Fun Things to Do this Summer in Northern Virginia

Fun Things to Do this Summer in Northern Virginia

Drive-In Movies at Workhouse

Address: 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton, VA 22079. Film starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10-$80. Visit the website:

Call 703-584-2900.


  • Saturday, July 17 -- "Clue."
  • Saturday, July 18 -- "Trolls."
  • Friday, July 24 -- "The Dark Crystal."
  • Saturday, July 25 -- "Labyrinth."
  • Friday, July 31 -- "Hot Fuzz."

Mosaic Debuts Outdoor Drive-in Movies

EDENS Mosaic has launched a new outdoor drive-in movie series this summer. Located on the top level (7) of Market Garage across from Mom’s Organic Market and Hyatt House. Check-in is on level 6. Address: 8295 Glass Alley, Fairfax. The films begin at 8 p.m. The lineup includes:

Friday July 24: “Toy Story 4” at 5:15 p.m.; and “Jurassic Park” at 8:45 p.m.;

Friday Aug. 28: To Be Announced

There is a $28 fee to reserve a designated spot in accordance with the new social distancing guidelines. Tickets can be purchased at Visit

Columbia Pike Drive-In

Saturday Nights in July & August

Pull up to the new Columbia Pike Drive-In Movie Nights at the Arlington Career Center for some free retro-style family fun. All movies start at sunset (between 8 and 8:30 p.m.) and are shown in English with Spanish subtitles. Space is limited and new protocols are in place to keep everyone safe. Registration is required and details will be sent in our weekly newsletter. Address: 816 S Walter Reed Dr, Arlington, VA 22204.

Visit the website:

July 18 -- "The Secret Life of Bees"

July 25 -- "Twister"

Aug. 1 -- "Crazy Rich Asians"

Aug. 8 -- "Apollo 13"

Aug. 15 -- "Ready Player One"

Aug. 22 -- "Coco"

Aug. 29 -- "Mary Poppins Returns"

July 18-19

Walking and Wagon Tour. 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. At Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon. Enjoy a private, one-hour walking and wagon tour of the farm for you and your family. You'll be guided around this historic property for a behind-the-scenes look at how they operate this farm. Take a wagon ride out to the fields to see which crops are growing and what's being harvested. Bring a camera and water, and dress for this unique outdoor farm experience. Buy tickets here:

July 6 to Oct. 24

The “Quarantine Creations” art exhibit at the Veterinary Clinics of America Alexandria Animal Hospital (VCA Alexandria, 2660 Duke St, Alexandria). This exhibit features artwork by local artists depicting personal experiences lived through the current global quarantine. Artwork by Del Ray Artisans members through the Gallery Without Walls program in partnership with VCA Alexandria. Details:

Workhouse Summer Camps

Ready for in-person Summer Camps? The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton will be offering July and August Summer Camps for kids in-person on campus. They’ve got half-day and full-day camps for kids of all ages starting the week of July 20 and Aug. 3 . Camps include the following:

Game Design Camp where campers learn about computer technology, visual arts, storytelling and music with creative and critical thinking and problem-solving skills. And the Game Design camps integrate all of the STEM core competencies in a fun and engaging way.

Young Writers Camp gives campers in grades 7-12 the chance to write creatively in a variety of genres, learn about new genres through mini-lessons and receive response to their work from writers.

Performing Arts Summer Camp Challenge offers campers the opportunity to work collaboratively to create a new theatrical work in just two weeks' time! They will write a script, consider production design elements and ultimately perform their new, original work in front of an audience of family and friends!

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The Birchmere Reopens

The Birchmere in Alexandria is reopening with limited capacity. During the public health emergency, there will be a $25 food and beverage minimum and a $5 Covid fee. There will be no bar service and no gathering in the stage or bar areas. Customers will be escorted to their seats, and those without reserved seats will be seated by staff to ensure social distancing. Masks have to be worn when leaving your seat, including when you go to the bathroom or to the store to buy merchandise.

Schedule of Birchmere shows:

Friday, July 17: Skinny Wallace;

Saturday,. July 18: Jumpin’ Jupiter;

Friday, July 24: The Nighthawks;

Saturday, July 25: The Free Flowing Musical Experience;

Friday, July 31: The Roadducks.

The venue is located at 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Visit the Birchmere’s website:

Community Market at Workhouse

The Workhouse Arts Center announces a new Community Market initiative in partnership with the South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Community Market is designed to help businesses rebuild during Virginia’s Phase II reopening in a unique setting all while keeping local arts alive. Surrounded by historic buildings, the Workhouse offers a unique venue for Fairfax and Prince William businesses and organizations to market and sell goods and services. The outdoor environment provides greater exposure to traditional brick and mortar businesses as well as a way for the community to shop in a safer way during Phase I and Phase II of re-opening the local economy. Spaces and tents will adhere to social distancing guidelines and the Workhouse will monitor traffic and cleaning guidelines for optimal safety. Interested vendors should contact Elena Romanova at

Outdoor Group Fitness Classes

Get your fitness fix with the Park Authority’s new Outdoor Group Fitness Classes. The Park Authority has launched a series of outdoor exercise classes starting on June 27, 2020, at RECenter locations across Fairfax County.