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Thursday, April 21, 2005; Page VA11

February

Chocolate Lovers Festival

Old Town Fairfax

Fairfax 22030

703-591-2450

www.chocolatefestival.net

Held in Fairfax City in early February, this weekend event focuses on all things chocolate. Some events are free; others charge a small fee.

George Washington's Birthday Celebration at Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.

Mount Vernon 22121

703-780-2000

www.mountvernon.org

Mount Vernon holds several annual events over the Presidents' Day weekend to commemorate Washington's birthday.

March

Kite Festival

Gunston Hall Plantation

10709 Gunston Rd.

Mason Neck 22079

703-550-9220

Fax: 703-550-9480

www.gunstonhall.org

The historic plantation's annual kite festival features open meadows for kite flying, picnics and activities for children. Visitors can bring their own kites or purchase them at the event.

April

Bluebell Walk

Bull Run Regional Park

7700 Bull Run Dr.

Centreville 20121

703-631-0550

This event is the area's oldest established wildflower walk. It is held on a Sunday in mid-April.

Spotlight on the Arts

Green Acres Center, Suite 120

4401 Sideburn Rd.

Fairfax 22030

703-352-2787

spotlight@fairfaxva.gov

www.fairfaxspotlight.org

This visual and performing arts festival

is held annually from mid-April through early May at locations in and near Fairfax City.

Historic Garden Week in Virginia

Various locales

Gunston Hall: 703-550-9220

Woodlawn: 703-780-4000

www.vagardenweek.org

Held in mid-April, Historic Garden Week offers visitors the opportunity to stroll through the gardens of private homes in the area as well as Gunston Hall and Woodlawn plantations. Homes vary each year and are announced about a month before the event. The Fairfax club's 2005 tour is scheduled for tomorrow.

Walk on the Hill

Windover Heights Historic District

Vienna 22180

703-938-5187

Held the last Sunday in April, this event features a garden tour of properties in Vienna's Windover Heights Historic District. The walk begins at Pleasant Street and Windover Avenue, and usually runs from 2 to 5 p.m.

May

Civil War Weekend

Historic Blenheim Estate

3610 Old Lee Hwy.

Fairfax 22030

800-545-7950

www.fairfaxva.gov/SpecialEvents/CWW/CWW.asp

This event, generally held in early May, will not be held this year but will resume in 2006. It centers on Fairfax history and the Civil War and features a reenactment of a Civil War encampment, including music and period dance. There is an admission fee.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

Reston Town Center

Reston 20190

703-471-9242

www.restonarts.org

Presented by the Greater Reston Arts Center, this annual event features visual arts and music, children's activities, arts demonstrations and food.

Viva! Vienna!

Church Street

Vienna 22180

703-255-4742

www.vivavienna.org/ViVaViennapage.htm

Held annually on Memorial Day weekend, this event includes arts and crafts, vendors, music, food and beverage sales, children's entertainment, and booths showcasing Vienna-area businesses and community service organizations.

June

Celebrate Fairfax!

Fairfax County Government Center

12000 Government Center Pkwy.,

Suite 247


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