Weekend in the Parks

It’s Thanksgiving weekend and, thankfully, there’s lots going on at your Fairfax County Parks


  • Black Friday, But Better: Are you dreading the crowded malls, the endless lines and the panic caused by not finding the perfect gift? Avoid the holiday stress and Escape to Black Friday at the Workhouse with family and friends. Enjoy hot cider, artist demos and workshops, while you explore the beautiful campus and start your holiday shopping. There will be exclusive holiday gifts in all price ranges, created by more than 100 Workhouse artists. This all-day event includes the opening reception for the 30 x 30: 30 Works in 30 Days (5 to 7 p.m.) on exhibit in the McGuire Woods Gallery through Dec. 30. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For information call 703-584-2900.
  • The Thanksgiving Story: Bring the family and holiday guests to this lively and interactive telling of the Thanksgiving Story. Gleemania’s Sue Cournoyer entertains and informs. After the show, stroll the park and visit the animals, or take a ride on the carousel or wagon. Children must be accompanied by a paid adult. Participants age 3 and above are welcome. 11 to 11:40 a.m. Frying Pan Farm Park. $4/person. Register online. For information call 703-437-9101.
  • Stand Up Comedy with Rob Maher: Featuring headliner Rob Maher from DC Improv and Gotham Comedy Club, also featuring Sara Armour from DC Improv Lounge, with host Rahmein Mostafavi. 8 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $15/person. For information call 703-584-2900.


  • Over the Moon: Come on a Full Moon Night Hike and explore the area’s nocturnal wildlife. Learn about nature’s nighttime communication, animal senses and experience the night environment in a unique way. Come gain new confidence on how to navigate comfortably in the dark and have fun with sensory awareness activities that help overcome fear of the darkness through knowledge and familiarity with it. Although participants may bring a flashlight, the hike will be mostly in the dark. Clothing for nighttime climate and the use of closed-toe shoes recommended. Participants age 8 and above are welcome. 6 to 8 p.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. $5/person (suggested donation). To register (required) or for more information call 703-528-5406.
  • Children’s Theatre: Magical Christmas: There’s something not right in the town of Believe. Santa hasn’t stopped there for many years. In fact, he doesn’t even know the place exists! Joy’s grandfather decides to do something about it and make sure that this year’s Christmas will be the most magical ever. 1 p.m. (Also Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22.) Workhouse Arts Center. $12/adults, $8/children. For information call 703-584-2900.
  • Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight: Join a naturalist to look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near Hidden Oaks. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 6 to 7 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.


  • Owls and Bats and Moths, Oh My! Join a naturalist for a Fliers of the Night Campfire to learn how animals that fly at night (owls, bats and moths) do so without banging into trees. Learn how to see these elusive creatures. Make s’mores. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 7 to 8 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.
  • American Indian Stories and Games: Traditional stories and games explore the culture of Eastern Woodland Indians during the period of first European contact. The woodland walk highlights how American Indians used native plants and animals. For 4 and 5-year-olds. 2 to 3 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $7/child. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

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