Weekend in the Parks

Lots of yuks, moonlight movies and a pooch cruise. These and more are available this weekend at your Fairfax County Parks.


  • I’ll Be Here All Week: Need a laugh after a long week? The Workhouse has you covered with the Jokeslingers Comedy Tour featuring Alex Moore, who has appeared on “MadTV” and “My Name is Earl,” Brian Kerney from “Last Comic Standing,” and Adam Dodd, a musical comic who has been featured on MTV and VH1. Advance ticket reservations are recommended. 8 and 10 p.m. (Also on Saturday.) Workhouse Arts Center. $20/person. (18 and above only.) For information call 703-584-2900.


  • Movies by Moonlight: The Starlight Cinema continues with Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning “Hugo.” Set in 1930s Paris, it’s the story of an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station and becomes caught up in a mystery when he discovers a key left by his father. Hugo embarks on a quest that will transform those around him and lead to a safe and loving place to call home. The evening will begin with an outdoor pre-movie program of music, food and children’s activities. Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars. 6 p.m. Trinity Centre. Free. For information call 703-324-7469.
  • Mantis Mayhem!: Late summer and early fall are the best times to find mantises after their summer feast of insects. Study the role of mantises in the ecosystem and uncover more about insects. 10 to 11 a.m. Cub Run RECenter. $5/person. For information call 703-817-9407.
  • 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. Passengers 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.
  • History Paddle Tour: Mayor Earnie Porta of the town of Occoquan will lead a one-hour historical paddle between Occoquan Regional Park and the town of Occoquan. Kayak rental available. Call to confirm. 11 a.m. to noon. Occoquan Regional Park. $10. For information call 703-690-2121.


  • The Blue and the Gray: Union and Confederate troops recreate Civil War daily life as reenactors demonstrate the varied work of the army during Civil War Encampment Weekend. Skirmishes each day include infantry, artillery and cavalry. Visit the weekend encampment and discover a soldier’s lifestyle during this turbulent time in America’s history. Enjoy live music and a fashion show. House tour includes artifacts rarely on exhibit belonging to the Haight family, mid-19th century residents at Sully. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday) Sully Historic Site. $9/adults, $7/seniors and children. For information and to purchase tickets call 703-437-1794.
  • Canine Cruise: Get your pup ready for a one-of-a-kind trip aboard Lake Accotink’s pooch-friendly pontoon boat.  Enjoy the long rays of the sun while canine passengers take note of ducks, geese and other lake dwellers. Dogs must be leashed and well-socialized.  Cruise cancelled and refunds issued in case of rain or gusty winds. 7 to 8 p.m. Lake Accotink Park. $6/person (ages 8 and above); no charge for dogs (one dog per person).  For reservations and advance payment (required) call 703-569-0285.
  • Wood Carving Lessons: Skilled wood carvers lend their tools and expertise to help uncover your hidden artistic talent as you create a creature from a block of wood. Participants ages 8 and above are welcome. Noon to 4 p.m. Colvin Run Mill.  Free. (A nominal fee is charged for wood blanks.) For information call 703-759-2771.

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