The 38th Annual Herndon Festival will be held May 31–June 3 in historic downtown Herndon. This outdoor festival boasts free concerts across multiple stages, carnival rides, food and beer trucks, and much more!

The annual Herndon Festival provides tons of fun for the whole fam by combining the sick beats of an outdoor concert with the childlike thrill of a summertime carnival. This four-day outdoor festival features entertainment on various stages, carnival rides, fireworks displays, kids' activities and entertainment, a kids' hands-on art area, arts and crafts show, business expo, 10K/5K races, food vendors, and loads more.


[caption id="attachment_8436" align="aligncenter" width="825"]herndon festival Courtesy Reston Now[/caption] Open all four days of the festival, the carnival will have more than a dozen rides for children of all ages, as well as games and prizes. To enter the carnival area, visitors have to purchase a minimum of $5 in ride tickets each day, with exceptions granted for parents who are accompanying their children. Click here for bulk ticket purchase options.

Other Activities for Kids

[caption id="attachment_8443" align="aligncenter" width="634"]herndon festival Courtesy[/caption] The Herndon Festival will also host an area just for kids on select days, offering little ones the perfect weekend destination! Join in the fun as Arts Herndon’s trained volunteers and staff help children let their imaginations run wild to create popsicle stick mermaids, button snails, handprint fish puppets, paper plate pirate ships, and more! Also, their "Kids' Alley" will feature strolling performers, puppet shows, and lots more to keep the kids entertained. Click here for all the details.


[caption id="attachment_8440" align="aligncenter" width="640"]herndon festival Farewell Angelina, courtesy Trip Shock[/caption] Adults and kids alike will love the full lineup of live entertainment across four stages throughout each day of the Herndon Festival. Acts include country bands like Farewell Angelina; "yacht rock" cover band Three Sheets to the Wind; Queen tribute band Almost Queen; and alternative rock group Jimmie's Chicken Shack.  (Check out the full entertainment schedule here).


[caption id="attachment_8441" align="aligncenter" width="711"]herndon festival Courtesy Herndon Rotary Club[/caption] Food vendors at the Herndon Festival will be selling normal carnival fare like funnel cakes, snow cones, and pizza slices, as well as specialized foods like Indian, Greek, Caribbean, Tex-Mex, pierogies, crab cakes, fried fish and shrimp, and cheesesteaks. Root beer, real beer, frozen fruit drinks, and coffee will also be available for purchase.


[caption id="attachment_8438" align="aligncenter" width="800"]herndon festival Courtesy[/caption] There will be a fireworks display, choreographed to music, only on Saturday night at 9:30 p.m.!

Getting There

[caption id="attachment_8442" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]herndon festival Courtesy Fairfax County Times[/caption] The festival will be on the grounds of the Herndon Municipal Center, located at 777 Lynn St. Free shuttles will be provided throughout the community. Please note shuttle schedules and the highly enforced parking restrictions. Hours for the festival are: Thursday, 6 p.m.–10 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m.–11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Are you going to check out the 38th Annual Herndon Festival? Tell us all about it in the comments!

Take your train-lover to the Manassas Heritage Railway Festival -- happening this weekend, too!