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An American Celebration

Mount Vernon salutes our first commander in chief with a dazzling display of made-for-daytime fireworks during its annual Independence Day event! Visitors will be treated to spectacular smoke fireworks in patriotic colors fired over the Potomac River. The event also includes an inspirational naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens, military reenactments, a special wreathlaying ceremony, free birthday cake for all (while supplies last), and a visit from the “first” first couple, “General and ...

DateJuly 4, 2016
VenueGeorge Washington's Mount Vernon
Annandale Fall Festival

The Annandale Fall Festival will offer something for everyone in the family and will be held in conjunction with the annual parade for a fun-filled day! Watch as storybook characters, marching bands, clowns, antique cars, and international dancers make their way from the historic white church in Columbia Pike and the Annandale Shopping Center near Gallows Road to the Bowling-Alley Safeway. There will be one hundred vendors including numerous artisan handcrafts in the Community Market and th ...

DateOctober 22, 2016
VenueSafeway Parking Lot
Annual Fairfax Civil War Day

Experience this living history event and learn about the Civil War. Exhibits, living history presentations and displays, cannon firing, wagon rides and a hay pyramid, and civil war music transport the Historic Blenheim Plantation back in time.

DateApril 30, 2016
VenueHistoric Blenheim Estate
Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival

The 4-H Fair and Carnival is back for the 68th year! Bring the entire family out to see farm animals, participate in interactive exhibits, and take a spin on the carnival rides. As you munch on your food truck snack, take a look at the massive trucks on Big Truck Night, watch a tractor pull, or cheer on your favorite at any of the 18 compeitions (which range from animal shows to the arts to science). Everyone in your family is sure to find something they like!

DateJuly-August/ TBD
VenueFrying Pan Farm Park
Annual Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival

31st Annual Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival starts on April 15th with a glittering evening at Old Town Hall celebrating three decades of arts in the City of Fairfax. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax in cooperation with George Mason University and the arts community of Fairfax, Spotlight on the Arts continues its commitment to support and encourage the awareness of cultural opportunities in the greater Fairfax community. It has grown into a significant three-week festival and is ...

DateApril 15 - May 9, 2016
VenueOld Town Hall
Annual Pakistan Festival

The celebration features a fun-filled day for all ages. Activities include cultural performances by noted and popular artists from Pakistan, ethnic Pakistani cuisine, handicrafts, boutiques, sports, and childrens entertainment.

DateAugust 14, 2016
VenueBull Run Special Events Center
Annual Ukulele Festival

July marks the annual ritual when ukulele fans head to the waterfront at Lake Anne and enjoy the tranquil tunes when the plaza hosts its popular Lake Anne Ukulele Festival.  The free festival, in its 6th year, features performances by several internationally known and local ukulele musicians, music demonstrations, an open to the public jam session, festival vendors, and other family friendly activities.  This festival is the only ukulele festival in Northern Virginia, and it ...

DateJuly 9, 2016
VenueLake Anne Plaza
ArtSpace Herndon New Year's Eve Celebration

The New Year’s Eve celebration is one of ArtSpace Herndon’s signature events which includes family-friendly activities, a community bonfire, and entertainment. In 2013, children and families helped create a “Dale Chihuly” style “glass” chandelier to drop at midnight. This activity was led by local arts enthusiast Bill Davis, who portrayed the famed artist. In 2014, Herbie D & the Dengermen led an African Drum and Band Workshop followed by a drum circle around a bon fire. 

DateDecember/ TBD
VenueArtSpace Herndon
Bluebells at the Bend Celebration

Join the fun at Riverbend Park for Bluebells at the Bend, a celebration of the blossoming of Virginia Bluebells as they blanket the banks of the Potomac River. Bring the entire family for a wonderful day including games, music, wildflower walks and wagon rides. Meet live animals, hear the soulful tunes and have your face painted. Most of all enjoy nature's bountiful gift as these iconic wildflowers paint the woods blue. Bluebells bloom from March through June, releasing nectar that attracts loca ...

DateApril 16, 2016
VenueRiver Bend Park
Car Show and Labor Day Festival

The Clifton Labor Day Car Show is an open show featuring street rods, foreign, customs, antiques, trucks, muscle cars, motorcycles and more! Join the fun in historic City of Fairfax, Virginia, for great cars, food, and music. There will be raffles as well as "Participant Pick" awards and specialty trophies. The first 250 show vehicles receive dash plaques.

DateSeptember 5, 2016
VenueHistoric City of Fairfax

Celebrate Fairfax

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Celebrate Fairfax

Celebrate Fairfax! is Northern Virginia’s largest community-wide celebration. The annual festival hosts tens of thousands of visitors during the three-day run. The 25-acre site at the government center is magically filled with fascinating sights and sounds of more than 300 exhibitors, food vendors, crafters and interactive activities. Celebrate Fairfax! showcases live concerts on eight stages, ExxonMobil Children’s Avenue, a petting zoo, the Fairfax County Karaoke Championship, carnival rides, a ...

DateJune 10-12,2016
VenueFairfax County Government Center
Chalk on the Water at Lake Anne

Chalk on the Water is a two-day street-painting festival where participants will create amazing street art. Festival goers can purchase a "plot" of brick space on the plaza and paint to their hearts delight whatever flows from their imagination. Cost for spaces are $5 for children, $10 for adults, and $15 for professional artists. Participants have a chance to win cash prizes for various categories, awarded by notable community judges. The festival will also include food, a live DJ, and a wine g ...

DateJune 11-12, 2016
VenueLake Anne Plaza
ChalkFest at Reston Town Center

ChalkFest At Reston Town Center is presented by the Initiative for Public Art – Reston (IPAR) and Reston Town Center. The public is invited to create chalk drawings on Market Street. The event is open to professional artists, amateurs, businesses, families, and kids of all ages. There will be prizes for professional artists, amateurs, families and kids, in addition to the "Audience Choice Award".

DateSeptember 9-10, 2016
VenueReston Town Center

Chantilly Day

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Chantilly Day

The annual Chantilly Day festival celebrates the Chantilly community. The event will include a business expo, children's fair, performance stage, Taste of Chantilly and more. The event will benefit the local schools, including Chantilly High and Westfield High.

DateChantilly Day 2016 Postponed Unfortunately, Chantilly D...
VenueKmart Shopping Center Parking Lot
Children's Series Nutcracker

Introduce your young child to the performing arts with our Children's Series Nutcracker! Launched in 2010-2011 as part of our mission to bring art into our community, our Children's Series Nutcracker is a condensed version of the popular holiday classic. This magical production with stunning costumes and beautiful choreography is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers as well as their families. Children delight in the approximately 40-minute performance followed by a short question and answer se ...

DateNovember 19th & 20th
VenueClassical Ballet Theatre Studios
Chocolate Lover's Festival

The Chocolate Lovers Festival, an annual two-day festival held on the first full weekend of February, features activities for all to enjoy. Join us for the Taste of Chocolate, the Chocolate Challenge, the ever-popular Kiwanis Chocolate Chip Pancake Breakfast, open houses at historic buildings, and much more.

DateFebruary 6-7, 2016
VenueOld Town Hall
City of Fairfax Festival of Lights & Carols

Enjoy live holiday music, hot cider, s'mores by the Yule log, a petting farm, a ferris wheel, caroling, and the lighting of the Christmas tree in the winter wonderland on the grounds of the Kitty Pozer Garden. Activities continue throughout the day with the tree lighting ceremony held in the early evening.

DateDecember 3, 2016
VenueMultiple, see website for specific event locations
Classical Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker

Experience the magic of Classical Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker! Performed at the 520-seat Ernst Theater, this holiday classic includes all of the stunning costumes, dancing, and enchantment necessary to bring Clara’s dream to life! Join Clara for a mischievously fun family holiday party, an epic battle between the Mouse King and Nutcracker, and a captivating journey with her Nutcracker Prince. On her travels, Clara meets the majestic Snow Queen, and, when she arrives to the Kingdom of Sweets, ...

DateNovember 26th & 27th
VenueErnst Theater, NVCC, Annandale Campus
Claude Moore Colonial Market Fair

The 18th Century Colonial Market Fair, held three times a year, is a favorite among regular and first-time visitors alike who come from across the country and around the globe to sample the foods and merchandise of the Market Fair. Celebrate spring at the first Market Fair of the season. Purchase herb and flower plants and shop for the latest fashions in clothing, jewelry, potions and lotions. Play games and watch a children’s puppet theatre. Lunch might be fresh vegetables, roast chicken, saus ...

DateMay 21 & 22, July 16 & 17, October 15 & 16, 2016
VenueClaude Moore Colonial Farm
Clifton Day Festival

The annual Clifton Day is a non-profit event raising funds for a variety of local organizations. The festival includes arts and crafts, antiques, demonstrations, the Town Market, live music, children’s activities, and lots of good food. Clifton Day is on the Sunday before Columbus Day, usually the second Sunday of the month.

DateOctober 19, 2016
VenueDowntown Clifton

Clifton Film Fest

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Clifton Film Fest

Clifton Film Fest is an award winning indoor and outdoor film festival located in Northern Virginia showcasing original films made by the surrounding community at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. Enjoy live music, food, and the original films under the stars. There will be two award ceremonies: student awards and the 19+ category. Throughout the day there will be a showing in addition to a random selection of films in the evening. 

DateJuly 23, 2016
VenueWorkhouse Arts Center

Features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across the nation with thousands of unique choices. There is something for every style, taste and budget with items from traditional to contemporary, functional to whimsical and decorative to fun & funky. Visit with the actual artisans as you browse the booths for those one-of-a-kind treasures found only at the Craftsmen's Classics. The show is all indoors for your comfort. Show hours are 10-6 Friday and ...

DateOctober 20, 21 & 22, 2017
VenueDulles Expo Center
DC ReelAbilities Film Festival

ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Initiated at the JCC in Manhattan in 2007, the festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, ...

DateApril/ TBD
VenueMultiple, see website for specific event locations
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Derby-Q

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Derby-Q

This community festival will feature specialty beer and bourbon tastings along with a variety of BBQ vendors. Live blues bands will perform on stage while the crowds anxiously await the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports - the Kentucky Derby to be shown on the big screen.

DateMay 7, 2016
VenueOld Town Square
DMV Punjabi Mela Festival

The DMV Mela Festival offers a welcoming environment for families and visitors of all ages to enjoy the open air event featuring essential aspects of the local Indian & Pakistani heritage and culture. Guests will enjoy high energy Bhangra, Gidha, and contemporary dances in colorful costumes, interactive performances, Indian and Pakistani food, children's games, and crafts from local vendors.

DateMay 21, 2016
VenueBull Run Park Special Events Center

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