Town of Herndon Parks & Recreation Department Announces Herndon Festival Permanently Canceled


It is with deep regret that the Town of Herndon Parks & Recreation Department announces the permanent cancellation of the Herndon Festival, a cherished tradition in our community.


After over 40 years of bringing joy, entertainment, and a sense of unity to our town, we have made the difficult decision to conclude the legacy of the Herndon Festival. This decision was reached after thoughtful consideration of various factors, including logistical issues regarding staff, volunteers, and security.


"The Herndon Festival has been a cornerstone of our community for over 40 years, and its legacy will forever hold a special place in our hearts,” said Cindy Roeder, Director of Parks & Recreation for the Town of Herndon. “We are grateful to everyone who has supported and contributed to this beloved event."


Throughout its existence, the Herndon Festival has been a source of cherished memories, an avenue for community engagement, and a celebration of the diverse spirit that defines our town. We extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who has been a part of the Herndon Festival's journey.


While this marks the end of an era, we look forward to finding new ways to continue fostering the sense of community and togetherness that the festival embodied.


For further inquiries or information, please contact Reid Okoniewski, Marketing & Communications Specialist at 703-435-6800 ext. 2101 or


FAQ's and Guidelines

  1. Admission to the Herndon Festival is Free.
  2. The public is prohibited from carrying alcoholic beverages into the Carnival area. Coolers, kegs, cans, and glass containers are prohibited. Herndon Festival vendor specialty, plastic or paper cups, or a refillable water bottle may be carried into the event area. Lunch size coolers containing a water bottle, baby formula or medication is permissible.

  3. Bicycles, skateboards, roller blades or any other form of transportation are not allowed in the event area. The use of a wheelchair or other mobility device to facilitate transportation because of a physical impairment is permitted.

  4. All animals and pets, except service animals, are prohibited from the event area.

  5. Shirts and footwear are required in the event area.

  6. Toy weapons or weapon replicas are prohibited in the event area. The use of squirt guns and/or the spraying of any products, the throwing of balls, Frisbees, or other objects are not permitted in the event area.

  7. Audio or video recording of the entertainment at any stage is not permitted without express written permission from the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department or the performer.

  8. Contents of all backpacks, and all packages, bags, containers, purses, or other hand carried items of similar size brought into the event area will be inspected for prohibited items.

  9. Smoking is discouraged on the event grounds. Underage smoking is not permitted. Consideration of non-smokers is appreciated.

Event Safety 

All guests entering the event area are subject to a visual inspection and a bag inspection. Contents of all backpacks and all packages, bags, containers, purses, or other hand carried items of similar size or larger will be inspected. Exceptions can be made for guests with special medical needs. No prohibited items will be accepted at the event gates for safekeeping. Please leave all prohibited items secured in your vehicle or throw them away.

Possession of prohibited items may result in removal from the event. Guests found in possession of a prohibited item will be asked to remove the item from the event or dispose of it. Guests who refuse to comply may be denied entry or will be removed from the event grounds and may be subject to arrest. Guests found in possession of the above-mentioned items inside the event area may be subject to the confiscation of the items and/or possible removal. Guests found in possession of fireworks or explosive devices will be removed from the event grounds.

The Town of Herndon is not responsible for items left behind, lost, stolen or damaged.

The Town of Herndon reserves the right to deem any other item inappropriate.

Announcements and Inclement Weather 

While most events and activities are held rain or shine, in the rare event of severe weather, the event may close temporarily and then re-open. Umbrellas, ponchos, etc. are good to have on hand. Should it be necessary, announcements will be made from each of the event regarding emergency procedures.

To check the status of events, call 703-435-6866.

First Aid Services

First aid services are located on the west corner of building 220, across from the parking garage. Services donated by the Fair Oaks Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co., Inc. with assistance from other Fairfax County Volunteer Fire Departments.

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