Join the Fairfax County Park Authority at Lake Fairfax Park for our annual Independence Day celebration – this year on Saturday, June 29!

The event begins at noon, allowing viewers the opportunity to find the perfect spot in the park to enjoy the daylong activities. Both bicyclists and pedestrians are free. Parking fees are $15 per vehicle if purchased before the event or $20 per vehicle at the gate.

Register below today and save $5 on parking. Parking charges will be in effect beginning at 10 a.m. on June 29. The park will close to any new arrivals at approximately 8:45 p.m. REGISTER FOR LAKE FAIRFAX FIREWORKS

FCPF is pleased to help sponsor this popular celebration! See important tips to make the most of the 2024 Lake Fairfax Park Fireworks on the FCPA website.

Free Summer Concerts & Movies!

FCPA's Summer Entertainment Series returns in 2024 with FREE Outdoor Concerts and Outdoor Movies at 17 venues across Fairfax County!

The Fairfax County Park Authority, in partnership with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and with generous contributions through the Fairfax County Park Foundation from local businesses, corporations, and individual donors like you, fund summer performances.

We hope to see you this summer and encourage you to invite your friends or family to attend! Quickly search our more than 196 summer shows online.

The Bruce in the USA tribute band (pictured above) at Arrowbrook Centre Park is made possible through the generous sponsorship by The Ruth & Hal Launders Charitable Trust. 

Generosity from I-66 Outside the Beltway and other thoughtful donors funds the Starlight Cinema Drive-In Movies series at Sully Historic Site possible.

Fairfax Memorial Park and Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home are long-time sponsors of Braddock Nights.

395/495/95 Express Lanes continue to support concerts bordering express lanes operated by Transurban.

Supporters of the 2024 series include Capital One Hall,Family and Friends of Bob Lydick, Dominion EnergyInterstate Moving|Relocation|LogisticsWegmansTD BankMcGuireWoods; and Pulte Homes.

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts fund Virginia-based performers.

The RZ Foundation sponsors Arts in the Parks features shows that introduce children to live, quality entertainment in an outdoor setting. 

Concerts & movies that are held outdoors may be canceled due to inclement weather - Call 703-324-7469 (324-SHOW) one hour prior to the start of the show for updates.

Summer Entertainment Series Sponsors have donated the financial resources to the Park Foundation. This enables the Park Authority to book nationally-recognized artists and the area's top local talent.

Give Today to FCPF to help continue the popular Summer Entertainment Series!

Junior Golfers Tee Up!

FCPF is pleased be the first sponsor of the Orange Tee Club at Burke Lake Golf Center, a groundbreaking pilot program that enhances the golf experience for junior golfers, ages 5-12, and their parents or guardians. 

The Orange Tee Club times are available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for 9 holes only (front nine), based on availability. Orange Tees are closer to the hole and make for an easier and more enjoyable game.

The Orange Tee Club offers a relaxed pace of play and provides cool swag and discounts for junior golfers who share the course with other parents and junior golfers.

Adults may call the pro shop to reserve select parent/child tee times (no online booking). See more online and call the Burke Lake Golf Center pro shop at 703-324-9719 to reserve your Orange Tee Club time!

Don't miss the 4-H Fair & Carnival!

Sponsorship opportunities with recognition are available through the Park Foundation.

Levels and benefits are listed in the 4-H Fair Sponsorship Prospectus.

This popular 4-day event in partnership with FCPF, the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park, NCS, 4-H, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Program attracts more than 27,000 people making it the Fairfax County Park Authority’s most highly attended program!

The 74th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival will be held at Frying Pan Farm Park from August 1 to 4, 2024.

Four days are filled with fresh air, farm fun and good times for you, your friends, family and neighbors.

You'll see livestock and 4-H exhibits, enjoy delicious fair food, and you can enter your creation in the fair and try your hand at milking a cow or goat.

Don’t miss the carnival rides, games, and live entertainment right here in Fairfax County.

See more detail about this year's 4-H Fair and Carnival including sponsorship opportunities with a broad reach either online or call Margaret directly at 703-324-8532!

Meet Your FCPF Board Officers & Directors

The Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) Board of Directors elected officers to lead the fundraising arm for the Park Authority from July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2026. These dedicated individuals serve as volunteers to help attract support and partnerships to benefit our neighbors by enriching Fairfax County's 420 parks and outreach programs.

Learn more about the FCPF board and directors as pictured above!


Chair Laura Eakin Erlacher, GE Vernova

Vice Chair Anita Herrera, Nodal Exchange, LLC and Nodal Clear, LLC

Treasurer Rich Harpe, CPA, Matthews, Carter & Boyce CPAs & Advisors

Secretary Michael Gailliot, Century 21 New Millennium


Thomas Chennikara, Clean-Tech Innovation & Strategy

Harrison A. Glasgow, FCPA Federation of Friends

Gary W. Kirkbride, Dewberry

Kevin Ta, CFP, CTFA, AEP, PNC Private Bank

Robin Walker, The Greater Capital Area Team of Compass

Directors Emeritus

Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., (Retired) Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

Bruce D. McLeod, Commonwealth Consultants

Stephen C. Thormahlen, (Retired) PNC Wealth Management

Ex-Officio Directors

Kiel Stone, Chair, FCPA Board

Cynthia Jacobs Carter, Ed. D., Liaison, FCPA Board

Jai Cole, Executive Director, FCPA

Aimee L. Vosper, PLA, Director’s Office Liaison, FCPA

Roberta A. Longworth, CFRE, Executive Director, FCPF

Your thoughtful gift Helps Neighbors in Need!

In Fairfax County, 62,861 people live in poverty and 14,164 of those are children. Many of these people live on less than $30,000 a year in the fifth wealthiest county in the United States. Unfortunately, enriching FCPA educational classes and programs are simply out of reach for them.

To help bridge that gap for individuals with limited financial means, those living in underrepresented areas, and people with intellectual and physical disabilities, FCPF continues to accept donations to support FCPA camps, class scholarships, and outreach programs that enrich, educate, and inspire your neighbors in need!

With your thoughtfulness, FCPF can fund impactful outreach programs and community events that provide equitable and inclusive access for our neighbors.

Every gift helps and contributions in any amount are welcome and appreciated! Generous donors of $500 or more will be listed on the Access to Camps, Classes & Equity Outreach Programs FCPF webpage.

Learn how you can Donate with Credit/Debit or Paypal or

Print this Letter to Mail a Gift that helps your neighbors in need!

Park Photographer's Favorite Moment of Beauty

"The Fairfax County Park Authority had just purchased a telephoto lens and I was taking it out for the first time to Huntley Meadows Park. I took my two sons with me Jacob (age 6) and Ben (age 3). Before walking onto the boardwalk I emphasized that this was a Wildlife Sanctuary and they needed to remain quiet, but said if they saw something that they could tell me. Jacob soon thereafter said in a very low voice 'like that bird flying behind us?' I turned around and took this photo of a great white egret landing."

-Don Sweeney, FCPA Photographer

Warmest wishes are extended to Don and his family in his retirement. We thank our long-time professional photographer for the countless photos that told stories beyond mere words. Don's work will continue to inspire many to enjoy, protect, preserve, and otherwise care for Fairfax County parks!


Share your favorite 'Moment of Beauty' photo or story by email for a possible feature in a future FCPF newsletter!

Use the Park Amenity Locator to find a picturesque park near you!

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Find Upcoming Activities!

Register for classes, camps and find MANY other great FCPA Programs and Events online!

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