Weekend Planner: Mayor's Ball, 5K Run/Walk for Victim's Rights

Things to do this weekend.

At Patch, we're thinking spring these days.

The warmer weather has us throwing open windows, beckoning us outside — conjuring up (very distant) memories of eating on a porch, cold cocktails and flip-flops.

We're not quite there yet, though. This weekend's temperatures are supposed to hover in the 60s with a possibility of rain on Saturday. Boo.

In the name of optimism, though, we're listing a few activity options to get you outdoors and a few indoor ones in case, well, those dang April showers ... you know how the saying goes.


Where/When: 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Why Go: You've jumped on the local food movement bandwagon. You shop at the farmers markets. You try to find out where your beef comes from. Haven't made the leap to churning your own butter and cheese yet, though, have you? Well, here's your chance. The farm wife will be making soft cheese and churn butter, and you'll  "gain a new appreciation for these foods," and maybe some stronger arm muscles, too.

Pricing: Free to attend.


Where/When: , 131 Church St. NE, Vienna. Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Why Go: The Easter Bunny is coming early to Vienna this year. You can let your children experience this old-fashioned Easter Egg Roll (without fighting the crowd that will turn out to the White House's version in a few weeks).

Pricing: Free to attend.

3. 15th Annual Victims’ Rights 5K Run/Walk

Where/When: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Late registration starts at 10:30 a.m., race at noon.

Why Go: Grab your running shoes and head to the Center for the Arts in support of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 10-16). GMU faculty, staff, students, and teams can register in advance.  The first 400 registrants get a free t-shirt.


Where/When: Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy, 6:30 p.m.

Why Go: This event kicks off Fairfax City's annual Spotlight on the Arts Festival. Guests will get a chance to bid on anything from a Mercedes Benz to bartending lessons.


Where/When: Frady Park, 305 E. Broad St., Falls Church. Saturday, 3 p.m.

Why Go: Welcome warmer weather by heading out to the Falls Church Arbor Day Celebration — a local tradition going strong for 119 year. According to the event listing, "the program will include a recollection of the 1892 Arbor Day and a performance by the award-winning Fairfax Jubil-Aires, an a capella male chorus."

Pricing: Free to attend.

Did we miss some awesome activities in your neck of the woods? Probably. Be sure to share them with us (and everyone else) in the comments section.


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