Summer may be on the downswing, but you wouldn't know that looking at Fairfax County's event calendar. Before the kids head back to school and the warm weather turns crisp, check out some of the reasons that August is a prime time for visiting and exploring Fairfax County.

Holidays and Month-Long Celebrations

August is a popular month for celebrating different passions, from local foods to craft beer to your golf swing. Here are a few interests you might want to embrace this month.

National Farmers Market Week

National Farmers Market Week runs from Sunday, August 4 through Saturday, August 10, 2019. Bring your family and friends out to one of the participating farmers markets for games, kid’s activities, a free gift basket drawing, and cooking demonstrations by local chefs. The schedule for participating Fairfax County markets is as follows:

Find more information and a vendor list online or by calling 703-642-0128.

DC Restaurant Week

Founding Farmers RestonImage courtesy Founding Farmers Reston

Twice a year, the DMV area highlights some of the top restaurants in the region. DC Restaurant Week returns from August 10 through August 17 featuring many fabulous Fairfax County dining spots. Get the full list of participating restaurants here

National Golf Month

Twin Lakes Golf Course
Image courtesy Golf Fairfax

August is also National Golf Month. Here are 10 ways you can celebrate, thanks to Golf Fairfax.

Virginia Craft Beer Month

Virginia is for Craft Beer Lovers

Fairfax County Breweries are a great place to celebrate this tasty month - and to celebrate the amazing men and women who craft such divine local beverages. Be on the lookout this month for the brand new version of the Fairfax County Field Guide -- this version will lead you to exclusive event deals and incentives from our participating breweries. 

Summer of LOVE Tour

Frying Pan Farm Park
Image courtesy Kelsey Seipp

Our Summer of LOVE Tour is coming to an end this month, but you can still snap your photos with the iconic Virginia LOVE letters at two locations this month. See it at Frying Pan Farm Park from August 1 - 4 (during the ever-popular 4-H Fair & Festival) and then at its permanent location, the Workhouse Arts Center, from August 5 onwards. See a gallery of where the sign has been so far and share your pics with us on social media using #FXVA and #LoveVA. 

Cirque du Soleil presents VOLTA

Don't miss the latest production by Cirque du Soleil while it is in town under the Big Top at Tysons II. VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world and is a story of finding yourself and of transformation. The show runs through September 29.


Special Events This August

There are so many unique events and annual festivals happening this month, it was tough to narrow down. Here is a sampling of some not-to-miss August fun. Check our full event calendar for even more great ideas.

4-H Fair & Festival
August 1 - 4, 2019
Frying Pan Farm Park
Cardboard Boat Regatta
August 10, 2019
Lake Anne Plaza
Workhouse Mural Project and Festival
August 3, 2019
Workhouse Arts Center
Purple Heart Commemoration
August 10, 2019
George Washington's Mount Vernon

Civil War Weekend
August 3 - 4, 2019
The Winery at Bull Run 
Perseids Meteor Shower Kayak Tour
August 12, 2019
Fountainhead Regional Park
August 3 - 4, 2019
Dulles Expo Center

Fairfax Comic Con
August 24 - 25, 2019
Dulles Expo Center





Wolf Trap - Spring Landing Page HeaderImage courtesy Wolf Trap

Plus, as Wolf Trap nears the end of its summer season, there are a number of heavy hitters about to grace the Filene Center stage. As these are big draws, be sure to check ticket availability before heading out. And if you miss these shows, fret not - The Barns at Wolf Trap just released its fall/spring schedule and it's another great season of music at this iconic venue.

  • Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band, August 10
  • Tony Bennett, August 17
  • Lenny Kravitz, August 21
  • The Beach Boys, August 25
  • Sting, August 26-28


What are you most looking forward to during these dog days of summer? Tell us in the comments below or join the conversation on social media using #FXVA and @VisitFairfax.