About Celebrate Fairfax, Inc.
Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. (CFI), a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation, was created by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 1984, as the result of a citizen blue ribbon study. Today, CFI’s mission is “The Celebration of Fairfax County and Its Communities.”
CFI’s “flagship” event, Celebrate Fairfax!, began as the Fairfax Fair. The Fair dates back to colonial times when the House of Burgesses mandated that an annual Fair be held to promote commerce, economic development and a sense of community.
The Fair existed as a for-profit corporation from the late 1700’s to the mid-1940’s, when it went bankrupt after three years of rain. In 1982, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors decided to create and host a countywide event: the “Fairfax Festival.” The success of that event led to the creation of the nonprofit Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. which produces the festival today. The Board of Supervisors remains involved through its appointment of 4 members to the CFI Board of Directors.
Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. is led by an 21-member policy governance Board of Directors.
Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. Programs Include:
Celebrate Fairfax! Festival – Northern Virginia’s largest music and entertainment festival. More than 70,000 attendees enjoy seven stages of performances, great food, interactive exhibits and activities, Silent Disco, a 130,000 square foot carnival, and many special attractions. Celebrate Fairfax! is held annually the second weekend after Memorial Day. (October 2 – 4, 2020) For more information about this event, visit www.celebratefairfax.com.
Fall for Fairfax KidsFest – The premiere annual fall festival takes place on the grounds of the Fairfax County Government Center. This great family festival is full of activities including scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, a full carnival, inflatables, kids crafts, stage entertainment, and more. Held annually the first Saturday and Sunday of October. (October 2-3, 2021).
Salute to the Lords and Ladies Fairfax – Each year, two individuals from each Fairfax County District are jointly recognized by Celebrate Fairfax and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. These outstanding community leaders exemplify what it means to be a citizen of our County. The Salute occurs prior to Celebrate Fairfax! each year, and is sponsored by Great American Restaurants.