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Special Events, City of Falls Church, VA

The Recreation and Parks Department hosts numerous free events that attract thousands of people from all over the region. There's something for everyone all year-round in the City. We look forward to seeing you at these fun City events!

Free parking for most events is available at the Community Center (223 Little Falls Street) and on side streets (please check signs for time limits). Parking at City Hall is restricted until noon on Saturdays because of the Farmers Market.
Farmers Market
Saturdays, Year-Round

Follow this link to learn more about the Farmers Market and the free Chef Demos!
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m.
Rain Date: Monday, April 21 at 4 p.m.

The Easter Egg Hunt is held Easter weekend each year in Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Avenue). In addition to scrambling for eggs, children ages 11 and younger participate in a make-your-own-candy-bag craft project and have a chance to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. This event is free to all participants. Read more >>
Art Show
Friday, April 25, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, from Noon to 4 p.m.

The City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department will present its annual Art Show and Sale April 25-26, featuring original artwork by art students, City residents and employees. On Friday, April 25 from 5-7 p.m. the event kicks off with an opening reception at City Hall, 300 Park Avenue. The show will also be open on Saturday from Noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free for both days. For information on how to enter click HERE.
Civil War Day Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Civil War Day is held each year on a Saturday in May at Cherry Hill Park. This living-history event depicts the Falls Church homefront during the Civil War. Activities include drilling and firing demonstrations, living history presentations, a Civil War music concert, box lunches, free admission to the Civil War era Cherry Hill Farmhouse, and more.

Memorial Day Parade and Festival
Monday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For over 30 years, the City has hosted an annual Memorial Day Festival and Parade on Memorial Day. Festivities include a Veterans ceremony at the Falls Church Veterans Memorial, a Don Beyer 3K Fun Run, live entertainment, contests, food and craft vendors, and a lively parade down Park Avenue. Read more >>
Tinner Hill Festival
Saturday, June 14

The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and the City of Falls Church host the annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival each June. The Festival celebrates the hill where the first rural branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded and features a variety of music from the Afro-Brazilian, urban, gospel, and blues genres; traditional African-American cuisine and craft vendors; and the annual E.B. Henderson "Dear Editor" awards. For more information, call 703-241-4109 or contact the Tinner Hill Foundation via e-mail.

Dance Recital Saturday, June 7 at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Hundreds of students participate in the annual spring recital. The children range in age from 2-16. Dance recitals are typically held in May of each year at the George Mason High School Auditorium (7124 Leesburg Pike). This event is free to the public.


Friday, July 4
Music at 7 p.m., Fireworks at 9:20 p.m.

The City sponsors an annual July 4th Independence Day Celebration at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike). Music starts at 7 p.m. with a live performance by Beatles tribute band The Apple Core. Fireworks start at 9:20 p.m. In the event of rain, the event is scheduled for July 5 at the same time and location. Spectator seating on the rain date will be available at the high school, but not the Graduate Center parking lot. The event is free to the public. No alcohol, personal fireworks, or smoking permitted on school grounds. Follow this link for more information, including parking restrictions.


Concerts in the Park
Thursdays at 7 p.m. on June 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; and August 7

The Recreation and Parks Department and the Village Preservation and Improvement Society host an annual Summer Concerts in the Park series held in Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Avenue) beginning the in June and continuing through August. The series features local musicians of various genres every Thursday evening.

All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are free to the public. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the Falls Church Community Center located next to the Park at 223 Little Falls Street.

Sunset Cinema
Fridays at 8 p.m. or dusk on August 15, August 22, and August 29

Sunset Cinema in the Park is held on Fridays every late August and September in Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Avenue). Free film screenings of various family friendly movies are shown throughout the summer evenings. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics. In the case of inclement weather, screenings will take place at the Falls Church Community Center located next to the park at 223 Little Falls Street.
Fall Festival
Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The annual Fall Festival and Taste of Falls Church is held each September in Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Avenue). Features include live entertainment, pony rides, amusement rides, crafters, businesses and civic organizations, and cuisine from City kitchens. The children's activity tent offers face painting and craft projects. Admission is free to the public, but amusement rides require the purchase of one or more tickets. The Fall Festival is held rain or shine!
Farm Day
Saturday, October 11  

Farm Day is held one Saturday every October in Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Avenue). This family event features blacksmith demonstrations, horse-drawn hayrides, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, and a petting zoo. Children can learn basic farming skills such as corn-shelling and beekeeping. Tours of the historic Cherry Hill Farmhouse and Barn are also offered free of charge. This annual event is a delight for the whole family! Be sure to bring a camera.
Halloween Carnival Saturday, October 25, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The Halloween Carnival is held each year at the Community Center (223 Little Falls Street). The carnival has been a popular event for children for more than 30 years. Infants through sixth graders are invited to enjoy carnival games, a moon bounce, face painting, crafts, a haunted house, movies, candy, and a live creepy creature show featuring the spookiest reptiles in nature. Entrance fee is $2 per child ages 2 and up. Adults and children under 2 yrs. old are free.
Veterans Day
Tuesday, November 11 at 11 a.m.

Every year the Recreation and Parks Department honors veterans with a ceremony at the City of Falls Church Veterans Memorial (223 Little Falls Street). This tribute recognizes all those who served in the armed forces. "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." (Elmer Davis, Director of the United States Office of War Information during World War II).
Holiday Crafts
Saturday, December 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Deck the halls during the holiday season with special gifts from the annual Holiday Gift & Craft Show. More than 50 crafters and merchants show their wares at the Community Center (223 Little Falls Street) selling unique handmade items, baked goods, and more during the first weekend in December.

The $1 All-Weekend Shopping Pass is an excellent value! Children under 12 receive free admission. Lunch is sold each day of the event.

Children's Activities will be offered on Saturday, including an opportunity for Lunch with Santa. Children can also visit the Children's Holiday Shop at Cherry Hill Farmhouse to purchase inexpensive holiday gifts for their friends and family. Volunteers are on hand to help children make their purchases and wrap their gifts. Read more>>

Civil War Thankgiving

The Civil War Christmas is held in even-numbered years, so watch for it in 2014! Read more>>
Watch Night
Wednesday, December 31, from 7 p.m. to Midnight

Ring in the New Year with the annual, free, New Year's Eve "Watch Night" celebration held from 7 p.m. to midnight near the crossroads of Broad and Washington streets. The celebration is cosponsored by the City of Falls Church and the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation. "Watch Night" is named after the ancient African tradition of "watching" in the New Year.

A range of entertainment offerings appeals to adults, children, families, and individuals looking for fun small-town festivities. Children's entertainment includes magicians, storytelling, face painting, and the Moon Bounce. Children, teenagers and adults can show their skills on the karaoke stage or at digital dance revolution. Live music and City restaurants are open for business within the entertainment center.

No reservations required. For those driving into the City, plan to park a few blocks away in public lots or along the street.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Cherry Hill Farmhouse and Barn Events

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