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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-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. ~


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.


Color Me Autumn

(2-Adult) Join us at Lake Accotink to celebrate fall and wrap up our 2019 marina season! Participate in the Pet Costume Contest, wear your favorite costume to the photo station, and let kids hunt for buried pirate treasure on the beach. Additional activities include: hayrides, kayak tours, face painting, live bird exhibit, carnival style games, mini golf, carousel rides, history talk, food trucks, campfire bat talk, s’mores, and more! Some activities require an additional fee.


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 family 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 will be taking 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 will receive a small gift from Santa. Children 6 years old or under must have a parent accompany them into the pool. Come make a splash with Santa.


Swimming with Santa (6-12 yrs)

(6-12 yrs) Santa and his elves will be taking 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 will receive 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.


Virginia Native American Festival.

(3-Adult) The festival includes eight American Indian tribes from Virginia including the Rappahannock dancers and drummers. Enjoy hands on activities and live demonstrations including American Indian storytelling, shooting bow and arrows, throwing spears and making stone tools. Also, assist in building a dugout canoe and visit our marketplace of American Indian crafts, pottery and jewelry. $8 online, $10 at the gate.