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 18-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 eight stages of performances, great food, interactive exhibits and activities, a Crafts Market, Silent Disco, a 130,000 square foot carnival, and many special attractions. Celebrate Fairfax! is held annually the second weekend after Memorial Day. (June 9-11, 2017) 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, hay-rides, petting zoo, a full carnival, inflatables, kids crafts, stage entertainment, and more. Held annually the first Saturday and Sunday of October. (October 1-2, 2016).
Salute to the Lords and Ladies Fairfax – Each year, two individuals 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 on the Tuesday prior to Celebrate Fairfax! each year (June 6, 2017), and is sponsored by Great American Restaurants.
Workhouse Brewfest – In partnership with Celebrate Fairfax, Visit Fairfax, and the Fairfax County Government, the Workhouse Arts Center is proud to present its inaugural BrewFest. Brewfest will take place on the historic campus of the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, and will feature nearly 100 craft brews by over 40 breweries, live entertainment across three stages, numerous gourmet food trucks, lawn games, and local artists. More information about this event can be found at www.workhousebrewfest.org (August 13, 2016).