Celebrate Memorial Day at Viva! Vienna!
Viva! Vienna! is here this weekend, May 25-27, celebrating the unity and strength of the Vienna, VA community while honoring Memorial Day.
This festival serves as a major fundraising opportunity for the Rotary Club, which provides support for charitable, educational, and community groups. Vienna’s historic Freeman House, Old Vienna Railroad Station, and Church Street provide the celebratory backdrop that features more than 300 vendors and local artisans, food by local restaurants, and plenty of entertainment for the whole family.
Doors open at 10 am, with an exciting variety of rides, music, and community service opportunities. And the best part is- admission is free! There’s a lot to do and see, so here are the top 10 things you should be sure not to miss.
1. The Vienna Singing Princesses
If Frozen is [still] belted out on repeat in your home, your mini princess will love catching the Vienna singing princesses on the main stage.
Committed to their strong focus on diversity, as well as their goal of representing role models that every princess can relate to, the Princesses will be performing their show complete with singing, dancing, sword fighting, and comedy skits.
2. The Tilt-A-Whirl
Share the festival experience you loved as a kid with your own children. This classic ride rotates and twirls to get your heart pounding and your head spinning. Younger kids might want to opt for the Carousel as the older ones giggle their way through this quintessential amusement ride experience.
3. Cool Off with A&B Ice Cream
Nothing says, “summer’s here!” like a cone of cold, soft-serve ice cream. A&B Ice Cream, based in Owings, MD, will be serving up everyone’s favorite summer treat all weekend. Enjoy classics such as chocolate, vanilla, twist, or even a sundae (although we would recommend waiting until after the rides for that).
4. Donate Blood
You can schedule an appointment to donate blood or walk in to the donation site at the corner of Church and Center Street. Either way, you’ll be giving to a good cause that could save a fellow neighbor.
5. Climbing Through the Monkey Maze
Little ones will love swinging and twirling their way through the Monkey Maze, complete with a hidden staircase and dizzying spiral slide. Keep them climbing and moving to ensure a quiet ride home.
6. Cricket the Danger Clown
The award-winning juggler, stilt walker, and street performer is bringing his insanity to ViVa! Vienna! on Sunday, the 26th.
The entire family will be delighted, amazed, and astounded by his multifaceted performance, which includes awesome balloon creations and magic tricks.
7. Enjoy a Hot Dog from Foster’s Grille Food Court
Is it actually a festival if there’s no hot dogs? We don’t think so.
The festival’s food court will be sponsored by Foster’s Grille, and the perfect place to indulge in all of your favorite carnival treats. Grab a hot dog, funnel cake, popcorn, cotton candy, or anything else your heart (or stomach) desires. After all the festival only comes around once a year, so treat yourself!
8. Get Your Mind Blown by Noland the Magician
Right after you catch Cricket the Clown on Sunday, prepare to be amazed once again with Noland the Magician and his unbelievable magic tricks. All ages will enjoy his delightful humor, amazing illusions, and overall entertaining performance.
9. Riding the Cliff Hanger
Kick off the summer season with a major thrill when you hop aboard this wild amusement ride.
You’ll feel like you’re hang gliding over the city of Vienna while being safely strapped in to a glider seat. Make sure you grab plenty of ride tickets before you put your eyes to the skies (many of the Major rides require 3-5 tickets).
Do you believe you can fly? You will after experiencing the Cliff Hanger!
10. Pretty Fizzy Bombs Booth
Stock up on summertime gift giving with a visit to the Pretty Fizzy Bombs Booth, showcasing a unique selection of bath bombs, shower steamers, skin care, and more. Created by an artisan out of Falls Church, VA, you’ll feel just as good supporting a local business as you do luxuriating in a sensational bath later that day (and if you chased a kid through the Monkey Maze, you’ll need it).
You and your family will be geared up for summer after this epic Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza. Celebrate everything the town of Vienna has to offer and remember those who so bravely served in our country's armed forces.