With most pandemic restrictions lifted, all the fun of summer returns for 2021. Here's our big list of things to do this summer around Northern Virginia, including Fourth of July parades and fireworks!

JUNE

Comedy Nights at the Workhouse

Friday, June 11, 8 p.m., and Friday, June 18, 8 p.m.

Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton

Comedian Rahmein Mostafavi has hand-picked top-notch stand-up comedians from around the region for an evening showcasing the funniest folks around. The comedians have outstanding credits from comedy clubs through the DMV and the greater region. Performance outdoors in a large covered pavilion. Visit insidenovatix.com for tickets.

Taste of Woodbridge

June 12, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge. 

Event includes food tastings, exhibitors, interactive fun and live entertainment. Tasting tickets are $1 each and will go on sale closer to the event. Interested exhibitors can sign up at www.kojamproductions.com

16th Annual Manassas Jazz Festival

June 19, noon to 7 p.m.

Manassas Museum lawn, 9101 Prince William St. 

Tickets range from $25 – $130

The Manassas Jazz Festival features live jazz music, as well as wine, beer and spirits from around the area – something for everyone to enjoy. This year’s festival will be held on Saturday instead of Sunday. For tickets, see visitmanassas.org.

Craft Beer Festival at George Washington's Mount Vernon

June 19 and June 20, 6-9 p.m.

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon

Experience Mount Vernon after hours, taste beers from across the region, hear live music and explore the grounds. The mansion will be closed during the event. Tickets are $40 for members and $48 for non-members. See mountvernon.org for more information and to buy tickets.

Tim's Rivershore 'Not on the Fourth' fireworks

Tim's Rivershore Restaurant and Crab House on the Potomac River outside Dumfries will host its last "Not on the Fourth of July" fireworks event June 26 started at dark. It will the the last show at Tim's Dumfries location, which is closing for good at the end of the season.

‘Inferno’ Traveling Performing Arts Experience

June 24-27

Workhouse Arts Center 

9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton

Inspired by Dante’s epic poem, in which the Roman poet Virgil leads Dante on a journey through the infamous circles of an afterlife place known as The Inferno. Guests to this event will experience this journey through the eyes of Dante, as they are led through a series of performing arts scenes – bearing witness (and warning) of the destiny for misspent lives. Tickets ($25 at insidenovatix.com) are sold via timed entry to ensure social distancing.

Fireworks at Mount Vernon

June 25-26, 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon is hosting fireworks and live music on the East Lawn in a pre-Independence Day celebration. Picnic on the riverside of the mansion and enjoy a concert by the National Concert Band at 7:45 p.m. before the fireworks. For ticket costs and more information, see mountvernon.org

Summertime fireworks at FredNats ballpark

42 Jackie Robinson Way, Fredericksburg

The Fredericksburg Nationals baseball team will be displaying fireworks at the FredNats ballpark at the conclusion of their home games on the following dates: June 4, June 18, July 2, July 4, July 9, July 30, August 13, August 27, and September 17. These dates are on Friday evenings, as well as on Sunday, July 4th. For more information about Fred Nats games, visit milb.com/fredericksburg.

JULY

Workhouse Arts Center Fireworks

Friday, July 2, 5-10 p.m.

9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton

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The center's annual pre-Fourth of July fireworks show will be reimagined and redesigned this year, but fireworks will still illuminate the surrounding landscape in a choreographed display. This year's event will include a VIP component which will feature special early access to socially-distanced pods to enjoy live entertainment, food and drinks. Tickets are limited this year and include various tiers. See workhousearts.org for details or visit insidenovatix.com.

Dale City Independence Day Parade and Family Fun Day

July 3, 10 a.m.

Dale Boulevard, Dale City

The popular Dale City Independence Day parade returns for its 50th year, but this year on July 3, for a patriotic march from Kirkland Drive to Center Plaza along Dale Boulevard. Parade lineup starts at 9 a.m. and steps off at 10 a.m. If your group would like to participate in the parade, mail applications to the Dale City Parade Committee, P.O. Box 1822, Dale City, VA 22195. For applications and more information, call Lisa Hicks at 571-723-2493.

Movies at the Pfitz – “National Treasure”

July 3, 7 p.m.

Pfitzner Stadium, 7 County Complex Court, Woodbridge

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Movies at the Pfitz is back for a third season of fun, food trucks, sweet treats, games, family friendly movie selections and more! A collaboration between the Woodbridge and Lake Ridge Rotary clubs in conjunction with the Prince William County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Movies at the Pfitz is a major fundraiser for both Rotary groups. All proceeds will be used to help local non-profit organizations who are working so hard to support our community.  Tickets at insidenovatix.com.

Celebrate America

July 4, 3-10 p.m.

Old Town Manassas 

Celebrate America this Independence Day with one of the largest fireworks displays in Northern Virginia. Sponsored by the city of Manassas and Historic Manassas Inc., the celebration surrounds the Manassas Visitor’s Center, the Harris Pavilion, the Manassas Museum and Downtown Manassas. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets and come early to get the best seats on the Manassas Museum lawn for the fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.

Manassas Park Fourth of July fireworks

July 4, dusk

Signal Hill Park, Manassas Park

Manassas Park’s annual Fourth of July fireworks at Signal Hill Park returns this summer. There will be food, fun, and most importantly, fireworks. Free shuttles from the VRE parking lot start at 5:30 p.m., with fireworks at dusk.

Leesburg Independence Day Parade

July 4, 10 a.m.

Downtown Leesburg, King Street from Ida Lee Drive to Fairfax Drive 

The parade starts at Ida Lee Park, travels down King Street and concludes at Fairfax Street. This year’s parade will also feature the 13th annual Patriot’s Cup Competition. The award will go to the best parade entry; winners’ names will be engraved on the Patriot Cup, which will be on display at Town Hall.

Concert and fireworks at Ida Lee Park

July 4, 6 p.m.

Ida Lee Park, 60 Ida Lee Drive NW, Leesburg.

Celebrate America’s big day at Ida Lee Park and enjoy a great night of music, food and fireworks. Gates open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 6:30 p.m. The biggest bang of the evening begins at 9:30 p.m. Parking is available at the interior lots off Ida Lee Drive, and the Festival Field parking off King Street.

8th Annual Boulder Crest Charity Golf Tournament

July 12, 9 a.m.

The Golf Club at Landsdowne, 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg.

Book a foursome for the 8th Annual Boulder Crest Charity Golf Tournament. Boulder Crest Foundation is the nation’s first privately-funded rural wellness center dedicated to combat veterans, first responders and their families. See bouldercrest.org for details.

Movies at the Pfitz – “Footloose!”

July 31, 7 p.m.

Pfitzner Stadium, 7 County Complex Court, Woodbridge

Movies at the Pfitz is back for a third season of fun, food trucks, sweet treats, games, family friendly movie selections and more! A collaboration between the Woodbridge and Lake Ridge Rotary clubs in conjunction with the Prince William County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Movies at the Pfitz is a major fundraiser for both Rotary groups. All proceeds will be used to help local non-profit organizations who are working so hard to support our community.  Tickets at insidenovatix.com.

AUGUST

Movies at the Pfitz – “Captain America - The First Avenger”

Aug. 7, 7 p.m.

Pfitzner Stadium, 7 County Complex Court, Woodbridge

Movies at the Pfitz is back for a third season of fun, food trucks, sweet treats, games, family friendly movie selections and more! A collaboration between the Woodbridge and Lake Ridge Rotary clubs in conjunction with the Prince William County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Movies at the Pfitz is a major fundraiser for both Rotary groups. All proceeds will be used to help local non-profit organizations who are working so hard to support our community.  Tickets at insidenovatix.com.

Prince William County Fair

Aug. 13-21

Prince William County Fairgrounds, 10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas

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After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prince William County Fair is scheduled to return this summer. Details were still being worked out and contracts still being signed, but applications are available now for commercial vendors, the baby contest and the Power Wheels Derby. For updates and applications, see pwcfair.com

Discover Occoquan Week 

Aug. 13 - Aug. 22

Town of Occoquan

This free event celebrates town businesses with a week of activities including interactive classes, demonstrations, a scavenger hunt and a history tour, culminating with a beer garden and concert in River Mill Park. See occoquanva.gov for details.

Movies at the Pfitz – “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

Aug. 21, 7 p.m.

Pfitzner Stadium, 7 County Complex Court, Woodbridge

Movies at the Pfitz is back for a third season of fun, food trucks, sweet treats, games, family friendly movie selections and more! A collaboration between the Woodbridge and Lake Ridge Rotary clubs in conjunction with the Prince William County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Movies at the Pfitz is a major fundraiser for both Rotary groups. All proceeds will be used to help local non-profit organizations who are working so hard to support our community.  Tickets at insidenovatix.com.

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