February 4-5, 2017 
Chocolate Lovers Festival
May 6, 2017 Derby-Q 
May-October (4th Friday) Rock the Block! #TGIFairfax
May 6, 2017 
Mother/Son Campout
June 3, 2017 Fido Fest
June 17, 2017 Father/Daughter Dance 
July 4, 2017
Independence Day Celebration
October 14, 2017 Fall Festival
November 18-19, 2017 Holiday Craft Show

December 2, 2017

Festival of Lights & Carols

Downtown Parking Map

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The City of Fairfax is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all City programs, services, and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations, call the event phone number listed in the line description of each event. Please allow seven working days in advance of the event in order to make the necessary arrangements.

Chocolate Lovers Festival
The Chocolate Lovers Festival features two days of chocolate celebration. Among the events planned are the Taste of Chocolate, where vendors sell their wares to purchase; the Chocolate Challenge, an arts extravaganza where the medium is chocolate; historic re-enactments and historic building open houses; children's activities; a craft show and bake sale; a pancake breakfast and more. For information, visit or call 703.385.7858.

Independence Day Celebration Parade and Evening Show
City of Fairfax's Independence Day Celebration Parade and Evening Show offers the largest hometown parade and celebration in the entire metropolitan region. Co-sponsored by the City of Fairfax and the Independence Day Celebration Committee (IDCC), the day's events begin at 10 a.m. with a colorful parade through the historic streets of Old Town Fairfax.

The Independence Day Celebration Committee continually accepts applications from interested marching bands to participate in the parade. For more information, please contact  Mitzi Taylor Events and Athletic Manager; at 703.385.7949.

Fall Festival
Annually, the City of Fairfax Parks & Recreation Department sponsors a Fall Festival held in historic downtown Fairfax on the second Saturday in October. This popular event begins at 10 a.m. and includes arts and crafts, ethnic foods, children's corner, rides and musical entertainment. There are more than 500 arts, crafts and food vendors participating in the festival. Entertainment and children's activities also are provided. Attendance is about 35,000-45,000. For information, call 703.385.7858.

Holiday Craft Show
The third Saturday and Sunday of November are reserved for the Holiday Craft Show. The craft show is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run. This event features a variety of seasonal arts and crafts with more than 200 vendors. Attendance is about 8,000-10,000. For information, call 703.385.7858.

Festival of Lights & Carols
The first Saturday in December, the Parks & Recreation Department holds its annual Festival of Lights & Carols. Activities will include Lunch with Santa (tickets required; sold at Parks and Recreation Office in November), entertainment, hot cider, s’mores and lighting of the city tree in Old Town Fairfax. For information, call 703.385.7858.

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City of Fairfax ADA Policy
The City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department will make reasonable accommodations in recreation programs to enable participation by an individual with a disability who meets essential eligibility requirements for that recreation program. The ADA requires that recreation programs offered by City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department be available in the most integrated setting appropriate for each individual.
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