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Fall Festivals in Fairfax County, VA 

Celebrate the crisp autumn weather and the arrival of fall with the many fairs, festivals and special events happening around our region. Many of these festivals and fairs are free, or low-cost, and are packed with activities for all types of festival-goers, such as arts & crafts, unique gifts for sale, wine or beer tastings, live music and entertainment, lots of tasty food and loads of games.

We've put together a downloadable guide of some of the best annual festivals and special events in our area. Take a look and keep it handy when planning your vacations. For harvest and fall festivals, take a look below and have yourself a great time!


Upcoming Fairs & Festivals:

One-Day Events

Bull Run Festival of Lights & Holiday Village

Nov 19 - Jan 4, Bull Run Regional Park

Recurring daily
Address: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA
Times: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Fridays - Sunday & holidays: 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Phone: (703) 631-0550
Admission: Mon-Thurs, $15 per car ; Fri-Sun & Holidays, $20 per car

For more than 12 years the Bull Run Festival of Lights at Bull Run Regional Park has drawn thousands of visitors from hundreds of miles away to Centreville, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. This year's festival opens November 19th and runs through January 4th.  The Bull Run Festival of Lights is held each year to celebrate the winter holiday season. The event sees more than 30,000 cars each season, and over 130,000 people! Bull Run Festival of Lights is located just off of Interstate 66 in Centreville, on Rt. 29 (Lee Highway), just 3 miles from historic Manassas Battlefield Park.

The Portal Wreath signifying the official start of the beautiful Bull Run Festival of Lights, this display has been part of the show since 2006. Each year a new ornament representing a display in the show will be added to this collection, and the portal wreath is the first in the series.

Santa's Enchanted Lights, with over 40,000 animated lights set to music! This great feature is merely a fraction of what you'll find at this season's Festival of Lights! 


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Reston Holidays are Here Celebration!

Nov 28, Reston Town Center

Address: 11900 Market St., Reston, VA
Times: 8am
Contact: Reston Town Center
Admission: FREE
Discover a day of community, camaraderie, charity and cheer to kick off the holiday season! Cheer on kids of all ages as they "run as fast as they can!" in the Gingerbread Man Mile and Tot Trot, and if mom and dad want to do some racing of their own stores open at 8 am! Then snag some snacks and a seat for the Reston Holiday Parade at 11 am.

After Santa gives his final farewell to parade spectators, he is available for visits and photos until 4:30pm - we recommend stopping by after you grab lunch, as the line is much shorter. Make your way around the ice, mark a few items off the list, marvel at the Hyatt Gingerbread Village in their lobby, do a bit of people-watching.

Then at 5 pm, wander over to Fountain Square to see "Santa's Frosty Follies," a performance by Metropolitan School of the Arts, and stay for the magic and merriment of the Tree Lighting & Sing Along at 6 pm. Finally, climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage to end a day to remember!

While you go home with great memories, some local non-profits will go home with a smile too! The race benefits Neediest Kids, photos benefit SLHS Choir, and carriage rides benefit Volunteer Fairfax! Thanks for the support!

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Vienna Art and Craft Show

Nov 28 - Nov 30, Vienna Community Center

Recurring daily
Address: 120 Cherry St, Vienna, VA
Times: Friday: 10am-5pm, Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 11am-4pm
Admission: $3.00
This terrific show -- running for more than 30 years --features more than 80 juried artisans offering original, handmade arts and crafts, including decorative painting, fused, etched, painted and stained glass, ceramics and pottery, hand-painted silk, woodworking handweaving, photography, paintings and drawings,clothing and functional textiles, jewelry and much more. All of the artists and artisans will be on hand to answer questions and talk about their work. Thanksgiving Weekend 120 Cherry Street, SE, Vienna, VA Hours: Friday: 10am-5pm Saturday: 10am-5pm Sunday: 11am-4pm Admission: $3, Parking Free.

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Christmas Market & Winterfest

Dec 5 - Dec 14, Tysons Corner Center Outdoor Plaza

Recurring daily
Address: 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: Friday, 11am-9pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-8pm

Located at Tysons Corner Center on the grand new Plaza at new mall entrances from the Silver Line Metro, the festival will include 30 vendors selling German holiday goods. Plus, mulled wine, German beer, German fare, hot chocolate and coffee. Also, enjoy the spectacular Christmas tree, entertainment, beer garden and other festive activities.

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McLean Holiday Craft Show

Dec 5 - Dec 7, McLean Community Center

Recurring daily
Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA - Virginia
Times: Friday, 11am-7pm, Saturday, 10am-6pm, Sunday, 11am-4pm
Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children under 14
Enjoy a wide variety of arts & crafts and holiday music by local school groups. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children under the age of 14.

Festival of Lights and Carols

Dec 6, Sherwood Community Center

Address: 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 11am-9pm
Contact: Mitzi Taylor
Phone: (703) 385-7858
Admission: Most events are Free, Lunch with Santa - $8 per child, Celtic Christmas - $5 per adult
Come listen to live holiday music and enjoy s'mores and hot cider on the Civic Green in front of the Sherwood Community Center for FREE. Children ages 10 and under can enjoy lunch with Santa at the Sherwood Community Center. Three lunch seating will be offered - 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. $8 per child. At 7:30pm the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts sponsors the eighth annual Christmas concert. $5 Adults, Children 12 and under free.

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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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19th Annual Craftsmen's Spring Classic Art & Craft Festival

Mar 20 - Mar 22, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Fri. & Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5
Contact: Gilmore Shows
Phone: (336) 282-5550
Admission: $8/Adult, $1/Child (6-12) at door
Features original designs & work from hundreds of talented artists & craftsmen locally and from across the nation. Something for every style, taste & budget with thousands of choices from traditional to contemporary, functional to whimsical and decorative to fun & funky. Visit with the actual artisans as you browse the booths for those one-of-a-kind treasures that will become treasured heirlooms. Admission good all three days with Free Return Pass from the show desk. Advance Discount and Group (15+) Tickets available through promoter and online two weeks prior to start of show. Discount coupons available in local newspapers as a part of the ads or from the web site. For more information call 336-282-5550, email contact@gilmoreshows.com or visit CraftShow.com. Gilmore Shows is continually looking for new exhibitors with unique and unusual work. New Exhibitor Application kit available online for the jury process.

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On-Going Events

4th Annual La Sandia "Mole" Festival

Oct 15 - Nov 30, La Sandia Mexican Kitchen

Recurring daily
Address: 7852L Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA
Join us as we celebrate everything Mole. Offering bold sauces with rich, complex flavor profiles, this festival will soon be your new favorite. 

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