This weekend, “I’m bored,” has absolutely no place in your kids’ lexicon. Especially since the Celebrate Fairfax Festival–full of rides, fair food, and music galore–is going down. There’s also a colorful Chalk Festival and a tasty Strawberry Festival happening around the DMV. With all of this fest fun in one weekend, twiddling thumbs is simply not an option.

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Celebrate Fairfax!
This community-wide shindig (now in its 35th year) features 25 acres of amazing concerts, family programs, green living demos, thrilling carnival rides and nightly fireworks! Among the festival’s highlights are the more than 120 concerts and performances on eight stages, with an exceptional line-up of national, regional and local artists. Fri.-Sun., 1 pm-5 pm. All ages. Event details.


Chalk on the Water Festival
Chalk on the Water is a two-day street-painting festival where participants will create amazing street art around Lake Anne Plaza. Festival goers can purchase a “plot” of brick space on the plaza and paint to their hearts delight whatever flows from their imagination. Cost for spaces are $10 for families and school-age children (Elementary – High School), $15 for amateur artists, and $15 for professional artists. Fri.-Sun., 11 am-5 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


‘The Barker of Seville
Rufus the dog aspires to become a famous opera singer in Blue Sky’s hilarious musical comedy The Barker of Seville. Rufus and his friend Rosa practice and prepare themselves for their future musical roles while working in a local restaurant. Meanwhile, Leonardo Vespucci Provologni, the self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Opera Star” tries to stop them. Come find out if Rufus and Rosa make it to the stage and hit the high notes! Sat., 9:30 am-10:30 am. Free. Ages 4-10. Event details.

Sandy Spring

Woodlawn Visitor Center Opening Celebration
Join Montgomery Parks in celebrating the Grand Opening of the Woodlawn Visitor Center. Explore the 1832 Stone Barn’s exhibits where echoes of the past tell the story of a bustling farm, its community, and those who made a bold bid for freedom on the Underground Railroad. Learn about Woodlawn’s earliest residents and their neighbors. Throughout the afternoon, enjoy living history demonstrations, tours, activities for children, food, live music and a special performance by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices. Sat., 12 pm-4 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Strawberry Festival (Nomnomnom)
Strawberry lovers in your crew? Make your way over to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for their 150th Annual Strawberry Festival happening rain or shine. There will be lots of free activities and fun for the whole family, including two bounce houses, face painting, crafts, pony rides, rock climbing and walking tours. Food (including strawberries and strawberry shortcakes, of course!) can be purchased on site. Sat., 4 pm-8 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Chevy Chase

Itsy Bitsy Audobon
Kids, critters and campfires…oh my! The evening will begin with a fun and engaging walk through the meadows of Woodend Nature Sanctuary. Afterwards, gather around the Woodend Fire Pit for nature-themed storytelling and campfire songs. Fri., 7 pm-8:30 pm. $5. Ages 3-6. Event details.

Tell us your plans for weekend fun in the comments section below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady