Vienna’s three-day festival is a memory-maker
Get ready to make some new favorite memories with family and friends when the Town of Vienna celebrates its annual three-day festival Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28, in the heart of historic Vienna, along Church Street.
ViVa! Vienna!, hosted for 33 years by the Rotary Club of Vienna, features carnival rides, yummy food, live entertainment across three stages, and more than 300 arts and craft and other vendors. The event, says Rotarian Cristin Etheredge “celebrates a spirit of community in our small town in the big city.”
“I like seeing people so happy and enjoying themselves,” adds Etheredge, who handles publicity for the festival and volunteers about 24 hours onsite over the three-day weekend. “I love watching the joy of the people at the festival, seeing their laughter and smiles and the joy they’re sharing with their family and friends – and knowing that I played a small part in that is amazing.”
The festival begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, with a focus that day on the 30 carnival rides and approximately 30 food vendors as well as entertainment on the Town Green. Sunday and Monday, the vendors join the festival, representing a variety of artisans, community and historic organizations, and sponsors. A highlight of the festival on Monday is the Memorial Day Tribute on the Town Green main stage at 1 p.m.; Vienna resident and retired Marine Damien Marsh will be the guest speaker this year.
A highlight of this year’s festival will be participation of the Washington Capitals’ Street Caps, who will bring with them an ice rink, corn hole games, and giveaways for children.
Admission to ViVa! Vienna! is free. Rides require a specific number of tickets, which varies from ride to ride; tickets are $1 each or $20 for a sheet of 24, or $35 for an all-day wristband.
Parking in the historic area is very limited; ViVa! Vienna! parking signs will be posted where businesses have agreed to allow festival parking. Please do not park in residents’ yards or block driveways. Consider avoiding the hassle of looking for a coveted parking space and take advantage of the ample parking and free shuttle available at the Vienna Metro station and Madison High School.
“I love the fact that 100% of proceeds from ViVa! Vienna! go out to 70-plus local charities and make an impact for these organizations,” says 2018 festival chair AJ Oskuie. “So, we’re having a great time and doing some good at the same time.”