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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. .

Bluegrass-Carolina Blue

Formed in 2007, Carolina Blue is a Brevard, NC based band whose roots run deep in the tradition of Bill Monroe. The band has been working hard since then: winning band contests, performing, producing recordings and appearing on TV. After only twelve years they are attracting a wider audience and are poised to become an overnight success. They received their first Vocal Group of The Year Nomination at the 2018 SPBGMA Awards Show. The band's repertoire consists of original songs, many bluegrass favorites, and gospel, all done in the traditional style. Doors open at 6pm, show time is 7pm. The series is held indoors at the park's Visitor Center. Food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.


Bluegrass-Chris Jones & The Night Drivers

03-15-2020 Whether it’s in the studio or on stage, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving music to be heard today. The band, led by Chris’ soulful lead-singing, songwriting, and solid guitar, is increasingly recognized for strong cross-band songwriting collaborations. The Night Drivers are respected master musicians Mark Stoffel, Jon Weisberger, and banjo artist and songwriter, Gina Furtado. Doors open at 6pm, show time is 7pm. The series is held in doors at the park's Visitor Center. Food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.


Bluegrass-Colebrook Road

10-27-19 With multiple band and instrumental contest wins under their belt, the youthful members of Colebrook Road have become a standout string band and a bluegrass powerhouse. The band performs many original compositions with varying themes and intricate and dynamic arrangements that create a modern, complex and varied Bluegrass sound. Doors open at 6pm, show time is 7pm. The series is held in doors at the park's Visitor Center. Food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.


Bluegrass-Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass

11/24/19 The late Bob Paisley started what has become a multi-generational traditional bluegrass legacy. Bandleader Danny returns to the Bluegrass Barn with his son Ryan, a formidable musician in his own right. The unique and expressive Banjo stylist Mark Delaney, fiddler TJ Lundy and bassist Eric Troutman complete this powerful ensemble. This band plays powerful, unadorned, and intense traditional bluegrass for those that like it “straight-up”. The series is held in doors at the park's Visitor Center. Food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.


Bluegrass-Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

1/12/20 Michael Cleveland’s blistering prowess and technical fluency made him a sought-after musician early in his career, leading to performances with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Tim O’Brien, J.D. Crowe and the New South and other luminaries. In 2006, Michael formed his own band, using it as a vehicle to constantly drive himself and his music forward. He and his band are a perennial fixture on the award shows winning multiple “Fiddle Player of the Year” nods and other accolades too numerous to list. Doors open at 6pm, show time is 7pm. The series is held indoors at the park's Visitor Center. Food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.


Bluegrass-Sideline

11/10/19 Sideline reminds many listeners why they fell in love with Bluegrass music: pulse-pounding drive, heartfelt songs, perfected timing and dynamics, and palpable emotion. Founders Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore are joined by the talents of Bailey Coe, Troy Boon, and Daniel Greeson. Started strictly as a “sideline” for veteran musicians from other high-profile bands, Sideline has emerged as a full-time musical force to be reckoned with. The series is held in doors at the park's Visitor Center. Food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.


Bluegrass-Troy Engle & the Southern Skies

04-05-2020 Troy Engle's sideman resume reads like a who's who of Bluegrass and Country Music. He's played just about everywhere with artists like Patty Loveless, Larry Sparks, The Isaacs and Buddy Jewell. Now he’s formed his ace Bluegrass band "Southern Skies, to deliver his original music. The band specializes in original, traditional Bluegrass, with a modern flair. Doors open at 6pm, show time is 7pm. The series is held in doors at the park's Visitor Center. Food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.


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 we turn the lights 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. Due to train capacity, walk-up tickets may not be available 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.


Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Fairfax Park (1-2 yrs)

(1-2 yrs) Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures on the grounds at Lake Fairfax Park. Pre-paid reservations required.


Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Fairfax Park (2-3 yrs)

(2-3 yrs) Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures on the grounds at Lake Fairfax Park. Pre-paid reservations required.


Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Fairfax Park (3-4 yrs)

(3-4 yrs) Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures on the grounds at Lake Fairfax Park. Pre-paid reservations required.


North Pole Winter Wagon Ride

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


Pumpkin Pool Patch (6 mos-12 yrs)

(6 mos-12 yrs) Wear your swim suit to pick a floating pumpkin from our beach area. Tables will be set up on the pool deck to decorate after you pick out your special pumpkin. Children under 4 years, must have an adult in the water, within arm’s reach of their child at all times.


Ride the Turkey Train at Lake Fairfax

(3-Adult) Enjoy a ride on Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad. See how Eastern Woodland Indians hunted and how their tools were made. Create your own Thanksgiving-themed craft to take home. Fairfax County Park Authority will be collecting non-perishable food to be donated to a local food bank.


Santa in the Mill

(3-Adult) Enjoy old-fashioned holiday fun at Colvin Run Mill. Visit Santa in the mill and see the Christmas tree trimmed with Victorian decorations. Join the costumed 49th Virginia Volunteer Infantry caroling around a bonfire. Roast marshmallows and make a family craft.


Swimming with Santa (1-6 yrs)

(1-6 yrs) Santa and his elves take a break from their workshop to visit all the children at Spring Hill RECenter. Be sure to bring your wish list along with your bathing suit for this exciting event. Each child receives a small gift from Santa. A parent must acompany children age 6 and younger into the pool. Come make a splash with Santa.


Swimming with Santa (6-12 yrs)

(6-12 yrs) Santa and his elves take a break from their workshop to visit all the children at Spring Hill RECenter. Be sure to bring your wish list along with your bathing suit for this exciting event. Each child receives a small gift from Santa. Unsure swimmers must have a parent accompany them into the pool. Come make a splash with Santa.


Transit of Mercury Celebration

(5-Adult) In this rare event, Mercury will pass directly between the earth and sun. Witness this transit as you safely view Mercury gliding slowly across the face of the sun. Many different telescopes and viewing methods will be available along with educational stations to enjoy while clouds pass by.


Winter Wonderland Event At Burke Lake

(Ages 2-Adult) All aboard for a train ride on the Holiday Express, take a spin on the Carolers Carousel, play Gingerbread Man Golf or warm yourself by the fire and cook s'mores as you usher in your holidays. Visit with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate and candy canes. $15 pass on sale through the Wednesday before the event, $20 if purchased day of event. Pick up passes at ice cream parlor day of the event. No refunds, unless event is cancelled. Children age 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult registered for the same ride package. Children younger than 2 ride free but must pay for other activities. Limited activity tickets available day of event at the park.


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