Weekend in the Parks

A laugh fest, Thanksgiving traditions and a holiday fun run. They’re all there this weekend at your Fairfax County Parks.


  • It’s a Dee-Light! Begin the holiday season early with the spectacular display at Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights. Imagine the beauty of Meadowlark’s renowned gardens transformed into a winter wonderland, including a flowing stream of softly glowing lights. Marvel at the two-story animated fountain, stroll past the Gingerbread Village and explore the beauty of nature like you’ve never seen it. Timed admission tickets are required. Dress for the outdoors! The walking path is .6 miles long. Stay for the animated Lakeside Lights show and enjoy “light” refreshments. 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:15 (through Jan. 6). Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $13/adults, $8/children ages 8 to 12. Tickets available online. For more information call 703-255-3631.
  • Jokeslingers Comedy Tour: Live stand up comedy featuring Alex Moore, a comedic giant who has appeared on “My Name is Earl,” “MadTV,” and “The View.” Also featuring comedians Brian Kerns, from “Last Comic Standing” and Adam Dodd, a musical comic who has performed on “Ryan Seacrest Live,” MTV, and VH1. Due to material, all patrons must be 18 years old to attend the performance. 8 and 10 p.m. (Also on Saturday.) Workhouse Arts Center. $20/person. For more information call 703-584-2900.


  • Just a Taste: Taste the flavors enjoyed by woodland American Indians in the 1600s while sitting communally around the fire during American Indian Foods Tasting & Tea. Listen to stories about local animals and enjoy traditional games. Make a game to take home. Participants age 4 and above are welcome. 2 to 3 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $15/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.
  • Hot Club of San Francisco: “Cinema Vivant”: Playful, engaging and so utterly charming that this is their third time at the Alden, Hot Club of San Francisco recreates the French Gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli and the Hot Club de France with original compositions and renditions of hot jazz classics. HCSF has a traditional Hot Club instrumentation of guitar, rhythm guitar (replacing drums), violin and upright bass. HCSF will blend their usual concert with screenings of short silent films that they will accompany. Ladislaw Starewicz was a pioneer of stop-action animation and created films that clearly influenced the popular animated movies of today. Come enjoy an unusual evening of elegant jazz manouche and rarely seen silent shorts. 8 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre. $25/person. ($18/McLean Community Center district residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.
  • Living History: Featuring reenactors portraying the 17th Mississippi Infantry. There will be infantry drill and musket firing demonstrations along with portrayal of Civil War camp life. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bull Run Regional Park. Free. For information call 703-631-0550.
  • Family Fun – Thankful, Thoughtful, Thanksgiving: With Thanksgiving soon upon us, respect your body with good nutrition. Explore creative recipes which incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. Try a healthy Thanksgiving treat and learn the story behind the Thanksgiving that we celebrate today. Participants age 5 and above are welcome. 2 to 3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $6/person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.
  • Date Night Ballroom: Start the evening with a dance lesson (cha-cha) and then open dance, food and fun. Dress is casual. All skill levels are welcome. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and a cash bar in the Workhouse Gallery. Dance lesson begin at 7:30 p.m. Open dancing from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person. ($5/mini-lesson.) For information call 703-584-2900.


  • Face the Music: Appalachian Flyer has been picking from D.C. to W.VA since 2007. Join them for a rousing show at the Bluegrass Barn. Doors open 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center. $12/person in advance, $15/at door. For more information call 703-437-9101.
  • Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great: In 1972, young adult author Judy Blume penned the story of 10-year-old Sheila Tubman. Still a popular children’s novel 40 years later, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great is the story of Sheila’s adventures, fears and mishaps at a summer day camp with her courageous new friend Merle “Mouse” Ellis. The book’s cast of colorful characters come of age in ArtsPower National Touring Theatre’s musical production. 2 to 3 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre. $15/person. ($10/McLean Community Center district residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.
  • Snowflake Stampede: A 2.5-mile fun run or walk for holiday enthusiasts of all ages. Enjoy a special preview of the Festival of Lights on foot, and take a picture with your favorite display. All participants will receive a free t-shirt. Strollers and pets on a leash are welcome. Bring a non-perishable food item and receive a coupon for $5 off your next visit to the Bull Run Festival of Lights. Event is limited to the first 500 registrants. Check in at 4:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. start.) Bull Run Regional Park. $15/adults, $10/children 12 and under, free/ages 2 and under. To register (required) or for more information call 703-352-5900.

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