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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-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. ~


Bluegrass-Valerie Smith/Liberty Pike

Valerie Smith knows and respects the tried and true ways of bluegrass, and has held fast to her one unbreakable rule - sing from my heart. Her vocal sound straddles the line between bluegrass, country and alternative music. Her band consists of Bluegrass Hall-of Famer Tom Gray, banjoist Joe Zauner, radio personality Lisa Kay Howard-Hughes on Mandolin and the fabulous fiddler and Dobro playing "singing horseman" Wally Hughes. 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 Guitars and Mandolins in cooperation with the Fairfax County Park Authority. Food and drink are available for purchase. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.


Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Night

(6-Adult) Come experience the total lunar eclipse at the Turner Farm Observatory. Enjoy a campfire, marshmallow roasting and constellation viewings. Access to the roll-top observatory for close up views of the moon, Mars, and the stars. Park will stay open until the end of the eclipse. For more information check out www.analemma.org. Event subject to cancellation due to weather and cloudy conditions.