Weekend Planner: Junior Naturalist at Hidden Nature, Keyboard Conversations and More

Local events in our area Friday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 23.

What will you do this weekend?  Let Patch help you plan with our list of local events happening this Friday through Sunday.

Fall Garden Day

Annandale Patch will have a table near the Historic House at Fall Garden Day at Green Spring Gardens.

  • Where: Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Price: Admission is FREE; Children’s Concert Tickets are $2
  • Why Go: Get ready for fall with this event featuring plant vendors, live music, monarch butterfly programs, live raptor programs, a children’s interactive concert (reservations recommended) and more.

“Who’s On First Bass?” Concert

  • Where: Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m.
  • Why Go: The Virginia Virtuosi explains how classical music is like a sport promoting teamwork, communication, skill development and the use of specialized equipment. Featuring music by Duke Ellington, Mendelssohn, Rossini and more.
  • Price: $2 - $4 per person – registration required

Library Events:

  • eBook Workshop at George Mason Regional Library, Annandale.  Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m.  For all ages.  FREE.
  • Short Books Conversations at Burke Centre Library, Burke.  Friday, Sept. 21 at 1:30 p.m.  For adults.  FREE.
  • Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres at Kings Park Library, Burke.  Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m.  For all ages.  FREE – Registration Required.
  • eBook Clinic at Kings Park Library, Burke.  Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m.  For adults.  FREE – Registration Required.

Car Seat Inspection

  • Where: INOVA Franconia-Springfield Healthplex
  • When: Sunday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Why Go: Three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly, so please take advantage of this opportunity to have a FCPD Certified Inspector check your child’s car seat and offer advice about proper installation and use.
  • Price: FREE 

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Spellbinding Bach 

  • Where: GMU Center for the Arts, Fairfax
  • When: Sunday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.
  • Why Go: This first performance of the season will feature compositions by J.S. Bach such as Toccata in D Major, G Major Partita, Italian Concerto and more.
  • Price: Tickets are $19 - $38

Nature Highlights:

  • Virginia Junior Naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m.  For ages 7 - 13.  $15 - $17 per person – Registration Required.
  • Ponderings – Stream Study at Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield.  Friday, Sept. 21 at 4:30 p.m.  For ages 6 - 10.  $6 - $8 per person – Registration Required.
  • Paddle to Mason Neck at Occoquan Regional Park, Lorton.  Saturday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m.  $35 per person – Reservations Required.

Capital Home Show

  • Where: Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly
  • When: Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Why Go: You’ll find ideas for home improvement, decorating, remodeling and more at this event. The Style Network’s Mark Brunetz will be in attendance to offer advice and helpful tips. 
  • Price: Adults: $10 at the door or $7 online; kids ages 6 – 12: $3  


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