70 Fantastic Festivals in Northern Virginia Near Washington DC

Updated on March 22, 2024 by Julie McCool

These 70 fantastic festivals in Northern Virginia bring parades, fairs, and fun to the Washington DC region all year long. Whether your goal is a family-friendly festival or an adults-only escape from DC, there are Northern Virginia events for you on our list.

These 70 popular festivals in Northern Virginia are grouped by season and listed in the order they usually take place. Event dates vary from year to year and festivals are sometimes canceled, so check the event website for the latest updates. If you don't see event dates listed for this year, check again closer to the usual event time.

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Looking for more fun things to do in the DC area? See our Northern Virginia Events and Seasonal Activities for the best things to do in every season.

Favorite Winter Festivals in Northern Virginia: January – March

George Washington Birthday Parade, Photo credit: Tisara Photography
George Washington Birthday Parade, Photo credit: Tisara Photography

DC Winter Lantern Festival, Tysons

One of the newest annual festivals in Northern Virginia, the DC Winter Lantern Festival lights up Lerner Square in Tysons with over 100 beautiful Chinese lanterns. The walk-through light show offers great photo opps plus interactive displays. Stay at Hyatt Tysons Corner and you can walk to the show.

Winter Ice Fest and Ice Carving Competition, Village at Leesburg

Artists create sculptures from huge blocks of ice. Music and treats add to the fun, and the sculptures are illuminated at dark. Allow extra time to visit downtown Leesburg or plan a Leesburg getaway and stay at the nearby Lansdowne Resort and Spa.

Chinese New Year Festival, Falls Church

The annual Chinese New Year Festival features a day of live music, and dragon and lion dances. Enjoy children's games and crafts, Asian cuisine, Chinese language workshops, the popular dragon parade, and many activities for children.

McLean Chocolate Festival, McLean

The annual McLean Chocolate Festival is a community and family-friendly event. Vendors sell all things chocolate and there are chocolate-related games for children. If you miss the festival, get your sweet fix at these awesome chocolate shops in Northern VA.

Chocolate Lovers Festival, Fairfax

A weekend festival for chocolate lovers, with tastings, activities, entertainment, and open houses at historic buildings throughout downtown Fairfax.

George Washington Birthday Parade, Alexandria

The nation’s largest George Washington Birthday parade follows a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. At nearby Mount Vernon, special activities honor and celebrate George Washington all weekend long, with free admission on President’s Day.

African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space, Centreville

Celebrate the significant contributions African Americans have made to flight and space exploration despite the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome. This is one of several special Family Days held at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center annually. Events are sometimes online only.

Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Alexandria

The Ballyshaners Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a fun family celebration that includes a classic car show, a dog show, and a fun parade. See over a dozen marching bands and other groups celebrating Irish heritage as they parade in Old Town Alexandria. The parade is one of many places to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the area.

National Capital Area Cake Show, Fairfax High School

View spectacular decorated cake displays by world-class sugar artists at the annual National Capital Area Cake Show. The festival features demonstrations, hands-on classes, vendors, bake sales, and a chance to meet celebrity TV sugar artists.

Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Harvest, Great Country Farms, Bluemont

Join in daily Easter egg hunts and roast marshmallows on the bonfire. Admission includes egg hunts, a chance to see spring chicks and baby animals, and a wagon ride. Plan your visit with our guide to 15 Fantastic Fun Things to Do in Bluemont Virginia, including a family-friendly hike to Bears Den or a stop at Dirt Farm Brewing for brews with views.

More Winter Events in Northern VA

Find more fun events and activities in our monthly roundups, which are updated annually a month or two in advance:

Fun Spring Festivals in Northern Virginia: April – June

Bluebells at Riverbend Park, one of the Best Nature Trails in Northern Virginia
Riverbend Park Bluebell Trail

Founder’s Day Festival, Lake Anne Plaza, Reston

Celebrate Reston's founding with a fun day honoring the town and its founder, Robert E. Simon. Enjoy children’s activities, music, book signings, film screening, and more. Lake Anne is one of our favorite places to visit in Reston VA.

Bluebells at the Bend, Riverbend Park, Great Falls

This Riverbend Park festival celebrates the blooming of native Virginia bluebells, which blanket the forest floor in April. Enjoy wildflower walks, music, kid's activities, and more. The Potomac Heritage Trail at Riverbend Park is one of the best Spring hikes in Northern Virginia, especially during bluebell season.

Loudoun Hunt Point-to-Point Races, Oatlands, Leesburg

Take a trip to horse country for the Loudoun Hunt Point-to-Point Races at historic Morven Park in Leesburg. Enjoy brunch and a series of races including a unique side saddle event featured in the hit PBS series Downton Abbey.

Festival of Spring, Burnside Farms, Nokesville

Holland comes to Virginia when Burnside Farm hosts one of the largest Pick-Your-Own Spring Flower events in North America. Stroll through eight acres of spring flowers to pick blossoms and take flower-filled photos. The April festival usually lasts 25-30 days depending on spring weather. Return in summer to enjoy gorgeous pick-your-own sunflower fields.

Alexandria Historic Homes & Garden Tour, Alexandria

Tour privately owned homes and gardens in Old Town Alexandria and enjoy refreshments at a private home. Admission to historic properties like Carlyle House is included and many feature special sales.

Historic Homes & Garden Week, Multiple Locations

The Annual Historic Homes & Garden Week features self-guided tours of gorgeous garden installations at private homes and public properties. In prior years, there were Northern Virginia Garden Week tours in Alexandria, Fairfax, Leesburg, and Winchester.

Find more ways to Celebrate Spring in Northern Virginia with Activities recommended by local experts.

Spring Festival and Britain on the Green, Gunston Hall

George Mason's home, Historic Gunston Hall, hosts several annual events during the year. The Spring Festival offers a day of kite flying, children's activities, crafts, and guided tours with fun for all ages. Britain on the Green features picnicking, British automobiles, and a complimentary tour of the historic house and grounds.

Apple Blossom Festival, Winchester

The family-friendly Apple Blossom Festival offers more than forty events including band competitions, dances, parades, a carnival, wine festival, and more. The festival is just one of many fun things to do in Winchester VA. Be sure to return in the fall for some of the best apple picking in Northern Virginia.

Revolutionary War Weekend, Mount Vernon

George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate hosts one of the largest Revolutionary War encampments of the year. See Continentals, Redcoats, and cannons in action on the estate, plus other Revolutionary War-themed activities throughout the weekend.

Strawberry Jubilee Festival, Bluemont

Take a hayride to the u-pick strawberry field at the annual Strawberry Jubilee Festival at Great Country Farms. Then enjoy live music, a pie-eating contest, a huge kid's play area, and more. Allow extra time to enjoy more fun things to do in historic Bluemont.

Virginia Gold Cup, The Plains

Watch the running of the world-famous Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase race at Great Meadow in Virginia Hunt Country. Race day activities include terrier races, shopping, hat contests, tailgate contests, and some of the best steeplechase racing you’ll find anywhere.

Spring Wine Festival and Sunset Tour, Mount Vernon

This sell-out event celebrates the history of wine in Virginia with exclusive evening tours of the Mansion and cellar. Visit “George and Martha Washington” and enjoy live jazz on the east lawn overlooking the Potomac River.

Tephra ICA Festival, Reston

The Tephra ICA Festival (formerly Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival) returns to Reston Town Center every year for a weekend of quirky, unique, and beautiful art. There is also live entertainment and food, so it makes a fun day trip to Reston.

Quarterfest Crawl (formerly Taste of Arlington), Arlington

The Quarterfest Crawl, formerly known as Taste of Arlington, is a mix of foodie fun, Virginia music festival, and neighborhood party. Over 50 restaurants showcase Arlington’s food scene, and live entertainment continues all weekend long.

Messick's Strawberry Festival, Bealeton

Messick's Farm in Bealeton hosts a fun strawberry festival with children’s play areas, a corn maze, and more family-friendly fun. Combine your visit with a visit to the excellent shops and restaurants in Culpeper.

Del Ray Art Market, Alexandria

Shop local from Del Ray artisans at the Spring Art Market in Colasanto Park. Media includes ceramics, fiber, jewelry, mixed media, paper, photography, and more. Explore more fun things to do in Alexandria in the Del Ray neighborhood and nearby.

Mason Neck Eagle Festival, Lorton

The annual Mason Neck Eagle Festival is a chance to celebrate and learn about eagles by the Potomac River. The festival includes a full day of live animal shows, family-friendly activities, food trucks, and more. Allow time to hike some of the pretty trails at Mason Neck State Park.

Viva! Vienna! Festival, Vienna

Celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend with rides, food, crafts, vendors, and entertainment. 100% of the proceeds go to charitable, community, and humanitarian organizations. Explore more local fun with our guide to Fun Things to Do in Vienna Virginia.

Memorial Day Festival and Parade, Falls Church

Enjoy a day of patriotic celebrations at the annual Memorial Day Festival and Parade in Falls Church. In the morning, honor the fallen at the Memorial Day Ceremony. Later activities include a Marine Corps band concert, amusement rides, arts and crafts, food, and the big parade.

Wolf Trap Summer Blast-off!

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band launches Wolf Trap National Park’s summer season with a program of concert band favorites and a fireworks show. The event is free, but arrive early to guarantee a spot; the park closes at capacity. There are 2 scenic Wolf Trap hikes and a beautiful picnic area to enjoy before the show.

Art in the Garden Festival, Chantilly

Enjoy a day at the new National Botanic Garden in Chantilly featuring art, wine, and chocolate. The annual Art in the Garden Festival features fine art plus locally produced chocolates and wine. This is a great time to see the unique plant collections and whimsical sculptures at the botanic garden.

More Spring Events in Northern VA

Find more fun events and activities in our monthly roundups, which are updated annually, a month or two in advance:

Favorite Summer Festivals in Northern Virginia: June – September

Carousel at Frying Pan Farm Park, Favorite Festivals in Northern Virginia
Summer Festivals in Northern Virginia

Herndon Festival, Herndon

Alert: The Herndon Festival has been canceled permanently and will not return to Herndon's historic downtown in 2024.

Occoquan RiverFest & Craft Show, Occoquan

The historic town of Occoquan closes its streets for two annual arts and crafts festivals in Northern Virginia. Visitors enjoy a juried artisan market, a marketplace devoted to water sports, and lots of activities in town and on the water.

Manassas Heritage Railway Festival, Manassas

Celebrate Virginia's rich railroad history at a day-long event featuring train memorabilia, specialty vendors, and live performances in historic Manassas. Then board a train excursion for a fun-filled ride to the charming town of Clifton and back.

Del Ray Food Festival, Alexandria

Sample Del Ray neighborhood restaurants and vote for your favorites at one of the popular foodie festivals in Northern Virginia. Extend your day with more fun things to do in Alexandria VA.

Manassas Bee Festival, Manassas

Celebrate Pollinator Week at the annual Manassas Bee Festival. Activities include a mead garden, music, food trucks, games, arts, crafts, activity workshops, beehive demonstrations, farm animals, and more. Dress as a pollinator or flower and join the costume parade.

Portside in Old Town Festival, Alexandria

Kick off summer with a weekend of live music as the Portside Festival returns to Old Town Alexandria. This two-day event features great music at the annual Alexandria Jazz Festival plus a day of music, local food and drink, and fun for the whole family.

Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display, Centreville

Indulge Dad’s love of aviation at the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center. Check out more than 50 vintage, recreational, military, and home-built aircraft paired with vintage cars, and talk to their pilots. Find more fun in our guide: Father's Day Events in Northern Virginia.

Photo: National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center
Photo: National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center

Annual Independence Day Parade and Fireworks, Fairfax

Celebrate American Independence with a fantastic parade through downtown Fairfax featuring bands, entertainers, civic groups, and the ever-popular Fairfax Library Precision Book Cart Drill Team. Then head to Fairfax High School for live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show.

Find more fireworks, parades, and fun in our big guide to July 4th weekend fireworks and celebrations in Northern VA. The long weekend features several annual fireworks shows at Lake Fairfax Park, the Workhouse Arts Center, and more.

Purcellville Wine & Food Festival, Purcellville

Enjoy live music from a variety of local musicians, wineries, craft breweries, gourmet foods, and wine-related art and accessories. Find more local fun with our guide, 8 Great Things to Do in Purcellville Virginia.

Loudoun County Fair, Leesburg

Experience a true country fair featuring 4-H animals, crafts, carnival rides, entertainment, food, livestock auctions, professional bull riding, and a mini demolition derby. Take a ride at the carnival, enjoy children’s activities and a pet show, enter the kiss-a-pig contest, and indulge in county fair favorites.

Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival, Frying Pan Park

Join in old-fashioned country fun with carnival games, rides, 4-H exhibits, animal shows, and entertainment. Frying Pan Park is a wonderful place to visit the animals and watch stage entertainment, dog and horse shows, and more.

Prince William County Fair, County Fairgrounds, Manassas

The largest County Fair in the state of Virginia features 9 days of livestock and home arts exhibits, tractor pulls, a rodeo, demolition derbies, baby contests, live music, and much more. You'll find a great midway, carnival rides, traditional fair food, and 4-H Club demonstrations at the fair.

Arlington County Fair, Arlington

Five days of celebration include a Saturday parade, racing piglets, pony rides, and lots of family fun. The free fair includes competitive exhibits from beeswax to photography, a Kids Court with special activities, carnival rides, live entertainment; and more.

More Summer Events in Northern VA

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Fall Festivals in Northern Virginia

The Cox Farm Corn Maze and Fall Festival, One of the Best September Events in Nortthern Virginia
Fall Festival Corn Maze in Northern VA

Virginia Scottish Games and Festival, The Plains

Celebrate the Scottish heritage of the Commonwealth as top athletes from around the country compete in traditional competitions of strength and skill. The event includes music, dance, crafts, a car show, sheep-herding demonstrations, children’s activities, and plenty of Scottish food and drink.

The Virginia Scottish Games is just one of the fantastic Labor Day weekend events in Northern Virginia.

Virginia Indian Festival, Riverbend Park, Great Falls

Celebrate the culture and history of the First Families of Virginia at Riverbend Park. Meet members of eight tribes, who will educate visitors with dance, music, crafts, food, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

Bluemont Fair, Bluemont

Another family-friendly festival in Northern Virginia, the Bluemont Fair features blues & country music, traditional crafts, a free Children’s Fair, farm animals, homemade food, local wine-tasting, breweries, gourmet treats, and more.

Bluemont is a beautiful and historic town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit nearby Dirt Farm Brewing for brews with views, or hike to a spectacular view at Bears Den Overlook.

Cox Farms Fall Festival, Centreville

An extravaganza of slides, rope swings, pumpkins, animals, music, food, and one of the best and longest hayrides east of the Mississippi is a must-do on every family’s fall list. Teens enjoy nighttime fun and scares at the Fields of Fear.

Lovettsville Oktoberfest, Lovettsville

The annual Lovettsville Oktoberfest features street vendors, a Kinderfest, Wiener Dog Races, strolling musicians, three stages of live music, dancing, a Stein Hoisting competition, and plenty of food and beer.

Dulles Plane Pull, Dulles Airport

Cheer on teams of adults who compete to pull a 164,000+ pound Airbus, or the Kids Truck Pull which pits teams of children against a big red dump truck. Enjoy the annual car show, live music, concessions, exhibits, and military and civilian aircraft displays, and a 10K/5K.

Clarendon Day, Clarendon

Eight city blocks are open for a day of music, food, drink, and fun. Enjoy musical performances, Clarendon restaurants, Virginia wine and beer, an Arts and Crafts promenade, and a Kid’s Zone.

Reston Multicultural Festival, Reston

Lake Anne Plaza fills with color, music, and culture at this annual festival celebrating the diversity and vibrancy of Reston’s community with performances, arts and crafts, food, and activities.

Fairfax Fall Festival, Fairfax

Head to Old Town Fairfax for a day of family-friendly fun at the Fairfax Fall Festival. The streets are closed to traffic and lined with booths featuring crafters, food, and local businesses plus 3 stages with live entertainment.

Waterford Fair, Waterford

Attend Virginia’s oldest juried crafts fair to tour historic homes, watch demonstrations by juried heritage craftspeople. This popular festival in historic Waterford also includes activities for children, traditional music and dance, Colonial encampments, and more.

Clifton Day, Clifton

Head to the quaint town of Clifton for a day of family-friendly activities. Attractions include crafts, live entertainment, pony rides, children’s activities, and plenty of food and beverage choices.

Fall Harvest Family Days, Mount Vernon

Enjoy a hay maze and wagon ride, watch 18th-century dancing and blacksmithing demonstrations, and experience early American games and music at the annual Harvest Family Days at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Admission includes a visit to George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill to learn about Washington's successful businesses.

Air and Scare Family Day, Centreville

See the spooky side of air and space at this popular Halloween event. Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities.

Find more spooky and kid-friendly fun: Halloween in Northern Virginia Haunted Trails and Trick-or-treating

Aldie Harvest Festival, Aldie

Learn about notable events and people in local history, watch milling at the Aldie Mill, cheer on your favorite at the Aldie Duck Race, and shop for antiques and collectibles.

More Fall Events in Northern VA

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Winter and Holiday Season Festivals in Northern Virginia

Christmas in Middleburg photo by Jay Hubbard
Christmas in Middleburg photo by Jay Hubbard

Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights, Vienna

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens lights up for the holidays with over 500,000 lights and displays on a .6 mile outdoor walking trail. After your walk, enjoy hot cocoa and s'mores at the fire pit. Find more seasonal displays in our complete guide to Holiday Lights in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC Area

Find more of the best holiday season fun in our guide 12 Holiday Favorites and Celebrations from Northern Virginia Experts.

Bull Run Festival of Lights, Centreville

A perennial favorite of the holiday festivals in Northern Virginia, the Festival of Lights is a 2.5-mile drive-through display of holiday lights. This is an ideal family activity even for the youngest kids, who stay warm and cozy as you slowly drive through the fun, animated displays.

Christmas on the Potomac with ICE!, National Harbor

Marvel at more than 2 million twinkling lights, amazing nightly snowfall, and beautiful dancing fountains at Gaylord National’s Christmas on the Potomac. ICE! returns with a walk-through tent filled with 2 million pounds of ice sculptures and ice slides.

Annual Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Show, Fairfax

With over 20 dealers selling minerals, fossils, crystals, gems, jewelry, carvings, meteorites and more, you’re sure to find unique holiday gifts for the geology lover on your list. The event includes demonstrations, hands-on exhibits, door prizes, a Scouts area, and kid’s activities.

Holiday Craft Show, Fairfax High School

The annual Holiday Craft Show at Fairfax High School is one of Northern Virginia's premium arts and crafts festivals. It's a great place to find holiday gifts for everyone on your shopping list from artisans all over the United States, along with many local artists.

Holidays Are Here, Reston

Reston Town Center hosts an impressive annual Thanksgiving parade, featuring Macy's-style balloons. Photos with Santa, mini-train rides, live entertainment, Christmas tree lighting, and sing-along, and carriage rides add to the fun.

Christmas in Middleburg, Middleburg

Held during the first weekend in December for over 100 years, the highlight of Christmas in Middleburg is the Hunt and Hounds Review. Hounds trot down the main street alongside mounted fox hunt riders. Other activities include a greens sale, craft fair, caroling, a holiday concert, a traditional parade with floats, and a progressive food/wine/cider/spirits tasting throughout the town.

Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, Alexandria

The annual Scottish Walk weekend features a parade filled with hundreds of Scottish clansmen complete with bagpipes, the Torpedo Factory Holiday Festival, the Holiday Parade of Boats, and more seasonal fun.

Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long, Vienna

A favorite family event of the holiday season features the U. S. Marine Band and other vocal groups in a free concert at Wolf Trap. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate, a bell for the jingle bell sing-a-long, and a candle for the closing candlelight procession during the last verse of Silent Night.

City of Fairfax Holiday Market, Fairfax

The Old Town Fairfax Holiday Market is held during the first two weekends of December. Shop local for crafts, gourmet treats, and unique holiday gifts. Extra fun includes a s'mores firepit, petting zoo, and festive photo opps.

Christmas at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle

On Christmas Family Days, a very magical Santa and Mrs. Claus visits with little ones, and there are activities to keep the young ones busy while they wait in line.

New Year’s Eve at First Night Alexandria, Alexandria

First night Alexandria transforms Old Town into a big New Year's Eve celebration with more than 100 live performances at indoor and outdoor venues. A fireworks display over the river welcomes the new year at midnight.

Watch Night, Falls Church

Another fun New Year's Eve festival in Northern Virginia, Watch Night spans four blocks of Falls Church. Enjoy live bands and musicians, amusements, activities, inflatables for all ages, puppet shows, and more.

More Winter and Holiday Events in Northern VA

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There you have it, 70 fantastic and fun annual festivals in Northern Virginia. The list is long, but this is still just a sample of the fantastic events you can enjoy in the greater Washington DC area. Visit Fun in Fairfax VA often to discover more things to do in the NoVA area, places to eat and drink, and highlights of more Northern Virginia area events.

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70 fun festivals in Northern Virginia, near Washington DC, to celebrate every season with parades, fairs, and special events.
70 Festivals in Northern Virginia