This area of Virginia is rich in tradition and full of history. Residents embrace their heritage by celebrating in the many cultural and social activities that fill the communities' social calendars year in and year out. Events such as the Chocolate Lovers Festival, the Herndon Blues Festival, the International Children's Festival, the Mount Vernon Wine Festival, Springfield Days, Viva Vienna and the Taste of the Town are just a few of the many fabulous fairs and events in which the people of Fairfax County have been participating in for decades.
Once a rural area covered with farms, Fairfax County today is a growing metropolis with a thriving technology industry. With its more than 300 parks, proximity to the nation's capital and a healthy selection of historic homes, the county offers visitors and residents a unique experience. Mixed with the county's impressive collection of 18th and 19th-century landmarks are several popular modern attractions. Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts is the only national park of its kind. With its open-air Filene Center and the more comfortable Barns, Wolf Trap Farm Park offers a variety of musical entertainment throughout the year. George Mason University's Center for the Arts also provides a wide array of arts, music and entertainment options.
When it comes to outdoor recreation, the Fairfax County Park Authority provides residents with all the information they need to have a fun, memorable experience. From hiking and biking along the many trails to canoeing on the Potomac or golfing at one of many challenging public courses, the county's 30,000 acres of parkland have something for everyone.
After a long day of work, play, or both, residents can take pleasure in one of thousands of local restaurants offering a variety of cuisines. From Mexican to Moroccan and from Indian to Italian, there is plenty to choose from when trying to satisfy one's appetite.
For the adventurous and the curious, neighboring Washington, D.C., is just a short drive or Metro ride away. There, the Kennedy Center, National Theatre, Ford's Theatre and a host of nightlife opportunities await you.
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