Beat the Winter Blues with These Fun Weekend Events in NOVA (Feb 9-11)

Beat the Winter Blues with These Fun Weekend Events in NOVA (Feb 9-11)
The cold, dark days of winter can start to wear on you. The holiday frenzy has died down, and with daylight hours still painfully short, it's easy to fall into a slump and hibernate indoors. But you don't have to let seasonal affective disorder get you down! There is still plenty of fun to be had in Northern Virginia through the remaining winter weekends. From themed festivals to nature walks and art shows, I've rounded up a calendar of events sure to lift your spirits and get you out enjoying all the area has to offer despite the chilly weather. Read on for inspiration to beat the winter blues and make the most of the season.
Magic Comedy Show w/ Charlie Ross

Friday, February 9 · 8 - 9pm EST
Fair Winds Brewing Company
7000 Newington Rd Suite K&L Lorton, VA 22079 United States
About the Event
Get ready for a night of mind-bending entertainment at the brewery with Charlie Ross! Charlie is a one-of-a-kind performer who seamlessly blends stand-up comedy with jaw-dropping magic tricks. His sleight of hand will leave you amazed and his irreverent sense of humor will have you laughing out loud. Magic is all about the impossible and Charlie takes you on a journey through a world of sex, drugs, and card tricks. Please note that the show is 21+ due to its content. Doors open at 7:30PM, and the show begins at 8PM, so grab your tickets today. Seating is limited, so don't miss out on an unforgettable night of Magic and Comedy with Charlie Ross.
6th Annual Prince William Native Plant Symposium 2024
Saturday, February 10 · 9:45am - 4pm EST
George Mason University George Mason Circle Manassas, VA 20109 United States
About the Event
Get ready to step up your landscaping game at the 6th Annual Prince William Native Plant Symposium 2024! This year's theme "Stop Mowing, Start Growing: Native Plants for Beginners and Beyond!" is perfect for those looking to explore the world of native plants and take their yard to the next level. With a plethora of benefits, including creating a beautiful landscape, saving time on maintenance, providing a habitat for wildlife, and improving water quality, there's no reason to wait any longer. Plus, with the option to attend in-person or virtually, joining the event is more convenient than ever. In-person tickets are just $40, while virtual tickets are a steal at $25. So, stop mowing and start growing with us at the Prince William Native Plant Symposium!
DCVFD Father-Daughter Dance 2024
Saturday, February 10 · 4 - 6:30pm EST
Desanto Community Hall
13511 Hillendale Drive Woodbridge, VA 22193 United States
About the Event
Want to show your daughter(s) a great time this Valentine's Day? Look no further than the DCVFD Father-Daughter Dance coming in 2024! This event is the perfect opportunity to dress up and have a special night with your little girl(s). What better way to celebrate the holiday of love than with those closest to you? Don't miss out on the delicious food, drinks, and souvenir portrait provided for all attendees. Pre-order your tickets now for a discounted price of $30 per couple, with additional tickets available for just $10. And if your plans change, don't worry - refunds are available up to 7 days prior to the event. Come join us for a night of memories that will last a lifetime!
Carnival - Matanca Do Porco
February 10 · 7pm - February 11 · 2am EST
9509 Lee Avenue West Manassas, VA 20110 United States
About the Event
The Matança do Porco festival is the perfect representation of the Portuguese people's love for good music, great food, and lively dancing. It is a unique carnival celebration that has been enjoyed for generations. Visitors to this festival will have the opportunity to experience the tradition of pig slaughtering, which is the backbone of this Portuguese celebration. This is a great opportunity to relish the authentic flavors of Portuguese cuisine while enjoying an array of lively music and dancing. The Matança do Porco festival is a time to connect with neighbors and friends, embrace the traditions of this unique culture, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Beginner Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Decorating Class
Saturday, February 10 · 10am - 12pm EST
Fran's Cake & Candy Supplies
10927 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22030 United States
About the Event
Learn how to decorate adorable sugar cookies for Valentine's Day in our Beginner Cookie Decorating Class. Join Pastry Chef Mayra Garcia from Celebrate Me! as she teaches you how to use royal icing to fill and outline your cookies. No experience required!
What you'll get:
Expert instruction from Chef Mayra Garcia
Hands-on, step-by-step guidance
8 pre-baked cookies to decorate
5% discount on supplies at Fran's Cake and Candy
Cookie and Royal Icing recipes sent via email
Meet Chef Mayra Garcia:
With a passion for cake and cookie decorating, Chef Mayra has competed on Food Network and been featured on local morning shows. Follow her on FB or IG to see her amazing work and upcoming classes. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from a pro!
Winemaker's Valentines Dinner
Starts on Saturday, February 10 · 6:30pm EST
Molon Lave Vineyards and Winery
10075 Lees Mill Road Warrenton, VA 20186 United States
About the Event
Looking for the perfect way to spend Valentine's Day with your special someone? Look no further than our Valentine's Dinner, featuring a four course meal prepared with love by Serendipity Catering. You'll be greeted with a delicious champagne starter before diving into culinary delights like tomato and mozzarella arancini, a local squash and mixed greens salad, and a parmesan crusted chicken stuffed with goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes. And don't forget the maple balsamic Brussels sprouts and creamy parmesan risotto on the side. Top it all off with a decadent black forest dessert shooter and hand-selected wines from Molon Lave Vineyards. This Valentine's Day evening promises to be an unforgettable experience for you and your loved one. So join us for an evening of fine wine, even finer food, and memories that will last a lifetime.
Valentine's Box of Chocolates Class
Sunday, February 11 · 2 - 4:30pm EST
Fran's Cake & Candy Supplies
10927 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22030 United States
About the Event
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your very own chocolate bon bons? Look no further! Our expert instructor, Stephanie H., is a professional cake decorator with years of experience in the field. She's ready to teach you how to make three different types of fillings: ganache, caramel, and fruit creams, using Merckens coating chocolates and a variety of molds. Not only will you get in-person, step-by-step instruction, but you'll also get to take home a box of 12 chocolates that you made yourself! Plus, if you register for this class, you'll get a 5% discount on any supplies or tools purchased at Fran's Cake and Candy on the day of the class. Don't miss out on this opportunity to take your chocolate-making skills to the next level!
Honey Bee Mine Sugar Cookie Decorating Class
Saturday, February 10 · 1 - 3pm EST
Fran's Cake & Candy Supplies
10927 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22030 United States
About the Event
Welcome to the exciting world of Valentine cookies! In this class, taught by the amazing Celebrity Pastry Chef Mayra Garcia of celebrateMe!, you'll discover how to create beautiful and delicious Valentine cookies that are sure to impress your family and friends. As a beginner-intermediate level class, some experience is necessary, but don't worry, Chef Mayra's expert guidance will have you decorating like a pro in no time. You'll learn how to use Royal Icing consistencies and even get to try your hand at using an airbrush machine! Each student will receive 6 pre-baked cookies ready to be creatively decorated, and take home detailed recipes and instructions to reference later. Plus, when you register, you'll receive a 5% discount on purchases of supplies and tools at Fran's Cake and Candy. This is an in-person, step-by-step instruction class, and Chef Mayra is eager to help you make some sweet magic!
Hands On Balloon Decorator Class
Saturday, February 10 · 10am - 6pm EST
Event Design and Decor Classes by We Do Weddings, Etc.2889 PS Business Center Dr.
About the Event
Are you ready to take your balloon decorating skills to the next level? Join us at Event Design and Decor Classes by We Do Weddings, Etc. for a hands-on balloon decorator class! This in-person event is perfect for beginners and those with some experience who want to learn various techniques and tricks to create stunning balloon decorations. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the process of making beautiful balloon arches, centerpieces, and more. You'll enjoy a comfortable and creative environment at our venue located at 2889 PS Business Center Dr. Plus, you'll connect with fellow balloon enthusiasts and have a day filled with fun and laughter. Don't wait! Reserve your spot now and get ready to unleash your creativity at our exciting Hands On Balloon Decorator Class!
Reiki and Restore Chakra Healing Retreat
Saturday, February 10 · 8:30 - 11am EST
5208 Mornington Ct Fairfax, VA 22032 United States
About the Event
Are you feeling stressed out and in need of some rejuvenation? Look no further than our Restorative Chakra Healing Yoga Class with Reiki in Fairfax! You'll be treated to an amazing experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized. This one-of-a-kind class combines the healing powers of restorative yoga and Reiki energy healing to help you balance your chakras, release tension, and restore your mind, body, and spirit. No matter your skill level, you'll find this session to be the perfect opportunity to take some time to yourself and find inner peace. Reserve your spot today to take advantage of this incredible event!
Irresistible Chocolates and Cabernet at Gray Ghost Vineyards!
Feb 10 at 11:00AM - 5:00PM, Feb 11 (1-3 pm)
Gray Ghost Vineyards 14706 Lee Highway Amissville 20106
About the Event
Looking for a perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day? Look no further than the original and premier Valentine event in Virginia! Indulge in a decadent plate of chocolate desserts while savoring the taste of Gray Ghost's gold medal winning red wines. Your ticket includes red and white wine tasting, a glass of wine of your choice, a limited edition collectible Valentine glass, and a generous plate of chocolate desserts. Enjoy all of this while being serenaded with live music. Please note that the winery will close early on Sunday, February 11, so be sure to get your advance tickets for just $35 (or $40 at the door) before it's too late!
Bird Walk in Mason Neck State Park
Saturday, February 10 · 8:30 - 11:30am EST
Mason Neck State Park
7301 High Point Road Lorton, VA 22079 United States
About the Event
Join us for a winter walk at Mason Neck State Park! Delight in the opportunity to spot Bald Eagles and waterfowl as you scan the water near the visitor center. Our seasoned guides will gladly share their spotting scopes with you to get a closer look. Next, we will venture down the Bay View Trail in search of some of the park's winter residents like the elusive sparrow and woodpecker. Not only will you be surrounded by stunning nature, but you'll also be guided by Larry Meade, a local birding expert and Ruth Lane, a certified Virginia Master Naturalist. Don't forget to bring your binoculars, if you have them! Registration is recommended but not required, and we will be documenting the birds we encounter in eBird for you to have a memento of your experience. Make sure to note that the State Park requires a fee ($10) or annual pass to enter. Meet us near the Visitor's Center.
Family Sweetheart Dance Party

Saturday, February 10 · 3 - 6pm EST
500 North Pendleton Street Middleburg, VA 20117 United States
About the Event
Get ready for a night of family fun at our Sweetheart Dance Party! This exciting event is the perfect opportunity for parents and kids to hit the dance floor together and create special memories. With our talented DJ spinning the latest hits, you'll be grooving all night long. And don't forget to strike a pose at our photobooth! We've got everything you need for a great time, including a kid-friendly menu with complimentary snacks, lemonade, iced tea, and water. Plus, our cash bar will be serving up specialty cocktails and mocktails for parents who want to unwind and enjoy the festivities. Tickets are just $75 for one parent and one child, and additional family members are welcome for just $35 per person. Best of all, kids aged 2 and under get in for free! We can't wait to see you there.
Woodland Treasures
Saturday, February 10 · 9am - 1pm EST
Oak Spring Garden Foundation | The Granary
8614 Mill Reef Road Upperville, VA 20184 United States
About the Event
Have you ever wondered about the many unusual and beautiful woodland plants that can grow in a USDA zone 6b garden? Well, wonder no more! Join John Lonsdale as he discusses a wide variety of genera such as Trillium, Galanthus, Cyclamen, and many more that are native to the eastern USA. These plants are well-suited for a range of habitats in the garden, from dry shade to vernally moist sunlit woodland edges. And, although often found in deep shade in the woods, many of these plants flourish and flower much better when given more sunny locations and plentiful moisture. John is a true expert in pushing the cultivation limits of these plants, and he’ll share his successful growth and propagation techniques, especially from seed. Don't miss out on this chance to learn about some of the most beautiful woodland plants around!
Make Your Own Tea Blend w/Savory Blends Tea Co.
Saturday, February 10 · 3 - 5pm EST
1121 King Street Alexandria, VA 22314 United States
About the Event
Come and join us for a delightful afternoon of tea blending! Bring along your friends and embrace your creativity as we guide you through the process of designing your own bespoke blend. During the workshop, you'll learn about different teas and herbs, how to match your ingredients, and how they can benefit your overall wellbeing. You're also welcome to join in on a fun tea game, compete for prizes, or experiment with a range of simple syrup flavors to add some extra flair to your cup. You'll leave with a special package containing your new tea blend, a thoughtful name, and a steeping guide to recreate it at home. As a bonus, you'll also receive a surprise blend from Savory Blend Tea Co., a teaspoon, and a tea infuser in a goody bag. Join us at our workshop and appreciate the art of making tea.
Valentine Baby Goat Bottle Feed & Farm Animal Interaction
Starts on Sunday, February 11 · 2pm EST
Little Goat Farm at the Lake
8954 Burwell Road Nokesville, VA 20181 United States
About the Event
Love is in the air at this upcoming event! What better way to kick off Valentine's week than with cuddles and bottle feeding of adorable baby goats and bunnies? Come and spend some time outdoors, enjoying an additional hour to interact with the farm animals. Don't miss the chance to meet the farm's furry stars, including Marshmallow the snowy white alpaca, Cupcake the mini Donkey and the gang of party goats. As a bonus, you can take a dip with the famous Donald Duck. And, if you're lucky, you may even find a fresh egg from the clucking chickens to take home. If you love organic produce and free giveaways, there will be plenty of those too! Keep in mind that a new addition to the family may be born anytime during your visit. But, don't worry, you can still observe from a respectful distance. Children four and under get free admission, so bring along the little ones for a day full of fun, snuggles, and surprises!
Valentine love dinner
Sunday, February 11 · 5 - 9pm EST
The Lodge at Willow Lake, Willowsford Lane, Aldie, Loudoun, VA, USA
41085 Willowsford Lane Aldie, VA 20105 United States
About the Event
If you're looking for the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved one, then look no further than The Lodge at Willow Lake in Aldie, Loudoun, VA, USA. Join us for a romantic evening and indulge in a delightful dinner surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Willowsford Lane. Our special Valentine love dinner menu has been crafted with love and features delectable dishes that will tantalize your taste buds. You'll be able to immerse yourself in the cozy ambiance and create lasting memories with your significant other. This in-person event is sure to be unforgettable, so don't miss out on the chance to celebrate your love in style. Come join us!
Truth & Transcendence
Sunday, February 11 · 3 - 5:15pm EST
23115 Learning Circle Ashburn, VA 20148 United States
About the Event
Nature, with all its mysteries, memories, and secrets, has long been a source of inspiration for composers seeking to capture its beauty and complexity in music. This sentiment is masterfully expressed in the upcoming concert by the London Symphony Orchestra. The evening begins with Lyric for Strings by George Walker, an award-winning composer whose work powerfully conveys the indomitable human spirit's search for truth and transcendence. Ralph Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending, a stunning piece featuring solo violin, captures the beauty and grace of the lark as it soars above the world. Meanwhile, Ottorino Resphigi's Pines of Rome eloquently paints a mesmerizing soundscape of pine trees that have witnessed and held secrets from times long past. The concert concludes with the premiere of Traveler in the Mist by Kim Allen Kluge and Kathryn Kluge, inspired by David Grann's book, Killers of the Flower Moon. Throughout the night, the orchestra will carry you away on a journey of symphonic sounds that evoke the very essence of nature, inviting you to contemplate and celebrate its majesty in all its glory.
Laughter Yoga & Drums (for Youth)
Sunday, February 11 · 10:30am - 12pm EST
520 Herndon Parkway Suite H Herndon, VA 20170 United States
About the Event
Laughter is an incredibly powerful tool, especially for the wellbeing and happiness of our youth. By combining laughter with yoga, we create a harmonious synergy that fosters both physical and mental health. At TASGM, our Laughter Yoga classes are designed to help young people discover the joy of laughter and enjoy all of the health benefits that come along with it. Not only is laughter contagious, but it is also a fantastic way to cultivate mental resilience and foster a positive outlook on life. So if you want to help your child thrive and experience all the joys that laughter has to offer, be sure to sign them up for one of our incredible Laughter Yoga classes today!
Sunday, February 11 · 5 - 7pm EST
Clare & Dons Beachbar
130 N Washington St Falls Church, VA 22046 United States
About the Event
Get ready for an exciting evening filled with non-stop entertainment as your favorite hostess, Evita Peroxide, brings you Drag Bingo in Falls Church, VA! Join her and a talented group of DMV artists and entertainers over at Clare and Dons for an unforgettable time. You can expect extravagant performances, multiple rounds of bingo games, and competitions that get the audience fully involved in the fun! Besides all of that, ticket holders get admission and five bingo games with cards/daubers. Bingo winners even get a chance to spin a wheel and win prizes, which may range from sponsored merchandise to vouchers for locally-owned small businesses. Remember, tickets must be purchased under one party name if attending as a group. So come on down, doors open at 5 PM and Bingo starts at 5:30 PM!
With an abundance of activities and events to choose from, there's no excuse to let the winter blues dampen your spirits in Northern Virginia. So don't let the gloomy weather keep you cooped up indoors – get out and explore all that NOVA has to offer! And while you're at it, why not challenge yourself to try something new or push past your limits? Sign up for a winter hiking excursion or join a group fitness class – you never know what amazing experiences await when you step outside of your comfort zone. So go ahead, grab your love ones, bundle up, and embrace all that this season has to offer. Don't let the winter blues win – make the most of your weekends with these exciting events in Northern Virginia. Trust me, you won't regret it!
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