Weekender: River Fun, Roll ‘em and Mixing With the Oldies

It’s mid-June with lots of great activities at your Fairfax County Parks.


  • Down by the Riverside: Bring camping gear, flashlight, toasting sticks and dinner to cook on those sticks over a campfire alongside the Potomac River. The Riverside Camping overnight program is a great way to kick off Father’s Day weekend. S’mores and a light breakfast will be provided. 6 p.m. Riverbend Park. $16/person. Register online. For more information call 703-759-9018.
  • 2012 Summer Entertainment Series: The Fairfax County Park Authority, in partnership with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, presents a summer-long calendar of shows, concerts and movies appropriate for you and your family. These concerts are the perfect place to bring a picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the best local and regional entertainers. Performances range from children’s puppet shows to big band, jazz, bluegrass, rock, classical and world music. For those who love a classic, enjoy a nostalgic return to the good old days and the drive-in theatre where you can view classic movies on a large, outdoor screen from the comfort of your car. Events take place Wednesday through Sunday. More information and performance details are available online.
  • Café Cattail: Enjoy a relaxing evening applauding community talent. Musicians, dancers and poets are encouraged to share their arts with a nature theme. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Huntley Meadows Park. Free. For information call 703-768-2525.


  • Lights, Camera, Action! The Workhouse Film Institute is showcasing films during the month of June as part of the Workhouse Urban Art Film Series. “Bomb It” is the explosive new documentary from award-winning director Jon Reiss investigating the most subversive and controversial art form currently shaping international youth culture: graffiti. Through interviews and guerilla footage of graffiti writers in action on five continents, the film tells the story of graffiti from its origins in prehistoric cave paintings thru its notorious explosion in New York City during the ’70s and ’80s to today. The film tracks down the most innovative and pervasive street artists as they battle for control over the urban visual landscape. You’ll never look at public space the same way again. 8 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Free ($7/person suggested donation). For information call 703-584-2900.
  • Park Manager Walk and Talk: Join Huntley Meadows Park Manager Kevin Munroe on a free walk. Find out about the wetland restoration project and learn about wildlife. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Huntley Meadows Park. For information call 703-768-2525.
  • Sunset Cruises: Soak up the sunset as you cruise the beautiful shoreline of Lake Accotink. You may spot a heron settling in for the night or a deer coming down to water’s edge for a late drink. Sit back and listen while your tour guide shares interesting facts about local wildlife and some of the fascinating history of the park. Keep an eye out for the park’s resident eagles. Beverages served on board. Participants age 18 and above are welcome. 7 to 8 p.m. Lake Accotink Park. $6/person. For reservations and more information call 703-569-0285.
  • Cub Run Creek Exploration: Explore Bull Run Regional Park’s largest creek. Join a naturalist on a netting excursion to learn about creek life, catch crayfish, aquatic insects and fish. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Bull Run Regional Park; park in the Atlantis Waterpark parking lot and meet at the camp store. Free. For reservations and more information call 703-631-0550.


  • Little Deuce Coupe(s): Celebrate Father’s Day with Sully’s Annual Antique Car Show. More than 400 antique and classic cars fill the grounds. Buy the car of your dreams at the Car Corral or search for the perfect accessory in the flea market with more than 100 vendors. Treat dad to a delicious lunch and get your toes tapping to the music of Jumpin’ Jupiter. A tour of the first floor of the 1794 Sully House is included. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sully Historic Site. $10/adult, $8/seniors, $7/children. For information call 703-437-1794.
  • Children’s Musical Adventure – Who’s on First Bass?: Bring the whole family for an interactive concert based upon music by Rossini, “Duke” Ellington, plus the new “Concerto for Basketball!” Learn what sports and music have in common. Participants age 5 and above are welcome. 1 to 2 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $2/person. For information call 703-642-5173.
  • Bull Run Trail Hike: Take a two-hour hike on the Bluebell Trail. Bring good hiking shoes, water and prepare to get muddy.  Be on the lookout for signs of forest creatures and identify the types of trees found in the park. Park in the Atlantis Waterpark lot and meet at the camp store. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Bull Run Regional Park. Free.  For information call 703-631-0550.

Information was correct at time of publication.  Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled.