Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. (CFI), a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation, was created by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 1984, as the result of a citizen blue ribbon study. Today, CFI’s mission is “The Celebration of Fairfax County and Its Communities.”
CFI’s “flagship” event, Celebrate Fairfax!, began as the Fairfax Fair. Dating back to colonial times, the House of Burgesses mandated that an annual Fair be held to promote commerce, economic development and a sense of community.
The Fair existed as a for-profit corporation from the late 1700’s to the mid-1940’s. In 1982, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors decided to create and host a countywide event: the “Fairfax Festival.” The success of that event led to the creation of the nonprofit Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. which produces the festival today. The Board of Supervisors remains involved through its appointment of 4 members to the CFI Board of Directors.
For a list of CFI Board Members, click here.
Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. programs include:
The Celebrate Fairfax! Festival
Northern Virginia’s largest music and entertainment festival, known by many as simply “The Fair!” More than 70,000 attendees enjoy seven stages of performances, great food, interactive exhibits and activities, a carnival, and many special attractions and activities. Celebrate Fairfax! is held annually the second weekend after Memorial Day.
Fall for Fairfax KidsFest
The premiere annual Northern Virginia fall festival takes place on the grounds of the beautiful Fairfax County Government Center. This great family festival is full of activities including scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, hay-rides, petting zoo, inflatables, kid’s crafts, stage entertainment, and more. Held annually the Saturday before Columbus Day Weekend, the 2017 event will occur on September 28th and October 1st. For more information about this event, visit www.fallforfairfax.com.
A workshop designed to assist nonprofit organizations, charities, religious groups, county agencies, and others who produce events for their members and the public. Sessions focus on diverse topics including fundraising, event public relations, operations tools and strategies, programs and entertainment, volunteer management, and much more. Through Events 101, CFI nurtures cooperation among event organizations, resulting in greater efficiencies and capacity for those serving Fairfax County. For more information about this event, visit www.events101.org.
Lord and Lady Fairfax Awards Program and SALUTE!
Each year, twenty members of the Fairfax County community (a man and woman from each Supervisor’s District) are named “Lords” or “Ladies” Fairfax, an honor bestowed based on community service and leadership. Honorees are named by Members of the Board of Supervisors, and receive their awards at the start of “Fair Week” each June.