Pop-Up Programming Series

2021 Pop-up Programming Event

With the cancellation of the 2021 Taste of Annandale event, pop-up programming at 7200 Columbia Pike remains on hiatus in 2021.

For more information, questions, or expressions of interest in future programming, please contact Park Authority Community Connections Manager Barbara Nugent: Barbara.Nugent@FairfaxCounty.gov

2020 Pop-Up Programming Series

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and community gatherings, the 2020 series was cancelled.

Visitors can revisit all the fun memories of the 2019 programming series by viewing photos and video highlights below.

Watch an overview of the entire initiative on Channel 16.

2019 Pop-Up Programming Series

To build upon the momentum begun in 2018 for creating the Annandale Park/Civic Space vision, the County hosted a “pop-up” programming series and installed a creative, temporary community gathering space at the site from June through October 2019. The series was based on ideas provided by community members in 2018.

Event Schedule

Programming Event Date / Time Notes
Park Clean-Up
Volunteers helped spruce up the site by removing litter, vines, leaves, and by cleaning up planting beds. Nearly 20 volunteers and 55 hours of volunteer time were spent on preparing the site.
Saturday, June 15
10 am. - 1 pm.
Event Concluded:
Thank you to our Volunteers!
See Highlights
Season Opening Event: Nature Day
This family-friendly event featured live native animals from Hidden Oaks Nature Center, gardening insights from Green Spring Gardens, golf tips and tricks by Pinecrest Golf Course, a fun scavenger hunt, and a unique bead for the day when you start your Mason District Beadin’ Path at the pop-up park. Community partners such as the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) also staged an emergency vehicle and provided fire safety education.

 

Saturday, June 29
10 am. - 1 pm.

Event Concluded:
Thank you to our Volunteers!
See Highlights

Arts Day
This family friendly event featured interactive arts activities including mural chalking and stone painting hosted by the talented artists of Community Art for Everyone (CAFE). The Fairfax County Department of Transportation and Bike Ambassadors were on hand to educate the public about biking in Fairfax and host a bike and helmet decorating station.
Saturday, July 27
5 pm. - 8 pm.

Event Concluded:
Thank you to our Volunteers!

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Fitness and Fun Day
Participants joined Park Authority staff for a morning of FREE family fitness and fun! Participants enjoyed a variety of games, activities, and demonstrations that had everyone up and moving including practicing their favorite dance moves with a live DJ, and more! The first 100 participants to complete their activity passport won a snow cone! The Fairfax County Department of Transportation and Bike Ambassadors were on hand to educate the public about biking in Fairfax and hosted bike parking for any participants who rode or transported their bikes to the pop-up park. The Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling led small group excursions suitable for bicyclists of all ages and abilities. Finally, the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department, staged an emergency vehicle and provide fire safety education.
Saturday, August 24
10 am. - 1 pm.

Event Concluded:
Thank you to our Volunteers!

See Highlights

Season Closing Event: Taste of Annandale Community Day
The final event of the 2019 programming series presented FREE, family friendly activities and games hosted by a variety of county agencies and community partners. Participants stopped by the Park Authority tent to discover area parks and recreational opportunities, told stories about growing up in the area as part of an oral history partnership project hosted by the History Commission and the Annandale Blog, checked out the literary offerings of the Public Library, and discovered the joy of making things with NOVA Labs. The Department of Transportation and Bike Ambassadors were on hand to educate the public about biking in Fairfax, to host bike parking for any participants who rode, or transported their bike, to the pop-up park, and hosted a mini traffic garden to teach young children about safety.
Saturday, October 5
10 am. - 4 pm.
Event Concluded:
Thank you to our Volunteers!
See Highlights
At each pop-up event attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the 2019 season and the future vision for a permanent park/civic space.

 

Annandale Pop-Up Park Installation

The installation was conceived as a creative, temporary community gathering space which was activated with a near monthly “pop-up” programming series from June through October 2019. In addition to minor repairs and upgrades made to the site by the County’s Facilities Management Department, staff from CRS used recycled and adapted excess County property to building a fun and colorful seating area complete with an outdoor piano for community enjoyment during the summer. The space was disassembled for the winter season and remains in storage due to the subsequent pandemic that began in 2020.