Winter Events

Chocolate Lover’s Festival, City of Fairfax

The holidays are over, the weather is colder and the days seem longer. Welcome to winter! The months of January and February seem to drag along for many of us, as we try to keep ourselves busy with cleaning, organizing and exercising while anxiously awaiting the return of spring. If this sounds like you, then hopefully some of these winter events will help lift your spirits and encourage you to get out and about in Fairfax (and Northern Virginia area) and enjoy some winter fun!

January 6 – January 7, 2018
D.C. Big Flea and Antique Market: This event is held at the Dulles Expo Center on Saturday from 9am to 6pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm. Cost: $10.
The mid-Atlantic’s largest indoor antiques and collectibles flea market. Come shop for anything from fine antiques to vintage clothing & handbags. Dealers showcase a wide variety of merchandise – porcelains, glass, silver & jewelry, artwork, and collectibles of all eras.

January 14, 2018
Celebrate Community 5k & 1k Fun Run/Walk: The 5k will start at 9am, with the 1k Fun Run/Walk to follow at 9:05am. The start/finish area is by the US Patent and Trademark Office Atrium on Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria.
Registration: 5k – $25 until online registration closes on Thursday, January 11 at 8:00 p.m.​, $35 on race day.
​​1k – $15 until online registration closes on Thursday, Janaury 11 at 8:00 p​.​m​., $20 on race day.

January 19 – January 21, 2018
Home and Remodeling Show: Dulles Expo Center Friday and Saturday from 10am to 9pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Cost: $12. The Home & Remodeling Show is the ONLY place for you to experience what’s new in home related products and services, remodeling, renovation, decor, cool products and more. You’ll have the opportunity to meet hundreds of experts and experience thousands of products and services. From our Design Home, to the Make-It, Take-It workshop presented by Stylish Patina, to our Get Wired – Lighting Feature, there’s lots to see at the 2018 Home Remodeling Show – including the stars of HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins. Get great ideas to help refresh your space. Buy tickets online and save $3!

January 21, 2018
Washington Wedding Experience: EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA. Event runs from 11am to 5pm. It is an exciting destination, with everything imaginable to plan an amazing wedding. You will be inspired as you gather unique ideas, sample sweets and savories, enjoy decor design and inspiration and relax with a fashion show filled with the latest trends and styles. You will receive expert advice from the area’s most trusted wedding professionals, brought to you all in one place. Tickets $15/for all day; $10 after 1pm admission.

January 26 – January 28, 2018
Jurassic Quest: Dulles Expo Center Friday from 3pm to 8pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am to 8pm. Cost: $20. Jurassic Quest brings you a Dinosaur Adventure for the whole family. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; Over 80 life-size dinosaurs in all. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs and lots of fun activities for kids of all ages. There are huge T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long hidden dinosaurs bones, the “Dino Bounce” area with several, towering, dinosaur theme inflatable mazes, face painting, Dino crafts and much more!

January 26 – February 4, 2018
The Washington Auto Show: The Washington Auto Show® brings over 600 new cars, truck, mini-vans and sport utility vehicles from over 35 domestic and import automakers to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Cost: $12/Adults, $5/Kids 6-12 years, 5 and Under Free, VIP Tour $42.

January 27 – January 28, 2018
Monster Jam at the Capital One Arena, Washington, DC: Monster Jam® is the world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring the biggest names in monster trucks including Grave Digger®, Max-D®, Monster Mutt®, El Toro Loco®, Captain’s Curse® and Blue Thunder®. Show time is at 1pm and 7pm on Jan. 27 and 1pm on Jan. 28th. Tickets start at $15.

February 2 – February 4, 2018
Chocolate Lover’s Festival: The festival will be held Friday, February 2 for Liquid Chocolate only from 6pm-8pm, Saturday, February 3 from 10am to 7pm and Sunday, February 4 from 12noon to 4pm. This annual event is held in Fairfax City and celebrates all things chocolate including The Taste of Chocolate, The Chocolate Challenge, the Kiwanis Chocolate Chip Pancake Breakfast and a Chocolate Scavenger Hunt. It’s a great time to come and visit the City of Fairfax!

February 2 – February 4, 2018
Tet Festival: Dulles Expo Center Friday 4pm to 11:59pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am to 11pm. Each year, the Vietnamese Community in Northern Virginia joyfully celebrates Tet (Lunar New Year) with various festivals. This special three-day indoor grand festival features over 30 famous national and local Vietnamese musical and comedy performers, Vietnamese cultural dances and exhibitions, food tasting galore, and lots and lots of FUN for adults and children. Tet Grand Festival 2018 will be one of the largest Lunar New Year festival in the United States.

February 3, 2018
For The Love of It 10K: Grab your sweetheart (or friend or family member) and challenge yourselves at this great race! The race finishes on the South Lakes High School track: 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191 and begins at 8am. Registration: $35 through January 12, $40 January 13 – February 1 (Online registration closes February 1 at 8pm), $45 February 2 (at packet pickup) – February 3 (Race Day).

February 3, 2018
Freezin’ For A Reason: Virginia Polar Dip: Take a dip in Lake Anne in Reston to help raise money for Camp Sunshine. Founded in 1984, Camp Sunshine provides retreats combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through the various stages of a child’s illness. The event is held at Lake Anne Plaza, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA from 1pm to 4pm. Registration begins at 12pm and the Plunge is at 2pm.

February 3 – February 4, 2018
PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure: EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA. Enjoy an all-new action-packed, music-filled production based on the top-rated animated preschool series PAW Patrol produced by Spin Master Entertainment. The new live stage show follows the heroic pups as they embark on a pirate-themed adventure to uncover hidden treasure. Tickets $19 and up.

February 11, 2018
Love the Run You’re With 5K: Begins at 9am at Pentagon City in Arlington. The course runs along Army Navy Drive starting and finishing near the intersection of 15th St South and South Hayes Street. Registration: $35-$45.
Special additional Love Run Categories –
Wear your heart on your sleeve (or your chest)! In the spirit of the holiday, all registrants will select one of three categories
* Co-Dependent (registrant is in a relationship – or doesn’t want to reveal status)
* Stupid Cupid (registrant is single)
* Love ’em or Leave ’em (well . . it’s complicated)

and for Couples teams …
* Co-Dependent Category – Form a team with your honey!
* Stupid Cupid Category – Snub your nose at the holiday and form a two-(wo)men team with your pal, family member, or other singleton.
* Love ’em or Leave ’em Category – Not sure the status? Join your other confused friends and form a two-person squad.

February 11, 2018
Run Your Heart Out 5K: Spend your Valentines Day with someone special and make it a 5k date – take part in our 7th annual Valentine’s Day-themed race meant for those who can’t help but LOVE to run! The race starts and finishes at the =PR= Fairfax location (11895 Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax, VA 22030) at Fairfax Corner. Race begins at 9am; 1k fun run begins at 9:05am.
Registration for 5K: $30 through January 19, 2018; $35 January 20 – February 9, 2018 (online registration closes at 8pm on 2/9); $40 February 10 (packet pickup) and February 11 (race day). 1K: $20 through January 19, 2018; $25 January 20 – February 9, 2018 (online registration closes at 8pm on 2/9); $30 February 10 (at packet pickup) and February 11 (race day).

February 14 – February 19, 2018
Disney On Ice presents Frozen: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC. Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen with dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music! Tickets start at $15.

February 23 – February 25, 2018
Capital Remodel and Garden Show: Dulles Expo Center Friday and Saturday 10am to 9pm; Sunday 10am to 6pm. Cost: $10. It’s the first sign of Spring! THE CAPITAL REMODEL & GARDEN SHOW returns to the Dulles Expo Center offering homeowners a valuable one-stop shopping experience for the latest remodeling, decorating and landscaping products and services. If you’ve got a home project in mind or you want to discover the latest styles, trends and ideas for the inside or outside of your home, we have the inspiration you need to get started!

February 25, 2018
Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic: EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA. Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box; and the dazzling stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise amidst the floating lanterns. With special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, you never know who might join in the fun. Show time at 1pm and 4pm. Tickets $25 and up.