Attend 1771 Market Fair
|Held on the third full weekend of May, July, and October, the 18th Century Colonial Market Fair is a favorite among regular and first-time visitors alike. Visitors come from across the country and around the globe to sample the foods and merchandise of the Market Fair.||
Fair Hours: 11:00 to 4:30
Discount prices apply to active and retired military and their families, AAA members, and Visit Fairfax promotions.
- Current Farm Members
- NPS Golden Eagle, Golden Age, or Golden Access pass-holders
- Volunteers in costume
The Farm does not sell NPS Golden Eagle, Golden Age, or Golden Access passes. The National Park Service no longer sells Golden Access, Golden Age, or Golden Eagle passports. The National Park Service sells Senior Passes and Annual Passes from their website
Market Fair Description… by Season
Celebrate spring at the first Market Fair of the season. Purchase herb and flower plants and shop for the latest fashions in clothing, jewelry, potions and lotions. Play games and watch a children’s puppet theatre. Order nails from the Blacksmith or watch the Potter make pots on his wheel. Lunch might be fresh vegetables, roast chicken, sausages and bread. Lemonade and sugar cakes from the Sweets stand and wine or ale from the Tavern provide a break from shopping and the other business of the Fair.
In the summer, sit in the shade and savor roast chicken and spicy sausages, enjoy dancing and singing with the fiddler, test your water color and writing skills with Mr. Andrews at the Stationer. Muster with the militia and re-outfit your home in furniture from the Cabinet Maker. Only at Market Fair can you catch up on the latest news from the frontier, and trade stories with while enjoying local ale and porter at the Tavern. Try hands-on crafts such as spinning and dyeing, and shop for goods from the finest merchants in the colonies.
In the fall, warm yourself by the fires and enjoy the splendor of autumn with crisp local apples, warm savory meat pies and hearty breads. Let Market Fair entertainers, tradesmen, and the militia amuse and educate you. Allow Mistress Barrow and Mr. John to entice you with their goods at the Dry Goods and the Gentlemen’s Goods stands. Learn to dip candles or turn a piece of wood on the carpenter’s lathe. Stop by the tavern for a cup of mulled wine before you begin your holiday shopping at the many tradesmen’s and merchants’ stalls.
A Sampling of the Bill of Fare
Partake of Refreshments purchased at the Various Food Stalls
from Purveyors of the Finest foods and beverages to be had in the Colony
Some items are seasonal
Want to volunteer for the Market Fairs?
Want to demonstrate your craft or entertain us?
**The Future Market Fair Dates for the 2013 season are:
May 18 & 19, July 20 & 21 and Oct 19 & 20
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