Fireworks on Saturday, races on Sunday and a carnival all four days: the largest free event in Northern Virginia, the 38th annual Herndon Festival, will be held May 31 – June 3.
“The Herndon Festival has been a part of this community for over 37 years. This event has many great aspects: free parking & shuttle bus, no admission fee, three stages of entertainment, free kids activities, a carnival, fireworks on Saturday night, a 10K/5K race on Sunday morning, vendors galore and most of all, a chance to see friends and connect with members of the community. All this is surrounded by the charm of downtown Herndon,” wrote Abby Kimble, marketing specialist for the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department. “The Herndon Festival provides an opportunity for the town of Herndon to promote and enhance the community and its quality of life, economic growth, diversity and spirit.”
How free is free? “There are fees to ride the rides. There is no admission fee to enter the Festival. A person can watch the entertainment on all three stages over the four days for no fee,” answered Kimble.
According to their press release, Thursday performances feature the music of Jason Masi, Farewell Angelina and Shawn Owens Band; Friday performances feature Dan McGuire, Almost Queen and Jimmie’s Chicken Shack; Saturday headliners include Paul Pfau, The Hunts and Roomful of Blues; Sunday headliners include Three Sheets to the Wind, KSTONE4U and Good Shot Judy. You can see the full schedule at http://www.herndonfestival.net.
How do they choose the performances? “Our performing arts supervisor researches different performers, takes feedback from community members and evaluates performers who submit online applications. The next step is for the Herndon Festival executive planning committee to approve the entertainment schedule,” answered Kimble.
What is new this year? “On Friday night from 5:30-6:30p.m., there will be a Kids’ Car Creation and Puppet Show! Kids can make their own custom cardboard car, watch a puppet show, and then drive their cardboard car around the Herndon Festival. This is a free event! A special thanks to F.H. Furr for sponsoring this fun activity. Saturday night, get your glow on at our glow-in-the-dark themed night and make sure to get your own glow-in-the-dark water bottle from Northwest Federal Credit Union. Join us at the Café Stage after the fireworks for a Get Your Glow On Dance Party. Sunday, the HMC Stage will feature some exciting family friendly entertainment from 2-5p.m., featuring Recess Monkey,” explained Kimble.
The festival is produced by Herndon Parks and Recreation Department with assistance from local area civic organizations and businesses. Northwest Federal Credit Union is the title sponsor for the 2018 Herndon Festival.
According to the press release, “Festival hours are as follows: Thursday, May 31, 6-10p.m.; Friday, June 1, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, June 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Please note that pets are not allowed in the Festival area, and all backpacks, packages and hand-carried items will be searched for prohibited items.
A free shuttle bus service will transport attendees to and from the Festival area, departing every ten minutes from Worldgate Shopping Centre and Herndon High School. Worldgate Centre riders will need to walk along Worldgate Drive and look for the signs at 12975 Worldgate Drive. Riders at Herndon High School need to meet at the large rock at the entrance to the school off Bennett St. Parking at both shuttle bus pick-up/drop-off locations is free. Shuttle bus service hours are as follows: Thursday, May 31, 6– 10 p.m.; Friday, June 1, 5– 11 p.m.; Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m. – 11p.m.; and Sunday, June 3, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Or, ride your bike and enjoy a free bike valet service located at the corner of Lynn and Elden Streets.”