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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. .

Animal Science Merit Badge

This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the Animal Science Merit Badge. Visit the site's website for pre-work and information. See session notes for details.


Bluegrass Season Pass 2019-2020

Support the Bluegrass Barn by becoming a season pass holder. Season pass includes admission to all eight shows plus prime reserved seating. All sales are final. Advance purchase online. Your name will be on a roster, please present ID. 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 Fairfax County Park Authority. Doors open at 6pm and show time is at 7pm. Food and drinks, including beer and wine, are available for purchase. Artists include Nothin' Fancy, Colebrook Road, Sideline, Danny Paisley, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Carolina Blue, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, and Troy Engle & Southern Skies. ~


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-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-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.


BOO-stravaganza (3-8 yrs)

(3-8 yrs.) Celebrate the Halloween season with this outdoor event at the Kidwell Farm. Attendees enjoy a variety of themed games, go trick-or-treating to animals, and enjoy a wagon ride. Finish the evening with a small treat bag for the road. Reservations required.


Competitive Dog Agility I (14-Adult)

Prerequisite: Dog Obedience I or equivalent. Dogs must have one primary handler for the entire session. This class focuses on basic skills needed to succeed in agility and to make agility a game your dog will love. A minimum of 75% class attendance and contact/target behavior is required for progression. Attendance at first class is mandatory. Dog and handler are assessed at first class.


Competitive Dog Agility II (14-Adult)

Prerequisite: Competitive Dog Agility I. Dogs and handlers build on the skills introduced in Level I such as clicker training, building focus, attention and teamwork, targeting, basic handling and obstacle skills. Dogs are exposed to all agility equipment. Dogs must have one primary handler for the entire session. Attendance at first class is mandatory, and overall attendance is required for progression. Bring dogs to first class.


Competitive Dog Agility III (14-Adult)

Prerequisite: Competitive Dog Agility II. Class expands proficiency and builds performance confidence on all obstacles. Handlers and dogs must have a good working understanding of clicker and targeting, with strong emphasis on contact obstacles and weave poles. Teams begin to work off leash and improve attention, focus and teamwork. Students are encouraged to repeat this class to perfect obstacle performance. Overall attendance is required for progression. Bring dogs to first class.


Competitive Dog Agility IV (14-Adult)

Prerequisite: Competitive Dog Agility III or equivalent. Class focuses on advanced handling skills. Dogs must be able to work off leash and should exhibit appropriate performance and proficiency with all agility equipment. Focus is on handling skills, contact performance and short sequences. Overall attendance is required for progression. Bring dogs to first class.


Competitive Dog Agility V (14-Adult)

Prerequisite: Competitive Dog Agility IV or equivalent with permission of instructor. Class is aimed at preparing dog/handler teams to compete. Hone your handling skills and learn what it takes to compete at agility trials. Strong emphasis on advanced handling sequences involving full courses. Dogs must be able to perform straight up 12 weaves, full-height teeter and be confident and capable of taking commands at a distance. Handlers must be able to control their off-lead dogs at all times. Bring dogs to first class.


Contacts, Weaves and Teeters (14-Adult)

Prerequisite: Competitive Dog Agility I or II or equivalent skill level with permission from instructor. Class helps dog/handler teams gain the skills and training criteria for consistent performance of the contacts, weaves and teeter. Emphasis is on the training steps and required behaviors needed to successfully perform these obstacles. Handlers must be able to control off-lead dogs at all times. Bring dogs to first class.


Country & Western Line Dancing Begin I

A variety of country and western line dances. Singles and couples welcome. ~


Country & Western Line Dancing Begin II

Prerequisite: Country & Western Line Dance Beginning I or equivalent. ~


Digital Photography (13-Adult)

There's more to photography than just using the automatic setting. Topics include your camera's controls, resolution, flash, composition, stop motion, close ups and more. Course includes weekly assignments with reviews. Software and printing are also covered. Any supply fee payable to instructor at first class. ~


Discovery Time (4-6 yrs)

Our STEM classes explore farm and nature trails with hands-on learning themes such as building, animals, growth of living things, space, scientific measurement, art methods, alternative energy and conservation. Classes held at the old schoolhouse.


Dog Agility for Fun of It III (13-Adult)

Prerequisite: Dog Agility for the Fun of It II/Competitive Dog Agility II. Class is designed for dogs with an excellent command of all equipment and handlers ready to learn skills such as front and rear crosses, serpentines and pinwheels. Full courses are run using all of the equipment. Dogs must be able to handle each apparatus off leash. Bring dogs to first class. ~


Dog Agility for the Fun of It (13-Adult)

Prerequisite: Dog Obedience I. Class offers an introduction to dog agility. This class is not competition oriented. Dogs must be at least 1 year old. Dogs and handlers learn teamwork, targeting and handling skills basics. Class utilizes agility equipment. Attendance at first class is required. Bring dogs to first class. ~


Dog Agility for the Fun of It II (13+)

Prerequisite: Agility for the Fun of it I or Dog Agility I. More fun with agility sequences and obstacle performance. Dogs must know obedience behaviors sit, lie down, stay and come and be reliable off leash. Confidence in performing contact obstacles (A-frame and dog walk) is required. Bring dogs to first class. ~


Dog Obedience I (14-Adult)

Includes home management, discipline and problem solving. Methods employed are affection and restraint. Dogs must be at least 6 months old. ~


Dog Obedience I Family (9-Adult)

Class is designed for family units of two or three. Handlers learn together how to train their dog to sit, lie down, come, stay and walk on a leash. Class also includes home management and problem solving. No more than three family members and one dog per registration. One adult per family must be present at each class, and all family members must be age 9 or older.


Dog Obedience II (14-Adult)

Prerequisite: Dog and owner must have completed a Fairfax County level I class or have permission of instructor. Dogs must be at least 8 months old and show no signs of aggression. Course will prepare the dog to successfully complete the AKC Canine Good Citizen test given on course completion. ~


Farm Mechanics Merit Badge

This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the Merit Badge. Visit the site's website for pre-work and information. See session notes for details.


Farm Skills- Animal Caretaker

(7-14) Our farmers make taking care of the animals look easy. Here is your chance for a behind the scenes farm tour to see all the hard work that goes into raising our farm animals. Participants tour our feed room, visit our animal areas, meet farm animals, and learn the different management practices that we use to keep the animals happy and healthy. One adult must attend with a registered child in this program.


Farm Skills- Wool Crafting

(7-14) Sheep are important animals to livestock farmers as they can provide milk, meat, and fiber. Learn to wash fleece by hand and discover how to prepare wool for spinning by using a drum carder. Then, make a hand spun wool bracelet or felted wool flower. One adult must accompany each registered child in this program.


Happy Farm Happy Barn Equine Management Workshop

Equine Nutrition Expert Madison Maavere will discuss how different equestrian operations can create and implement healthy feeding practices and shape nutrition programs for different classes of horses and ponies. Madison graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Equine Science & Management and has worked extensively in barn management. She is currently CFC Farm & Home’s Equine Representative, where she works to fit clients’ horses with feed programs that optimize their health and performance. Hosted by Frying Pan Farm Park in Partnership with Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District.


Harvest Moon Wagon Ride

(4-Adult) Experience Frying Pan's pastoral landscape in the light of the moon! Enjoy a campfire and roast hot dogs and marshmallows on this cool, October evening. Sign up for a wagon ride time and enjoy the warmth of the fire before or after your ride. Fire and food will be set up from 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. A registered adult is required to attend with all registered children. Minimum age to attend to 4 yrs.


Hatha Combo (13-Adult)

Focus on basic yoga postures. Practice includes varying levels with modifications to postures based on student experience. Please bring a mat and towel to class. ~


Holiday Tiny Tot Activity Time (18-28mos

Children enjoy seasonal activities and crafts, and delight in the sights, sounds and smells of the holidays. Any supply fee payable to instructor at first class.


Holiday Tiny Tot Activity Time (24-42mos

Children enjoy seasonal activities and crafts, and delight in the sights, sounds and smells of the holidays. Any supply fee payable to instructor at first class.


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