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

June events in Northern Virginia include the return of popular, multi-day carnivals and festivals. Northern Virginia events in June also include opportunities to volunteer, compete, learn, and play throughout the Washington DC region. Enjoy carnival rides, art, hikes, wine, beer, food, and more as special events kick off a new summer of fun.

Our list of June events in Northern Virginia includes fun activities in Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties; plus independent cities like Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church. The list includes plenty of kid-friendly things to do in Northern Virginia, as well as events geared to adults.

June is time for festivals and fun in Northern Virginia
June is time for festivals and fun in Northern Virginia

This round-up of June 2019 events in Northern Virginia focuses on weekend activities. Events are listed in order of date, with multi-day events listed first for each weekend. Follow the links for further details and updates on inclement weather policies, ticket pricing (where applicable), and pet policies.

Whichever June 2019 events in Northern Virginia you choose to attend, we wish you a fun-filled start to summer!

June 2019 Events in Northern Virginia Listings and Links

Herndon Festival, Herndon, May 30 – June 2 new location

Herndon Festival is favorite June event in Northern Virginia
Herndon Festival is one of the favorite June events in Northern Virginia

The 39th Annual Herndon Festival is an annual favorite to kick off a summer of fun. Four festival days combine an outdoor concert series with a summertime carnival. This kid-friendly June event includes a 4-day carnival, Saturday night fireworks, an arts and craft show, business and fitness expos, 10K/5K races, and live entertainment on 3 stages. Children can try a hands-on art experience at the Kids Alley. In 2019 the Herndon Festival moves to Northwest Federal Credit Union at 200 Spring Street. Thursday 6:00 – 10:00, Friday 5:00 – 11:00, Saturday 10:00 – 11:00, Sunday 10:00 – 6:00. Follow the link for full schedule and ticket details.

Plan a year of fun with our guide to 70 Favorite Festivals in Northern Virginia.

Occoquan Arts and Crafts Spring Show, Occoquan, Jun 1 – 2

For the 50th year in a row, the historic Town of Occoquan will close its streets for the semi-annual Arts and Crafts show. Over 300 contemporary and country crafters and artisans from Occoquan and all around the United States will line the streets offering unique, hand-crafted works. New in 2019, visit the Spring Arts and Crafts Show’s beer garden in River Mill Park, featuring Water’s End Brewery, from noon to 5:00 on Saturday, June 1st. Free admission; $5 shuttle bus. Sat 10:00 – 6:00, Sun 10:00 – 5:00.

D-Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration, Alexandria, June 1

Commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at Alexandria’s new Waterfront Park. The program includes WWII re-enactors, a paint-and-sip station from Wine and Design (ticket required), history booths, a French market and wine garden, live 1940s swing music and dancers as well as a fife and drum corps. Children are encouraged to attend, and admission is free. 11:00 – 4:00.

Vintage Virginia Wine and Food Festival, Bull Run Regional Park, June 1 – 2

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.

National Trails Day and Clean the Bay Day, Multiple Locations, June 1

Trail marker at Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia
Trail marker at Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia

The American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® celebrates trails in every state across the country. Also on June 1st, sites in the Chesapeake watershed will host the 31st annual Clean the Bay Day. Many Virginia State Parks have volunteer projects and events to help improve trails and waterways. Sky Meadows State Park will host volunteers to channel water to prevent erosion on the James Ball Trail. Mason Neck State Park  and Leesylvania State Park will host clean-ups of trails and waterways in the park. Join an event near you or choose your own hiking experience in our archive of great local hikes.

Neabsco Creek Boardwalk Grand Opening, Woodbridge, June 1

Celebrate National Trails Day at the Grand Opening of the new Neabsco Creek Boardwalk. The Boardwalk is part of the Potomac Heritage Nation Scenic Trail, which connects Rippon Lodge historic site and Rippon Landing Park with the Metz Wetlands. The celebration includes guided historical hiking tours across the boardwalk and trails, kayaking tours, Science in the Park exhibits, conservation and environmental exhibit booths, plus guided tours of the historically significant Rippon Lodge. There will also be live musical performances and food for purchase via locally-owned food trucks. Free; 10:00 – 4:00.

Manassas Heritage Railway Festival, Manassas, June 1

Celebrate rich railroad history at the 25th annual Manassas Heritage Railroad Festival, a day-long event featuring train memorabilia, specialty vendors, and live performances. Enjoy Country and Bluegrass music while you watch miniature trains navigate elaborate train displays. Then board one of four train excursions for a fun-filled ride to Clifton and back (10:00/11:00/12:00/1:00). The festival and parking are free and you can purchase $5/6 train tickets (cash/credit). 10:00 – 3:00

Maker Faire: NoVa, Reston, Jun 2

NoVa Mini Maker Faire photo credit Carl Hutzler
NoVa Mini Maker Faire photo credit: Carl Hutzler

The NoVa Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. Tech enthusiasts, engineers, woodworkers, artists, and craftspeople will show and tell what they’re making and share what they’re learning. Attendees of every age will enjoy lots of opportunities to learn and make things too. Child (2-18)/adult tickets are $4/$13 with senior and family discount tickets also available. The NoVa Maker Faire is held at the South Lakes High and Hughes Middle campus from 11:00 – 5:00.

30th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta, Lake Accotink, June 2

Whether you’re racing or just watching, it’s always fun to see which boats will sink and which will float to the finish at the popular Cardboard Boat Regatta. Teams compete for bragging rights in multiple age groups and categories. Admission is free; parking $5. Judging at 9:00; races begin at 11:00.

Taste of Del Ray Food Festival, Alexandria, June 2

The 11th Annual Taste of Del Ray Food Festival returns with top neighborhood restaurants participating. The outdoor competition will name the 2019 Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards. Ticket holders will enjoy a variety of tastes and cast their votes. Tickets $15/$5 adults/children. 1:00 – 3:00.

Celebrate Fairfax!, Fairfax County Government Center, June 7 – 9

Celebrate Fairfax at Fairfax Government Center in 2015. Photo by Craig Bisacre
Celebrate Fairfax at Fairfax Government Center in 2015. Photo by Craig Bisacre

The 38th Annual Celebrate Fairfax! Festival returns with 25 acres of concerts, carnival rides, nightly fireworks, family programs, green living info, giant lawn games, and more family fun. More than 120 performances on seven stages present national, regional and local artists, including headliners Smash Mouth. Get a photo with Fairfax County’s new LOVEwork. On Sunday, the Sunday Brew returns with 12 local and regional craft brewers plus two stages of entertainment. Ticket prices vary; available online or at the gate. Friday 6:00 – midnight, Saturday 10:00 – midnight, Sunday 11:00 – 7:00, rain or shine.

All Star Comic Con, Sheraton Tysons, June 8 – 9

All Star Comic Con is a 2-year-old celebration of pop culture, celebrating all fandoms and all ages. Enjoy 3 packed ballrooms: Fairfax Ballroom will have toys, comics and pop culture vendors and will host celebrity appearances. Ash Grove Ballroom features an artist’s alley consisting of local, regional and national renown writers, artists and creators. Tysons Ballroom hosts a stage sponsored by Wolf Trap and interactive attractions, featuring cosplayers, a Vikings village, escape room and more. Family-friendly games and fun extend to other spaces. $35 for a weekend pass with other ticket options available. Follow the link for schedule details.

Vienna Idol Finals, Town Green, Vienna, June 7

Cheer on the 2019 Vienna Idols finalists as they perform at Vienna’s Town Green. The winner receives $700, 8 hours of professional recording studio time, and the opportunity to headline at various venues over the course of the year. Free admission; 6:00 – 10:00.

Ice Cream Social Fundraiser, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, June 8

Enjoy a tasty bowl of ice cream, take home the beautiful handmade bowl, and support the Workhouse Arts Center at this fun annual event. For $20, you’ll purchase a one-of-a-kind handmade ice cream bowl created by Workhouse students, instructors and ceramic artists and fill it with ice cream and toppings to enjoy. The event features live performances, a scavenger hunt, and a raffle to win a ceramic workshop. 12:00 – 4:00

Love Your Body Yoga Festival, Reston Town Center, June 9

The 11th annual Love Your Body Yoga Festival brings yoga studios and wellness centers from around the region together to share strategies for healthy living. Enjoy activities for the whole family, including live entertainment and fun for children. The festival will also offer healthy snacks and raffle prizes. Admission and parking are free. 10:00 – 5:00

Frank Lloyd Wright Birthday Picnic, Pope-Leighy House. Alexandria, June 9

Pope-Leighy House, photo: Brian Thomson, courtesy National Trust for Historic Preservation
Pope-Leighy House, photo: Brian Thomson, courtesy National Trust for Historic Preservation

Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday in mid-century style at the Usonian gem Pope-Leighy House. Bring a picnic, blanket or chairs and your best frock and fedora for an afternoon of house tours, birthday cake, and live jazz. Tickets for this fundraiser are $30/15 adults/youth. 1:00 – 5:00.

Taste of Reston, Reston Town Center, June 14 – 15

Celebrate Dad with a weekend of food, drinks, music, and family fun. Live entertainment performs on four stages throughout the festival, with kid-friendly activities at the Family Fun Zone. Local chefs present culinary demonstration at the Wine & Dine area. Beer, wine, and drink tickets are $1, or $20 for 24. Friday 4:00 – 11:00, Saturday 11:00 – 11:00; entry and parking are free.

Father’s Day Fun in Northern Virginia

Father’s Day is on June 16th in 2019. We’ve highlighted Dad-friendly June 2019 events below, or plan your own special outing with our guide to Father’s Day Events in Northern Virginia and Fun Things to Do with Dad All Year. Dad deserves fun all year long!

Father’s Day at Mount Vernon, June 15 – 16

George Washington on Fathers Day at Mount Vernon
George Washington on Fathers Day at Mount Vernon

“General Washington” greets visitors and poses for photographs on Father’s Day weekend and discusses his role as husband, stepfather, and Father of Our Country in the program “Father to the First Family.” At the Gristmill and Distillery, demonstrations by costumed distillers take visitors through the historic process of whiskey-making in a reconstructed 18th-century distillery. Included with admission; 9:00 – 5:00.

Plan your visit with our guides: George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Gristmill and Distillery.

Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display, Air and Space Museum, Centreville, June 15

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

Indulge Dad’s love of aviation at the Smithsonian’s Innovations in Flight Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display. More than 50 vintage, recreational, military, and home-built aircraft will be on display. Pilots will be with their aircraft to answer questions. There will also be vintage cars on hand, paired with the planes of their decade, plus other interactive activities. Attendance is free; parking is $15. 10:00 – 3:00

Plan your visit: Smithsonian Air and Space Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center 

Mason Neck State Park History Day, Mason Neck State Park, June 15

Celebrate the diverse history and unique culture of Mason Neck peninsula. Travel back in time with the park rangers to explore the rich history Mason Neck has to offer. Learn about the Taft Archaeological Site where for 3,000 years American Indians lived, and view some of the artifacts found during excavations. $5 admission; 10:00 – noon.

Declaration Day, Gunston Hall, Mason Neck, June 15

Head to Gunston Hall for a historic event commemorating the anniversary of the ratification of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. The day begins with a special naturalization ceremony followed by an afternoon of fun and educational activities for all ages. Immerse yourself in 18th-century Virginia and converse with characters from the past. Food available for purchase throughout the day. Free; 11:00 – 4:00.

Sully Antique Car Show, Chantilly, June 16

The 46th annual Sully Antique Car Show, the largest car show in northern Virginia, features foreign and American cars, trucks and specialty vehicles through 1990. More than 400 antique and classic vehicles fill the grounds, accompanied by live entertainment, a food court, activities, and tours of the historic house and outbuildings. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for children. 10:00 – 3:30

Manassas Jazz Festival, Manassas, June 16

Now on Saturday, the 15th annual Manassas Jazz Festival features headline jazz artists, Virginia farm wineries, Virginia craft breweries, and local Virginia distilleries. Spend an intimate and relaxing afternoon enjoying great jazz and local fare. Advance tickets are $45/$20 for tasters/non-tasters. 12:00 – 7:00

Chillin on Church, Vienna, June 21

Chillin’ on Church events bring live music, food trucks, beer and wine sales, and a time to chill with friends and neighbors to Vienna. The event is held on Church Street between Dominion and Mill roads, and will repeat on the third Friday in July, August, and September. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged, but pets are not. Free; 6:30 – 9:30.

Great American Campout, Sky Meadows and Leesylvania State Parks, June 22 – 23

At Sky Meadows State Park, camp out in the beautiful Historic Mount Bleak backyard during the Great American Campout. Park rangers will be on hand to help set up campsites and tents. Fun programs include live animals from Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, a demonstration by Dogs East search and rescue, a campfire sing-a-long, s’mores and more. Space is limited; $30 per campsite includes dinner and breakfast. Special activities begin Saturday at noon.

At Leesylvania State Park, enjoy ranger-guided programs to learn the basics of camping. Experience the park at night like never before and enjoy s’mores while listening to nature. This unforgettable night of camping is $5 per person and pre-registration is required.

Portside in Old Town Festival, Alexandria, June 22

Kick off summer with a day of live music featuring an array of creative collaborations and genres, from Ethiopian jazz to Brazilian to Latin folk. Toast to summer at a waterfront beer garden by Port City Brewing Company, and savor bites from a pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso or Rocklands BBQ. Cool off with a treat from Dolci Gelati as you enjoy fun for the whole family, including hands-on arts and history activities. Free; 2:00 – 8:00; rain or shine.

Root to Table Culinary Series: Virginia Seafood, Purcelville, June 23

Join Chef Erik from Magnolia’s at the Mill in a celebration of Virginia seafood and the summer solstice. The event features all the best of Virginia to include scallops, oysters, clams, crab cakes, and rockfish. Diners can choose a wine pairing or bottle of wine to accompany their meal. The event will be held at the Walsh Family Wine Tasting Room in Purcelville and tickets are $100 ($85 for groups of 4 or more).

Not on the 4th Fireworks, Tim’s Rivershore, Dumfries, June 28 – 30

Every year on the weekend prior to July 4th, Tim’s Rivershore hosts a professionally managed fireworks show, launched from their barge in the Potomac River. Arrive early to secure a spot. Live music, food specials, and activities for the kids are always a part of this fun day at Tim’s.

Independence Fireworks, Mount Vernon, June 28 – 29

Start your Independence Day celebration with two nights of fireworks choreographed to patriotic music. Mount Vernon’s celebration is filled with fireworks, mansion tours, musical performances, and games on George Washington’s beloved estate. Tickets are $30/20 adult/youth; add $6 to include a mansion tour. 6:00 – 9:45 pm.

Love Bug Movie Screening and VW Rally, Lovettsville, June 29

Join the Summer of Love bus and VW enthusiasts for a family-friendly screening of The Love Bug. Food and wine will be available for purchase and kids are welcome to watch the flick from their own cardboard cars. Free, 7:00 – 10:00.

See our complete guide to Outdoor Movies in Northern Virginia.

Find more Summer of Love fun in Northern Virginia.

Loudoun County Summer of LOVE Bus
Loudoun County Summer of LOVE Bus

Workhouse Arts Center Fourth of July Fireworks, Lorton, June 29

The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton hosts a family-friendly celebration featuring art exhibits, food trucks, local craft beer and wine, and live music. The spectacular pre July 4th fireworks show is one of the largest in the region. Live music begins at 7:00 pm and fireworks start at dusk, typically 9:00. Admission is free and you’re welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Parking is available for $25 per car in advance; $30 day of show if space available. Rain or shine; 5:00 – 10:00 pm.

Lake Fairfax Fourth of July Celebration, Reston, June 29

Head to Lake Fairfax park for a day of picnicking, swimming, hiking and other fun around the lake. Gates open at dawn, and there will be live music from 3:30 – 9:00 plus food vendors on site. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole water park opens at 10:00 and will fill up quickly. Admission is free; parking is $10 per vehicle. The park is open dawn to 9:45; fireworks begin at 9:15.

Stars and Stripes Concert, Car Show, and Parade, Haymarket, June 30

Get a jump on the 4th at Haymarket’s combination concert, car show, and parade. Live Music, food and ice cream, and summer games add to the fun. All children are encouraged to decorate bikes, wagons, scooters, unicycles, tricycles or any other non-motorized play vehicle in festive Fourth of July decor for the Children’s parade.  Free; 2:00 to 6:00.

A Hometown Celebration, Fairfax, June 30

Join in the fun at the new Hometown Celebration at the amphitheater on the grounds of Fairfax City Hall. Enjoy games, food trucks from Fairfax City businesses, and a concert by the award-winning City of Fairfax Band. The fun starts at 5:00; music at 7:00. Free

Ongoing June 2019 Events and Fun in Northern VA

Fairfax County LOVE Sign at Tysons Plaza VA
Fairfax County LOVE Sign at Tysons Plaza VA

Here are more ways to celebrate summer fun throughout June 2019.

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?

2019 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.

Northern Virginia Summer of LOVE

A new LOVE sign is traveling through Fairfax County for 10 weeks. Visit one of the iconic locations to host the LOVE sign for a perfect couples, family, or friends photo opp. Loudoun County is also celebrating the Summer of LOVE with a groovy vintage VW bus, perfect for fun photos.

Loudoun County Summer of LOVE Bus
Loudoun County Summer of LOVE Bus

Northern Virginia Farmers Markets

When warm weather returns we know that area farmers markets will be back with delicious fresh produce, meats, plants, and specialty items. Our expanded round-up of Northern Virginia farmers markets 2019 covers over 50 local markets, many of which kickoff in May.

We wish you a fun month at these June 2019 events in Northern Virginia. Enjoy a month of fun and a great kickoff to the summer!

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June 2019 Events in Northern Virginia include festivals and fun for every age close to Washington DC

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