The Fairfax County Park Authority's Park Services Division is responsible for operation and support of the County Showmobile program. The showmobile is a mobile stage, available for rental for various outdoor events in the County. There are two showmobiles available.
The Showmobile is available to the following groups and organizations:
- Group A: Fairfax County Government departments, Fairfax County Public Schools, Little League, Scouts, Civic Associations and other Fairfax County based non-profit organizations (proof of non-profit status must be provided.)
- Group B: Fairfax County based businesses and organizations that do not meet Group A criteria.
- Group C: Events sponsored by non-Fairfax County individuals or organizations. Other than those identified in Group A or B above.
SHOWMOBILE RESERVATION PROCEDURES
The Showmobile supports a variety of Fairfax County agencies, nonprofit and private organization community events. Priority scheduling is given to Fairfax County Park Authority sponsored and partner events scheduled on the calendar, including support of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisor Summer Entertainment Series in the parks.
Beginning January 24, 2023 at 10 a.m., applications for Showmobile use will be available for all other users through this web page. Applications may not be submitted prior to January 24, 2023 and should be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the requested date. Priority is not given automatically to previous users for reoccurring annual events. Once a complete application is received, it will be reviewed and you will be notified within five business days if your request is approved.
Because of the Summer Entertainment Series, summer months of June through August are very busy and many requests may not be honored on your first choice of days. We are happy to work with you to find alternate dates or refer you to other local providers who provide similar Showmobiles for rent.
CHECK BACK AFTER JANUARY 17, 2023 TO APPLY ONLINE
Use of the Showmobile is NOT confirmed UNTIL (a) your completed application is received by Showmobile Fairfax County staff; (b) your deposit is received by Showmobile Fairfax County staff (if applicable); and (c) your application is approved by the Fairfax County Showmobile Manager. For Groups (b) and (c), the deposit is one-half of the Showmobile usage fee. Confirmation of event scheduling will be sent to Showmobile users.
The user of the Showmobile must provide two people to assist the County staff with the assembly and disassembly of the unit. If no help is provided, there may be delays. Some heavy lifting is required.
If a fee deposit is due, please send your fee (check or money order) to: Fairfax County Park Authority , 12055 Government Center Pkwy. Suite 927, Fairfax, VA 22035, Attention: Showmobile. Make your check or money order payable to Fairfax County Park Authority All payments are NON-REFUNDABLE. Please do not send cash through the mail.
DESCRIPTION OF SHOWMOBILE
The Showmobile is a portable stage 32 feet long. The floor space size is 23 feet wide by 24 feet deep. Additional 4 foot stage extensions are available upon request. It is a self-contained unit with fluorescent lights, 30 folding chairs, and a podium. An extension cord may be plugged into any 110 volt outlet for sufficient electrical supply. A portable generator (30 amps and 115 volts) is available if no outlet is accessible. The height of the back wall is 6 feet 6 inches. The two doors on the back wall are 28 inches wide and 6 feet 2-1/2 inches high. There are two sets of steps with handrails. The Showmobile is accessible for the disabled. An operator is provided with the Showmobile and will remain with the unit during its entire use.
- Showmobile Crew/Tech Person
INFORMATION ABOUT SHOWMOBILE USAGE
Prior to the date requested, the operator will contact the user concerning arrangements and to exchange telephone numbers in case of inclement weather. Showmobile users must provide two people to assist the County staff with assembly and disassembly of the unit. If no help is provided by the user, there may be delays. If you have other questions or special requests, please call the Showmobile Coordinator at 703-324-8514.
USAGE FEE CHARGES
Group A – Fairfax County Government, Fairfax County Public Schools, Little League, Scouts, and Civic Associations in Fairfax County.
Organizations whose function is to present candidates for local or state elected office also fall within this category. Usage fees are not charged to Group-A Showmobile users.
Group B – All Businesses, Organizations, and Groups whose mailing address or functions are based in Fairfax County which do not qualify for Group-A consideration.
A fee of $750 will be charged for the first 8 hours or less of use. An additional $65 per hour will be charged for use that exceeds the first 8 hours. Charges are computed from the time the Showmobile leaves County property (warehouse) until the unit is returned. All fee payments are NON-REFUNDABLE.
Group C – Events sponsored by Non-Fairfax County Individuals or Organizations, other than those identified in Groups A and B above, within County Limits.
A fee of $1400 will be charged for the first 8 hours or less of use. An additional $175 per hour will be charged for use that exceeds the first 8 hours. Charges are computed from the time the Showmobile leaves County property (warehouse) until the unit is returned. All fee payments are NON-REFUNDABLE.