Weekend Guide: July 4-7

Thursday 4

Red, White & Blue Reptiles Alive!

A variety of colorful live reptiles — ones with red scales and white tails and some with blue tongues — will be featured during this fun and patriotic-inspired animal show! A kid-friendly wildlife educator will educate and entertain guests with animal stories and facts. Enjoy a meet and greet as well from 1-2 p.m. 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., FREE, Claude Moore Park, Sterling, Va., loudoun.gov/claudemoorepark.

Fairfax City’s 53rd Annual Independence Day Parade

This annual Fairfax City Independence Day Parade is always a hit! This year, nine high school marching bands will be performing along with many large inflatable parade balloons, floats and clowns. After the parade, stick around for the evening show starting at 6:30 p.m., which includes music, on-stage entertainment, dancing, face painting and a glorious fireworks display. 10 a.m., FREE, 4100 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax, Va., fairfaxva.gov.

Friday 5

Art Walk in the Park

Stroll through the park and watch artists at work. The Popcorn, Stone Tower and Park View galleries also will be open this evening and the Washington Conservatory of Music will provide the evening’s soundtrack. 6-8 p.m., FREE, Glen Echo Park, Md., glenechopark.org.

Saturday 6

Concert: ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’

Watching Harry and his Hogwarts classmates in high definition while the National Symphony Orchestra performs the movie’s score. 8:30 p.m., tickets start at $35, Wolf Trap, Vienna, Va., wolftrap.org.

Sunday 7

Tysons Farmers Market

Start the week right by shopping for some local produce and food delights. It’s colorful and delicious fun for the littlest eaters in your family and you, too. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., FREE, The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center, community-foodworks.org.

Sunday Art in the Park with GRACE

This Sunday concert series during the month of July features fun activities for all ages and is sponsored by the Greater Reston Art Center (GRACE) and Reston Community Center. Check out the current exhibit at GRACE’s gallery and enjoy free weekend parking at Reston Town Center. 5:30-7:30 p.m., FREE, Reston Town Square Park, restoncommunitycenter.com.

Wild for Water Day

Come to this day of wet fun with water games, mini boat races, treasure hunts and more. Meet aquatic animals and take a guided stroll. Food trucks will be onsite and shuttles will be provided for offsite parking. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $8 for ages 3 and older; $2 discount for members, under 3 free, Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, Md., howardcountymd.gov/RNC/programs.


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