It’s festival and fair weekend, with several going on throughout Northern Virginia; forecast as of Wednesday is for 50 percent chance of rain Saturday, 30 percent Sunday.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
Springfield Days Festival
Thursday, May 29 – Sunday, June 1 FREE
This annual community celebration has expanded to four days of family fun, featuring a parade through downtown Springfield, children’s rides and games, food, an art show, entertainment stage, outdoor movie and more. The grand finale isthe popular Cardboard Boat Regatta plays to an exuberant crowd of spectators at Lake Accotink (see June 1 entry below). For a schedule of events, visit www.springfielddays.com
Thursday, May 29 6-10 pm Friday, May 30 5-11 pm FREE
Saturday, May 31 10-11 pm Sunday, June 1 11 a.m.-6 pm
This is a townwide event attracts more than 90,000 people from the greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. Featured events include live entertainment on three stages, international foods, carnival rides and games, children’s entertainment, children’s hands on art activities, business exposition, 10k and 5k races, K9 2k Doggie Expo, model railway exhibit, and an arts & crafts show with more than 115 artisans participating. Parking is very limited around the Herndon Festival site; there are two shuttle bus pick-up sites (free rides) at Worldgate Shopping Center and at the Herndon High School. For more details, visit www.herndonfestival.net.
Vintage Virginia Wine Festival
Saturday May 31 and Sunday, June 1
Bull Run Regional Park 11am – 6 pm
More than 50 of the most prominent Virginia wineries pour over 350 of their finest selections at the the 27th annual Vintage Virginia wine Festival. Vintage Virginia also features some of the finest entertainment you’ll find at a wine festival, with music from some of the nation’s most talented performers, educational workshops, and even children’s activities. A great outing for the entire family! For ticket prices and more, visit the Vintage Virginia Web site.
1930s Heritage Days
Saturday May 31 and Sunday, June 1 FREE
Prince William Forest Park 10 am-4 pm
Exhibitors, musicians, craftsmen and women, antique car owners and others commemorate the 75th anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Bring your family and friends and your favorite lawn chair to enjoy two days of music, history, and family fun. At the event, there will be Music, Food, Exhibits, Antique Cars, Kids Activities, Heritage Crafts. Bring your favorite picnic blanket or lawn chair and enjoy music beneath the trees. Vehicle entrance fee of $5; walk-in fee is $3.
Saturday, May 31
Historic Morven Park 2008 Classic Car Cruise-In
Morven Park, Leesburg 10 am-4 pm
Bring the family and travel back to the past! There will be food, fun and an Oldies DJ. Free hay rides to our 19th century Carriage Museum. See Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis’ 19th century carriage. Take your picture in a classic car. See our display of more than 30,000 Matchbox & Hot Wheels! Admission is $5; kids younger than 12 are free.
Kids Health Safety Fair
Fair Oaks Mall 10am-2pm FREE
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is proud to sponsor this second annual and very popular free event focusing on health and safety for children. Bring your friends and family. Activities include hands-on “surgery”; Become “Nurse for a Day”; ID finger prints; meet McGruff, the Crime Dog; bike and helmet safety; check out Hazard House to improve fire safety at home; Internet safety; fitness and nutrition tips.
Annual Civil War Camp Day
Fort Ward, Alexandria 10 am-5 pm
Visitors can tour Union and Confederate camps, observe activities such as firing demonstrations, a bayonet exercise, skirmish drills, camp cooking demonstrations, a camp laundress at work, and US Sanitary Commission and medical impressions. The Victorian Dance Ensemble demonstrates 19th-century dances, and a 19th-century schoolmarm is on hand to share popular toys and activities for youngsters of that time. Suggested donation of $2 per adult and $1 per child. For more info, click here for a press release or call 703.838.4848
Riverbend River Festival
Riverbend Park Visitor Center 10 am-3 pm
Enjoy a fun-filled day by the riverfront with children’s activities, fishing contests, kayaking and water safety demos, and more! Riverbend’s second annual river festival celebrates the Potomac’s natural beauty and abundant recreational opportunities. This is the perfect event to get dad exactly what he wants for Father’s Day. Bring him to the park to buy fishing gear, rent a boat, or book a trip. Outfitters, guides, and river conservation groups will help you learn more about your watershed or book an adventure. Win rentals, gear, and other exciting raffle prizes throughout the day. Cost is $5 per person, 3 years and younger are free. Call 703-759-9018.
Kamishibai – Japanese Storytelling
Richard Byrd Library, Springfield 10:30 am FREE
Come and learn about the Japanese culture during Asian Heritage Month! Try on a yucata or a hoppi coat after the story – bring a camera! All ages.
Sophie, the Performing Dog
Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library 10:30 am FREE
Sophie, a cairn terrier, performs a show full of tricks. All ages. Call 703-790-8088.
Life in the Stream
Cub Run RECenter 11:30 am – 1 pm.
Delve into the diversity of life found under the surface of your local stream. (5 yrs. and up with adult), Visit the stream and catch some of these critters for a closer look. Bring boots for wet and muddy fun! Reservations required. Cost is $3 per child, $2 per adult. Call 703-817-9407.
3rd Annual McLean Family BBQ
McLean Community Center 11 am- 2 pm
Theres nothing like an old-fashioned family barbecue to kick off summer! Be a part of the fun, food, games and entertainment.Performances by Mr. Knick Knack!, Reptiles Alive, and Oh Susannah! Cost is $8 per child, adults are free. For more information, call 703-448-8336.
Nuts to You!
Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria 2-3:30 pm
For ages 6 and up: Kids plant peanuts in the garden and discover the fascinating way they grow. They also learn how to cultivate their own and try a taste of these nutritional, nutty ‘legumes.’ Visit the garden all season long to watch the peanuts grow and come back in October for the peanut harvest. Cost is $10 per family Advance registration is required. Call 703.642.5173
Family Dig Day
101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria 1:30-3 pm
Sponsored by the Alexandria Archaelogy Museum. Help City archaeologists and trained volunteers screen excavated soil for artifacts from a real “dig” located on the grounds of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Wear comfortable clothes, protect yourself from the sun, and bring a water bottle. Please, no sandals. All necessary equipment will be supplied. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Cost is $5 per person. Reservations required. E-mail email@example.com or call 703.838.4399 to save your spot!
100th Anniversary of Civil War Monument
Loudoun County Court House lawn, Leesburg 1-3 pm FREE
100th Anniversary celebration of Loudoun’s oldest Civil War monument! Step back in time and enjoy the prancing steeds, period dress ladies & gents, and festive music! Free Admission. Loudoun County Court House lawn. For more information go to www.loudounsconfederatemonument.com
Movies @ the Library!
Lovettsville Library 2 pm FREE
Bring your own snacks and enjoy a movie on the library’s big screen! We will be showing latest version of Pride & Prejudice, with Keira Knightley. Recommended for ages 12 & up.
Trees of Potomac Overlook
Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington 2 pm FREE
Spend an afternoon with a naturalist learning about trees native to Northern Virginia and Potomac Overlook. It’s not as difficult as you might think! The forest will take on a whole new meaning as you become able to identify the myriad species in our woods. Recommended for adults and children ages 8 and up. Please call 703-528-5406 to make a reservation and get directions.
No Pain, No Game
Centreville Regional Library 2 -5 pm FREE
Got homework? Share your pain, then game. Study from 2-3:30. Gaming to follow. The library provides DDR, Guitar Hero, Rock Band and more. Must attend study hall to play! Food!Register by calling 703-830-2223. Ages 12-18.
Sunday, June 1
19th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta
Lake Accotink Park 10 am drop-off; races begin at 2 pm
Build your own cardboard boat and take on the waters of Lake Accotink for the best fun of the summer. Whether you’re racing or just watching, its always a thrill to see who will sink or float in their cardboard boats. Boat drop-off at 10 am. Boat judging starts at noon and the races begin at 2 pm. Regatta contestants: register by May 31, $15 per boat; $25 after May 31st. Boats must be registered by noon on June 1st. No late registrations will be accepted. Admission to the park on June 1st for all activities is FREE, however there will be a $4 parking fee in effect throughout the day. For more information call 703-569-0285.
Mongolian Children’s Festival
Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre 3-6 pm FREE
Part of Arlington’s Arts Al Fresco series, this festival featuring young performers, art competitions, language demonstrations, for and by children – a celebration of culture and a look into the future of the Mongolian community in America. Call 571-247-1062 or 703-228-1850.