Summer’s Last But Not Least in Fairfax County

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It’s hard to believe, but Summer 2012 is already moving into its final weeks. Here in Northern Virginia, though, there are still a lot of great events happening that will help you make the most out of the remaining lazy days.


American history is always on parade here in Fairfax County, and the Civil War Encampment Weekend at Sully Historic Site, during the weekend of Aug 18-19, in Chantilly VA, is an excellent opportunity to view it (10am – 4pm Saturday, and 10am – 3 pm Sunday, $9 adult/ $7 senior and child). Actors portraying both Union and Confederate troops will recreate daily life during the Civil War and demonstrate the varied tasks required of the army. There will be skirmishes each day involving infantry, artillery and cavalry. There will also be live music and a fashion show.


What could be more relaxing than an outdoor twilight concert on the green? The Herndon Friday Night Live! Concert series continues weekly on Friday evenings through Aug 24 on the Town Green in Herndon from 6:30pm – 10:30pm. Admission is free, and food and beverage vendors will be available.


Late summer is also a perfect time to sample the agricultural gifts we enjoy here in Northern Virginia. The Kingstowne Farmers Market takes off weekly on Friday evenings through Oct. 26 at the Kingstowne Center in Alexandria from 4pm – 7pm. Admission is free. The Burke Farmers Market is open weekly on Saturday mornings through Nov 17 at 5671 Roberts Pkwy in Burke from 8am – Noon. Admission is free. The Lorton Farmers Market is held weekly on Sunday mornings through Nov 4 at the Lorton VRE Station parking lot from 9am – 1pm. Admission is free.


An adults-only exploration of things that grow here in Northern Virginia takes place during the Paradise Springs Winery Experience Production Tour & Tasting held at the Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton on Saturdays at 1pm and 4pm, and again on Sundays at 3pm through Aug 26. The fee is $25 per person, and the tour will take you through the winery grounds including the historical log cabin and the vineyard itself as well as production areas. The tour will finish with a full tasting of the winery’s entire flight of wines.


Every season offers a wealth of things to do and places to explore here in Fairfax County. The Sullivan Group can help you seek out your perfect home whether you are brand new to the area, or ready to move into a new home. Any one of our Sullivan Group agents is always ready to help you at 703-222-3300 or If you prefer to speak with me in person, you can reach me on my cell phone at 703-268-6380.

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