August 2017 events in Northern Virginia fill the month with County Fairs, beer fests, a nostalgic drive-in, shopping and dining deals, and more summer fun. We also celebrate the Great American Eclipse (even though we won’t get the full effect here). Bookmark this page and plan a month of summer fun in Northern Virginia.
69th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival, Frying Pan Park, Aug 3 – 6
Join in old-fashioned country fun with carnival games, rides, 4-H exhibits, animal shows, and entertainment. Watch the 4-H exhibitors get their farm animals ready for the show, visit exhibit booths, try farm chores, enjoy traditional Fair food and watch stage entertainment, dog and horse shows, and more. Free admission; purchase carnival tickets in advance or at the door. Hours vary by day and activity, follow the link for details.
Virginia Tax-Free Weekend, Statewide, Aug 4 – 6
Beginning at 12:01 am Friday and ending Sunday at 11:59 pm, buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star and WaterSense products without paying sales tax. You can shop online, by mail, or over the phone, but we suggest an expedition to the mall at Tysons Corner Center, Fairfax Corner, Fair Oaks, Dulles Town Center, Leesburg Outlets, or one of the many other malls and independent stores in Northern Virginia. You could even plan a staycation at the Hyatt Tysons Corner to maximize your shopping time.
Peach Daze Fuzztival, Great Country Farms, Bluemont, Aug 5 – 6
Celebrate Peach Picking season and enjoy great food and drink at the 3rd annual collaboration between Bluemont Vineyard, Dirt Farm Brewing and Great Country Farms. Start the day with a peach pancake breakfast, then enjoy music, games, and more family fun. Head up to the vineyard and the brewery for peach-flavored Virginia wine and craft beer. $10 child, $12 adult. Follow the link for times and schedule.
Hands on History Tent at Carlyle House, Alexandria, Aug 5 – 6
Join Carlyle House to take a look at life on the high seas. Several stations will be set up to give a hands on view of what life would have been like in the 18th Century, especially in relation to life aboard sailing vessels. For an extra fee, there is also the opportunity to make handmade ice cream to enjoy. Free, 10:00 – 2:00.
While you’re in Old Town, stop by The Lyceum to see costumes from the PBS Civil War drama Mercy Street, which are on display until September 1st. Two costumes from each season are displayed along with period furniture and medicines. Then head over to the Stabler Leadbetter Apothecary for an in-depth look at the odd and interesting medical equipment on display.
Starlight Cinema Drive-in, Centreville, Aug 5, 12, 19, 26
Starlight Cinema returns in August with free family movies that you can enjoy from your car or under the stars in the outdoor seating area. If you’ve never been to a drive-in, or you want to bring back happy memories of the drive-in experience, the Trinity Centre parking area is the place to be on Saturday nights. Gates open at 6:00, but arrive early for pre-movie entertainment and activities. Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic, or purchase food on site. Free; cancelled if rain. Check our list for more Outdoor Movies in Northern Virginia.
National Farmers Market Week, Multiple Locations, Aug 2 – 12
Fairfax County will celebrate the 18th Annual National Farmers Market Week with special activities at the county’s 11 markets. National Farmers Week recognizes the important role that farmers markets play, and special market activities will include cooking demos, raffles, and kids activities. Check this list of Northern Virginia Farmers Markets to find a market near you.
Prince William County Fair, County Fairgrounds, Manassas, Aug 11 – 19
The largest County Fair in the state of Virginia returns with 9 days of livestock and home arts exhibits, tractor pulls, a rodeo, demolition derbies, baby contests, live music, and much more. The Prince William County Fair boasts a great midway, carnival rides, traditional fair food, and 4-H Club demonstrations. Nearly 100,000 spectators are expected to pass through the turnstiles. Follow the link for schedule details and ticket options.
Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale, Aug 12 – 13
Shop the end of summer sidewalk deals during the 8th annual Summer Sidewalk Sale in Alexandria. Shops throughout Old Town and Del Ray will host promotional events and clearance sales offering deeply-discounted summer merchandise and product demonstrations from some of Alexandria’s top boutiques and designer stores.
Cardboard Boat Regatta, Lake Anne, Reston, Aug 12
Cardboard boats of all shapes and sizes will be paddling on Lake Anne at the first annual Cardboard Boat Regatta. Sign up to sponsor a team ($100 adults/families, $40 student); all proceeds benefit Reston Historic Trust. Or just head over to Lake Anne Plaza to enjoy the festivities. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. 2:00 – 6:00.
Workhouse Brewfest, Lorton, Aug 12
More than 30 Virginia craft breweries, artisan distilleries, and Virginia wineries will be on tap at the second annual Workhouse Brewfest at the Workhouse Arts Center. The day will feature a dozen bands performing on three stages, numerous food trucks, lawn games, and of course, the Workhouse artists will be in their galleries, which will be open to visitors. Follow the link for ticket options; 1:00 – 8:00.
Kids Adventure Race, Vienna, Aug 12
Competitors are sure to finish the Town of Vienna’s 2016 Kids Adventure Race filthy and smiling. The nearly one-mile race through fields, mud, tires, and obstacles is open to children ages 5-13, and will take place rain or shine. All course obstacles are made by parks and rec staff and may involve hay bales and water hoses. Pre-registration is required; $7. 10:00.
National Bowling Day, Uptown Alley, Manassas, Aug 12
Get an early start and celebrate National Bowling Day with a free game of bowling with shoes at Uptown Alley. Beat the heat and enjoy a game of bowling with family and friends at Uptown Alley’s 24 lanes of bowling. Free, 8:00 – 10:00.
Arlington County Fair, Arlington, Aug 16 – 20
The 41st annual Arlington County Fair kicks off 5 days of celebration with a Saturday parade, racing piglets, pony rides, and lots of family fun. The free fair includes competitive exhibits from bees wax to photography; a Kids Court with face painting, moon bounce, and special activities; carnival rides (tickets sold on-site) and a midway; live entertainment; and more. Hours and activities vary by day; follow the link for details.
Alexandria Restaurant Week, Aug 18 – 27
Enjoy tasty deals during Alexandria’s Summer Restaurant Week, with more than 60 restaurants offering a $35 three-course dinner or a $35 dinner for two. Many restaurants will also offer $10, $15 or $20 per person lunch specials. Restaurant Week showcases the inventiveness of local chefs in neighborhoods throughout the city, including Old Town, Del Ray and the West End. Options range from fine dining to casual favorites. Follow the link to browse menus and book your reservation through OpenTable.
Chillin on Church, Vienna, Aug 18
Music, food, beverages, and fun will be served up at the Town of Vienna’s next Chillin’ on Church block party. Mudlark will perform rock and blues favorites, and Historic Vienna, Inc. will commemorate Fairfax County’s 275th anniversary. Children’s activities will be available. Free admission; 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Lucketts Fair, Luckett, Aug 19 – 20
The Lucketts Fair is a family friendly event featuring Bluegrass music, animal events, hayrides, and other traditional fair fun. Watch border collies herding sheep, take a horse drawn hayride, play in the hay maze, ride the mechanical bull, dance with the cloggers, shop at the juried crafters and artisans, compete in the Best Fruit Pie and Largest Vegetable contests, and more. $7, under 7 free. 9:00 – 5:00 daily.
Great American Eclipse, Various Locations, Aug 20
Join Fairfax County Parks in safely enjoying the Great American Eclipse. Northern Virginia is not in the direct path, but we will still see 80% coverage. Follow the link for details and remember—you must use protective gear to safely view the eclipse.
40th Anniversary at Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls, Aug 20
Enjoy a very special Grinding Day as the mill celebrates its 40th year on the National Register of Historic Places. Maintained by the National Park Service, The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation, and Colvin Run Mill has been on it since 1977. Free, noon – 3:00.
Civil War Weekend, Manassas, Aug 25 -27
The annual City of Manassas Civil War Commemoration offers the chance to meet living history re -enactors and historians; enjoy music, food, and fashions from the Civil War period; and join in activities. All events are free and open to the public. Follow the link for schedule details.
Ballyshaners Irish Festival, Alexandria, Aug 26
Enjoy a variety of vendors, crafts, food and beverages, pipe bands, Irish Dance Schools, and Irish entertainment at Waterfront Park, sponsored by the Ballyshaners to raise funds for the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Old Town. 11:00 – 7:00
First Responders Day, Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, Aug 27
To commemorate the evacuation efforts that took place at Fairfax Station in August 1862, re-enactors and modern practitioners will demonstrate emergency and medical practices of today and 150 years ago. Fairfax Station was the site of a massive relief effort during the Battles of Ox Hill and Second Manassas, and among those aiding the effort was future American Red Cross founder, Clara Barton. Emergency vehicles will be on display and hands-on activities will demonstrate the critical role played by modern day first responders. 1:00 – 4:00.
Virginia Craft Beer Month
August is Virginia Craft Beer Month, and a cold brew is always welcome on a summer day. Visit and sample the latest brews at these great Northern Virginia Beers and Breweries, take a trip on the LoCo Ale Trail or explore one of these other great Virginia beer trails.
Finish summer strong with these fun August 2017 events in Northern Virginia. Happy August!