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A carnival will light up the Town of Herndon in early June (via Town of Herndon)

This year’s alternative to the annual Herndon Festival — a carnival — is set for early June.

The Herndon Carnival will come to the Northwest Federal Credit Union (200 Spring Street), bringing rides, games, entertainers, food vendors and a 5k race to the campus.

Admission is free to the event. In addition to carnival staples, attendees will have the chance to enjoy Greek, Latin, Asian, and southern and traditional American foods.

Pets are not allowed in the carnival areas, and all backpacks, packages and hand-carried items will be searched.

Here’s more from the town on the logistics of free bus shuttle service and parking for the event:

A free shuttle bus service will transport attendees to and from the Carnival area, departing every ten minutes from the Peraton building off Worldgate Drive, 12975 Worldgate Drive, or from the front of Herndon High School, by the bike racks, off Bennett Street.

Two new stops have been added: Herndon Middle School, in the front of the school at 901 Locust Street, and Parkridge Apartments off Florida Avenue.

Parking at shuttle bus pick-up/drop-off locations is free. Shuttle bus service hours are as follows: Thursday, June 2, 6:00-10:00 p.m.; Friday, June 3, 5:00-11:00 p.m.; Saturday, June 4, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.; and Sunday, June 5, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Or ride your bike and enjoy a free bike valet service located off Herndon Parkway and the W&OD Trail.

Free public parking is available at 505 Huntmar Drive, a short walk from the Carnival site. For Kiss and Ride drop-offs, use 151 Spring Street.

A “Run Into Summer 5k” is planned to take place on Sunday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. Beginning at the Herndon Community Center, the race will take attendees through the historic downtown. The first 500 pre-registered participants get a free t-shirt. Registration for the event is open online.

The event is sponsored primarily by Northwest Federal Credit Union and several community and countywide partners. The race is sponsored by Wegmans, Virginia Pediatric Group and Good Wolf Gear.

Residents should avoid the intersection of Herndon Parkway and Spring Street, which is primarily where traffic will be impacted by the event.

The town expects the usual Herndon Festival to return next year, marking 40 years since the event started in the town. The format of the event was changed to help the town and department transition back to hosting large-scale events.

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