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Neighborhood Expert: ViVa Vienna Tips

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

ViVA Vienna, the town fair, is my favorite event of the year — maybe more so this year because usually it’s unbearably hot and the forecast actually looks to be decent this coming weekend. For those that have never been, let me give you the general overview of what to expect and then I’ll add some COVID twists to your 2021 visit.

ViVa Vienna is made of rides for the kids, some for the smaller crew and some for the older crew who likes faster/higher rides, usually games (knock down the clown, pop the balloon, fishing for a duck), vendors (arts, crafts, photos, local businesses), and fair food. Think meat on a stick, turkey legs and fried everything. It’s glorious and fun. They also have shows on the town green in the amphitheater.

This year, you’ll need to buy tickets in advance. You can get a slot of time (1 hr and 50 min) for unlimited rides for the kids and yourself, or you can buy non-rider passes if you’re just going to go for fun to watch and walk around. The rider tickets are $20 and the non-rider pass is $5. You can buy as many as you want. The event is Saturday, Sunday and Monday and there are time slots for each day left.

Bring water! Bring snacks if you don’t want to buy food. The kids (and adults) get hot and hungry and that’ll kill anyone’s day.

The Vienna Singing Princesses are always a hit and are on the entertainment schedule to perform on Saturday morning. I don’t believe you need tickets for the entertainment. The Great Zucchini is on the schedule for Monday morning.

This year they have food trucks around Vienna Elementary along with some food vendors at the exit of the vendor exhibit on Caffi Field (the softball fields by the community center).

Logistics: there are recommendations by the Rotary Club for parking spots. Be careful of residential streets that may have no parking signs and try not to block driveways.

Hope you have a great time!

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