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Weekend Planner: Live Music, Boat Cruises and English Tea

Check out these activities going on Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13.

Making special plans with mom this weekend? Patch has found lots of ways to help you celebrate Mother’s Day with events in our local area. 

2012 Car Show at George Mason University

  • Where: GMU Field House Parking Lot, Fairfax
  • When: Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Rain date is Sunday, May 13)
  • Why Go: Come and check out the display or register your own car, truck or motorcycle in this year’s show. The first 100 vehicles registered will receive a commemorative dash plaque. 
  • Price: Vehicle registration is $15

Studio 3 Theatre for Young Audiences presents: Rapunzel

  • Where: Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton
  • When: Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. from May 12 through June 30
  • Why Go: A comedic tale about a girl and her legendary hair.  This production is suitable for children of all ages.
  • Price:  Adults $12; Children 11 and under $8

Fairfax Jubil-Aires “A Salute to the Troops and Moms” Concert

  • Where: NOVA Annandale Ernst Community Cultural Center
  • When: Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Why Go: The barbershop quartet’s annual spring show will feature guest ensembles “Our Town,” “Sound Advice,” and “Epic.”
  • Price: General admission $20; Patron tickets $100; Military members in uniform may purchase half-price tickets at the door

  • Where: Main Street, Clifton
  • When: Saturday, May 12 at 6 p.m.
  • Why Go: Enjoy a 5K run or 1 mile run/walk through scenic Clifton and the surrounding area.  Food, drinks, and live music will follow, as well as prizes for participants.  Who will win the famous “Caboose” award for coming in last? All proceeds to benefit the preservation of Historic Clifton.
  • Price:  5K registration $21; 1 mile run/walk $15

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Concert

  • Where: GMU Center for the Arts, Fairfax
  • When: Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m.
  • Why Go:  Featuring special guest Adam Golka on piano. Selections to include music by Debussy, Ravel, and Purcell. Don’t miss the pre-performance lecture beginning at 7 p.m. 
  • Price: Tickets range from $25 - $55

Rhythms Around the World Concert

  • Where: Green Spring Gardens, Annandale
  • When: Sunday, May 13 at 1 p.m.
  • Why Go: A family event with the Virginia Virtuosi, where you’ll learn about music from around the world.
  • Price:  $2 - $4 per person; registration required

Mother’s Day Tea

  • Where: Green Spring Gardens, Annandale
  • When: Sunday, May 13 from 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Why Go: Learn about the traditions and proper etiquette of teatime, followed by a full English tea to enjoy with mom.
  • Price:  $27 per person; reservations required

Mother’s Day Cruise

  • Where: Lake Accotink Park, Springfield
  • When: Sunday, May 13 at 1, 3, 5 and 6 p.m.
  • Why Go: Take mom for a relaxing cruise on Lake Accotink while you listen to stories about the history of the area.
  • Price:  Moms $5; other adults $6; kids 3 and up $5

Toccatas! Organ Recital

  • Where: Burke United Methodist Church, Burke
  • When: Sunday, May 13 at 3 p.m.
  • Why Go: Featuring toccatas from a variety of time periods, with selections by Bach, Pachelbel, Rutter and more.
  • Price:  FREE

American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras presents: Suite Meditations

  • Where: Bishop Ireton High School, Alexandria
  • When: Sunday, May 13 at 3 p.m.
  • Why Go: Featuring the American Youth String Ensemble and the American Youth Concert Orchestra playing selections by Copland, Bizet and Beethoven.
  • Price:  Adults $7; Seniors and Students $5; Music Teachers are FREE

Virginia Chamber Orchestra “Sunday in the Woods” Concert

  • Where: NOVA Annandale Ernst Community Cultural Center
  • When: Sunday, May 13 at 4 p.m.
  • Why Go: Featuring compositions by Debussy and Beethoven. Children will be invited to the stage following the performance for an “Instrument Petting Zoo.”
  • Price:  Adults $25; Seniors $20; Students are FREE

Cello Recital

  • Where: Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, Alexandria
  • When: Sunday, May 13 at 7 p.m.
  • Why Go: Cellist Jonathan Cain and pianist Alexei Ulitin will perform pieces by Beethoven, Hindemith and Shostakovitch.
  • Price:  Free-will offering

Library Highlights:

  • Book Sale at Kings Park Library, Burke.  Friday, May 11 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friends Book Sale at Kingstowne Library, Alexandria.  Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • Paws to Read at Lorton Library, Lorton.  Saturday, May 12 beginning at 11 a.m.   For ages 6 – 12.  FREE – registration required.
  • Meet Local Author Kristin Levine at Beatley Central Library, Alexandria.  Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m.  FREE.
  • Springtime! at Burke Branch Library, Alexandria.  Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m.  For grades K – 5.  FREE.  
  • “Murder in the Keys” Murder Mystery at Pohick Regional Library, Burke.  Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m.  For adults.  FREE – registration required.

Nature Highlights:

  • Ponderings - Snakes at Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield.  Friday, May 11 at 4:30 p.m.  For ages 6 – 11.  $6 - $8 per person – registration required. 
  • Teddy Bear Picnic at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Saturday, May 12 at 1:30 p.m.  For ages 3 – 8.  $8 - $10 per person – registration required. 
  • Evening Walk at Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria.  Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m.  For adults.  $6 - $8 per person – registration required.
  • Save the Frog Celebration Day at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Sunday, May 13 at 1:45 p.m.   For ages 3 – 10.  $8 - $10 per person – registration required. 
  • Mother Eagles on Mother’s Day at Mason Neck State Park, Lorton.  Sunday, May 13 at 5 p.m.  For all ages.  Parking is $4 per vehicle.  

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