Things to do this weekend – Weekend of October 17, 2014

Thursday, Oct. 16

  • Fall Carnival Fun. 6-10 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Free parking and admission. Games, rides, and tasty fair food. Rides take 3-5 tickets each. Regular ticket price is $1 each or 24 tickets for $20. Discount unlimited-ride passes available for use Thursday evening 6–10 p.m. and Sunday afternoon 12–4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17

  • Fall Carnival Fun. 6-10 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Free parking and admission. Games, rides, and tasty fair food. Rides take 3-5 tickets each. Regular ticket price is $1 each or 24 tickets for $20. Discount unlimited-ride passes available for use Thursday evening 6–10 p.m. and Sunday afternoon 12–4 p.m.
  • Wine Tasting at Total Wine and More, 13055-C Lee Jackson Highway, Greenbriar Town Center, Fairfax , VA 22033. 12 pm – 6 pm. “Every week, our store features a new theme at our Tasting Table. This week, we are showcasing a selection of Cabernets. Join us as we taste these wines, plus additional selections as chosen by our Wine Manager. Coupons available for tasting selections. Selection subject to availability.” FREE
  • Pumpkins by the CampfireRoast marshmallows at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy cookies and juice, and make crafts as we share stories about pumpkins that aren’t scary. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, Oct. 18

  • Fall Carnival Fun. 12-10 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Free parking and admission. Games, rides, and tasty fair food. Rides take 3-5 tickets each. Regular ticket price is $1 each or 24 tickets for $20. Discount unlimited-ride passes available for use Thursday evening 6–10 p.m. and Sunday afternoon 12–4 p.m.
  • Farm Harvest Days. 10 am – 3 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Fall is a busy time on the farm! Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat or a cow, shell corn, peel apples, meet the farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations. Add a wagon ride ($3) or a visit to the Fall Carnival for even more family fun! Some activities may have fees.
  • Wine Tasting at Total Wine and More, 13055-C Lee Jackson Highway, Greenbriar Town Center, Fairfax , VA 22033. 12 pm – 6 pm. “Every week, our store features a new theme at our Tasting Table. This week, we are showcasing a selection of Cabernets. Join us as we taste these wines, plus additional selections as chosen by our Wine Manager. Coupons available for tasting selections. Selection subject to availability.” FREE
  • Beer Class: Not Your Father’s Lagers & Ales, Total Wine and More, 13055-C Lee Jackson Highway, Greenbriar Town Center, Fairfax , VA 22033. 3 pm – 5 pm. “We’re pulling out some flavorful, strong beers for this class. This beer journey goes way beyond what your father probably had in the fridge. Taste a range of different color beers covering a wide, palate-smacking flavor spectrum.” $15 per person.
  • Historic All Hallows EveIn the 18th and 19th centuries, Virginians celebrated All Hallows Eve with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods and family gatherings. Experience these traditions as you tour Sully Historic Site by lantern light from 4 to 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.
  • Watershed Clean-Up Day. Be part of the International Coastal Cleanup from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Trash bags and appreciation provided. This is a great community service project! Please call to reserve a section of the watershed at one of these sites:
    Frying Pan Farm Park, 703-437-9101
    Lake Fairfax Park, 703-471-5414
    Sully Historic Site, 703-437-1794
    Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 703-631-0013
  • Dinosaurs GaloreFollow a naturalist as you and your child (ages three to seven) dig into dinosaurs and explore this prehistoric world at Cub Run RECenter from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-817-9407.
  • Life in the Leaf LitterJoin a naturalist for a hike from 2 to 4 p.m. and explore the forest floor at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
  • Zoo Boo at Reston Zoo! Reston Zoo, Vienna, VA. Kids ages 12 and under. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (admission ends at 3 p.m.) Designed for a younger audience, Zoo Boo offers scare-free fun! Join our safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, fun and the trick-or-trick trail! All are encouraged to wear fun (not scary) costumes. $12 admission.

Sunday, Oct. 19

  • Fall Carnival Fun. 12-7 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Free parking and admission. Games, rides, and tasty fair food. Rides take 3-5 tickets each. Regular ticket price is $1 each or 24 tickets for $20. Discount unlimited-ride passes available for use Thursday evening 6–10 p.m. and Sunday afternoon 12–4 p.m.
  • Farm Harvest Days. 11 am – 3 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Fall is a busy time on the farm! Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat or a cow, shell corn, peel apples, meet the farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations. Add a wagon ride ($3) or a visit to the Fall Carnival for even more family fun! Some activities may have fees.
  • Pumpkins in the Park Festival. Lake Fairfax is excited to bring back its fall festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy activities for the whole family like our burlap sack slide, face painting, class demonstrations, carousel rides, food and outdoor fun. The cost is $7 per person. For information, call 703-471-5415.
  • Preschool Pumpkins in the Park. Children with a registered adult enjoy activities including pumpkin painting, face painting and a puppet show at Lake Fairfax Park from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. A small pumpkin is included in the $7 admission fee. Register online. For information, call 703-471-5415.
  • Microscopic MonstersUse a microscope to discover the invisible organisms that make Walney Pond their home. This one-hour program meets at E.C. Lawrence Park at 1 p.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
  • Zoo Boo at Reston Zoo! Reston Zoo, Vienna, VA. Kids ages 12 and under. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (admission ends at 3 p.m.) Designed for a younger audience, Zoo Boo offers scare-free fun! Join our safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, fun and the trick-or-trick trail! All are encouraged to wear fun (not scary) costumes. $12 admission.

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