Don’t Miss Out: Area Weekend Events

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By Prince William Living

This weekend, it’s First Friday in Downtown Manassas, there’s a play at the ARTfactory, a gardening presentation at the Teaching Garden, the Town of Dumfries cleanup, a screening of “Full Metal Jacket” at the Marine Corps Museum, Robyn Ryan’s artist reception at the ARTfactory, a Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm, and the NVA Thai Street Food & Culture Festival. Don’t miss out!

First Friday

It’s First Friday, when Historic Downtown Manassas transforms into a giant party! Bring family and friends to enjoy the charm of Manassas. Friday, April 5, 6 to 9 p.m. | Historic Downtown Manassas

ARTfactory Rooftop Productions Presents Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley

Rooftop Productions presents John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, A Parable – winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. Set against the backdrop of a 1960s America in the midst of political and social change, a progressive young priest’s conduct comes under question by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the school principal whose beliefs are deeply rooted in tradition. The play explores the fine line between truth and ambiguity. Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m. (additional performances next weekend) | ARTfactory, 9419 Battle Street, Manassas

Saturday in the Garden: Audobon at Home

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener and Prince William Audubon Ambassador Leslie Paulson, who will explain the Audubon at Home program, why it’s important to the environment, and what you can do to be a certified wildlife sanctuary property. Register here.  Saturday, April 6, 9 to 11 a.m. | Teaching Garden: Master Gardeners of PWC, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow

Town of Dumfries Cleanup

Calling all Dumfries residents! Join your neighbors in removing litter from around the Town of Dumfries! Volunteers will also be able to label storm drains in the area. Supplies are provided. All ages are welcome and can register as a volunteer here. Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | 17757 Main Street, Dumfries

Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Hosts Screenings of “Full Metal Jacket”

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation will hold two showings of Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar nominated film “Full Metal Jacket” on the giant screen at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Adapted from the novel “The Short-Timers,” the movie first follows a platoon of Marines through their boot camp experience under the command of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) during the Vietnam War. The screenings accompany the museum’s current display of “Full Metal Modine,” a photographic exhibition of images captured by Modine during the filming of the movie.  Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased on the Foundation’s website. Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. | National Museum of the Marine Corps, 1775 Semper Fidelis Way, Triangle

“Pathways & Precipices” Robyn Ryan Art Exhibit Artist Reception

Robyn initiated over 25 pieces of artwork in her residency in New Mexico and nurtured an array of additional ideas to expand into this new body of work titled “Pathways & Precipices.” The exhibit is arranged to guide you through Robyn’s journey to share in the experiences and adventure of discovery and growth through her art. The artist’s intention is for you to leave inspired to explore and seek new vistas yourselves; for you to find and nourish your own adventurer and inner child again; to reclaim your own sense of awe and wonder of the amazing creation we live in. Saturday, April 6, 6 to 8 p.m. | ARTfactory, 9419 Battle Street, Manassas

Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm WMA

Welcome spring, celebrate nature close to home and view the fabulous Virginia Bluebells that carpet the Cedar Run shoreline for nearly a mile. Meet local organizations and people who are working to improve our community. With some of the best Northern Virginia naturalists leading tours and activities, this will be a special day at an outstanding natural area. Family-friendly and free of charge (bring cash for vendors). Sunday, April 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Merrimac Farm WMA, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville

NVA Thai Street Food & Culture Festival

Spend your Sunday enjoying authentic Thai street food on the Manassas Museum Lawn! To pair with these authentic Thai street eats, there will be live music, Thai dance, crafts, and more! Free entry. To be repeated April 21, May 5 and May 26. Sunday, April 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Manassas Museum Lawn, 9101 Prince William Street, Manassas

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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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