Haymarket Area Events and Day Trips for Summer 2017 into Fall
The kids are home, the weather is hot and everything slows down in the summer. There are plenty of ways to cool off with community pools, water parks and vacation getaways to the beach. So, here is a short list of some other things to do with (or without) kids that will add a little variety to your summer 2017 and into the start of fall.
Saturdays through August 26th at 7 a.m.
Virginia Gateway Fountain, Gainesville
Hosted by Virginia Gateway, the instructors from Onelife Fitness offer a relaxing yoga session to start your day before the summer heat sets in. Onelife Fitness is committed to building a community that offers support and friendship on the path to well-being and wholeness. This event is free and open to ALL fitness levels. Bring your own yoga mat, bottle of water and towel. Visit vagateway.com/events for Sunrise Yoga and other events being held there this summer.
Friday Nights at Mariachis
Battle Street, Downtown Manassas
If you want to spice up your Mexican restaurant experience, head over to Mariachis Tequileria & Restaurant in Manassas (above) and get serenaded by their talented group of Mariachis, who take over the restaurant with an energetic and undeniably fun mix of traditional Mexican folk music, love songs and a full catalogue of Latin classics. Seating is first come, first serve but once you’re there, you’ll be right in the heart of the action. Dancing in the aisles is not only permitted, it’s encouraged! Visit mariachimanassas.com for more information.
Tuesday, August 1st from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
QBE Building, Washington Street
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live. Bring the whole family to Haymarket’s National Night Out and enjoy an evening out with neighbors, friends and our friendly Police Department to get to know each other in a fun setting.
Exciting Update … They will be extending the National Night Out to 8:30 p.m. because McGruff the Crime Dog is going to make an appearance along with members of the Prince William Police Department. He should be arriving around 8:10 p.m.
We will have three food trucks there and Fosters Grill will be grilling hotdogs and hamburgers. We will have a bounce house, rides and Chief Kevin Lands, as well as others, will be in the dunking booth. There will be raffles and we will be giving away 4 bicycles to the kids. Visit the Haymarket Police Facebook Page for more information.
RELATED: See Town of Haymarket 2017 Events
First Friday Events
Happening the first Friday of the month on August 4th, September 1st & October 6th
August 4th, September 1st & October 6th
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Treat yourself to an evening in historic downtown Manassas. Visit the town art and pottery galleries, the antique shops and the Manassas Museum. Come meet Sara Jayne & Macy Jayne, the mother-daughter owners of Two Janes who recently launched their brand inside Totally Vintage Design located in Old Town Manassas. Two Janes offers handmade boutique jewelry and gift items for all ages. Shops are open late and the cultural mix of Manassas restaurants will be offering food and drink specials. This event features live entertainment and is free and open to all ages. Go to visitmanassas.org for more info.
August 4th, September 1st & October 6th
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (or later)
Walk around historic downtown Leesburg on the First Friday of each month (except January), to enjoy numerous live music performances throughout the town, art exhibits, wine tastings, lectures, signings, and much more. Over 45 specialty shops, art galleries, antique shops and restaurants are open until 9 p.m. or later, many offering free refreshments and/or special sales. Musical performances range from jazz ensembles, rock bands, ukulele and acoustic guitar, pop and retro DJs and more. Visit leesburgfirstfriday.com for the full line-up.
August 4th, September 1st & October 6th
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Stroll Historic Main Street on the first Friday night of each month this summer and early fall. Main Street will be closed and converted into a pedestrian park while shops remain open late with wine tastings, shop sales and special events. The award-winning restaurants will be offering dinner specials as well. The town will be bustling with music, artists, entertainment and plenty of community spirit. Themes include Dancing Down Main Street, Dog Days and Oktoberfest. This free, family-fun event is open to everyone. Visit partnershipforwarrenton.org for more information. (Photos courtesy of Experience Old Town Warrenton.)
Friday to Sunday, August 4th to 6th
Take a short drive to Middleburg for their 11th annual summer Sidewalk Sale, when you can hunt for some wonderful bargains while experiencing the small town charm of Middleburg. Discounts are up to 75% off. The sale will be held Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday as posted by shops. Look for balloons outside participating shops and restaurants! Sponsored by Middleburg Business & Professional Association and The Town of Middleburg. Go to visitmiddleburgva.com for more details.
Natural Bridge, VA
Open Daily through Thanksgiving
The Virginia Safari Park, not to be confused with the Natural Bridge Zoo, is about a 2 1/2 hour ride from Haymarket. It’s a perfect day trip down scenic Route 81. This is a real treat that’s guaranteed to bring giggles to kids of all ages. The Safari Park is Virginia’s largest, and only drive-thru zoo, where you can see and feed over 1,200 free roaming animals right out of your car window! You’ll interact with camels, zebras, elk, llamas, bison, ostrich, antelope and more. Enjoy these animals in a natural environment on over three miles of scenic, winding roads. Other Zoo features include a 45-minute, narrated Safari Wagon Ride, a 10-acre village with a Petting Barn and interactive exhibits like the Giraffe Feeding Station, Lorikeet Feedings and the Kangaroo Walk About. Visit the tigers and cheetahs, tortoises and reptiles, the aviary, and monkeys of all shapes and sizes. Pack a picnic lunch and eat under the covered pavilion, then visit the gift shop. Go to virginiasafaripark.com to learn more.
Saturday, August 5th – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Metz Middle School, Manassas
Come celebrate the 27th Annual Manassas African American Heritage Festival. Over 100 booths will feature arts and crafts, fine artists, jewelry designs, a health fair, a job and business expo and community organizations. There will also be food vendors, a Classic Car Show, a Hair and Fashion Show and live entertainment throughout the day including gospel, rhythm & blues and more. Visit www.maahf.com for more details.
August 11th to 19th
Prince William County Fairgrounds
10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas
The Fair is a summer tradition! The Prince William County Fair is the largest County Fair in the state of Virginia. The annual event in Manassas includes livestock exhibits, home arts exhibits, tractor pulls, a rodeo, demolition derbies, baby contests, live music and a variety of midway shows. Games and carnival rides fill the fair grounds and there is no shortage of funnel cakes, fried dough and corn dogs – county fair favorites! Prince William County 4-H Clubs participate in numerous activities and demonstrations. Upwards of 90,000 to 100,000 spectators are expected to pass through the turnstiles this year. Tickets are half price on August 14th, ladies admitted free on Ladies Night on August 16th and children 4 and under and active military are admitted free daily. Visit www.pwcfair.com for ticket prices and hours.
August 16th to 20th
Eagle Bank Arena, Fairfax
If you are familiar with Cirque du Soleil, this variation looks really cool! OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act in which a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform. Visit www.eaglebankarena.com for schedules and tickets.
(Photo Credits: Benoit Fontaine, Cirque Du Soleil, Inc.; Flying Circus Aerodrome (below)
August 19th & 20th
Flying Circus Aerodrome
5114 Ritchie Road, Bealeton
If you’ve ever wanted to try a hot air balloon ride, this is the weekend to visit the Flying Circus Aerodrome in Bealeton. Several balloon pilots, with their colorful and themed crafts, will be available to give rides subject to availability and existing weather conditions. Balloon rides are best in calm conditions so come early, between 7 and 9 a.m. or later for a sunset ride between 6 and 8 p.m. Most baskets will hold 2 passengers and the pilot, but bigger baskets can hold more people and usually the price will be slightly lower per person. Even if you don’t want to ride, come see the grand spectacle of it all – it’s amazing. Visit flyingcircusairshow.com/balloon for more information.
September 16th – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Prince William Forest Park
Prince William Forest Park is a respite of quiet and calm amid fragrant woods and trickling streams which has welcomed generations of area campers, hikers, bikers and nature lovers. Enjoy a day of nature at the Park for the annual Heritage Festival. Last year this event was a huge hit, with over 600 visitors attending. There are all kinds of unique demonstrations including blacksmiths and Morse code as well as archery, antique cars, crafts, games, hay rides, music, food and so much more. Visit nps.gov/prwi for information.
September 16th, All Day
Each year EXIT Heritage Realty hands out HUNDREDS of free balloons and iced cold water bottles. This is Haymarket’s biggest event! It will be featured in the Fall issue of Haymarket Homeowner.
See this article and others in the Summer 2017 Print copy of Haymarket Homeowner.com.
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