International Festival

Save the Date: Saturday, September 3 – Monday, September 5

Join us for a weekend of events including an online raffle, 5K, Yard Sale, and festival day! Net proceeds from the International Festival fund the Shepherd’s Gate Grants.

Last year we raised $25,000 for grants being awarded to 6 different organizations:

5K or 1 mile Fun Run

Saturday, September 3

Join Father Tom as we run (or walk!) for charity. The Mile begins at 8am and the 5K begins at 8:30am.

Yard Sale

Saturday, September 3: 8am – 1pm

Donations accepted Saturday, August 20 – Wednesday, August 31

Cleaning out closets and sheds this summer? Save usable, clean, good quality household goods, toys, purses, sports equipment, jewelry, and more.

Blood Drive

Saturday, September 3: 8am – 12pm

Give the gift of life by donating blood!

Volunteer at the International Festival

Click on the links below to sign up for the different volunteer opportunities. Thank you for supporting the International Festival!

  • 5K: Volunteers are needed to register runners and help throughout the race course. Click here to sign up.    
  • Children’s Games: Volunteers are needed to run games with PreK festival goers. Click here to sign up.
  • Children’s Rides: Volunteers are needed to help kids get on and off some rides, like the train, the obstacle courses and the tiny trikes. Click here to sign up.   
  • Bingo: Volunteers are need to be bingo callers, assist bingo players and sell bingo cards. Click here to sign up.   
  • Grounds: Volunteers are needed to walk the grounds and pick up trash and empty trash cans. Click here to sign up. 
  • First Aid: Doctors or nurses are needed to assist festival goers with minor medical needs. Click here to sign up. 
  • Pub: Volunteers must be 21 years or older. Click here to sign up.  
  • Set up/Take Down: Volunteers are needed to load tables and chairs Bring work gloves if you have them. Click here to sign up. 
  • Traffic: Volunteers are needed to help with traffic flow in and out of the Good Shepherd parking lot. Click here to sign up. 
  • Yard Sale: Volunteers are needed as cashiers, and to work the jewelry and select seconds counter. Click here to sign up.
  • Yard Sale Set up: Volunteers will help place donated items in Creedon Hall. Click here to sign up. 

Check out the highlights from the 2021 International Festival!

2021 Community Partners for the International Festival

  • Good Shepherd Parishioners
  • AlphaGraphics
  • AP Entertainment DC
  • Brooke Rental Center
  • Burke & Herbert Bank
  • Demaine Funeral Home – Dignity Memorial
  • El Encanto Latino
  • Fairfax County Police, Fire and EMT
  • Funnel Cake Café
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Mid-Atlantic Adventures
  • Mount Comfort Cemetery – Dignity Memorial
  • Mount Vernon Country Club
  • Nauticon Office Solutions
  • New Gourmet Delight
  • Randall Funeral Home
  • TriMark Mechanical
  • Two Smooth Dudes
  • Uncle Fred’s BBQ Smoke Shack
  • Woodlawn Tree Service

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