Red, White and Brew!

As this Independence Day is quickly approaching, Celebrate Fairfax, Inc., are excited to be working in coordination with the Workhouse Arts Foundation to host their inaugural Workhouse BrewFest, which is set to take place on Saturday, August 13th, 2016 at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia!

The historic site will spotlight over 45 craft brews from Northern Virginia and throughout the Commonwealth. Additional craft brews from the region, including DC, Maryland, and West Virginia will also be selected for the event.

Among all of the craft beers will be craft beer-focused exhibits, gourmet food trucks, workshops and interactive displays. The Festival will also highlight more than 20 performances and demonstrations on 3 stages, with an exceptional line-up of popular regional performers, 45+ craft breweries, cideries and wineries and engaging programs like the “Workhouse Brew of the Year.”

Also, with the 4th of July weekend coming rapidly, here are a couple ideas of things to do this weekend in Fairfax County!

Join the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival Team!

Volunteers come and join us in celebrating the 35th Annual Celebrate Fairfax! Festival held on June 10th-12th, 2016 at the Fairfax County Government Center. Volunteers are essential for the event to run smoothly, and without the help of more than 1,500 volunteers to run the gates, stages and logistical operations the event would not be possible.

Interested in volunteering at the 2016 Festival? Just register online at our website, www.CelebrateFairfax.com. Volunteer for one 3-4 hour shift and receive a Celebrate Fairfax! t-shirt, free admission for the day, a coupon for free beverage and snack as well as a chance to win great raffle prizes!

Returning to the festival includes: the Silent Disco, Children’s Avenue, Fairfax County Dock Dogs Championship and more than 140 live performances on eight stages! This year’s headliners for the Bud Light Main Stage include: Plain White T’s, The B-52’s, and Living Colour.

For more information or questions about volunteering please visit our website www.CelebrateFairfax.com or email: CelebrateFairfaxVolunteers@FairfaxCounty.gov.

 

 

#Celebrate National Wine Day!

Raise your glass to National Wine Day! To #celebrate, we are giving you a sneak peek at some of the incredible wineries, breweries, and more featured at the 2016 Celebrate Fairfax! Festival Taste of Virginia tent! Check them out!

Bold Rock Hard Cider

The proud winners of over 75 awards, Bold Rock Hard Cider is dedicated to crafting locally picked apples to create a variety of crisp and refreshing hard cider styles.

 

Chateau Morrisette

One of the largest wineries in Virginia, Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant is known not only by its winery dogs featured on every label, but by the over twenty varieties of wine they produce.

 

Forge Brew Works

Seeking to embody the spirit of traditional craftsmen, the artisans at Forge Brew Works take great pride in crafting small batches of quality beer, incorporating their hard work into every taste.

 

Honey Grail

A natural spokesperson for mankind’s oldest alcoholic beverage: mead,  Honey Grail seeks to reintroduce the historic drink to the American public by adapting it to modern palettes, creating a beverage that is neither excessively sweet nor overly priced.

 

Horton Vineyards

Horton Vineyards has a rich history of utilizing traditional grapes and meticulous vineyard practices to produce quality wines for the people of Virginia for the past twenty years.

 

Mad Fox Brewing Company

Utilizing state-of-the-art brewing systems, Mad Fox Brewing Company has been crafting a wide variety of beers on-site for the past six years, earning them an impressive amount of recognitions and awards.

 

White Hall Vineyards

White Hall’s winemaking philosophy is that “wonderful wines are made from the careful handling of great fruit.” Through their combination of attentive vineyard practices and modern winemaking techniques, White Hall has remained consistent with the production of excellent wines.

Music Monday: Face Value

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: Face Value

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Formed in early 2012 in Kingsville, MD, Face Value, originally known as “Out to See,” managed to create their own unique and edgy pop punk / alternative rock sound with influences from bands like Blink 182, All Time Low, and Yellowcard. Their writing style and catchy yet refreshing chord progressions reflect the band’s personal experiences dealing with the hardships of growing up.

Originally formed by frontman/lead guitarist Alec Myers and Jeremiah Douglas (drums/electric triangle), the band witnessed a departure of initial members Kyle Ritter and Garrett Heydt. Soon after, brothers Parker Ross and Grayson Ross joined the band, meshing their unique pop-rock and effect-driven sound with the fundamental raw punk tendencies Alec and Jeremiah gravitated towards. The band released “Growing Up Young” on June 14, 2015 and embarked on their summer tour with good friends, Something More, in late June to help promote its release. The EP is not only fun and refreshing but also shows that the Baltimore pop punk scene still has original and worthwhile music to offer. More recently, Face Value wrapped up their upcoming EP, “Thick As Thieves”, with Baltimore producer/engineer, Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Yellowcard, The Used, etc.), in mid January 2016 and is planning a handful of music videos in conjunction with its release in May.

Currently, the band has released 2 music videos (“Up Late” and “Car Door”) by AHT Productions in Baltimore, MD. They have been invited to play the 2015 Driven Music Conference (Austin, TX), 17th Annual Texas Rock Fest (Austin, TX), 2016 Celebrate Fairfax Festival, and 2016 Launch Music Conference (Lancaster, PA).

Don’t miss Face Value at the 2016 Celebrate Fairfax! Festival on the Shock Top Rock Stage at 3:00PM on Saturday, June 11!

Meet the Interns of Celebrate Fairfax!

Festivals don’t plan themselves, and at Celebrate Fairfax, there is plenty of work to go around. Luckily, we have the help of an amazing team of dedicated interns to help along the way, and this is your chance to get to know them!

Amanda Rekenthaler

Amanda, a senior at George Mason University, joined the Celebrate Fairfax! team early this year to get involved in all aspects of large-scale event planning. Majoring in Tourism and Events Management with a Concentration in Events Management, Amanda takes the skills she learns in the classroom and applies them to her position as a program coordinator making her a perfect fit for the role.

When asked, “How do you #celebrate?” Amanda quickly responds, “How don’t I celebrate?”

Ashleigh Elliot

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A recent graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Events Management with a Concentration in Events Management, Ashleigh  is ready to take the world by storm. With her experience as an outern for Celebrate Fairfax! last summer, Ashleigh is not afraid of the challenges ahead come festival weekend. As the Exhibits Coordinator, Ashleigh is responsible for registering Exhibits and Food Vendors, and ensuring they all have a successful weekend at the festival.

Ashleigh’s favorite way to #celebrate is with crazy dance moves in the office!

Charlie Digby

No stranger to Celebrate Fairfax!, Charlie is excited to return to the festival as she prepares to enter into her final semester at George Mason University this fall and finish her degree in Tourism and Events Management with a Concentration in Hospitality Management. Joining the team as a Program Coordinator, she is happy to plan all aspects of the festival’s VIP experiences.

Charlie’s favorite way to #celebrate is by finding the nearest happy hour & hanging with her friends.

Colin Hunter

Entering into his senior year at George Mason University this fall, Colin is happy to be a part of the Celebrate Fairfax! team and work on his first large-scale event. Colin sees working at with the festival as a great opportunity to expand his knowledge of events as he pursues his degree in Tourism and Events Management with a Concentration in Events Management. As the Marketing and Program Coordinator, Colin runs Celebrate Fairfax!’s social media platforms and he especially enjoys using his graphic design skills to create posters and other elements for the festival.

He likes to #celebrate by relaxing with his friends and family.

Jaime Klopfer

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A senior at George Mason University, Jaime is happy to be finishing her last semester of classes this upcoming fall and to complete her degree in Tourism and Events Management with a Concentration in Events Management. In her position as the Volunteer & Leadership Program Coordinator, she has the opportunity to plan and coordinate all of the incredible volunteers that make Celebrate Fairfax what it is today. As the festival approaches, Jaime is excited to begin preparations for the best weekend of the summer and she is even more excited to be working with Celebrate Fairfax! in August for the Workhouse Brewfest.

Jaime’s favorite way to #celebrate is to go somewhere new and exciting!

Megan Bergquist

Following her recent graduation from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Events Management, Megan is excited to continue her work this summer as the festival’s the Entertainment Coordinator. A passionate music lover, Megan finds joy in her work as she books bands and creates music playlists for the festival.

Her favorite way to #celebrate is surrounded by good food, great company, and live music.

Samantha Zebell

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After her recent graduation from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Events Management with a Concentration in Events Management, Samantha feels that she can take on any challenge; which comes in handy as the Development Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the CEO. A veteran of the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, Samantha uses her experience as she assists with the general management of CFI’s sponsorship program and business development initiatives and coordinates all aspects of the Celebrate Fairfax Community Spirit Scholarship Program.

Samantha’s favorite way to #celebrate is to spend time with her dog.

Thank you to all of our amazing interns for their hard work and for making the festival the best that it can be!

Celebrate like a VIP!

 

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Festival season only comes around once a year, so why not go all out? This year, Celebrate Fairfax! is offering two unique VIP experiences to attendees who want to #celebratelikeavip!

Party On The Patio

Back by popular demand, this exclusive package includes 2 Single Day Adult Admission Tickets Valid on the day of your choice, either Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

The following complimentary items are included:

  • Private bar with 4 drink tickets (total)
  • Dinner buffet catered by Glory Days Grill
  • Beer and wine specials
  • 4 wine tastes at the Wegmans Uncorked tent (total)
  • First priority access to Silent Disco
  • Private air-conditioned VIP restroom facilities
  • On-site parking pass
  • Charging station access and other VIP amenities.

      *MUST be 21+; 

 

 

 

iHeart Party Pit

(Opens 90 minutes prior to headliner show. Must Check-in at Party On The Patio)
New for 2016, this package includes all of the Party On The Patio package benefits plus:

  • Access to iHeart Party Pit
  • A reserved headliner performance viewing area located to the left of the BudLight Main Stage
  • 2 additional drink tickets per person
  • Beer and wine specials
  • 4 carnival ride vouchers per person and complimentary snacks.

*Only 50 packages available per day. MUST be 21+; 

      *Saturday packages are currently SOLD OUT

 

To purchase VIP Experience tickets and for more information, please visit our website. The Celebrate Fairfax! Festival will take place at the Fairfax County Government Center June 10-12th, 2016.

Music Monday: Kevin Olson

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: Kevin Olson

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A recent graduate of Virginia Tech, Kevin Olson began playing his guitar for live audiences in the early fall of 2014, starting with simple street performances. His talent quickly caught the eye of the entertainment team for Virginia Tech Athletics and Olson found his first big gig headlining a halftime show for the Virginia Tech Men’s Basketball team.  Since his performance, he has played at various events and clubs within Blacksburg, and near his hometown of Vienna, VA. Amazed by his unique style of guitar, audiences have often compared his music to that of John Butler and August Rush. A veteran of the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, Olson is excited to return and share his music with the people of Fairfax County.

His favorite way to #celebrate is to share a meal and drinks with close friends and family.

For more information on Kevin Olson and his upcoming shows, check out his website and see him live at the 2016 Celebrate Fairfax! Festival Sunday, June 12th at 4:30PM on the Wegmans Uncorked Stage.