The sun is shining, the temperature is rising, and winter landscapes are transforming into green grass and wildflower-speckled fields. Spring has finally landed in Fairfax County, and with it comes a wide array of fun and exciting things to do this April. Petal-peeping, nature walks, live music, festivals and more are just waiting to be enjoyed! Here's our round-up of can't-miss activities this month in #FXVA.
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Festival runs through Sunday, April 16, 2023
Since 1912, the annual celebration of the cherry blossoms is a reminder of the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. Every year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the lasting friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. For a full list of signature events and the latest updates, check out our Cherry Blossom Festival Guide. If you're looking to celebrate the splendor of the cherry blossoms in an unconventional way, visit Fairfax County's hidden and acclaimed gardens for a self-guided tour.
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Bluebells at the Bend Festival is BACK again this year! The day’s highlight features the emergence of the iconic Virginia Bluebells, native wildflowers that bloom in the moist woodlands of eastern North America and can create a bit of their spring magic in your own garden. Head over to Riverbend Park, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the area's urban settings on the Potomac River. Parents: come appreciate the breathtaking blooms, listen to live music, shop for crafts, and enjoy one-of-a-kind food trucks. Kids: run off for some face painting, create crafts, and run amok in the obstacle course.
All for $10 per person (until April 6), $12 at the gate. There are two ticketed sessions: 10 a.m. to noon and noon to 2 p.m.
It doesn't quite feel like spring has officially sprung until Easter comes around with its fresh blooms, pastel colors, sweet treats, and even sweeter family memories. The holiday symbolizes a fresh start and the beginning of a season of joy and reflection! Brunches, fun activities, egg hunts, and Easter bunny appearances are on the horizon in Fairfax County, and more events are constantly popping up as the holiday gets closer. For an updated guide to the festivities, visit our Easter guide and check back often as more things to do are constantly being added.
Image courtesy Public Art Reston
Celebrated every year on a Saturday near Robert E. Simon, the founder of Reston's birthday, Founder's Day is a celebration of Reston's founding with a variety of family-friendly activities. This year marks the 59th anniversary of the community's founding. Join the Reston Historic Trust & Museum for Founder’s Day on April 15 at Lake Anne Plaza for art projects, performances, food vendors, and more celebratory activities. One of Reston’s founding principles is that "beauty - structural and natural – is a necessity of the good life and should be fostered." Enjoy all of Reston’s engaging open spaces through a self-guided public art tour, or even by visiting the shops, restaurants, and brewhouse at Lake Anne Plaza.
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The National Park Service has declared April 22-30 National Park Week. Come show your appreciation and admiration during this week for all that our parks have to offer. In honor of the celebration, all National Park entrance fees are waived on April 22. This includes our magnificent Great Falls Park! Feel free to make a full day trip out of it by taking a scenic Great Falls Road Trip which includes hiking, history, and world-famous whiskey.
Image courtesy Fairfax County Park Authority / Green Spring Gardens
Earth Day is April 22, 2023 / (events held throughout the weekend)
While every day is a good day to be kind to our world, Earth Day is an especially great day to show appreciation! From building your own DIY greenhouse with the kids to group document shredding and composting, there are many ways to celebrate Mother Earth in Fairfax County. Check out our guide to Earth Day activities like Earth Day Fairfax 2023 or Fairfax HisTree Day for unique activities to enjoy the day. For more ways to live a sustainable life and support those who encourage it, read more about some of Fairfax County's most eco-friendly businesses! If you're a home gardener, check out these places to buy seeds and plants for your garden.
Photo courtesy Taste of Vienna via Facebook
Two beloved Fairfax County festivals return this month: Taste of Vienna and Taste of Annandale! Put on your stretchy pants and experience the delicious food of local restaurants in the area. Admission is FREE, with food and beverages available for purchase on-site.
Attention all candy lovers! Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth in the most delightful way possible because Candytopia is now open at Tysons Corner Center! This candy wonderland is the ultimate sugar rush experience, complete with larger-than-life candy installations and interactive exhibits that will transport you to a world of pure imagination. From a life-sized dragon made entirely of candy to a marshmallow pit that you can jump into, Candytopia has everything you need for the ultimate candy-fueled adventure. So gather your friends, grab your cameras, and get ready to indulge in all the sugar-coated fun at this new exhibit. Open through the end of May.
Photo courtesy the Dr. Seuss Experience via Facebook
Also opening this month in Tysons Corner Center (April 7) is the Dr. Seuss Experience! This interactive exhibit is a feast for the senses, complete with colorful displays and larger-than-life installations that bring some of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters to life. From swinging among the Truffula Trees from The Lorax to joining the Circus McGurkus, The Dr. Seuss Experience is the ultimate adventure for fans of all ages.
Get ready to dance to the rhythm of the beat because ON YOUR FEET! is coming to Capital One Hall in Tysons to close its "Broadway in Tysons" season lineup. This exhilarating original musical tells the inspiring true story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, two people who believed in their talent and heritage to become an international sensation. The show has won the hearts of critics and audiences alike, with the Chicago Tribune declaring it a hit and The New York Times cheering that the energy is so contagious that it seems to vibrate in the room. Featuring hit songs like "Rhythm is Gonna Get You" and "Conga," ON YOUR FEET! is a must-see for anyone who loves music, dance, and a good underdog story. Prepare to be on your feet from start to finish!
Friday, April 21 | 8:00PM
Saturday, April 22 | 2:00PM
Saturday, April 22 | 8:00PM
Sunday, April 23 | 1:30PM
Sunday, April 23 | 7:30PM
If these events and activities aren't enough for you, be sure to keep up with our main Events Calendar for an assortment of fun happening all month long. Share what fun you end up having in Fairfax County on social media using #FXVA and @VisitFairfax. Did we miss anything above? Tell us in the comments below.