McLean Community Center Calendar of Events for May 2023

McLean Community Center Around Town, Art & Culture

The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in May 2023. Please check the center’s website,, for up-to-date information. Residents of the center’s tax district, Small District 1A-Dranesville, are eligible for discounts on fees. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Presented by The Alden

Foreign Language Films

Thursday, May 4, 1 p.m.
Free admission. Registration recommended.

The Alden’s foreign language movie series is curated by Performing Arts Director Sarah Schallern Treff, with more than a little help from audience members! The series has a few surprises thrown in. Schedule subject to change.

Click here to view the trailer.

Presented by The Alden

Unruly Theatre Project

Friday, May 5, 7 p.m.

The Old Firehouse Center
1440 Chain Bridge Rd.

Free admission

Come enjoy a night of laughs on us! (the) Unruly Improv is The Alden’s professional teen improv company dedicated to bringing comedic performances to the community. In May 2022, UTP was named 1st place Champions at Improvicon of Northern Virginia!

Presented by The Alden

“The Pa’akai We Bring”

Sunday, May 6, 4 p.m.

$15/$12 seniors and students/$10 MCC district residents


This original production introduces young audiences to the Native Hawaiian relationship to pa‘akai (salt).  Traditionally, pa‘akai is food, medicine, a sacrament and a treasured gift. The play follows a family with multiple generations of salt farmers on the island of Kauai, mixing in ancient stories, hula, live music, original songs and plenty of audience participation into a tasty potluck of performance, joyously served up with aloha. “One of American Theatre’s Top 20 Theatres to Take Your Kids To.” – American Theatre Magazine.

Presented by The Alden

Jewish American Heritage Month Event
“L’Chaim” Jewish Legacy of Broadway

Sunday, May 7, 2 p.m.

$30/$25 seniors and students/$20 MCC district residents


From the stages of the lower east side to the bright lights of Broadway, “L’Chaim” is a musical journey that pays tribute to the Jewish legacy of musical theater by exploring and celebrating the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists. Rooted in history, heritage and tradition, four Jewish performers bring to life the most iconic songs from the stage of past and present and the historical stories that go with them.

Old Firehouse Center

APs Out! High School Party

Friday, May 12, 7 p.m.

Admission: $5. Registration is required.


This event was designed and planned by local high school students specifically for high school students. Local teens come and blow off steam after the completion of your AP testing! Join McLean-area high school students, McLean Community Center’s (MCC) Youth Governing Board members and the MCC Youth Ambassadors to enjoy a fun evening of indoor and outdoor amusements, including a DJ, dancing, concessions, games, a photo booth and delicious food and drinks.

Presented by The Alden

Jennifer Cutting OCEAN Celtic Quartet
“The Lusty Month of May”

New Date! Sunday, May 14, 2 p.m.

McLean Central Park
1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.

Free admission

The ancient Irish festival of Beltane (May Day) signaled the end of winter and the coming of spring. Come hear Washington, D.C.’s award-winning folk and Celtic ensemble, the OCEAN Celtic Quartet, in a program of traditional and original music celebrating the return of the sun and the greening of the land. OCEAN’s soaring vocals, fiery fiddle tunes and rollicking button accordion will have your heart swelling and your toes tapping, while you sing along with songs that stretch back for centuries… songs of love, lust and everything in between.

McLean Day 2023
TGIF Carnival Rides

Friday, May 19, 2-10 p.m.
Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd.

Come enjoy the large carnival rides of McLean Day. Ride tickets and wristbands will be sold onsite and online. Prices vary.

Some height restrictions apply.
McLean Ride List – Height Weight.pdf

For detailed information about the McLean Day festival, visit the event page.

It’s the Place to Be!

McLean Day 2023

Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lewinsville Park
1659 Chain Bridge Rd.

Free admission

Need fun? Bring your friends and family and celebrate McLean’s biggest annual festival. This event draws approximately 10,000+ patrons throughout the day. Enjoy music, games, balloon animals, a petting zoo, amusements, sponsors, exhibitors, gourmet food trucks, large and small carnival rides and much more! Ride tickets can be pre-purchased online and are also sold onsite. MCC Governing Board Elections will be held from10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

MCC Governing Board
Regular Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 p.m.

All meetings are open to the public.

Tax district residents (Small District 1A-Dranesville) who wish to speak at board meetings will be allotted three minutes each. Call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, to be placed on the agenda.

Presented by The Alden

Performing Arts Movie

Thursday, May 25, 1 p.m.

Free admission. Registration is recommended.

Will it be a documentary? A filmed Broadway show? Maybe a monumental concert? Regardless, our performing arts movie series will bring you closer to the arts and your neighbors.

Click here to view the trailer.

For more information, call MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit

For Old Firehouse activities, call 703-448-8336.

For The Alden Box Office, call 571-296-8385.

About McLean Community Center

McLean Community Center offers a continuing program of activities for adults and children, including a wide range of classes, lectures, study tours, camps, art exhibits, theatre performances, and specialty shows. The Center also sponsors major community activities such as McLean Day at Lewinsville Park in May and the 4th of July Fireworks at Langley High School.

The McLean Community Center, an agency of Fairfax County Government, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all programs, services and activities. We will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations, call the Center 14 working days in advance of the event.

To request this information in an alternate format, call 711.