Weekend in the Parks

Come to the carnival, hear some ghost stories and take a wagon rid. All fun things to do this weekend at your Fairfax County Parks.


  • Fall for Fun: Play games, ride the rides, purchase tasty fair food and beverages during the Fall Carnival Fun at the Farm. Ride tickets are $1 each or 24 for $20. Rides take three to five tickets each. 6 to 10 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park. (Also Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.) Parking and admission are free. For information call 703-437-9101.


  • A Ghostly Good Time: Travel through old Centreville with a ghost from the town’s past during the Centreville Historic District Ghost Tours. Your guide will share the tales of murder, lost love and war sacrifices of the people that once lived and died in and around the Centreville Historic District. The tour occurs on Centreville Day and streets are closed to vehicles. Allow time to park and shuttle into the Historic District. 1:30 or 3 p.m. Spindle Sears House at 5714 Mt. Gilead Road in Historic Centreville Park.$5/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.
  • Bagels and Birding: Join naturalists from Meadowlark and Potomac Overlook for coffee and bagels as we examine the bird feeders at Lake Lena and discuss birding techniques and identification tips. 8 a.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $5/person. For reservations (required) or more information call 703-255-3631.
  • Farm Harvest Days: Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations Add a wagon ride ($3) or a visit to the Fall Carnival for even more family fun.. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Frying Pan Farm Park. Free. For information call 703-437-9101.
  • Historic All Hallows Eve: In the 18th and 19th centuries, Virginians celebrated All Hallows Eve with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods and family gatherings. Experience these traditions as you tour the Sully House and grounds by lantern light. Participants age 5 and above are welcome. 5 to 7 p.m. Sully Historic Site. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-437-1794.
  • McLean Symphony Orchestra – Favorites By Request: Selections chosen from audience surveys and suggestions from symphony musicians. Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 in D Minor and Overture to “Oberon” by Carl Maria von Weber will be among the pieces featured. 7:30 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre. $25/person. ($20/seniors, $15/students with ID.) For information call 703-790-0123.


  • Venomous! Learn what you need to watch out for in the fields and forests of Fairfax County during Venomous Snakes & Poisonous Plants. See a copperhead snake and learn to identify poison ivy and a black widow spider. Participants age 4 and above are welcome and must be accompanied by a registered, paying adult. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.
  • Cauldron Tea: “Double, double toil and trouble/Fire burn and cauldron bubble.” What is brewing in your pot? Come to the Carlyle House terrace for a spooky afternoon tea that will be sure to cast a spell on your Halloween celebrations. After the tea, guests are invited to tour the museum and learn about 18th century funeral and mourning practices in Virginia. Costumes welcome. 2 to 4 p.m. Carlyle House Historic Park. $27/adults, $15/ages 5 to 12. For reservations (required) and information call 703-549-2997.
  • Wild Side Wagon Ride: Take a 90-minute tractor ride with a Huntley Meadows 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. Meet at the South Kings Highway park entrance. 2 and 4 p.m. Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. For information call 703-768-2525.
  • The King and Mrs. Simpson Tea: Hear the captivating tale of the man who gave up his throne for love. Examine the scandal, intrigue and drama that brought Britain to the brink of constitutional crisis in 1936 and hear the sensational story of King Edward VIII and Mrs. Wallis Simpson. Participants age 13 and above are welcome. 1 to 3 p.m. Historic Green Spring. $27/person (includes a full English tea.) For reservations call 703-941-7987.

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