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The City of Fairfax, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The six-square-mile jurisdiction in the heart of Northern Virginia was founded in 1805 as the Town of Providence. Known for its courthouse, it was for a time known as Fairfax Courthouse then as the Town of Fairfax. The City of Fairfax was established as the independent city in 1961. The city celebrates its past and embraces the future, and encourages it residents, business leaders and visitors to find out more about this fascinating city.
It was, and still is, at the crossroads of Northern Virginia. It’s just 20 minutes from Washington, DC, with an attractive blend of commercial, office, retail and residential properties. It combines the charm of a small town with the opportunities of a thriving urban area.
The Chocolate Lover’s Festival-The annual Chocolate Lover’s Festival is held in the heart of Old Town Fairfax in early March. Events have included craft shows, historic building open houses, children’s activities, collections of vendors selling various edible chocolate products, and even chocolate sculpture contests.
Fairfax Civil War Day.-Every other year in the Spring, a Civil War re-enactment camp is held at the Blenheim estate, a city-owned historical property. The encampment features military muster, drill, and firing demonstrations.
Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts-Each April, the City of Fairfax, in cooperation with George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College and City of Fairfax schools, sponsors the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival. The festival runs for three weeks and features music, dance, theater, art and choral concerts. Events take place at venues throughout the city and the colleges.
National Trails Day. In June, a National Trails Day is held to celebrate the trails, open spaces and parks in the City of Fairfax.
Independence Day Celebration Parade and Evening Show-The largest hometown parade and fireworks celebration in the Washington metropolitan region is held in the City of Fairfax. The day’s events include a parade through Old Town Fairfax, tours of historic buildings and local museums, an Old Fashioned Fireman’s Day at the Fire Station #3, and a live concert and fireworks display at Fairfax High School.
Irish Festival. In September, a festival of Irish and Celtic song, dance and music is held in and around Old Town Fairfax.
Fall for the Book Festival-Each fall, the Fall for the Book Festival features readings, discussions, lectures and exhibits from nationally-recognized writers and professionals. Festival events are held in the City of Fairfax, at George Mason University, and throughout the metropolitan Washington region. Two community reading programs coordinate with Fall for the Book: “All Fairfax Reads,” coordinated by the Fairfax County Public Library, and “Mason Reads” at George Mason University.
Fall Festival-A Fall Festival is held in historic downtown Fairfax on the second Saturday in October. This event includes more than 500 arts, crafts, and food vendors, and is usually held outdoors on the streets of the city. Attendance is about 35,000 to 45,000.
The Holiday Craft Show- An annual Holiday Craft Show is held at Fairfax High School on the third Saturday and Sunday of November. The event features hundreds of craft vendors. Attendance is about 8,000 to 10,000.
Festival of Lights & Carols-On the first Saturday in December, the city holds a Festival of Lights and Carols. Activities include photos with Santa, caroling, a yule log, hot mulled cider, illumination of Old Town Fairfax, and the lighting of the city Christ.
The City of Fairfax‘s historic buildings and landmarks are tangible reminders of local heritage and the important role the town played as a major crossroads and judicial center in northern Virginia. Most historic sites are located within the city’s historic downtown area. In 1987, the City of Fairfax Historic District was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The district includes a variety of building types and styles, including The Fairfax Court House (1800), Ratcliffe-Allison House (1812), William Gunnell House (c.1835), Joshua Gunnel House (c.1830), Ford House (c. 1835), Fairfax Elementary School (1873) (Converted in 1992) in to the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center), Old Fairfax Jail (1885), Old Town Hall (1900), and the Marr Monument (1904)