Weekend in the Parks

It’s October — a wonderful time to be outdoors and plenty to do this weekend at your Fairfax County Parks


  • Dirt Nap: There’s lots to do this fall before Old Man Winter arrives. During “Basic Gardening: Put the Garden to Bed Master Gardeners share suggestions for ensuring that your plants are well prepared for the cold weather ahead. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.
  • Family Fun Night: Hit the links with the family for an evening of fun. Cost includes driving range balls, gift bag, dinner, mini-lessons, putting contest and nature activities. Adult and child golf clubs will be available for use. 5 to 7 p.m. Pohick Bay Golf Course. $5/person. Reservations required by 2 p.m. For information call 703-339-8585 or email.


  •  All that Jazz: The smooth sounds of jazz will be in the air all day as the 6th Annual Lake Anne Plaza Jazz Festival returns. This family-friendly event will showcase a variety of talented local emerging artist and national jazz performers. Singer-songwriter Rashida Jolley headlines the event. Jolley spent the past year on world tours with international mega stars performing in major arenas across the world. She fuses various elements of R&B, hip hop, classical, and pop music together to produce a melodic and creative ground-breaking style that is all her own. Taylor Jones, Ashley Danemann, the Myke Lyons Quartet and others will also perform. Noon to 8:30 p.m. Lake Anne Plaza. Free. For information call 703-476-4500.
  • Whooos at the Campfire?: Gather round the campfire to hear stories from different cultures of how owls came to be. Toast marshmallows. Learn how to recognize different owl calls. Participants age 4 and above are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.
  • McLean 5k Run with the Warriors: Benefits the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation’s Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing Project at Vinson Hall. Service members (active duty, some training for the Army 10-miler and some having just competed in the Wounded Warrior Olympics) retired military, ROTC members, families, students and community members will all run alongside each other in a spirit of camaraderie in support of the Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing Project. 8 a.m. McLean Square. Registration prices vary. More information is available online.
  • Sixth Generation CD Release Concert: Join The Sixth Generation for a CD release party and concert. Formed in Michigan in 1966, this dynamic rock and roll band is at the forefront of musical style from the late 1960s. A Michigan Rock ‘n’ Roll Legends Hall of Fame inductee, whose specialty is playing hits from the 1960s as well as original songs about the era throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, The Sixth Generation is a sure crowd-pleaser that will bring back fond memories for baby boomers and a surprising appreciation of good music for younger generations. 7:30 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center  . $10/person in advance, $15/person at the door. For information call 703-584-2900.
  • Fur and Feather, Hook and Line – An Introduction To Fly Tying And Lure Making: Learn the art of mimicking nature with naturalist and fly tyer John Burke. Enjoy a hands-on fly-tying lesson with step-by-step instructions and explore what makes fish bite. 1 to 3 p.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. $6/person (helps cover cost of materials). For reservations (required) and more information call 703-528-5406.


  • The Wheel Deal: Take a 90-minute Wild Side Wagon Ride with a park naturalist to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot. Look for songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies and waterfowl, and then stop for a snack at the observation platform. Ages 4 and above are welcome. Meet at the South Kings Highway park entrance. Rides depart at 2 and 4 p.m. Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.
  • Grain Grinding Demonstrations: The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting from noon to 3 p.m. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Tours are $7/adults, $6/students 16 and up with ID and $5/child and senior. 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.