Summer Fairs and Festivals Calendar 2014

Summer Fairs and Festivals Calendar 2014

Your guide to this summer's hottest events in the area.

Crowds line up to try the vendors at the Taste of Reston Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Reston Town Center.

Crowds line up to try the vendors at the Taste of Reston Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Reston Town Center. Photo by Alex McVeigh.


Thursday/June 12-26

War of 1812 Outdoor Concert Series. Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria. Pack a picnic dinner and blanket and enjoy a concert on the Carlyle House’s lawn, featuring live 1812-themed music of the era. 703-549-2997. Suggested donation $5. Visit for more.

Thursdays/June 12-26

Garden Stroll & Tea. 1-3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Tour some of the glorious demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring past and present. Afterwards, traditional English afternoon tea served in 1784 historic house. Register online. $29. Call 703-941-7987 or visit for more.

Thursdays/June 12-Aug. 28

Take a Break Concert Series. 7-9 p.m. Lake Anne Plaza, 11404 Washington Plaza W, Reston. On Thursdays, take a break with this outdoor concert series. Visit for weekly lineup.

Friday-Saturday/June 13-14

Taste of Reston. Friday: 3-11 p.m.; Saturday: noon-11 p.m. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St., Reston. Carnival games and rides with a family fun zone. Visit for more.

Friday-Sunday/June 13-15

Tinner Hill Blues Festival. Various locations around Falls Church. The Tinner Hill Blues Festival is the only three-day event in Falls Church. There will be all kinds of blues for all ages, all weekend, all over town. Visit for more.

Friday/June 13-Aug. 29

Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series. at Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria. Enjoy a wide variety of genres and performers at the Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series. Visit for more.

Fridays/June 13-Aug. 22

Herndon Friday Night Live! 6:30 p.m. 777 Lynn Street, Herndon. Listen to great music on Friday nights during the summer. Visit for more.

Saturday/June 14

War of 1812 Commemoration Boat Cruise. Boarding at 6:45 p.m., cruise 7-10 p.m. Alexandria City Marina, 1 Cameron St. This tour includes period-inspired food, accounts of the Battle of the White House at Fort Belvoir and Fort Washington. $75; $100/sponsor-level. 703-746-4242. Visit for more.

Art in the Courtyard. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lorton Station Town Center. Artists from the Workhouse Arts Center, the Torpedo Art Factory and Historic Occoquan will be featuring their works including paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography, blown glass, pottery, wood work, and digital artwork. Visit for more.

Mount Vernon Nights: Alt Washingtonia (Bavarian). 7-8 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. Alt Washingtonia performs traditional Alpine dances from Germany and Austria. Performances include the long alphorns, yodeling and singing, cowbell-ringing, musical saw, button-box accordion, zither, and mountain dulcimer. Visit or call 703-584-2900.

Once Upon a Time...(Costume Ball Fundraiser). 7:30-10 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd, Lorton. The evening includes music, dancing, silent auction, food, and performances by cabaret vocalists. Costumes with a fairy-tale theme are not required for entry, but there will be door prizes for the most imaginative costumes. Admission is limited, so early reservations are strongly recommended. $40. Visit or call 703-584-2900.

Tasting Party: Teas of Korea. 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. Green Spring Gardens, Green Springs Road, Alexandria. Korean teas reflect the country’s rich forest landscapes. Sample and access some of these delicious tisanes served with traditional Korean foods. $25. Call 703-941-7987.

Become a Pilot Family Day and Aviation Display. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. National Air & Space Museum, 14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly. See 50 visiting vintage, recreational, military, and homebuilt aircraft, on display outside the Center for one day only. Talk to pilots and find out what skills are needed to fly. Inside the Center, test your piloting skills in flight simulators, talk to aviation experts, and enjoy story time and hands-on activities with the kids. Visit for more.

Father’s Day Golf Tournament. Burke Lake Golf Center, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Teams of two compete in an 18-hole scramble format in three divisions: Father/Jr. 7-12; Father/Jr. 13-17; Father/Adult partner. Closest to the pin contests. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in all three divisions. Limited to first 48 teams. Registration begins two weeks prior to event. $65/team. Fee due at time of registration, includes lunch. Call 703-323-1641.

The Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair in collaboration with ArtsFEST. 2-8 p.m. Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria and the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Visitors can browse artisan stalls and purchase handmade pieces while enjoying live entertainment, or watch performances and participate in special activities.Free. Call 703-838-4565 or visit for more.

Saturday-Sunday/ June 14-15

Engine #62 Trackless Train Rides at Lake Fairfax. 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston. Hit the pool and hitch a ride on the trackless train, running on the second week of June, July, and Aug. Special runs also May 31, June 1, and July 4. Watermine park opens May 24. $3. Call 703-471-5416.

Sunday/June 15

Free Father’s Day Museum Tours. 1-5 p.m. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria. Free for visiting fathers. Call 703-746-4242 or visit

Crystal Car: Father’s Day Auto Festival. 2-6 p.m. 2121 Crystal Dr. Features sports cars, muscle cars, electric cars, a beer garden, and more. Free. Visit for more.

Sully Antique Car Show. Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly. Up to 400 cars on show field, restoration displays, tour the historic house, music and food, kid's tent, flea market, cars for sale. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 per child. Historic house will be open at no additional cost. Visit

5th Annual Father’s Day Pig Roast. 2 p.m. Paradise Springs Winery, 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton. Join us for our 5th annual Father’s Day gourmet Cuban Lechung Pig Roast. Call to RSVP 703-830-9463.

Saturday/June 21

Clifton Wine Festival. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Children’s Park, 7140 Main St., Clifton. Visit historic Clifton, with wine, food, music and arts and crafts to make it a celebration. Rain or shine. Visit for more.

3rd Annual Alexandria Food & Wine Festival. Noon-5 p.m. John Carlyle Square, 300 John Carlyle St., Alexandria. At this event enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities, food and wine tasting and a food and dessert competition between local restaurants. Free (tickets required for food and wine samples). 703-746-5592. Visit

Sing-A-Long Grease. 8:30 p.m. Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets: $25-$38. 703-255-1900. Rev up your vocal chords for an ultimate summer night with the Rydell High gang and sing-a-long with the hits you’re hopelessly devoted to as the original 1978 film is projected in-house and on the lawn with lyrics on screen. Visit for more.

Strawberry Festival. 2 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly. Play croquet, savor strawberry ice cream and learn school lessons about Machens grove. Visit for more.

Ballroom Social Dance. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. Put on your dancing shoes and come out to the Workhouse for an evening of social ballroom dance. Bring a friend, a date or a group and enjoy a casual, fun night out. Visit for more.

Saturday-Sunday/June 21-22

Relay for Life. 5 p.m. Long Bridge Park Field 1. 475 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington. Visit for more.

Relay for Life. Only Saturday. 6 p.m. George Mason High School. 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Visit for more.

Sunday/June 22

Herndon Centennial Golf Course Short Game Challenge. 8 a.m. 909 Ferndale Ave., Herndon. 703-471-5769. Visit for more.

Sundaes in the Park. 1 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. Bring the family for a Sunday stroll along the paths around Hidden Oaks Nature Center and stop by the campfire area for a ice cream sundae before or after your visit. Create your own confection with the toppings and enjoy a scoop of farm fresh vanilla ice cream while it lasts. Sundaes $2. Visit for more.

Fridays/June 27-Aug. 29

Braddock Nights Concert Series. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield or Royal Lake Park, 5344 Gainsborough Drive, Fairfax. Listen to musical performances in the great outdoors. Visit for location and schedule.

Saturday/June 28

Del Ray Music Festival. Noon-9 p.m. 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. This event will feature local food vendors, children’s activities and a variety of live music, ranging in genre from reggae to jazz, blues to rock. Free. Visit for more.

Saturdays/June 28-Aug. 23

Burke Arts in the Parks. 10 - 11 a.m. Burke Lake Park Amphitheater, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. Entertain children, teach them the importance of protecting our natural resources, introduce them to live entertainment in an informal kid friendly atmosphere, and forge a connection between kids and parks. Call 703-323-6601.

Mason District Arts in the Parks. 10 - 11 a.m. Mason District Park Amphitheater, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Entertain children, teach them the importance of protecting our natural resources, introduce them to live entertainment in an informal kid friendly atmosphere, and forge a connection between kids and parks.703-941-1730.

E.C. Lawrence Arts in the Parks. 10 - 11 a.m. E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater, 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly. Entertain children, teach them the importance of protecting our natural resources, introduce them to live entertainment in an informal kid friendly atmosphere, and forge a connection between kids and parks.703-631-0013.

Sunday/June 29

2nd Annual Tour de Tysons Bicycle Races. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Jones Branch Drive, Tysons Corner. Ten bicycle races, food trucks and vendors. The Tour de Tysons is a fun experience for the whole family — compete or simply enjoy. Visit for more.

Summer Concert Series: The United States Navy Band, The Commodores. 6-7 p.m. 14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly. Listen to a free musical performance on the Museum’s lawn. Visit for more.


Friday/July 4

Great Falls Fourth of July Celebration. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Great Falls Village Centre, 776 Walker Road, Great Falls. Walk/run, parades, festivities, fun and food. Fireworks at Turner Farm Park on Saturday, July 6. Visit for more.

Lorton’s Fourth of July Parade. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. VRE Parking Lot, 8990 Lorton Station Blvd., Lorton. Lorton’s fourth annual Independence Day parade.

Mount Vernon’s An American Celebration. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. George Washington's Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon. Fireworks in patriotic colors fired over the Potomac River. The event also includes an inspirational naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens, military re-enactments, a special wreath-laying ceremony, free birthday cake for all and a visit from the “first” first couple, “General and Mrs. Washington.” Visit for more.

Herndon 4th of July Celebration. 6:30 p.m. Bready Park at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon. A family-fun event featuring games, arts and craft activities, bingo, food face painting, balloon artists, and fireworks. Visit for more.

Fairfax’s Independence Day Celebration. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. in the Downtown Fairfax Historic District. Independence day parade, historical tours, games, entertainment and fireworks. Visit for more.

Vienna 4th of July Festival and Fireworks Show. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Live musical entertainment, arts and crafts for kids, antique and classic car show and fireworks. Visit for more.

Sunday/July 6

American Idol Live! Tour 2014. Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$70. Watch the top 10 finalists of this season come together in concert. Visit for more.

Friday-Saturday/July 11-12

Disney Fantasia Live in Concert. Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $22-$55. Experience Disney’s magic on the big screen. Visit for more.

Saturday/July 12

Obon Festival. 5:30 -9 p.m. Highlighting Japanese culture at Ekoji Buddhist Temple, 6500 Lakehaven Lane, Fairfax Station. Visit for more.

USA & Alexandria Birthday Celebration. 7:30-10 p.m. at Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria. Enjoy a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, birthday cake, food and fireworks. The evening culminates in Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” Free. Visit for more.

Saturday-Sunday/July 12-13

Fort Ward Civil War Re-enactment Weekend. Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens, Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site will feature an interpretation of the historic battle, highlights of Union and Confederate camps, military and civilian living history activities and a President Lincoln interpreter. Suggested donation $2/adults, $5/families. Call 703-746-4848 or visit for more.

Saturday/July 19

Clifton Film Festival. 4 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. Clifton Film Fest is an award winning indoor and outdoor film festival. Original films made by the surrounding community are showcased. Visit for more.

Saturday-Sunday/July 19-20

Claude Moore Colonial Farm 1771 Market Fair. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Sit in the shade and savor roast chicken and spicy sausages, enjoy dancing and singing with the fiddler, test your water color and writing skills with Mr. Andrews at the Stationer. Visit for more.

Sunday/July 27

Bounty of the Bay at Jackson 20. 6-8 p.m. (Also Aug. 17 and Sept. 14) at Jackson 20, 480 King St., Alexandria. $45. Old Town’s Jackson 20 will host its annual Bounty of the Bay crab fest, featuring a full scale Chesapeake Bay crab boil, oysters and sides. Call 703-842-2790 or visit for more.

Monday/July 28

Herndon Centennial Junior Open. 8 a.m. Herndon Centennial Golf Course, 909 Ferndale Ave., Herndon. Open to kids of all skill levels to come and enjoy the thrill of competition. Visit for more.


Saturday-Sunday/Aug. 2- Sept. 7

4th Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition. at McGuireWoods Gallery, 9601 Ox Rd, Lorton. View the breadth of contemporary ceramic artwork being created throughout the USA during the Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition. Visit for more.

Sunday/Aug. 3

Bolivian Independence Day Children’s Festival. 4:30 p.m. GMU, Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. A Bolivian Independence Day celebration complete with dance, music and singing. Tickets: $10-$15. Visit for more.

Tuesday/Aug. 5

National Night Out. 6- 9 p.m. Strengthen community connections and heighten crime-prevention awareness in the City of Fairfax. Visit for more.

Wednesday-Sunday/Aug. 6-10

Arlington County Fair. Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 Second St. South. Indoor and outdoor activities. Visit for more.

Saturday-Sunday/Aug. 9-10

Summer Sidewalk Sale. Times vary upon store hours at participating stores in Old Town Alexandria. Local boutiques offer deeply discounted merchandise and special events for shoppers. Free. Visit

Saturday/Aug. 23

Wags ‘N Whiskers. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Village at Shirlington, 2700 S Quincy Street, Arlington. Wags n’ Whiskers is a community-oriented event for animal-loving shoppers of all ages to spend an afternoon at The Village at Shirlington with their pet. The event features 50+ onsite exhibitors ranging from pet services and accessories to onsite adoptions. In addition to the onsite exhibitors, Wags n’ Whiskers hosts pet photos ($5), live music, demonstrations and children’s activities such as face painting, balloon art, strolling entertainment and more. Visit for more.

Sunday/Aug. 24

27th Annual Pakistan Independence Day Festival USA. Noon at Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. The Pakistan Independence Day Festival includes musical performances, rides and games. Visit for more.

Saturday/Aug. 30

Lake Anne Jazz Festival. 1 p.m. Lake Anne Plaza (Waterfront), 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston. Showcasing a variety of talented local emerging artista and national jazz performers. Beer garden on site. Visit

Sunday/Aug. 31

War of 1812 Signature Event. Noon-5 p.m. Alexandria Waterfront. Visitors are invited to delight in interactive historical exhibits, boating activities and food trucks. Features a tug-of-war, cricket match and yacht race as well. 703-746-4242. Free. Visit


Monday/Sept. 1

Herndon Labor Day Festival. Noon-6 p.m. at Herndon Town Green, 777 Lynn St., Herndon. Great music, a craft show, food, 12 wineries and micro-brews and culinary demonstrations. Visit for more.


37th Annual Burke Centre Festival. Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Conservancy Festival Grounds, 6060 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke. Enjoy face painting, food, rides, and other amusements at the Burke Centre Festival. Visit for more.

Saturday/Sept. 6-Sunday/Sept. 28

Live Onstage: Alice in Wonderland. 1 p.m. at Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. Featuring songs based on the poetry from the original text, the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen, the White Rabbit and the rest of the cast will be on hand as Alice adventures through Wonderland. $8-$12. Visit or call 703-584-2900.

Sunday/Sept. 7

Reston Triathlon. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston. Swim, run and bike at the annual Reston Triathlon. Visit

Thursday/Sept. 11-Thursday/Sept. 18

Fairfax’s Fall for the Book Festival. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Enjoy literature and hear authors give readings at the Fall for the Book Festival. Visit for more.

Saturday-Sunday/Sept. 13-14

King Street Art Festival. Saturday:10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on King Street, Alexandria. In a burst of vibrant color and activity, the 12th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival transforms the city’s historic main street into a world-class outdoor art gallery. Free. Visit for more.

Saturday/Sept. 13

Lorton’s Fall Festival. 11 a.m. at Lorton Station Town Center. Enjoy a magic booth, pumpkin painting, photo booth, games, prizes and more. Visit

Tysons World Music Festival. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. at Tysons Square Tysons II, Tysons Boulevard. Full day of local and national performers, fine arts, and charity benefit. Visit

Saturday/Sept. 20

Dulles Day Plane Pull. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Dulles International Airport, Dulles. The 2014 Dulles Day Family Festival & Plane Pull is a full day of excitement with airplane and auto exhibits, the children’s zone and bus pull, varied displays and activities, vendors, food and entertainment. Visit for more.

Irish Folk Festival. 12-6 p.m. at Sherwood Community Center and Van Dyck Park, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Live traditional Irish dancing and music. Visit

Paint Herndon. At ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center Street, Herndon. An all-day celebration of the arts and the anniversary of the opening of ArtSpace Herndon. Visit for more.

Tysons BBQ, Bourbon and Beer. Tysons Townsquare. Join us at the festival for a great day of beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'. Visit for more.

Saturday-Sunday/Sept. 20-21

Colonial Market & Fair. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. George Washington's Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon. Fifty colonial-attired artisans demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leatherworkings, weavings, furniture, and much more. Visit for more.

2nd Annual Arlington Festival of the Arts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Highland Street in the Clarendon District, Arlington. More than 100 artists will showcase their work including paintings, jewelry, pottery, glass, and much more. Visit for more.

Sunday/Sept. 21

Herndon Kids Triathlon. 8 a.m. Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon. This event is designed for youth ages 6-16, regardless of athletic ability or prior triathlon experience. The courses and distances were created to be achievable for all participants. Visit for more.

Saturday/Sept. 27

Clarendon Day Run. 7-9:30 a.m., Corner of North Highland Street and Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Kick off the Clarendon Day Festival with a 10K, 5K, and a Kids Dash. $10-$55. Visit for more.

Reston Multicultural Festival. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Lake Anne Plaza, Reston. The Reston Multicultural Festival celebrates all the entertainment, dress, food, and cultural treasures from all over the world that are all here in Reston. Rain or shine. Free. Visit

Sunday/Sept. 28

Walk to End Alzheimer’s. 2 p.m. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston. Help raise money and support for treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease at the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Visit for more.

NatureFest. 1- 5 p.m. Runnymede Park, 195 Herndon Parkway, Herndon. A family-focused event to explore various stations throughout the park that include hands-on activities, educational events, wildlife visitors and crafts. Visit for more.