Crazy humidity and afternoon thunderstorms aside, Northern Virginia is actually a fun place to be in the summer. Every year we scope out the local happenings and bring you the best family-friendly events of the summer. Here are our not-to-be-missed picks for Summer 2015.
Big Truck Days Town of Herndon: May 7 & 8, 2015
Get up close and personal with some of the public works' big trucks and heavy equipment. Children will get photo opportunities, see how the trucks operate and get free souvenirs. Light refreshments will be served.
Spring Farm Day at Frying Pan Farm Park: May 9, 2015
Bring the whole family to watch farm demos, meet sweet baby animals, participate in games, ride a wagon pulled by a tractor, enjoy crafts and much more.
1771 Market Fair at Claude Moore Colonial Farm: May 16 & 17, 2015
Purchase herbs, plants, crafts and more. Children will love playing colonial games, learning from costumed interpreters, making crafts, watching live entertainment and trying delicious period food, including lemonade and sugar cakes.
Viva Vienna!: May 23-25, 2015
This giant community festival lines the streets of downtown Vienna with community booths, hundreds of vendors, carnival rides, live entertainment for all ages, food and much more. It is bigger than ever this year!
Strawberry Jubilee at Great Country Farms: May 23, 24, 30 & 31, 2015
Pick your own strawberries in the field, enjoy great food, contests, and take advantage of all the fun the farm always has to offer; such as farm animals, giant slides, the bouncing pillow, cow train, pedal carts and more.
Celebrate Fairfax: June 5-7 2015
This is Northern Virginia's largest festival! Celebrate Fairfax is filled with midway rides, community exhibits, vendors, lots of hands-on booths for children, animals, live entertainment for all ages and Friday and Saturday nights are capped off with fireworks!
Manassas Heritage Railway Festival: June 6, 2015
Elaborate model train displays, memorabilia, entertainment, booths and more take over the streets of historic Old Town Manassas. Plus, train excursion rides to Clifton and back take place throughout the day.
Tall Ship Hermione in Alexandria: June 10-12, 2015
Explore Hermione, an exact replica of the 18th century wooden tall ship that brought the Marquis de Lafayette to George Washington in 1780. Families can watch rope and sail-making demonstrations, view waterfront exhibits, interact with living history characters and enjoy related events and French dining throughout Old Town Alexandria.
George Mason Day at Gunston Hall: June 13, 2015
Commemorate the June 1776 ratification of Virginia's Declaration of Rights with free admission to Gunston Hall. Converse with characters from the past, tour the home, watch a film about George Mason, view demonstrations and savor samples from the hearth kitchen.
Taste of Reston: June 19 & 20, 2015
Reston Town Center comes alive with two days of the best local food and drink tastings, live entertainment, interactive demonstrations, carnival rides, and vendors. Plus, The YMCA Fairfax County Reston presents games, demonstrations, arts and crafts for children.
Peter Pan Live at Threesixty Theatre Tysons: June 24- July 12, 2015
Sour to Neverland in this innovative live stage production that combines theater-in-the-round seating,
overhead surround CGI projection, actors in dazzling flying sequences forty feet in the air, and whimsical puppets that this favorite tale to life.
Films in the Park: Mosaic District: (kid-friendly films on select Fridays in July and August)
Come to the hip Mosaic District to enjoy FREE outdoor films. Grab a picnic from one of the many amazing locations that make the Mosaic District a foodie's paradise. Family-friendly titles for the summer include:
An American Celebration at Mount Vernon: July 4, 2015
This 18th century style celebration includes fireworks, old-fashioned fun and games, period costumed characters, mansion tours, military re-enactments, free cake and more. All activities are included with admission.
City of Fairfax 4th of July Parade: July 4, 2015
One of the largest and most fun local parades complete with spectacular floats, performers, characters, fire trucks, marching bands and some big "Macy's style" balloons. Tip: Go early to secure your spot and park in the library parking garage for free, shaded parking.
Shrek the Musical at Encore Stage and Studio: July 17-26, 2015
Join the gang of fairytale misfits for this must-see, musical comedy based on the 2001 DreamWorks Film Shrek and William Steig's 1990 book Shrek. Encore Stage and Studio is Northern Virginia's premier theatre for kids, by kids.
Loudoun County Fair: July 27-August 1, 2015
A massively fun county fair with a carnival, professional bull riding, dairy and pet shows, children's activities, vendors, live music and much more.
Starlight Cinema Drive-In: August 2015
This is Fairfax County's only free drive-in movie opportunity. It is a free, community favorite. Visit the link for information about parking, arrival times and what to bring. Each evening always begins with an outdoor pre-movie program of music, food and children's activities.
Brick Fair: August 1 & 2, 2015
LEGO brick fans take over the Dulles Expo Center with incredible models, displays, vendors, competitions and plenty of hands-on activities for kids and adults alike.
Prince William County Fair: August 14-22, 2015
A highly-regarded county fair with animals, midway exhibits, rides, vendors, food, interactive booths, live entertainment and more. Check their website for coupons and special discounted admission days.
Lucketts Fair: August 15-16, 2015
A charming annual event that caters to family and kids and celebrates Lucketts' agrarian roots Come for food, fun, demonstrations, antiques, music and more in this lovely little town.
Disney in Concert at Wolf Trap: August 21, 2015
Watch Disney magic light up the stage as songs from Frozen, Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and more are sung live, with accompaniment by the Wolf Trap Orchestra and synchronized video from the movies displayed on huge screens.
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