McLean Community Center Calendar of Events for September 2023

McLean Community Center Around Town, Art & Culture

The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in September 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.

MCC Governing Board

Finance Committee Meeting of the Whole on MCC’s FY2025 Budget

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m.
All meetings are open to the public.

The McLean Community Center (MCC) Governing Board invites residents of Dranesville Small District 1A, who pay a real estate surcharge to support the center, to the Finance Committee Meeting of the Whole, the first of two meetings to discuss and construct the center’s FY2025 budget. The second meeting, the FY2025 Budget Public Hearing, will be held in person at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27. For more information, call MCC at 703-744-9363, TTY: 711, or visit

Seeking Diverse Blood Donations!

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Thursday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

It is urgent for donors of all ethnicities to support patients in need! Join us and support the community with your lifesaving blood donation. All donors will receive t-shirts and e certificates to Sports Cuts. For an appointment, visit and enter sponsor word: HEARTOFGOLD or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Old Firehouse Family Event

Snack & Paint Night

Friday, Sept. 8, 7-9 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC district residents. Preregistration is recommended.

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, love snacks or just want to get your hands dirty with some paint, come on down to the Old Firehouse Center for Snack & Paint Night. Led by a professional art teacher, families will create their own masterpieces while having tons of fun. All materials and snacks are included in the fee.

Special Events

Fall Community Parking Lot Sale

Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Rain Date: Sunday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Free admission

Find bargains and treasures at this outdoor community parking lot sale with 70+ community resident vendors selling household items. The area’s first, biggest and best sales of the fall season, it offers a wide variety of gently used household goods, electronics, furniture, clothes, appliances and other items. The Kids’ Corner is a special area of the sale where children ages five to 15 can use their math and entrepreneurial skills while selling toys, clothes, games and other items.

Celebrating 33 Years!

Old Firehouse Block Party

Saturday, Sept. 16, 1-4 p.m.
1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va. 22101
Free admission

Come out and celebrate the Old Firehouse’s 33 years of serving the Greater McLean community! Listen and dance to your favorite hits, enjoy free, delicious food, rock climbing, art projects and other free activities. Learn about OFC’s After School Program and the firehouse’s rich history.

Presented by The Alden

“The Pursuit of Happiness: Music for Social Wellbeing” with Calvin Earl

Sunday, Sept. 17, 3 p.m.
McLean Central Park Gazebo, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd, McLean, Va., 22101

For all ages. Calvin Earl brings people together to reengage and uplift the shared humanity in our community with music and storytelling to help us remember what we have in common. All ages are encouraged to participate in music making or just enjoy hearing the songs that bring us together. Audience members should bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

Harvest Happenings

Saturday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Free Admission

Celebrate autumn with your family! Harvest Happenings is an indoor-outdoor festival with live entertainment, a petting zoo, craft projects and games. Visit our pumpkin patch and purchase a pumpkin to decorate.

Presented by The Alden

Buckets N Boards

Saturday, Sept. 23, 5 p.m.
McLean Central Park Gazebo
1468 Dolley Madison Blvd
McLean, VA 22101

For all ages. Back by popular demand! BNB is a hilarious, high-energy and interactive percussion show that has captivated audiences worldwide! The group has something for everyone in the family—amazing tap dancing, clean comedy, body percussion, beatboxing and more. Audience members should bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

(the) Unruly Theatre Project
2023-2024 Company Auditions

Open Auditions: Sept. 26 & 27, 7–9 p.m.
Call Backs/Interviews: Sept. 28, 7 p.m.

(the) Unruly Theatre Project (UTP), The Alden in McLean’s professional teen improv company, is dedicated to bringing comedic performances to the community. Members audition to be in the company for one season and are paid for each performance or workshop that they do. Open Auditions for UTP’s 2023-24 Season are being held at MCC from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 26 and 27.  High school students enrolled in 9th through 12th grades are welcome to audition. A prepared monologue is not needed; headshots and resumes are not required but are welcome. For more information, visit

MCC Governing Board Meeting + Public Hearing on FY2025 Budget

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m.

MCC Governing Board invites residents of Dranesville Small District 1A, who pay a real estate surcharge to support the center, to the FY2025 Budget Public Hearing. The hearing will be held in person at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the center. This hearing gives residents an opportunity to review and comment on the center’s budget proposal. District residents who wish to speak at the hearing are asked to call 703-790-0123, TTY:711, to have their names placed on a speakers list. Those who cannot attend the hearing can send written comments by mail (address to: McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean VA 22101) or email to MCC Executive Director Elizabeth May-Salazar at

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.

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.