New decade, new year, new month - new beginnings! What does January have in store for you?

Between federal holidays, new year celebrations, annual restaurant weeks, and special winter activities, Fairfax County fun continues in January 2021 with even more activities and events! From things to do this weekend all the way to the end of the month, the whole month of January is a great time to enjoy Fairfax County. Here are some of the best ways to spend this chilly winter month of January in Northern Virginia.


First Hikes and Park Events

First Hike Fairfax
Image courtesy Fairfax County Park Authority

America’s State Parks continue to kick off each New Year’s Day (January 1) with First Day Hike programs. Ring in the new year by celebrating 70 years of Fairfax County parks! First Hike Fairfax returns with special prizes just for the Park Authority’s 70th anniversary. This year, First Hike Fairfax will be a three-day event from January 1-3 to help promote social distancing on the trails. There's also a photo contest to win Park Authority gift cards! Here are 5 starter hikes recommended by the FCPA to give you quick ideas of places to explore:

  • Lake Accotink Cross County Trail from Lake Accotink Dam North (2 and 3-mile option hikes)
  • Burke Lake Park's Lake Loop Trail (4.68 miles on gravel/concrete)
  • Cub Run Stream Valley Trail (2 miles paved trail)
  • Huntley Meadows's Wetland Boardwalk Trail (about 2 miles)
  • Riverbend Park's Hollows Trail (a 2-mile loop)


On January 5, wildlife lovers can celebrate National Bird Day at any number of park spaces in Fairfax County. Amateur and expert birders – be sure to scour our list of 6 Birding Spots and check out several upcoming events to add to your calendar.

 

DC Restaurant Week

Caboose TavernImage courtesy Caboose Tavern

Foodies rejoice! The DC area’s premier restaurant week extravaganza returns from January 18 – January 31, 2021. Diners can enjoy great rates on three-course prix-fixe meals at some of the best restaurants in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. This winter, many restaurants will also offer specially priced to-go dinner meals, available at different price points intended to fit a range of budgets and tastes. Optional cocktail or wine pairings will be available a la carte as well. Find out who is participating in Fairfax County here.


Hit the Slopes!

Sledding

Winter is here, so be on the lookout for snow! If the weather permits, dust off those sleds, bundle up, and head to Fairfax County's slopes for a thrill ride and some fresh air. Here are a few local favorites to bookmark for this winter season.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend

MLK Memorial

The National Capital Region is the perfect place to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his many contributions to civil rights. Visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. to honor his legacy and the struggle for freedom, equality, and justice. While you're there, you may want to visit the Lincoln Memorial and find the spot on the steps where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. Keep tabs on upcoming events & commemorations here for 2021.

 

Go on a Chocolate Safari

Fogo de Chao Chocolate Cake
Photo courtesy Fogo de Chao Tysons

Pack your sweet tooth - we're sending you on a Chocolate Safari! Did you know chocolate symbolizes love and hope? This winter, Fairfax County's restaurants want to share the love with you! Chocolate cakes, beer, handcrafted candy bars, cannolis, souffle... the possibilities are endless. Check out the full menu of chocolate treats here


Presidential Inauguration

Presidential Inauguration

While plans for the 59th Presidential Inauguration have yet to be announced - and likely will be very different than in years past due to the global pandemic - you can keep track of any information and news related to the events in Washington, DC here. Attendance will be limited this year due to COVID-19. The JCCIC pressroom can be found here, with the latest news.

 

National Plan for Vacation Day

Plan for Vacation Day
Image courtesy U.S. Travel Association

Nearly half of all Americans leave vacation days on the table at the end of the year. Don’t let that happen this year – plan ahead to use all of your days off! National Plan for Vacation Day occurs on January 26, 2021 - and this year, more than ever, we must look toward the future and be hopeful. Here are some resources to help you plan for the most fun 2021 ever!


Winter Fun

Reston Town Center Ice Skating
Reston Ice Skating Pavilion

Winter is in full swing in January. Here are a few ways to make the most of it:

 

What are your favorite winter activities to do in Northern Virginia? Tell us in the comments below or share your pics with us on social media using #FXVA and @VisitFairfax.