Summer is officially in full swing, and July 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 July events and what to do in July. 

Here are 6 things you should check out this July in Fairfax County, in no particular order, when you visit Northern Virginia this summer.


1. Celebrate Independence
Through July 4

Mount Vernon FireworksImage courtesy of Mount Vernon

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 and activities for this year's spectacle.


2. Concerts Galore!

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing ArtsImage courtesy Wolf Trap

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. This summer, Wolf Trap is once again bringing legendary musicians, acclaimed singer-songwriters, and internationally recognized symphony orchestras to the Filene Center stage for their summer 2023 season.
Need ideas to entertain the kiddos this summer? Be sure to also check out their shows at the Children's Theatre-In-The-Woods

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. If you're looking for a full list of the free and low-cost outdoor performances this summer, be sure to check out our guide, Where to Find Outdoor Live Music in Fairfax County. To stay up to date on newly announced performances, bookmark our events calendar.  

New this year, the Mosaic Live series at Mosaic District brings everything from Latin Pop to Dance Party Disco to Strawberry Lane. With so many amazing restaurants just a couple of steps away, it's the perfect way to grab dinner and enjoy the musical stylings of local artists. 

Bonus: Taylor Swift Tribute Concert

Taylor Swift Tribute - 2023 July

Swifties, this one's for you! If you weren't able to snag your ticket for Taylor Swift's sold-out Eras Tour, enjoy the next best thing for free at Reston Station. Performing songs from every Taylor Swift album, Ada LeAnn will put on a show you won't want to miss. Click here to reserve your spot


3. Shark Month

Shark Month

Here's another fin-tastic adventure for the kids! Get ready for an oceanic adventure like no other at the Children's Science Center Lab located in Fair Oaks Mall. It's that time of the year again to take a bite out of life and celebrate Shark Month! Dive into a world of fascinating creatures with special shark-themed activities designed to entertain and educate young minds. Discover the wonders of the deep blue sea, learn about different shark species, and unravel the secrets of these magnificent predators. Timed entry slots are at 10AM and 2PM. 


4. Indulge Your Sweet Tooth for National Ice Cream Month

Custard Shack Ice Cream

Photo courtesy Custard Shack via Facebook

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. 


5. Summer Family Fun

Mini Golf - Burke Lake Park - Family Friendly

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 difficulties 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 zoofari at NOVA Wild to get up close and personal with the animals.


6. LAST CHANCE: Fun-Filled Photo Opps

Candytopia Tysons 2023

LAST CHANCE: Don't miss the limited-run interactive and immersive experiences rife with Instagrammable opportunities at Tysons Corner Center. Visit Candytopia, 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. Also in Tysons Corner Center, the Dr. Seuss Experience 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. Both installations have been extended through July, and will subsequently move to their next home city - so get them in while you still can! 


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.