Attend 1771 Market Fair « Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Attend 1771 Market Fair

2014 Season

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.


Listen to colonial music at the Fair!




May 17 & 18

July 19 & 20

October 18 & 19

Fair Hours: 11:00 to 4:30

The Market Fair: A time when Citizens can buy and sell, eat and drink, play Games and Music, attend their Militia, exchange Gossib and News of the day and put aside the routine Chores and Cares of Life.




  • Adult: $7

  • Children aged 3-12: $3

  • Children under three: Free

  • Seniors: $3

 Discount Prices

  • Adult: $5.25

  • Children aged 3-12: $2.25

Discount prices apply to active and retired military and their families, AAA members, and Visit Fairfax promotions.

Free Admission

  • Current Farm Members
  • Press
  • 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

Please note: Pets are not permitted on the 18th century Farm or at the Market Fairs.   Service Animals are welcome.

 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.

Fresh bread for sale.

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

  • Rosemary Roasted Chicken
  • Pork Sausage
  • Bread by the piece and loaf
  • Cheese
  • Pickled Eggs
  • Sweet Biscuits
  • Rock Candy
  • Lemonade
  • Fruit Tarts
  • Hot Meat Pies
  • Seasonal Fruits available by the piece
  • Butter Cake
  • Coffee
  • Craft Beers
  • Mulled Wine
  • Red & White Wine
  • Punch
  • Peanuts in the shell
  • Ginger Beer
  • Root Beer
  • Seasonal Vegetables cooked over the fire
Fresh bread for sale.

Want to volunteer for the Market Fairs?

Download this information for Market Fair volunteers, both costumed and behind-the-scenes

Want to demonstrate your craft or entertain us?

Read this information and learn about the application process



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