By Wendy Migdal | Sponsored by Historic Manassas, Inc.
Watching the news lately may have you longing for a simpler time. This summer and fall, you can re-experience that simpler time with outdoor fun and food in Manassas.
Roll N Groove
Much like a “sleeper” movie, June’s First Friday, called “Roll N Glow” and sponsored by Historic Manassas, was held without a lot of fanfare but became wildly popular. “We had no idea that that a First Friday that I just threw together in my head would take off like this,” says event coordinator Melissa Williams. “We had people coming up and saying, ‘Are you gonna do this again? You have to do this every Friday!’”
The Harris Pavilion was turned into a free outdoor roller rink for the evening, complete with a live DJ. People brought their own skates or blades and enjoyed a summer evening on their wheels with the wind rushing through their hair.
Upcoming First Fridays
Humans aren’t the only ones who have the opportunity to have fun and strut their stuff. August’s First Friday will feature the “Dog Days of Summer” in addition to Roll N Groove. On the dog agility course set up in the grassy area near the Harris Pavilion, Fido can test his balance and coordination, then cool off in one of several paddling pools. A number of pet vendors will be on hand, and some stores will allow humans and canines in together.
September’s First Friday hasn’t been finalized yet, but the theme will be “Tacos and Tequila.” Restaurants will feature their own special versions of tacos, while an outside vendor will be brought in for street tacos. Patrons will be able to purchase tickets for a certain number of tequila tastings or margaritas.
In addition to the special events mentioned, the downtown streets are closed every Saturday evening through the end of October. Restaurants bring in bands, and people can enjoy an evening strolling through the streets and into the shops with their drinks.
Other Upcoming Events
Don’t miss Bands, Brews & Barbecue on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11 at the Manassas Museum Lawn. And the Fall Jubilee will be held on the streets of Historic Manassas on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Wendy Migdal is a freelance writer who has lived in the Northern/Central Virginia area since 2000. She has written extensively for The Free Lance-Star and also works for online educational companies. Wendy enjoys traveling around the area to learn about parks, restaurants, attractions, and especially history.