Fairfax County The Guide

Community Events


Annandale Fall Festival
7263 Maple Pl., Suite 207
Suite 207
Annandale, Va., 22003
703-256-7232
Web site: www.annandalechamber.com

The Annandale Chamber of Commerce sponsors the fall festival the last Saturday of October.

Bluebell Walk
Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Dr.
7700 Bull Run Dr.
Centreville, Va., 20121
703-631-0550

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

Celebrate Fairfax!
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Pkwy.,
Suite 247
12000 Government Center Pkwy.,
Fairfax, Va., 22035
703-324-3247
Web site: www.celebratefairfax.org

Celebrate Fairfax! is the county's largest music and entertainment festival, held annually in early June. The fair features several performance stages, food, high-tech exhibits and activities, arts and crafts, and carnival rides.

Centreville Day
Centreville Historic District
Route 29 and Old Centreville Road
Centreville, Va., 20121
703-322-9770
Web site: www.centrevilleday.com

This event features a parade, crafts, food and amusements.

Chocolate Lovers Festival
Old Town Fairfax
Fairfax, Va., 22030
703-385-1661
Web site: www.chocolatefestival.net

This weekend event focuses on all things chocolate. Some events are free; others charge a small fee.

Christmas Holidays at Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Mount Vernon, Va., 22121
703-780-2000
Web site: www.mountvernon.org

From early December through early January, including Christmas and New Year's Day, daytime tours of the seasonally decorated mansion at Mount Vernon allow visitors a chance to see the third floor.

Civil War Weekend
Historic Blenheim Estate
3610 Old Lee Hwy.
3610 Old Lee Hwy.
Fairfax, Va., 22030
800-545-7950
Web site: www.fairfaxva.gov/SpecialEvents/CWW/CWW.asp

This event, generally held in early May, 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.

Clifton Day
Clifton, Va., 20124
703-968-0740
Web site: www.cliftonva.org

Celebrated in October, Clifton Day features arts and crafts, music, children's entertainment and a Civil War reenactment.

Clifton Day
Clifton, Va., 20124
703-968-0740
Web site: www.cliftonva.org

Celebrated in October, Clifton Day features arts and crafts, music, children's entertainment and a Civil War reenactment.

Fairfax City Independence Day Celebration
Various locations
Fairfax, Va., 22030
703-385-7858
Web site: www.fairfaxva.gov/SpecialEvents/IDC/IDC.asp

The city sponsors a parade through its historic district, as well as tours of historic buildings, evening entertainment and fireworks.

Fairfax County 4-H Fair
and Farm Show

Frying Pan Park
2709 W. Ox Rd.
2709 West Ox Rd.
Herndon, Va., 20171
703-324-5353
Web site: www.4hfairfax.org

The annual fair, in early August, offers exhibits; horse, livestock and pet shows; food; children's rides; games and entertainment; and crafts.

Fall Festival
Historic downtown Fairfax City
Fairfax, Va., 22030
703-293-7119
Web site: www.fairfaxva.gov/SpecialEvents/FallFestival/FallFestival.asp

The festival, held each year on the second Saturday in October, includes arts and crafts, food vendors, carnival attractions and a new-car show.

Fall for Fairfax
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Pkwy.
12000 Government Center Pkwy.,
Fairfax, Va., 22035
703-324-3247 Fax: 703-222-9784
Web site: www.fallforfairfax.com

The event, operated by the organizers of the county fair, features interactive exhibits focusing on health, fitness, safety, and educational and environmental issues. The one-day festival is held in late September or early October.

Fall for the Book
George Mason University
4400 University Dr.
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, Va., 22030
703-993-3986 Fax: 703-993-1161
Web site: www.fallforthebook.org

This celebration of literacy, reading and writing is held in September and October on George Mason University's Fairfax campus. It is sponsored by, among others, the university, The Washington Post and the Fairfax County library system.

Festival of Lights and Carols
Kitty Pozer Garden,
behind Old Town Hall
3999 University Dr.
3999 University Dr.
Fairfax, Va., 22030
703-385-7858
Web site: www.fairfaxva.gov

This event, with holiday lights, entertainment and refreshments, also offers children 12 and younger a chance to visit with Santa Claus.

George Washington's Birthday Celebration at Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Mount Vernon, Va., 22121
703-780-2000
Web site: www.mountvernon.org

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

George Washington's Birthday Celebration at Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Mount Vernon, Va., 22121
703-780-2000
Web site: www.mountvernon.org

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

Herndon Arts Week
Herndon, Va., 20170
703-689-9535
Web site: www.herndonarts.org

This multi-day celebration of the arts in Herndon occurs in mid-October.

Herndon Festival
Downtown Herndon
Herndon, Va., 20170
703-435-6868
Web site: www.herndon-va.gov/festival

Herndon holds its annual community festival on the first weekend in June.

Historic Garden Week in Virginia
Various locales, Va.,
Gunston Hall: 703-550-9220 Woodlawn: 703-780-4000
Web site: www.vagardenweek.org

Held in 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 on the tour vary each year and are announced about a month before the event.

Holiday Craft Show
Fairfax High School
3500 Old Lee Hwy.
3500 Old Lee Hwy.
Fairfax, Va., 22030
703-385-7858
Web site: www.fairfaxva.gov

The Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Fairfax sponsors this annual two-day event during the third weekend in November. The work of more than 200 craftspeople is available for purchase. An admission fee is charged.

International Children's Festival
Wolf Trap National Park
for the Performing Arts
1624 Trap Rd.
Vienna, Va., 22182
703-642-0862 Fax: 703-642-1773
Web site: www.artsfairfax.org + www.wolf-trap.org

This annual family festival, organized by the Arts Council of Fairfax County, is held in mid-September and features children's performers from around the world on multiple stages.

Kite Festival
Gunston Hall Plantation
10709 Gunston Rd.
10709 Gunston Rd.
Mason Neck, Va., 22079
703-550-9220 Fax: 703-550-9480
Web site: www.gunstonhall.org

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

Lake Accotink Cardboard Boat Regatta and Springfield Days
Lake Accotink Park
7500 Accotink Park Rd.
7500 Accotink Park Rd.
Springfield, Va., 22150
703-569-3464 (Lake Accotink) 703-866-3500 (Springfield Chamber of Commerce)
Web site: www.springfieldchamber.org

The Springfield Days festival features concerts and other entertainment, a flea market, an arts show, a heritage day, a ribs contest, a parade and food at various locations throughout Springfield. On the last day, Lake Accotink hosts a cardboard boat regatta and a community fair.

Mason District Park Festival
Mason District Park
6621 Columbia Pike
6621 Columbia Pike
Annandale, Va., 22003
703-941-1730
Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks

The September festival features games, children's rides, crafts and music.

Miracle of Lights
Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Dr.
7700 Bull Run Dr.
Centreville, Va., 20121
703-352-5900

This display of holiday illuminations usually runs from mid-November through early January. Visitors drive through the park to see the lights. The 2005 show was canceled because of high gasoline prices, but organizers said they hope to hold it this year.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Mount Vernon, Va., 22121
703-780-2000
Web site: www.mountvernon.org

On weekends in late November and early December, the mansion is open for evening tours 5:30-9 p.m. The house is lighted by candles, and visitors can see the rarely open third floor. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Mount Vernon Spring Garden Party
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Mount Vernon, Va., 22121
703-780-2000
Web site: www.mountvernon.org

Mount Vernon holds its spring garden party on a weekend in mid-April. The event features free wagon rides through George WashingtonGÇÖs fruit garden and nursery, 18th-century music in the ornamental and kitchen gardens, and demonstrations on incorporating 18th-century techniques into modern gardens. Martha Washington will have a tea party with her 18th-century friends.

Mount Vernon's 18th-Century Craft Fair
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Pkwy.
Mount Vernon, Va., 22121
703-780-2000
Web site: www.mountvernon.org

This annual fair features Colonial-attired artisans demonstrating 18th-century crafts and selling traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leather goods, weavings, paper cuttings and furniture. The event also includes Colonial-era music and other entertainment.

Mount Vernon's Fall Harvest
Family Days

George Washington's Gristmill
5514 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Alexandria, Va., 22309
703-360-1750
Web site: www.mountvernon.org

This weekend harvest celebration includes performances, demonstrations, costumed fieldworkers and an old-fashioned bake sale.

Naturalization Ceremony
at Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Mount Vernon, Va., 22121
703-780-2000
Web site: www.mountvernon.org

Mount Vernon celebrates citizenship with a ceremony on May 22, at which 100 people become U.S. citizens. The general public must pay Mount Vernon's regular admission charge.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Reston Town Center
Reston, Va., 20190
703-471-9242
Web site: 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.

Pre-Turkey Quarter Horse Show
Frying Pan Farm Park
2709 W. Ox Rd.
2709 West Ox Rd.
Herndon, Va., 20171
703-437-9101
Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/equest.htm

Competitors try to earn points from the American Quarter Horse Association.

Reston Holiday Parade
Reston Town Center
Market Street
Reston, Va., 20190
202-263-8543
Web site: www.restontowncenter.com/events.html

Santa Claus comes to town, along with parade balloons, dancers and antique cars, in this parade held the day after Thanksgiving, starting at 11 a.m.

Reston Multicultural Festival
Lake Anne Plaza
Reston, Va., 20190
703-476-4500
Web site: www.restoncommunitycenter.com

This one-day festival celebrating diversity offers international food, crafts and entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to dress in attire reflecting their cultural roots. This annual event, which takes place the third week in September, is sponsored by the Reston Community Center and the Reston Association.

Spotlight on the Arts
Green Acres Center
4401 Sideburn Rd., Suite 120
Fairfax, Va., 22030
703-352-2787 Fax: 703-246-6321
Email: spotlight@fairfaxva.gov
Web site: www.fairfaxspotlight.org

This visual and performing arts festival is held annually from mid-April through early May at locations in and just outside of Fairfax City.

Spotlight on the Arts
Green Acres Center
4401 Sideburn Rd., Suite 120
Fairfax, Va., 22030
703-352-2787 Fax: 703-246-6321
Email: spotlight@fairfaxva.gov
Web site: www.fairfaxspotlight.org

This visual and performing arts festival is held annually from mid-April through early May at locations in and just outside of Fairfax City.

Sully Antique Car Show
Sully Historic Site
3601 Sully Rd.
3601 Sully Rd.
Chantilly, Va., 20151
703-437-1794
Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sully

Held in June at the Sully Historic Site, the antique car show features more than 400 vehicles of yesteryear.

Tinner Hill Festival
Falls Church, Va.,
703-241-4109
Web site: www.tinnerhill.org/main.php?page=thfestival

The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and the City of Falls Church hold this festival each June at Tinner Hill and South Washington streets. The festival, celebrating the place where the first rural branch of the NAACP was founded, features music, food, crafts and games.

Vienna Fourth of July Celebration
Vienna Community Center
120 Cherry St. SE
120 Cherry St. SE
Vienna, Va., 22180
703-255-6360
Web site: www.viennava.gov/Town_Info/visitorinfo.htm

The town's celebration, held on the community center grounds, includes arts and crafts, food and drink, music, family games, children's entertainment, an antique and classic car display, and fireworks.

Vienna Halloween Parade
Maple Avenue
Vienna, Va., 22180
703-255-6330
Web site: www.viennava.gov/Town_Info/visitorinfo.htm#halloweenparade

The annual parade, held on the third or fourth Wednesday in October, features marching bands and floats. Children are invited to walk in the parade in their Halloween costumes.

Vienna Holiday Stroll
Church Street
Vienna, Va., 22180
703-255-6330
Web site: www.viennava.gov/Town_Info/visitorinfo.htm

The stroll is held on the Monday evening after Thanksgiving. Church Street is closed to vehicle traffic between Lawyers Road and Mill Street, and visitors are invited to walk along the street and take in holiday sights and sounds.

Viva! Vienna!
Church Street
Vienna, Va., 22180
703-255-4742
Web site: 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.

Walk on the Hill
Windover Heights Historic District
Vienna, Va., 22180
703-938-5187
Web site: www.historicviennainc.org

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.

Wolf Trap Holiday Singalong
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Rd.
Vienna, Va., 22182
703-255-1900
Web site: www.wolftrap.org

This free event features Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs, with music by the U.S. Marine Band and vocal groups from throughout the Washington area.

Arts in the Parks
Various locales, Va.,
Burke Lake Park: 703-323-6601 Ellanor C. Lawrence Park: 703-631-0013
Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.htm

These free events at 10 a.m. Saturdays, beginning in June, feature children's stories, puppet shows and classical and other types of music. The sponsoring parks are Burke Lake, 7315 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station; Ellanor C. Lawrence, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly; Lake Fairfax, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston; and Mason District, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale.

Braddock Nights Concert Series
Ossian Hall Park, 7900 Heritage Dr.
Lake Accotink, 7500 Accotink Park Rd.
Royal Lake, 5344 Gainsborough Dr.
Royal Lake - 5344 Gainsborough Dr.
Annandale, Springfield and Fairfax, Va.,
703-324-7469 (series hotline) 703-425-9300 (Braddock District)
Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.htm

Braddock Nights is a free evening concert series held June through August. Concerts are held at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at Ossian Hall Park in Annandale and Friday nights at Lake Accotink Park in Springfield and Royal Lake Park in Fairfax. Cancellation information is available at 703-324-7469 after 6 p.m. the day of the performance.

Fairfax Corner Summer Concerts
Monument Drive and
Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Va., 22030
703-227-0893
Web site: www.fairfaxcorner.com/events.shtml

The shopping center offers a series of summer concerts from mid-June through August.

Friday Night Live!
Herndon Town Green
Herndon, Va., 20170
703-481-6133
Web site: www.herndonrocks.com

This free outdoor concert series features local and regional bands performing a variety of music. The concerts are from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Friday from May through August.

Lee District Friday Night Concerts
Kingstowne Towne Center
5955 Kingstowne Blvd.
5955 Kingstowne Pkwy.
Franconia, Va., 22315
703-324-7469 703-922-9841
Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.htm

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, June through August. Cancellation information is available at 703-324-7469 after 6 p.m. the day of performances.

Lee District Wednesday Night Concerts
Lee District Park Amphitheater
6601 Telegraph Rd.
6601 Telegraph Rd.
Franconia, Va., 22310
703-324-7469 703-922-9841
Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.htm

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June through August. Cancellation information is available at 703-324-7469 after 6 p.m. the day of performances.

Music Under the Stars
Herndon Town Green
Herndon, Va., 20170
703-435-6800
Web site: www.herndon-va.gov

These concerts are 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, June through August.

Nottoway Nights
Nottoway Park
9601 Courthouse Rd.
9601 Courthouse Rd.
Vienna, Va., 22181
703-324-7469 (series hotline) 703-938-7532 (Nottoway Park).
Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.htm

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, June through August. Cancellation information is available at 703-324-7469 after 6 p.m. the day of performances.

Reston Concerts on the Town
Reston Town Center
Reston, Va., 20190
703-912-4062 (after May 1)
Web site: www.restontowncenter.com

The concerts are held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, June through August, in the pavilion.

Spotlight by Starlight
Mason District Park
6621 Columbia Pike
6621 Columbia Pike
Annandale, Va., 22003
703-324-7469 703-941-1730
Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.htm

This summer concert series, held June through August, offers jazz and blues on Wednesdays, folk music on Fridays, a Sunday variety series and children's entertainment on Saturdays. The concerts are at 7:30 p.m. The children's entertainment is at 10 a.m.

Fairfax County Visitors Center
8180-A Silverbrook Road
Suite 450
Lorton, Va., 22079
703-550-2450 800-732-4732
Email: fxva@fxva.com
Web site: www.fxva.com/fxva/events.html

The center maintains a comprehensive list of community events on its Web site.

April

Bluebell Walk
Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Dr.
7700 Bull Run Dr.
Centreville, Va., 20121
703-631-0550

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

Historic Garden Week in Virginia
Various locales, Va.,
Gunston Hall: 703-550-9220 Woodlawn: 703-780-4000
Web site: www.vagardenweek.org

Held in 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 on the tour vary each year and are announced about a month before the event.

Mount Vernon Spring Garden Party
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Mount Vernon, Va., 22121
703-780-2000
Web site: www.mountvernon.org

Mount Vernon holds its spring garden party on a weekend in mid-April. The event features free wagon rides through George WashingtonGÇÖs fruit garden and nursery, 18th-century music in the ornamental and kitchen gardens, and demonstrations on incorporating 18th-century techniques into modern gardens. Martha Washington will have a tea party with her 18th-century friends.

Spotlight on the Arts
Green Acres Center
4401 Sideburn Rd., Suite 120
Fairfax, Va., 22030
703-352-2787 Fax: 703-246-6321
Email: spotlight@fairfaxva.gov
Web site: www.fairfaxspotlight.org

This visual and performing arts festival is held annually from mid-April through early May at locations in and just outside of Fairfax City.

Spotlight on the Arts
Green Acres Center
4401 Sideburn Rd., Suite 120
Fairfax, Va., 22030
703-352-2787 Fax: 703-246-6321
Email: spotlight@fairfaxva.gov
Web site: www.fairfaxspotlight.org

This visual and performing arts festival is held annually from mid-April through early May at locations in and just outside of Fairfax City.

Walk on the Hill
Windover Heights Historic District
Vienna, Va., 22180
703-938-5187
Web site: www.historicviennainc.org

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.

August

Fairfax County 4-H Fair
and Farm Show

Frying Pan Park
2709 W. Ox Rd.
2709 West Ox Rd.
Herndon, Va., 20171
703-324-5353
Web site: www.4hfairfax.org

The annual fair, in early August, offers exhibits; horse, livestock and pet shows; food; children's rides; games and entertainment; and crafts.

December

Christmas Holidays at Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Mount Vernon, Va., 22121
703-780-2000
Web site: www.mountvernon.org

From early December through early January, including Christmas and New Year's Day, daytime tours of the seasonally decorated mansion at Mount Vernon allow visitors a chance to see the third floor.

Festival of Lights and Carols
Kitty Pozer Garden,
behind Old Town Hall
3999 University Dr.
3999 University Dr.
Fairfax, Va., 22030
703-385-7858
Web site: www.fairfaxva.gov

This event, with holiday lights, entertainment and refreshments, also offers children 12 and younger a chance to visit with Santa Claus.

Wolf Trap Holiday Singalong
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Rd.
Vienna, Va., 22182
703-255-1900
Web site: www.wolftrap.org

This free event features Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs, with music by the U.S. Marine Band and vocal groups from throughout the Washington area.

February

Chocolate Lovers Festival
Old Town Fairfax
Fairfax, Va., 22030
703-385-1661
Web site: www.chocolatefestival.net

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, Va., 22121
703-780-2000
Web site: www.mountvernon.org

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

George Washington's Birthday Celebration at Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Mount Vernon, Va., 22121
703-780-2000
Web site: www.mountvernon.org

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

July

Fairfax City Independence Day Celebration
Various locations
Fairfax, Va., 22030
703-385-7858
Web site: www.fairfaxva.gov/SpecialEvents/IDC/IDC.asp

The city sponsors a parade through its historic district, as well as tours of historic buildings, evening entertainment and fireworks.

June

Celebrate Fairfax!
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Pkwy.,
Suite 247
12000 Government Center Pkwy.,
Fairfax, Va., 22035
703-324-3247
Web site: www.celebratefairfax.org

Celebrate Fairfax! is the county's largest music and entertainment festival, held annually in early June. The fair features several performance stages, food, high-tech exhibits and activities, arts and crafts, and carnival rides.

Herndon Festival
Downtown Herndon
Herndon, Va., 20170
703-435-6868
Web site: www.herndon-va.gov/festival

Herndon holds its annual community festival on the first weekend in June.

Lake Accotink Cardboard Boat Regatta and Springfield Days
Lake Accotink Park
7500 Accotink Park Rd.
7500 Accotink Park Rd.
Springfield, Va., 22150
703-569-3464 (Lake Accotink) 703-866-3500 (Springfield Chamber of Commerce)
Web site: www.springfieldchamber.org

The Springfield Days festival features concerts and other entertainment, a flea market, an arts show, a heritage day, a ribs contest, a parade and food at various locations throughout Springfield. On the last day, Lake Accotink hosts a cardboard boat regatta and a community fair.

Sully Antique Car Show
Sully Historic Site
3601 Sully Rd.
3601 Sully Rd.
Chantilly, Va., 20151
703-437-1794
Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sully

Held in June at the Sully Historic Site, the antique car show features more than 400 vehicles of yesteryear.

Tinner Hill Festival
Falls Church, Va.,
703-241-4109
Web site: www.tinnerhill.org/main.php?page=thfestival

The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and the City of Falls Church hold this festival each June at Tinner Hill and South Washington streets. The festival, celebrating the place where the first rural branch of the NAACP was founded, features music, food, crafts and games.

March

Kite Festival
Gunston Hall Plantation
10709 Gunston Rd.
10709 Gunston Rd.
Mason Neck, Va., 22079
703-550-9220 Fax: 703-550-9480
Web site: www.gunstonhall.org

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

May

Naturalization Ceremony
at Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Mount Vernon, Va., 22121
703-780-2000
Web site: www.mountvernon.org

Mount Vernon celebrates citizenship with a ceremony on May 22, at which 100 people become U.S. citizens. The general public must pay Mount Vernon's regular admission charge.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Reston Town Center
Reston, Va., 20190
703-471-9242
Web site: 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, Va., 22180
703-255-4742
Web site: 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.

November

Holiday Craft Show
Fairfax High School
3500 Old Lee Hwy.
3500 Old Lee Hwy.
Fairfax, Va., 22030
703-385-7858
Web site: www.fairfaxva.gov

The Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Fairfax sponsors this annual two-day event during the third weekend in November. The work of more than 200 craftspeople is available for purchase. An admission fee is charged.

Miracle of Lights
Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Dr.
7700 Bull Run Dr.
Centreville, Va., 20121
703-352-5900

This display of holiday illuminations usually runs from mid-November through early January. Visitors drive through the park to see the lights. The 2005 show was canceled because of high gasoline prices, but organizers said they hope to hold it this year.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Mount Vernon, Va., 22121
703-780-2000
Web site: www.mountvernon.org

On weekends in late November and early December, the mansion is open for evening tours 5:30-9 p.m. The house is lighted by candles, and visitors can see the rarely open third floor. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Pre-Turkey Quarter Horse Show
Frying Pan Farm Park
2709 W. Ox Rd.
2709 West Ox Rd.
Herndon, Va., 20171
703-437-9101
Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/equest.htm

Competitors try to earn points from the American Quarter Horse Association.

October

Annandale Fall Festival
7263 Maple Pl., Suite 207
Suite 207
Annandale, Va., 22003
703-256-7232
Web site: www.annandalechamber.com

The Annandale Chamber of Commerce sponsors the fall festival the last Saturday of October.

Clifton Day
Clifton, Va., 20124
703-968-0740
Web site: www.cliftonva.org

Celebrated in October, Clifton Day features arts and crafts, music, children's entertainment and a Civil War reenactment.

Clifton Day
Clifton, Va., 20124
703-968-0740
Web site: www.cliftonva.org

Celebrated in October, Clifton Day features arts and crafts, music, children's entertainment and a Civil War reenactment.

Fall Festival
Historic downtown Fairfax City
Fairfax, Va., 22030
703-293-7119
Web site: www.fairfaxva.gov/SpecialEvents/FallFestival/FallFestival.asp

The festival, held each year on the second Saturday in October, includes arts and crafts, food vendors, carnival attractions and a new-car show.

Herndon Arts Week
Herndon, Va., 20170
703-689-9535
Web site: www.herndonarts.org

This multi-day celebration of the arts in Herndon occurs in mid-October.

Mount Vernon's Fall Harvest
Family Days

George Washington's Gristmill
5514 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Alexandria, Va., 22309
703-360-1750
Web site: www.mountvernon.org

This weekend harvest celebration includes performances, demonstrations, costumed fieldworkers and an old-fashioned bake sale.

Vienna Halloween Parade
Maple Avenue
Vienna, Va., 22180
703-255-6330
Web site: www.viennava.gov/Town_Info/visitorinfo.htm#halloweenparade

The annual parade, held on the third or fourth Wednesday in October, features marching bands and floats. Children are invited to walk in the parade in their Halloween costumes.

September

Centreville Day
Centreville Historic District
Route 29 and Old Centreville Road
Centreville, Va., 20121
703-322-9770
Web site: www.centrevilleday.com

This event features a parade, crafts, food and amusements.

International Children's Festival
Wolf Trap National Park
for the Performing Arts
1624 Trap Rd.
Vienna, Va., 22182
703-642-0862 Fax: 703-642-1773
Web site: www.artsfairfax.org + www.wolf-trap.org

This annual family festival, organized by the Arts Council of Fairfax County, is held in mid-September and features children's performers from around the world on multiple stages.

Mount Vernon's 18th-Century Craft Fair
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Pkwy.
Mount Vernon, Va., 22121
703-780-2000
Web site: www.mountvernon.org

This annual fair features Colonial-attired artisans demonstrating 18th-century crafts and selling traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leather goods, weavings, paper cuttings and furniture. The event also includes Colonial-era music and other entertainment.

Reston Multicultural Festival
Lake Anne Plaza
Reston, Va., 20190
703-476-4500
Web site: www.restoncommunitycenter.com

This one-day festival celebrating diversity offers international food, crafts and entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to dress in attire reflecting their cultural roots. This annual event, which takes place the third week in September, is sponsored by the Reston Community Center and the Reston Association.

Summer Series

Arts in the Parks
Various locales, Va.,
Burke Lake Park: 703-323-6601 Ellanor C. Lawrence Park: 703-631-0013
Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.htm

These free events at 10 a.m. Saturdays, beginning in June, feature children's stories, puppet shows and classical and other types of music. The sponsoring parks are Burke Lake, 7315 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station; Ellanor C. Lawrence, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly; Lake Fairfax, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston; and Mason District, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale.

Braddock Nights Concert Series
Ossian Hall Park, 7900 Heritage Dr.
Lake Accotink, 7500 Accotink Park Rd.
Royal Lake, 5344 Gainsborough Dr.
Royal Lake - 5344 Gainsborough Dr.
Annandale, Springfield and Fairfax, Va.,
703-324-7469 (series hotline) 703-425-9300 (Braddock District)
Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.htm

Braddock Nights is a free evening concert series held June through August. Concerts are held at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at Ossian Hall Park in Annandale and Friday nights at Lake Accotink Park in Springfield and Royal Lake Park in Fairfax. Cancellation information is available at 703-324-7469 after 6 p.m. the day of the performance.

Fairfax Corner Summer Concerts
Monument Drive and
Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Va., 22030
703-227-0893
Web site: www.fairfaxcorner.com/events.shtml

The shopping center offers a series of summer concerts from mid-June through August.

Friday Night Live!
Herndon Town Green
Herndon, Va., 20170
703-481-6133
Web site: www.herndonrocks.com

This free outdoor concert series features local and regional bands performing a variety of music. The concerts are from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Friday from May through August.

Lee District Friday Night Concerts
Kingstowne Towne Center
5955 Kingstowne Blvd.
5955 Kingstowne Pkwy.
Franconia, Va., 22315
703-324-7469 703-922-9841
Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.htm

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, June through August. Cancellation information is available at 703-324-7469 after 6 p.m. the day of performances.

Lee District Wednesday Night Concerts
Lee District Park Amphitheater
6601 Telegraph Rd.
6601 Telegraph Rd.
Franconia, Va., 22310
703-324-7469 703-922-9841
Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.htm

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June through August. Cancellation information is available at 703-324-7469 after 6 p.m. the day of performances.

Music Under the Stars
Herndon Town Green
Herndon, Va., 20170
703-435-6800
Web site: www.herndon-va.gov

These concerts are 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, June through August.

Nottoway Nights
Nottoway Park
9601 Courthouse Rd.
9601 Courthouse Rd.
Vienna, Va., 22181
703-324-7469 (series hotline) 703-938-7532 (Nottoway Park).
Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.htm

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, June through August. Cancellation information is available at 703-324-7469 after 6 p.m. the day of performances.

Reston Concerts on the Town
Reston Town Center
Reston, Va., 20190
703-912-4062 (after May 1)
Web site: www.restontowncenter.com

The concerts are held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, June through August, in the pavilion.

Spotlight by Starlight
Mason District Park
6621 Columbia Pike
6621 Columbia Pike
Annandale, Va., 22003
703-324-7469 703-941-1730
Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.htm

This summer concert series, held June through August, offers jazz and blues on Wednesdays, folk music on Fridays, a Sunday variety series and children's entertainment on Saturdays. The concerts are at 7:30 p.m. The children's entertainment is at 10 a.m.

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