Over the Hump: Area Thanksgiving Weekend Events

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By Prince William Living

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It’s a short week for most of us, and we’re over the hump. That means we’re looking forward to things to do this long weekend! Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and friends, and read on to see what’s happening in the area starting Wednesday night.

All Weekend

The Harris Pavilion, in the center of Historic Downtown Manassas, transforms every winter into a beautiful ice rink perfect for family and friends outings. Featuring premium lighting and music to skate by, the rink is just a one-minute walk from the Manassas Train Depot and the VRE parking garage, which is available for free parking after 10:00 a.m. November and December hours are Monday – Thursday: 3:00 to 8:00 p. m.; Friday: 3:00 to 10:00 p. m.; Saturday: 12:00 to 10:00 p. m.; Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00 p. m. | Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center Street, Manassas

Wednesday Night

Join Brew Republic Bierwerks for their annual Thanksgiving Eve Gobbler Party: a rare mid-week bash in the tap room. They will have beer, wine, delicious food, and live DJ music. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 7:00-11:00 p. m. | Brew Republic Bierwerks, 15201 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge

Visit Uptown Alley for a pre-turkey day celebration Wednesday evening. Enjoy live entertainment from JunkFood, prizes and giveaways and extended hours until 1:00 a. m. Event is 21+ only. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 8:00 p. m. – Thursday, Nov. 22, 1:00 a. m. | Uptown Alley, 8300 Sudley Road, Manassas


Join KO Distilling for the commemorative release of Bare Knuckle Cask Strength Straight Wheat, Straight Rye, and Straight Bourbon Whiskey! Each of these “Cask Strength” whiskeys is bottled directly from the barrel, without dilution, and can range from ~118 to ~125 proof! Reserve your commemorative bottles today at kodistilling.com. Friday, Nov. 23, 12:00-7:00 p. m. | KO Distilling, 10831 Central Park Drive Suite 105, Manassas

Sinistral Brewing Company is looking for (up to) eight teams to compete in the 1st Annual Day After Thanksgiving Chili Cook-off. You provide the chili and they’ll provide the rest. Full details will be sent out to the teams upon registration. Contact [email protected] with your questions. Friday, Nov. 23, 4:30-6:30 p. m. | Sinistral Brewing Company, 9419 Main Street, Manassas

Virginia National Ballet (VNB) presents its sixth annual presentation of “The Nutcracker” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 23, at 2:00 and 7:00 p. m. VNB’s Nutcracker sold out early last year, so be sure to order early to secure your seats! For more information, visit virginianationalballet.org, hyltoncenter.org or tickets.com and search “Virginia National Ballet.” Friday, Nov. 23, 2:00 p. m. and 7:00 p. m. | Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas


It’s Small Business Saturday! The Prince William area has a number of small businesses – retail shops, restaurants, yoga studios, coffee shops – be sure to support them on Saturday, Nov. 24 and all year long!

Come to Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center for the Holiday Tree Lighting! Performances by New Dominion Choraliers and Those Funny Little People. FREE carriage rides with the donation of a canned good to benefits ACTS. Saturday, Nov. 24, 6:00-8:00 p. m. | Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, 15201 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge

Get in the holiday spirit with the Broadway version of “A Christmas Carol, the Musical,” performed by Rooftop Productions. Join in the fun at “Fezziwig’s Annual Christmas Ball” by seeing this wonderful musical! Performances will be Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 24 at 8:00 p. m. and Nov. 25 at 2:00 p. m. Other showings will be Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 30-Dec. 8 at 8:00 p. m. and Sunday matinees Dec. 2-9 at 2:00 p. m.| Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle Street, Manassas


Bird Walk at Merrimac Farm: We’ll look for birds as we travel through the uplands to the edge of the floodplain, covering a variety of habitats, including open fields and woodland edges. Everyone is welcome. Dress for the weather; bring binoculars and cameras. More info and RSVP (appreciated) to PWCA , 703.499.4954 or [email protected].

Head over to Brew Republic Bierwerks for #SundayFunday (patent pending), starting at 12:00 noon, for Sunday comfort food, pro sports on the tvs, board games, hot and BBQ chicken wings, $5 mimosas, and of course, beer! And – kids eat free on Sunday! Sunday, Nov. 25, 12:00-9:00 p. m. | Brew Republic Bierwerks, 15201 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge

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Want to know what else is going on this weekend? Visit our Events Calendar. Have events of your own to submit? Visit princewilliamliving.com/events/community/add.


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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