Calendar: Fun Things to Do this Summer in Northern Virginia

Calendar: Fun Things to Do this Summer in Northern Virginia

Online Dance Classes

Jane Franklin Dance of Arlington is hosting online dance classes via Zoom from July 6 to Aug. 15, 2020. Classes are 40 – 60 min in length. The enrollment is by donation. For class, exercise at your own pace, omit or alter portions that don’t feel quite right, and make adjustments to improve your experience. Registration is required.

Schedule of Classes:

Ballet with Brynna: Ballet Barre Monday at 1 p.m.;

Making Connections: modern dance with Jane Tuesday at 3 p.m.;

Afternoon Delight: improvisation with Kelsey Thursday at 3 p.m.;

Happy Hour Fitness: fitness and hand/ankle weights Jane Friday at 5 p.m.;

Abs with Amy: fitness exercise Saturday at 10 a.m.

Information and links to join: Call 703-933-1111.

Metropolitan School of the Arts Camps

Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria is hosting its summer camps, but this year, camps are all virtual, live Zoom sessions, due to COVID restrictions. Camps are geared toward students interested in music, vocal training or dancing from now through Aug. 21. Mini-camps and CAMP MSA are offered for all age groups in one hour or two hour segments to help students avoid screen fatigue. Camps are themed, to include: Tropical Paradise, Dora and the Lost City, Toy Story, Frozen II, Color Me Crazy, Space is the Place, Barnyard Palooza, Bugs Life, Mary Poppins, Neverland, Olympic, Aladdin Jr., Hogswarts School of Witchcraft and the Addams Family. Camps range in cost from $40 per week to $350 per week. To sign up for a camp, go to for more information.

MCC’s Super Summer Scavenger Hunt

Join your friends, family and community for McLean Community Center's Super Summer Scavenger Hunt. Beginning on July 1 and concluding on Aug. 17, this exciting and free virtual event allows you and a team of your choice to compete against other teams and win amazing prizes. The hunt is the perfect way to stay local and have fun with friends and family. The game is played on a smartphone and players must complete indoor and outdoor “missions” (or challenges). Missions include answering questions, taking specific photos or videos, finding a specific item, geocaching or completing specific tasks as given in a list provided by MCC. The scavenger hunt will take place in or around McLean. Participants work in teams up to 10 players. Team captains must be 16 years old or older. The hunt will have a maximum of 125 teams—so register early. The first 50 teams to sign up will receive a special gift bag to make the hunt even more fun. Registration is open June 23 through Aug. 3. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. To register, go to For more information, call the center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit the website,

Drive-in Movies at The Boro

The Boro is hosting a weekly summer drive-in theater series from now thru July 11. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin around 8:30 p.m. with parking spots as first-come, first serve. The address is 400 Westpark Drive, Tysons, VA. Movies will be shown on the lot of the former NADA headquarters. Tickets are available for $20 per vehicle and available at $20 tickets are also available for groups of four wishing to bring chairs or blankets.


Thursday, July 2 | “Batman” (PG-13 | 1989)

Friday, July 3 | “Mission Impossible 3” (PG-13)

Thursday, July 9 | “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (G | 1971)

Friday, July 10 | “Star Trek” (PG-13 | 2009)

Saturday, July 11 | “Jurassic Park” (PG-13)

Mosaic Debuts Outdoor Drive-in Movies

EDENS Mosaic has launched a new outdoor drive-in movie series this summer, kicking off with “Captain Marvel” on Friday, June 26. 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 August 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

GRACE Digital Summer Camp

Registrations are currently open for Greater Reston Arts Center’s (GRACE) Digital Summer Art Camp and the first session began this week. This year’s program offers fun and engaging content centered around the visual arts for young campers to enjoy at home. Weekly camps run for six weeks between June 29–August 7, 2020 and are designed for children ages 5–10. Exciting program highlights include:

A Camp-in-a-Box kit that includes special art supplies conveniently separated into day-of-the-week packages to help keep campers organized

A daily sketchbook to personalize and fill with drawings in response to themed prompts

Access to pre-recorded video lessons led by a professional arts educator

A suggested daily schedule to use as a guide through the day -- leaving room for snack breaks, lunchtime, and even fun game breaks designed with your camper in mind. Visit the website:

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 10: Billy Price Charm City Rhythm Band;

Saturday, July 11: Daryl Davis;

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 beginning June 27 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 is launching a series of outdoor exercise classes starting on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at RECenter locations across the county.

Choose from workouts such as Boot Camp, Aerobics, Cycle Spin, Zumba, Tai Chi, PiYo, Yoga, Pilates, H.I.I.T., BODYCOMBAT and Fitness for Seniors. All classes are held outdoors in locations ranging from RECenter parking lots to patios.

Classes are being offered seven days a week, with both morning and evening options. These are not free, drop-in classes. Participants must register in advance through Parktakes Online. You can find class and registration information on the RECenter Fitness and Wellness web page.

Coming soon, the Park Authority will debut Healthy Strides Community Classes featuring favorite fitness instructors in a variety of formats on a LIVE schedule. In the meantime, if you’re looking for more virtual fitness resources, check out the Fitness & Wellness tab of the Virtual Exploration Center. There you can find exercise videos, partner resources and more, right at your fingertips.

For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or send an email to

Park Authority Virtual Summer Camps

The Fairfax County Park Authority has partnered with dozens of camp providers to offer more than 375 online summer day camp options for children ages 3 to 17. Morning and afternoon sessions and early evening programs provide flexible alternatives around busy family schedules. Choose from a variety of online programs not just in STEM, but art, music, drama, sports, chess, cooking and business. Virtual camps include e-Sports and Fortnite Camps (Xbox), Make a Musical, Dinosaurs and Ancient Worlds at Home, Virtual Hoops, Intellectual Athlete, Aspiring Fashionistas, Junior CEOs, Martian Garden, Video Game Design, Virtual Robotics, Cupcake Wars, Minecraft, Guitar and Ukulele Mini Camps, chess, Camp Adventure, Pet Camp, Native American Virtual Camp, Science & Nature Explore from Home, Cartoon Creations and International Soccer. Camps usually meet for one week, but often only for one to three hours per day. Longer programs have a lunch break and screen breaks between sessions. Unlike traditional summer camps at a single location, virtual camps may have children from across the region or across the country enrolled in the same class. Fees range from $60 a week to over $300 for full-day programs. More information can be found on the Park Authority’s camps web page ( or call the registration hotline at 703-222-4664 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Alden Presents “Small Change”

The Alden in McLean presents the world premiere of “Small Change,” a Drive-Thru Drama Production written and directed by Andrew Scott Zimmer. Drive-Thru Drama is a new model of live theatre in the era of COVID-19 that allows people to enjoy a performance from the safety and comfort of their cars. Actors will perform at stations in the parking lot of the McLean Community Center (MCC). Performances are from 6-8 p.m. over two weekends, Friday-Sunday, July 3-5 and July 10-12. Timed tickets are now available, $10 per vehicle/$5 for MCC tax district residents. The Alden, a division of MCC, is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Visit or call 703-790-0123.

Virtual ”The Decameron” at Synetic Theater

On July 10, join Synetic Theater in its first virtual production — “The Decameron,” an adaptation of Giovanni Boccacio’s masterful collection of stories written in response to the Black Death of 1348. As an epidemic ravages their city, 10 young Florentines take refuge in a secluded villa, where they amuse themselves by each telling a story a day over the course of ten days—a hundred stories of romance, adventure and twists along the way. Synetic’s adaptation partners 35+ veteran company members and emerging artists from across the globe, each taking turns adapting one of the stories. This experience–told in serial format over 10 days—honors the unfolding of the source material and celebrates the human impulse to connect through storytelling in a time of despair and isolation. Pay-what-you-can ticket options begin at $10. Visit the website: