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Weekend Planner: Fireworks, Crafts, Ice Cream and More

Friday, July 6 through Sunday, July 8

Patch has found a variety of local indoor and outdoor activities to keep you busy this weekend.

Fairfax County Summer Entertainment Series Performances:

  • Mount Vernon Nights presents Hui O Ka Pua ‘Ilima at Grist Mill Park, Alexandria. Friday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. FREE.
  • Mount Vernon Nights presents Cartoon Johnny at Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton. Saturday, July 7 at 7 p.m. FREE.
  • Braddock Nights presents The Winstons at Lake Accotink Park, Springfield. Friday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. FREE.
  • Spotlight by Starlight presents Latin Ballet of Virginia at Mason District Park, Annandale. Friday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. FREE.
  • Arts in the Parks presents The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra’s OTO Woodwind Quintet at Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station. Saturday, July 7 at 10 a.m. FREE.
  • Arts in the Parks presents Blue Sky Puppet Theater at Mason District Park, Annandale. Saturday, July 7 at 10 a.m. FREE.
  • Arts in the Parks presents The Great Zucchini Magic Show at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly. Saturday, July 7 at 10 a.m. FREE.
  • Spotlight by Starlight presents The United States Air Force’s “Singing Sergeants” at Ossian Hall Park, Annandale. Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. FREE.
  • Spotlight by Starlight presents The Holmes Brothers at Mason District Park, Annandale. Sunday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. FREE.

Nature Highlights:

  • Field Trips – Birth of a Wetland at Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria. Saturday, July 7 at 9:30 a.m. For age 8 – 12. $15 - $17 per person – registration required.
  • Birding for Beginners at Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria. Sunday, July 8 at 8 a.m. For age 11 and up. $6 - $8 per person – registration required.
  • Dairy Days at Sully Historic Site, Chantilly. Friday, July 6 from 1 – 4 p.m. $5 per person – reservations suggested.
  • Ranger Station Creations: Insects at Mason Neck State Park, Lorton. Saturday, July 7 at Noon. Weekend parking is $4 per vehicle.
  • Lively Ladybugs at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale. Saturday, July 7 at 1:30 p.m.  For age 1 – 3. $5 - $7 per person – registration required.
  • Mountain Bike Adventure at Mason Neck State Park, Lorton. Saturday, July 7 at 4 p.m. For age 10 and up. $5 per person plus $4 per vehicle parking fee – reservations required.
  • Turtle Survey at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly. Sunday, July 8 at 10 a.m. For age 2 and up. $5 - $7 per person – registration required.
  • Wagon Ride Expedition at Mason Neck State Park, Lorton. Sunday, July 8 at 4:30 p.m. $4 per person or $10 per family plus $4 per vehicle parking fee – reservations required.

Patriotic Fireworks Show

  • Where: Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton
  • When: Saturday, July 7 at 9 p.m.
  • Why Go: Bring blankets and chairs to watch this dazzling fireworks display.
  • Price: FREE

Fourth Annual Ice Cream Social

  • Where: Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton
  • When: Saturday, July 7 from Noon – 4 p.m.
  • Why Go: This annual event benefits the Lorton Arts Foundation and the Workhouse Ceramics Program. For your $15 donation you will receive a handmade ceramic bowl crafted at the Workhouse. Firefighters are scheduled to appear, as well as pony rides, live music and food.
  • Price: $15 per bowl

Plantation Sleuth: Architecture Antics

  • Where: Gunston Hall, Lorton
  • When: Saturday, July 7 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Why Go: On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in July and August kids age 6 to 12 and their families can uncover clues and solve a mystery about this 18th century mansion.
  • Price: Adults $9; Age 6 to 12 $6; Age 2 to 5 $2; Family Admission $25

Alexandria Art Market

  • Where: Nicholas A. Colasanto Park, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, July 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Why Go: Peruse a variety of original local artwork while you enjoy food and live entertainment.
  • Price: Admission is FREE

Free Crafts for Kids

  • Where: Lakeshore Learning Center, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, July 7 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Why Go: Lakeshore provides a free craft every Saturday. This week’s project is a “Sunny Day Visor” that kids can decorate and wear all summer long.
  • Price: FREE

USA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration

  • Where: Oronoco Bay Park, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, July 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • Why Go: Celebrate with children’s activities, birthday cake, food sales, live music and fireworks.
  • Price: FREE

Free Kids Workshop

  • Where: Home Depot (see website for locations)
  • When: Saturday, July 7 from 9 a.m. – Noon
  • Why Go: Home Depot provides free workshops for kids age 5 – 12 on the first Saturday of each month. This month’s project is a working model of a Penske moving truck. Participants will also receive an apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.
  • Price: FREE

Sears Kids Workshop

  • Where: Sears at Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax
  • When: Saturday, July 7 from Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Why Go:  Kids age 4 to 10 will learn to build a model helicopter. Each child will also receive an apron and a pair of goggles.
  • Price: $5 (Limited to 50 participants)

Sweet Summer Music Tea Party

  • Where: Green Spring Gardens, Annandale
  • When: Sunday, July 8 from 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Why Go: Enjoy an English Tea while you listen to the sweet sounds of the hammered dulcimer, played by local musician Jody Marshall. For age 13 and up.
  • Price: $27 per person – reservations required

Library Events:

  • Fun Flicks at Pohick Regional Library, Burke. Friday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m. For all ages. FREE – registration required.
  • The Wizard of Oz at Chantilly Regional Library, Chantilly. Saturday, July 7 at 10:30 a.m. For all ages. FREE – registration required.
  • The Wizard of Oz at Pohick Regional Library, Burke. Saturday, July 7 at 2:30 p.m. For all ages. FREE – registration required.
  • Mystery Book Club at Chantilly Regional Library, Chantilly. Saturday, July 7 at 7 p.m. For adults. FREE.
  • Latin American Book Discussion Group at Beatley Central Library, Alexandria. Saturday, July 7 at 7 p.m. For adults. FREE.

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