Events and Programs

 2019 Calendar of Events


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January - March 2019

March 28
12 - 1 p.m.; free
Lunch & Learn Series
 

Presented by the Parks, Culture & Recreation division and Centerfuse. Please bring your own lunch. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. at Centerfuse, 9071 Center Street in downtown Manassas.

Enjoy a fun opportunity to learn about local history in an informal setting.  Come out and enjoy short talks by local historians on famous residents from Manassas' past. The March topic is Jennie Dean, presented by Ellie Hill, Visitor Service Aide in Parks, Culture & Recreation. Learn about this amazing woman and get an update on the planned statue to honor her work and legacy.

March 30
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $10
If I Were Today a Virginian: 5th Annual Prince William County/Manassas History Symposium

Explore local history topics including the 3rd Virginia Regiment in the American Revolution; Prince William County during the Spanish-American War; Jennie Dean and the Manassas Industrial School; Prince William County at the Battle of Gettysburg; and Virginia vs. Lorena Bobbitt. After the sessions at the Old Manassas Courthouse, enjoy a hands-on curator's reception at the Museum. A March 31 optional bus tour of historic private homes is available for $50, including lunch.
Call 703-792-4754 or email historicpreservation@pwcgov.org to register.
March 30 & 31
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free
Celebrate National History Day
Manassas City Public Schools and the Manassas Museum invite you to see entries in this year’s National History Day competition. This year students from Metz Middle School wrote research papers, crafted exhibits, and created digital entries on the theme “Triumph & Tragedy.”

April - June 2019
April 5
7 - 9 p.m.; free
Dance Night at the Candy Factory
Celebrate Hispanic and Latino contributions to our community with music and dance, and get a sneak peek at the upcoming exhibit Bridging Cultures.
April 6
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; free
Summer Job Fair
SUMMER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, ARE YOU READY?   
Manassas Parks, Culture & Recreation Division in partnership with the Prince William Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Council are hosting a summer job fair.  Meet with local businesses to learn about employment opportunities and brush up on interview skills to get hired this summer. 

April 6
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free
Museum at the Market
Discover hands-on activities for the whole family at the Saturday Farmer's Market, Prince William Commuter Lot, across from Baldwin Elementary.  Through October 12.
April 6
9 a.m. - 12 Noon
American Battlefield Trust Park Day
Help clean trash and brush from Cannon Branch Earthwork Fort, 10611 Gateway Blvd. and help preserve this Civil War Fort. Contact mboehringer@manassasva.gov or call 703-257-8256 to register.
April 10
3 p.m.; free
Stories of Preservation and Progress Speaker Series
 
April 11, 2019 - September 15, 2019
New Exhibit: Bridging Cultures: The Latino Community in Manassas
Produced in partnership with the local Hispanic community, this exhibit with a modern day theme will examine such topics as music, food, holiday traditions and other subjects important to the local community.
April 25
12 - 1 p.m.; free
Lunch & Learn Series
 
Presented by the Parks, Culture & Recreation division and Centerfuse. Please bring your own lunch. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. at Centerfuse, 9071 Center Street in downtown Manassas.

Enjoy a fun opportunity to learn about local history in an informal setting.  Come out and enjoy short talks by local historians on famous residents from Manassas' past. April topic is Chinn Family - presented by Paige Gibbons-Backus, Historic Site Manager, Prince William County Historic Preservation.  Find out more about this local family and the importance of Ben Lomond, their home during the Civil War.

April 26; 6 - 10 p.m.; April 27; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; April 28; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; free
One Love: Celebration of Life with The Arts

Enjoy a 3-day multi-media art event that is a celebration of life and our diverse artistic community. For more information visit www.visitmanassas.org
May 4
2 p.m.; $5
Downtown Walking Tours
Enjoy a leisurely stroll through picturesque Historic Downtown and learn about Manassas in its early days through the present day.  Tours run every first Saturday of the month through November 2.  To make a reservation visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store.
May 8
3 p.m.; free
Stories of Preservation and Progress Speaker Series
 
May 11
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free
Viking Festival

Enjoy a cultural and educational event with Viking reenactment groups demonstrating scenes from daily life like iron work, tool making, wood carving, working with wool, archery skills and period fighting on the lawn.   For more information visit www.visitmanassas.org
May 17
8 p.m.; free
Cemetery Tour

Learn about Manassas notables and some notorious local stories of murder, mayhem, and scandal.  To make a reservation visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store.
May 23
12 - 1 p.m.; free
Lunch & Learn Series
 
Presented by the Parks, Culture & Recreation division and Centerfuse. Please bring your own lunch. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. at Centerfuse, 9071 Center Street in downtown Manassas.

Enjoy a fun opportunity to learn about local history in an informal setting.  Come out and enjoy short talks by local historians on famous residents from Manassas' past. The May topic is the Portner Family, presented by Manassas Museum Curator Mary Helen Dellinger. What do beer and the Portners have to do with Manassas? Come to the talk to find out!

May 25
2 p.m.; $5
Liberia House Tours
Discover this 1825 historic gem that was visited by President Lincoln and hosted both Civil War armies.  Tours run every fourth Saturday of the month through September 28.  To make a reservation visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store.
June 1
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; free
25th Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival

Celebrate the city's rich railroad history with train excursion and memorabilia, specialty vendors, and live performances.  For more information visit www.visitmanassas.org  
June 7
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; free
Hispanic Culture Day

Experience the cultural traditions of our neighbors with roots in Central and South America and learn about their impact on our community.
June 12
3 p.m.; free
Stories of Preservation and Progress Speaker Series
 
June 15
Noon - 7 p.m.; $20
Wine and Jazz Festival

Enjoy Virginia farm wineries, Virginia craft breweries, local Virginia distilleries, and an afternoon of live jazz music.  For more information visit www.visitmanassas.org
June 27
12 - 1 p.m.; free
Lunch & Learn Series 
Presented by the Parks, Culture & Recreation division and Centerfuse. Please bring your own lunch. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. at Centerfuse, 9071 Center Street in downtown Manassas.

Enjoy a fun opportunity to learn about local history in an informal setting.  Come out and enjoy short talks by local historians on famous residents from Manassas' past. The June topic is the Weir Family, presented by Lisa Sievel-Otten, Communications Coordinator in the Community Development Department. Learn about the Weirs and how their home, Liberia, played an important role during the Civil War.

July - September 2019

July 4
3  - 10 p.m.; free
Celebrate America
Enjoy rides for kids starting at 3 p.m., and food concessions and novelty vendors at 4 p.m.  Get your spot on the lawn early for the fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.  For more information visit www.visitmanassas.org
July 10
3 p.m.; free
Stories of Preservation and Progress Speaker Series
 
Check back for more information. 
July 25
12 - 1 p.m.; free
Lunch & Learn Series 
Presented by the Parks, Culture & Recreation division and Centerfuse. Please bring your own lunch. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. at Centerfuse, 9071 Center Street in downtown Manassas.

Enjoy a fun opportunity to learn about local history in an informal setting.  Come out and enjoy short talks by local historians on famous residents from Manassas' past. The July topic is George Carr Round, presented by Doug Horhota, Program Coordinator, for Parks, Culture & Recreation. Learn more about this lawyer, education booster, and community leader from Manassas' past. 

August 10
Noon - 6 p.m.; $10 - $40
Steins, Wines & Spirits Festival
 
Savor a unique opportunity to sample your choice of beverages while listening to live music on the lawn.  Taste local craft beers, farm wines, and distilled spirits and enjoy great food.  For more information visit www.visitmanassas.org
August 14
3 p.m.; free
Stories of Preservation and Progress Speaker Series
 
Check back for more information. 
September 7
Noon - 6 p.m.; $10 - $40
Bands, Brews and BBQ
 
This ticketed event features award winning craft beers and distilled spirits for sampling, some of Northern Virginia's best barbecue, and incredible live music.  For more information visit www.visitmanassas.org  
September 21
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; free
Edgar Rohr Car Show
Enjoy this classic car experience on the Museum lawn.
September 27, 2019 - February 20, 2020
New Exhibit: Native Americans
Produced specifically for the 400th anniversary of the founding of the colony at Jamestown, this exhibit will look at the first inhabitants of this area, the Native peoples that lived here. Sections will include a reproduction Yeehawken for children to experience, an explanation of the hunter-gathering lifestyle practiced by the Native American, and the various roles men, women and children played in the family unit.

October - December 2019

October 5
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free
Fall Jubilee
This year's Jubilee will include an assortment of fun for both kids and adults with over 100 craft and community booths, live music, entertainment, and more!  For more information visit www.visitmanassas.org
October 9
3 p.m.; free
Stories of Preservation and Progress Speaker Series
 
October 11
8 p.m.; $5
Cemetery Tour
Learn About Manassas notables and some notorious local stories of murder, mayhem, and scandal.   To make a reservation visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store.
October 26
6, 7, and 8 p.m.; $15 adults; $7.50 under 12
 Spirits of Liberia

In its nearly 200-year history, presidents, generals, soldiers and prominent families have all visited or called Liberia home.  Hear the tragic and uplifting stories of those who passed through this historic landmark.   To make a reservation visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store.
November 1-11   
Bull Run Rotary Flag Display on the Museum Lawn 
Witness the colorful transformation of the Museum Lawn into a sea of red, white and blue
November 2
11 a.m.; free
Northern Virginia Veterans Parade and Museum Veterans Display
 
Stop by the Museum after the 11 a.m. parade to see a special tribute to veterans.  Veterans and active duty military get a special discount at Echoes, the Museum store.
November 5
9 a.m - Noon; free
Museum Career Day
 
Are you a student looking ahead to a future beyond school?  Meet community business leaders, learn about possible careers, and get a jump on your plans for the future.
November 13
3 p.m.; free
Stories of Preservation and Progress Speaker Series
 
December 6 
5 - 8 p.m.; free
Santa Lights Manassas! and Museum Open House
Be a part of this annual tradition as Santa arrives by VRE train after 6 p.m. and lights the city tree on the lawn.  Enjoy cookies and a holiday display in the Museum courtyard, and enjoy special discounts at Echoes, the Museum Store.
December 11
3 p.m.; free
Stories of Preservation and Progress Speaker Series
 
Check back for more information. 
December 15
1 - 4 p.m.; free
Holiday Open House at Liberia
Enjoy this historic house decked out for the season and raise a toast to the season!