know-how. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. 1 to 1:45 p.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m. (Sunday too.) $6/scarecrow. For information call 703-759-2771.
  • Second Saturday Art Walk: Showcasing the diverse work of more than 150 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community. Tour seven unique studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists, buy original works of art, experience ever-changing exhibitions and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshment and music. 6 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center.  Free.  For information call 703-495-0001.
  • War of 1812 Muster: Learn musket drill, see the great gun fired, visit the doctor and learn the role of slaves in the War of 1812 as the troops gather to prepare for war against England. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sully Historic Site. $8/adult; $6/seniors and children. For information call 703-437-1794.
  • Night Walk: Take a walk in the park with a naturalist to look for hunting bats and working beavers. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Huntley Meadows. $6/person. Register online . For information call 703-768-2525.


With a Paddle: Discover the secrets of the islands on a scenic kayak tour. Start with the basics, and soon you will be maneuvering through the water. No previous experience required. One- and two-person kayaks are available. Download a waiver and bring it completed to the tour. Participants must be age 14 or older. 9 to 11 a.m. Riverbend Park. $55/person. Register online. For information call 703-759-9018.

Native American Woodlands Walk: Enjoy a guided tour of the Potomac Valley Native Plant Collection, with emphasis on the many uses Native Americans made of these plants for successful survival before Europeans arrived in the Americas. 2 to 3 p.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Free. For information call 703-352-5900.

Young Soloists Recital: Now in its 37th season, this series features professional musicians who have won international recognition for their artistry. The new season also includes four Young Soloists Recitals that will showcase the talents of local school-age musicians.  This week enjoy music for piano, oboe and violin from some of the area’s gifted young artists.  3 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre.  Free.  For information call 703-790-0123.