A new community festival was introduced last year, and after its rousing success, Chantilly Day will be back in 2013, kicking off the festival season on Saturday. The opening ceremonies will commence with the presentation of the colors by the Chantilly Academy AFJROTC Color Guard.
“The most positive lesson we learned last year is that the community in Chantilly loved the event,” said Carl Brown, a co-chairman of the Chantilly Day Committee. “It was very well supported for a first-time event with lots of drive-in traffic, and in moving forward, we decided to expand it this year by making it larger, more spread out and adding some things that would add more excitement.”
Two national heroes in NASA astronauts Carl Walz and Frank Culbertson will serve as honorary co-chairmen for the event and will talk about their experiences in space and on the International Space Station. They will be given a proclamation by Supervisor Michael Frey (R-Sully), naming Chantilly as the “Air and Space Capital of Virginia,” and will greet guests at a special tent. There also will be a space shuttle moon bounce for the kids.
New for 2013 is a children’s stage, which will feature a puppet show and performances by The Elden Street Players. Additionally, food vendors have been added, with a wider variety of choices.
At the event, the Chantilly-Centreville Chamber of Commerce will present a series of business and community awards and also will present four $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from Chantilly High School, Chantilly Academy, Westfield High School and Centreville High School.
A pet adoption once again will be sponsored by Chantilly Animal Hospital, where visitors will have an opportunity to adopt pets at the event and take them home. Last year, 65 pets went home with new families.
More than 15,000 people are expected to head to Lewinsville Park on May 18, to celebrate the 98th annual McLean Day. Seth Kibel will serve as master of ceremonies and later will take the stage with his band, the Seth Kibel Bay Jazz Project.
“For a lot of our patrons, McLean Day signals the beginning of summer. Schools will be out soon, the weather is nice and it is a time for families to have a more relaxed and enjoyable time together,” said director of special events Sam Roberts. “I think McLean Day is one of the special things that make McLean a special place to live.”
McLean Day is produced by the McLean Community Center. Admission to the festival is free, and the cost for unlimited ride bracelets has been lowered.
ViVa! Vienna!, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Vienna, will once again serve as the place to be Memorial Day weekend, as 50,000 people are expected to join in on the Vienna community spirit from May 25-27.
“The Vienna Rotary Club spends a tremendous amount of volunteer time planning this event, with a lot of support from the community as well,” said Shirley Buford, public relations chairman of the event. “It is a great family event and we look forward to a successful festival.”
This year more than 30 acts will perform, with a full day of entertainment on both the main stage and children’s stage all three days. Musical styles include rock, pop, Latin, salsa, jazz, samba, bluegrass, blues and country. Dance acts include clogging, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, Zumba and belly dancing. Children’s entertainers include the always-popular Rocknoceros, clowns, the Banjo Man and magicians.
“Historically, we have been one of the more successful local events appealing to families with entertainment appealing to children and adults,” Buford said. “This event is family friendly, alcohol free, no admission charge and free entertainment. This event is also a great way of learning more about your local businesses, craftsmen, and to increase awareness of community offerings.”
A special Memorial Day ceremony will include special recognition of Vietnam Veterans and their families, to be held at noon on May 28.
The 33rd annual Herndon Festival takes place downtown from May 30 though June 2, beginning with its annual golf tournament on May 30. More than 60,000 people come out each year to the free event.
“This is a chance to bring together the citizens, business organizations, the civic organizations and the community to showcase the town of Herndon and all it has to offer,” said Jacqui Mathews, a spokeswoman for the event. “Ours is the largest free festival in Northern Virginia and that’s how we separate ourselves from the others.”
Featured events include live entertainment on three stages, a host of international foods, carnival rides and games, children’s hands-on art activities, a business expo, a model railway exhibit, an arts and crafts show and the popular 10K & 5K races.
New this year will be a cellphone charging station, so guests can make sure they stay connected.
Springfield Days had the most successful turnout in its history last year and organizers hope that the 25th anniversary of the event, scheduled for June 1-2, is even better.
Things kick off on Saturday with four separate events: a PetFest featuring pet rescue groups, vendors, trainers and pet adoptions; a Family FitnessFest with interactive demos of various activities; an entertainment stage with music and dancing; and OutdoorFest, featuring wagon rides and farm animals. There also will be a sheep-herding demonstration, kids Olympics and a Zumbathon.
That night, an outdoor movie featuring one of last year’s biggest blockbusters will be shown on the lawn.
On Sunday, the popular Cardboard Boat Regatta will be held along Lake Accotink’s shoreline.
If it’s entertainment you want, look no further than the stages at Celebrate Fairfax!, held June 7-9. Among this year’s highlights are more than 120 concerts and performances on eight stages, including three headlining acts — Summerland Tour 2013, featuring alternative superstars Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge on Friday, June 7; The B-52s on Saturday, June 8; and the Spin Doctors on Sunday, June 9.
In addition to the outstanding entertainment schedule, Celebrate Fairfax! will feature new programs such as Silent Disco Jr., presented by Radio Disney, the Fairfax is Beautiful photo contest, the Craft Beer Garden, the Fairfax County DockDogs Competition, an emerging artist showcase, plus more than 40 carnival rides and attractions, and over 30 food and drink vendors.
“Celebrate Fairfax! is about ‘pride of place,’ learning and sharing about, and bridging the gap between the hundreds of geographic, cultural and other communities that exist in our county of more than one million people,” said Meagan Butkus, vice president and managing director of Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. “Fairfax County is very much the center of Northern Virginia, and Celebrate Fairfax! is the event that binds us all together.”
Last year there were 70,000 to 80,000 visitors over the three days of the event, and organizers hope to see that number rise in 2013.
“Aside from the bridging of various communities, which is the greatest difference, Celebrate Fairfax’s programs are in many ways unique within this region,” Butkus said. “We are part county fair and part music festival. Kids’ tickets are only $5, we have more than 20 free activities in our Children’s Avenue area, a specially designed carnival area called the Kidway Midway, and so much more.”