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 in Virginia in March.
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 the full schedule is still materializing, the Festival kicks off on March 20, 2024 and the opening ceremony is officially set to take place on March 23, 2024. This unique, one-time-only performance will feature special performances from acclaimed artists with ties to both Japan and the United States. The Blossom Kite Festival, taking place March 30, 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 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
- Inside the Taproom with #FXVA's Women in Beer
Woodlawn Historic Site's 61st Annual Needlework Show returns this March, and tickets are officially on sale! This year's theme, “Needlework in Everyday Life,” explores the art of needlework woven into the fabric of daily life – from mending to restore, renew, and reuse, to embellishing often mundane items that otherwise go unnoticed. Crafting such as needlepoint helps us develop a skill that builds confidence and self-esteem and compels us to come together in the community.
Learn more about Woodlawn's own captivating history here.
Foodies, rejoice! From March 3-10, Town of Vienna Restaurant Week returns with over 50+ restaurants serving up three courses at a discount for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Explore your options and special deals for dine-in, delivery, or takeout. Find the full list of participating restaurants here.
For some people, Pi Day is a day to marvel at 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!
For more ways to celebrate Irish history and heritage in Fairfax County, check out our guide to all things Irish.
March 31, 2024
It doesn't quite feel like spring has officially sprung until Easter comes around with its fresh blooms, pastel colors, sweet treats, and even sweeter family memories. The holiday symbolizes a fresh start and the beginning of a season of joy and reflection! Brunches, fun activities, egg hunts, and Easter bunny appearances are on the horizon in Fairfax County, and more events are constantly popping up as the holiday gets closer. For an updated guide to the festivities, visit our Easter guide and check back often as more things to do are constantly being added.
There are a few extra special events this month you won’t want to miss. Here’s a breakdown:
- Soar Together Family Day at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center - March 9
- Harlem Globetrotters 2024 World Tour at George Mason University EagleBank Arena - March 10
- OmBaked Holi Festival at Lake Anne Plaza - March 23
- Spring Fest at McLean Community Center - March 30
- Last chance to journey through the Hot Wheels Champion Experience at Tysons Corner Center - running through March 31
- Join La Familia Madrigal at Tysons Corner Center - running through April 28
As always, as we inch closer to spring, make sure you bookmark Fairfax County's Spring Travel Guide as your hub for everything that's happening in this Northern Virginia destination.
What will your spring adventures be? Don't forget to tag us in your photos using #FXVA for a chance to be featured!