Fairfax County Seasonal Event Calendar

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Fairfax County Seasonal Event Calendar

There are many special events happening all around the county as the seasons change. Browse below to find one that speaks to you!

Featured Events

39th Annual Virginia Wine Festival

Sep 13 - Sep 14, Great Meadows

Recurring daily
Address: 5089 Old Tavern Rd, The Plains, VA
Times: 11am-6pm Both Days
Phone: (888) VA-FESTS
Admission: General admission, $30 in advance & $35 at the gate
Virginia Wine Festival has become a Grand Commonwealth Tradition and a wine enthusiasts' paradise.  Begun in 1975 by an industrious group of grape-growing individuals calling themselves the Vinifera Wine Growers Association, now known as the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association, this 36th annual wine festival began as a way to introduce and educate the populace about the merits of Virginia wine. Since those early beginnings, Virginia has grown in stature to become the 5th state in US wine production, and the Virginia Wine Festival has grown to become the #1 tasting event in Virginia-featuring over 400 varieties of wine, paired with gourmet food offerings, a juried arts show, and unbeatable musical entertainment.

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Air and Scare

Oct 25, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Address: 14390 Air & Space Museum Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Phone: (703) 572-4118
Admission: Free, Parking $15
See the spooky side of air and space at our annual Halloween event! Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. The tiniest visitors can check out the Tot Zone to play dress-up and hear a story. Pose for a photo with your favorite Star Wars or Ghostbusters character. Air & Scare is fun for the whole family!

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Great Falls Studios Holiday Show and Sale

Dec 13 - Dec 14, Wolf Trap Center for Education

Recurring daily
Address: 1645 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA
Admission: FREE

Great Falls Studios presents Great Falls Annual Holiday Art Show and  Sale. This annual show includes paintings, pottery, traditional and  digital photographs, jewelry, drawings, art quilts, and hand pulled  lithographic prints, plus artful gifts and cards. All of the artwork  is created by Great Falls artists, most of whom work out of their  home studios.


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One-Day Events

Take a Break Concert Series

Jun 12 - Aug 28, Lake Anne Plaza

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 11404 Washington Plaza W, Reston, VA
Times: 7pm - 9pm
Admission: Free
Take a Break with this outdoor concert series at Lake Anne Plaza. See website for weekly lineup.

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Labor Day Weekend at Paradise Springs Winery

Aug 29 - Sep 1, Paradise Springs Winery

Recurring daily
Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: Normal business hours
Phone: (703) 830-9463

Join us Labor Day weekend for a great time at the winery.

Rocklands BBQ sandwiches offered all weekend long starting at noon on Friday. $12.99 for a pulled pork BBQ sandwich with potato salad and cole slaw. Available while supplies last.

LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE:
Friday - California Bob (2pm-6pm)
Saturday - George Dacre & Pam Logan (2-6pm)
Sunday - 2nd Story Duo (2-6pm)

BACON TASTING - In honor of National Bacon Day we will host a Bacon & Wine Tasting/Pairing on Saturday. See below for details.

MOVIE NIGHT - Join us as we will be showing "Forest Gump" on Saturday starting at 8pm on our lawn.

CAR SHOW - We will be open for regular business on Labor Day. Please note that the annual Labor Day Car show will take place in the town of Clifton from 8am-3pm and the main roads through the town of Clifton will be closed. Entrance to the winery can be taken via Clifton road from the Fairfax Station side. Please call for directions.

 

 


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National Book Festival

Aug 30, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Address: 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC
Times: 10am - 10pm
Phone: (888) 714-4696
Admission: Free
Come to the 14th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event.

This year's festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions well into the evening. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, enjoy special entertainment, and stay up late for special new graphic novel, poetry and film programs.


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Labor Day Concert by National Symphony Orchestra

Aug 31, U.S. Capitol - West Lawn

Address: East Capitol and First Streets, Washington, DC
Times: 8pm (Gates open at 3pm)
Phone: (202) 225-6827
Admission: Free
The National Symphony Orchestra performs a free Labor Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol each year, the Sunday before Labor Day. The annual concert, produced by the Kennedy Center, celebrates the beginning of the performing arts season featuring patriotic classics and music that highlights the American landscape.

15th Annual Clifton Labor Day Car Show

Sep 1, Historic Clifton

Address: Main Street, Clifton, VA
Times: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Contact: Jim Chesley
Phone: (703) 830-2129
Admission: FREE

The Clifton Labor Day Car Show is an open show featuring street rods, foreign, customs, antiques, trucks, muscle cars, motorcycles and more!Join us on September 1st, 2014 in historic Clifton, Virginia, and enjoy great cars, food, and music. There will be raffles as well as "Participant Pick" awards and specialty trophies. The first 250 show vehicles receive dash plaques. Free to spectators so please consider a donation!


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Herndon Labor Day Festival

Sep 1, Historic Downtown Herndon

Address: 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 12-6pm
Contact: Herndon Parks and Recreation
Phone: (703) 787-7300
Admission: Wine and Microwbrew Tastings and Entertainment - $20; Entertainment Only (no alcohol) - $10
Join us in downtown Herndon for the 26th annual Labor Day Festival which includes great music, a craft show, food, twelve wineries and micro-brews and culinary demonstrations. Sorry, no pets allowed.

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Labor Day with Rocknoceros

Sep 1, Jammin Java

Address: 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA
Times: 10:30am
Contact: Jammin Java-Mei
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $5
As every family with youngsters in the DC area already knows, Rocknoceros (pronounced like rhinoceros) is three guys: Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie, who make wildly popular, award-winning music for the whole family.

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Cox Farms Fall Festival Preview Weekend

Sep 20 - Sep 21, Cox Farms

Recurring daily
Address: 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA
Times: 10am-6pm
Phone: (703) 830-4121
Admission: $14
Everything you love about Cox Farms Fall Festival is open to everyone for this special Preview Weekend!

All of those giant slides, swings, apples and cider, animals, pumpkins are waiting for you, and we know you have been waiting for them! Be here right when we open and be on the first hayride of 2014!


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Fields of Fear

Sep 26 - Nov 1, Cox Farms

Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
Address: 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA
Times: 7:30-11pm
Phone: (703) 830-4121
Cox Farms' Fields of Fear™ is the haunted night-time destination you and your friends have been looking for! When darkness falls on the farm... our fields fill with creatures of the night. Featuring: Dark Side Hayride's Zombie Zoo, The Firegrounds/Midway bonfires and the Giant Torchlit Slide. If you’re really in for a scare, test your nerves in the Cornightmare™ walk-through cornfield terrors; with Claustrophobia, Vortex, Crypt and more! Also enjoy Food & Snacks, Games & Prizes, Haunt Gear & Shopping, and Entertainment. Not Recommended for children under 12 years old. All under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (18+). ADMISSION TICKETS STRICTLY LIMITED! Last admission at 10pm Come alone or in a group. Buy your tickets online or same-day at the door. Not Recommended for children under 12 years old. All under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (18+). Proof of age required. See www.fieldsoffear.com for more details

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Cider Tasting

Sep 27, Gunston Hall

Address: 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck, VA
Times: 5pm - 7pm
Phone: (703) 550-9220
Admission: $40
Join us for a tasting of the vintages of Albemarle Ciderworks. Visit with our hearth cooks as they prepare 18th-century dishes with apples.

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Cox Farms Fall Festival

Sep 27 - Nov 2, Cox Farms

Recurring daily
Address: 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA
Times: 10am-6pm (5pm in November)
Phone: (703) 830-4121
Northern Virginia's largest & most famous Fall Festival! Washington Post Editor's Choice: Cox Farms is "the Big Kahuna of farms with fall festivities in northern Virginia." Northern Virginia Magazine Award: 2009 Best of Nova Award 'Family Friendly Event'. We are celebrating more than 40 years of business for Cox Farms - join the fun and new additions! 5 giant slides, famous hayrides, rope swings, farm animals & their babies, CORNundrum© cornfield adventure, farm chores, kiddie zone, apples & cider, food, entertainment, over 90 acres of fun! Everyone gets a small patch pumpkin to take home FREE with paid admission. 

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Halloween Wagon Rides

Oct 4 - Oct 5, Frying Pan Farm Park

Recurring daily
Address: 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm
Admission: $8
Our Halloween Wagon rides feature a narrated wagon ride along a trail filled with family-oriented thrills,chills,and adventures. Many fright sites will leave you with goose bumps or giggles! You will complete your journey with s'mores and hot apple cider. Bring flashlights, blankets and dress for the weather.Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

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Vienna Oktoberfest 2014

Oct 4, Historic Church Street

Address: Church Street, Vienna, VA
Times: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Admission: FREE

Join us for the 7th annual Vienna Oktoberfest on October 4th, 2013 from 11am to 7pm on historic Church St. and the Town Green in Vienna, Virginia! Enjoy beer, wine, food, music, vendors, kids activities, free admission! Event proceeds will fund the new First Night Vienna New Year's Eve celebration.


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7th Annual Oktoberfest Reston

Oct 11 - Oct 12, Reston Town Center

Recurring daily
Address: 11900 Market Street, Reston, Virginia
Times: Saturday, 12pm-11pm; Sunday, 12pm-8pm
Admission: Free
Oktoberfest Reston is produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and is Northern Virginia's largest fall festival at Reston Town Center featuring the best in autumn brews with delicious traditional Oktoberfest fare from area restaurants. Enjoy food, wine, beer, live entertainment, and a carnival.

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Fairfax Fall Festival

Oct 11, Historic Downtown Fairfax

Address: 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 10am-5pm
Contact: Mitzi Taylor
Phone: (703) 385-7858
Admission: FREE
The City of Fairfax would like to invite you to join in celebrating the 38th annual Fall Festival. What started out as a small market for artisans to display their wares has grown to a festival with over 400 arts, crafts, information, food & gourmet food vendors, children’s activities and three stages of music and entertainment for all ages.

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Rocky Horror Show

Oct 17 - Nov 1, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 8pm
Admission: $10 - $15
Presented by Unquiet Theatre Company. Written and composed by Richard O'Brien. Directed by Katy Chmura. Choreographed by Jonathan M. Faircloth.

Innocent Brad and Janet find themselves seeking shelter at a mysterious old castle on a dark and stormy night, where they encounter transvestite Dr. Frank N Furter, his "perfect" creation Rocky, and an assortment of other crazy creatures. Join us for this campy, neo-traditonal Halloween Musical favorite... LIVE on stage! Audience Call-Out Nights are on Saturday performances and our Halloween performance ONLY.

A la carte cash bar, soft drinks and concessions are sold before each performance. Outside food and drink is not permitted.


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Claude Moore Colonial Farm 1771 Market Fair

Oct 18 - Oct 19, Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Recurring daily
Address: 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA
Times: 11:00am to 4:30pm
Phone: (703) 442-7557
Admission: Adult: $6; Children aged 3-12: $3; Children under three: Free; Seniors $3
In the fall, warm yourself by the fires and enjoy the splendor of autumn with crisp local apples, warm savory meat pies and hearty breads. Let Market Fair entertainers, tradesmen, and the militia amuse and educate you. Allow Mistress Barrow and Mr. John to entice you with their goods at the Dry Goods and the Gentlemen's Goods stands. Learn to dip candles or turn a piece of wood on the carpenter's lathe. Stop by the tavern for a cup of mulled wine before you begin your holiday shopping at the many tradesmen's and merchants' stalls.mple the foods and merchandise of the Market Fair.

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Historic All Hallows Eve

Oct 18, Sully Historic Site

Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 4pm
Admission: $10
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Virginians celebrated All Hallows Eve with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods and family gatherings. Experience these traditions as you tour the house and grounds by lantern light.

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Northern Virginia Fall Brewfest

Oct 18 - Oct 19, Special Events Center at Bull Run Regional Park

Recurring daily
Address: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA
Times: 11am - 7pm
Admission: $25 advance; $35 day of (special rates for Designated Drivers and children)

This World Beer Experience will feature more than 40 of the world's best breweries, plenty of delicious food to complement the craft beers and outstanding local and regional bands providing entertainment.  More than 40 breweries will have beers to sample including seven breweries new to the Northern Virginia BrewFest.

Visit NovaBrewFest and check out the Breweries section to see which beers the participating breweries will be offering. BE SURE to check back a couple of times as updates will be provided as breweries and beers are added.


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Tysons Harvest Festival

Oct 18 - Oct 19, Town Square at Tysons II

Recurring daily
Address: 8025 Galleria Drive, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 12pm - 6pm
Bring the kids for the First Annual Fall Harvest Festival. From Oct. 16-Nov.1, noon to 6 pm. Stroll through the arts and crafts booths and taste some of the fun flavors of fall. The kids will enjoy all the fun activities and rides. The adults will enjoy the wine and beer tastings. Everyone will enjoy the demonstrations by the master pumpkin carvers while they prepare for the evening's Great Pumpkin Gathering. It's all here for the reaping - you, your family and friends will definitely carve out some special memories.

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Fall Crush Festival

Oct 19, The Winery at Bull Run

Address: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA

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Spooktacular

Oct 24, Herndon Community Center

Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 6:30-8:30pm
Phone: (703) 787-7300
Admission: $8 advance, $11 day of
Enjoy ghoulish games, a spooky craft and a children's show.  Fee covers all activities, show and a treat bag. Get more boo for your buck and register early; parents must accompany children at the event. 

Children's show is MAGIC of SPEED
The High Energy Magic of Speed is one of the east coast's premiere magic acts. Speed is the hyperactive, fast talking slick magician, while Curl is the fun loving, bubbly stage assistant. This combination leads to a fun, exciting and mystifying illusionist team!

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Annandale Fall Festival and Parade

Oct 25, Safeway Shopping Center at Little River Center

Address: 7414 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003
Times: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Contact: The Annandale Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (703) 256-7232
Admission: none
ANNANDALE FALL FESTIVAL SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP: Over 100 Gift Vendors On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the Annandale Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a spectacular Fall Festival in the Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike. This is the largest public event in Greater Annandale attended by over 10,000 people. From 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM the Annandale Fall Festival will offer something for everyone in the family, and will be held in conjunction with the annual parade for a fun-filled day! In the Food & Entertainment Zone, Rock, County, & Jazz Bands along with costumed international dancers, will entertain. Japanese, Thai, Nigerian, Caribbean, German, Greek, Italian, and Latin cuisines will be represented along with the perennial favorites such as barbeque, Philly cheese steaks, burgers and fried chicken, funnel cakes, snow cones, home baked good, cotton candy, Kettle Corn, and Jaguar Joe Coffee. In the Community Market there will be one hundred vendors to include numerous artisan handcrafts. The ever popular Pet Vendors will again feature a broad range of clever pet accessories, dog trainers & walkers, and gourmet pet food. Children’s books & toys, endearing marionettes, herbal wraps & wreaths, garden accessories, quality giftware from major manufacturers, silks, handbags, exquisite hair jewelry, fashion accessories, and professional stylists will fill-out the Community Market. The Kids Zone will host rides and interactive games appropriate for all ages. Bungee jumps, an Obstacle Course, the Giant Slide, and Toddler Play in Lil’ Pirates Cove are just a small sampling of what is planned. Finally, antique & classic cars, fire trucks, and the Nationwide NASCAR & simulator, sponsored by Burke & Burke Insurance, await your exploration. Vendor, Volunteer, Entertainment, and Sponsor Forms along with the parade entry form can be found at www.annandalechamber.com under OUR EVENTS. Don't delay; space fills quickly at both the festival and parade. Festival Parking available at the Bowling Alley AND at the Annandale Swim and Tennis Club, 7530 Little River Tpk. next to Wendy's. The Annandale Parade Cited in 2013 as one of, "THE BEST SMALL TOWN PARADES IN AMERICA" The popular Annandale Parade will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 beginning at 10:00 am. Marching along Columbia Pike from the historic white church near Gallows Road all the way to the Bowling Alley-Safeway, thousands of participants from Clowns, Storybook Characters, and Marching Bands to Antique & Military Cars, Fire Trucks, Civic Organizations, Scouts, and beautifully costumed International Dancers will parade before the residents of Greater Annandale. Sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, this sixty-four year old tradition only gets bigger and better every year.

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Clifton Haunted Trail

Oct 25, Town of Clifton

Address: Chapel Road, Clifton, VA
Times: 7pm - 10pm
Admission: Adults, $15; Children under 12, $10
We are proud to announce the return of this terrifying annual event that winds through Clifton's 8 Acre Park. Parents should accompany children along the Trail. NO flashlights allowed in the park. Arrive early since this popular event tends to get crowded during the later hours. Hardy shoes are recommended.

This year, look out for the new Clifton Haunted Trail t-shirts for sale at the concessions stand. Hot apple cider, fresh pizza by Clifton's newest restaurant Villagio's, cookies and snacks will be available for sale. Parking is free of charge and will be available at the Clifton Floodplain, Clifton Elementary School and Clifton House Shops where hayrides will take and pick-up Trail goers to the event.

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Halloween at Gunston Hall

Oct 25, Gunston Hall

Address: 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck, VA
Times: 4pm - 7pm
Phone: (703) 550-9220
Admission: Regular admission.
A family friendly event with story tellers, pumpkin painting, treats, face painting, Burying Ground tours by lantern, and more!

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Cox Farms Pumpkin Madness

Nov 1 - Nov 2, Cox Farms

Recurring daily
Address: 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA
Times: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Phone: (703) 830-4121
Admission: See Website for Details

What happens to pumpkins after Halloween? Pumpkin Madness Days of course! Bring your own used jack o' lantern and experience them getting hurled, smashed, dropped and squished! This is one of the best events of our Fall Festival and a ton of fun.  If you've never been, come and visit us for a smashing twist to our famous Fall Festival!

Last entry at 4PM during Pumpkin Madness days!


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Veteran’s Day Observance

Nov 11, Town Green Herndon

Address: 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 11am
Phone: (703) 481-1200
Admission: Free

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Veterans Day Ceremony

Nov 11, Memorial Amphitheater

Address: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Phone: (877) 907-8585
Admission: Free
About 5,000 visitors attend each of the two major annual remembrance ceremonies in the Memorial Amphitheater. They take place on Memorial Day and Veterans Day and are sponsored by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.

Many military organizations also conduct annual memorial services in the amphitheater. In addition, organizations also host memorial observances and events at Arlington. All ceremonies and special events are free and open to the public.


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21st Annual Northern Virginia Christmas Market

Nov 14 - Nov 16, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
Phone: (757) 417-7771
Admission: $8 Adults; Children under 12 are free.
More than 300 juried artisans from across the country offer fine art, functional & decorative pottery, handcrafted jewelry, glass, photography, woven baskets, furniture, decorative arts, collectible dolls, wearable art and much more. Specialty food vendors offer gift-packaged gourmet fare such as steamed puddings, almond pound cakes, party dips, sparkling cider and fruit cakes. Events Management Group, Inc. works with the Capital Area Food Bank helping needy families during the holiday season by collecting donations of canned goods.

Receive $1.00 off admission by bringing a canned food donation for the Capital Area Food Bank.

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Gobbler Scramble

Nov 22, Herndon Centennial Golf Course

Address: 909 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 9am
Phone: (703) 471-5769

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Seraphic Fire Christmas: Carols by Candlelight

Nov 29, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $50, $43, $30
Begin celebrating the holiday season with the rapturous voices of this revered a cappella ensemble. This critically acclaimed group comes to the Center for the first time to present a dazzling holiday performance — a candlelight Christmas concert with a popular mix of Gregorian chant, carols, motets, and contemporary favorites. Based in Miami, and under the direction of its founder and artistic director, Patrick Dupré Quigley, Seraphic Fire’s reputation as an important vocal ensemble has been enhanced by two Grammy nominations, a top-ten appearance on the Billboard classical chart, and a number-one debut on the iTunes classical music charts.

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"A Chanticleer Christmas"

Nov 30, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

A cherished annual tradition at the Hylton Center, Chanticleer kicks off the Christmas season with its Thanksgiving weekend concert, "A Chanticleer Christmas," on Nov. 30. This Grammy Award-winning male a cappella group displays its mastery of more than a thousand years of vocal literature by performing ancient hymns, venerated sacred songs and contemporary works, as well as a selection of festive American and European carols and spirituals.




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Annual Tree Lighting and Sing-Along

Dec 6, Town Hall Square

Address: 730 Elden Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 5-6pm
Phone: (703) 437-5556

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Herndon Holiday Homes Tour

Dec 6, Town of Herndon

Address: Herndon Homes, Herndon, VA
Times: 10am-4pm
Phone: 703-435-6800 x2222

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Towne Square Singers Holiday Concert

Dec 6 - Dec 7, ArtSpace Herndon

Recurring daily
Address: 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA
Times: Saturday, 7:30pm ; Sunday, 2pm
Phone: (703) 787-7300
The Herndon Towne Square Singers, which is sponsored by the Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation Department, numbers 25 strong for the upcoming concert.  Many members hail from the Town of Herndon and others come from surrounding communities in Fairfax and Loudoun counties.


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"Christmas in Camp" - Civil War Living History

Dec 7, Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 12pm - 4pm
Phone: (703) 591-0560
Admission: Free
Discuss Civil War-era holiday customs, make Victorian ornaments, and participate in camp drills with Company D, 17th VA Infantry, "Fairfax Rifles" C.S.A. Guided tours of Historic Blenheim House.

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Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

Dec 7, Herndon Community Center

Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 10am-4pm
Phone: (703) 787-7300
Admission: Free
Over 70 artisans and craftspeople will exhibit and sell their work at this annual arts and crafts show sponsored by the Town of Herndon Department of Parks and Recreation. A variety of handcrafted items and fine art will be on sale including wreaths, quilts, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, decorations, original artwork, photography, stained glass, and more. Visitors are encouraged not to bring strollers inside the building during show hours due to limited space.

Free admission and parking.  Additional parking at the Herndon Centennial Golf Course.

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American Festival Pops Orchestra presents "Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season"

Dec 12, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

The joy and magic of the holiday season come alive when the American Festival Pops Orchestra takes the Merchant Hall stage under the baton of founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello on Dec. 12 to present a festive concert titled "Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season," featuring cherished Christmas carols, holiday favorites, guest soloists and the popular audience sing-along.





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Holiday Celebration with The 5 Browns

Dec 12, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $50, $43, $30
In their Center debut, these virtuosic sibling pianists present a merry evening of music-making featuring everything from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite to selections from Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. Praised by Entertainment Weekly for their “scorching piano,” they first made headlines when all five were accepted at Juilliard simultaneously, and have since exploded onto the classical music scene. The Billboard chart-topping artists have appeared on The Tonight Show, Today, Oprah, and even in their own PBS special, but nothing can match the experience of enjoying these talents live onstage thundering away on five Steinways.

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Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Dec 12 - Dec 14, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Drive, Chantilly, VA
Times: Friday & Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
Contact: Sugarloaf Craft Festivals
Phone: (800) 210-9900
Admission: Adults: $8 online, $10 at the door; Children under 12: free; Parking: free
More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display and sell their handcrafted work in Chantilly, Virginia (outside Washington, DC) at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Friday, December 12, through Sunday, December 14 at the Dulles Expo Center. Jury-selected artists from around the country will present their stunning array of contemporary crafts in sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, wood, leather, metal, furniture, home accessories, photography and fine art. Holiday shoppers can enjoy browsing and buying fine crafts and unique gifts for everyone on their holiday list. As part of the family-friendly atmosphere at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, visitors can watch the creative process of master artisans during ongoing craft demonstrations. Live music, children’s entertainment and delicious gourmet goodies available to sample and buy from dozens of specialty food vendors make the fall Festival a great destination for the entire family. For more information, including admission discounts, a list of artists participating in the show and discount hotel rates, visit www.sugarloafcrafts.com or call (800) 210-9900. Free parking is available on site. High-resolution images of artist work are available at http://www.sugarloafcrafts.com/pr/december_chantilly_photo.html

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American Festival Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops - Songs of the Season

Dec 13, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $50, $43, $30
Always a treasured holiday tradition at the Center, this gifted orchestra spreads holiday cheer and good tidings. This festive concert celebrates the season with cherished Christmas carols, holiday favorites, guest soloists, and a popular carol sing-along. Under the baton of founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, this ensemble of 60 of the finest musicians from the D.C. area presents a jubilant evening full of joyful holiday favorites that is certain to create precious Christmas memories.

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"Four Centuries of Virginia Christmases"

Dec 14, Fairfax Museum

Address: 10209 Main St, Fairfax, VA
Times: 2pm
Phone: (703) 385-8414
Admission: Free
Join author Mary Miley Theobald to explore Virginia Christmas customs and their evolution from pagan, British, German, and Dutch precedents.

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A Storybook Holiday Brunch

Dec 14, Herndon Community Center

Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 11am
Phone: (703) 787-7300
Admission: $14
Bring your child to enjoy holiday fun. Children will prepare a craft, enjoy a visit from Santa and in addition, a special guest appearance who will read the ever popular Elf on the Shelf storybook. Fee also includes brunch for one parent and one child.

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Clint Black - "A Clint Black Christmas"

Dec 14, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Country music legend Clint Black brings a heartwarming concert of original Christmas music and beloved hits from throughout his 25 years in country music to the Hylton Center with "A Clint Black Christmas" on Dec. 14. Black has won over countless country music fans with his authentic and traditional sound, as well as his numerous Triple Platinum-selling albums and Billboard chart-topping songs, including his breakout hit, "A Better Man."





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Dress Up Herndon for the Holidays

Dec 15, Homes in Herndon

Address: Homes in Herndon, Herndon, VA
Times: Judging 6-8pm
Phone: 7034356800x2222

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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Dec 17 - Dec 18, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Moscow Ballet's classic Great Russian Nutcracker returns!

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Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna

Dec 20 - Dec 21, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 4pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $50, $43, $30
This spirited performance by these remarkable Austrian youngsters features everything from ancient hymns and traditional Christmas carols to popular holiday favorites and songs from across the globe. Audiences and critics worldwide have praised these talented singers for their celestial voices, rapturous harmonies, pure tone, appealing demeanor, and, above all, a wide-ranging repertoire spanning centuries and genres. Dating back over half a millennium, the history of this choir has been associated with many of the world’s great composers, including Mozart and Bruckner; Franz Schubert himself was even a chorister.

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Herndon's New Year’s Eve Bonfire and Celebration

Dec 31, ArtSpace Herndon

Address: 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA
Times: TBD
Phone: (703) 956-6590

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New Year’s Eve Scramble

Dec 31, Herndon Centennial Golf Course

Address: 909 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 10am
Phone: (703) 471-5769

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Todd Ellison: Love on Broadway

Feb 8, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 4 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $46, $39, $28
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, enjoy an evening of Broadway’s most romantic love songs performed by this outstanding pianist joined by some of Broadway’s finest vocalists. Todd Ellison has distinguished himself on Broadway as the first-rate music director for the Tony Award-winning productions of Spamalot, La Cage aux Folles, and 42nd Street. He was also music director for New York’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This delightful evening of music features favorites such as “It Had To Be You” and “The Way We Were”; Broadway gems from West Side Story, Carousel, and Wicked; an Elvis Presley Medley; and more!


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American Festival Pops Orchestra presents "Valentine's Day Pops"

Feb 14, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

American Festival Pops Orchestra returns once again for a concert of popular love songs to enjoy with your sweetheart on Feb. 14. Under the baton of Anthony Maiello, this acclaimed ensemble that includes some of the finest musicians from the greater D.C. area performs "Valentine's Day Pops," featuring timeless love songs and romantic standards from the Great American Songbook.







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Virginia Opera: Salome

Feb 14 - Feb 15, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Saturday, 8pm ; Sunday, 2pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $86, $72, $44
Richard Strauss’s chilling one-act opera, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s notorious play about the Bible’s wicked femme fatale, both shocked and thrilled audiences over a century ago with its extravagant debauchery; its rich, evocative score; and its infamous “Dance of the Seven Veils.” Salome, the beautiful yet troubled stepdaughter of Herod, has a perverse obsession with the imprisoned John the Baptist, who spurns her seductions. Meanwhile, her lecherous stepfather is willing to offer her whatever her heart desires if only she will perform a dance, until he learns of the extremity of her demands. Sung in German with English supertitles.

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Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy - "Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond"

Mar 1, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Canadian fiddling couple Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy - who have each graced the Merchant Hall stage separately - team up for an exciting performance on March 1. "Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond" sees these two ferocious fiddlers and step dancers joined onstage by their children, demonstrating that this next generation has undoubtedly inherited many great talents.








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Danú: 20th Anniversary Tour

Mar 6, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $46, $39, $28
To celebrate 20 years of spirited music-making, this award-winning band from the Emerald Isle returns to our stage to perform an unforgettable night of lively Celtic music. Hailing from Ireland’s historic County Waterford, Danú has built a massive following worldwide due to its vibrant performances, and its mastery of traditional Celtic instruments such as flute, tin whistle, button accordion, and bouzouki, as well as striking vocals. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, this celebrated band, along with two of its former band mates, perform a glorious blend of ancient Irish music and fresh new songs.


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On-Going Events

Great Pumpkin Gathering

Oct 16 - Nov 1, Town Square at Tysons II

Recurring daily
Address: 8025 Galleria Drive, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 6pm - 10pm
Follow up a visit to Tysons Harvest Festival with this inspired display. Artisan pumpkin carvers showcase a dazzling display of pumpkin art beyond your wildest imagining. Humorous, beautiful, terrifying, and just plain terrific, the dozens of different faces you'll see are sure to spark your creativity. Your kids are going to love these. Look out, Charlie Brown. These are some truly great pumpkins. Displays change daily. From Oct. 16-Nov. 1, 6 pm to 10 pm.

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Turkey Trot 5K Race

Nov 22, Herndon Community Center

Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 4pm
Phone: (703) 787-7300
Held at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Avenue

All canned food will be donated to LINK

Course takes you through Herndon Centennial Golf Course grass and paved paths, parts of the WOD paved trail and vehicular paved road.

 


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