There are plenty of reasons to be excited for May. The warmth of the sun, an abundance of blooming flowers, and of course, the kickoff to outdoor events and fun in Fairfax County. It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here! Festival season, holiday celebrations, one-of-a-kind experiences, and more are on the agenda this May in #FXVA. Add these to your calendar!
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Every year, George Washington’s Mount Vernon remembers the battle for American independence during Revolutionary War Weekend. Witness Mount Vernon's serene 12-acre field as it transforms into a battleground where hundreds of Continentals, Redcoats, and Hessians conduct military drills, perform cavalry demonstrations and engage in 18th-century battle reenactments. You can meet soldiers, discuss military techniques, and even encounter General Washington himself.
Image courtesy U.S. Travel Association
The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel & Tourism Week, a celebration of the U.S. travel and tourism community. These past few years have been an unprecedented time for the industry, so it's only appropriate that this year's theme would be "The Future of Travel." Now more than ever before, we recognize the industry's collective strength and important role in restoring the U.S. economy, creating jobs, helping communities thrive, and reconnecting America. Click here to learn about National Travel & Tourism Week in Fairfax County.
Photo courtesy of Inca Social
While it's a common misconception that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day, it's actually a celebration of its victory during the Battle of Puebla against the French Empire in 1862. The actual Mexican Independence day is in September, but Cinco de Mayo is still celebrated in America as a way to honor Mexican heritage. Join Inca Social for their Cinco de Mayo Celebration on May 5 from 12-9PM. Attendees can enjoy $5 margaritas all day and $4 Peruvian Fusion Tacos! Those who purchase a ticket in advance will even receive a complimentary shot of Leche de Tigre!
For more delicious ways to celebrate, check out these other great places to get a margarita!
Did you know that Fairfax County is located along the "Atlantic Flyway?" It's the East Coast's version of a superhighway for migrating birds! Millions of hawks, songbirds, and other various species of waterfowl can be seen traveling through the area each spring. Mason Neck State Park is one of the best places to spot America's symbol, the bald eagle, in action. This year, the annual Eagle Festival returns for a day of shows featuring live mammals, reptiles and raptors, live music, food and wagon rides.
Brunches, tea time, cake decorating, and more. Mom deserves all the appreciation this Mother's Day, and there are plenty of ways to make her feel special this month. Click here to find Mother's Day events in Fairfax County, and stay tuned as more are added to the calendar!
It’s hard to not notice how active our residents are - and it's no wonder with all the amazing trails we have! As a testament to our appreciation of health, well-maintained biking trails and shared roadways, the Washington Area coordinates a Bike to Work Day with nearly 100 pit stops all over the area, including Fairfax County. The first 15,000 to register can pick up a free tee-shirt at one of the pit stops! So buckle up that helmet, pump up your tires, and hit the road!
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Nothing screams warm weather like the return of festival season in Fairfax County! Our most beloved annual May events are officially making a comeback. Check out these three festivals to be inspired and entertained this month in a fun and family-friendly way. From fine arts to barbecue, keep tabs on the growing list of summer festivals this May and beyond with our festival season guide.
Rides Only Preview Day: May 20
Festival Day: May 21
This event is festival season's perfect first taste of rides, exhibitor booths, entertainment stages, and everything else you'd expect a community festival to be. Friday, May 20, a day before McLean Day, you’re invited to "Preview Day" - a rides-only event where you can get a taste of what to expect on Saturday.
Tephra ICA Festival / Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
May 20 - 22
Lovers of fine arts will rejoice to hear that Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art is bringing back its annual festival to Fairfax County this May. The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival brings more than 200 artists, one-on-one experiences, performances, and special events to Reston Town Center.
ViVa Vienna is back during Memorial Day Weekend as a family and community-oriented celebration of the greater Vienna community spirit. Enjoy thrilling amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors, and entertainment for all ages. Vendors include handcraft artisans, retail vendors, professionals, political parties and candidates, and community and non-profit organizations.
Can you think of a better place to honor our nation's brave men and women who gave their lives to protect ours? The National Capital Region boasts some of the most unique monuments and memorials in remembrance of our fallen. Spend Memorial Day weekend with a humble and adventurous heart in Fairfax County.
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.