Happy February! Here’s a look at what’s happening this snowy weekend.
February is Black History Month and there are numerous exhibits and events at the Alexandria Black History Museum including a photography exhibit of the Underground Railroad, storytelling, and a documentary film. Visit the museum website for details.
Soup’s on in Historic Downtown Manassas this Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm. Participating restaurants will be serving 23 different soups at the 5th Annual Souper Bowl. $10 will get you unlimited soup samples! This is an outdoor event so dress warmly.
If you love chocolate you’re not going to want to miss the annual Chocolate Lovers Festival this weekend in the City of Fairfax. This festival begins at 6 pm Friday and runs through Sunday afternoon at various locations throughout the City of Fairfax. There are a wide range of tastings, contests, activities, and more. Events are suitable for all ages. Some events require a fee but many are free. See the Event Schedule for details.
There’s a birthday celebration for Alexandria town founder Col. John Carlyle at Carlyle House this Saturday from 12 pm to 4 pm. Enjoy 18th-century dancing, live music, and more. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.
George Washington’s birthday celebration has already started in Old Town Alexandria starting with the annual Cherry Challenge where participating restaurants create a cherry cocktail, appetizer, entrée, and dessert. These cherry-inspired dishes will be available through February 10. If you want to build up a good appetite for the Cherry Challenge, a free 2 hour guided walking tour of places associated with George Washington is being offered this Sunday. The Walking with Washington Tour will begin at 2 pm at the Alexandria Visitor Center (Ramsay House) and will cover significant people and events in Washington’s life.
The New Beginnings art exhibit opens Friday February 1 and will run through February 24 at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery. This exhibit features artwork created with reused materials, either found objects, recycled materials, or older works of art. The opening reception is Friday February 1 from 7 pm to 9 pm. Gallery hours are: Thursdays 12-6pm, Fridays 12-9pm, Saturdays 12-9pm, and Sundays 12-6pm. The gallery is free, open to the public.