Planning Your Visit

All Fall for the Book events are free and open to the public, thanks to sponsors including George Mason UniversityBarnes & NobleNOVEC, the Fairfax County Public Library, and other generous businesses and organizations. Events are held on George Mason University’s Fairfax, Virginia Campus and at select locations throughout Northern Virginia. Click here for a complete list of programs and activities.

Getting to Mason

Whether you’re flying in, taking the metro, or driving, use this handy guide to find the best route to get to Mason’s Fairfax Campus. Have a Mason ID? Check the Mason Shuttles website, http://shuttle.gmu.edu for the new fall semester shuttle schedules. Many of the schedules have changed slightly as new stops have been added around campus. Check schedules for stop locations.

Parking

For Mason’s Fairfax Campus: Rappahannock River and Mason Pond parking decks provide most of the campus’ visitor parking using the Pay by Space machines. A separate visitor entrance for Rappahannock River Deck is located off Patriot Circle. Click here to view the campus parking map.

Rappahannock Parking Deck near Merten Hall (i.e. #1 on the map). For GPS use the address: 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

 

Mason Pond Parking Deck, convenient for Harris Theater, Center for the Arts, Sandy Spring Bank Tent, and the Johnson Center. For the GPS use: 4373 Mason Pond Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030

Weekday Parking Rates at Mason’s Fairfax Campus

Find more information on Visitor Parking Rates at http://parking.gmu.edu/visitorsparkingrates.html

 

On Saturday, October 13, there is FREE PARKING on all levels of the Rappahannock Parking Deck, next to Merten Hall and the main festival events. 

For Downtown Fairfax: Free parking is available in large, multi-level decks and in public parking lots along North Street, Chain Bridge Road, University Drive and Old Lee Highway.

For Other Venues: All other libraries and businesses have nearby parking. Please contact individual venues for questions or special concerns.

For additional information, contact kara[@]fallforthebook.org.


Dining

There are a number of delicious restaurants in the City of Fairfax, just a mile or two from George Mason University’s campus. Use this guide to find your next favorite spot! 

On campus, enjoy eateries like Panera, Steak and Shake, Chipotle, Starbucks, and more, all in the Johnson Center (pictured below).

The Johnson Center, full of great food, and festival events. Exit from the top floor of the Mason Pond Parking Deck. A one-minute walk from Harris Theater.

 

 

On our Saturday Community Day, grab a bite to eat at Panda Express, Einstein Bagels, Manhattan Pizza, and Starbucks at Merten Hall (pictured below), in the heart of festival events. Shuttles will drop off and pick up patrons for the City of Fairfax Fall Festival.

Merten Hall, the site of Saturday, October 13ths big Community Day