Fairfax (Virginia)Fairfax County, in the state of Virginia. The city has roots dating back to the 1700s. It has character and an identity of its own not often found in the much newer and largely homogeneous exurban areas in Northern Virginia.
The nearest Metro station is Vienna/Fairfax-GMU. This is the Western terminus of the Orange line. There are numerous CUE buses from the Metro station to various points in Fairfax. Taxis are available at the Metro station and fare to any point in Fairfax is approximately $10-15.
The local bus system in Fairfax is largely served by the CUE bus system. The buses run between George Mason University, the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU metro station, and other locations within or just outside of Fairfax. GMU students, staff and faculty with a valid ID ride free.
Fairfax boasts many shops and restaurants, along with a few hotels. Outside of the downtown section, the city is populated mainly with suburban residences. Fairfax Boulevard, which runs along the northern border of the city, is populated with strip malls.
One of the oldest buildings in the city is a former elementary school. Built 1873, the Fairfax Elementary School remains the oldest two-story building the city has ever seen and was built for an outrageous $2,750. This building reflects a new era of free public education in Virginia and the growth of the Fairfax area. Throughout the years, the school building was used for housing special education and adult education classes as well as a police academy training center. The historic building was renovated and, on July 4, 1992, it opened as the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center.
The Old Town Hall is the social and architectural cornerstone of Fairfax. Joseph Edward Willard had it built in 1900 as a gift to Fairfax. Built by Arthur Thompson, a local contractor, the classical revival style building retains much of its original woodwork. It now houses the Huddleson Library, as well as the Fairfax Art League, and can be rented for weddings, business meetings and other private and business-related special events.
The following buildings in Fairfax are on the National Register of Historical Places:
|29 Diner (Tastee 29 Diner)||1947||10536 Fairfax Boulevard||1992|
|Blenheim||circa 1855||3610 Old Lee Highway||2001|
|City of Fairfax Historic District||Junction of VA 236 and VA 123||1987|
|Old Fairfax County Courthouse* (now the Juvenile Court)||1800||4000 Chain Bridge Road||1974|
|Old Fairfax County Jail*||1891||10475 Main Street||1981|
|Fairfax Public School (Old Fairfax Elementary School Annex)||1873||10209 Main Street||1992|
|Ratcliffe-Logan-Allison House (Earp's Ordinary)||1812||200 East Main Street||1973|
Chocolate Lovers FestivalDuring the first full weekend of March, the Chocolate Lover's Festival is held in the heart of Old Town Fairfax. Events include historic building open houses, children's activities, vendors selling various edible chocolate products, and even chocolate sculpture contests.
Blenheim Civil War Encampment/Historic Homes TourEvery other year in the Spring, a Civil War re-enactment camp is held at the Blenheim estate, a city-owned historical property. The encampment features military muster, drill, and firing demonstrations. Alternating with the Civil War encampment is an Historic Homes Tour of homes in the city.
Spotlight on the ArtsEach April, Fairfax, in cooperation with George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, and City of Fairfax schools, sponsors the Spotlight on the Arts Festival. The Festival runs for three weeks and features music, dance, theater, art, and choral concerts. Events take place at venues throughout the city and the colleges.
National Trails DayIn June, a National Trails Day is held to celebrate the trails, open spaces and parks Fairfax
Independence Day Celebration Parade and Evening ShowThe largest hometown parade and fireworks celebration in the Washington metropolitan region is held in Fairfax. The day's events include a parade through downtown Fairfax, tours of historic buildings and local museums, an Old Fashioned Fireman's Day at the Company 3 fire station, and a live concert and fireworks display at Fairfax High School.
Irish FestivalIn September, a festival of Irish and Celtic song, dance, and music is held.
Fall for the Book FestivalFairfax has a new regional public library building that was completed in 2008. Each fall, the Fall for the Book Festival features readings, discussions, lectures, and exhibits from nationally-recognized writers and professionals. The program is coordinated with a school-wide reading project, "All Fairfax Reads".
Fall FestivalA Fall Festival is held in historic Old Town Fairfax on the second Saturday in October. This event includes more than 500 arts, crafts, and food vendors, and is usually held outdoors on the streets of the city. Attendance is about 35,000 to 45,000.
The Holiday Craft ShowAn annual Holiday Craft Show is held at Fairfax High School on the third Saturday and Sunday of November. The event features hundreds of craft vendors. Attendance is about 8,000 to 10,000
Festival of Lights & CarolsOn the first Saturday in December, the Parks and Recreation Department hosts a Festival of Lights and Carols. Activities include photos with Santa, caroling, a yule log, hot mulled cider, illumination of historic Old Town Fairfax, and the lighting of the Christmas tree.
phone: +1 703 591-0560address: 3610 Old Lee HighwayHistorical talks, reenactments, music, and food. Tours of Blenheim House.
phone: +1 703 790-0643address: 4000 Chain Bridge RaodEvents throughout year, including special programs and exhibits at Fairfax Regional library, Sully plantation and at Blenheim civil war site on April 29, a talk by the current Lord Fairfax at Sherwood Regional library on June 15, and day-long festivities at the historic courthouse and surrounding plaza on June 17
phone: +1 703 790-0643address: 4000 Chain Bridge RoadVarious events all year celebrating the county's 275th Anniversary. Events on April 29 at the Fairfax Regional Library, Blenheim and Sully. Events on June 17 at historic courthouse and plaza
Tyson Corner Center and Tyson Galleria, two large shopping malls, are located approximately 6 miles north of the city on Rt. 123.
Fair Oaks Malladdress: 11750 Lee Jackson HighwayAnchored by Macy's, Lord & Taylor, Sears, and JCPenney.
Fairfax Corneraddress: Monument Dr. & Government Center Parkway
Chipotlephone: +1 703 934-7099address: 11062 Lee HwyThe locally very popular semi-Mexican burrito joint.
phone: +1 703 865-4010address: 11184 Lee HwyFairfax, VA. Open daily at 11am. A small family-owned Italian restaurant. $8-$16.
phone: +1 703 934-0923address: 11216 Lee HwyA small pho restaurant with two locations in Fairfax City
phone: +1 703 691-0090address: 9966 Main StreetA small pho restaurant with two locations in Fairfax City.
phone: +1 703 385-1530address: 10824 Lee HwyA small Italian restaurant offering traditional cuisine and an extensive wine list. The neighboring Cantina catered event venue and Dolce Veloce Ciccheti Wine Bar are owned by the same family that owns and runs Dolce Vita.
phone: +1 703 293-9600address: 3971 Chain Bridge RdAn Irish pub offering traditional cuisine during the day, pub games and Irish music throughout the week, and dancing and music late at night.
phone: +1 703 267-9590address: 4069 Chain Bridge RdA great bar for young professionals and college kids. Good, inexpensive food and drinks. Always playing sports on the TVs and Thursdays from 3PM-9PM is dollar domestic bottles.
address: 3535 Chain Bridge Rd
address: 11400 Random Hills Road
address: 11220 Lee Jackson Highway(Rte. 50).
address: 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
address: 11220 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (Rte. 50)
address: 12815 Fair Lakes Parkway
phone: +1 703 359-2888address: 10327 Fairfax BlvdContemporary design.
phone: +1 703 691-7880address: 11191 Waples Mill RoadSuites with microwave, mini-fridge, large work desk, free internet, flat screen TV. Guests have access to free parking, free hot breakfast, indoor pool and fitness center.
phone: +1 571 327-2277address: 8296 Glass Alley Fairfax, 22031