Events and Programs

 2018 Calendar of Events





January - March

February 2
6-8 p.m.; all ages
First Friday - Souper Bowl

Join us as restaurants compete in the fourth annual Souper Bowl! Vote for your favorite to crown the winning restaurant 'Souper Bowl Champion!' The museum will be hosting The Bone as they serve Smoked Brisket Chili.  Tickets are $10 (cash only please) for unlimited soup samples! 

For more information, visit Historic Manassas, Inc. 
February 18
1:30 p.m.; free
Manassas Museum Honors Black History Month
Join Karen Hughes White of the Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County for a talk on local black history, using historical documents, artifacts, genealogies, oral history and her book "African Americans of Fauquier County."
March 2 - April 1, 2018
New Exhibit: Artistic Expression  
Now in its’ fifth year, this annual show features the art of students from Osbourn High School.  Various mediums and types of art will be featured in this exhibit.
March 14
3:00 p.m.; free

Stories of Preservation and Progress with Vice Mayor Sheryl Bass
Join Vice Mayor Bass for the first of the new speaker series.
March 24
1:30 p.m.; free

Manassas Museum Honors Women's History Month

Join us for a presentation by living historian Lynne Garvey-Hodge as Mrs. Robert Walker, a D.C. area suffragist who was arrested and imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse for demonstrating outside the White House. Hear Mrs. Walker's reflections on her work as a suffragist, as well as her personal life and role in Baltimore's exclusive "Blue Book" society.  
March 24

Great American Cleanup Day
The Great American Cleanup is the country's largest community improvement program that kicks off in more than 20,000 communities each Spring. Visit our website for a list of cleanup dates and more information. 
March 24
8:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.; $10

Growing Roots: A Prince William County/Manassas History Symposium

Join historians at the Old Manassas Courthouse for talks on the county's early settlement and later development; the Battle of Buckland; the Civil War home front; Prince William Forest Park; and Robert Portner. Your ticket includes an exclusive evening Curator's Reception at the Manassas Museum.

Call 703-792-4754 or email for tickets.

March 25-31
National History Day Exhibit
See what local students have created for National History Day in the Museum Gallery. 

 April - June

April 7

Civil War Trust Park Day at Liberia Plantation

Visit our website for more information as we get closer to the date. 
April 7 - October 27
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; all ages; free

Museum at the Market
Join Museum staff for a fun hands-on activity and learn about our community.
April 7 - October 20
Saturdays at 3 p.m.; all ages; free

Historic Downtown Walking Tours
Learn about Manassas' origins with a costumed interpreter-led tour through Historic Downtown. Wear comfortable shoes. 
Please note: June 2 - September 1 Beat the Heat tours will be held indoors at the museum.
April 13 - September 16
New Exhibit: Expanding Boundaries

This exhibit looks at the impact the Manassas Boys and Girls Club has on our community and the children it serves. Through its focus on academic success, good character and citizenship, and promoting healthy lifestyles, the Club fulfills its mission to help boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those who need them most, acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults. 
April 13 - September 16
New Exhibit: Living the American Dream: Robert Portner, Immigrant, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
Guest Curator Michael Gaines examines the life of Alexandria brewer and Manassas summer resident Robert Portner and his impact on Manassas.
April 22

Earth Day
Visit our website for more information as we get closer to the date.
May 11
8 p.m.; all ages; $5
Cemetery Tour

(9317 Center Street, Manassas, Va.)
Learn about those who have gone before us during the Manassas City Cemetery tour.
To purchase tickets visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store. 
May 12
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; all ages; free
Manassas Viking Festival

Come relive the age of the Vikings with Viking reenactment, educational demonstrations, music, dancers, vendors, and food on the lawn and at the Harris Pavilion. Find out more
May 16
National Love a Tree Day

A holiday to show your love! Visit our website for more information as we get closer to the date.
May 18

6-10 p.m.; free
One Love: Celebration of Life with the Arts

Experience One Love an exciting multi-media arts extravaganza in Historic Downtown.
May 18 (rain date - June 1)
6-10 p.m.; all ages; free
Manassas City Public School Movie Night
A family-friendly event hosted by Manassas City Schools. Enjoy games, food, and fun before the movie starts at dusk.  Movie to be determined. 
June 2 
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; all ages; free
24th Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival

Experience Manassas at its best this June and come out to the 24th 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. 
June 2
Clean the Bay Day
at Liberia Plantation
Each year on the first Saturday of June, thousands of Virginians simultaneously descend on the rivers, streams, and beaches of the Chesapeake Bay watershed to remove harmful litter and debris. Clean the Bay Day is a true Virginian tradition and an annual opportunity for families, military installations, businesses, clubs, civic or church groups to give back to local waterways.
June 2
National Trails Day

National Trails Day attracts new trail users and helps connect existing trail enthusiasts with local clubs and organizations to create trail advocates and stewards. The task to protect and maintain more than 200,000 miles of trails in the U.S. requires a collaborative effort among trail clubs, organizations, government agencies, and most importantly, passionate trail advocates and stewards.

July - September

August 7
6-9 p.m.; all ages
National Night Out

This annual community event held in conjunction with the Manassas City Police includes music, entertainment, and fun for the whole family on the lawn as we build a better community.   
August 24-26
all ages; free
Through the Ages: A Manassas History Weekend 

Venture through the past and share the lives and times of different eras of Manassas. Enjoy free living history presentations at the Manassas Museum and at Liberia House.
September 15
9 a.m.-4 p.m.; all ages; free
43rd Annual Bull Run Region AACA Edgar Rohr Memorial Car Show

Enjoy this classic car experience in the historic heart of Manassas on the Museum lawn. 
September 22
Cache in Trash Out Park Cleanup at Mayfield Fort

Events might be focused on litter clean-up, removal of invasive species, revegetation efforts, or building trails. The environmental impact of these efforts is felt tangibly by communities across the globe. Visit our website for more information as we get closer to the date.
September 28 - February 18, 2019
New Exhibit: Rohr Dolls/Dollhouses

Drawing exclusively from the museum's large collection of Rohr dolls, doll houses and accessories, this exhibit will feature examples from one of the most well-known local families of the mid-20th century.
September 29
National Public Lands Day
 at Liberia Plantation

National Public Lands Day is celebrated annually at public lands in the United States on the fourth Saturday of September. A signature event of the National Environmental Education Foundation, it promotes both popular enjoyment and volunteer conservation of public lands.
Visit our website for more information as we get closer to the date.
October - December
October 5
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; all ages; free
36th Annual Fall Jubilee

Come to Historic Downtown and enjoy some family fun.
For more information, visit Historic Manassas, Inc.
October 19
8 p.m.; all ages; $5
Cemetery Tour

(9317 Center Street, Manassas, Va.)
Learn about the those who have gone before us during the Manassas City Cemetery. 
To purchase tickets visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store.
October 27
Tours at 6 p.m.; 7 p.m.; 8 p.m.; all ages; $15
Spirits of Liberia

Known by some as the "Death House," experience the comings and goings of some of the people who have passed through and some who still remain at this 200 year old house.
To purchase tickets visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store for tickets. 
November 3
all ages; free
Veteran's Parade
Following the Parade, join us at the Museum for a closer look at our military traditions.  See the Bull Run Rotary "Flags for Heroes" display on the Museum Lawn from November 2-11.
November 4
6 - 8 p.m.; all ages; free
First Friday - Gallery Walk

Join us for a gallery walk hosted by Historic Manassas, Inc. 
For more information, visit Historic Manassas, Inc.
November 15
America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day is a nationally-recognized day that celebrates and promotes recycling in the U.S and falls on November 15th. On this day, people are encouraged to spread the word about the benefits of recycling and to practice recycling themselves. So be sure to find a recycling program near you so that you can recycle that trash instead of dumping it the trash to fill up yet another landfill. 
Visit our website for more information as we get closer to the date.
November 30 - December 31 
Deck the Halls Museum

Kindergartners and first graders at Round 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.

November 30
5 - 8 p.m.; all ages; free
Holiday Open House 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 73nd Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on December 1 at 10 a.m.

December 8
Holidays of the Past at Liberia House
Times to be determined; all ages; $15
iscover how the holidays have been celebrated in wartime and in peace at this historic gem.

To purchase tickets visit Echoes Online Store, call 703-368-1873 or visit Echoes, the Manassas Museum store for tickets.

Dates and times to be determined; all ages; free
Winter Wonderland Model Train Show

Relive the wonder of childhood holidays at the Winter Wonderland 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. 
Dates to be Determined (please check back)