Weekend Planner: George Washington’s Birthday and Much More

Friday, Feb. 17 through Monday, Feb. 20

What will you do this Presidents’ Day weekend?  Let Patch help you make the most of it with our list of the top events happening locally this Friday through Monday.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

  • Where: GMU Center for the Arts, Fairfax
  • When: Friday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.
  • Why Go: A variety of cultures and styles are represented on stage by this modern dance company.   A pre-performance discussion begins at 7:15 p.m.
  • Price:  Tickets range from $21 - $42

Pressed-Leaf Butterfly Workshop

  • Where: Green Spring Gardens, Annandale
  • When: Saturday, Feb. 18 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Why Go: Learn to make “butterflies” out of pressed leaves, then mat and frame your creation to take it home.
  • Price:  $25 - $27 per person; registration required

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary “Thinking Day” Celebration

  • Where: Springfield Mall, Springfield
  • When: Saturday, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Why Go: Girl Scouts past and present along with their families are invited to attend this anniversary event.   Scouts will present what they have learned about countries around the world with display tables, a fashion show, and more.  Former Girl Scouts are invited to share their experiences for a video history project.
  • Price:  FREE

Date Night: Chef’s Table

  • Where: Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton
  • When: Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.
  • Why Go: You and your date will learn simple yet professional cooking techniques while preparing a romantic meal together.  
  • Price: $30 per person; reservations required

Nature Walks:

  • The Marsh in Winter  Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Alexandria; Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.  FREE  
  • Wonderful Wetland Waterfowl  Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria; Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.  $6-$8 per person.  Reservations required. 
  • Wild for Winter Waterfowl  Mason Neck State Park, Lorton; Sunday, Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m.  $4 per vehicle parking fee. 

Model Train Display

  • Where: Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, Fairfax Station
  • When: Sunday, Feb. 19 from 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Why Go: Bring the family for an afternoon of watching and learning about N Gauge model trains, presented by the Northern Virginia NTRAK group.
  • Price:  Adults $3; children $1

Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic

  • Where: Bishop Ireton High School, Alexandria
  • When: Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m.
  • Why Go: Featuring compositions by Bob Mintzer, Cesar Franck, Haskell Small, and Jonathan Blumhofer.  Arrive at 2:15 p.m. for a pre-concert lecture.
  • Price:  Adults $20; children are FREE

Soweto Gospel Choir

  • Where: GMU Center for the Arts, Fairfax
  • When: Sunday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m.
  • Why Go: Enjoy an afternoon with this Grammy Award winning gospel choir from South Africa.  A pre-performance discussion begins at 3:15 p.m.
  • Price: Tickets range from $22 - $44

Virginia Chamber Orchestra presents “Baroque to Jazz”

  • Where: Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale
  • When: Sunday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m.
  • Why Go: Featuring a variety of selections ranging from Tchaikovsky to Duke Ellington.
  • Price:  Adults $20; senior citizens $18; students FREE

Presidents’ Day Weekend Local Highlights:

  • George Washington Classic 10K and 2K Fun Run  Starts and finishes at the Madison Building on Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria; Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 a.m.  $40 per runner for 10K; $10 per runner for 2K or family fee of $20
  • Birthnight Banquet and Ball  Gadsby’s Tavern and Museum, Alexandria; Saturday, Feb. 18 from 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.  Tickets range from $50 - $200 per person.  Reservations required. 
  • Revolutionary War Re-Enactment and Skirmish  Fort Ward Park, Alexandria; Sunday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  FREE  
  • Annual George Washington Parade Day Breakfast  Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, Alexandria; Monday, Feb. 20 at 9 a.m.  Tickets are $30. 
  • George Washington Birthday Parade  Begins at the corner of South Fairfax and Gibbon streets, Alexandria; Monday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m.  FREE  

Presidents’ Day Weekend at Mount Vernon:

FREE Admission to Mount Vernon on Monday, Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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