Weekender: Campfires, S’mores and More

The weekend before turkey day there’s a lot to be thankful for at your Fairfax County Parks.


  • Hoot Goes There? Families enjoy fireside stories and activities, listen for owls and snack on s’mores during a special program, Campfire: Owls. Come early if you want to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Riverbend Park. $4/person. Register by  calling 703-222-4664. For information, call 703-759-9018.
  • Comedy Tonight: An evening of one-act comedic plays by Alden Theatre’s Studio Rep. 8 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre.  $10/person ($5/McLean Community Center tax district residents.) Tickets available online.  For information call 703-790-0123.
  • Pre-Turkey Quarter Horse Show: Western is in! Cheer on the cowboys and cowgirls. Held indoors rain or shine. 9 a.m. Frying Pan Farm Park. Free. For information call 703-437-9101.


  • Bring on the Night: Enjoy guided star gazing, looking through the telescope and listening to ancient stories about the constellations around the campfire at the Night Sky Festival. Jupiter is this event’s featured planet. Other activities and games will take place throughout the evening. Hot chocolate and snacks are available for purchase. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. 6 to 8 p.m. Riverbend Park. $5/person. For information call 703-759-9018.
  • Gallery After Hours-Ballroom Dancing: Dancing, food and fun! Led by an instructor (with a pre-dance mini lesson available, $5/person.)  Complimentary refreshments and cash bar available. All skill levels are welcome. Dress is casual. Doors open at 7 p.m., mini-lesson from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and open dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person. Tickets available online. For information call 703-495-0001.
  • The Chemistry of Lime Trees: What divides us? How do we negotiate the various borders in our lives? Inspired by these questions, Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround explores the impact of real or perceived borders through two factual, historical stories in a premiere theatrical dance piece. The Chemistry of Lime Trees combines athletic movement, live singing, text and provocative images to create a work both lush and stark, straightforward and layered, and concrete and abstract. 8 p.m. Reston Community Center. $15 ($30/non-residents.) For information call 703-476-4500.
  • Harvest Creations: Experience harvest time as people might have in the early 19th century. Hear about the African-American slaves who worked at Sully harvesting crops. Use traditional supplies to practice candle dipping, making beaten biscuits and wheat weaving. Participants must be at least 5.1, 2 or 3 p.m. Sully Historic Site $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-437-1794.


Fired Up! Meet a live hawk and owl and learn about their different strategies for surviving winter at the Stay or Go Campfire then enjoy s’mores! Participants must be at least 4-years-old. 2 to 3:30 pm. Cabell’s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $6/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703 631-0013.

The Man Who Planted Trees: Hear the wind, feel the rain, smell the lavender and laugh with Dog in this multi-sensory theatrical delight for ages 7 and above. 3 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre. $15 ($10/McLean Community Center Tax District residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.

Turkey Walk: Discover the wild turkey’s habits and secret ways during a walk in the cedar forest. Participants must be at least 4-years-old. 9 to 10 a.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-631-0013.