There are so many things to do in Old Town Fairfax and Fairfax County you may find you never have to leave the city for a day of fun.
Established in 1805, the city of Fairfax, also known as Old Town Fairfax, is located 19 miles from DC making this an ideal location for many commuters. Tree-lined streets, townhomes, and luxury apartments are some of the housing options you’ll find. Add in Old Town Fairfax’s walkable downtown and proximity to George Mason University, you’ll find you are fully immersed in all there is to do when moving to Fairfax.
THE HEART OF OLD TOWN FAIRFAX
Blending the old with the new, Old Town Square features some of the traditional beloved landmarks of the Old Town area such as Kitty Pozer Garden and the Fairfax Rotary clock, along with a new splash pad, cascade water feature, pergola, McCandlish Memorial Garden, and plays host to many city events including Rock the Block, Derby-Q, Fall Festival and Festival of Lights and Carols.
PARKS & TRAILS
Within the City’s six square miles there are 25 parks featuring picnic pavilions, playgrounds, athletic fields, a dog park, and 28 miles of trails to walk, run, and bike on. The City’s parks also offer other recreational amenities including basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts. Community gardens are also available in Fairfax City parks and offer garden plots for rent to city residents and businesses.
Located on the campus of George Mason University, EagleBank Arena hosts some of today’s hottest concerts and family-friendly events. Annual events include Disney on Ice, the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, The Harlem Globetrotters, & Sesame Street Live.
- Chocolate Lovers Festival
- Easter Egg Hunt
- Fishing Derby
- Egg-Streme Night Egg Hunt
- Fairfax History Day
- Hometown Thursdays
- Rock The Block
- Beer in the ‘Burbs
- Fido Fest
- Independence Day Celebration
- Fall Festival
- Holiday Craft Show
- Holiday Market
- Festival of Lights & Carols
- Lunch with Santa
SHOPPING & DINING… JUST STEPS AWAY
Some of the county’s most celebrated restaurants reside in Fairfax along with one of the regions largest premier shopping destinations, Fair Oaks Mall. The mall is home to 160+ shops that you know and love like Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Sears, JC Penney, Pottery Barn, Apple, Banana Republic, MAC, Coach, J. Crew, William-Sonoma and some amazing restaurants like Texas de Brazil Steakhouse, Cheesecake Factory, Dave & Busters, and more. Love to save? Visit the Fair Oaks Mall website to pick up your savings pass for dining & shopping offers.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
Play a pick-up game of hockey or learn to ice skate. The Fairfax Ice Arena offers public skating, lessons, hockey leagues, skating parties, and camps.
Visit the Children’s Science Center Lab, Northern Virginia’s first interactive museum where children, families and school groups can explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through fun, engaging hands-on exhibits, activities and programs.
Located 19 miles from DC, commuters have multiple options for getting into the city or around the area for work or play. Fairfax County is served by ten Metrorail stations located at West Falls Church, Merrifield/Dunn Loring, Vienna/Fairfax/GMU, Huntington, Franconia/Springfield, McLean, Spring Hill, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, and Wiehle-Reston East. Many of these stations offer daily parking facilities and bicycle racks. There is also the Fairfax Connector, Metrobus and the good old fashion car.