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

Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7

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

Join in the celebration brought to you by the Fairfax County Park Authority, Frying Pan Farm Park, The Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park, the Park Foundation, Fairfax County 4-H, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and Neighborhood and Community Services. You and your friends and family can enjoy carnival rides, games and food trucks on the farm! Learn about the Fairfax County 4-H Youth Development program and more.

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

Friday, August 12 – Saturday, August 20

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, fair food, commercial, home arts, arts and crafts exhibits, and many others for the whole family to enjoy.

Prince William County Fair

Friday, August 12 – Saturday, August 20

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. 

Clarke County Fair

Sunday, August 14 – Sunday, August 21

Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds
890 West Main Street
Berryville, VA

The Clarke County fair has been around for 66 years and doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon. Filled with community, family legacies, animal shows, and some great barbecue chicken, you won’t want to miss being a part of the great things our fair has to offer.

Arlington County Fair

Wednesday, August 17 – Sunday, August 21

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.

Shenandoah County Fair

Monday, August 29 – Saturday, September 3

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. 

Food & Drink Festivals

Nomini Bay Oyster Festival

Saturday, August 6 & Sunday, August 7
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.

Peach Fuzztival

Saturday, August 6 & Sunday, August 7
Saturday, August 13 & Sunday, August 14

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.

BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, August 13
11:00am – 6:00pm

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards Ln
Purcellville, VA 20132

Wine tastings, delicious BBQ, local vendors and live bluegrass music all day long featuring The Short Mountain Boys and more!

TASTE Leesburg

Saturday, August 13
5:00pm – 10:00pm

Downtown Leesburg

TASTE what Leesburg has to offer. Many of Leesburg’s local restaurants, food trucks, and farm markets will be offering “tastes” of their best fare. Mingle up and down the streets, stop at food tents in the Marketplace or food trucks at the Drive-In. Load up and then take a load off at the tables in the Eatery. Enjoy your bites and brews all while listening to live music.

Around The World Cultural Food Festival

Saturday, August 27
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. 

Drink. Eat. Relax. Wine & Food Festival

Saturday, August 27
12:00pm – 6:00pm

Bull Run Special Events Center
7700 Bull Run Drive
Centreville, VA 20121

The DC Metro Wine & Food Festival is a fun new wine festival that also offers beer and craft spirits too. The festival will offer over 100 different International and Local Wine, Beer and Spirits in an ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE affair. Your ticket gets you a souvenir glass as you enter, so you can go from tent to tent and table to table to try all of the beverage offerings. There will be great food to taste and to buy from some of DMV’s hottest restaurants and Food Trucks as well.

Hot Air Balloon Festivals

Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival

Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7

Triple Creek Winery
11138 Three Bridge Branch Rd.
Cordova, MD 

The Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival is an event created for families to showcase Eastern shore life and family fun with hot air balloons as the focus.

There are activities for the whole family including the morning ascension balloon lift, hot air balloon rides, tethered balloon rides, balloon glow, live music as well as a DJ, bounce houses, games, food trucks, a mechanical bull, a large variety of vendors, and adult beverages (specifically wine and beer).

Airshow & Hot Air Balloon Festival

Saturday, August 20 & Sunday, August 21

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.

Arts & Cultural Festivals

Festival of Kites & Crafts

Saturday, August 20
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.

Vietfest 2022

Saturday, August 20
10:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday, August 21
11:00am – 8:00pm

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

Under the theme of “Back to the Culture,” after a two year hiatus, the Vietnamese Heritage Festival returns to showcase the many talents of Vietnamese-Americans, wonderful culture and traditions of the Vietnamese people, as well as delicious cuisine of our different regions. There will be booths for children’s games, concerts by renowned Vietnamese singers, dancing competitions by college dance troupes, fashion shows, arts and craft exhibitions, and business expositions.

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 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for these concerts.

Chillin’ on Church
Deja Gruv Band

Friday, August 19
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.

Rock the Block
Ocho de Bastos

Friday, August 26
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m

Old Town Square
10415 North Street
Fairfax City, VA

Summerbration Fab Fridays

Fridays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Reston Station
Reston, VA
Parking is free at ParkX with validation from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for these concerts.

Friday Night Live! – Herndon Rocks

Fridays, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Town Green in Herndon
777 Lynn Street
Herndon, VA

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 11 – Encanto (PG)
  • August 18 – Under the Stadium Lights (PG-13)
  • August 25 – F9 | The Fast & Furious Saga (PG-13)

More info

Big Screen on the Green

Thursday, August 11

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.  

Movies Under the Moon
Encanto (PG)

Friday, August 12
8:00pm – 10:00pm

Van Dyck Park
3720 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

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

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 6 – Luca (PG)
  • August 13 – Encanto (PG)
  • August 20 – Sing 2 (PG)
  • August 27 – The Mitchels vs. The Machines (PG)

Summerfest: Family Movie Night
Honey I Shrunk the Kids

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.

Summer of Will Ferrell Movies

Saturdays, 7:30pm

Reston Station
1901 Reston Metro Plaza
Reston, VA 20190

  • August 6 – A Night at the Roxbury
  • August 13 – Austin Powers International Man of Mystery
  • August 20 – Bewitched
  • August 27 – Stranger Than Fiction

And More!

BrickFair LEGO Fan Expo

Saturday, August 6
10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday, August 7
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.

2022 Family Fest

Saturday, August 6
12:00pm – 9:00pm

Dulles Town Center
21100 Dulles Town Circle
Dulles, VA 20166

Family Fest creates space for youth in Loudoun to enjoy a day of recreation, education, and creation.

The event is game themed with video game and coding sessions at the Loudoun XP gaming center, Tug of War Challenge, Music, a Scavenger Hunt as well as a 3pt Shooting Contest!

One Loudoun Carnival at Uptown

August 10 – August 22

Downtown One Loudoun
20626 Easthampton Plaza
Ashburn, VA 20147

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

Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta

Saturday, August 13

Lake Anne Plaza
1609 Washington Plaza
Reston, VA 20190

The Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta is back! 40 life-size cardboard boats created from cardboard and duct tape will set sail and race on Lake Anne. 

Summer of Sunflowers

Through Labor Day

Burnside Farms
11008 Kettle Run Rd.
Nokesville, VA 20181

Burnside Farms plants over 30 varieties of “cutting” sunflowers on more than 50 acres in successive crops to ensure SIX weeks of blooming flowers.


Through September 25

Mosaic District
Merrifield Town Center Dr
between Barnes & Noble and Urbano
Fairfax, Virginia 22031

Mosaic Skateland invites you to get up, boogie and celebrate a summer of love. Mosaic Skateland welcomes four-wheeled enthusiasts and beginners alike for a spin around the rink for the ultimate disco revival.

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