Events and Programs

 2017 Calendar of Events


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January - March


January 26 or January 27  
(pick your day)
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 
ages  2nd - 4th grade; $25/per child
Map It! Camp
Students will blend historical facts with knowledge of local and state geography to gain an understanding of Virginias' place on the North American map.  Dress appropriately for outside activities.  Bring own lunch.
   
To purchase tickets visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store.
February 3
6 - 8 p.m.;
all ages
First Friday - Souper Bowl
Enjoy a wide variety of hot soups on a cold winter evening as you stroll around Historic Downtown Manassas shops sampling local soups from area restaurants! For more information and tickets, visit Historic Manassas, Inc.
  
March 25
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
all ages;
$10/person
Prince William History Symposium
 
(9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas, Va.)
Curator program - 5-6:30 p.m.  Six guest lecturers will be at the Old County Courthouse during the day to share stories about significant events in Prince William County from the Revolution to modern times, followed by an evening presentation of items in the museum's collections.  Refreshments will be served.  
Call 703-792-4754 or email historicpreservation@pwcgov.org for tickets and more information.
 
  
March 31
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
ages 10-13 recommended;
$25/person
Environmental Stewardship Day Camp
(Mayfield Earthwork Fort - 8401 Quarry Road, Manassas, Va.)
Spend the day learning bout the local area; its history while helping to preserve and protect the only Confederate earthwork from the Civil War in the City of Manassas.  In addition to some hard work, activities to pass the time will be shared.  Lunches not provided.
  
To register, visit Echoes, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store.

 April - June



April 1
9 a.m. - Noon;
Free
Lend A Hand For History! - Park Day
(Cannon Branch Earthwork Fort, 10611 Gateway Road, Manassas, Va.)
The musuem is participating in Lend A Hand For History, hosted by Civil War Trust at our Cannon Branch Earthwork Fort location.  This annual event brings history enthusiasts together in an effort to help keep our nation’s heritage not only preserved, but pristine.
   
Registration begins February 1 - to register visit CivilWar.org/ParkDay, or call 202-367-1861 ext. 7228.
April - June
Beginning
April 15
 
2 p.m.;
all ages
Free 
Historic Downtown Walking Tours
From Civil War history to "how did Manassas get its name?" to the original plans for the town's development, this costumed staff-narrated tour will explain these tidbits and much more. Enjoy this tour of Historic Downtown every second, third, and fourth Saturday. Meet at the Museum.
April 21
 8 p.m.; $5/person
Cemetery Tour
(9317 Center Street, Manassas, Va.)
Learn about the those who have gone before us during the Manassas City Cemetery tour, Important Citizens who Influenced Prince William County History.
 
To purchase tickets visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store.
May 5
6 - 8 p.m.;
all ages; free
First Friday - Gallery Walk
Experience Much Ado About Art weekend in Manassas, May 5-7. 
For more information, visit Historic Manassas, Inc.
  
May 20
7 p.m.;
all ages; $15/person
Remember the Ladies
A walking tour of Historic Downtown Manassas in honor of Mother's Day, this tour will feature experiences with women of Virginia's past who helped to shape American history from the Civil War to the modern day.
  
To purchase tickets visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store.
  
June 3
9 a.m. -
12 Noon; free 
Clean the Bay Day at Liberia
Join thousands of Virginians in this 29th annual effort to remove litter and debris from the rivers, streams, and beaches of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Our local effort will focus on stream clean up at Liberia, the city’s historic site. The event offers a good opportunity for families, businesses, clubs, civic or church groups to give back to local waterways. Visit www.cbf.org/clean to register.
June 3
 2 p.m.;
$5/person
Architectural Tours of Historic Downtown
Many buildings that make up Historic Downtown Manassas were designed by one person.  Learn about Albert Speiden, visit the homes and businesses he designed, and get a look at his original century-old sketches.
 
To purchase tickets visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store.
June 3
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.;free
23rd Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival
Experience Manassas at its best this June and come out to the 21st Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival. This family celebration of rich railroad history features train memorabilia, specialty vendors, and live performances.

For more information, visit Historic Manassas, Inc. 

 

July - September



August 1
6 - 8 p.m.;
all ages; free
National Night Out
Join the annual community event held in conjunction with the Manassas City Police and enjoy music, entertainment and fun for the whole family.
   
Sept. 16
9 a.m. - 
4 p.m.;
all ages; free
42nd Bull Run Region AACA Edgar Rohr Memorial Car Show
Enjoy this classic car experience in the historic heart of Manassas on the Museum lawn. 
Sept. 30
9 a.m. -
12 Noon
Public Lands Day at Liberia
Lend your hands to help beautify Liberia's grounds. This is a great opportunity to get volunteer hours and contribute to a landmark historic site. Find out more.
July - September
 
2 p.m.;
 all ages
Free 
Historic Downtown Walking Tours
From Civil War history to "how did Manassas get its name?" to the original plans for the town's development, this costumed staff-narrated tour will explain these tidbits and much more. Enjoy this tour of Historic Downtown every second, third, and fourth Saturday. Meet at the Museum.
  October - December
October 7
10 a.m. -    
5 p.m.;
all ages/ free
35th Annual Fall Jubilee
Come to Historic Downtown and enjoy some family fun.
   
For more information, visit Historic Manassas, Inc.
  
October 7 & November 4
2 p.m.;
$5/person
Architectural Tours of Historic Downtown
Many buildings that make up Historic Downtown Manassas were designed by one person.  Learn about Albert Speiden, visit the homes and businesses he designed, and get a look at his original century-old sketches.
 
To purchase tickets visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store.
October 13 & October 20
 
8 p.m.;
 $5/person
Cemetery Tour
(9317 Center Street, Manassas, Va.)
 Learn about the those who have gone before us during the Manassas City Cemetery tour, Important Citizens who Influenced Prince William County History.
 
To purchase tickets visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store.
  
October 22
2 p.m.;
 
Dedication of Jennie Dean Marker
Dedications of a new sign honoring the vision of Jane "Jennie" Serepta Dean in establishing the Manassas Industrials School for the education of African-American students in 1893.  Located at Manassas Industrial School/Jennie Dean Memorial at 9601 Wellington Road, Manassas, Va 20110.
Light refreshments will be served following a brief program.
 
October 28
Tours from 7 - 8 p.m.;
$15/$7.50 (12 & under)
Spirits of Manassas
From the weird to the sublime, from the funny to the scary, ghosts, apparitions and other unexplained or coincidental actions and accounts are common to the Manassas area.  Learn and share some of these with your friends and family.
  
To purchase tickets visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store for tickets. 
November 3
6 - 8 p.m.;
all ages, free
First Friday - Gallery Walk
Join us for gallery walk hosted by Historic Manassas, Inc. 
For more information, visit Historic Manassas, Inc.
  
December 1
5 - 8 p.m.;
all ages; free
Polar Express Holiday Celebration on the Lawn
Enjoy music, entertainment, the glow of holiday lights, the arrival of Santa by VRE train, the City Tree Lighting at 6:15 p.m., and cookies in the courtyard. Get a start on holiday shopping at Echoes, the Museum Store, and enjoy a 10% discount. Don't miss the 72nd Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on December 2 at 10 a.m.
December 13-17;
all ages; free

Relive the wonder of childhood holidays at the Polar Express Model Train Show on the third floor of the Center for the Arts at the Historic Candy Factory, 9419 Battle St. The National Capital Trackers set up their O gauge trains amid an elaborate winter fantasy background for the annual display. The show is open free from December 13 through December 17, Wednesday through Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In conjunction with the train show, the Military Child Education Coalition will remember and honor the sacrifices of the brave sons and daughters of military parents in a display at the Center for the Arts. 

 
      
Exhibits  
March 3 -
April 16
Illusions
Now in its fourth year, this annual show will feature the art of students from Osbourn High School.  Various mediums and types of art will be featured in this exhibit.

  
May 12 -
Sept. 24

Tailor-Made: Vintage Fashions from the Museum’s Collection Unveiled 
(guest Curator Meaghan Reddick)

Drawing almost exclusively from the museum’s large collection of textiles and accessories, this exhibit will look at the fashions of the first quarter of the 20th century.

 

October 6 - 
February 18

The Forgotten World War: Its Impact at Home

Working in conjunction with Prince William County, this exhibit will look at the homefront in PWC and Manassas during World War I.  Themes will include music and propaganda, the impact of the Spanish Flu epidemic in the area, the growth of farms and local military bases and their impact on the county.  A final section will list all the soldiers from the area that were killed in action.

December 1-31  Deck the Halls Museum

Kindergarteners and first graders at Jennie Dean Elementary School mount a special holiday exhibit of decorated trees. Each classroom selected a book and created ornaments for their tree based on the themes and ideas from the story.