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Things to Do in Northern Virginia
Washington, DC may be our famous neighbor to the east, but Fairfax County has quite a list of incredible attractions and must-see spots to offer. We wanted to highlight a few of these attractions in Virginia to help you plan your itinerary for your next trip ... or, if you're a local, find something you may not have even realized was right under your nose! Check back weekly for new suggestions.
If you've ever wondered how George Washington made his famous rye whiskey, you can find out at his Distillery located a short distance from his Mount Vernon Estate. At the adjacent Gristmill, guests can find out how an 18th Century water-powered mill works and how it creates cornmeal out of corn. Once you've seen the process, keep an eye out for the rare announcement about when George's coveted whiskey goes on sale to the public!Read More.
This week is a double whammy! Every Father's Day weekend, Sully Historic Site and Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center (located adjacent to one another) hold subsequent events that every dad will love. Start your day with Sully's 40th Annual Antique Car Show and admire more than 400 classic cars on the grounds. Then head to Udvar-Hazy to Become a Pilot for the day and interact with real pilots, observe the many types of aircraft on the hangar and test your skills in the simulator! Check our calendar for more details.Read More.
The historic heart and soul of Reston, Lake Anne Plaza has become a community hot spot for locals and visitors to shop, eat, enjoy the lake, and attend events. This summer, the folks at Lake Anne have started a free Film Festival kicking off this weekend where you can watch some classic movies by the lake.Read More.
When the weather starts to warm up visitors and locals alike begin to flock to Great Falls. Aside from the majestic views of the Potomac crashing down the rocks (try overlook #3) there is plenty of walking trails to get in a workout. If you want to get a grill and picnic table, get there early as these first come, first serve hot commodities are in high demand.Read More.
Gunston Hall is the home of Virginia Bill of Rights author and Founding Father George Mason. Rich in history and stunning Georgian architecture, estate visitors can enjoy guided tours, hiking trails and onsite events. Don't miss the Memorial Day event on Monday, or the naturalization ceremony this Saturday!Read More.
Want a little history with your wine? This new winery, located adjacent to the Manassas Battlefield Park, offers up a unique setting that dives into Civil War history. Try the Delaney wine, named for the owner's daughter, and stop by on the weekends for live music. This weekend, make sure you visit to take part in the Bluebell Music Festival!Read More.
Nestled off Walney Road in Chantilly, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is home to 650 acres of open space with great spots to bird watch, hike, picnic, or attend a number of educational or cultural events. This weekend, moms and kids can celebrate Mother's Day with a special campfire at the park.Read More.
Shop 'til you drop has never been more accurate when you walk in the doors at Tysons Corner Center. The 400-plus stores in this shopping mecca range from fashion to electronics to home goods to, well, even olive oil. And once your little feet are tired from all that walking, you can either get a pedicure or catch a movie ... not to mention a delicious meal or drink at one of the many dining options.Read More.
Occoquan Regional Park's expansive acreage and historical location makes it a great place to visit during warm spring months. This weekend, the Park is teaming up with the nearby Workhouse Arts Center for Springfest Fairfax - a celebration of Earth & Arbor Day with scavenger hunts, kayak & bike rentals, fishing and games.Read More.
There's nothing like kicking back with a delicious glass of wine, complete with live music and a scenic view surrounding you. Find all of that at Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton (you can even bring your furry friend if you'd like), and keep an eye out for the clever events being hosted (Masters Chip-Off Golf Contest, Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Kentucky Derby parties, etc.).Read More.
The weather is finally cooperating and you know what that means ... time to get out and work on your golf swing! This 18-hole course in Lorton features 7,010 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par 71! It's a one-of-a-kind course surrounded by natural beauty.Read More.
This old-town general store in Historic Vienna was actually used as a makeshift hospital for injured soldiers during the Civil War. Today, you can visit the house museum to see furniture, artifacts, photos and more from that era. Also, this weekend, an all-day National Register of Historic Places celebration will take place in Vienna near the Store!Read More.
Your one-stop-shop for all kinds of information on things to do in Fairfax County! But, this week, during National Cherry Blossom Festival, you can pick up a free gift along with information on the fun event taking place March 30th from 12pm - 3pm. Don't miss it!Read More.
Spring officially begins this week so it's time to start practicing your golf game. Or in the case of TopGolf, its time to practice your golf game, play some putt-putt, have some food and drink, and see if you can master some of their addictive range games hitting your hooks and slices from the convenience of their all-weather facility.Read More.
Located in the 52-acre Annandale District Park, the Hidden Oaks Nature Center features interactive exhibits, a pond, woodland trails and creeks with butterfly gardens and a nearby playground. Children can participate in workshops and other programs all year long, including the Shamrocks and Snakes class this Sunday in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.Read More.
The Historic City of Fairfax has plenty to see and do regardless of when you visit, but on March 9th the streets of downtown will be filled with Civil War reenactors and events commemorating Mosby's Midnight Raid. This is the city's signature event during the 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Civil War.Read More.
This family friendly park preserves and interprets a 1920s through 1950s farm and has events, activities and special programs throughout the year. New this year is the Bluegrass Barn at Frying Pan Farm Park which feature bi-monthly concerts by well-known bluegrass artists. See their website for details.Read More.
With Monday being Presidents Day and this week being George Washington's birthday week, where else could you possibly want to go than to Mount Vernon? Festivities all day on Monday and a great place to visit regardless of when you go. Happy Birthday General Washington!Read More.
This tiny building on Beulah Road in Alexandria was deeded to the segregated Virginia school system by Georgianna & William Jasper in 1881 to educate colored children. It served the community until 1932 and exists today as the only colored school still standing in the region, a prized possession of a striving people. It is a living museum available to the public and area schools. Celebrate Black History Month by visiting Laurel Grove School!Read More.
This hidden gem of a concert venue in the heart of Vienna is a live music lovers dream. Great shows, ranging from kid friendly acts during the day to nationally known favorites at night, grace the stage virtually every day of the year. Make sure to go early for a show, check out the Lobby Bar and tell Jammin' Java Door Gal we say hello!Read More.
The Dulles Expo Center hosts many events throughout the year, including home & remodeling shows, huge DC flea markets, golf shows, gun shows, jewelry shows and more. This weekend, you can catch the oft-returning Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, where you can find any number of handmade gifts, furniture, gourmet food and photography.Read More.
The Stuart-Mosby Civil War Cavalry Museum recently opened in Centreville to display artifacts connected to Confederate stalwarts Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and Co. John Mosby. Located near the site of one of the old Confederate forts, the museum touts Centreville as a trading crossroads, which was a factor that led to several Civil War fortifications by Confederate soldiers.Read More.
Gardens in the winter? Yes, it's true! A year-round gold mine for children and families, Green Spring offers a museum, a national historic site and an outdoor classroom for nature enthusiasts. Sign up for some of the winter lecture series or painting classes, or just register for the many fun tea parties held in the mansion. You may be surprised at what you'll find at Green Spring Gardens!Read More.
Kick off the New Year right by catching popular band The Legwarmers at The State Theatre. The storied venue always has a great lineup of shows for music lovers of all kinds, so take a look at the schedule and find a show that suits your tastes for the new year!Read More.
The holidays are here! What better way to celebrate than bring the kids and family to the Fairfax Ice Arena and enjoy their public skating sessions? They're open until 4:30pm on Christmas Eve and reopen the day after Christmas for skating throughout the week.Read More.
Visit Colvin Run Mill in Great Falls for a peek back in time to see how the water-powered technological marvel works (built in 1811 and still in operation!). You can tour the massive waterwheel and gears, feel the stones that grind grain and hear stories about a man whose ideas revolutionized the milling industry. Also, stop in the general store to buy your own ground cornmeal, or during the holidays, observe the model train display in Colvin Run Barn.Read More.
Sully Historic Site reflects the history of Fairfax County. The country home of Richard Bland Lee (General Robert E. Lee's uncle), Sully continues to provide vivid contrasts between today's life and the everday realities of life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Northern Virginia. Also, around Christmastime, Sully hosts candlelight tours, special Civil War Christmas tours, and much more to illustrate the holidays of the past.Read More.
Reston Town Center makes for an ideal downtown center, combining the vitality of an Italian piazza with the diversity of a French boulevard. In the winter months, the Reston Town Center Ice Rink opens for fun skating adventures. Shopping, dining, year-round special events and a multiplex movie theater round out what makes this town center a good place to get lost for a few hours.Read More.
The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum hosts their annual Holiday Model Train Display on December 1st & 2nd. For 23 years this event has brought holiday cheer to Fairfax County and this year's event includes 10-15 layouts of trains brought in by local collectors, in addition to the permanent displays in the museum.Read More.
You may think a Botanical Garden would be a good spot to stop during the spring and summer, but don't forget about the winter! Meadowlark has just started its first Winter Walk of Lights - a .6 mile walk filled with over 500,000 LED lights! Open now through January 6th.Read More.
The site of the old Lorton prison, the Workhouse Arts Center is a haven for all types of art lovers. From galleries to performing arts, to farmers markets and glass-blowing demonstrations, to culinary classes and comedy shows, the Workhouse has it all. It's a one-of-a-kind treasure and a must-see for all visitors to the County.Read More.
You can't come to Fairfax County without stopping at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Not only can you see the iconic Space Shuttle Discovery front and center, you can also participate in exciting events like the annual Air and Scare on Halloween weekend. (Posing with Star Wars characters? Yes, please!)Read More.
Mount Vernon is pretty much an awesome place to visit year round, but this week George Washington's estate welcomes the autumn season with Fall Harvest Family Days on October 27 and 28. This event is fun for the entire family and if you want to cruise to the mansion, Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price this weekend only!Read More.
Bull Run's spacious fields accommodate groups by the hundreds, even thousands, for picnics, camping or special events. This week is no different as the park welcomes the 2012 NOVA Fall Brewfest featuring over 40 different beer makers and entertainment for the whole family!Read More.
Fairfax County has recently welcomed a new cinema to the area - The Angelika Film Center & Cafe, located in the new Mosaic District of Merrifield. It's being hailed as a haven for film lovers and showcases a selection of the highest quality art, independent and specialty films out right now. You can also enjoy a menu of freshly prepared small plates, paired with a selection of beer, wine or champagne. See you at the show!Read More.
Cox Farms is a family-owned farm that is celebrating 40 years this year. Every fall, they host an incredibly popular Fall Festival, featuring the haunted Fields of Fear, a corn maze, a harvest market, a Pumpkin Madness event, and so much more. This week they opened their doors for the 2012 season. Make sure you check them out if you're out near the Centreville area. The Fall Festival runs through the first weekend in November.Read More.