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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fun things to do in Northern Virginia in the summer

Now that the long cold and harsh winter in the Washington D.C. Metro area is now nothing more than a distant memory, and the local schools have finally let out this week after the extended year due to so many snow days, it's time to get into summer fun mode.

As the heat and humidity in the area kick up, so do many other events in the region. Here are some ideas for summer fun in Northern Virginia:


Attend a summer concert


There are a number of summer concerts going on in the NoVa region, many of them weekly showcasing different artists. In Northern Virginia, there are concerts series in towns such as Clifton, Ashburn, Purcellville, Woodbridge, 
Black 47 played at
Arrowbrook Centre Park on June 28
Leesburg, Herndon, Manassas Old Town Alexandria, Arlington and at various Fairfax County Parks, to name a few. 


Most of these are free. If you want to see a full list of different concert locations, check out Rachel Cooper's post on About.com and the Virginia is for Lovers website.

Visit a farm


If you're looking to buy local or just want to take the family out for a day on the farm, there are plenty of choices. You will have to travel a bit away from the District though. Fun outings with activities for the kids include Ticonderoga Farms, Cows-n-Corn, Great Country Farm and Frying Pan Farm Park.

The above farms I have been to, but there are tons of others in the region I have yet to explore. 

I'm not sure if these farms have activities for the kids, but there are a number of farms west and south of the District that are listed as places you can pick your own produce. If you're looking to pick your own or shop in farm stores, there is a full list located at Pickyourown.org.

Water fun


Many local communities have their own swimming pools, but there are still many without pool access unless a summer pass is purchased. If you don't want to invest in a pass but are seeking water fun, there are a number of great day trips you can make. 


There are also a number of fairs and festivals going on (plug in your zip code on this site and it should pull up local events). Don't forget Northern Virginia is also full of vineyards.
 
Summer is now (finally!) upon us and, as in other times of the year, there is no shortage of things to do. These are just a few ideas.

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