POSH EVENTS February – March 2020

Check out our events guide for the best in and around the Northern Virginia and Metro DC area.

Kennedy Center Winter Lanterns
January 30, 2020 – February 2, 2020
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Enjoy cultural performances and a special display of Winter Lanterns to celebrate the Year of the Rat at the Kennedy Center. Approximately one hundred stunning lanterns crafted by Chinese artisans, including the Chinese Four Symbols and Zodiac Signs, Panda Grove, and Mushroom Garden display. Along with the beautiful lantern displays, visitors can enjoy performances and Korean cultural activities such as a drum show, creating your name tags in calligraphy, coloring traditional Korean fans, kite-flying, and mask painting. A local artist demonstrates Korean calligraphy on large scale paper, and children can join artist Julia Chon to paint and complete a paper mural artwork installation together. Visit kennedy-center.org for more information.

Chocolate Lovers Festival
January 31, 2020 – February 2, 2020
City of Fairfax, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
The annual Chocolate Lovers Festival, located in the heart of the City of Fairfax, offers a variety of family friendly activities and events that will more than satisfy anybody who has a love of chocolate. Activities include a liquid chocolate tent featuring chocolate beverages, a chocolate challenge contest featuring homemade cakes by local professionals and amateurs on display for judging, and of course the Taste of Chocolate that provides plenty of opportunity to sample cakes, candies, brownies, fudge, ice cream and other delicious concoctions.. Visit fairfaxva.gov for more information.

Smithsonian Chinese New Year Family Celebration
February 1, 2020
11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum,
F Street N.W., Washington, DC 20004
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Smithsonian with the Chinese Embassy and enjoy festivities commemorating the Year of the Rat. Enjoy a variety of activities and demonstrations throughout the day including demonstrations of dough figurine craftsmanship, finger painting, hands-on shadow puppet making demonstrations, wood printing, calligraphy demonstrations, and paper cutting. Create your own New Year’s crafts, go on a scavenger hunt, and enjoy delicious treats available for purchase at the Courtyard Café. Event location in Kogod Courtyard. Visit americanart.si.edu for more information.

Lunar New Year Lion Dance
February 8, 2020
3:00- 3:30 pm
Gum Spring Library,
24600 Millstream Drive, 
Stone Ridge, Virginia 20105
Commemorate the Year of the Rat with dancers from the Jow Ga Shaolin Institute as they perform the traditional lion dance accompanied by the music of a beating drum, clashing cymbal and resounding gong. In Chinese culture, this dance is thought to bring good luck in the New Year. For all ages. Visit library.loudoun.gov for more information.

Funday Monday
February 10, 2020
10:30 am
Every Monday enjoy family suitable programming at this Old Town Hall series in the City of Fairfax. The programs are open to children of all ages, however designed especially for those who haven’t yet started school. Spend some time with Michuchutren, which exposes children to the Spanish language with storytime and crafts. There is ample parking downtown, and stroller access at the rear of Old Town Hall on Main Street. Visit fairfaxva.gov for more information.

Teen Friday: Teen Cuisine
February 14, 2020
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sterling Library,
22330 South Sterling Boulevard, Suite A117, 
Sterling, Virginia 20164
Celebrate the holiday by dancing and making gingerbread houses. Gaming, computers and art supplies will also be available. All teens attending the After Hours Teen Center must have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian on file. Age: Grades six and up. Visit library.loudoun.gov to register or for more information.

Teen Valentine’s Day Party
February 14, 2020
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cascades Library,
21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, Virginia 20165
Learn basic kitchen skills while preparing Valentine’s Day themed dishes. Visit library.loudoun.gov for more information.

Teddy Bear Tea
February 15, 2020
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Herndon Community Center,
814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, Virginia 20170
You are cordially invited to join us for tea time. Dress in your tea time best and bring your favorite teddy bear or stuffed friend. Come enjoy tea, treats, stories, and a special craft. Ages 3-8. Cost: $18.00 per child with adult. Parents must accompany children. Visit herndon- va.gov to register or for more information.

George Washington Birthday Parade
February 17, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Old Town Alexandria,
Fairfax and Royal Street,Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Everyone is welcome to celebrate the birth of the father of our country. Watch the nation’s largest George Washington Parade wind its way through a one mile route along the historic streets of Old Town on Presidents Day. More programs are scheduled throughout the weekend commemorating George Washington. Visit washingtonbirthday.com for more information.

Hot Peas N’ Butter
March 1, 2020
1:00 pm
George Mason University
Center for the Arts Concert Hall,
4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
This Parent Choice Award-winning, family music ensemble blends together traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, bluegrass, country, and rock to create a variety of songs for any taste. Singing in English, Spanish, French, Korean and Hebrew, they aim to show multi-cultural interconnectedness. Hot Peas ‘n Butter will have you and your whole family on their feet dancing with their infectiously fun global music celebration. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Cost: $15 adults; $10 children. Visit cfa.gmu.edu for tickets or more information.

Spring Bling Fine Arts and Craft Show
March 7, 2020
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ida Lee Park Recreation Center,
60 Ida Lee Drive, N.W., Leesburg, Virginia 20176
The Spring Bling features the most current trends in fashion accessories and the latest designs in jewelry, handbags, scarves, and much more. Browse for the finest in home décor, candles, personal care items, fine art, woodcrafts, and other one-of-a-kind gifts. Visit leesburgva.gov for more information.

Father – Daughter Enchanted Evening Dance
March 13, 2020
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
McLean Community Center,
1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Virginia 22101
Spend a magical evening at the McLean Community Center’s Father- Daughter dance. This program is open to children and parents of all ages. Take a walk down the red carpet and then dance and play games. Make sure you bring your camera for red carpet pictures. Light refreshments will be provided. Cost: $25.00. Visit mcleancenter.org to register or for more information.

The Washington D.C. 49th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade
March 15, 2020
12:00 pm – 2:00 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, D.C., since 1971, and has grown from what was little more than a leisurely stroll by a few hundred participants to a mile long celebration of Irish culture. 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.

The Ballyshaners St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 7, 2020
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Old Town Alexandria,
Alexandria, Virginia 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. Featuring pipe bands, Irish dance schools, community groups, and a host of other musicians and performers. It is a fantastic day to spend with family or friends. Visit ballyshaners.org for more information.

Trolls LIVE!
March 14, 2020
10:00 am
EagleBank Arena,
4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Get ready for another hair-raising adventure when Poppy, Branch and their friends come to life on-stage in Trolls LIVE! The journey begins when the Trolls’ Hug Time is unexpectedly put at risk. Knowing that the only way to save it is by doing what the Trolls do best, Poppy hosts a toe-tapping, Trolls-tastic show, jam-packed with all the epic music, glitter, humor and happiness only the Trolls can create. This is one Trolls party you won’t want to miss! Visit eaglebankarena.com for tickets or more information.

Britepaths Family Fun Movie Night
March 20, 2020
7:00 pm
Enjoy the free family-friendly movie Abominable on the big screen at Sherwood Community Center. Three teenagers must help a Yeti return to his family while avoiding a wealthy man and a zoologist who want it for their own needs. Bring food donations for drop off to support Britepaths, a volunteer organization that supports those in need in the Fairfax area. Visit fairfaxva.gov for more information.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
March 27-29, 2020
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Dulles Expo Center,
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Virginia 20151
The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Chantilly features more than two hundred of the nation’s most accomplished fine artists and craft designers offering decorative pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, wood, metal, furniture, home accessories, photography, and fine art. The festival also includes delicious gourmet foods, music, interactive children’s entertainment, and live demonstrations by talented artists. Cost: $10.00. Visit dullesexpo.com for tickets or more information.

Kids Trout Fishing Derby
March 28, 2020
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Herndon Police Station,
397 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, Virginia 20170
Start an annual family tradition, learn about fishing, and experience a relaxing and successful day catching fish. Limited fishing poles and bait are available for use. Trout Unlimited will help clean and store your catch. Volunteers will be on hand to teach you how to bait, cast, hook, and cook your freshly caught dinner. Please wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet or muddy, no sandals. Event meets behind the Herndon Police Station. Adults must have a valid Virginia State Fishing License to fish. Children age 2-15. Cost: $12.00. Visit herndon-va.gov to register or more information.

Dorothy Meets Alice or The Wizard of Wonderland
March 28-29, 2020
2:00 pm
McLean Community Center,
1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, Virginia 22101
Two of literature’s most famous young ladies meet at last when a young man puts off his book report until the last minute. Suddenly in a strange place, somewhere between Oz and Wonderland, familiar characters like the Cowardly Lion, the Mad Hatter, the Scarecrow, and the White Rabbit need his help to unscramble their stories and avoid the Wicked Witch and the Red Queen. This hilarious, adventurous romp is filled with laughter and surprises at every turn. Cost: $15.00. Visit mcleancenter.org for tickets or for more information.