August Fun: Fairs, Festivals & More!

August Fun: Fairs, Festivals & More!

August is here, the kids are getting ready to go back to school, and the end of summer is just around the corner! But there’s still time to squeeze in some summertime fun. The month of August is full of events like agricultural fairs, festivals, outdoor movies, live music, and more. Here’s our list of what’s happening in our area and little bit beyond!


Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival

Thursday, August 3 – Sunday, August 6

Frying Pan Farm Park
2709 West Ox Road
Herndon, VA, 20171

Get ready for the ultimate farm-fun experience at the 4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park! Join us at Frying Pan Farm Park for four action-packed days filled with delightful activities for the whole family. Witness captivating livestock displays and 4-H exhibits, indulge in mouthwatering fair food, and showcase your own creations at the fair. Experience the thrill of carnival rides and games, be entertained by live performances, and get up close with adorable farm animals. Mark your calendars now for an unforgettable adventure at the 4-H Fair and Carnival, where good old-fashioned fun meets the charm of the farm!

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Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

Friday, August 11 – Saturday, August 19

501 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Founded in 1949, the Montgomery County Agricultural Center has been home to the Montgomery County Fair since its creation. Sitting on 62 acres, the Fair has more than 50 buildings that are filled with more than 5,000 animals every year. The Fair has animals, entertainment, food, commercial, home arts, arts and crafts exhibits, and many others for the whole family to enjoy.

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Prince William County Fair

Friday, August 11 – Saturday, August 19

Prince William County FairGrounds
10624 Dumfries Road
Manassas, VA 20112

The Prince William County Fair is the largest County Fair in the state of Virginia. The annual event in Manassas includes livestock exhibits, home arts exhibits, tractor pulls, a rodeo, demolition derbies, baby contests, live music and a variety of midway shows. Games and carnival rides are provided by America’s #1 Carnival Company, Deggeller Attractions Inc. Prince William County 4-H Clubs participate in numerous activities and demonstrations. Upwards of 90,000 to 100,000 spectators are expected to pass through the turnstiles this year.

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Clarke County Fair

Sunday, August 13 – Sunday, August 19

Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds
890 West Main Street
Berryville, VA

The Clarke County fair has been around for 68 years and doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon. Filled with community, family legacies, animal shows, and some great barbecue chicken, our fair is one you do not want to miss!

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Arlington County Fair

Wednesday, August 16 – Sunday, August 20

Thomas Jefferson Community Center
3501 Second Street
South Arlington, VA 22204

The Arlington County Fair is one of the largest free events on the East Coast and has been providing quality entertainment for over 40 years. In recent years, attendance has reached over 84,000 as people come from Arlington, Northern Virginia, and the DC Metro region to enjoy competitive exhibits, midway rides and games, entertainment, vendors, and more. Each year Thomas Jefferson Community Center is transformed into a special place with something for everyone to see. Admission is free, there is a cost for some activities.

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Shenandoah County Fair

Sunday, August 27 – Saturday, September 2

Shenandoah County Fairgrounds
300 Fairground Rd
Woodstock, VA 22664

Join the Shenandoah County Fair for their annual event featuring food, rides, exhibits, livestock, games, music, and entertainment. 

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Food & Drink Festivals

Nomini Bay Oyster Festival

Saturday, August 5 & Sunday, August 6
11:00am – 7:00pm

Dirt Farm Brewing
18701 Foggy Bottom Road
Bluemont, VA 20135

The folks of Nomini Bay Oyster Ranch, LLC will be on the mountain all weekend serving their famous oysters! Enjoy them raw or charbroiled, with specialty options that pair perfectly with Dirt Farm beer.

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Peach Fuzztival

Saturday, August 5 & Sunday, August 6
Saturday, August 12 & Sunday, August 13

Great Country Farms
34345 Snickersville Turnpike
Bluemont, VA 20135

Celebrate Peak Peach Picking Season!  Come and enjoy peaches in great food and drink at this full collaboration between Bluemont Vineyard, Dirt Farm Brewing, Henway Hard Cider, and Great Country Farms, all located in Bluemont, VA.

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BBQ & Bluegrass/Sunset Saturday

Saturday, August 12
11:00am – 6:00pm

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards Ln
Purcellville, VA 20132

FREE ADMISSION! Grab your banjo and your eatin’-rib bibs, it’s BBQ & Bluegrass time at Breaux! We don’t want the fun to end, so we’ll be open until 8:30 PM to bring in the sunset while we jam out to some local Virginian bluegrass.

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TASTE Leesburg

Saturday, August 12
5:00pm – 10:00pm

Downtown Leesburg

Food vendors, breweries, wineries, businesses, artisans, and entertainment will fill five blocks of the historic downtown. Experience the flavor of Leesburg with over 65 booths showcasing a taste of all that the Town has to offer. Local restaurants, food trucks, and vendors will offer a variety of menu options for purchase or stop into one of the downtown restaurants for a bite to eat.

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Around The World Cultural Food Festival

Saturday, August 26
11:00am – 7:00pm

Oronoco Bay Park
100 Madison St,
Alexandria, VA 22314

Enjoy delicious foods from around the world while watching a diverse folk show with singers and dancers from different countries, then take a break between meals and go shopping from the ethnic artisans and crafters participating in the festival. 

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Hot Air Balloon Festivals

Airshow & Hot Air Balloon Festival

Saturday, August 19 & Sunday, August 20

Flying Circus Aerodrome
5114 Ritchie Road (Route 644)
Bealeton, VA

Come early in the morning and/or stay after the airshow so you can see the splendor of many colorful balloons inflating and lifting slowly into the sky. Airplane rides will be available for purchase at the gift shop first thing and it’s SO special flying in a vintage aircraft as the balloons go up – just WOW!! Many of the balloon pilots will be giving tethered and/or chartered flights. However, the balloon rides are not sold by the Flying Circus. The arrangements for a flight must be made with the balloon pilot.

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Arts & Cultural Festivals

Vietfest 2023

Saturday, August 12
10:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday, August 13
11:00am – 8:00pm

The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center
1961 Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA 22102

Celebrate Vietnamese culture with VietFest, a 2-day festival on the plaza at Tysons Corner Center. Attendees can look forward to food and exhibition vendors, raffle prizes, live music and entertainment, traditional dance performances, crawfish eating contest, pho eating contest, and much more!  

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Festival of Kites & Crafts

Saturday, August 19
11:00am – 6:00pm

Ida Lee Park Recreation Center
60 Ida Lee Drive Northwest
Leesburg, VA 20176

Enjoy a full day of flying kites, eat good food, shop and support local artisans and crafters and other small businesses, great music and entertainment from our international DJ, and lots of activities for kids.

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Live Music

Take a Break Concert Series

Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Reston Station
Reston, VA

Parking is free at ParkX with validation during these concerts. Three hours free parking. Validation only good at ParkX and not the Metro garage.

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Chillin’ on Church
Ocho De Bastos

Friday, August 18
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Church Street
Vienna, VA

Chillin’ on Church is the hottest block party around and fun for the whole Town!  The event includes food, local beer and wine, music, and family-friendly activities. Admission is free.

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Rock the Block
Sudden M Pac

Friday, August 25
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m

Old Town Square
10415 North Street
Fairfax City, VA

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Summerbration Fab Fridays

Fridays, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Reston Station
Reston, VA

Parking is free at ParkX with validation during these concerts. Three hours free parking. Validation only good at ParkX and not the Metro garage.

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Friday Night Live! – Herndon Rocks

Fridays, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Town Green in Herndon
777 Lynn Street
Herndon, VA

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Mosaic Live!

Saturdays, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m

2985 District Avenu
Fairfax, VA

  • August 5 – Patrick Albán and Noche Latina (Latin, Acoustic Rock)
  • August 12 – Tobago Bay Calypso Band (Calypso Music)
  • August 19 – Ocho de Bastos (Latin Pop)

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Reston Concerts on the Town

Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m

Reston Town Center Pavilion
1818 Discovery Street
Reston, VA

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Check out The Sounds of Summer 2023 for more concert listings!

Outdoor Movies

Films in the Park

Thursdays, 7:00pm

Strawberry Park – Mosaic District
2905 District Avenue
Fairfax, Virginia 22031

Film lovers can watch their favorite flicks on the larger-than-life outdoor screen while sitting picnic-style in Strawberry Park. Movies are presented with open captions.

  • August 3: The Super Mario Bros. Movie
  • August 10: Moana
  • August 17: E.T.

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Big Screen on the Green

Thursday, August 10

Vienna Town Green
Vienna, VA

Enjoy a movie under the stars at the Vienna Town Green this summer! Complimentary water and popcorn will be available while supplies last.  

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Movies Under the Moon

Friday, August 11
8:00pm – 10:00pm

Van Dyck Park
3720 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Fun and free outdoor movie nights at Van Dyck Park! Please bring blankets and (low) chairs for seating.

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Starlight Cinema

Gates open 6:00pm

Trinity Centre
5860 Trinity Pkwy
Centreville , VA

Enjoy Starlight Cinema, outdoor movie nights with your family and friends. Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs, and watch “Movies under the Stars!”

  • August 5: Minions: The Rise of Gru
  • August 12: Lightyear
  • August 19: The Bad Guys
  • August 26: DC League of Super Pets

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Summerfest: Family Movie Night

Friday, August 18
7:00pm – 9:00pm

The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center
1961 Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA 22102

Bring your folding chair or blanket for family-friendly outdoor movies and entertainment on The Plaza. Complimentary popcorn and sodas will be provided, while supplies last.

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Summerbration at Reston Station
Wild Summer: Movies And Events Under The Stars

Saturdays, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Reston Station Metro Plaza
1908 Reston Metro Plaza
Reston, VA 20190

  • August 5 Double Feature: Fievel Goes West / The Rescuers
  • August 12: The Jungle Book
  • August 19: Zookeeper
  • August 26: Moana

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Find more outdoor movies in Summer Movies Under the Stars

And More!

BrickFair LEGO Fan Expo

Saturday, August 5
10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday, August 6
10:00am – 4:00pm

Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Center
Chantilly, VA 20153

BrickFair is the premiere LEGO fan experience. bringing together over 1,000 LEGO exhibitors. See, touch, experience, learn, and be inspired. Great Ball Contraption. LEGO Vendors. Hands-on: Derby Race, Green Build, Bridge Build, Art Gallery, Floor Mosaic, Stay & Play, Color Corner. Chances to win: Ring Toss, Go Fish, Guesstimate, Scavenger Hunt, Bingo.

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One Loudoun Carnival at Uptown

August 9 – August 20

One Loudoun Uptown
20280 Exchange Street
Ashburn VA 20147

The Carnival at Uptown returns to One Loudoun bringing with it rides, games, prizes, food and fun!

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Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta

Saturday, August 19

Lake Anne Plaza
1609 Washington Plaza
Reston, VA 20190

The Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta is a community event designed to foster a sense of Reston pride, celebrate the family-friendly atmosphere of historic Lake Anne Plaza, and support the Reston Museum. Participating teams of all ages will construct and decorate their own life-size cardboard boats. These boats will then take to the water in timed heats with team members rowing out to a designated buoy and back to the docks at Lake Anne Plaza. 

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