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Fairfax offers a wide variety of special events throughout the year. Everything from chocolate to the arts are celebrated in this exciting, historic setting. Many fun-filled, family events are available, and free of charge, so bring the entire family and enjoy the sights, sounds and special events of Fairfax, Virginia.

Chocolate Lovers Festival
Celebrate Chocolate! Held in early February, the Chocolate Lovers Festival offers two days of chocolate celebration. Events include the Taste of Chocolate, where vendors sell their wares to purchase; the Chocolate Challenge, an arts exhibit where the medium is chocolate; historic re-enactments and historic building open houses; children's activities; a craft show and much more.

Historic Homes Tour, Blenheim Civil War Encampment
The Historic Homes Tour and the Blenheim Civil War Encampment are held on alternate years in the city. The encampment is a Civil War-related event featuring period music, military muster, drill and firing demonstrations throughout the day.

Spotlight on the Arts
Usually held each April, Spotlight on the Arts features three weeks of music, dance, theater, art and choral concerts. Spotlight on the Arts events take place at various venues throughout the city, university and college locations.

Trails Day
Trails Day celebrates the best of the City of Fairfax's trails and open spaces. Starting at Van Dyck Park, take a circular family walk through the trails, returning via Daniels Run Trail. Enjoy scouting activities and many more events. Trails Day is usually held in the month of June.

Independence Day Celebration Parade and Evening Show
The city of Fairfax offers one of the largest "hometown" parade and celebrations in the entire metropolitan region. Tthe day's events include a colorful parade through the historic streets of Old Town Fairfax.

Irish Festival
Held each September, this free day-long festival celebrates Irish and Celtic, song, dance and music. Performers from around the region present the best of their events - and encourage audience participation.

Fall for the Book Festival
The Fall for the Book Festival celebrates literature, learning and all types of books and storytelling — from mystery and thrillers, folk tales, poetry and plays to children's books, history, memoir and more. The program includes local and nationally recognized writers participating in readings, discussions, lectures and exhibits. All events are free and open to the public, except where noted.

Fall Festival
The annual Fall Festival is held in historic downtown Fairfax on the second Saturday in October. This fun family event includes arts and crafts, ethnic foods, children's corner, rides and musical entertainment. There are over 500 arts, crafts and food vendors participating in the Fairfax Fall Festival. festival.

The Holiday Craft Show
The Holiday Craft Show is held the third Saturday and Sunday each November at the Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Highway. This event features a variety of seasonal arts and crafts and a visit from Santa Claus.

Festival of Lights & Carols
In early December, the Parks & Recreation Department holds its annual Festival of Lights & Carols. Activities include visits and photos with Santa at his winter wonderland, caroling and illumination of the downtown Historic District and lighting of the City tree. All activities will be held in the Kitty Pozer Garden located behind Old Town Hall in Old Town Fairfax. This event is free with the exception of photos with Santa.

First Fairfax
This fun-filled, family-focused, free event takes place on New Year’s Eve. Activities include live bands, ice skating, children’s entertainment, horse and carriage rides, food and a spectacular countdown to midnight.


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