Fairfax is in Northern Virginia, close to Washington DC. It is also in Fairfax county, a county rich in cultural history. There are a number of annual events that take place in and around Fairfax, all throughout the year. These include three different official festivals, the Chocolate Lover’s Festival, held at the beginning of February each year, the famous Fairfax Irish Festival, and the Fall Festival held in October. The last festival of the year is of course the Festival of Lights and Carols, held in December.
Let’s start with the Chocolate Lover’s Festival. This 2 day event is held in Old Town, the historical district of Fairfax. The first day opens at 8 in the morning and runs until 5 in the evening, Sunday from noon till 4. One of the most exciting events at the festival is The Chocolate Challenge, an art exhibit with entries made entirely from chocolate. This is also the best spot to pick up your Valentine’s Day chocolate gifts, since there are many local vendors offering free samples and selling their wares. Other activities include a chocolate chip pancake breakfast held by the Kiwanis Club, children’s games, as well as crafts vendors.
One of the Biggest events is of course the famous Fairfax Irish Festival. This annual event takes place in the later part of September, last year’s festival held on the fall equinox on the 21. While this annual event is just one day, it spans the whole day, with family activities going on at the Sherwood Community Center in Van Dyck Park. This goes from around noon until six thirty, then it moves over to the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub on Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax for evening of more adult events.
The Irish Festival at Van Dyck Park offers a number of activities for the whole family. Many different Irish bands will be performing authentic traditional and modern Irish music. Some of the bands that played last year are the Hedgerows, The Bog Band, and Narrowbacks, just to name a few. There were performances by the Tyrone Dance Studio, and local historical Irish Enactments. There will be workshops, as well as traditional sports matches in Hurling and Celtic Football on the soccer field. The evening is held at the Auld Shedeen Pub, where the main bands play, including world famous master of the accordion, Billy McComiskey.
When it comes to cultural gatherings, nothing beats the Fall Festival in Fairfax. This annual one day event takes place in Old Town on the second Saturday in October. This started out as a small artisan market as turned into a grand event, with over 400 different vendors from throughout Fairfax, Fairfax County, and surrounding areas. There will be a number of food booths, snacks and gift ideas. Last years event ran from 10 AM to 5 PM, and attracted more that 25,000 people from around the country.
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