The Festival is ON! Guide to Parking, Shuttles, Road Closures and More

The City has confirmed the Festival is on for Sunday.

Bob the Builder greets children at the 2012 Fall Festival. (Photo: City of Fairfax)
Bob the Builder greets children at the 2012 Fall Festival. (Photo: City of Fairfax)
NOTE: The Fall Festival is taking place Sunday, Oct. 13, moved from Saturday due to weather.

Fairfax City's annual Fall Festival is finally here! The City has confirmed it is on for Sunday, Oct. 13 downtown.

Here's everything you need to know about the fun activities and musical acts, plus road closures to watch out for, and parking and free shuttles.

Did we miss anything you need to know? Tell us in the comments and we'll find the answer for you.


All will be in effect from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 12.

Route 236/Main Street: Will be closed from West Drive to East Street. Traffic will be detoured to North Street.

University Drive: Will be closed from North Street to Amrstrong Street. Traffic will be detoured to Route 123/Chain Bridge Road via North Street.

George Mason Blvd: Will be closed at Armstrong Street. Traffic will be detoured to Route 123/Chain Bridge Road via School Street. 

Sager Ave: Will be closed from 123/Chain Bridge Road to East Street. 

Armstrong Street: Will be closed from 123/Chain Bridge Road to University Drive.


Parking is available downtown anywhere where streets aren't closed.

However, the City strongly encourages parking and hopping on a free shuttle at one of the following two locations:

  • George Mason University, 4400 University Drive.
  • Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run (off Old Lee Hwy).

What's In Store This Year?

City officials say this year's festival, the 37th annual, is "redesigned," and better than ever, featuring more music, new kinds of entertainment, and more than 400 artisan booths lining the streets.

Artists will display their needlework, pottery, woodcrafts, toys and more, including the Woman's Club of Fairfax booth, which will have its latest Christmas ornament on sale. This year's ornament features the George Mason University Johnson Center.

The live acts scheduled to perform are:

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The Reflex (An "ultimate '80s tribute band")
  • 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.: The Morrison Brothers (Fused southern rock, pop and country)
  • 12:45-1:30 p.m.: Mr. Knick Knack (Children's entertainers)
  • 2:30-5:30 p.m.: Scythian ("Rousing, kicked-up Celtic and world music")
  • 3:15-4 p.m.: Rocknocerus (Award-winning family music)
  • 4:30-5 p.m.: Blue Sky Puppet Theater (Children's act)
  • Cultural performances will take place throughout the day in Old Town Hall at the corner of University and Main.

Brand-new this year are the All-American Lumberjack Show and Interactive Lumberjack Camp on Armstrong Street, featuring professional lumberjacks from JL Tree Service.

There will also be amusement rides from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Business Expo, and the famous Beer Garden.

TELL US - What's your favorite part of the Fall Festival? Tell us in the comments below.


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