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The Fairfax County Park Authority offers a variety of activities such as classes, camps and tours in a wide variety of categories including aquatics, fitness, nature, dance, outdoor recreation, performing arts, history and many more. Special events, trips/tours and specialty workshops are listed in Parktakes, the Park Authority’s quarterly guide, available through free subscription to county citizens. .

Astronomy Festival

(3-Adult) Enjoy activities including guided star gazing, looking through the telescope, and listening to ancient stories about the constellations round the campfire. Participate in other activities and games throughout the evening. Hot chocolate and snacks available for purchase. Canceled if raining or snowing.


Bluegrass-Becky Buller Band

4/14/19 The Becky Buller Band promises to be the highlight of our season and what a way to close it out! In 2016, she was the first person ever to win in both instrumental and vocal categories at the IBMA awards. She is an overnight success story, only 20 years in the making. Now at the top of her game she has won five IBMA awards, including the 2016 Fiddler and Female Vocalist and 2015 Songwriter of The Year. She brings a bunch of top-notch veteran musicians with her. You might want to buy your tickets early for this one because we expect a sell-out. Doors open at 6pm, show time is 7pm. The series, at the park's Visitor Center, is sponsored by the Friends of Frying Pan Park, Vienna Hardwoods and Eastman Guitar and Mandolins in cooperation with Fairfax County Park Authority. ~


Bluegrass-Highland Travelers

This new band features a beautiful Phoenix rising from the ashes of two dearly-departed high-profile bluegrass bands: The Boxcars and Ramblers Choice. Adam Steffey (Alison Krauss and Union Station, Mountain Heart, and The Boxcars) has joined together with Keith Garrett and Gary Hultman (fellow former Boxcars), and Jason Davis and Kameron Keller from Ramblers. This potent mix creates a tradition-based bluegrass performed at the highest level of professionalism and craftsmanship. Doors open at 6pm, show time is 7pm. The series, at the park's Visitor Center, is sponsored by the Friends of Frying Pan Park, Vienna Hardwoods and Eastman Guitar and Mandolins in cooperation with Fairfax County Park Authority. Food and drinks available for purchase.


Bluegrass-Laurie Lewis

Grammy Award-winning musician and two time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She has performed and recorded since 1986 with mandolinist Tom Rozum, and her most albums recorded with her band, the Right Hands was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy in 2017. Doors open at 6pm, show time is 7pm. The series, at the park's Visitor Center, is sponsored by the Friends of Frying Pan Park, Vienna Hardwoods and Eastman Guitar and Mandolins in cooperation with Fairfax County Park Authority. Food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. ~


Bluegrass-Nothin' Fancy

Quoting from the bands website, “From the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, comes one of the most entertaining bands in the bluegrass genre, Nothin’ Fancy…” It’s true! Not that this veteran band really needs any official seal of approval, but they've won SPBGMA’s award for Entertaining Group of the Year six times! Doors open at 6pm, show time is 7pm. The series, at the park's Visitor Center, is sponsored by the Friends of Frying Pan Park, Vienna Hardwoods and Eastman Guitar and Mandolins in cooperation with Fairfax County Park Authority. Food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. ~


Bluegrass-Only Lonesome

This band delivers shockingly good bluegrass harmonies and impressive musicianship in a classic bluegrass quintet lineup. The Washington Area Music Association nominated Only Lonesome for “Best Bluegrass Group” in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Doors open at 6 p.m.show time is 7 p.m. The series, at the park's Visitor Center, is sponsored by the Friends of Frying Pan Park, Vienna Hardwoods and Eastman Guitar and Mandolins in cooperation with Fairfax County Park Authority. Food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. ~


Bobby Cadabra Magic Show

With live animals, audience participation, and much more in store, Bobby Cadabra is hitting the stage live at Frying Pan Farm Park for his first time. You're going to want to bring the whole family for this one. Event will take place in the visitor center auditorium.


Brunch with Santa

(3-Adult) Skip the lines at the mall and bring the family to meet and take pictures with Santa while enjoying a family friendly brunch. Santa will be making his way around to mingle with families, take requests for holiday wish lists and give out goody bags before he heads back to the North Pole! Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Celebration Station (2-Adult)

When the sun goes down the lights go up! Burke Lake's train station magically transforms into the Celebration Station on select nights this holiday season. The park’s train station, carousel and train tracks will be festively lit for a unique experience filled with lights and memories. Train rides are scheduled every 20 minutes and tickets are limited so please purchase in advance. Each ticket includes one train ride and one carousel ride. Each passenger must purchase a ticket to ride the train. Children under two are free with a paying adult but must ride in the adult's lap. Children sitting alone require a ticket.


Magic Toyshop Puppet Show

(2-Adult) Join master puppeteer Bob Brown at the Frying Pan Farm Park visitor center for a fun-filled romp through a dazzling winter wonderland. Charming marionettes perform incredible feats of skill that will leave you with laughing. Humor and merriment, giggles and amazement all mix together to the sound of familiar holiday tunes. Adults and children age 2 and older must register for the program. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Santa in the Mill

(3-Adult) Join us for old-fashioned holiday fun, during the jolly old elf's annual visit to Colvin Run Mill. See the mill decked out in Victorian finery, roast marshmallows by the fire, and make crafts with your family to take home.


Starlight Express at Lake Fairfax

(2-Adult) The Campground at Lake Fairfax Park is being transformed into a magical winter light show for you and your family. Participants enjoy a wagon ride through the festive holiday lights. Afterward, warm yourself by the fire, sip on hot chocolate and make s'mores.


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