Centreville Day features many of the usual community festival activities such as live entertainment, fun for kids, and vendor tables. But it adds some fun extras such as a parade, historic tours, a pet pageant, a blessing of the animals, trick-or-treating and, more uniquely, swordsmen and a tightrope walker.
The free event takes place all day (10 am to 5 pm) in Historic Centreville Park, 5714 Mount Gilead Road, behind the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 29 (Lee Highway), in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Here’s some of what you can look forward to this year:
- The annual American Legion Parade: a smaller parade (think walkers, not floats and balloons) starting at noon
- Pet events: a pet pageant (costumes encouraged!), a blessing of the animals, and a showcase of adoptable pets
- Festival fun: music, food, and free kids’ games sponsored by G&C Tire and Auto
- Entertainment: performing pirates, tightrope walkers, swordsmen, and more
- History tours and ghost tours: learn about the historic buildings in Centreville Park
- A mini safety fair: sponsored by county agencies and local businesses
Parking in the area will be very limited and streets will be closed because for the festival and parade, but plenty of free parking will be available at the nearby Trinity Centre, 5860 Trinity Parkway, just off Route 29, where free shuttle buses will run continuously to the festival. The CentreView newspaper recently published a Centreville Day article that has details on all the events, plus information on the day’s history, interviews with festival organizers, and a festival map.