Food Guide: Gluten Free and Vegetarian Options

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Everyone has a favorite part of the Celebrate Fairfax! festival, whether its the music, the carnival rides, or the fireworks,  but it is time to take a look at the one thing that brings us all together: food! No matter what age, when you are at the festival, nothing beats the feeling of sharing cheese fries with friends or cooling down with a frosty ice cream cone in the summer heat. That is why we at Celebrate Fairfax! believe that no one should miss out on these experiences because of a dietary restriction. Here is a helpful guide to the food vendors offering gluten free and vegetarian options at the 2016 Celebrate Fairfax! Festival:


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For more information or to purchase tickets to the 2016 Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, check out our website!

Music Monday: Getting to Know “Wylder”

Every Monday leading up to the 2016 Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, we will be giving you a closer look at the artists set to perform. Last week, our Entertainment Coordinator, Megan Bergquist, had the chance to sit down with the band Wylder before their album release show in DC.


Embracing the best elements of both indie-pop and folk, Wylder produces a tapestry in which every hook and melody is interdependent. With instrumentals driven by acoustic guitar, piano, and mandolin, the band instills clever violin lines and lush harmonies that resonate behind clear and memorable melodies, similar to artists such as Death Cab For Cutie, Andrew McMahon, and The Shins.

Friday, April 22nd, Wylder held an album release show at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C. to debut their new album, Rain and Laura, as well as their new lineup change following their transition from the name Save the Arcadian. The full debut of Wylder as a band came after the release of their single, Sunstroke. Following the band’s recent changes, they are once again ready to tackle to D.C. music scene.

Prior to their show, Megan had the chance to sit down for a few questions with band members Will and Lonnie:

Q: When did you start playing music?

A: Around 9th grade. We knew how to play music before we realized we were playing music.

Q: Who are your musical influences?

A: In terms of who we want to be as a band; Radical Face, The Shins, Arcade Fire, and Jack’s Mannequin, Unrelated to our music, Relient K.

Q: If you could tour with any band, musically related or not, who would it be?

A: I feel like we would go well with Death Cab for Cutie or the Family Crest. Also, Manchester Orchestra and the Moglies.

Q: What are your pre-show rituals?

A: Most bands have them, but we don’t really do anything. We try really hard not to kill each other. There are also a lot of way-too-personal questions asked. But mostly, we try not to kill each other.

Q: What is your favorite part of being in Wylder?

A: Definitely writing together. All of the collaboration and writing.

Q: How long did it take you all to write and record Rain and Laura?

A: It was a long process; about 18 months start to finish. We went to six different studios up and down the East Coast. It took a lot of time and different people, but we got to work with Bryan Cook and Brad Blackwood. We are glad it’s finally here and out now.

Q: Rain and Laura came out on April 8th. What have the reactions from the fans been like?

A: Everyone was very ready for it to come out. There was about two years between releases, so it was just kind of like “finally.” Our fans are great; they’re so excited and have been giving positive feedback.

Q: What are your favorite songs on the album?

A: Lantern and Snake in the Grass. They’re really the emotional backbone and story line of the album. The album has a theme of heartbreak and loss- both romantic and in friendship; they tell the story of loss and moving on.

Wylder will be performing at the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival on the Shock Top Rock stage on Sunday, June 12th from 11:30AM-12:30PM. Make sure to stop by and check out their new jams!


Music Monday: Irresponsible

Every Monday leading up to the 2016 Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, we will be giving you a closer look at the artists set to perform. Take a look at this week’s featured artist: Irresponsible

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Irresponsible is an Alt Rock band based out of DC whose hard work has landed them headlining shows at the 9:30 Club, Jammin Java, and many other venues in the VA/DC/MD area.  Formed in 2007, Irresponsible is Ryan Paladino (guitar/vox), TJ Rogers (drums/vox), and Michael Snodgrass (bass/vox).  The band draws inspiration from rock legends and local musicians alike, always ready to grow and evolve.The band has released three studio albums: Life | Art | Love (2010), Madam Maggie’s House for Wayward Boys (2011), and I’ll Have What I’m Having (2015).

Their favorite way to #celebrate is by getting out in the open summer air, dancing, and rocking the stage!

Check out the music video for Irresponsible’s “Up and Up” and see them live at the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival Friday, June 10th at 7:15pm on the Shock Top Rock Stage!



Music Monday: 3PM

Every Monday leading up to the 2016 Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, we will be giving you a closer look at the artists set to perform. Check out this week’s featured artist: 3PM


Baltimore pop rock trio 3PM has an undeniable and captivating spirit. Creating a new, unmistakably catchy pop rock sound from their pop punk roots and influences such as All Time Low, 5 Seconds of Summer, and State Champs has just been a part of their journey in discovering their true identity. That spirit is easy to see in their genuine and dynamic performances and even easier to hear.  PopWrapped magazine praised the group’s “own new rebellious yet heartfelt sound,” and their melodic, fresh music has been thrilling fans and attracting notice from a wide swath of industry press.  The success of their sophomore album established a name for 3PM on the east coast and attracted a growing and dedicated fan base. The upcoming release is destined to turbocharge their fan base and reach countless new fans.

Their favorite way to #celebrate is by doing what they love; and that is playing music and connecting with others through the sound and message within the songs.

Take a look at 3Pm’s latest song “Overdrive” and catch their performance on the Shock Top Rock stage at the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival June 10, 2016 at 6pm!

For more information about 3Pm and their music, check out their website.

Music Monday: FIVES

Every Monday leading up to the 2016 Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, we will be giving you a closer look at the artists set to perform. Take a look at this week’s featured artist: FIVES

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FIVES was formed in Baltimore, MD, in 2009 by lead vocalist Marc Cashin and keyboardist Matthew White. The band’s sound is a combination of acoustic roots based rock and indie pop.

In June 2010, FIVES released its first independent EP, A Brief History; the album was recorded mostly live at Grammy award winning Bias Studios, in Springfield VA, and its release represented a turning point in the band’s history. The album propelled FIVES into performing more live shows and contributed to the realization that audiences were connecting to the group and its music. In 2015, FIVES performed at the One Koast Showcase in Austin Texas during the SXSW Film & Music Festival.

When asked, “What is your favorite way to #celebrate?” the band responded,

“FIVES favorite way to #celebrate is kicking back to great, live music outdoors under the stars!”

FIVES is currently working on a new EP . The first single “My Gravity” is currently available on their website and iTunes, and is also being streamed though all major music services.


6 Tips for Festival Attire

Excited about the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival but not sure what to wear? Here are a few guidelines that you can follow:
Layer! Wearing a simple lightweight top or dress will keep you cool during the day. Opt for a chambray shirt, jacket or light sweater to tie around your waist during the day and throw on later in the evening.
Keep proportions in mind. Pair some colorful denim cutoff shorts with a simple white shirt, or combine a printed top with plain shorts and ankle boots. The idea is to look effortlessly stylish while staying cool on a hot day.
Wear comfortable shoes. When it comes to festivals, make sure to wear comfortable, flat shoes because you will be on your feet all day long. Look for a cool pair of sandals that show off your personal style, or opt for flat ankle boots!
Leave designer stuff at home if you want to relax and have fun. Do you want to spend your time worrying about somebody accidentally spilling beer on your expensive clothes or shoes?
Keep the head accessories to a minimum. Having too much on your head can be overkill. Keep it simple with either a floppy hat, floral/feathered headpieces, or bandana and don’t forget to protect your eyes with a pair of sunglasses!
Keep your beauty look natural. Although smeared eyeliner is a punk-rock necessity, spending all day in the sun can allow makeup to slide right off your face.The best type of foundations to use in order to prevent a makeup meltdown is products that contain silicone, which makes an excellent choice to prevent streaking from sweat and heat. Waterproof mascara is a must! Also, don’t forget to wear water-proof sunblock to prevent getting sunburn!
Check out our Pinterest for some of our favorite fashion picks!