Open three times a year (including this upcoming weekend, May 19-20), Colonial Market Fair transports visitors to a 1771 Virginia colonial village fair, complete with music, food, beer, mulled wine, crafts, and goods from the era.
Open three weekends a year (the third weekend in May, July, and October) from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Colonial Market Fair is located at Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown Pike in McLean. Tickets for adults cost $8, and for kids and seniors, only $4!
The fair is like a Renaissance Fair (except fast-forward a couple hundred years to colonial America). See sights as you would at a village festival back in that era, and take a trip around the different booths to watch demonstrations by the blacksmith, cabinetmaker, spinners, and pewter smiths. Take in the unique handmade crafts and fashions of the 18th century, and watch dramatic performances by acrobats, jugglers, and musicians. Visit heritage animals like chickens and pigs, and purchase handmade soaps and beautiful spring flowers.
Aside from all the seeing, there’s also doing! At the Colonial Market Fair, there’ll be candles to dip, colonial-era games to play, corn husk dolls to make, and singing and dancing to period music. Don’t forget about the food! Get your taste buds tingling as you move through your choice of spit-roasted rosemary chicken, spring vegetables, roasted olives, fruit pies, and a whole lot more. Tip up your cup with one of the tavern’s chilled beverages like craft beers, mulled wine, and ginger ale.
The Colonial Market Fair at Claude Moore Colonial Farm is a beloved tradition for families in the DMV, but if you can’t make it to one of the upcoming fairs (check the calendar), the farm is open from April 1 through December 31 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., every day except Monday and Tuesday. This living history locale portrays family life on a small, low-income Virginia tobacco farm just prior to the Revolutionary War.
Not only is Claude Moore set up to look like a farm from the 18th century, a “family” of actors portray life on the farm, going about what would have been daily activities back then. But wait, there’s more! Visitors are encouraged to participate in those activities and get a real feel for what life was like almost 250 years ago.
Admission to the park is $5 for adults, $3 for children & seniors, and kids aged two and under are free!
So either get on down to the Colonial Market Fair in May, July, or October, or go to Claude Moore Colonial Farm for a visit your family won’t soon forget!
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