Fairs & Festivals

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Fairs & Festivals in Fairfax County, VA

Celebrate the arrival of spring and summer with one (or many) of Fairfax County's fabulous fairs and festivals. 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 some of the upcoming festivals, such as fairs, art festivals in Fairfax, VA, seasonal festivities and more, take a look below and have yourself a great time!

 

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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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One-Day Events

Lake Anne Summer Film Festival

May 11 - Sep 14, Lake Anne Plaza

Recurring monthly on the 2nd Sunday
Address: 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA
Times: Sundown (8PM)
Contact: Maurisa Turner Potts
Phone: (703) 501-6289
Admission: Free
Lake Anne Plaza is pleased to announce the return of its Summer Film Festival. This year’s mini-film festival will take place the second Sunday of every month starting this year in May through September - transforming the Plaza into a free outdoor movie theatre. The festival will kick off on Mother’s Day evening (Sunday, May 11th) with an appropriate themed movie for this special day – Mamma Mia! Treat the special ladies in your life to a fun sing along movie on opening night! This year’s movie categories include Date Night, Family, Retro, and Classic. Grab a date, the family or a group of friends, bring the lawn chairs and a picnic and enjoy flicks under the stars. SCHEDULE: MAY 11 - MAMMA MIA! (MOTHER’S DAY) JUNE 8- UP (FAMILY) JULY 13 - BREAKFAST CLUB (RETRO) AUG 10 - CASABLANCA (CLASSIC) SEPT 14 SKYFALL $300 (DATE NIGHT) What: Lake Anne Summer Film Festival When: Second Sunday Every Month (May-September) Where: Lake Anne Plaza (Waterfront) - 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA 20190 Time: Sundown (8PM ish) Check the Lake Anne Plaza website for approximate sundown times each night. Website: www.lakeanneplaza.com Cost: Free Weather: Rain or Shine About Lake Anne Plaza Lake Anne Plaza is the historic “heart and soul” of Reston, Virginia and the center of local living in our community. Reminiscent of a European coastal village where people live, work and play, this spectacular community nestled around a lake, is one of the few places in Northern Virginia where you can dine or shop at independently owned establishments. From our fine restaurants to unique boutiques to the seasonal Farmer’s Market, Lake Anne Plaza embodies the best of living local. A destination spot for residents and visitors alike, Lake Anne prides itself on being internationally recognized as one of the finest examples of the modern planned community. Lake Anne architecture has graced the cover of dozens of national and international magazines. www.lakeanneplaza.com

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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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Virginia Indian Festival

Sep 6, Riverbend Park

Address: 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA
Times: 10am - 4pm
Phone: (703) 759-9018
Admission: $5
Tribal dancing, songs and drumming make history come alive each September at the Virginia Indian Festival at Riverbend Park. This year's festival will offer greater opportunities to enlighten and delight the entire family.

Members of eight tribes native to the commonwealth will take to the banks of the Potomac River for the annual celebration of Indian culture featuring tribal dancing, rhythmic drumming, pottery, crafts, food and lots of hands-on, family-friendly activities. Visitors can try their hand at using chopping tools to help build a dug-out canoe from a massive log, or taking aim and hitting the mark with an arrow loosed from a bow on the archery range, or throwing spears using an atlatl.

The family event has grown each year since it was inspired nearly two decades ago by the misinformation about Indian culture and history that seemed prevalent among visitors. So the Riverbend Park staff decided to organize the Virginia Indian Festival to give visitors a first-hand opportunity to learn about the culture.


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Fairfax Irish Folk Festival

Sep 13, Sherwood Community Center

Address: 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 12pm-8:30pm
Contact: Joanna Ormesher
Phone: (703) 352-2787
Admission: FREE
The 18th annual CCE IRISH FOLK FESTIVAL, sponsored by the CCE O’Neill Malcom Branch of CCE with support from the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts, will take place on September 13 at: Sherwood Community Center and Van Dyck Park 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax AND The Auld Shebeen Irish Pub 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax FREE Admission & Parking There will be live traditional Irish dancing and music at multiple stages at the Sherwood Center & the pub stage at the Auld Shebeen. Further information at www.CCEPotomac.org

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Silver Line Music & Food Truck Festival

Sep 13, Town Square at Tysons II

Address: 8025 Galleria Drive, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 12pm - 9pm
Admission: General admission, $12; Kids ages 6-16, $5
Stop by from noon to 10 pm on Saturday, Sept. 13 to listen to performances from renowned local and national acts. In addition, you'll find beautiful displays of fine arts and a variety of refreshments. This is a delightful way to spend an autumn day. Best of all, the proceeds will be shared with the Spirit of Hope Children's Foundation.

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KORUS Korean Festival

Sep 19 - Sep 21, Bull Run Park Special Events Center

Recurring daily
Address: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA
Times: Friday, 6pm-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, and Sunday 10am-9pm
Contact: Jimmy Lee
Phone: (703) 354-3900
Admission: Free

The KORUS Festival is organized by the Korean American Association of Washington Metropolitan Area (KAAW), a non-profit 501(c) organization. The KAAW advocates the rights of Korean-Americans and promotes the well-being and prosperity of the Korean-American community. We conduct activities to promote unity and fellowship, community participation, provide educational and social programs to the Korean-American community, and share our culture to play a part in the diverse community of our region.

This year's festival theme is "DISCOVER KOREA" focusing on culture, food, and entertainment. The event will also feature a Kimchi festival in partnership with the "Gwangju World Kimchi Culture Festival." Kimchi is one of the defining icons of Korean culture and a staple with every meal. 


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Colonial Market & Fair

Sep 20 - Sep 21, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 9am - 5pm
Admission: Included in Estate admission.

 

The annual Colonial Market & Fair at Mount Vernon features dozens of America’s finest craftspeople and plenty of family fun! Fifty colonial-attired artisans demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leatherworkings, weavings, furniture, and much more. “General Washington” will be on hand overseeing the lively Revolutionary War military drills and 18th-century entertainment including music, fire-eating, sword-swallowing, puppet and magic shows, plus hearty specialty food for sale on site. Costumed interpreters will be demonstrating the 18th-century chocolate-making process using an authentic colonial recipe! This weekend only, Potomac River sightseeing cruises, courtesy of Spirit Cruises and Potomac Riverboat Company, are free of charge. The Colonial Market & Fair at Mount Vernon is included in admission.


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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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Tysons BBQ, Bourbon and Beer

Sep 20, Town Square at Tysons II

Address: Tysons Blvd., Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 12pm - 6pm
Taste extravaganza, featuring gourmet burgers, craft beer, small-batch bourbons and fiery BBQ.


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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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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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NatureFest, Runnymede Park

Sep 28, Runnymede Park

Address: Herndon Parkway, bewteen Elden and Queens Row Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 1-5pm
Phone: (703) 787-7300
All nature programs, unless otherwise indicated, meet at Runnymede Park (off Herndon Parkway). Meet at the kiosk next to the parking lot. Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes to all programs and dress appropriately for the weather. For all outdoor nature programs, anyone under 8 must bring an adult with them-no siblings please, unless they are registered also. Please be on time as all programs start promptly. 

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Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour

Oct 3 - Oct 5, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 6pm - 9pm
Admission: $38 (Fri & Sun); $44 (Sat)

Enjoy live blues and spectacular views of the Potomac River while sampling wine from 16 Virginia wineries. Visitors learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s wine endeavors, enjoy live blues music, and meet “George and Martha Washington” on the Mansion's piazza.  Guests experience an evening tour of the Washingtons’ home and are invited to visit the basement where he stored his wine. Tickets to the Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour tickets are $38 per person Friday and Sunday night; Saturday night $44 per person, fruit and cheese boxes are $26 each.

 

Ticket sales begin August 25 at 10 a.m. at the Ford Orientation Center or MountVernon.org.


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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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MPAartfest

Oct 5, McLean Central Park

Address: 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd, McLean, VA
Times: 10 AM - 5 PM
Contact: McLean Project for the Arts
Phone: (703) 790-1953
Admission: Free
The 8th annual MPAartfest arrives on Sunday, October 5th, from 10 am - 5 pm in McLean Central Park (at the intersection of Dolley Madison Blvd (rt 123) and Old Dominion Drive). Fifty-two juried artists will exhibit and sell their art, transforming the park into a lively landscape of mini-galleries. Created for the community by McLean Project for the Arts, MPAartfest draws thousands of art-lovers of all ages to enjoy (and purchase) original art, listen to live music, create their own masterpiece at MPA’s Innovation Station and picnic on delicious selections from local restaurants. Parking is free and easy with shuttle buses running all day. This fun, free art festival gratefully accepts donations to help support McLean Project for the Arts' exceptional exhibitions and art education programs all year long.


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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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Clifton Day

Oct 12, Town of Clifton

Address: Main Street and Chapel Road, Clifton, VA
Times: 9am - 5pm
Join us our annual town's festival. Paradise Springs will be holding court in the "Wine Garden" in the square at the corner of Main Street and Chapel Road.

Wine Tastings, Grape Stomping, wines by the glass, or bottles to take home all will be offered throughout the day. Join us for a glass or two and enjoy wine produced right here in our town of Clifton.


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

Oct 17 - Oct 19, 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 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. Discount coupons available in local newspapers as a part of the ads or from the web site. Online tickets available two weeks prior to start of show. 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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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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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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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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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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23rd Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

Nov 22 - Nov 23, George Mason University Fairfax, at The HUB Ballroom

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 Universtiy Drive, Fairfax, Virginia
Times: Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm
Contact: Jim Kostka
Phone: (202) 207-5437
Admission: Adults $5, seniors $3, students (13-17) $3. FREE = Children (12 and under), Scouts in uniform and GMU Students with ID.
More than 20 dealers, minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, meteorites, crystals, demonstrations, exhibits, door prizes, kids' mini-mines, learning activities, Cub Scout activities, silent auction on Sunday.

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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

DC Shorts Film Festival

Sep 11 - Sep 21, Angelika Film Center

Recurring daily
Address: 2911 District Ave (Lee Highway and Gallows Rd), Fairfax, VA
Times: Varies - see website
Phone: (202) 393-4266
Admission: Varies
For 11 years, the DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition has screened the world's top short films to audiences throughout the region. This year, we will showcase 135 films from 25 countries - including a special selection of short films by emerging Spanish Filmmakers. Hundreds of filmmakers and thousands of audience members will gather to mix, mingle and explore the art of short cinema.

The Angelika Film Center & Café, a state-of-the-art boutique cinema is located at Mosaic in Fairfax, Virginia. In the established Angelika tradition, the elegant and stylish eight screen cinema will exhibit the highest quality art, independent and specialty films in a cutting edge theatrical environment.


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Fall for the Book Festival

Sep 11 - Sep 18, Mulitiple Locations throughout Fairfax and DC

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Varies
Phone: (703) 993-3986
Admission: FREE
Novelists, poets, literary non-fiction writers, scholars and their good company descend upon GMU to enlighten the county with readings, talks and programs.

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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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