Time is flying by, and we're already headed into March - which means spring is upon us. Bring on the blooming flowers, green grass, singing birds, and sunshine! Warm weather brings a myriad of events and activities to enjoy in Fairfax County. Here is your go-to guide for things to do this month.
One of the most unique things about living in this area is experiencing the iconic National Cherry Blossom Festival, a multi-week celebration of the 3,000 Tidal Basin Cherry Trees that were gifted to the United States from Japan in 1912. The Festival will be back to hosting in-person events this year, and while the full schedule is still materializing, the opening ceremony is officially set to take place on March 20, 2022. This unique, one-time-only performance will feature special performances from acclaimed artists with ties to both Japan and the United States and can be attended in-person and via livestream. The Blossom Kite Festival, taking place March 26, is a long-standing DC tradition encouraging attendees of all ages to fly kites among the cherry blossom trees. For a full list of signature events and hotel packages, check out our Cherry Blossom Festival Guide. Check back soon for more Fairfax County-specific activities, gardens to visit, and places to spot Cherry Blossoms in Northern Virginia.
The month of March is designated as Women's History Month, celebrating the contributions women have made to culture, society, and history in America. Fairfax County is proud to be home to the brand new Turning Point Suffragist Memorial, the first and only national memorial that tells the complete story of the suffrage movement. The memorial features a section of the actual White House Fence in front of which suffragists picketed in 1917 and highlights 120+ suffragists who were imprisoned at what is now the Workhouse Arts Center.
Speaking of, the Lucy Burns Museum at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton is also a great stop - it was once a part of the DC Correctional Facility. The museum explores the story of the suffragists who were imprisoned here in 1917 for picketing the White House for women’s right to vote, as well as an overall look at the 91 years of prison history at the site. Visitors can tour the cell blocks of the facility, see the ledger in which the names of the suffragists are written along with the crime for which they were arrested, observe shivs and shanks collected by correctional officers in dormitory searches and learn the little-known facts of the suffragist movement.
Find out more about Women's History Month in Fairfax County in our immersive guide here on FXVA.com and dive into our blog series about some incredible female forces right here in #FXVA:
- The Fight for Voting Equality + The Workhouse Arts Center
- How One Woman Helped Protect the Land at Mason Neck State Park
- How a Group of Women Helped Save George Washington's Mount Vernon
- How One Woman's Vision Led to a Cultural Oasis - Wolf Trap
Woodlawn Historic Site's 59th Annual Needlework Show returns this March, and tickets are officially on sale! This year's theme, “Common Threads,” focuses on the threads in life that connect us as a community and the commonalities that exist among all people, as demonstrated through the pursuit of craft. Passed down through generations of families, heirloom embroidered work crafted by family members holds intangible value because of the craftmanship, the personal intention of the piece, and the deep memories often associated with the work.
For some people, Pi Day is a day to marvel and celebrate the mathematical constant of pi, approximated to 3.14. For others, it's a day to completely ignore the mathematical significance and use it as an excuse to eat lots of pie - the edible kind. Which one are you? We're not judging! Whether you're an apple pie aficionado or a pizza pie connoisseur, check out these spots to get your fix.
Grab your favorite green shirt and head to one of the amazing Irish pubs in Fairfax County to grab some authentic cuisine to go. Although the holiday is frequently associated with shamrocks, leprechauns, and beer, it's also a cultural and religious holiday celebrated globally. Legend has it that each leaflet on a four-leaf clover represents hope, faith, love, and luck! Are you feeling lucky? For more St. Patrick's Day shenanigans, keep tabs on our guide right here - events will be added as they are announced, so bookmark this page and check back!
What will your spring adventures be? Don't forget to tag us in your photos using #FXVA for a chance to be featured!