This weekend is looking like it’s going to be rather wet and overcast, but there’s still plenty going on around Reston this weekend.
Here is just a sample of the events going on around the area this weekend.
- The Reston Players take the stage this weekend with their new production, Noel Coward’s “Private Lives.” This play is often called “the quintessential comedy of manners.” Performances at 8 p.m. on May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m., and a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, May 14. Tickets are $21, or $18 for students with ID and senior citizens. Shows are held at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center (2310 Colts Neck Road). Visit RestonPlayers.org for more information.
- Friday night, Encore Chorales from Lansdowne Woods and the Potomac Arts Academy at George Mason University presents a free choral concert at Reston’s United Christian Parish (11508 N. Shore Dr.). The singers will perform a variety of pieces including “Les Miserables,” “Va Pensiero,” “Porgy and Bess” and “Do Lord Remember Me.”
- On Saturday from 4-6 p.m., support reading by local children by joining Girl Scouts at Reston Town Center’s Scrawl Books (11862 Market St.) for a Book Drive and Author Panel. Bring gently used books to donate to elementary schools, or purchase books at Scrawls and donate them on the spot. Enjoy refreshments, and hear talks about book writing and publishing by local authors such as K.L. Kranes (“The Travelers”) and Angela Glascock (“Locksmith at the End of the World”), who will also sign copies of their books. A door prize will be given away at the end of the event. This event is free.
- On Saturday, join the folks from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue for Pet Fiesta at Reston Town Center. At LDAR’s booth, located by the fountain (11900 Market St.), there will be roughly 50 dogs and puppies up for adoption. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Don’t forget about Walker Nature Center’s annual Spring Festival this Saturday from 1-5 p.m. (11450 Glade Dr.). It will feature entertainment, live animals, craft-making for kids, displays and information from local environmental groups, canoeing and kayaking on Lake Audubon, fishing, a native plant sale by Nature by Design, and much more.
- Let loose your child’s inner Top Chef with a Kid’s Cooking Class at Reston Town Center’s Il Fornaio restaurant (11900 Market St.) this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This weekend they’ll learn how to make pizza from scratch, and enjoy soft drinks and gelato.
- Back by popular demand this Saturday from 2-6 p.m. is TEDx Herndon at Herndon Middle School (901 Locust St.). This year’s theme is “Difficult Conversations.”
- Take in some art and education at this Saturday’s Curator Talk at 4 p.m. at the Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market St. #103). Curator Holly McCullough will discuss “The Great Dismal Swamp” by Radcliffe Bailey, which is on display at GRACE through August.
- This weekend, an all-female cast will perform Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet“ multiple times Saturday and Sunday in the Lake Anne Recreation Area (11301 North Shore Drive). One show will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and there will be shows at both 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday. The performances are free, but donations are welcome. The show is being put on by the D.C.-based performance troupe, AnyStage Theatre Company.
- Support the March of Dimes by joining other locals for the March For Babies this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Reston Town Center Pavilion (11900 Market Street). Activities will include a picnic, music and lots of fun things for the kids.
- Put on your best pirate garb and take the family out to Pirate Fest this Saturday and Sunday at Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Drive) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy the raingutter regatta, a treasure hunt for pirate booty, the “Pirate Skills Challenge” with jousting and cannons, fun science and craft projects and more. For $4 per person, you can also take a boat tour with a real pirate captain at the wheel. Register through Fairfax County Parks and Recreation for $10.
- Meet artist Norman Krasnegor at an Artist’s Reception Sunday from 3-7 p.m. at the Hunters Woods Village community center (2310 Colts Neck Road), to celebrate the opening of his exhibit, which will be on display through May.