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Falls Church

Falls Church

The City of Falls Church is a unique and historic city. Besides featuring quick access to renowned museums and art galleries in nearby Washington, D.C., almost every neighborhood is a treasure of its own with a variety of restaurants and shops that reflect the City's great ethnic and cultural diversity.

The City is conveniently located just miles from Washington, DC. (City Hall is only 9 miles from the White House.) The City is easily access by Routes 66 and 50, the East and West Falls Church Metro Stations and by a number of bus routes.

Falls Church dates back to the late 1600s as an early Colonial settlement shared with Native Americans. The community was established around The Falls Church (Episcopal) that was founded in 1734. Falls Church became a township in 1875 and an independent city in 1948, when parents successfully obtained its separation from Fairfax County in an effort to establish a highly acclaimed school system.

The City of Falls Church is home to over 125 restaurants, bakeries, take-outs, convenience, and quick serve food establishments. Experience a culinary trip around the world in only 2.2 square miles - America, Mexico, Italy, Peru, Bolivia, Afghanistan, India, China, Vietnam and others.

The Falls Church Recreation & Parks Department offers a year-round program of recreational and leisure-time activities for all age groups and interest levels. These programs include a variety of classes, athletic leagues, special events, and trips. They sponsor special events throughout the year including the annual Memorial Day Parade and Festival, July 4 Fireworks, the Fall Festival, and Holiday Craft Show. The Recreation & Parks Department is also responsible for managing and maintaining neighborhood parks and the Cherry Hill Farmhouse and Barn. 

Falls Church Farmer's Market is held Saturdays year-round, Jan. 3 – April 25 (9 am – Noon), May 2 – Dec. 26 (8 am – Noon), at the City Hall Parking Lot. In addition to regional attention,  in 2010 the market was ranked first in the medium category of the American Farmland Trust's contest to identify America's Favorite Farmers' Markets.

         

The Falls Church Community Center is the main location for the Recreation & Parks Department. The Community Center hosts the majority of their programs.

The Memorial Day Parade. Held since at least the 1950s, with bands, military units, civic associations, and fire/rescue stations, in recent years the event has featured a street festival with food, crafts, and non-profit organization booths, and a 3k fun

Falls Church Farmer's Market is held Saturdays year-round, Jan. 3 – April 25 (9 am – Noon), May 2 – Dec. 26 (8 am – Noon), at the City Hall Parking Lot. In addition to regional attention,  in 2010 the market was ranked first in the medium category of the American Farmland Trust's contest to identify America's Favorite Farmers' Markets.

Falls Church is home to many attractions, culture and recreation to include the Eden Center which is the largest Vietnamese shopping center on the east cost, Art Space Falls Church which is a 95 seat theater and art gallery, Historic walking trails to get to know the city and The State Theatre which stages a wide variety of live performances. Built as a movie house in 1936, it was reputed to be the first air-conditioned theater on the east coast. It closed in 1983; after extensive renovations in the 1990s, including a stage, bar, and restaurant, it re-opened as a music venue.

         

There are many historic sites in Falls Church to include the Cherry Hill Farmhouse and Barn, an 1845 Greek-Revival farmhouse and 1856 barn, owned and managed by the City of Falls Church, are open to the public select Saturdays in summer.

                                           

Tinner Hill Arch and Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation represent a locus of early African American history in the area, including the site of the first rural chapter of the NAACP. Two of the District of Columbia's original 1791 boundary are located in public parks on the boundary between the City of Falls Church and Arlington County.

There's something for everyone at the City's parks. Residents and visitors alike can walk, run, bike, and play. Many of the City's parks have play equipment where children can swing and slide; our parks offer lighted basketball, volleyball and tennis courts as well as picnic tables and grill equipment for a summer cookout. Mobile skateboard equipment is featured at various parks throughout the year. Parks include Berman Park, Big Chimney's Park, Cavalier Trail Park, Cherry Hill Park, Crossman Park, Donald S. Frady Park, Ft. Taylor Park, Lincoln Park, Madison Park, Roberts Park and West End Park.