Weekend in the Parks

weekender 12-16Have you finished all your holiday shopping? If so this is a great weekend to take advantage of the fun things to do at your Fairfax County Parks.

Friday

  • Jazzed Up: When a first-prize Montreux Jazz Festival vocalist teams up with one of the world’s most talented guitarists,fireworks are sure to result. Don’t miss Cyrille Aimée and Diego Figueiredo as they showcase Aimée’s smooth, driving vocal style, a stunning blend of French Gypsy jazz and Dominican rhythm and spice, alongside Figueiredo’s emotional style and flawless technique. The two combine to form an original yet timeless sound. 8 p.m. Reston Community Center’s CenterStage. $30/person. ($15/residents.) For information call 703-476-4500.

Saturday

  • Santa Baby! Enjoy holiday music and merriment on a horse- or tractor-drawn wagon ride, then warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and settle in to hear classic winter tales told around a toasty campfire during Santa’s Hayride & Lakeside Winter Village. Visit with Santa and tell him what’s on your wish list. 1:30 to 5 p.m. Rides start at 2 p.m. and run every 20 minutes. Lake Accotink Park. 1:30 to 5 p.m. $10/person. (Free for ages two and under.) To make a reservation call 703-569-0285.
  • Ballroom Social Dance: Dancing, food and fun led by an instructor (with a pre-dance mini-lesson available, $5/person). Complimentary refreshments and cash bar available. All skill levels are welcome. Dress is casual. Mini-lesson (waltz) from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and open dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person. Tickets available online. For information call 703-584-2900.
  • Woodpecker Watch: As they drum and drill on trees, woodpeckers are ridding our yards and woodlands of ants, wasps and grubs. Watch a variety of woodpeckers on the suet feeders at Hidden Oaks. Learn how to attract them to your yard and hopefully glimpse a flicker on its mission to eat a thousand insects in a day! 2 to 3 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.
  • Holiday Shopping Afternoon: Kids participate in games, nature crafts and activities, shop in the visitor center’s gift store, eat lunch and roast s’mores while adults have the afternoon free for last minute shopping and/or wrapping. Bring a bag lunch (s’mores provided) and money for holiday shopping. Ages 6 to 11 are welcome. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $20/child. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Sunday

  • Pickin’ and Grinnin’: Whether Flint Hollow Band is performing a classic bluegrass tune or one of its many original numbers, listeners are whisked away to days gone by. Mixing traditional bluegrass with a splash of contemporary is not an easy task. Yet, Flint Hollow Band seem to pull it off well, which is a tribute to the wealth of vocal and instrumental talent in the band. Flint Hollow takes the stage for another must-see Bluegrass Barn Concert. 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) Frying Pan Farm Park visitor center. $15/person at the door, $12/person in advance. Purchase tickets online or call 703-437-9101.
  • Dinosaur Film, Puppet and Craft Festival: Kids can explore fossils, footprints and films as they learn the latest on these fascinating creatures at fun, interactive stations. Each child makes a fossil craft and receives a real fossil to take home. Children ages 4 to 8, accompanied by an adult, are welcome. 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $7/child. For information call 703-941-1065.
  • Cheers for the Holidays – McLean Symphony Orchestra: A spirited holiday show featuring Russian Christmas music, the festive sounds of Hannukah and much more, including the annual sing-along, a delightful collection of festive choruses of the season, sung by the Symphony Festival Singers. 3 to 5 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre. $25/person ($20/seniors, $15/students with ID.) For more information call 703-790-0123.

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

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