Celebrate Fairfax! June 5-7
May 26, 2009
Come to Celebrate Fairfax! to enjoy rides, concerts, performing arts, exhibits, food and fireworks. The annual event is Friday, June 5, through Sunday, June 7, at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.
The festival’s hours are:
- Friday, 6 p.m. to midnight;
- Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight;
- Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
General admission is:
- $12 (ages 11 and up);
- $10 (age 55 and up and active military with ID);
- $5 (ages 3-10); and
- free (ages 2 and under).
This includes all the concerts, entertainment and exhibits for that day. Carnival rides are not included in the general admission price.
Celebrate Fairfax! operates an online ticketing system that allows individuals to buy tickets in advance. Advance adult ticket purchases provide a 25 percent discount on regular admissions tickets. To buy tickets online, go to www.celebratefairfax.com. Individuals also can save money by buying special combo tickets online and purchasing discounted daily admission tickets from Wegmans in Fairfax.
Celebrate Fairfax! will feature popular musical artists throughout the weekend on the Bud Light Main Stage. Top headliners include Blues Traveler on Friday evening; The Fixx and The Old Skool All-Stars featuring Tone Loc, Naughty By Nature and the Sugarhill Gang on Saturday; and Phil Vassar on Sunday afternoon. There will be more than 60 performances on five stages located throughout the festival. All entertainment is free with daily general admission. A fireworks display will light up the night on Friday and Saturday evenings. Free children’s interactive theater shows will be held in the Government Center Board Auditorium Saturday at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
In addition, there are enhancements to the already extensive family programming at Celebrate Fairfax! This includes new program areas such as Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom display, the Fairfax Karaoke Championship, the all new Better Living Expo and the KidWay MidWay, featuring carnival rides for children.
Parking and Free Shuttle Buses
There will be no Celebrate Fairfax! parking at the main Government Center building. Parking will be available nearby behind the Pennino and Herrity buildings located on Post Forest Road and Government Center Parkway. Buses will transport festival-goers from the Vienna Metro Station and off-site parking lots. The schedule is:
Friday, June 5 – Free shuttle service from Fair Lakes Circle and
Fair Oaks Mall, 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (Saturday). Fairfax Connector
Route 621 will operate regular service between the Vienna Metro Station
and the Government Center for $1.35 (cash) or $1.25 SmarTrip
Saturday, June 6 – Free shuttle service from Fair Lakes Circle
and Fair Oaks Mall, 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. (Sunday). Free Fairfax
Connector buses from the Vienna Metro Station every half-hour starting
at 9 a.m.; the last shuttle will return to the Vienna Metro Station
half an hour after the festival’s close.
- Sunday, June 7 – Free shuttle service from Fair Lakes Circle and Fair Oaks Mall, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free Fairfax Connector buses from the Vienna Metro Station every half-hour starting at 9 a.m.; the last shuttle will return to the Vienna Metro Station half an hour after the festival’s close.
Adjustments at the Government Center
Every effort has been made to minimize the impact on access to the Government Center. However, to accommodate festival activities, parking for visitors to the Fairfax County Government Center will be extremely limited; bus routes will be adjusted; and some roads and entrances will be closed.
Road Closures Begin Thursday, June 4 – From 6 p.m. on Thursday,
June 4, until 6 a.m. on Monday, June 8, the center entrance roads to
the Government Center, across from Post Forest Road at the stoplight,
will be closed. At 9 a.m. on Friday, June 5, the north entrance to the
Government Center, located nearest the intersection of Monument Drive
and Government Center Parkway, also will be closed until Monday, June
8, at 6 a.m. From 6 p.m. Friday, June 5, until 6 a.m. Monday, June 8,
Government Center Parkway will be closed between Monument Drive and
Post Forest Road.
Visitor Access and Parking at the Government Center on Friday, June
5 – Visitor parking during business hours will only be permitted in
the lot on the left, closest to the building. If no spaces are
available, visitors will be directed elsewhere by security officers.
Vehicles will only be able to enter the Government Center from the
south entrance near Forum Drive. All other entrances will be
Government Center Business – Government Center offices will be
closed to employees and visitors from 5 p.m. Friday, June 5, until 6
a.m. Monday, June 8. Many of the activities that residents come to the
Government Center to transact, such as renewing
library books and paying property taxes, also
can be performed at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/eservices.
Absentee Voting – During Celebrate Fairfax! the Government
Center will be open for the final days of absentee voting for the June 9 primary
election. The hours will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, June
5, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 6. Absentee voters may
experience traffic congestion or delays near the Government Center.
Absentee voters who wish to vote on June 5 and 6 but do not wish to
attend the festival should go to the “Green Gate” (first entrance on
the right from Forum Drive) where they will be directed to appropriate
parking and instructed to enter the Government Center. Further
information is available by calling 703-222-0776, TTY 711.
Fairfax Connector Route Changes (Monday, June 1, to Sunday, June
7) – From Monday, June 1, to Sunday, June 7, Fairfax Connector buses will not enter the
Government Center. Routes 605, 621 and 623 will be altered as
Route 605 Northbound: This route will start at the
“Yellow Gate” of Celebrate Fairfax! on Government Center Parkway,
turn left onto Post Forest Road, turn right onto West Ox Road and
then turn right onto Legato Road where regular routing will be
resumed. The route will continue to operate on Friday evening until
half an hour after the festival’s close.
Route 605 Southbound at Monument Drive and Government Center
Parkway: These buses will continue on Monument Drive to
Government Center Parkway, make a right on Government Center
Parkway and proceed to the “Yellow Gate” of the festival where the
route will end.
Route 621 and Route 623: Afternoon trips will continue on
Government Center Parkway and make a left turn onto Post Forest
- Route 623: In the mornings, these buses will continue on Government Center Parkway to Monument Drive.
- Route 621: It will continue to operate between the Vienna Metro Station and the Government Center on Friday evening until half an hour after the festival’s close. The fare for Fairfax Connector bus service is $1.35 (cash) or $1.25 (SmarTrip).
- Route 605 Northbound: This route will start at the “Yellow Gate” of Celebrate Fairfax! on Government Center Parkway, turn left onto Post Forest Road, turn right onto West Ox Road and then turn right onto Legato Road where regular routing will be resumed. The route will continue to operate on Friday evening until half an hour after the festival’s close.
For more information about Fairfax Connector route changes or to make reasonable ADA accommodations, contact Nick Perfili, Fairfax County Department of Transportation at 703-877-5685, TTY 711.
For more information about Celebrate Fairfax!, visit www.celebratefairfax.com or call 703-324-3247, TTY 800-828-1120.
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director, Office of Public Affairs
703-324-3189, TTY 711, Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)
To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711