Summer concerts and movies unveiled by Fairfax County Park Authority

Fairfax County’s annual Summer Entertainment Series will kick off on June 1 (via Fairfax County Park Authority/Twitter)

The Fairfax County Park Authority has composed a slate of summer shows, including Grammy honorees, drive-in movies and a range of dancers.

Nearly 200 live events will take place across more than a dozen locations between June 1 and Aug. 31.

Last year’s Summer Entertainment Series drew more than 37,000 people to 189 concerts across the county, according to FCPA Performing Arts Production Manager Sousan Frankeberger.

“They let music lift their spirits, raise their hopes, awaken their memories, forge friendship between cultures and kindle a sense of belonging,” Frankeberger said in a press release.

The full 2024 show schedule is available to download. The FCPA is also offering a “performance search” function, where users can filter by location, performance type and other factors.

The 196 planned outdoor concerts and movies are grouped into various series spread across 17 locations around the county, with each spanning several weeks of the summer:

  • Braddock Nights: Fridays, 7:30 p.m., at Royal Lake Park (5344 Gainsborough Drive) and Lake Accotink Park (7500 Accotink Park Road), with children’s events on Saturdays, 10 a.m., at Wakefield Park (8100 Braddock Road)
  • Franconia Nights: Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., at Leonadus K. Plenty Amphitheater (6601 Telegraph Road)
  • Hunter Mill Melodies: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at Frying Pan Farm Park Kidwell Farm (2709 West Ox Road), with children’s events on Wednesdays, 10 a.m., at the Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center (2739 West Ox Road)
  • Mount Vernon Nights: Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., primarily at Grist Mill Park (4710 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway) and Workhouse Arts Center (9518 Workhouse Way), respectively
  • Providence Presents: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at Nottoway Park (9537 Courthouse Road) and Saturdays, 6 p.m., in the Mosaic District (2985 District Avenue)
  • Springfield Nights: Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at Burke Lake Park (7315 Ox Road), with children’s events on Saturdays, 10 a.m., at Burke Lake Park Amphitheater (7315 Ox Road).
  • Spotlight by Starlight: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, 8:30 p.m., at Mason District Park Amphitheater (6621 Columbia Pike) and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., at Ossian Hall Park (7900 Heritage Drive). Children’s events will be on Saturdays, 10 a.m., at the Mason District Park Amphitheater.
  • Music at Arrowbrook Centre Park (2351 Field Point Road): Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
  • Evenings on the Ellipse: Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Parkway)
  • Starlight Cinema Drive-in Movies: Saturdays at the Sully Historic Site (3650 Historic Sully Way), with gates opening at 6 p.m., a pre-show for kids at 7 p.m., and movies at dark

Finally, the Arts in the Parks children’s entertainment series will be spread across six locations, with dates on Saturday mornings, Saturday evenings and Wednesday mornings.

The season kicks off with a Mount Vernon Night on Saturday, June 1. The U.S. Navy Band Cruisers will play from their repertoire, which includes original songs, jazz, classic rock and pop.

The series concludes with a concert from Minnesota-based pop/rock band Cloud Cult at Arrowbrook Centre Park in Herndon on Saturday, Aug. 31.

If a show is at risk of getting rained out, those planning to attend can call 703-324-7469 an hour before the scheduled start time.

Photo via Fairfax County Park Authority/Twitter

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