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.
Be sure to continue to maintain social distancing guidelines and always double-check event and location information prior to arriving.
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. While this year may be different from previous years, the Festival will still take place with an innovative new format that honors the tradition of the Festival while prioritizing public safety. On March 20, watch the virtual Opening Ceremony to the Festival as performers from Japan and DC bring a celebration of the season to your living room with artistry and spectacle. Embark on a hunt for 25 giant cherry blossom sculptures throughout the DC area. Even take to the skies in your own backyard for the annual Kite Flying Festival at the end of the month. For a full list of signature events, check out our Cherry Blossom Festival Guide. Check back soon for more Fairfax County-specific activities 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 host the new Lucy Burns Museum at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, which 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.
You can also learn something new by taking a deep dive into the history that inspired the creation of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial, which is currently under construction at nearby Occoquan Regional Park and is expected to open to the public this summer. Find out more about Women's History Month in Fairfax County in our immersive guide here on FXVA.com and stay tuned for a new blog series about some incredible female forces right here in #FXVA.
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!
Who doesn't love fresh cheeses, vegetables, fruits, ciders, baked goods, and more? Spring kicks off prime-time for Farmers Markets in Fairfax County. Head to one of your nearby markets to support local vendors and sustainable agriculture - don't forget your reusable shopping bags! Be sure to read up on the safety protocols and hours of operation for each market prior to visiting.
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