The Herndon Festival ramps up the FUN for kids! Families can enjoy a variety of FREE arts and entertainment activities. 

Children's Hands-On Art Area

The Herndon Festival is once again grateful for Arts Herndon’s support as they produce the Children's Hands-On Art program, a FREE family-friendly event open to children and youth on Sat. June 3, 10am-5pm and Sun., June 4 11am-5pm at the corner of Station and Lynn Streets. 

This year's theme is Passport to the Arts. Activities feature multi-media art projects and interactive demonstrations from across the globe. 

Join in the fun as Arts Herndon's trained volunteers and staff help the children let their imaginations run WILD as they create finger-hole penguin or polar bear puppets from Antarctica, castanets from South America, nesting dolls from Europe and more.  

Watch the children try out African musical instruments with Trevor H from All Around Acoustics, Indian dance steps from staff at Jayantika Dance Company or get temporary henna tattoos from skilled artists. So come on by Children’s Hands-On Arts in Kids’ Alley.

EXPERIENCE. EXPLORE. DISCOVER. Arts Herndon’s Passport to the Arts and remember - it's FREE! 

Kids' Alley Entertainment 

The Kids' Alley is located near the Children's Hands-On-Art Area and it is full of surprises and excitement. A variety of roaming entertainers will be on hand to interact with Festival goers and best of all make you giggle. Click here for a schedule of entertainment.

Model Train Display

The Washington, Virginia, & Maryland Garden Railway Society creates an amazing garden train display interwoven around colorful flowers and landscaping. Stop by and visit the display located next to the Depot Stage. The display runs on Saturday and Sunday. Click here to learn more about this organization.

Fireworks Displays

Enjoy our fireworks displays on Thursday night and Saturday night. Saturday is choreographed to music. Shows will start at 9:30pm.

Volunteer Opportunity

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire community service hours for high school, college or other service organizations. Girl and Boy Scout troops are especially welcome to volunteer and service patches will be provided. If you or your group would like to volunteer in the Children's Hands on Art area, sign up through Sign-Up Genius or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Children's Hands-On Art area accepts volunteers 12 years and older.  Volunteer times are flexible and are usually assigned in two-hour shifts.

Hands-On Art Hours

This area is  located in the Ahmed Lot at the intersection of Station & Lynn Streets. This area is open on Saturday & Sunday. 

Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm

First Aid Services

First aid services are located on the W&OD Trail and are donated by the Fair Oaks Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. Inc. with assistance from other Fairfax County Volunteer Fire Departments.

Hands-On Art Sponsors

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