FAQs

WHEN IS THE FESTIVAL?
Friday, June 6, 2015: 6:00pm – midnight
Saturday, June 6, 2015: 10:00am – midnight
Sunday, June 7, 2015:  11:00am – 7:00pm

THE FESTIVAL WILL GO ON RAIN OR SHINE!

WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL LOCATED?

On the grounds of the Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax Virginia 22035

Park and ride the free shuttle to the festival.  Shuttle stops at Fair Oaks Shopping Center and on Fair Lakes Circle.  Follow signs to the bus stops!
Download the Festival’s Shuttle Bus Map.

HOW MUCH IS AN ADMISSION TICKET?
Adult tickets are $15 at the gate; Children 3 – 12 are $5; Children under three are free.  Seniors (55+) and Active & Retired Military with ID are $10 at the gate.  For information on purchasing discounted advance tickets, visit our Tickets page.

ARE CARNIVAL RIDES INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF ADMISSION?

No, carnival ride tickets must be purchased separately.  Carnival rides are NOT included in the price of admission.  Carnival all-day ride handstamps are sold for $25 each on Saturday, June 7 until 5 pm, and on Sunday, June 8, until 4:30 pm, and they are valid for unlimited rides in both the KidWay MidWay and main Carnival Area. Sorry, no handstamps will be sold on-site Friday, June 6.  Individual carnival tickets are $1.25 each, and each ride requires between 2 and 6 tickets.

WHAT ARE THE HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS FOR RIDES?

Height restrictions differ from ride to ride based on the standard safety regulations for each ride.  There are kiddie rides in the KidWay MidWay area and thriller rides in the main Carnival area.  For more information, download and view the master Rider Height Guide and Speical Restrictions created by Amusements of America.  Please note that not every ride listed will be at the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival.

Each ride requires tickets – tickets cost $1.25 each and rides can require, on average, 2-6 tickets per ride.  Or you may purchase a carnival handstamp on-site Saturday or Sunday for $25.  Anyone that wants to ride a ride must have either tickets or a handstamp.  Handstamps are valid for rides in both the KidWay MidWay and main Carnival area.  For more information on carnival rides, please visit our carnival provider’s website: Amusements of America.

HOW DO I GET TO THE FESTIVAL?
Getting to the festival is easier than you think.  Celebrate Fairfax! is held at the Fairfax County Government Center located at 12000 Government Center Parkway.  While there is limited parking at the Government Center complex across the street (12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035), those lots fill up quickly each day.  Parking levels under the Government Center are by permit only. Permits are valid only on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7.

Celebrate Fairfax! makes it easy to access the festival via our FREE Shuttle Bus service.  The Celebrate Fairfax! shuttle bus service will take you round trip from nearby remote parking facilities – Fair Lakes Circle and Fair Oaks Mall – to the front door of the festival at NO CHARGE.  The FREE shuttle runs every 5-10 minutes. Follow signs to the bus stops!

Travel and Lodging

Download the Festival Shuttle Bus Map

Download Directions to the Shuttle Bus Stops

Fairfax Connector Bus Route – Regular Weekday Service from Vienna Metro Station to areas near the Government Center (not operating Sat. & Sun.)
Shuttle Bus Schedule: Friday, 4:30pm-12:30am; Saturday, 8:30am-12:30am; Sunday, 8:30am-7:30pm.

Shuttle Bus Stops: 11750 Fair Oaks – 2 stops: near ManTech and near Fairfax Marriott
12450 Fair Lakes Circle

WHERE CAN I FIND A MAP OF THE FESTIVAL SITE?
To download a copy of the 2014 festival map, click on the map below.
A map of the 2015 festival will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
Onsite-Map

WHERE CAN I GET DIRECTIONS TO THE FESTIVAL?
The festival is located at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035.

Parking levels under the Government Center are by permit only.  All shuttle buses are free of charge and require no permit.

* View a map of the Government Center on Google maps and get driving directions from your location.
* Download and print Celebrate Fairfax’s Driving Instructions (See Directions Page).
* Download and print directions to the festival shuttle bus parking lots (Download: see PDF).

IS HANDICAPPED PARKING AVAILABLE AT THE FESTIVAL?
Yes, Celebrate Fairfax! is accessible for persons with disabilities.  On-site parking at the Fairfax County Government Center is available for persons with valid handicapped permits.  Regular-sized vehicles with valid handicapped hangtag or license plate must enter through the Green Gate and will be directed to garage parking.  Oversized vehicles with a valid handicapped hangtag or license plate must enter through the Green Gate and will be directed to surface parking in the Friends of the Festival Lot.  A golf cart is available to transport handicapped visitors to Festival program areas.  Ask the Green Gate Chairman for assistance upon arrival.

IS ABSENTEE VOTING STILL AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER?
Absentee Voting is available on Saturday, June 6th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  In order to vote (but not attend the Festival), vehicles must enter through the Green Gate, where voters will be directed to a parking area for this purpose.  Voters are required to remove their vehicles from the Festival site immediately upon completion.  Additionally, those attending the Festival may visit Room 323 inside the Government Center during Absentee Voting hours if they wish to vote.  For more information or details about absentee voting visit Fairfax County Absentee Voting.

CAN I RENT A BABY STROLLER OR WHEELCHAIR AT CELEBRATE FAIRFAX!?
A limited number of wheelchairs are available for FREE on a first-come, first-served basis in the festival office – Room 2 in the Conference Center. In order to reserve a wheelchair, a government-issued photo identification card must be left with festival office staff and will be given back once the wheelchair has been returned.  We do not offer baby stroller rentals.  For on-site assistance, visit any of our information booths or speak to a gate supervisor.

WHAT ITEMS ARE NOT PERMITTED AT THE FESTIVAL?
To ensure a safe and enjoyable festival experience for everyone, the following are not permitted at the festival:

* Coolers, pitchers or glass containers
* Soliciting
* Removing alcoholic beverages from the site
* Laser pointers
* Lawn or beach chairs
* Pets, except for service animals for patrons with disabilities
* Boom boxes and audio recording devices
* Scooters, roller skates, skateboards, bicycles, or in-line skates
* Professional still or video cameras
* Climbing on any scaffolding towers or stages
* Smoking at any tented areas or indoor venues
* Defacing property within the festival site (this may result in prosecution)
* Bringing in outside alcoholic beverages

Bags, backpacks and other hand-carried items are subject to inspection. Blankets are welcome. Umbrellas may be brought in, but you may be asked to lower them in concert areas to allow all guests access to stage viewing. Please note that shirts and shoes must be worn while on the festival grounds!

WHAT TIME ARE THE FIREWORKS?

The Leidos Fireworks are at 9:30pm on both Friday and Saturday night.

WHAT HOTELS ARE CLOSE TO THE FESTIVAL?
Celebrate Fairfax Inc. recommends the following hotels:

Official Hotel Sponsor of the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival
sponsor-hilton
Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax
3950 Fair Ridge Drive
Fairfax, VA  22033
(703) 385-7774
2.42 miles from the festival
hampton
Hampton Inn – Fairfax City
10860 Fairfax Boulevard
Fairfax, VA  22030
(703) 385-2600
2.27 miles from the festival

OTHER QUESTIONS?

For general information, browse this site, email us, or call 703-324-3247.