A Year in Fairfax County

A Year in Fairfax County

A sampling of some of the cherished, annual events of the county.

The parking lot between Center Street and Station Street was the site of carnival rides and games during the Herndon Festival.

The parking lot between Center Street and Station Street was the site of carnival rides and games during the Herndon Festival. Photo by Alex McVeigh.


Restaurant Week, Fairfax County

National Night Out, Fairfax County

Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair, Herndon

Old Firehouse Teen Center Block Party, McLean, Aug. 25

La Sandia’s Chile Relleno Festival, McLean, through Aug. 31

2nd Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition, Lorton, through Aug. 26

Pakistan Festival, Centreville, Aug. 26



Vehicles are parked all along Main Street during the annual Labor Day car show in Clifton.

Clifton Car Show, Sept. 3

Herndon Labor Day Jazz and Wine Festival, Sept. 3

St. Mary’s 137th Labor Day Picnic, Fairfax Station, Sept. 3

Burke Centre Festival, Sept. 8-9

Great Grapes Wine, Arts and Food Festival, Reston, Sept. 8-9

Reston Triathlon, Sept. 9

Fall Festival and Taste of Falls Church, Sept. 15

Dulles Day Plane Pull, Sept. 22

Reston Multicultural Festival, Sept. 22

Fall for the Book Festival at GMU, Fairfax, Sept. 26-30

Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Reston, Sept. 30



The Green Hedges School jazz band participates in traditional Vienna Halloween Parade to be held Oct. 24 this year.

18th annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Playground, Burke, Oct. 1-31

Octoberfest Reston, Oct. 5-7

Fifth Annual Oktoberfest, Vienna, Oct. 6

Farm Day, Falls Church, Oct. 6

Fall Festival in Old Town Historic Fairfax, Oct. 13

Ninth Annual Great Falls Art Studio Tour, Oct. 20-21

Claude Moore Colonial Farm 1771 Market Fair, McLean, Oct. 20-21

Vienna Halloween Parade, Oct. 24

VolunteerFest, Fairfax County, Oct. 27

Halloween Carnival, Falls Church, Oct. 27

South Run RECenter 5th Annual Arts & Crafts Show, Springfield, Oct. 27-28

Halloween Spooktacular, Great Falls, Oct. 31


The Washington West Film Festival, Herndon and Reston, Nov. 1-4

The Robinson Marketplace, Fairfax, Nov. 10

52nd Annual Holiday Bazaar, Vienna, Nov. 10

Joyful Noise Holiday Bazaar and Bakeshop, Sterling, Nov. 17

Bull Run Festival of Lights, Centreville, begins Nov. 21

Civil War Thanksgiving, Falls Church, Nov. 24

Christmas at Mount Vernon, begins Nov. 25

30th Annual Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild Art & Craft Showcase, Vienna, Nov. 25-27


Great Falls Tree Lighting, Dec. 1

City of Fairfax Festival of Lights and Carols, Dec. 1

46th Holiday Homes Tour, McLean, Dec. 6

Great Falls Celebration of Lights, Dec. 8

Church Street Stroll, Vienna

Fairfax County’s Third Annual Frostival, Chantilly, begins last weekend in December

Fairfax Four Miler, Dec. 31

Watch Night, Falls Church, Dec. 31

Bull Run Festival of Lights, Centreville, Cont.

Christmas at Mount Vernon, Cont.


Fairfax County’s Third Annual Frostival, Chantilly, through the first weekend of January

Bull Run Festival of Lights, Centreville, through Jan. 6

Christmas at Mount Vernon, through Jan. 6

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Chantilly, Jan. 25

Second Annual McLean Chocolate Festival, Jan. 27


Community Tax Assistance Days


Annual Chocolate Lover’s Festival, Fairfax

Fairfax Brewfest

Herndon Park Egg Hunt

Chantilly Egg Hunt

Northern Virginia Artists League 11th Anniversary, Herndon

Herndon Bluegrass Concert Series


Reston Founder’s Day Fest, April 13

22nd Annual Best of Reston Gala, April 11

Historic Garden Tour, Fairfax County, April 20-27

ValeArts Spring Fine Art Show, Oakton, last weekend in April

Fairfax Fine Arts Festival, last weekend in April

Mason Day, Fairfax, last weekend in April



The large carnival ride is one of the most popular attractions at McLean Day, a festival celebrating community, to be held May 18, 2013.

Great Grapes Wine, Art and Food Festival, Reston

22nd Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston, May 17-19

McLean Day, May 18

Civil War Day, Falls Church

Springfield Days

Viva! Vienna

Memorial Day Festival and Parade, Falls Church

Herndon Festival, begins May 30


Herdon Festival, through June 2

Vintage Virginia Wine Festival, Centreville, first weekend in June

Great Falls Days, first weekend in June

Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, June 7-9

Taste of Reston, June 14-16



From left, Elliot, Isaac, 7, Oriana, 5, Zoe and Solomon Zaret, 3, who were named “Star Spangled Family” during the Little Patriot Parade in Great Falls Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

Fairfax Salutes America, July 3

Old Town Fairfax 4th of July Independence Day Parade, July 3

Patriotic Picnic, Lorton, July 3

Town of Vienna 4th of July Celebration, July 4

An American Celebration at Mount Vernon, July 4

Lake Fairfax Fireworks Spectacular, July 4

Obon Festival, Fairfax Station

Herndon Friday Night Live!

Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series

The 3rd Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition begins, Lorton