Check Off These 5 Things to Do in Vienna During Your First Year

  • Eva Swersey
  • 07/20/22

Vienna, Va., has several things to do during your first year here. Check out our list of the top five activities of things to do in Vienna, VA, and get started on experiencing all this wonderful town has to offer. Vienna has plenty for everyone, from the great outdoors to performances.

1. Explore the outdoors

For dogs

New residents looking for dog-friendly things to do in Vienna, VA, will surely enjoy visiting the Vienna Dog Park at Moorefield Park. The dog park allows off-leash play and has a wonderful doggie playground. Park access is limited to dogs licensed by Fairfax County or the Town of Vienna.

For kids and hanging out with friends

Visiting a local park is among the top things to do in Vienna, VA, for families with children and people who enjoy outdoor fun with friends.

Sarah Walker Mercer Park is popular for its toddler-friendly bike trail. The park covers a single acre, so the path is nice for littles to enjoy with parental supervision. Locals also appreciate the rain garden.

The Branch Road Tot Lot has a playground structure best suited for kids between two and five years old. Parents appreciate the playground’s fence, which protects kids from the nearby streets.

Glyndon Park is perfect if you enjoy playing team or pair sports, want to wander a trail, or want a place for your littles to play. Residents appreciate the various courts for sports, including basketball, softball, pickleball, and tennis. You can reserve courts online. Families with young children especially enjoy the "StoryWalk" trail because of the picture book pages posted along the path. The playground features structures for young and older children and is liked as a quiet place for kids to play.

Families go to Meadow Lane Park for play structures and toys that appeal to a wide range of ages. Families also like the ample open space that lets kids burn their energy.

For hiking

Photo courtesy of W&OD Trail
Many local trails provide great walking options for more outdoor activities in Vienna.

The W&OD Trail, short for the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Trail, covers 45 miles from Purcellville to Shirlington. The trail cuts through Vienna around mile markers nine through 14. Head toward mile marker zero to reach Arlington or towards mile marker 18 to cut through Vienna, Reston, and Herndon. The trail is a civic treasure and one of the best reasons for active persons to buy properties in Vienna, VA. With such a long trail, you can decide how much or how little you want to explore each time.

Northside Park/Maud Robinson Wildlife Preserve has several trails perfect for beginner and advanced hikers. The park and preserve cover 26 acres. Visitors enjoy the location for wildlife and nature photography, jogging, dog-walking, and hiking. Trails connect to Glyndon Street Northeast, the W&OD Trail, Rockport Road, and Eudora Park through to Labrador Lane.

For golfing

To play a round of golf in Vienna, consider membership at Westwood Country Club, which has an 18-hole championship course with a par of 71. The club provides an Olympic-size pool, 10 tennis courts, and a fitness center for members. It debuted in 1954, spans 157 acres, and is a popular wedding reception venue.

2. Volunteer at the community garden

One of the quickest ways to build pride in your new community in Vienna is to help care for the community garden, which volunteers run. To inquire about volunteer opportunities or a guided learning tour of the garden, contact 703-255-6360. Volunteers help grow produce, flowers, and herbs. Families also enjoy the book kiosk, which has a take-one-leave-one policy.

3. Join the church block party

A town favorite, the Chillin' on Church block party, occurs once monthly from June through September. People gather on Church Street, which is closed to traffic for the evening, to enjoy live music, delicious dining from local food trucks, beer and wine for the adults, and family-friendly activities. The party will return on June 17th, so attend and mingle with your new neighbors.

4. Catch a performance

Fans of the performing arts appreciate that Vienna offers fantastic theater and live music.

Vienna Theatre Company

The Vienna Theatre Company (VTC) invites residents to attend performances or volunteer as performers and stagehands. The latest performance closed on May 8th, but stay tuned for auditions and ticket opportunities. Another performance will occur at the end of July and feature the Vienna Youth Players in Shrek: The Musical.

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

Native Northern Virginians and long-term residents know that summer isn't complete without checking out the events at Wolf Trap. The park has three stages — the Filene Center, The Barns at Wolf Trap, and the Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods.

At the Filene Center, the main stage, you can watch anything from performances by the United States Marine Band to films with sing-a-longs and orchestral accompaniment. You can also watch performances by artists like Sheryl Crow, Barenaked Ladies, and Little Big Town. Families won't want to miss the Sound of Music sing-along on July 16th.

The Barns is the place to catch chamber music, recitals, and opera performances. Check out the Aria Jukebox on July 9th, when the audience gets to make the music selections.

Families with young children especially enjoy the Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, which helps build a love of the performing arts through exposure to theater, concerts, and performers from other cultures. For example, kid-friendly theater in 2022 sees the Madcap Puppets show for Jack and the Gentle Giant, Lyle the Crocodile, and Owen and Mzee The Musical. The concert schedule includes events like Marsha and the Positrons performing Energetic: Fun Songs About Science (a hit with parents who remember watching Bill Nye the Science Guy). As for performances for expanding your child's worldview, each season brings options like The Land of Mulan by the Xuejuan Dance Ensemble, Dancing Through Life by the Native Pride Dancers, and Stepping in the Woods: Celebrating Irish Dance.

Summer on the Green

Another great way to enjoy music in Vienna is to attend the free 90-minute concerts held most Fridays from June through August. You'll need to bring your own seating, and while kids are welcome, pets are not.

5. Enjoy annual festivities

Last but not least are the town's annual festivities, from ViVa Vienna to the Halloween Parade.

ViVa! Vienna!

ViVa! Vienna! is held on Memorial Day weekend and is a three-day town fair featuring crafts from local artisans, amusement park rides, and a wide variety of food to enjoy. This family-friendly event also has fun for the adult crowd with the inaugural celebration of Backstage BrewFest, where beers, wine, live music, and food are provided, typically from midday to 8 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Liberty Amendments Month and Liberty Amendments Day Celebration

After Juneteenth was declared a state holiday, Vienna dedicated Liberty Amendments Month from June 18th through July 19th. The event provides commemorative and educational events about the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 19th Amendments. The calendar has the most up-to-date information on celebrations, keynotes, and pop-ups honoring the Liberty Amendments. Be sure not to miss the Juneteenth Celebration on June 18th. For those interested in learning more about these Amendments and their impact, check out the educational events held weekly on Wednesdays at the Community Center.

Independence Day

Vienna is proud to host a fireworks celebration each Independence Day. This year's event will include live music, entertainment for kids, games, concessions, food trucks, and fireworks. In past years, the fireworks have been preceded by performances by groups like the United States Navy Concert Band.


Vienna’s annual one-day Oktoberfest returns each year at the beginning of October. This event offers free admission and provides live entertainment, beer and wine from local breweries and vineyards, great food, and a festive atmosphere where you can mingle with your neighbors and have a great afternoon and evening. While admission is free, items from artisans, other shopping vendors, and food and beverage vendors require payment.

Halloween Parade

Vienna has proudly hosted a Halloween Parade each year since 1946. The parade occurs the Wednesday before Halloween, following a path from Branch Road along Maple Avenue and ending at Center Street. This 76-year tradition has residents lining the streets for the evening with floats, bands, color guards, and more. The parade lasts approximately one hour.

Whether you check off every item on this list or only the few that appeal to you, you will feel town pride by the end of your first year in Vienna. As you get to know your neighbors and explore all this town offers, you'll be glad you made Vienna your home.

If you are not yet a Vienna resident but would like to become one, reach out to trusted local agent Eva Swersey for information on properties in Vienna, VA. Eva brings years of successful experience plus access to a team of experts (such as lenders, contractors, title companies, inspectors, and staging professionals) who make your buying process the best it can be.

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