Oh Glorious October!

By Theresa Coates Ellis — When the leaves begin to turn brilliant colors and the air becomes crisp, we know that it’s time for fun in the Fall!

So grab your pumpkins, rakes, hot drinks, scarves, friends and family because here are some top Manassas October events!

Prince William Half Marathon

The race start is staged at Jiffy Lube Live – the premier live entertainment venue in Prince William County – and travels on the paved roads of the Manassas National Battlefield. Enjoy free parking close to the race start, a beautiful paved course, Finish Line Festival with live music and food, great race swag and more!

Price: $70 – $105
Register early for the best price!

First Friday

October 6, 2017


Historic Downtown Manassas

Cost: FREE

Enjoy the variety of shops and restaurants in Historic Downtown Manassas on Friday, October 6 for First Friday! Check back for specials and activities.

Streets will be closed to traffic this month.

35h Annual Manassas Fall Jubilee

October 7th, 2017


Historic Downtown Manassas

Cost: FREE

Come out to Historic Downtown Manassas and enjoy some family fun at the 35th Annual Fall Jubilee!

The Annual Fall Jubilee, in Historic Downtown Manassas will be held on October 7, 2017 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. This year’s Jubilee will include an assortment of fun for both kids and adults with over 100 crafters and community booths, live music and entertainment, and more! The Fall Jubilee is free to the public. Bring your family out for a day of fun – play games, shop at unique crafter booths, pick out your pumpkins for fall, and so much more!

Don’t forget to stop by the museum lawn for more fun! There will be a Beer & Wine Garden to take a break and sample delicious drinks!

Pumpkin Pie Contests:

Show off your skills in eating and/or baking! We will be having pumpkin pie contests back again this year. Show off your favorite pumpkin pie recipe or show off just how fast you can eat a pumpkin pie! Sign up today!

Pumpkin Pie Baking Contest 2017

To apply as a vendor or sponsor click Fall Jubilee Application 2017
Attraction vendors, click here for application.

The rain date, in the case of severe weather is October 14th.

3rd Annual Fall Fest BadWolf Brewing Company

October 8th, 2017


BadWolf Brewing Company

8420 Kao Circle

Cost: $20

Join Bad Wolf for our Annual Fall Festival @ Kao Circle. 10+ breweries, 4 food trucks, 10+ vendors, 2 bands, fire spinner and more!!

Tickets through Eventbrite. Online advance tickets: $15

Day-of tickets at the door: $20

Rain or shine

2 pm – 8 pm (last call 7:30 pm)

Cafe Pottery Bad Wolf Brewery


Bad Wolf Brewery is hosting a once a month Pottery Painting event at their main brewery off of Liberia Ave. in Manassas. The two-hour event is 21 and over, will happen every Third Thursday, and feature a new type of hand-made pottery each month. This month is Bowls, the perfect size for daily use during breakfast, lunch, or dinner. There will be two short breaks during the event, and we highly recommend showing up on time. Also, take a look at Cafe Pottery’s Pinterest page to get some great ideas in advance.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

October 20th, 2017


Hylton Performing Arts Center

10960 George Mason Circle

Cost: $35-$65

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Manassas Ballet Theatre and the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra will send a chill up your spine just in time for Halloween with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, featuring all-original choreography and an international cast of dancers. Staying true to the original tale starring Ichabod Crane, the pursuit of Katrina’s heart and fortune unleashes a haunting legend that plays across the stage to a tragic end.

OCT 20, 2017, 7:30PM
OCT 21, 2017, 7:30PM
OCT 22, 2017, 3:00PM
$65, 55, 45, 35

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

October 21, 2017


Harris Pavilion

9201 Center Street

Cost: Registration is FREE/Donations are welcome

Join us for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s! It is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. We will walk on Saturday, October 21 at the Harris Pavilion.

Night Witches – A New Play about the First Female Combat Pilots

October 7th, 2017 – October 8th, 2017


Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA

“Night Witches” is the second installment of the ongoing development of a new play about the first female combat pilots.

In the fall of 1941 after the Nazi Invasion of the Soviet Union, Marina Raskova, a Russian Amelia Earhart, formed three female aviation regiments to fight back. Of the three, the 588th Night Bomber Regiment was the only unit to remain exclusively female throughout the war. Made up of 112 girls ages 17-26, they flew for 3 ½ years using repurposed crop dusting planes to drop bombs on Nazi forces below. Inspired from Anne Noggle’s book, “A Dance with Death”, “Night Witches” weaves together a story of sisterhood, courage, and endurance, amidst a world war.

Tickets begin at $25.00.

Conceived by and features performances by:
Madeline Barr, Elizabeth Chahin, Josephine Cooper, Alida Rose Delaney, Alexis Ingram, Elena Kritter, and Maggie Ronck

Directed by: Kathleen Anne Hefferon

Night Witches is produced by Ground Rush Productions LLC.

(Not recommended for children under 12. Content includes sounds of war, verbal descriptions of battle, and stylized scenes of death)

Event Link: http://hyltoncenter.org/calendar/1078/

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: Bria Skonberg

Oct 7, 2017
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA

Named as a Millennial “Shaking Up the Jazz World” by Vanity Fair, Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg joins Mason’s own Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in a swinging evening of fresh beats and brassy standards. Musical Director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll leads this distinguished ensemble comprising some of the metro area’s finest jazz musicians in a concert featuring the versatile Skonberg. Her soulful, sultry voice and extensive trumpet dexterity fuses modern pop with jazz, creating unique allure. In 2016, she released a debut LP of original compositions titled BRIA showcasing her broad range from the bluesy instrumental “Down the Deep” to the Brazilian-flavored “How Can It Be.” The Wall Street Journal called Skonberg one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation,” and she was recognized in 2016 as one of DownBeat magazine’s “25 for the Future.”

Event Link: http://hyltoncenter.org/calendar/980/

Tango Buenos Aires: The Spirit of Argentina

Oct 13, 2017
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hylton Performing Arts Center
10900 University Boulevard, MS 5D2
Manassas, VA

One of Argentina’s greatest cultural exports, Tango Buenos Aires is considered the most authentic tango ensemble performing today. Take a journey to this South American country as dancers dazzle audiences with sensual moves and playful dramatics, while the musicians entice with melodies of romance and nostalgia. This program traces the evolution of tango through the musical compositions of Carlos Gardel, a central figure in the history of tango, and his collaborations with composer Astor Piazzolla. The Spirit of Argentina showcases the breadth of styles and range of emotions that have made tango the cultural phenomenon that it is. “Crafted swirling, fast-paced tapestries of movement, laced with proud postures and sensual couplings.” (The Washington Post)

Event Link: http://hyltoncenter.org/calendar/981/

PWLT presents The Diary of Anne Frank

Oct 20, 2017 – Oct 21, 2017
8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA

Prince William Little Theatre presents “The Diary of Anne Frank”

A Play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Based upon “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl”
Newly Adapted by Wendy Kesselman

Rights made available by Dramatists Play Service.

The harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, and tells her story through the thing she holds most dear to her; her diary.

Performances are in the Gregory Family Theater at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, located on the George Mason University campus at 10960 George Mason Circle in Manassas, VA on the following dates and times:

October 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm
October 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm
October 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm
October 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm
October 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm
October 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm

“The Diary of Anne Frank” is directed by Scott J. Strasbaugh, and produced by Chrissy and Nick Mastrangelo; Stage Managed by April Bridgeman with Lighting Design by Kurt Gustafson, Sound Design by Michelle Matthews and Set Design by Dan Widerski.

This dramatic masterpiece features Lucia LaNave (Anne Frank), Jim Constable (Otto Frank), Elise Ariel (Edith Frank), Brigid Randolph (Margot Frank), Ricardo Padilla (Mr. Van Daan), Gayle Nichols-Grimes (Mrs. Van Daan), Craig Goeringer (Peter Van Daan), Alec Henneberger (Mr. Dussel), Krista Day Poole (Miep Gies), Joshua Vest (Mr. Kraler/First Man), Brian Purcell (Second Man) and Ari Halvorson (Third Man).

Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For additional ticket information, please visit http://www.PWLT.org


Providing quality local community theatre since 1984, the all-volunteer group, Prince William Little Theatre, is partly funded by grants from the Prince William County Parks Authority, the City of Manassas and private contributions. PWLT has won 14 NVTA One Act Festival awards and 4 Virginia Theatre Association awards since 1991, as well as 5 Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (WATCH) awards.


Event Link: www.PWLT.org

Empty Bowls: A Concert to SERVE Our Community

Oct 22, 2017
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Manassas Mall
8300 Sudley Rd.
Manassas, VA

Empty Bowls: A Concert to SERVE Our Community is a fresh take on our annual family friendly event, and its proceeds will provide tools and resources for families to build brighter futures in Greater Prince William. NVFS is partnering with Uptown Alley Manassas and Big Tow this year to provide a fun, community atmosphere.

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit NVFS’ SERVE Campus. Ticket purchase includes:

Soup, salad, bread and non-alcoholic beverage (other beverages available for purchase from Uptown Alley)
Live music by Big Tow, a local rock and blues band
A handmade, commemorative glazed bowl

Event Link: https://www.nvfs.org/events/empty-bowls/


October 31, 2017

Halloween! Carve the pumpkins, dress up and take the little ones to the holiday parties and trick or treat community festivities!

fall children

Please contact theresacoatesellis@gmail.com to submit your community events!