Free Summer Fun in the Mount Vernon District

Whether you are traveling, have family visiting or enjoying a stay-cation, summer is the best time for FREE outdoor fun in Mount Vernon. The Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series, Mount Vernon Nights is a beloved MVD tradition. Every Friday at Grist Mill Park and Saturdays at the Workhouse Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., bring a blanket, chairs or a picnic dinner and listen to local artists and bands. Stop by Fort Hunt Park every Sunday at 7 p.m. in Pavilion A to listen to a collection of well-known local orchestras and bands performing your favorite music. 

Our office, in partnership with School Board member Mateo Dunne, Neighborhood and Community Services and the Lorton Community Action Center, invite you to our Back-to-School Community Day on Saturday, August 3 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Lorton Community Center. In preparation for this event, we are accepting donations until July 21 of school supplies. Drop off contributions in the designated bin outside our office at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center. 

Stay tuned and join us for our social media Summer Series: Tourism Tuesday! Every Tuesday, we'll spotlight a Potomac Banks partner, showcasing upcoming events and tourism sites you can enjoy throughout the year. When you visit any of the Potomac Bank's locations, download your FREE Potomac Banks Savings Pass to receive discounted admission and more. 

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Summer offers many opportunities to enjoy the vast nature, parks and trails we have here in the MVD. Stop by any Park Authority or NOVA Park to walk the numerous trails such as the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail or the 5k loop trail at Occoquan Regional Park. If you are looking to get the wind blowing through your hair, check out the Meadowood Mountain Biking Trails in Mason Neck or for something more leisurely, the Mount Vernon Trail is a great path for everyone. Looking for indoor fun? Immerse yourself in history at our free museums such as the National Museum of the United States Army and the Gum Springs Museum and Cultural Center. Enjoy an outdoor picnic along the water at Dyke Marsh, Riverside or Pohick Bay Regional Park. Playgrounds are a great opportunity for family time and can be found in various parks in the MVD, like, MLK, Jr. Park, North Hill Park, Laurel Hill Central Green and many more. There are countless opportunities to have a summer filled with fun activities. And the best part … it’s all free!