The weekend is here and it's time to have a little springtime fun. We've compiled a list of Northern Virginia events for all ages. Enjoy! Feel free to add an event not included here in the Comments box below!
- Airbus IMAX Theater at the Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center at the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly is showing Oblivion, rated PG-13 starting this weekend. See our review of Oblivion by Cinema Siren here.
- Historic Garden Week kicks off Saturday with more Northern Virginia events scheduled early next week. Read all the details here.
- Teams of two players compete in an 18-hole scramble format at Burke Lake Golf Course Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Compete in closest-to-the-pin contests. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams in two age divisions: Adult/Jr. 7-12 and Adult/Jr. 13-17. Registration begins two weeks prior to event. Space is limited to first 48 teams. The rain date is May 4. The cost is $65 per team includes lunch. To register, call 703-323-1641.
- South of Old Town Alexandria, the American Horticultural Society will host its Spring Garden Market and Plant Sale Saturday and Sunday at River Farm along the Potomac River. The event is open to the public Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission fee for the Spring Garden Market, but parking is $5 per car. River Farm is a participant in the Virginia Historic Garden Week, so parking is free to those showing a valid pass for the April 20th date for this event, or statewide pass for the week.
- In Lorton, catch the Mason Neck State Park Eagle Festival. It kicks off Saturday at 10 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. All the details can be found on their Web site.
- In Annandale, the International Children's Festival is Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, NVCC Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. For more info, call (703) 537-0355. Admission is free. Hosted by Pinnacle Academy, the event features children's entertainment, children's fashion show of international dress, dance troupes, magic show and international foods available for purchase.
- Celebrate Earth Day by learning about the changing environment at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. Learn about composting and other green practices. End the celebration by recycling household materials into fun new items. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
- Hidden Pond Nature Center staff become super-naturalists as they lead fellow ghost hunters on a scientific exploration for what may go bump in the night there. A brief overview of the site's history and a house tour are scheduled prior to the search. This program runs Saturday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. and the cost is $30 person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.
- Join Huntley Meadows Park Manager Kevin Munroe Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. to learn about the wetland restoration project and to go for a walk to look for plants and animals in the park's 50-acre marsh. Admission is free. For information, call 703-768-2525.
- Murder Mystery Wine Dinner Saturday at Paradise Springs Winery, 13219 Yates Ford Rd., Clifton from 8-11 p.m. Call (703) 830-9463 to make reservations or for more information. Admission is $99 plus tax. Join Paradise Springs Winery for this one-of-a-kind interactive theater wine dinner. Murder, spies, and wigs abound, the dinner will take place with an old Virginia colonial theme all inside the main tasting room of Paradise Springs.
- Flowers are seductive, drawing bees, birds, and fashion designers! Hear the history of personal adornment with flowers and interconnections between botany, garden aesthetics and clothing design at Historic Green Spring Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. View fabulous floral motifs in fashion to see how their shapes and meanings have inspired designers through the ages. Participants must be at least age 13. The $28 fee includes an English tea program. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.
- If you love bluegrass music, you will love the Bluegrass Barn performances at Frying Pan Farm Park held on the first and third Sunday of the month beginning this November and continuing through April 2013. These performances feature legendary performers worth the price of the $12 per person ticket. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show time is 7 p.m. The series, held indoors at the park’s Visitor Center is sponsored by the Friends of Frying Pan Park in cooperation with the Fairfax County Park Authority. This is a stellar assembly of the bluegrass world’s best and includes: Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice on Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.
(Events compiled from Fairfax County and Fairfax County Visitors Guide.)