April Events in Northern Virginia – Festivals and Fun Near DC

April events in Northern Virginia normally include a bevy of spring festivals, Easter egg hunts, volunteer opportunities, art fests, car shows, and fun for every age and interest. Whether you're volunteering at your favorite park, communing with nature, or enjoying cakes, flowers, art, antique cars, horses, music, art, and more you'll find an April event below.

Almost all of the annual April events in Northern Virginia are back to in-person gatherings in 2022. And there are several new April events to celebrate this year.

Annual April Events in Northern Virginia 2022

Here are the most popular annual April events and festivals in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties and nearby areas. Events are listed in order of start date with multi-day events listed first. Always follow the link for registration details, cancelations, and other updates.

Cherry Blossom Season, DC Maryland & Virginia, Mar 20 – Apr 16

The 2022 Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival includes a fun mix of in-person events in DC and around Northern Virginia. Residents can once again join the Petal Porch Parade and decorate their porch so everyone for everyone to see. Check the Petal Porch map to find decorations near you.

Signature festival April events include the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 9 and the closing Petalpalooza fireworks show on April 16.

Where to See Cherry Blossoms in DC, Maryland, and Virginia is our complete guide to the best cherry tree blossom locations, tracking sites, and more.

And 2 to 3 weeks past the Tidal Basin peak, check out these 5 Places Near DC for Beautiful Late-Blooming Cherry Trees.

Meadowlark Botanical Garden cherry blossoms Vienna Virginia
Meadowlark Botanical Garden cherry blossoms Vienna Virginia

Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Harvest, Great Country Farms, Bluemont, Apr 1 – 16

Join in daily egg hunts (over 18,000 eggs filled with treats) and roast marshmallows on the bonfire. Admission includes egg hunts, a chance to see spring chicks and baby animals, and a wagon ride. Farm admission is $10/$12 child/adult; egg hunts are $7.50 per child.

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.

Easter Egg Hunts, Multiple Locations

There are plenty of Easter egg hunts in 2022 so the little ones can search for eggs and meet the Easter Bunny. Follow the link for egg hunting details and be sure to make reservations early. Many of these popular events have limited capacity and they sell out every year.

Use our complete guide to egg hunts throughout the Northern Virginia region to plan a few fun outings with your little ones.

Easter egg hunts are favorite spring events for families in Northern Virginia
Easter Egg Hunt in Northern VA

Potomac Watershed Cleanup, Multiple Locations, Apr 2, 9, + more

Join local parks and towns and The Nature Conservancy to clean up our Potomac watershed stop trash from reaching the Chesapeake Bay. Meet fellow volunteers to help remove debris from local waterways at Huntley Meadows, Riverbend, and other areas.

Art Blooms at Mosaic, Mosaic District, Apr 3 – 4

Celebrate spring and the cherry blossoms with a two-day festival at Mosaic District. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment, craft and farmer's markets, beer and wine gardens, kid's activities, games, and more. Free; 11:00 – 6:00.

Virginia Bluebell Season

Just as the Yoshino cherry blossoms fade, Northern Virginia locals are treated to an explosion of Virginia bluebells at area parks and trails. These spring ephemerals usually emerge in early to mid-April near streams and they don't last long. See bluebells in bloom with our guides:

Pink and blue bluebell blossoms
Pink and blue bluebells

Spring Garden Market, River Farm, Alexandria, Apr 8 – 9

Explore the beautiful gardens at River Farm and shop for plants, garden tools, books, and more during the Spring Garden Market. $20 parking donation requested; 10:00 – 4:00.

Bluebells at the Bend, Riverbend Park, Great Falls, Apr 9

The Bluebells at the Bend Festival returns in 2022! Celebrate Virginia bluebells at one of the most popular spring festivals in Northern Virginia. Walk through bluebells that cover the banks of the Potomac River in early April and enjoy family-friendly activities, live music, food trucks, and more.

In 2022, there are two sessions, at 10:00 and noon on April 9, and tickets are $8/$10 advance/at the door.

Founder's Day, Lake Anne, Reston, Apr 9

Lake Anne Plaza and Robert E. Simon statue Reston VA
Lake Anne Plaza and Robert E. Simon statue Reston VA

Celebrate the anniversary of Reston's founding with a fun day of music and activities at beautiful Lake Anne in Reston. This annual festival honors the town's founder, Robert E. Simon, and in 2022 celebrates the 100th birthday of artist Gonzalo Fonseca whose art decorates the plaza. Free; noon – 4:00.

American Battlefield Trust Park Day, Multiple Locations, Apr 9

Park Day is an annual hands-on preservation event to help Civil and Revolutionary War battlefields and historic sites with maintenance projects. At Bristoe Station Battlefield in Bristow volunteers will assist with mulching, fence repair, and more. Volunteers at Manassas National Battlefield and Balls Bluff will help with trail maintenance and more. Follow the link and click Volunteer to find Virginia and DC region events.

Tulip Day at Hope Flower Farm and Winery, Waterford, Apr 9

Celebrate a bounty of spring tulips and the soft opening of a new Loudoun County winery. Hope Flower Farm is opening a farm winery to complement their beautiful flower fields in historic Waterford. Free; 10:00 – 6:00.

Bluebells at Merrimac Farm, Nokesville, Apr 10

Bluebells at Merrimac Farm Nokesville
Bluebells at Merrimac Farm Nokesville

The Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm returns on April 10, 2022. You can also visit the bluebells on your own.

Welcome spring and see the spectacular display of Virginia Bluebells at Merrimac Farm in Nokesville, Virginia. Naturalists will lead walks and talks at the Stone House Visitor Center and families can see the bluebells on an easy one-mile walk through the floodplain. Free.

Festival of Spring, Burnside Farms, Nokesville, April 5 – ?

Holland comes to Virginia when Northern Virginia's Burnside Farms hosts one of the largest pick-your-own flower events in North America. Guests can stroll through nearly eight acres of spring flowers, including masses of tulips, and pick their own blossoms.

In 2022, the festival begins on April 5 when nearly one million spring flowers begin to bloom and should last 25-30 days depending on spring weather. Tickets are limited and must be purchased online.

National Park Week, Multiple Locations, Apr 16 – 24

Great Falls Park waterfalls from overlook 1
Great Falls Park waterfalls

The National Park Services partners with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, to present National Park Week. This week-long event celebrates our national heritage and parklands. There are event themes for every day of the week, including Earth Day celebrations on April 22. This is also a great time to volunteer at a park.

Check out Places to Celebrate National Park Week in Northern Virginia for tips on where to find a national park in the Northern Virginia area.

Free Entrance Day, All National Parks, Apr 16

National Park Week kicks off with a fee-free entrance day at all parks. Many National Parks also host special programs to celebrate these wonderful American treasures.

Free entrance on a Saturday will likely lead to very crowded parks, especially at places like Great Falls Park and Shenandoah National Park. Arrive early to avoid long entry lines and enjoy your day in the park.

City of Fairfax Fishing Derby, Fairfax, Apr 16

Enjoy a morning of fishing at Ashby Pond Conservatory, which will be stocked with hundreds of trout. Bring a fishing rod, bucket, plastic bag, and ice; bait will be supplied. Volunteers will offer instruction, pond education, and fish cleaning demonstrations. Three sessions at 9:30, 10:15, and 11:00, $5 registration required.

Earth Day, Multiple Locations, Apr 22

Celebrate Earth Day 2022 at local family-friendly parks. Some parks host special events or you can create your own Earth Day activity. For example, Virginia State Parks like Mason Neck, Leesylvania, and Sky Meadows will host special earth and family-friendly activities. Or plan your own spring hike or visit a Northern Virginia nature trail and bring a bag so you can pick up trash as you explore.

Apple Blossom Festival, Winchester, Apr 22 – May 1

Winchester is full of spring fun at the 95th annual Apple Blossom Festival. 2022 festival events include golf and tennis tournaments, a family festival, and more. Tickets are required and space is limited so follow the link for details. Extend your fun with an overnight getaway to Winchester VA.

ValeArts Spring Show, Oakton, Apr 22 – 24

A neighborhood event for more than 20 years, the ValeArts Spring Show returns to an in-person event in 2022. Head to the Historic Vale School House to view and shop beautiful artworks. Free, 10:00 – 6:00.

Historic Homes & Garden Week, Apr 23 – 30

The 89th Annual Historic Homes & Garden week features self-guided tours of gorgeous garden installations at private homes and public properties. For example, the 2022 Alexandria tour includes entry to 5 private homes and gardens and 6 public properties. Purchase tickets online and see the complete tour guide here.

  • Alexandria Historic Homes & Garden Tour, Apr 23, $55 includes admission to George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
  • Winchester Historic Homes & Garden Tour, Apr 23, $30
  • Fairfax Historic Homes & Garden Tour, Apr 26, $40, 2 sessions
  • Leesburg Historic Homes & Garden Tour, Apr 24-25, $40

Arlington Festival of the Arts, Clarendon, Apr 23 – 24

The Arlington Festival of the Arts returns to Clarendon for its 8th year. Shop for US-made art in a variety of mediums. Free admission, 10:00 – 5:00 daily.

Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival, Leesburg, Apr 23 – 24

Historic Leesburg will be in full bloom as lush landscapes and gorgeous gardens fill the streets. Over 150 vendors will be on display featuring landscape designs, plants, flowers, and more. Food, music, children’s activities, and a beer garden add to the fun during this two-day event. Free; Saturday 10:00 – 6:00; Sunday 10:00 – 5:00.

Historic Plant Sale, Mount Vernon, Apr 23 – 24

Purchase the same historic plants grown at George Washington's Mount Vernon for your own garden. The sale is in the overflow parking lot, so you don't have to pay admission or enter the property. But we highly recommend it! Spring is a wonderful time to see Mount Vernon's garden in bloom. Free; 9:00 – 3:00.

Mount Vernon garden and greenhouse at George Washington's Virginia home
Mount Vernon garden and greenhouse at George Washington's Virginia home

Stargaze at the Udvar-Hazy Center, Centreville, Apr 23

Enjoy a fun and family-friendly night star-gazing at the Smithsonian Air and Space Udvar-Hazy Center. Dress warm and bring a flashlight and join members of the Northern Virginia Astrology Club to explore the night sky. Free; 8:00 – 10:00 pm.

Fairfax History Day at Historic Blenheim, Fairfax, Apr 23

Historic Blenheim Estate hosts an action-packed day of living history spanning the 19th century. Period music, living history encampments and demonstrations, hayrides, tours of the Historic Blenheim House, and more. Admission of $6/$3 adult/youth benefit the restoration of Historic Blenheim; 10:00 – 5:00.

Springfest 2022, Mosaic District, Apr 23

Enjoy a full day of live music, entertainment, and great craft brews as Springfest returns to Caboose Brewing at the Mosaic District. 10 local breweries will be on hand along with cocktails, wine, and food. Noon – 7:00.

Loudoun Hunt Point to Point Races, Leesburg, Apr 24

Loudoun Hunt Point to Point Races, April events, photo credit Middleburg Photo
Loudoun Hunt Point to Point Races by Middleburg Photo

Take a trip to Loudoun’s famed horse country to experience the thrill of racing during the Loudoun Hunt Point to Point Races at Morven Park. The 55th annual Point to Point Races returns to its traditional schedule featuring some of the most challenging timber and hurdle courses in Virginia. General admission tickets are $35/$40 advance/at the gate. Doors open at 10:30 am and races begin at noon. Follow the link for tickets and event schedules.

Britain on the Green, Gunston Hall, Apr 24

Gunston Hall britain-on-the-green
Photo courtesy Gunston Hall

The annual Britain on the Green car show returns to Gunston Hall in 2022. Enjoy the driving season with a picnic, a day of British automobiles, and a complimentary tour of the historic house and grounds.

British cars in 25 categories include Triumphs and MGs joined by Austin Healeys, Jaguars, Rolls and Bentleys, Minis, Lotuses, Land Rovers, and cars you’ve probably never seen before, such as Jensen, Riley, and Wolseley. Admission is $10/5 adults/6-18, 10:00 – 4:00.

McLean Chocolate Festival, McLean, Apr 24

The 10th 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, you can still get your fix at these awesome chocolate shops in Northern VA. $2, 11:00 – 5:00.

Walk on the Hill, Vienna, Apr 24

Since 1974, residents of Vienna’s Windover Heights Historic District have opened their yards and gardens in a welcome to spring for the public to enjoy. The annual Walk on the Hill features an afternoon of flowers, gardens, and live entertainment. Free; 2:00 – 5:00.

Theater in the Park, Reston, Apr 29 – May 1

Enjoy a free presentation of Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream at the new Theater in the Park at Reston Town Center. This family-friendly production is a collaboration between NextStop Theater and Reston Community Center. Free; 7:00 pm.

Revolutionary War Weekend, Mount Vernon, Apr 30 – May 1

George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate hosts one of the largest Revolutionary War encampments of the year when the 12-acre field is transformed into a battleground.  See Continentals, Redcoats, and cannons in action at this family-friendly event, and meet the soldiers and “General Washington.”

Be sure to check out the indoor exhibits, including the interactive Be Washington exhibit and the 4D theater. Activities are included with regular admission; 9:00 – 5:00 daily.

Taste of Vienna, Vienna, Apr 30

The annual Taste of  Vienna returns in 2022. Sample delicious dishes from Vienna area restaurants and enjoy free entertainment and kid-friendly activities. Admission is free and tastings and drinks are available for purchase, benefiting the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. 11:00 – 8:00.

Purcellville Music and Arts Festival, Purcellville, Apr 30

The annual Purcellville festival features multiple outdoor stages with local entertainment, food, wines, beers, and local farm products. Several artisans and food vendors will be onsite. In addition, local organizations will provide fun activities and demonstrations for all ages. Free; noon – 7:00.

Plan your visit: 8 Great Things to Do in Purcellville Virginia

Astronomy for Everyone, Sky Meadows, Apr 30

Celebrate the end of Dark Sky Week at Sky Meadows State Park, one of 4 Virginia State Parks to earn the Dark Sky certification. The event includes a Junior Rangers program, a presentation by NASA JPL Ambassadors, and telescopes for star-gazing. Parking fees apply, 8:00 – 11:00 pm.

More Northern Virginia Spring Activities

We love to celebrate the return of spring to Northern Virginia. April is a beautiful month for wildflower hikes, garden visits, and other outdoor activities. Plan a whole month of fun spring outings with these related articles:

April is also a great time for a weekend getaway close to home. Our getaway guides are full of fantastic places to stay and play in Northern VA.

Plan a local getaway! Find beautiful and unique places to stay in and near Northern Virginia with our guides:

Check back later in April for our updated guide to May Events in Northern VA. Until then we wish you a very happy spring.

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