Fill your calendar with these 13 park events

Easter egg hunts aplenty, plus an event for pets and a bluegrass music performance.

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© Andrew Haddon

Junior Farmer Fun
March 15, 4 p.m.
Ever wonder what life is like for a farmer? Get a glimpse into what they do and try your hand at caring for farm animals and using farm machinery to tend to crops at this event. Registration is required and adults must accompany children. // Frying Pan Park: 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon

Lucky Plants
March 16, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
When you think about signs of supposed good luck, flour leaf clovers come to mind. But that’s not the only plant that’s rumored to magically deliver good fortune, as will be explained during this event for children 3-5 years old, which includes a nature hike and other activities. This event will occur again on March 20 and March 21. // Long Branch Nature Center at Glencarlyn Park: 625 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington

ArtFest
March 16-23
Presented by the Arlington Artists Alliance, an Friday night (6-8 p.m.) opening reception offering refreshments and a chance to meet the artists whose work will be on display and for sale will kick off a weeklong art show at the Historic Hendry House. Free demonstrations and workshops can be found throughout the week as well. // Hendry House: 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington

Putting the Animals to Bed
March 16, 17 and 23
Bring a flashlight or lantern and dress for the weather to embark on a nighttime tour of Frying Pan Park’s Kidwell Farm, during which time attendees will learn about how the animal inhabitants wind down from the day. If you miss this first event, there are two others opportunities held on March 17 and March 23. // Frying Pan Park: 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon

Easter Egg Hunt at Colvin Run Mill
March 18, 1-4 p.m.
Children and asked to bring their own basket and, for $8, make crafts and partake in the season’s most popular search. 2- to 4-year-old children will embark on their egg hunt at 1 p.m., followed by 5- to 6-year-old children at 1:45 p.m., and then at 2:30 p.m., a hunt for children ages 7-9. // Colvin Run Mill Historic Site: 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls

The Ides of Bark 
March 18, 1-4 p.m.
Register your dog with Fairfax County for only $10 (bring proof of a recent rabies shot) while also checking out area vendors, eating food, playing games and potentially winning prizes. The Fairfax County Police K-9 Unit will also lead demonstrations. // Grist Mill Park: 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria

Woodland Wildlife Egg Hunt
March 18, 1 p.m.
This Easter egg hunt takes an educational twist, offering children in groups of 10 the opportunity to learn about how animals raise their own children. While simultaneously collecting 10 eggs containing treats that aren’t candy, little ones (accompanied by adults) will meet costumed woodland characters. // Hidden Oaks Nature Center: 701 Royce St., Annandale

Easter Eggstravaganza
March 24, 3 p.m.
For children ages 1-6, this hunt features eggs filled with treats and prizes, the plus animal meet and greets. If the weather does not cooperate, the event will be rescheduled for March 25. // Frying Pan Park: 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon

Sully Historic Site’s Easter Egg Hunts
March 24, 10 a.m.-noon; March 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Featuring an egg roll and egg carry, this egg hunt is inspired by its venue’s Easter traditions. Little ones can meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny, plus make crafts and go on a wagon ride for an additional $2. // Sully Historic Site: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly

Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Fairfax Park 
March 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
For this registration-required event, age-specific races for children 1-6 will occur every 30 minutes beginning at 11 a.m. // Lake Fairfax Park: 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston

Dinosaur Egg Hunt
March 25, 1-4 p.m.
For an Easter egg hunt that’s different than most, consider one that’s dinosaur themed. Make a craft and look for eggs outdoors every 45 minutes. // Hidden Oaks Nature Center: 701 Royce St., Annandale

By & By perform at Bluegrass Barn
March 25, Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.
Drawing inspiration from bluegrass, folk, Americana and rock ‘n’ roll music, six-person band By & By will perform at Frying Pan Park’s Bluegrass Barn. Food and drink will be available for purchase and tickets cost either $18 in advance or $20 at the door. // Frying Pan Park: 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon

Braddock’s Tars: Common Sailors and the Braddock Expedition
March 26, 7 p.m. 
At this free event, learn about the lesser-known group of sailors who fought during the Battle of the Monongahela during the 18th century via lecturer Kyle Dalton. // The Lyceum: 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria

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