By Prince William Living
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It’s Wednesday and we’re Over the Hump! That means we’re looking forward to weekend events in Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park.
Prince William Events
Wort Hog Brewing Company of Warrenton is taking over the taps at Blue Crabs & Seafood in Gainesville on Friday night. Get your tickets here. Friday, Feb. 8, 4:00-8:00 p. m. | Blue Crabs & Seafood, 5005 Wellington Road, Gainesville
And just afterwards, the Special Occasions Band is playing at Eclipse in Gainesville. Friday, Feb. 8, starting at 9:30 p. m. | Eclipse Restaurant Sports Bar & Billiards, 5615 Wellington Road, Suite 101, Gainesville
The 6th Annual Chocolate Walk will be held Saturday in Occoquan. Participating businesses flying red balloons will offer visitors a wide array of chocolate treats throughout the day. Enjoy truffles, parfaits, chocolate wine, brownies, fudge and more. Start the delicious journey at Town Hall and pick up a Chocolate passport entry form for a chance to win a Chocolate Diamond pendant necklace and a $150 gift certificate. Follow the rules to win. Saturday, Feb. 9, 11:00 a. m.-4:00 p. m. | Historic Occoquan
And while you’re in Occoquan, meet the artists at the Artists’ Undertaking Gallery reception. February featured artists at the gallery are Marianne Cordyack, exhibiting her salt-fired pottery, and Mary Rose Janya, showcasing her watercolors. The exhibit runs Feb. 4 – March 4. Saturday, Feb. 9, 11:00 a. m.-4:00p. m. | Artists’ Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill Street, Occoquan
Join Brew Republic Bierwerks for the 3rd annual Valentine’s Day Beer & Donut Pairing in the taproom. Duck Donuts is supplying the donuts.You’ll get a flight of six beers and a flight of six mini donuts for $20.99; additional flights are available too. Indulge your sweet tooth. Saturday, Feb. 9, 12:00-9:00 p. m. | Brew Republic Bierwerks, 15201 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge
Bring the kids to Family Day “I Heart Art” at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Tour the Museum’s Combat Art gallery and talk to the Museum’s Artist in Residence at the studio! Children aged 5-12 can create a work of art to take home for their special valentine! Saturday, Feb. 9, 12:00-3:00 p. m. | National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle
Celebrate Valentine’s Day a few days early with Aroma Wine Tasting‘s Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Wine Pairing. 3 delectable liquor infused and dipped strawberries will be paired with three award winning wines. $15 per person, while quantities last. No tickets or reservations required. Friday, Feb. 8, 4:00 p. m. through Saturday, Feb. 9, 8:00 p. m. | Aroma Wine Tasting, 9249 Center Street, Manassas
The artists reception for “Born at the Bottom of a Ship” will be held on Saturday night. Born at the Bottom of the Ship investigates the identity of the descendants of Africans brought to America, and how that identity still exists in the new tribe. Artists James and Zsudayka Terrell address this disconnect by creating their own collection of portraits that feature traditional African references incorporated within modernity. Saturday, Feb. 9, 6:00-9:00 p. m. | Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle Street, Manassas
Join the Center for the Arts for a special Valentine’s Sunday Ballroom Dance. Arrive at 3:30 p. m. for a lesson in the romantic Waltz, followed by an open dance session from 4:00-6:00 p. m. Cost is $15.00 per person for the lesson and dance session, $10.00 for the dance session only. Pay at the door. Sunday, Feb. 10, 3:30-6:00 p. m. | Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle Street, Manassas
Manassas Park Events
On Friday night, bring the kids to Cupid’s Party at the Manassas Park Community Center. We’ll have themed cookie decorating, games, activities, and refreshments. Don’t forget to wear red or pink! $5/child. Friday, Feb. 8, 7:00-8:15 p. m. | Manassas Park Community Center, 99 Adams Street, Manassas Park
Need some time on Saturday to enjoy lunch with friends or run errands? It’s Parents’ Day Out! Our trained staff will provide snacks, movies, games, and more to keep your children entertained for the day! Call 703-335-8872. Saturday, Feb. 10, 10:00 a. m.-2:00 p. m. | Manassas Park Community Center, 99 Adams Street, Manassas Park
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. Fridays 3:00-10:00 p. m.; Saturdays 12:00-10:00 p. m.; Sundays 12:00-5:00 p. m.- weather permitting | Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center Street, Manassas
Winter Farmers Markets
The Manassas Farmers Market is still going through the winter. Look for craft vendors, a coffee vendor, Rainbow Acres Farm (eggs and meat), 7 Acres Farm, Great Harvest Bread, Redfox creations, Tanas Kitchen, Happy Family Ranch, and more. It will be smaller than the prime market but just as good. SNAP still accepted. Saturdays through March 16, 8:00 a. m. – 1:00 p. m. | 9024 Prince William Street, Manassas
The Dale City Farmers Market has nearly 50 vendors and is one of the largest farmers markets in the region. The market is a producer-only market, meaning all products must be grown or made by the seller. They do not accept “resales” or craft items. Sundays through March, 10:00 a. m. – 1:00 p. m. | VDOT Commuter Lot (off Dale Boulevard), 14090 Gemini Way, Dale City
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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.