Neighborhood Expert: ViVa Vienna tips 2024

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA and D.C. 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].

Coming Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27), is the annual town fair — ViVa Vienna on Church Street!

It’s my favorite weekend to be in town all year. You will see everyone you know at some point walking around, either getting food, drinking beer, or waiting in lines for rides. It’s truly when that “small town feel” of Vienna is clear as day.

If you’ve never been, here are some tips for you:

  1. There are no vendors on Saturday. If you hate large crowds, this is the best day to go. It only gets busier as the weekend goes on (plus lots of kids are out of town for sports tournaments on this day).
  2. There’s a beer tent, ie. BrewFest, on Mill Street starting at noon on Saturday/Sunday and 2 p.m. on Monday. You MUST bring ID — regardless of how old you look. Having checked IDs at other Town of Vienna events, I can speak to the strict enforcement of this. Bring your ID.
  3. You must buy tickets to get on rides, but you don’t need tickets to attend. If you plan to ride with your kid, you need tickets too. The best deal is the 3 day unlimited ride pass for $100, otherwise a 1 day wristband is $45.
  4. There are larger rides for bigger kids but also a toddler area for smaller kids.
  5. Bring cash if you plan to play any games — ie. shoot darts at balloons, shoot basketballs, etc.
  6. Don’t miss the live shows on the Town Green. Favorites include the Vienna Singing Princesses, Legacy Dance Institute, School of Rock, and of course, the Vienna Jammers on Monday at 10 a.m. 
  7. The big thing: parking. ViVA Vienna is located just off the W&OD path. If you can park and walk there, that’s the best thing. There’s a shuttle from the Vienna Metro and Madison High School. There’s also parking at Vienna Elementary School (although you’ll fight people attending games on Waters Field), and any side streets with access points to the trail (Talahi, Felini, Tapawingo, Branch, Center St. N, Glyndon, etc). Don’t park in the shopping centers like Whole Foods, or Taco Bamba, and leave your car all day. That hurts our local businesses from business all day.

The Rotary Club of Vienna has a great FAQ section in case you have more specific questions.

Have a great time!

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