Thursday, May 29, 2014

Get ready to 'Celebrate Fairfax' in June

Every year Fairfax County throws its annual "Celebrate Fairfax" event. Fun for all ages, Celebrate Fairfax has the typical carnival type attractions such as rides and food, but also has various types of performances along with other special presentations and a whole lot more. The festival runs for 3 days, it begins on Friday and concludes on Sunday.

Now in its 33rd year, this year's event starts on June 6 and runs through June 8.

It's been a few years since I've attended due to other commitments in early June, but am considering going again this year. In previous years we've seen light shows, dog shows, bands, dance, arts and crafts, technology and many other of types of fun. The kids love it! If you've got children, there has never been a shortage of children's programs to explore. From the looks of the county's website, it appears there is still all this happening  and more. There's even a "Silent Disco".

One of the major attractions is the music. In previous years some well-known names have played at the festival. This year's headliners scheduled to be on the Bud Light Main Stage are:
  • The All-American Rejects Fri 8 p.m.  
  • Cheap Trick Sat 8 p.m.  
  • The Hunts Sun 4 p.m.  

Check this link to see the schedules for the Shock Top Rock and Cox Rocks stages to see what other musical talent is featured over the weekend. After the headliners on Friday and Saturday night, the festival will present fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Image credit: Public Domain (Wikimedia)
Other highlights this year include contests. Scheduled competitions include a cornhole tournament, amateur photography (these entries were due in last week), an art contest, karaoke and a QR hunt. 

The latter is a first time event for Celebrate Fairfax and participants need to have a smartphone. The festival's website recommends what apps to download based on which mobile OS will be used in order to compete in the QR hunt. Participants look for clues and use the QR app to solve the puzzle. (Check the link for a description of what the contest involves).

Those planning to attend can buy tickets in advance (advance purchases are a few dollars cheaper) or on the day of the event. Advance tickets can also be purchased at Wegmans through June 5 for a discount while supplies last. 

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