Thank you for your interest in a Fairfax County Park Authority venue for your picnic! We are proud of our parks and are confident that you will enjoy your day. Keep in mind sites are in great demand, so make your reservation early. For information about reservable areas, please review the drop-down list of parks provided above. Reservable areas along with fees, availability calendars and park amenities will be displayed on the screen after a park has been selected. If you’re not able to find an answer to your question using the resources and tools provided on this website, please email the Picnic Department at FCPAPicnics@fairfaxcounty.gov or call the Picnic Department’s reservation line at 703-324-8732.
To make a reservation download and complete the Picnic Area/Picnic Shelter Application and submit it along with appropriate payment. Upon receipt of your payment, a validated Sales Receipt (Picnic Permit) will be issued by email.
Please submit the application one of these ways:
Applications may take up to 3-5 business days to process. The Picnic Department stops accepting applications for the upcoming weekend Thursdays at 4 p.m.
Step by Step Instructions to Check Availabilities and Reserve Picnic Facilities
Please read all instructions and rules before reserving a site.
Select your desired date in the calendar box.
HINT: Hover the cursor over a park’s image to see its location on the map.
HINT: Select “Park Info” to see more about a park.
Select a park by clicking the reserve button.
Select the “Reserve” or “Check Availability” button in the Facility Reservation section. A calendar with available dates will appear.
Select your desired facility along with the corresponding date and click on its green box.
HINT: Dates that appear in green are available. Use the date selector or green double arrows to see future dates.
HINT: Dates that appear in gray are available (typically within 10 days). Please submit a Picnic Permit Application.
HINT: Dates that appear in red are not available. Please select another date or unit.
HINT: Ignore the drop-down menu for the number of nights or select “1 Night”. Picnic reservations are for day use. Continue with your reservation.
HINT: Dates that appear in teal are available, but not web bookable. Please submit a Picnic Permit Application.
Click 'Reserve Unit' in the pop-up window.
Log in with a Parktakes account, or create a new account with a work or personal email.
HINT: If you select Other Entertainment, Volleyball or Sports Bags add-ons (additional fees may apply) you will be contacted by staff to confirm your request once your picnic permit has been issued (typically within 10-14 days before your rental date). A finalized permit will be issued providing permission details, if approved and paid for.
HINT: If you receive an error before the Booking Details screen appears, you have likely chosen a reservation date that is within 10 days of the current date. Please select a new date or submit an application via Fax, Email, by mail or in person.
Please enter the maximum number of attendees for your event. If you have more attendees than a rental area can hold, you may need to book an additional location or change locations.
After completing all information, check the box indicating that you agree with the terms and conditions.
Optional: To make another reservation, select “Reservations” at the top of the Shopping Cart page.
Optional: To add tickets for additional features such as Train, Carousel or Mini Golf, select “Tickets” at the top of the Shopping Cart Page.
Review your cart and select “Go to Checkout.”
Enter your payment.
A window will open verifying receipt of your reservation. You will receive an email with your receipt and a copy of the rules and regulations. Staff will be in touch to finalize your event if you have exceeded capacity or if you have requested additional extras. Do not book other entertainment beyond what is permitted.
If you are requesting a date less than 10 days in advance or looking to book an hourly unit such as Volleyball or Amphitheater, please submit an application via Fax, Email, by mail or in person. Any applications sent after 4 p.m. on Thursday for an upcoming weekend date will not be considered. If you have any additional questions, please email the Picnic Department at FCPAPicnicApplications@fairfaxcounty.gov or call the Picnic Department’s reservation line at 703-324-8732.
Use the Information button for help as needed.
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12000 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035