Kick off the New Year with FIRSTfriday events around the Little City, a wildlife activity for your kids at Hidden Pond Nature Center, the first farmers market of the New Year, the final day of an Arlington-themed visual arts exhibit and the Capitol Steps at Alden Theatre!
FIRSTfriday: Join in on the fun with dinning specials and retail discounts this Friday! January's highlights include various tastings, free caricatures, the 12th Annual City of Falls Church Student Art Contest, a group class sampler, yoga, dance moves and a performance by Irish Balladeer at Ireland's Four Provinces and even more musical performances at Dogwood Tavern and Clare and Don's Beach Shack. Check the website for more details!
Friday, Jan. 4, all day; Prices may vary
Various locations around the City of Falls Church; (703) 534-42
Ponderings-Winter: Discover what wildlife lives in Northern Virginia and the various habitats that support them at this special event at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Join the center's naturalist plus live animals and field studies to learn all about hibernators.
Friday, Jan. 4, 4:30 p.m.; $6-$8
Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd. Springfield, VA; (703) 451-9588
Falls Church Farmers Market: Stop by Natalia’s for a hot cup of coffee then brave the cold at the first farmers market of the New Year! Pick up goodies including fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses, meats, baked goods, plants and wine from more than 40 local farmers and producers.
Saturday, Jan. 5, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Free
300 Park Ave.; (703) 248-5077
Roberto Bocci's Streams and Spaces In Between: Arlington, Virginia and Washington, DC: Saturday marks the final day of this unique visual arts exhibit, in conjunction with FotoWeek DC. Roberto Bocci's portrait of the distance between two geographical locations features a 100-foot experimental panorama that maps the distance between Arlington and Washington, D.C. and relocates urban environments within the art gallery.
Saturday, Jan. 5, 12-11 p.m.; Free
Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA; (703) 875-1100
The Capitol Steps: The most important question in the January following an election year is, "What new material will the Capitol Steps come up with now?" Join your fellow Northern Virginians for one night only of your favorite bipartisan comedians at the Alden Theatre in McLean.
Saturday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m.; $40-$45
The Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA; (703) 790-0123