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Five Things to Know: Thursday at Herndon Festival

It's opening day of Herndon Festival. Come celebrate all things Herndon with a carnival, live music and fireworks!

The is here again! Make sure you know what's happening, where to be and who to see by checking in with Herndon Patch throughout the weekend. Here are five things you need to know about heading to Herndon Festival today.

1. Carnival rides are open from 6-10 p.m. Thursday. A minimum of $5 in ride tickets must be purchase to enter the carnival. Tickets are $1 for single tickets, $25 for a book of 30 tickets or $40 for a book of 50 tickets. All-you-can-ride wristbands are offered on Thursday from 6-10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $16 per day. Parents are asked to accompany children under 12 years old in the carnival area.

2. Need some cash? There are five ATMs at or near the festival site at the following places:
• Lynn Street near the Herndon Municipal Center
• Herndon Bakery & Grocery on Lynn Street near the food area
•  Main Street Bank, 728 Elden St. and 754 Elden St.
• Resource Bank, 625 Elden St.
• The carnival area

3. Parking is limited at Herndon Festival, but free shuttle buses can make getting to the festival simple. Shuttle buses will run between Worldgate Shopping Center, Herndon High School and the festival. The shuttle bus runs from 6-10 p.m. Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Handicapped parking is available at the festival, off of Center Street at the Herndon Municipal Center parking lot. Vehicles must have a DMV issued disabled parking tag or plates.

4. Herndon Festival souvenirs area available throughout the festival, ranging from $5 to $25 in price and including backpacks, T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, blankets, hats and more. Souvenirs can be found at the corner of Station and Lynn streets.

5. Thursday’s entertainment will include Sandbar at the Café Stage playing top rock, island indie and Caribbean country; Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band at the HMC Stage playing big-band funk that combines West African and American popular rhythms; and Melodime at the Depot Stage playing piano-driven roots rock. Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. and can be seen from the town green, Bready Park and many other areas near downtown Herndon.

See the for a detailed schedule and much more information, , or visit www.HerndonFestival.net

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Tom W May 31, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I would also add that there's a free Bicycle Valet service near the W&OD Trail crossing of Elden St. They're running it Friday night, all day Sat and Sunday. Most of Reston and Herndon are only a 10-15 minute bicycle ride from downtown Herndon.
Laurie Dodd May 31, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I am not familiar with Bicycle Valet service. Can you describe this? Riding a bike to the Festival would certainly be convenient!
Bob Rudine May 31, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Leslie You forgot to mention the following which is being checked for as you enter the Festival grounds. 1.No alcoholic beverages may be carried into the Festival area. 2.No glass containers, bottles, cans, coolers, kegs, and/or any containers other than plastic or paper cups may be carried into the Festival area. 3.Bicycles, skateboards, roller blades or any other form of transportation are not allowed in the Festival area. The use of a wheelchair or other mobility device to facilitate transportation because of a physical impairment is allowed. 4.All animals and pets, except service animals, are prohibited from the Festival area. 5.Shirts and footwear are required in the Festival area. 6.Toy weapons or weapon replicas are prohibited in the festival area. The use of squirt guns and/or the spraying of any products, the throwing of balls, Frisbees, or other objects is not permitted in the Festival area. 7.Audio or video recording of the entertainment at any stage is not permitted without express written permission from the Festival or the performer. 8.All packages, bags, containers, purses, backpacks or other hand carried items brought into the Festival area are subject to inspection for prohibited items. 9.Please do not smoke on festival grounds. Underage smoking is not permitted.
Tom W May 31, 2012 at 07:55 PM
There's a secure area where your bikes are parked by an attendant (volunteers for the Herndon Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee). They give you a ticket and park your bike while you enjoy the festival. When you're ready to go home, hand the attendant your ticket and they'll retrieve your bicycle. You don't have to bring a lock and you're bike is safe and secure. The service is free
Leslie Perales Loges (Editor) May 31, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Thanks, Bob! This list was just meant to be a "highlights" of Thursday at the festival. The rules and regulations are posted separately on the site here: http://herndon.patch.com/articles/herndon-festival-rules-and-regulations
Leslie Perales Loges (Editor) May 31, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Yes, Tom! Thanks for mentioning this. My intention was (is) to include information about the bike valet service in tomorrow's Herndon Festival update, which will go out in our morning newsletters to readers. Thank you!
Bob Rudine May 31, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Sorry I missed that article.

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