Summer is officially in full swing, and July 2021 has a full slate of fun lined up for Fairfax County! Between big holidays and momentous anniversaries, there is a myriad of ways to spend your summer days and nights in the nation’s capital region. Here's our roundup of things to do this month.
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Go big, or go home. Nobody does Independence Day like the National Capital Region! Enjoy fireworks shows, concerts, parades, hometown celebrations, and more. Be sure to check out our Independence Day Fireworks Guide to find out where to see dazzling displays this Fourth of July weekend. And if you want more than just fireworks, bookmark this Fourth of July resource for a list of events, activities, and even some virtual offerings for this year's spectacle.
Darn Good Country Weekend
Live music is back and there's no better way to kickstart summer than at the Darn Good Country Weekend Festival! The festival heads to Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, VA on July 2nd & 3rd for two days of live breakout country stars, camping, food, drinks, and more. This year’s event will feature headlining performances by Chase Rice and Dustin Lynch, along with chart-topping artists like Jimmie Allen, Niko Moon, Tenille Arts, Elvie Shane, and more. Click here for more info and to get 15% OFF of tickets! Hot tip: If country music isn't your thing, bookmark the Darn Good Music Festival featuring Third Eye Blind and The Revivalists, which will take place August 7 & 8 at Bull Run.
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There's nothing quite like the electricity of a live concert performance. The energy elevates the crowd as the sweet melody of a song flows effortlessly from a talented musician. There's no shortage of both indoor and concerts this July to indulge in some live music. Wolf Trap is celebrating its 50th Anniversary Summer Season, bringing legendary musicians, acclaimed singer-songwriters, and internationally recognized symphony orchestras to the Filene Center stage.
Plus, the Fairfax County Park Authority is bringing back its Summer Entertainment Series with a variety of entertainers - from funk bands to musicians to Peruvian heritage dancers. For a full list of updated concerts, music, and the arts, be sure to check our events calendar.
Sandlot at The Boro
Starting July 11
Image courtesy The Boro, credit to Darius White, byzig studio
Head on over to The Boro in Tysons for a host of cultural arts events and experiences this summer as part of Sandlot Tysons. Starting with a Grand Opening celebration on July 11 featuring a free concert by Black Alley, the Sandlot Tysons will also include weekly programs that include Sunset Sip & Paint sessions, regional live DJs, free outdoor fitness sessions, Car Wash & Cocktail events, and more. Don't miss your chance for a colorful photo op in front of the expansive new mural painted by renowned muralists Jessie and Katey. Find more details at sandlottysons.com.
Summer Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
Unlimited wine samples, sweeping Potomac River views, AND a meet-and-greet with George Washington? It doesn't get any better. Join George Washington's Mount Vernon for one of their tastiest events of the year! The Summer Wine Festival & Sunset Tour is an annual event that brings friends, family, and award-winning Virginia wineries together in one place. Get your tickets before they are gone - this event routinely sells out!
Visit the Newly Reopened Fairfax Railroad Museum
All aboard the train down memory lane! With a mixture of railroad history, Civil War stories, and humanitarian tales, the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum tells the fascinating story of our local community. This hidden gem of a museum is reopening on Sunday, July 11, 2021, with a "Welcome Back" event, including free admission and tours featuring new exhibits.
Lace Up Your Skates
Cue the 80s disco music and break out your bell-bottoms! All you need is love and roller skates as Mosaic District glides into summer with the launch of Mosaic Skateland! This new activity is a summer “must-do” and welcomes four-wheeled enthusiasts and beginners alike for a spin around the rink. The pop-up roller rink will be perched proudly in Strawberry Park through mid-September.
Indulge Your Sweet Tooth for National Ice Cream Month
Who doesn't love the familiar, sweet scent of freshly made waffle cones and churned ice cream? Fun Fact: In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day! With summer heating up, now's the perfect time to indulge in Fairfax County's local ice cream shops for a serving (or two.. maybe three) of your favorite flavors.
Let the summer family fun commence! There are so many activities to get kids of all ages up and moving to spend some quality time together. Strike up some friendly competition at our mini golf courses - with a variety of themes, lengths, and difficulty for everyone. Get the thrill seekers of the bunch excited for splishing, splashing, turning, and twisting at our local waterparks. Even head to our local zoo at Roer's Zoofari for their Drive-Thru Safari and brand new Butterfly Garden.
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.