July Events and Fantastic Festivals in Northern Virginia

2022 July events in Northern Virginia include fun festivals and celebrations with fireworks, parades, music, wine, food, history, and more. Happily, most of our favorite July events are back and in person in 2022. In addition, we've suggested ongoing summer activities where you can create your own ways to celebrate the season in the Washington DC region.

2022 July Events in Northern Virginia

Kick off July 2022 with 4th of July weekend fireworks, parades, and patriotic fun. Then keep summer fun going with July events that feature fantastic local entertainment, wine, food trucks, historic sites, and more. The month ends with the first County Fair of the summer.

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 Dates + Locations

Independence Day fireworks and parades are back in 2022 beginning July 1st! Our complete guide to July 4th weekend fireworks and celebrations includes a host of family-friendly events throughout Northern Virginia. Plan ahead so you don't miss the fun!

Cut Your Own Sunflower Festival, Bluemont, July 9 – 31

One of the most kid-friendly farms in Northern VA, Great Country Farms, is hosting a Cut Your Own Sunflower Festival in 2022. The festival includes u-pick sunflowers and a fun photo contest. Enter your perfect sunflower pics in one of three categories and you may win a stay for up to 6 people at the farm's Blue Door Cottage.

World War II Weekend, Rippon Lodge, July 9 – 10

Learn about the daily life of World War II soldiers from living historians portraying Axis and Allied soldiers. Also learn about Admiral Black, the last owner of Rippon Lodge, a WWII veteran, and survivor of Pearl Harbor. Enjoy historic house tours, crafts, weapon and tactical demonstrations, and more. Free (donations welcome); 11:00 – 4:00 daily.

Alexandria and USA Birthday Celebration, Alexandria, July 9

Celebrate America’s 246th birthday and Alexandria’s 273rd in beautiful and historic Alexandria. Enjoy a performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra followed by a dazzling fireworks display. Free; 6:00 – 9:45.

Roots Music Festival, Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, July 9

The Lake Anne Roots Music Festival returns with a variety of modern roots music performers. The free festival offers a full day of folk, bluegrass, Americana, and indie rock music. Free; 8:00 – 5:00

Key West Fest, Breaux Vineyards, Hillsboro, July 9

Enjoy a “Vineyard in Paradise” at the 17th Annual Key West Fest at Breaux Vineyards. Enjoy wine tastings, craft vendors, and island-inspired food, plus live music. Reservations required for patio and indoor seating and groups over 10. 11:00 – 6:00.

2nd Saturday Art Walk, Workhouse Arts, Lorton, July 9

Head to the Workhouse Arts Center for a fun evening featuring art and music. View artists creating art in the studios or exhibiting in 12 campus galleries. Free; 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Workhouse Arts Center Fourth of July Fireworks, Lorton, July 10

One of the area's largest pre-July 4th fireworks at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton was postponed, so now you can get another dose of Independence celebration on July 10. The family-friendly celebration features a stunning display of fireworks plus live entertainment. Tickets start at $40 with other VIP options available. 6:00 – 10:00 pm.

Celebrate Fairfax Block Party, Tysons, July 15

Join a free block party to Celebrate Fairfax in 2022 with karaoke semi-finals plus tasty specials from food trucks, beer, and outdoor games. Free; 4:00 – 8:00.

Chillin on Church, Vienna, July 15

Enjoy live music, food trucks, beer and wine, and a time to chill with friends and neighbors in Vienna. The block party is held on Church Street between Dominion and Mill roads on the third Friday, from June through September. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged, but pets are not. Free admission; 6:30 – 9:30.

Purcellville Wine & Food Festival, Purcellville, July 16

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. General admission tickets begin at $5 with more options available. 2:00 – 8:00.

Anniversary of First Manassas, Manassas National Battlefield, TBA

Visit Manassas Battlfield to commemorate the 161st anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run). Rangers and volunteers lead tours of the battlefield and the weekend may include additional performances and activities. You can also take a self-guided hike on the First Manassas Loop Trail.

Ben Lomond Civil War Hospital Weekend, July 23

Learn more about the First Battle of Manassas at Ben Lomond, which operated as a hospital for wounded soldiers. The event includes demonstrations, tours, children's activities, and more. Free (donations welcome); 10:00 – 4:00 daily.

Loudoun County Fair, Leesburg, July 26 – 30

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.

Cirque du Soleil Kurios, July 29 – Sep 25

The fantastical show Kurios: A Cabinet of Curiosities returns to the Cirque du Soleil big top in Tysons. Contortionists, hire wire acts, trampolinists and a bevy of bizarre creatures will mesmerize all ages.

Cirque du Soleil KURIOS Tysons Virginia
Cirque du Soleil KURIOS in Tysons 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 oudoor 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.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream Month and there are plenty of places to celebrate neaby. We rounded up more than 17 Local Northern Virginia Ice Cream Shops where you can cool off with a tasty treat. We also suggest day trips and getaway destinations where local ice cream is part of the fun.

A cup of cookie dough from Woodys Ice Cream in Fairfax Virginia
July is National Ice Cream Month

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.

Waterparks and Pools in Northern VA

Beat the summer heat with our big round-up of waterparks and pools in Northern Virginia. Why not visit them all this year?

Outdoor Concerts in Northern Virginia

Check our round-up of Northern Virginia summer concert series for outdoor music throughout the summer. Many concerts begin in June, and most are family-friendly and free to attend.

Plan a Summer Getaway in and Near Northern Virginia

Find beautiful and unique places to stay in and near Northern Virginia with our guides:

Here are more fun ways to celebrate June in Northern VA:

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July Events in Northern Virginia

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