Weekend in the Parks

Music in the night, American Indian Culture and circle the wagons. All this and more this weekend at your Fairfax County Parks.


  • Snug as a Bug: Get ready to discover the wildlife that lives in our region and the habitats that support them during Ponderings- Bugs Galore, one in a series of Ponderings workshops to be offered this fall. Live animals and field studies are the reason this program is so popular. Come and join the naturalist for a new adventure! 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Hidden Pond Nature Center  . $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.
  • Summer Concert: Janine Wilson Band: Janine Wilson’s name carries with it certain expectations. A big voice with a stage presence to match. Award-winning songs full of love, heartache and mischief. A command of vocal styles from blues to Americana roots rock. But don’t let the familiar face on the cover fool you. It’s time to wake up to a very different Wilson. Her third album “Wakin’ Up” is Wilson’s first album of all-original material, making it her most personal artistic statement to date. 7 to 9 p.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. $5 donation suggested. For information call 703-528-5406.


  • Gathering of the Tribes: Meet Native Americans from the Chickahominy, Mattaponi, Pamunkey, Rappahannock, Tauxenent, Upper Mattaponi tribes and the Monacan Nation, watch performances and learn about these cultures at the Virginia Indian Festival. See tribal dances, learn about early Indian skills through the dug-out canoe demonstration and try throwing a spear or shooting a bow. The festival will feature a craft sale, including pottery, jewelry, flutes and dream catchers, plus CDs and T-shirts as well as lunch and snacks.10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Riverbend Park. $5/person. For information call 703-759-9018
  • 2nd Saturday Art Walk: Showcasing the diverse work of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community. Guests can tour seven studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists and buy original works of art, all while enjoying light refreshment and music. The social atmosphere of the monthly art walk makes it the perfect destination for a date night or girls night out, as well as for art collectors and art appreciation groups. 6 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For information call 703-495-0001.
  • Flourishing, Flowering Salvias: Staff horticulturist Nancy Olney shares propagation and growing tips. Salvias include plants with fragrant leaves, culinary uses and flowers that attract hummingbirds. Take home a sample. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Green Spring Gardens. $22/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.
  • McLean Fall Community Flea Market: Shop for treasures at this popular annual sale from commercial vendors and flea market dealers as well as homeowners selling excess household items. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1420 Beverly Road, McLean. Free. For information call 703-790-0123.
  • Family Fun: Autumn is for Apples: Listen to the story of Johnny Appleseed and take a walk through the orchard. Try some applesauce and leave with an apple-inspired decoration. Participants age 5 and above are welcome. 2 to 3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.
  • Dog Days: Take your best friend for a swim in any of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Association’s five waterparks – Algonkian, Bull Run, Cameron Run, Pohick Bay and Upton Hill, from noon to 4 p.m. $5/dog. Benefits Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART). For information call 703-352-5900.


  • Wagons Ho!: Take a 90-minute tractor ride with a park naturalist to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot during a Wild Side Wagon Ride. Look for and learn about songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies and waterfowl, then stop for a snack at the observation platform. 2 and 4 p.m. Huntley Meadows Park. Meet at South King’s Highway park entrance. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

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