Due to a 2017 agreement with Comstock, the property that housed the festival carnival will be under construction beginning late 2018 or early 2019. As a result of limited space, an alternative site was found. Other areas of downtown Herndon are expected to also undergo construction.
It is unclear if the festival will ever return to the downtown area.
“Once the redevelopment project is complete, town staff will assess what new events or activities will be appropriate and attractive to the community. The Herndon Festival, as we know it today, likely will not return to the downtown area, due to the loss of the open space to host the carnival and considerable number of vendor, sponsor and volunteer booths required,” according to a statement by town officials.
Sans the charm of downtown buildings as a backdrop and grassy spaces for concert seating, county officials expect next year’s festival will feature different programming that will keep the event “fresh and interesting” for the audience.
County officials will not consider removing the carnival from the festival in order to keep the event in downtown Herndon because the carnival generates 45 percent of total revenues from the festival.
“Without a carnival the event would have to be curtailed in enough ways that it would not resemble what we now know as the Herndon Festival,” according to town officials.
Photo by Mikey Tate
The Herndon Festival returns to historic downtown Herndon on Thursday (May 31) through Sunday (June 3). The annual event will include four days of activities, vendors, and entertainment.
The event, which takes place at 777 Lynn Street, averages attendance of 80,000 over all four days, according to the festival’s website.
The carnival will be open on Thursday from 6-10 p.m., on Friday from 5-11 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Single tickets are $1.25, with bundle deals and an all-pass ticket available.
New this year is a kids’ puppet show and car creation event where kids can make their own cardboard car and watch a puppet show. Kids can also enjoy a hands-on art area, an entertainment alley, and fireworks displays.
Attendees are encouraged to use a complimentary shuttle bus service, as parking will be limited. The following street closures will also be in effect:
- Elden Street in both directions between Monroe Street and Center Street
- Spring Street in both directions between Locust and Elden Street
- Center Street between Locus Street and Vine Street, with the exception of southbound traffic between Elden Street and Locust Street.
Street closures will impact Fairfax Connector routes.
A map of the festival is below:
For more information, visit the festival’s website.
Backpacks Checked Out at Festival — Herndon Police say abandoned backpacks Friday and Saturday at the Herndon Festival brought out the department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit. No threat was found in either case. [Herndon Police Department]
SLHS Student-Athletes Honored — Spring sports players at South Lakes High School were honored Monday night for their performances on and off the field. [South Lakes Athletics]
Official Name Change for RTC Street — The private street at Reston Town Center that is home to The Avant, CVS, Barcelona and Bartaco is officially known as Town Square. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, as an administrative item, approved a name change to Town Square Street. [Fairfax County Board of Supervisors]
Area Player to Go High in MLB Draft — Ashburn’s J.B. Bukauskas, a Stone Bridge High School grad and a star pitcher at the University of North Carolina, is projected to be picked in the Top 7 of next week’s Major League Baseball Draft. [EIN Presswire]
The 11th annual Reston Sprint Triathlon, benefiting Cornerstones, will be held at Lake Newport Pool starting at 7 a.m. Sunday. The event will last about 3 1/2 hours and will impact portions of local roads including Lake Newport Road, Reston Parkway, Wiehle Avenue and Baron Cameron Avenue. Most of the run will take place on RA pathways in the area.
There quite a lot more on the events calendar for the Reston area this weekend. Here is just a sampling of the events you can enjoy:
- Reston Station’s “Summerbration” series kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. with a free concert by Battery Lane. Tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., visit for a free outdoor showing of “Rogue One” on the plaza. The Summerbration events outside the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station will continue through the end of August.
- The Herndon Festival continues through this weekend. Events this weekend include numerous concerts on three stages, kids’ entertainment, carnival rides, food and drinks, and much more. The event takes place throughout downtown Herndon in the area of Elden and Lynn streets.
- Reston Town Center’s summer concert series begins Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by former “America’s Got Talent” winner Landau Eugene Murphy. The show will take place at the Town Center’s pavilion.
- Other live music at Reston Town Center this weekend will include a performance from 6-10 p.m. tonight at Tavern64 (1800 Presidents St.) and both tonight and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Crafthouse (1888 Explorer St.).
- Reston Town Center businesses are organizing this summer for “Small Business Support Sundays,” which begin this weekend. For a full list of promotions available, check out their website.
- The Reston Farmers Market will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lake Anne Village Center.
- Lake Anne is also hosting Sunday Yoga on the Plaza each week, at 9:30 a.m.
- The 2017 Reston Lake Cleanup is slated for Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Meeting locations will be at Lake Audubon, Lake Anne and Lake Thoreau. Volunteers will get into their boats, as well as walking on the shorelines of each lake, to collect as much trash as possible.
- Lake Anne Brew House (11424 Washington Plaza W.) will celebrate Pride Month tonight with a special “Night Out” event.
- Bird lovers are invited to the Walker Nature Center (11450 Glade Drive) on Saturday from 6:45 a.m. to noon to participate in the summer bird count.
- “Radcliffe Bailey: The Great Dismal Swamp” remains on display at Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market St.) through August.
- “Urinetown: The Musical” is being performed at NextStop Theatre Company (269 Sunset Park Drive) through June 25. Two of this weekend’s performances are already sold out, but tickets remain available for 8 p.m. tonight and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. General admission tickets start at $40.
- Kalypso’s (1617 Washington Plaza N.) will have live music tonight at 9:30 p.m. from The Reluctors.
- Vinafera Wine Bar and Bistro (11750 Sunrise Valley Drive) has live music from 7-10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night.
File photo via Christin Photography/Reston Association
Majority Say They’ll Go to RTC — With our story Wednesday about changes to parking fees at Reston Town Center, we posted a poll asking whether those changes will make readers more likely to visit the Town Center. With nearly 900 votes on the unscientific poll, about two-thirds of responders said they would. [Reston Now]
Herndon Festival Starts Tonight — The 37th annual festival will run tonight through Sunday in downtown Herndon. Several streets, including Elden Street, will be closed throughout the event. Free parking and shuttle buses will be provided to get to the festivities. [Herndon Festival]
Community Center Board Meets Monday — The Reston Community Center Board of Governors will continue the decision-making process regarding the budget outline for FY19, and possible timelines for capital projects including the proposed renovation of the Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center, Monday at 8 p.m. at RCC (2310 Colts Neck Road). The annual public hearing for programs and budget is slated for Monday, June 19. [Reston Community Center]
Barton Hill Tennis Courts Closed — Reston Association says the courts are being resurfaced, and it is hoped they will be reopened by mid-June. [Reston Association/Twitter]
Halogen Lamp Starts Fire — A blaze earlier this week south of Reston caused about $125,000 in damages after a lamp in the basement ignited nearby combustibles. Two residents of the home have been displaced. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]
The stage is being set for next week’s 37th annual Herndon Festival.
The annual outdoor festival, on Lynn Street in the town, is set for June 1-4. The free event averages attendance of 80,000 annually, according to its website.
“Every year we throw ourselves a big town party,” said Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel. “Thursday night is a local favorite, where tons of neighbors walk downtown to kick off the festival. The rest of the weekend we welcome people from across the D.C. region. Three stages of entertainment, great crafts and, of course, funnel cake! What’s not to love?”
This year, in addition to the 5K and 10K races, carnival atmosphere and musical entertainment, there will be an event called Country on the Green on the new Herndon Municipal Center stage. The event goes from 11:30 a.m to 6 p.m on Sunday, June 4. The daylong celebration will consist of music, line dancing, barbecue and drinks.
The music stages at the festival are the Cafe Stage, the Depot Stage and the Kids Alley. Concerts range from bluegrass to rock and children’s music. Check out the full entertainment lineup here.
Ticket prices for the carnival will be $1.25 for a single ticket, with bundle deals and an all-day pass available. A minimum of $5 worth of tickets must be purchased for those who want carnival access.
Carnival hours will be:
- Thursday, 6-10 p.m.
- Friday, 5-11 p.m.
- Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There is also fun on the docket just for kids. Little ones can enjoy themselves with hands-on art exhibits and projects, children’s entertainers, a model train display, fireworks shows and more.
The festival’s Arts and Craft Show starts Friday, June 2 and continues throughout the weekend, featuring booths selling items such as jewelry, furniture and folk art. In addition to arts vendors, there will be several food vendors selling items throughout the festival, including the Big Cheese food truck, Jason’s Mini Donuts and Robeks Fruit Smoothies.
For more information about the festival, visit its website or call 703-787-7300.
If summer doesn’t really begin until you hit the beer garden, play a carnival game and scarf down some cotton candy, we’ve got you covered.
The Herndon Festival returns to downtown Herndon June 2-5. The 36th annual event features fun for the whole family. Here is what you need to know:
Festival Hours are Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission is free, but you will need tickets for food, beer and rides. Check out a festival map to see where you want to go.
Parking is very limited. Park at Herndon High School or Worldgate and take the free shuttle bus to the festival.
Fireworks will light the sky Thursday, June 2 and Saturday, June 4 about 9:30 p.m.There will be music on three stages.
There will be 10K and 5K races Sunday morning. Find out registration details.
Lots and lots of food will be for sale. Beer trucks will sell Budweiser, Bud Light, Shock Top, and other craft beers and wine at the Arts Herndon booth.
Carnival fun includes games and rides. Find out how to purchase tickets.
Photo: Herndon Festival 2013/Credit: Mikey Tate
Sign 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.
The free event features activities music, carnival rides, food vendors, an arts and crafts show and Saturday night fireworks.
Here is what you need to know:
Festival hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The festival is at 777 Lynn St., but parking is offsite. Free shuttle bus service will run from two spots:
- Herndon High School, 700 Bennett St. The Herndon High School stop is to the left of the big rock at the High School entrance.
- Worldgate Shopping Center, 13037 Worldgate Dr. The Worldgate stop is east of the lower level parking garage entrance off Worldgate Drive.
You can also bike to the festival. The Herndon Festival features a free bike valet provided by volunteers.
There will be three stages with musical performers. Full schedules can be found on the Herndon Festival website.
There will also be a Kids Alley childrens’ area with kid-friendly entertainment.
New this year: the NoVA E-Sports Cup League of Legends video game tournament. League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena video game. Following an online round-robin qualifier among 20 teams, the competition will culminate with the top five in the final rounds by the Depot Stage.
There will be 5K and 10K runs and Fitness Expo Sunday morning. The races are open to all ages.
Carnival rides require tickets. Prices:
- Single Ticket: $1.25
- Book of 30 Tickets: $30
- Book of 50 Tickets: $45
- All-you-can-ride wristband offered for Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $16.
Photo courtesy of Herndon Festival.