July Events in Northern Virginia: Fun Things to Do Near Washington DC

July events in Northern Virginia normally include fun celebrations with fireworks, parades, music, wine, beer, food, history, and more. Sadly, the 2020 July events on our annual list are all canceled or postponed to later in the year. Instead, we’ve suggested some ongoing activities that are fun ways to enjoy summer 2020 in Northern Virginia.

Ongoing Summer Fun in Northern Virginia

SUP sunset Lake Thoreau Reston
SUP sunset Lake Thoreau Reston

Check out our round-up of outdoor summer fun with links to drive-in movies, hiking trails, outdoor dining, and area getaways perfect for a summer escape. Summer is the perfect time to take a Virginia day trip and discover a new NoVA hidden gem.

Enjoy Sunrise and Sunset in Northern VA

Take advantage of long summer days and check out our guide to the Best Places to Watch Sunrise and Sunset in Northern Virginia. Pack a picnic, start with a hike, or just enjoy the peace of colorful summer skies.

Shop at Summer Farmers Markets

Everyone loves a summer picnic and the chance to grill at home. Stock up your kitchen with fresh, delicious produce, meats, and other goodies from local farms. There are markets throughout Northern VA and you’ll find them all on our guide to Northern Virginia Farmer’s Markets.

Travel Local on our Favorite Scenic Drives

2020 is a great time to explore our area on a Scenic Drive in Northern Virginia. Enjoy the sights from your car, or stop at the parks, towns, and businesses highlighted in our scenic drive articles.

Canceled and Postponed July Events in Northern Virginia

These July events in Northern Virginia are listed in order of date and include Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties and other cities in the Washington DC region. Follow the included links for additional details. Always check inclement weather policies and updates before heading out.

4th of July Fireworks and Parades, Multiple Locations

All of the Northern Virginia fireworks and parades on our annual list are canceled for 2020. We look forward to the return of patriotic celebrations in 2021.

Alexandria and USA Birthday Celebration, Alexandria, Canceled

Celebrate America’s 243rd birthday and Alexandria’s 270th along the Potomac waterfront at Oronoco Bay Park. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic and enjoy live music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra plus cannon firing, birthday cake, food trucks, and a dazzling fireworks display. Free; 7:00 – 10:00.

World War II Weekend, Rippon Lodge, Canceled

Learn about daily life of World War II soldiers in the European and Pacific Theatres from living historians portraying Axis and Allied soldiers. Also explore how citizens at home supported the war effort and learn about Admiral Black, the last owner of Rippon Lodge, a WWII veteran and survivor of Pearl Harbor. Enjoy popcorn and beverages (available for purchase), historic house tours, crafts, live-fire demonstrations and more. Free, 11:00 – 4:00 daily.

Roots Music Festival, Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, Canceled

The Lake Anne Roots Music Festival returns for it’s third year with a variety of modern roots music performers. The free festival offers a full day of folk, bluegrass, Americana, and indie rock music. Free; 12:00 – 8:30

Key West Fest, Breaux Vineyards, Hillsboro, Postponed, date TBA

Enjoy a “Vineyard in Paradise” at the 14th Annual Key West Fest at Breaux Vineyards. Enjoy wine tastings, craft vendors, and island-inspired food, plus live reggae music and an amazing Jimmy Buffett cover band. Activities for the young (and young at heart) include clowns, balloon art, and face painting. Wear your island, Caribbean or tiki inspired hat to join the Crazy Hat Contest. Tickets are $20 with group packages available. 11:00 – 6:00.

2nd Saturday Art Walk, Workhouse Arts, Lorton, Canceled

On the second Saturday of each month, the Workhouse Arts Center hosts a fun evening featuring art and music. View artists creating art in the studios or exhibiting in 12 campus galleries. Enjoy live performances of dance, cabaret, comedy, big band, jazz, and theater. Indulge in classes in the art of mixology or cuisines from around the globe. Free; 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Del Ray Music Festival, Alexandria, Canceled

The 12th Annual Del Ray Music Fest is a celebration of local talent, demonstrating what an exciting music community we have here in the D.C. area. Local musicians will perform on two stages at Pat Miller Square, in the heart of Del Ray. Local restaurants will host pop-up beer gardens with great deals on brews and food. Free admission; 3:00 – 8:00.

Purcellville Wine & Food Festival, Purcellville, Canceled

Purcellville’s Annual Wine & Food Festival combines live music from a variety of local musicians, wineries, craft breweries, gourmet foods, and wine related art and accessories. Early bird tickets begin at $20.00 with VIP and discounted resident tickets available. 2:00 – 8:00.

Vintage Virginia Wine and Food Festival, Bull Run Reg. Park, Postponed-Sep 12

The 38th annual Vintage Virginia Wine & Food Festival promises a day enjoying Virginia’s best wine, delicious food truck fare, and top-tier musical entertainment. Eat local and drink local from nearly half of Virginia’s homegrown wineries plus specialty food producers, and shop for local artisan products.  Advanced, single day wine tasting tickets begin at $40. Follow the link to purchase tickets and for special tastings and VIP ticket options. Sat 12:00 – 6:00, Sun 11:00 – 5:00.

Anniversary of First Manassas, Manassas National Battlefield, Canceled

Join park staff to commemorate the 158th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) with a variety of 60 – 90-minute historian led walking tours and living history demonstrations. Free; 7:00 – 5:00.

Loudoun County Fair, Leesburg, Canceled

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. Ticket prices and festival hours vary by day; follow the link for all the details.

Harry Potter Tours, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, Alexandria, Canceled

In honor of Harry Potter’s birthday, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum hosts annual tours exploring the real world science and medicine behind Harry Potter. Choose between a daytime family-friendly tour on July 28 and evening adult-only tours on August 3. Adult tours include a Harry Potter-themed adult beverageand a magical lesson with Professor Snape. Tickets for both tours will sell out quickly! Family-friendly tours are $7, from 1:00 – 4:00. Adult tours are $20, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.

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