Unlike other cookie-cutter suburbs in Northern Virginia, Vienna offers walkability, a historic center, and unique businesses that give Vienna an identity all its own.
A town green anchors the community and serves as a gathering spot for local events, like the Concerts on the Green summer series. A 45-mile bike path and park built on the roadbed of a former railroad cuts right through town, and downtown is dotted with one-of-a-kind stores and homegrown eateries. The small-town feel comes with access to all the D.C. metro area attractions.
Vienna was voted the third on its list of the 100 best places to live in the country by CNN Money Magazine in 2013
In addition to highly ranked public schools, its assets include a downtown with many small businesses, a Washington Metro station with large parking garages just south of the town, and a portion of the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park hiker/biker trail cutting through the center of the town. Tysons Corner a residential and shopping district is nearby, as is Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.
No matter what your age or taste in shows, you'll find something you like onstage at Wolf Trap. From May through September, multiple amphitheaters in the park present performances such as musicals, dance, opera, jazz, and popular and country music. Wolf Trap also provides a natural enclave in the midst of an increasingly urbanized northern Virginia. Less than half of Wolf Trap's land is developed, leaving about 65 acres of woodland, streams, and wetland with a wide variety of plants, animals, birds, and wildflowers. Wolf Trap's natural areas add critical green space in a dense suburb, provide refuges for many species, serve as a migration rest stop for wildlife, and serve as a living biology classroom to the adjacent community.
There are many restaurants and lots of entertainment in Vienna. The community is also within close proximity to several golf courses, including Westwood Country Club, Hidden Creek Country Club, and the Reston National Golf Course
Walk on the Hill is a spring garden tour in the historic district held the last Sunday afternoon in April.
The annual ViVa! Vienna! Town Festival is held on Church Street during Memorial Day weekend. Festivities include arts and crafts vendors, live music, food and beverage sales, children's entertainment, a special Memorial Day ceremony and booths showcasing Vienna area businesses and community service organizations. ViVa! Vienna! is operated by the Vienna Rotary Club.
July 4th of July Celebration is held each July 4 on the Vienna Community Center grounds. The day's activities include a flea market of arts and crafts, food and drink, music, family games, children's entertainment, antique and classic car display and of course, fireworks at Southside Park. Oktoberfest is held the first Saturday of October. The day's activities include food, entertainment, vendors and crafters, children's events and the beer garden.
One of Vienna's most popular community events is October's Halloween parade which is held on Maple Avenue the Wednesday evening before Halloween each year (except when Halloween falls on Thursday, in which case the parade is held the preceding week). In addition to marching bands, floats and other entries, children are invited to walk in the parade in their Halloween costumes.
The annual Holiday Stroll on historic Church Street is held the Monday evening after Thanksgiving. Church Street is closed to vehicular traffic between Lawyers Road and Mill Street and visitors are invited to stroll along the street amid the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Santa Claus greets children at the Freeman House.
Vienna is home to Glyndon Park, Moorefiled Dog Park, Meadow Lane Park and Southside Park