BY KATHRYN WARDEN, POSH EVENTS EDITOR
CHOCOLATE LOVERS FESTIVAL
February 2-4, 2018
10:00 am-7:00 pm
City of Fairfax, 10455 Armstrong Street, Fairfax, VA 22030
Surround yourself with hundreds of the finest chocolates and lots of samples including cakes, candies, brownies, fudge, ice cream and other delicious concoctions. Get a chance to win your own cake at the cake walk, play a chocolate scavenger hunt, enjoy a puppet show, and much more. Make sure to visit the Chocolate Challenge, where amateur and professional bakers put their cakes and cupcakes on display to be judged during the festival. Visit fairfaxva.gov for more information.
LUTHER JACKSON M.S. CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
February 10, 2018
10:00 am-6:00 pm
Luther Jackson Middle School
3020 Gallows Road Falls Church, VA 22042
Every year, Luther Jackson Middle School hosts an indoor festival to ring in the Lunar New Year. There will be dance and musical performances from China, Vietnam, Korea, India, and more. Enjoy a host of games, activities and Asian crafts. Watch the lively Dragon Parade where children are encouraged to follow the dragon as it parades throughout the school. Visit chinesenewyearfestival.org for more information.
OATLANDS VALENTINES AFTERNOON TEA
February 11, 2018
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg, VA 20175
Enjoy the time honored tradition of afternoon tea at the Oatlands Historic House and Gardens. This special Valentine Day themed tea will feature a variety of tea sandwiches, scones, and dessert items. Tea is held in the historic Carriage House. Cost: $29.95 plus tax per person ages three and up. Visit oatlands.org to purchase tickets or for more information.
SMITHSONIAN CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
February 10, 2018
11:30 am-3:00 pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004
Celebrate the Year of the Dog at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Chinese New Year Celebration. Enjoy a variety of activities and demonstrations including traditional paper cutting, an art scavenger hunt, red paper lantern making, and panda crafts. Performances by special guest artists from Chengdu, China, will include traditional music, Sichuan Opera, and acrobatics. Event located in the Kogod Courtyard. Visit americanart.si.edu for more information.
KENNEDY CENTER FAMILY DAY: LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
February 17, 2018
9:00 am-3:00 pm
2700 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C 20566
Bring your family for a fun-filled day celebrating Chinese culture and to ring in the Year of the Dog with activities and entertainment for all ages. Enjoy sugar painting demonstrations, a paper umbrella coloring station, a panda bear dress-up photo booth, a traditional costumes photo booth, folk dance and acrobatic performance, Sichuan embroidery exhibition and more. Free. Visit kennedycenter.org for more information.
GEORGE WASHINGTON BIRTHDAY PARADE
February 19, 2018
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Old Town Alexandria
King and Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Watch the nation’s largest George Washington Parade wind its way through a one mile route along the streets of Old Town Alexandria on Presidents Day. Visit washingtonbirthday.com for more information.
GEORGE WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY AT MOUNT VERNON
February 19, 2018
9:00 am-4:00 pm
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121
Celebrate the first president of the United States during his birthday celebration at his Mount Vernon estate. Witness the official observance ceremony on the east lawn before a special military demonstration and musical performances on the bowling green. Watch wreath laying’s at the Tomb, take a tour of the mansion and grounds, listen to members of the Washington family recount stories of the General in the Upper Garden, and enjoy cake with General Washington. FREE. Visit mountvernon.org for tickets or more information.
LITTLE STITCHES SEWING PROJECT
February 20, 2018
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
22330 South Sterling Blvd, Suite A117, Sterling, VA 20164
Use a sewing machine to make a simple project. Ages kindergarten through second grade. Visit loudouncountypubliclibrary.evanced.info to register or more information.
FAMILY SKATE NIGHT
February 24, 2018
6:30 pm–9:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson Community and Fitness Center
3501 South 2nd Street, Arlington, VA 22204
On Saturdays in February, enjoy roller skating at Thomas Jefferson Community and Fitness Center. With a live DJ, moon bounces, and snack bar, this is an enjoyable experience for the entire family! This program is extremely popular, so we suggest you bring your own skates and have exact change for your group. Cost: $2 entry, $3 skate rental. Cash only. Extra charge for moon bounce and concessions. Visit parks.arlingtonva.us for more information.
LEESBURG FIRST FRIDAY
March 2, 2018
Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176
Stroll down historic downtown Leesburg on the first Friday of each month and enjoy numerous live music performances throughout the town, art exhibits, wine tastings, lectures, and much more! Many shops, restaurants, and galleries remain open late and offer free refreshments or sales. Visit leesburgfirstfriday.com for more information.
THE BALLYSHANERS ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
March 3, 2018
12:30 pm-2:00 pm
Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, VA 21620
The City of Alexandria and the Ballyshaners will host their annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in celebration of Irish American heritage. The Ballyshaners is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Irish history and culture. Enjoy Irish dancers, dignitaries, and marching bands down the streets of Old Town Alexandria. Visit ballyshaners.org for more information.
YOGA STORYTIME WITH LITTLE TWISTERS
March 5, 2018
10:30 am-11:30 pm
Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA 20190
Read a classic children’s book, then act it out using yoga moves and poses. Location: Reston Meeting Room 2. Ages 3-5 with adult. Visit librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov to register or for more information.
SOUTH RIDING BOOK SWAP
March 8, 2018
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Town Hall 43055 Center Street, South Riding, VA 20152
Find new-to-you books and donate your old ones at the Book Swap! Book loving families can share their love of reading, discover new books, and meet some new friends along the way. Please ensure books are in good condition and of appropriate content. No reference books. Books can be dropped off at Town Hall during business hours or during the event. Visit southriding.net for more information.
THE WASHINGTON DC 46TH ANNUAL ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
March 11, 2018
12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Between 7th and 17th Street, Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20037
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been held annually in Washington, DC, since 1971. It has grown from what was little more than a leisurely stroll by a few hundred participants on Massachusetts Avenue to a mile long, two-hour celebration of Irish culture along Constitution Avenue. Come watch the ornate floats, marching bands, traditional pipe bands, Irish dancing, military processions, police and fire departments, and much more. Visit dcstpatsparade.com for more information.
MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET SWAN LAKE
March 17, 2018
George Masons University Center for the Arts Concert Hall
4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
The exquisite dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet showcase the traditions of Russian grand ballet in this performance of Tchaikovsky’s beloved masterpiece. Inspired by a fairy tale, Swan Lake follows the story of Odette, a beautiful princess who falls victim to a spell cast by an evil sorcerer. Visit cfa.gmu.edu for tickets or more information.
MAKER FAIRE NOVA
March 18, 2018
11:00 am-5:00 pm
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Want to learn how to build a robot? Weld? Blacksmith? Fly or make a drone? You can do it at the Maker Faire NoVa. The faire brings together an amazing collection of tech enthusiasts, engineers, woodworkers, metal workers, artists, teachers, and craftspeople from all over the Northern Virginia. Local makers have a chance to show and tell about what they’re making. The Faire also has tons of hands-on activities where you can learn how to make things yourself! Cost: $5.00 children, $15.00 adult. Visit nova.makerfaire.com for tickets or for more information.
SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FESTIVAL
March 23-25, 2018
10:00 am-5:00 pm
Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20151
The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival features more than two hundred of the nation’s most accomplished fine artists and craft designers offering their one-of-a-kind work. View functional and decorative pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, wood, metal, furniture, home accessories, photography, and fine art. The festival also includes delicious gourmet foods for sampling and purchase, live music, interactive children’s entertainment, and live demonstrations by talented artists. Visit dullesexpo.com for tickets or more information.
OPENING CEREMONY FOR THE NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
March 24, 2018
5:00 pm-6:30 pm
513 13th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20004
Kick off the National Cherry Blossom Festival and watch world-renowned performers as we welcome springtime to Washington, DC and celebrate the anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan to the United States. The Opening Ceremony celebrates the season through a showcase of spirited traditional and contemporary performances of American and Japanese talent in the historic Warner Theatre. Cost: $5.00. Visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org for tickets or more information.
THE GREAT ZUCCHINI
March 29, 2018
227 Maple Ave, Vienna, VA 22180
The Great Zucchini, Washington’s funniest and most magical preschool and kindergarten entertainer, performs a handson, interactive magic show where every child is a star and guaranteed to laugh! His gentle nature and wacky facial expressions, makes kids immediately feel comfortable and ready to laugh. Children get to learn a magic trick at the end of show! Ages 2-7. Cost: $5.00. Visit jamminjava.com for tickets or for more information.
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