Friday/April 19 through Monday/May 6
Spotlight on the Arts Festival. Dedicated to showcasing the very best of the visual and performing arts in the City of Fairfax. At a varitey of venues in and around the city. Visit www.visitfairfax.com/category/spotlight.
Alexandria Earth Day 2013. 10 a.m. Alexandria's 20th Annual Earth Day celebration takes place at Ben Brenman Park. Visit www.alexearthday.org.
Taste of Vienna. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. at The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. The VVFD will host the 2nd annual Taste of Vienna to showcase the many restaurants that the Vienna area has to offer. Visit www.tasteofvienna.org.
Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day at Springfest 2013. This event is free fun for family at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. Enjoy pony rides, games, farmers market, environmental workshops and more. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/environment/earthday/ for more Earth Day events.
Spring for Alexandria. 10 a.m. A multi-day celebration where the focus is on philanthropy and service to Alexandria—“Where we work, play, live and give.” All City facilities, including libraries and recreation centers. Visit http://volunteeralexandria.org for individual events.
Chantilly Day. At Sully Center on Metro Tech Drive. The chamber has created a community day to highlight the wonderful faces of Chantilly with fun for families. The Business Expo will take place in the KMart parking lot bordering Metrotech Drive in Chantilly and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.chantillyday.com.
Pet Fiesta. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Reston Town Center. The Pet Fiesta draws local businesses, rescue groups and thousands of pet owners for a day of interactive activities, demonstrations, exhibitions and animals galore Visit www.petfiesta.org.
Clifton Charity Homes Tour. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.The Clifton Community Woman's Club presents its 41st Annual Clifton Charity Homes Tour, Marketplace and Silent Auction. Culminating the event will be the “Wine Down” from 3-6 p.m. featuring live music and the Silent Auction Fundraiser at the Paradise Spring Winery, which also hosts the Marketplace and Silent Auction until 5 p.m. Advance tickets $25, day of tour tickets $30, single home admission $10. Admission is free to the Marketplace activities. Lunch available at Clifton eateries, and the Paradise Springs Winery will offer lunches with a prior RSVP at 703-830-9463. Visit www.cliftoncwc.org.
Fridays/May 17-Aug. 30
Film Festival. Fridays at dusk, in Arlington’s Gateway Park. Visit www.rosslynva.org/play/calendar/film-festival.
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. At Reston Town Center, the three-day event attracts more than 50,000 patrons and provides an interactive experience to view, purchase, and experience art directly from the artists who have created it. Visit http://northernvirginiafineartsfestival.org.
McLean Day. 10:30 a.m. at Lewinsville Park. Festival and rides will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ViVa! Vienna! Vienna’s largest festival, ViVa! Vienna!, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Greater Vienna, returns to the historic Church Street corridor for three days of family fun, including carnival rides, diverse food, live entertainment for children and adults and more than 300 vendors selling crafts, services, jewelry, children’s toys and books, novelties. Admission to the festival is free, rides are not. Visit www.vivavienna.org.
Monday/May 27 (Memorial Day)
Community Fun Fest. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fairfax Baptist Temple at 6401 Missionary Lane in Fairfax Station. Visit fbtministries.org.
Thursday-Sunday/May 30-June 2
Herndon Festival. The Town of Herndon’s Parks and Recreation Department hosts the annual Herndon Festival. This is a town-wide event and attracts more than 80,000 people from the greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. There is no admission fee to enter the Herndon Festival. Visit www.herndonfestival.net.
Alexandria Armenian Festival. 1:30-6 p.m. at Market Square, 301 King St. Vendors, entertainment, food and more. Free admission. Visit www.alexandriaarmenianfestival.com.
Mondays/June 3-Aug. 26
Crystal Screen: Blockbusters. Movies begin after sunset at 1851 S. Bell St. Rain or shine. Free. Visit www.crystalcity.org.
Fridays in June
Vintage Crystal: Wine in the Water Park. Fridays in June from 6-10 p.m.
Relay for Life. 3 p.m. Centreville and Chantilly Relay for Life will take place at the nZone, 14550 Lee Road in Chantilly. Call 703-937-1903 or email Brandi.Steward@cancer.org.
Concerts on the Green. 6-8 p.m. Sundays in June, July and August on the Great Falls Village Green. Visit http://www.gfvcca.com/concerts.htm.
Taste of Reston. At Reston Town Center with food and drinks, live entertainment, carnival rides, Family Fun Zone and Wine ‘n Dine area. Visit www.restontaste.com.
Clifton Wine Festival. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. in Children’s Park in historic Clifton, with wine, food, music and arts and crafts. Rain or shine. Visit www.cliftonwine.com.
Great Falls Fourth of July Celebration. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Great Falls Village Centre. Walk/run, parades, festivities, fun and food. Fireworks at Turner Farm Park on Saturday, July 6. Visit www.celebrategreatfalls.org.
Independence Day Celebration. 10 a.m. Co-sponsored by the City of Fairfax and the Independence Day Celebration Committee, the day’s events begin with a colorful parade through the historic streets of Old Town Fairfax. Visit www.visitfairfax.com.
USA & Alexandria Birthday Celebration. Enjoy a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, birthday cake, food and fireworks. The evening culminates in Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” Concert at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 at Oronoco Bay Park. Free.
Saturday, July 13
Obon Festival. Highlighting Japanese culture at Ekoji Buddhist Temple, 6500 Lakehaven Lane in Fairfax Station. Visit www.ekoji.org.