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Weekend Fun Nearby: Herndon Festival

by Karen Goff May 28, 2015 at 9:30 am 18 Comments

Herndon Festival 2015/Courtesy Herndon FestivalSign of summer: The 35th annual Herndon Festival kicks off Thursday night.

This four-day street fair is fun for the whole family, with rides, beer trucks, a wine garden, food vendors and some new special events.

Here is what you need to know:

Festival hours are Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m.; Friday, to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Herndon Festival takes place in downtown Herndon, on Lynn Street and surrounding areas. There is offsite parking and shuttle buses from Herndon High School and Worldgate.

Admission is free. You need tickets ($1.50 each) for rides (most of which cost several tickets. All-you-can-ride wristbands and ticket books are available.

There are four entertainment stages with a wide variety of musical acts each day, including a Fleetwood Mac tribute band; a Simon and Garfunkel tribute band; Hip-hop; country; and more.

There will be a Kids Alley stage with entertainment such as The Unicycle Lady, The Monkey Man, and mimes and jugglers. See the full entertainment schedule on the festival website.

There will be fireworks Thursday and Saturday nights about 9:30 p.m.

Food vendors will be on hand. See a complete list on the festival website.

Also for kids: The Childrens Hands-On Art area at Station and Lynn Streets.

There will be a 5K and 10K Race on Sunday. The course goes through downtown Herndon and is open to all ages.

There will also be a video game competition on Saturday and a demonstration by the Northern Virginia Roller Derby on Thursday night.

  • meh

    “Admission is free” + “There are four entertainment stages with a wide variety of musical acts each day, including Hip-hop” = a safe weekend to do yard work in Hunters Woods

    • biker

      Could probably even bike around Hunters Woods this weekend with out being robbed at knifepoint.

  • WhoIsJohnGalt

    Hope everyone makes sure to lock their cars – it’s going to be a “target rich environment”.

  • Solid Citizen

    Nothing but groups of young people (teens and young adults) hanging out. Not the best time for families with young children. Hardly worth the effort.

    • WhoIsJohnGalt

      I believe the term is “youths”

      • Ricky Spanish

        Sir, your use of that term is loaded and slanderous. I fear that I must object most profusely.

        • Mike M

          I fear that too. The profuseness.

      • Mike M

        Indeed. Yoots in Brooklyn.

        • WhoIsJohnGalt

          “A yoot? What is a yoot?”

          • Mike M

            If yous are under a soitin’ age, den you’d be a yoot.

  • Ricky Spanish

    Do you what else you can do for fun on the weekends? Go to Hooters.. #HootersForReston

    • Wings!!

      If Reston had a Hooters, I’d go this weekend.

  • invited

    Am I allowed to join even if I’m not an active MS-13 member?

  • Victor

    So much crap is being said about the Festival. I’ve been to it for the the last 5 years with my wife and kids, and I have never had any issues with either theft or violence. For those who have never been to the Festival, go and see for yourself. Don’t believe everything you read on the comments section.

    • Noelle

      I’ve been going for the past 19 years and never had issues!

    • SomeGringo

      It’s really one of the best festivals in the area. Lots of families go. I wouldn’t miss it. Restonians wish they could have such a community event, but I understand it’s difficult with all the hate spewed and prejudice.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    $7.50 to stand in line for an hour in order to get a 5 minute ride on the ferris wheel. I think I’ll stick to the bicycle, which is free, no waiting necessary and I can ride as long as I want. Who knows? I might take the family to the Hooters up on 7th St NW by Chinatown.

    • Wings!!

      Dude. Reston needs a Hooters.;


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