Celebrate Fairfax Festival

Celebrate Fairfax Festival SAVE THE DATE - June 5-7, 2020. Check back for updates! The Celebrate Fairfax! Festival is a county fair and music festival hybrid, steeped in the history and vitality of Fairfax County and its 1.1 million citizens.

Launched as the Fairfax Fair in 1982, the event was created by a blue ribbon commission consisting of elected officials and community leaders who realized that the fast-growing county lacked a unifying event or an established downtown. The resulting county fair was (and remains) the only major event designed to reach all of Fairfax’s communities. Prior to its founding, other Fairfax County fairs existed dating back to the 1700’s, but by the 1950’s, all had disappeared. When the current Fairfax Fair was created in the 1980’s, it featured a chili cook-off, carnival, and commercial and county government exhibits, and was held at George Mason University. Initially coordinated by the Fairfax County Extension Office, by the end of the decade the Fair was produced by the nonprofit Faxfair Corporation. A true collaborative effort, the Fair was made possible only through the financial and community support it received. By the early-1990’s, it became apparent that George Mason’s growth mirrored that of the Fairfax Fair, and that the needed space was not easily provided. Faxfair’s leadership worked with local officials and settled on its current home, the then-brand new Fairfax County Government Center. Including 25 acres of property, the 3-day Fair expanded its county government exhibits and created programs that fit the increasingly tech-driven Fairfax region. Among the major programs created during this time was the SciTech Center, a STEM-focused 10,000 square foot pavilion of interactive science-based activities. Also during this period, national headliner entertainment was added, including many of the top country and classic rock artists of that time, such as Toby Keith, Charlie Daniels, Trace Adkins, Three Dog Night, The Band, and Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. In 1996, Faxfair changed their name to Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. (CFI), to better represent the mission and vision of the organization. By the turn of the century, CFI changed the name of the Fair to the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, branding the event as a combination of a traditional county fair with a modern music festival. With as many as 8 stages of entertainment, music had long filled the void of not having a significant agricultural presence, and showcasing of arts and education became a focal point of the annual celebration. Today’s Celebrate Fairfax! Festival has evolved into an experience-first event. Programs are designed to be as interactive as possible, VIP experience packages offer the individual guest access to sponsor-like benefits, and attendee satisfaction is at an all-time high. Programs including local wine and craft brew tasting, a silent disco, a long-running karaoke championship, and headliners ranging from 3 Doors Down, Third Eye Blind, the B-52s, and All-American Rejects have replaced country music on the main stage. As CFI moves forward, its signature Celebrate Fairfax! Festival is expected to continue to be at the forefront of the metropolitan fair movement. CFI has also expanded its role in the community, producing or assisting events such as the World Police & Fire Games, the Workhouse Brewfest, and its 25-year old Fall for Fairfax KidsFest.

Mission: The Celebration of Fairfax County and Its Communities.

09/05/2020
Celebrate Fairfax Festival's cover photo
09/04/2020

Celebrate Fairfax Festival's cover photo

Father’s Day is just a few days away. If you still need to get a gift, turn your Father's Day shopping into a force for ...
06/15/2020

Father’s Day is just a few days away. If you still need to get a gift, turn your Father's Day shopping into a force for good. Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1375448 and Amazon donates to Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. at no extra cost to you! #celebratefairfax

It's not too late to register for our first, Kickback Lounge Session with Scott Kurt music. Follow the link below to reg...
06/08/2020

It's not too late to register for our first, Kickback Lounge Session with Scott Kurt music. Follow the link below to register and attend this free, virtual concert!

Link to register: https://my.demio.com/ref/C3RhU4QM0dFP1VVt

To our attendees, thank you for supporting us for all these years! We can’t wait to make new memories and experiences fo...
06/07/2020

To our attendees, thank you for supporting us for all these years! We can’t wait to make new memories and experiences for you in October! We hope to see you there! 🍁🎶🎉 #celebratefairfax

If you’ve come to our event, you know exhibitors and sponsors line the streets with fun activities, cool Knick knacks an...
06/07/2020

If you’ve come to our event, you know exhibitors and sponsors line the streets with fun activities, cool Knick knacks and sometimes even snacks! What’s an exhibitor you know you can’t miss at the Festival? #celebratefairfax

Did you know that before the Festival opens on Sunday, we host a 5K with @potomacriverrunning ! It’s always a blast whet...
06/07/2020

Did you know that before the Festival opens on Sunday, we host a 5K with @potomacriverrunning ! It’s always a blast whether you’re running, supporting or just tagging along for the ride! #celebratefairfax

We’d be closing the night out with an amazing firework show just about now! Where’s your favorite place to watch the fir...
06/07/2020

We’d be closing the night out with an amazing firework show just about now! Where’s your favorite place to watch the fireworks from at the Festival? #celebratefairfax

We love catching a performance on any of our side stages throughout the day. On these stages are some of the best local ...
06/07/2020

We love catching a performance on any of our side stages throughout the day. On these stages are some of the best local and regional acts as well performances from various community groups and karaoke at night! What band made you a fan by their performance at the festival? Let us know in the comments! #celebratefairfax 🎶🎉

Right about now, we’d be strolling through the food court for some lunch! Scroll to see some festival staples: chicken o...
06/06/2020

Right about now, we’d be strolling through the food court for some lunch! Scroll to see some festival staples: chicken on a stick, funnel cake, barbecue, ice cream. You name it, we probably have it! What’s your favorite festival food? #celebratefairfax

While we are bummed out over not being at the Festival this weekend, we want to continue to celebrate all the  people an...
06/06/2020

While we are bummed out over not being at the Festival this weekend, we want to continue to celebrate all the people and entities that make our event possible! We have over 1500 volunteers at the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival. Our volunteers are an integral part of making the event happen and we are so grateful for the turnout and willingness of the volunteers to help each year! Here are some of our favorite pictures of volunteers throughout the year!

One of our favorite parts of the weekend are the headliner performances on the Bud Light Main Stage. Let us know in the ...
06/05/2020

One of our favorite parts of the weekend are the headliner performances on the Bud Light Main Stage. Let us know in the comments below who you loved seeing at the Festival! #CelebrateFairfax

It's not too late to register for our free, virtual concert with Scott Kurt on Monday, June 8 at 6PM! We hope to see you...
06/05/2020

It's not too late to register for our free, virtual concert with Scott Kurt on Monday, June 8 at 6PM! We hope to see you there! #CelebrateFairfax

You can register at the link here: https://my.demio.com/ref/C3RhU4QM0dFP1VVt

We're super excited to have Scott Kurt music as our first performer on the Kickback Lounge Sessions. We hope you'll join...
06/03/2020

We're super excited to have Scott Kurt music as our first performer on the Kickback Lounge Sessions. We hope you'll join us on Monday, June 8th at 6:00PM. You can register for the concert at https://my.demio.com/ref/C3RhU4QM0dFP1VVt

#celebratefairfax

06/01/2020

We're so excited to announce that we will be starting the Kickback Lounge Sessions! Our take on virtual concerts with some of our favorite bands from the Festival. For more information and to see the line-up of performers, visit: https://celebratefairfax.com/virtual-experiences/ #celebratefairfax

Have you heard?! Today is #GivingTuesdayNow ! Thank you for your continued support during this uncertain time. It’s no s...
05/05/2020

Have you heard?! Today is #GivingTuesdayNow ! Thank you for your continued support during this uncertain time. It’s no secret that dealing with COVID-19 has been a huge undertaking for many non-profit organizations, including Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. With your help, we will continue to thrive and celebrate Fairfax and it’s communities.

This #GivingTuesdayNow, we ask that you consider donating to our Celebrate Fairfax Education Fund. For more information and to donate please visit: https://www.cfnova.org/donate/celebrate-fairfax-education-fund. Your support is our future! Thank you!

#CelebrateFairfax

On this #GivingTuesdayNow, we ask that you consider donating to one of our partners, Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA)....
05/05/2020

On this #GivingTuesdayNow, we ask that you consider donating to one of our partners, Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA). By donating, you help make it possible for them to continue to save dogs and cats in need of saving!

To learn more about the incredible work Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA) does, visit their page (linked above) or foha.org

#celebratefairfax #FOHA

As many of you may know, Heartworm disease can be a costly, debilitating, and potentially deadly disease for dogs. Due to the high cost and months of treatment, many rescues shy away from accepting Heartworm positive (HW+) dogs. It is simply more time and money than they can commit. Thanks to a partnership with Leesburg Veterinary Hospital, which provides for low cost treatment, in 2019, FOHA accepted, successfully treated and ultimately found homes for seven heartworm positive dogs. Our partnership continues, and we have brought in two more heartworm positive dogs this year, who are currently receiving treatment. Your donations allow us to continue to accept these wonderful dogs that have been overlooked by other shelters due to a lack of funds.

You can donate here through May 6 - https://www.facebook.com/donate/671348506962457.

Thank you for your support!

#GivingTuesdayNow

Celebrate Fairfax Festival's cover photo
05/01/2020

Celebrate Fairfax Festival's cover photo

Thank you for your continued support of the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival. For questions & more information regarding this...
05/01/2020

Thank you for your continued support of the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival. For questions & more information regarding this update, please refer to the FAQ on our website, found at: www.celebratefairfax.com/info/faqs/

Just cruisin' through the week #HappyWednesday #CelebrateFairfax
03/18/2020

Just cruisin' through the week #HappyWednesday #CelebrateFairfax

Platinum and TItanium tickets get you right on the barricade for the Headliner shows! Who wouldn't want that view? Purch...
03/11/2020

Platinum and TItanium tickets get you right on the barricade for the Headliner shows! Who wouldn't want that view?

Purchase tickets now at www.celebratefairfax.com/21-vip/ #celebratefairfax

There's no better feeling than being a VIP. Did you know Platinum and Titanium ticket purchasers get early admission to ...
03/09/2020

There's no better feeling than being a VIP. Did you know Platinum and Titanium ticket purchasers get early admission to the Festival?

Buy your tickets now at www.celebratefairfax.com/21-vip/ before the sale ends on Friday!

Understanding our VIP Package benefits has never been easier! For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit ...
03/06/2020

Understanding our VIP Package benefits has never been easier!

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.celebratefairfax.com/21-vip/

#celebratefairfax

Wishing for warmer weather and a chill spot in our VIP Lounge.Did you know all VIP tickets include Beer and Wine Voucher...
03/04/2020

Wishing for warmer weather and a chill spot in our VIP Lounge.

Did you know all VIP tickets include Beer and Wine Vouchers at the Private VIP Bar in our Party on the Patio Lounge? Come enjoy a drink on us :)

For more information about ticket packages or to purchase, please visit: www.celebratefairfax.com/21-vip/

🗣VIP Ticket Packages are now on-sale at the lowest rate possible until Friday, the 13th 😱 For more information and to pu...
03/02/2020

🗣VIP Ticket Packages are now on-sale at the lowest rate possible until Friday, the 13th 😱

For more information and to purchase VIP tickets, visit: www.celebratefairfax.com/21-vip/

We hope you’ll come out and party with us! 🎟🎡🎉 #celebratefairfax

MOOD when it’s Friday and VIP Packages go on-sale Monday! Head to www.celebratefairfax.com/21-vip/ for all you need to k...
02/28/2020

MOOD when it’s Friday and VIP Packages go on-sale Monday! Head to www.celebratefairfax.com/21-vip/ for all you need to know about the VIP Packages!

Surprise! We will be having a VIP ticket presale from March 2-13! Get your tickets during this period for VIP tickets at...
02/26/2020

Surprise! We will be having a VIP ticket presale from March 2-13! Get your tickets during this period for VIP tickets at their cheapest rate.

For more information about what each VIP package includes, visit: https://celebratefairfax.com/21-vip/

#celebratefairfax

02/24/2020

Did you think we'd only have one Headliner on Friday?

Surprise #MusicMonday Announcement! Fuel will be performing on Friday with Hoobastank! We hope you'll rock with us on Friday, June 5th! #celebratefairfax

Carnivals bring out your inner child. Don’t miss out onsite! #CelebrateFairfax #HappyFriday
02/21/2020

Carnivals bring out your inner child. Don’t miss out onsite! #CelebrateFairfax #HappyFriday

Feelin' sweet cause we're halfway through the week #CelebrateFairfax
02/19/2020

Feelin' sweet cause we're halfway through the week #CelebrateFairfax

02/17/2020

What's the reason for posting this #MusicMonday ?

Oh another Headliner announcement, that's why! Hoobastank will be performing on the Bud Light Main Stage on Friday, June 5th! See you there! #CelebrateFairfax

Enjoy the day with your special someone. Happy Valentine's Day! #CelebrateFairfax #VAisforLovers
02/14/2020

Enjoy the day with your special someone. Happy Valentine's Day! #CelebrateFairfax #VAisforLovers

Another #rainyday?? You've GOAT to be kidding me! #CelebrateFairfax
02/12/2020

Another #rainyday?? You've GOAT to be kidding me! #CelebrateFairfax

02/10/2020

It's another great #MusicMonday! Saturday is jammed pack with more performances on the Bud Light Main Stage by Rapper Tone Loc and Sugar Hill Gang

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12000 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA
22035

Shuttle service to the festival is provided to and from Fair Oaks Mall and Fair Lakes Ciricle. Visit our website www.celebratefairfax.com for more detailed information.

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Check out Fairfax Community Connections and Volunteer Fairfax through these links! http://www.volunteerfairfax.org/individuals/fairfaxcommunityconnections.php https://www.facebook.com/FairfaxCommunityConnections

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The Celebrate Fairfax! Festival is a county fair and music festival hybrid, steeped in the history and vitality of Fairfax County and its 1.1 million citizens. Launched as the Fairfax Fair in 1982, the event was created by a blue ribbon commission consisting of elected officials and community leaders who realized that the fast-growing county lacked a unifying event or an established downtown. The resulting county fair was (and remains) the only major event designed to reach all of Fairfax’s communities. Prior to its founding, other Fairfax County fairs existed dating back to the 1700’s, but by the 1950’s, all had disappeared. When the current Fairfax Fair was created in the 1980’s, it featured a chili cook-off, carnival, and commercial and county government exhibits, and was held at George Mason University. Initially coordinated by the Fairfax County Extension Office, by the end of the decade the Fair was produced by the nonprofit Faxfair Corporation. A true collaborative effort, the Fair was made possible only through the financial and community support it received. By the early-1990’s, it became apparent that George Mason’s growth mirrored that of the Fairfax Fair, and that the needed space was not easily provided. Faxfair’s leadership worked with local officials and settled on its current home, the then-brand new Fairfax County Government Center. Including 25 acres of property, the 3-day Fair expanded its county government exhibits and created programs that fit the increasingly tech-driven Fairfax region. Among the major programs created during this time was the SciTech Center, a STEM-focused 10,000 square foot pavilion of interactive science-based activities. Also during this period, national headliner entertainment was added, including many of the top country and classic rock artists of that time, such as Toby Keith, Charlie Daniels, Trace Adkins, Three Dog Night, The Band, and Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. In 1996, Faxfair changed their name to Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. (CFI), to better represent the mission and vision of the organization. By the turn of the century, CFI changed the name of the Fair to the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, branding the event as a combination of a traditional county fair with a modern music festival. With as many as 8 stages of entertainment, music had long filled the void of not having a significant agricultural presence, and showcasing of arts and education became a focal point of the annual celebration. Today’s Celebrate Fairfax! Festival has evolved into an experience-first event. Programs are designed to be as interactive as possible, VIP experience packages offer the individual guest access to sponsor-like benefits, and attendee satisfaction is at an all-time high. Programs including local wine and craft brew tasting, a silent disco, a long-running karaoke championship, and headliners ranging from 3 Doors Down, Third Eye Blind, the B-52s, and All-American Rejects have replaced country music on the main stage. As CFI moves forward, its signature Celebrate Fairfax! Festival is expected to continue to be at the forefront of the metropolitan fair movement. CFI has also expanded its role in the community, producing or assisting events such as the World Police & Fire Games, the Workhouse Brewfest, and the annual Fall for Fairfax KidsFest.

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