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By Prince William Living
We’re over the hump! We’re here twice a month to let you know what’s going on in the area each weekend. Here are just a few of the events happening locally over the coming weekends.
The Prince William County Public Library System, the City of Manassas and Manassas City Public Schools host the community-wide book festival every spring. It includes lots of free books for all ages, prizes, special community guest readers, the chance to meet published and local authors, student presentations, live music and so much more! Saturday, April 30, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center Street, Manassas
Come On, Get Happy at Chinn Aquatics & Fitness Center
A Brentsville Bicentennial
As the fourth seat of Prince William County from 1822 to 1893, Brentsville was a bustling community full of business, agriculture, trades, and more. Every month during court days hundreds and even thousands would come to the courthouse to socialize, conduct business, purchase supplies, be entertained and more. For the 200th Anniversary of Brentsville Courthouse, come for a historic Court Day where you can experience what Brentsville was like during its days as the courthouse of Prince William County. Activities will include mock trials, historic tradespeople, militia muster, markets, music, food, demonstrations and more. Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow
Launch kites into the sky at Signal Hill Park! Kites of all sizes are welcome. You may purchase a kite during the event. Supplies are limited. Pre-registration is required if you are purchasing a kite. Face masks are encouraged to participate in this event. For more information, email Kaitlyn Collier. Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon | Signal Hill Park, 9300 Signal View Drive, Manassas Park
First Friday: Downtown Derby
Saddle up, it’s time for the Downtown Derby! Located in Downtown Manassas, this event will feature stick horse races on Center Street, derby hat parade, photo opportunities, Mint Juleps (at participating downtown restaurants), and special activities and sales at participating Downtown Merchant locations. Friday, May 6, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. | Historic Downtown Manassas
Spring Antique Car Show
Spring Antique Car Show, presented by the Bull Run Region of Automotive Club of America (AACA). Walk around to view some old but very well-kept cars of all types of makes and models. Saturday, May 7, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Historic Downtown Manassas
Prince William Compost Awareness Event
To learn more about backyard composting, attend the Prince William Compost Awareness Day event hosted by the Prince William County Solid Waste Division. Event attendees can get tips and techniques on composting and gardening from the local Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers. Keep Prince William Beautiful will be there with volunteer opportunities to share. Compost operation contractor Freestate Farms will provide free compost samples and offer a discount on compost. Bring a bucket for the free sample. Residents may also purchase an affordable backyard compost bin kit. Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. | Balls Ford Road Compost Facility, 13000 Balls Ford Road, Manassas
Mother’s Day Flower Bar
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Water’s End Brewery in Lake Ridge! A DIY flower bar with Peace, Love & Flowers will be here for you to create a special, unique bouquet for the mom in your life. Sunday, May 8, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. | Water’s End Brewery – Lake Ridge Tap Room, 12425 Dillingham Square, Lake Ridge
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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.