June Events in Northern Virginia and Festivals Near DC

Updated on June 4, 2024 by Julie McCool

2024 June events in Northern Virginia welcome back popular, multi-day festivals and kick off summer fun with food, wine, music, fireworks, and more. Northern Virginia events in June also include opportunities to volunteer, compete, learn, and play throughout the Washington DC region.

Our list of fun things to do this weekend in Northern VA includes Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Alexandria, Arlington, and other area towns. Festivals and events are listed in order of start date, with multi-day events generally listed first.

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The June events list includes plenty of things to do in Northern Virginia with kids, as well as activities geared to adults. Follow the links for further details and updates on inclement weather policies, ticket pricing (where applicable), and pet policies.

2024 June Events in Northern Virginia

Enjoy carnival rides, art, hikes, wine, beer, food, and more as special events kick off a new summer of fun. This list of June events in Northern Virginia focuses on weekend activities but you'll find some mid-week activities too.

Go Strawberry Picking in Northern VA

Strawberry season starts in May and continues into early June in Virginia. Head to the field with our big guide to Strawberry Picking in Virginia and U-Pick Farms Near DC. For example, Great Country Farms hosts a Strawberry Jubilee on June 1 and 2 in beautiful Bluemont.

Riverfest and Craft Show, Occoquan, June 1-2

Head to scenic Occoquan for two days of music, games, a parade, food, and special activities on the river. Enjoy craft booths, a wine and beer garden, family-friendly activities, and more. Watch or join in kayak and SUP races and classes. Free; 10:00 – 5:00 daily.

View of Occoquan Virginia from the Route 123 bridge.
Occoquan Virginia

National Trails Day, June 1

The American Hiking Society celebrates National Trails Day on June 1, 2024. Sky Meadows State Park, Mason Neck State Park, and Sweet Run State Park will host hikes and volunteer efforts to improve trails and waterways. Or head to Laurel Hill Green to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail.

Create your own National Trails Day outing with our guides to great hikes in and near Northern Virginia, and take a trash bag to pick up any litter you see.

Clean the Bay Day, Multiple Locations, June 1

Clean the Bay Day 2024 invites everyone to join in 3 hours of focused effort to clear trash from Chesapeake Bay waterways. Register to join in cleanups at Northern Virginia sites in Alexandria, Lake Accotink, Manassas, Mason Neck, and Leesylvania.

Manassas Heritage Railway Festival, Manassas, June 1

Celebrate rich railroad history at the 30th annual Manassas Heritage Railroad Festival. See elaborate train displays, memorabilia, specialty vendors, and live performances. Returning in 2024, special VRE train excursions to Clifton are available at 11:00, noon, and 1:00 ($7.50). The festival and parking are free. 10:00 – 4:00

Reston Pride Concert, Reston, June 1

Celebrate Pride Month at a free concert and festival at Reston's Lake Anne. Noon – 6:00.

Taste of Del Ray Food Festival, Alexandria, June 2

The 15th Annual Taste of Del Ray Food Festival is one of the favorite NoVA food festivals of 2024. Top neighborhood restaurants will offer special tastings at the Mount Vernon Rec Center fields. Tickets are $25/$10 for adults, children under 12. 1:00 – 3:00

Upperville Colt and Horse Show, Upperville, Jun 3-9

The oldest horse show in the United States returns to Upperville as the nation's top ranked hunters and jumpers compete alongside local ponies and riders. A Horsepower Car Show and Pup Parade add to the fun. Parking and general admission are free.

Western Loudoun Art Studio Tour, June 7-9

Meet the artists and shop for local artwork during the 17th annual Western Loudoun Art and Studio Tour. This weekend-long self-driving event features more than 40 local artists. This is also a great time to explore beautiful Loudoun County Unpaved Roads. Free, 10:00 – 5:00 daily.

Mount Vernon Summer Huzzah, Mount Vernon, Jun 8

Step into the 18th century and enjoy a summer evening of entertainment, wagon rides, and more at George Washington's Mount Vernon. An optional VIP dinner features some of Washington's favorite dishes and a sample of whiskey from the distillery. 6:00 – 9:00.

Declaration Day, Gunston Hall, Mason Neck, Jun 8

Head to Gunston Hall for a historic event commemorating the ratification of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy an afternoon of music and stories. Free; 10:00 – 4:00.

Tinner Hill Music Festival, Falls Church, Jun 8

The 30th annual Tinner Hill Music Festival is a day of music, food, and culture that honors the African American legacy. This charity event features a fantastic line-up of live music plus “Villages” for food, children's activities, artists, and relaxation. $10 admission, 11 and under free; 11:00 – 8:00.

Artisan Pop-up Market, Fairfax Corner, Jun 8

Shop for unique handmade and vintage items (maybe a Mother's Day gift?) at a weekend market at Fairfax Corner. This family-friendly weekend also includes live music plus crafts and activities for kids. Free; 11:00 – 5:00.

Appalachian Trail Festival in the Gap, Hillsboro, June 8

Celebrate the AT and the great outdoors with a day of family-friendly music, food, live entertainment, kids' activities, and nature-inspired crafts. The 2024 festival returns to the Old Stone School in Hillsboro. Admission is free; 11:00 – 5:00.

The Appalachian Trail is one of our picks for Top 10 Must-Visit Northern Virginia Attractions Near DC.

Summer Flare in the Gardens, Chantilly, June 15-16

June is a great month to check out the new National Botanic Garden in Chantilly VA. Explore this unique space on a self-guided walk through Hobbit Town, the Kyoto Bamboo Garden, the Xeric Cacti Garden, and more. Admission is $25 for regular tickets.

Hobbit Town "Homes" at The National Botanic Garden in Virginia
Hobbit Town Homes National Botanic Garden

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

The annual Innovations in Flight Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display, held during Father's Day weekend, returns to the Udvar-Hazy Center. Outdoors, see more than 50 vintage, recreational, military, and home-built aircraft and talk to their pilots. Free tickets required, reserve online; parking is $15. 10:00 – 3:00

Indoors, bring the whole family for a Soar Together Family Day with activities and special guests. Tickets are not required for indoor activities. $15 parking, 10:00 – 3:00.

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

This is an excellent opportunity to visit one of the Top 10 Must-Visit Northern Virginia Attractions Near DC.

Juneteenth Celebrations, Multiple Locations, June 15, 19

Juneteenth events commemorate the end of slavery in the United States when the enslaved people in Galveston Texas finally learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had made them free 2 years earlier. The Juneteenth 2024 federal holiday is June 19 but some events are held the prior weekend.

  • Juneteenth Celebration at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg: Enjoy performers, speakers, food, and other vendors. $20 admission; June 15, noon – 6:00.
  • Historic Meeting House Tours at Frying Pan Park: Tour the Frying Pan Baptist Meeting House and learn about the church's free and enslaved members. The event is free but online registration is required. June 15, 11:00, noon, and 1:00.
  • Juneteenth Celebration at Sully: Commemorate emancipation with story telling, family activities, food, and tours. Free admission; June 19, 10:00 – 4:00.
  • Juneteenth Skate and Dance Night Celebration at Franconia Rec Center: Skate and dance to music from a guest DJ. $10/$15 advance/at door; June 15, 6:00 – 9:00.

Columbia Pike Blues Festival, Arlington, June 15

“Arlington's best block party” celebrates a day of fantastic blues, R&B, funk, beer, food, and fun. A Kids Zone, Art Alley, and craft booths add to the festivities. Free; 1:00 – 8:30.

Puerto Rican Festival, Manassas, June 15

The 2nd annual Puerto Rican Festival features music and dance performances, plus food and vendors highlighting the Caribbean island's culture. Free, noon – 9:00

Father's Day, June 16

Father's Day 2024 is on June 16th. Find fun Father's Day weekend events here or plan your own special outing with our guide to Father’s Day in Northern Virginia and Fun Things to Do with Dad All Year.

Sully Antique Car Show, Chantilly, June 16

The annual Sully Antique Car Show returns in 2024 with more than 200 antique and classic cars, trucks, and specialty vehicles on display. Live entertainment, children's activities, a craft market, and historic house tours add to the fun. Advance tickets are $12/$10/$8 for adults/seniors/children, $3 higher day of event. 10:00 – 3:30

Portside in Old Town Festival, Alexandria, June 21-22

Kick off summer with a weekend of live music as the Portside Festival returns to Old Town Alexandria. Friday features great music at the annual JazzFest. On Saturday, celebrate summer with music, local food and drink, and family fun. Free; Fri 6:00 – 9:00, Sat 1:00 – 8:00; rain or shine.

Great American Campout, Sky Meadows State Park, 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 help set up campsites and tents. Fun programs include a campfire, nature hikes, and more. Space is limited; $40 per campsite includes dinner and breakfast.

Or create your own celebration with our guide to 15 Great Northern Virginia Campgrounds for Camping Near DC.

Shenandoah Valley Wine Festival, Winchester, Jun 22

Enjoy an afternoon of Virginia wine, music, and fun at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in beautiful Winchester VA. enjoy pours by local wineries and cideries plus food vendors, crafters, music, and museum and garden admission. $30/$35 advance purchase/day of show, $15 non-tasting; 1:00 – 7:00.

Manassas Bee Festival, Manassas, June 22

Celebrate Pollinator Week at the 4th annual Manassas Bee Festival. Activities include a mead garden, music, food trucks, games, arts, crafts, activity workshops, beehive demonstrations, farm animals, and more. Dress as a pollinator or flower and join the costume parade. Free; 10:00 – 2:00.

July 4th Fireworks and Celebrations, Multiple Locations, Jun 28-29

Independence celebrations start early in 2024 with Northern Virginia fireworks shows on June 28 and 29. Follow the link for a complete guide to July 4th fireworks, parades, and celebrations throughout the region. For example, Celebrate our nation's founding with family fun and fireworks over the Potomac at George Washington's Mount Vernon.

Ongoing June Events and Fun in Northern VA

Here are more outdoor activities for summer fun in Northern Virginia.

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.

Outdoor Movies in Northern Virginia

Outdoor movies in Northern Virginia begin in May and June, and most are family-friendly and free to attend. Our list includes both walk-in and drive-in movie series throughout the NoVA region.

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 farmer's markets covers over 40 local markets, many of which kick off in May.

Outdoor Dining in Northern VA

Enjoy a meal on the patio at local restaurants. Our guide to great outdoor dining in Northern VA features restaurant patios where you can enjoy tasty local food and drink.

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

Plan a Summer Getaway in and Near Northern Virginia

Late spring and early summer mean beautiful weather and smaller crowds. It's the perfect time for a weekend getaway, staycation, or early vacation. Find beautiful and unique places to stay in and near Northern Virginia with our guides:

Whichever June events in Northern Virginia you choose to attend, we wish you a fun-filled start to summer! Looking ahead? Check out our guide to July Events in Northern VA including a round-up of 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations.

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