Don’t Miss Out: Area Weekend Events

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By Prince William Living

Need ideas for something to do this weekend? How about a First Friday, a circus, two heritage festivals, tea with a mermaid and princesses, a local children’s author reading, and farmers markets; there’s something for everyone! Don’t Miss Out!

First Friday: Dog Days of Summer

Downtown Manassas is rolling out the red carpet for local dogs! There will be paddling pools for dogs to cool off, dog treat vendors, dog portraits, agility course, and a walk down the red carpet for our canine friends. Food trucks and plenty of drink will be available for their humans! While you’re in town for First Friday, stop in at McCall Studio Gallery (9409 Battle Street) for their events and landscapes show debut. Friday, Aug. 4, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. | Historic Downtown Manassas

Circus Vazquez

Circus Vazquez comes to Potomac Mills Mall this month, bringing together a new cast of international circus superstars. Come for comedy, juggling, acrobatics and more! Tickets available here; click for showtimes. Friday, Aug. 4 through Monday, Aug. 21; See website for showtimes | Potomac Mills Mall, 2700 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge

Health and Wellness Pop-Up

Freedom Counseling Center is hosting this pop-up event. Come out to shop local small businesses, participate in a backpack giveaway, and learn more about health and wellness. Saturday, Aug. 5, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Manassas Mall, 8300 Sudley Road, Manassas

Manassas African American Heritage Festival

There will be a live DJ, DJ A-Ron. There will be 100+ vendors, including arts and crafts dealers, retailers of African Wares, youth groups, colleges and school exhibits, Health Fair, and great food vendors. This annual event will also feature a Classic Car Show, free school supplies, and live entertainment.  Saturday, Aug. 5 | 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Metz Middle School, 9950 Wellington Road, Manassas

Children’s Author Reading

Many parents are looking for ways to keep their kids entertained and engaged for the rest of the summer. Enter local author Valerie D. Johnson as she reads her debut book, 1 2 3 Count with Me on Granddad’s Farm. This event is free and open to the public – all ages are welcome to attend. Saturday, Aug. 5, 11:00 a.m. | Barnes & Noble, 15000 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge

Under the Sea Princess Party: Tea with the Little Mermaid

Teatime with the Little Mermaid includes food and tea, photo booth, shopping, princess meet and greets, princess accessory bundles for purchase. Get your tickets here. Saturday, Aug. 5, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. | ARTfactory, 9419 Battle Street, Manassas

Festival Salvadoreno

The Latin American community will come together again to celebrate this year’s fourth annual festival. Organized by the Salvadoran American Council (COSALVA), entertainment includes music, singers, dancers, clowns, and other performers! Enjoy dishes from Central America, Mexico, and South America, plus a wide variety of crafts. Sunday, Aug. 6, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center Street, Manassas

Farmers Markets

From two Thursday markets to a long-time Sunday market, there are a variety of farmers markets every weekend.

  • Historic Downtown Manassas: Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center Street, Manassas
  • Prince William Farmers Market: Thursdays, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., Pfitzner Stadium, 7 County Complex Court, Woodbridge
  • Historic Downtown Manassas: Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Prince William Street Commuter Lot, 9024 Prince William Street, Manassas
  • Market on Main, Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Garrison Park, 17749 Main Street, Dumfries
  •  Dale City Farmers Market, Sundays, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. |14090 Gemini Way, Dale City

Want to know what else is going on? Visit our Events Calendar. Have events of your own to submit? Email

These events are current as of the time we receive the information. While we make every attempt to be accurate, please check with the event sponsor or hosting organization prior to attending any event. Prince William Living is not responsible for event schedule changes or group policies.

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