A Year in Fairfax County

A Year in Fairfax County

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



Photo courtesy of ACVA

King Street is filled with artists and visitors during the King Street Art Festival.

King Street Art Festival, Sept. 7-8, 2013

Burke Centre Festival, Sept. 7-8, 2013

Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition, through Sept. 8, 2013

Reston Triathlon, Sept. 8, 2013

CCÉ Irish Folk Festival in Fairfax, Sept. 21, 2013

Clarendon Day, Sept. 28, 2013

Dulles Day Plane Pull, Sept. 14, 2013

Reston Multicultural Festival, Sept. 28, 2013

Fall for the Book Festival at GMU, Sept. 22-27, 2013

Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Sept. 29, 2013


Oktoberfest Reston, Oct. 11-13, 2013


Photo by Montie Martin

Janet Nagler, Charles Volkman, Claudia Fochios and Angela Kummel perform Bavarian dances in traditional costumes during the Capital City Brewing Company Oktoberfest at the Shirlington Village.

Art on the Avenue Alexandria, Oct. 5, 2013

McLean Project for the Arts ArtFest, Oct. 6, 2013

Fall Festival in Old Town Historic Fairfax, Oct. 12, 2013

Potomac Country House Tour, Second Saturday-Second Sunday in Oct., 2013

Potomac Day, Third Saturday in October, 2013

Claude Moore Colonial Farm 1771 Market Fair, Oct. 19-20, 2013

Great Falls Artists Studio Tour, Oct. 19-20, 2013

Vienna Halloween Parade, Oct. 24, 2013

Volunteer Fest, Fourth Saturday in Oct., 2013

The Washington West Film Festival, Oct. 23-27, 2013


Election Day, Nov. 5, 2013

The Robinson Marketplace, Nov. 9, 2013

Joyful Noise Holiday Bazaar and Bakeshop, Third Saturday in Nov., 2013

Bull Run Festival of Lights and Winter Wonderland Holiday Village, Third Tuesday in Nov., 2013-First Saturday in Jan., 2014

Alexandria Tree Lighting, Fourth Saturday in Nov., 2013

Church Street Holiday Stroll, Fourth Wednesday in Nov., 2013

Christmas at Mount Vernon, Nov. 29, 2013

Scottish Walk, Nov. 29-30, 2013


Mayor Bill Euille at the Scottish Walk.


City of Fairfax Festival of Lights and Carols, Dec. 7, 2013


Mayor M. Jane Seeman and Santa Claus light the holiday tree to kick off the 2011 Church Street Holiday Stroll and Vienna’s holiday season.

Great Falls Celebration of Lights, Dec. 7, 2013


Gabriel Chaves, 3, sits on his father J.J.’s shoulders while waiting in line to see Santa Claus while attending the annual Celebration of Lights and Christmas tree Lighting ceremony in Great Falls on Saturday evening.

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, First Saturday in Dec., 2013


Bull Run Festival of Lights and Winter Wonderland Holiday Village, through


Santa Claus hands out candy to children during the 5th Annual WinterFest Parade in McLean on Sunday evening.

the first Saturday in January, 2014


An entrant in the 2012 Holiday Boat Parade of Lights.

Live Music at Paradise Springs Winery, Jan. 10, 2014- Jan. 3, 2015


Community Tax Assistance Day


Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade, March 4, 2014

“City Works” by The Art Monkeys, Second Saturday-Last Sunday in March, 2014

Chantilly Egg Hunt, Second Sunday in March-First Monday in April, 2014

Fairfax Brewfest, March 15, 2014

Herndon Bluegrass Concert Series, Third Wednesday in March, 2014

2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival, March 20-April 13, 2014

Northern Virginia Artists League 12th Anniversary, Fourth Wednesday in March, 2014

2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival Central, Last Sunday in March, 2014


Melanie, Sadie and Lucy Idler enjoy the early blooming cherry blossoms.


Reston Founder’s Day Fest, April 5, 2014

23rd Annual Best of Reston Gala, April 10, 2014


Best of Reston co-chairs Michael Clarke and Valerie Novak welcome guests to the annual awards gala Thursday, April 12.

Destination Fairfax: Annual Spotlight on the Arts Festival, Third Saturday in April-First Monday in May, 2014

Historic Garden Tour, April 26-May 3, 2014

Great Grapes Wine, Art and Food Festival, Fourth Saturday-Fourth Sunday in April, 2014

Fairfax Fine Arts Festival, Fourth Saturday-Fourth Sunday in April, 2014

Bull Run Swamp Stomp, April 19, 2014

Dinosaur Egg Hunt, April 19, 2014

Easter Puppet Show and Egg Hunt, April 19, 2014

Herndon Easter Egg Hunt, April 19, 2014

Ticonderoga Spring Easter Festival, April 19-20, 2014


Historic Garden Tour, through May 3, 2014


Photo contributed

The 57th annual Potomac Country House Tour, supporting the outreach programs of St. Francis Episcopal Church, includes a weekend of events at the church. All proceeds of the house tour benefit local, national, and international charities.

Herndon Festival, May 29-June 1, 2014

Relay for Life, May 17-18, 2014


Flint Hill Students take part in the ‘Relay for Life’ event on Saturday, April 21 at GMU.


Alexandria Armenian Festival, First Saturday in June, 2014


Cindy Ryan plays with percussion instruments — dumbeg, rigg and droll — on stage at the 21st annual Alexandria Armenian Festival on Saturday afternoon, June 1, in Market Square. More photos, page 6.

Springfield Days: Party in the Park, First Saturday in June, 2014


The pet kisses booth is always a popular attraction during Springfield Days, held May 31 through June 3 at various venues throughout the greater Springfield area.

Springfield Days: Cardboard Boat Regatta, First Sunday in June, 2014

Taste of Reston, Second Friday-Third Sunday in June, 2014


Evelyn Ramirez of Community Canteen adds a dollop of homemade whipped cream to fresh pound cake with berries at the 2011 Taste of Reston Festival.

Crystal Screen: Blockbusters, First Monday in June-Last Monday in August, 2014

Vintage Crystal: Wine in the Water Park, Fridays in June, 2014

Lee District Nights Concert Series, First Wednesday in June-Last Wednesday in August, 2014

Celebrate Fairfax!, June 6-8, 2014


Eric Lynd and son Robert of Fairfax see what it’s like to sit in Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Hazmat Unit 440 at the three-day 2013 Celebrate Fairfax Festival on June 9.

Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series at Grist Mill Park, First Friday in June-Last Saturday in August, 2014

Concert on the Green, Sundays in June-August, 2014

Clifton Wine Festival, Fourth Saturday in June, 2014


Great Falls Fourth of July Celebration, July 4, 2014

City of Fairfax Independence Day Celebration, July 4, 2014


Sisters Jennifer Loeb (right) and Kerry Petrauskas danced to Cotton-Eyed Joe during the City of Fairfax’s annual Old-Fashioned Fireman’s Day event on July 4. Part of the city’s Independence Day celebration, the Fireman’s competition includes games, festival food and getting drenched with fire hoses.

Obon Festival, Second Saturday in July, 2014


Amanda Jenson of Burke shows off her traditional Japanese Kimono during last summer’s Obon Festival at Ekoji Buddhist Temple.

U.S.A. and Alexandria Birthday Celebration, Second Saturday in July, 2014

Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition, Last Wednesday in July through Second Sunday in Sept., 2014


County 4-H Fair and Frying Pan Farm Park Show at Frying Pan Farm Park, First Saturday-First Sunday in Aug., 2014


Alina Ampeh of Oakton rides her horse Melan in the Junior Western Pole Bending Race, during which she directs the horse to weave through the poles at the Fairfax County 4-H Fair held at Frying Pan Farm Park on Aug. 5. Ampeh and Melan won first place for their ride.

National Night Out, Aug. 5, 2014

Arlington County Fair, Aug. 6-10, 2014


Ms. Virginia Senior America 2012 Kat Fanelli leads a senior citizens flash mob in “I Got a Feeling” at the Arlington County Fair last week.

Pakistan Independence Day Festival U.S.A., Third Sunday in Aug., 2014


King Street Art Festival, First Saturday-Second Sunday in Sept., 2014

Burke Centre Festival, First Saturday-Second Sunday in Sept., 2014


The popular Las Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble at the Burke Centre Festival.

Reston Triathlon, Second Sunday in Sept., 2014

Dulles Day Plan Pull, Second Saturday in Sept., 2014

Fall for the Book Festival at GMU, Fourth Sunday-Fourth Friday in Sept., 2014

Clarendon Day Run, Last Saturday in Sept., 2014

Reston Multicultural Festival, Fourth Saturday in Sept., 2014

Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Last Sunday in Sept., 2014