2023 Dulles Plane Pull

2023 Dulles Day Festival Information

Here is what you need to know!

The Dulles Day Festival is a free event to attend! Parking and bus transportation from the parking lot to the event is also free of charge. We do recommend that patrons bring some money with them to the event to donate to Special Olympics Virginia through some of the many activities onsite.


For general festival attendees, the festival gates open at 10:30 am and close to new attendees at 3:30 pm. Please note, due to security, entry lines can become long especially from 10:30 - 11:30 am so plan accordingly.


The 2023 event will continue to occur in the cargo area of Dulles International Airport and all participants, volunteers and festival attendees will enter the event in this area.

Attendees should plan on driving to the airport and following the several signs for "Event Parking" which will take them to a FREE long term parking lot. They will then be shuttled a short distance in ADA compliant shuttles buses to the event gate.


All event attendees, are required to go through security as this event is on airport property. The event is under a stadium bag policy so please do not bring any large bags/backpacks, outside food or drinks or animals unless it is a service animal. In addition, no weapons of any kind are allowed unless you are an officer in uniform. Bags for child care or medical care purposes are also ok, but will be searched and those attendees MUST go though the specific bag line. The expedited line is for Plane Pull team members only. All attendees will be wanded upon entering.


What should I bring?

· Sunglasses

· Hat

· Appropriate clothing for the weather (it is a rain or shine event!)

· Money to buy lunch/snacks from one of our onsite vendors

· Any donations for Special Olympics Virginia!

What should I NOT bring?

· Bags (small clutch like bags can be brought in but will be searched and attendees must go though a special bag line)

· Animals (while it is an open space, the noise is too much for them!)

· Firearms or weapons of any type unless you are a sworn officer in uniform

· Outside food or drinks


There will be a a wide variety of food options available for purchase from our many food vendors onsite. You can also choose to further support Special Olympics Virginia by purchasing lunch from our grill station.

How Can I Pull The Plane?
Participating in the Plane Pull competition is reserved for pre-registered teams. If you would like to put together a team and help raise funds for Special Olympics Virginia, please register HERE.

What Planes Will Be On Site?
Many civilian and military aircraft will fill the tarmac at Dulles Day. The full list can be found HERE. (coming soon!)

What Activities Will Be at Dulles Day?
There is plenty to do while at Dulles Day even if you are not participating in the Plane Pull competition. Activities include:

  • Airport tours on the famous mobile lounges!
  • Kids Truck Pull (registration coming soon!)
  • Fire truck rides
  • Face painting
  • Balloon animals
  • Trackless train rides
  • Kids zone with inflatables
  • Community exhibitors
  • Airport exhibitors
  • Military and civilian aircraft on display
  • Car Show - More info can be found here!