Goodbye January, and hello February! We’re officially into the second month of the year, and with it comes a new wave of must-see attractions and events in Fairfax County. Between Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, the Olympics AND the Super Bowl, plus more, there’s plenty of excitement in the area. The temperature may be dropping, but your level of fun doesn’t have to!
Here is our February round-up of things to do:
Celebrate the Year of the Tiger starting on the first day this month during Chinese New Year (commonly referred to as the Lunar New Year) at Tysons Corner Center, with an event hosted by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce on February 5 from 1pm-3pm! This year, they'll be featuring the following entertainment at their Lunar New Year Celebration:
- Lion Dance by Choy Wun Dance Group
- Ethnic Chinese Dances by the Red Royals
- Chinese Instrumental Performance by Gu-Zheng, Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble
- Chinese Fusion Jazz and ‘CPOP’ Dances by WJ Dance
- Korean Dance by JUB Cultural Center
February marks the annual tradition of recognizing the achievements, sacrifices, and significant contributions of African American men and women in America. Since 1976, every United States president has formally recognized February as Black History Month. Here are some places that should be on your list to delve into the wealth of knowledge and culture that is ingrained in the foundation of this region. Additionally, be sure to check out these exclusive stories about Black History sites in Fairfax County:
- Gum Springs, the oldest African American community in Fairfax County, was established in 1833 and continues to thrive today.
- Laurel Grove School, created to educate the first generation of Black children born to freedom.
- Tinner Hill, where the first rural branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was initiated in the United States.
- Sully Historic Site, which is a member of the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, interprets the lives of enslaved Black people at the former plantation through an experience they're calling The Forgotten Road Tour.
Stay tuned for more exclusive looks into the African American experience in Virginia on our blog.
Photo courtesy Fabiola Zeballos
It’s no secret that February brings a celebration of love and romance. Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with a significant other, family, or friends, there are a variety of ways to celebrate love this month. From a Sweetheart Show and Dance to learning how to decorate your own cake, check out our constantly updated list of V-Day events that are sure to make that special someone swoon. You can also browse special Valentine's packages, like this stay + 4-course dinner, complete with bubbly and rose petals! Or, plan the ultimate date night at home for a more intimate experience. Need gift ideas? Check out some of these Winter Must-Haves from area makers that may just make the perfect surprise for your special someone.
Hot tip: If you love spotting the best photo ops, you’ll want to snap a pic with our bedazzled LOVEwork sign at the Workhouse Arts Center (or find others in NoVa on this 2-day itinerary following the LOVE! You can even make it into a challenge by hitting all of Fairfax County's most Instagrammable spots! For more unusual photo ops, check out these rather interesting Selfie Spots.
Did you hear the scoop? It seems like there’s a dedicated day for everything nowadays, and National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is no exception! Surprise the family with an unconventional breakfast on Saturday the 5th, and head to one of Fairfax County’s many delicious ice cream shops.
The Big Game kicks off on February 13, pitting two champion football teams against one another to win the world title. Whether you’re watching for the game or for the hilarious commercials, one thing’s for certain: cold beer, chicken wings, and a good view of the TV are an absolute MUST. Check out Fairfax County’s award-winning restaurants for amazing food to make your game day experience both fun and tasty! For locally-made craft beer to match, we have a dozen craft breweries to pick-up from.
Bonus Event: XXIV Olympic Winter Games
Also kicking off this month are the 2022 Winter Olympics, taking place in Beijing. Cheer on Fairfax County's very own Maame Biney, a Reston native and 21-year-old short-track speed skater!
Wine down and stay awhile on National Drink Wine Day, celebrated annually on February 18! Fairfax County is home to two historic and beautiful vineyards - Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, VA and The Winery at Bull Run in Centreville, VA, plus a cool urban winery on Richmond Highway - Woodlawn Press Winery. Considered by many to be the "Gateway to Virginia Wine Country," these wineries are the closest to Washington, DC and are home to a selection of some wonderful, award-winning Virginia wines.
Image courtesy @virginiaflair / Virginia Tourism Corporation
Did you know that George Washington was a former resident of Fairfax County? The Capital Region holds a rich history regarding our country’s leaders. Make the most of the long weekend by learning something new about the foundation of our country. Here are some suggestions for ways to dive into these leaders' legacies.
Hot Tip: George Washington's Birthday is also the day after President's Day! In celebration, George Washington's Mount Vernon is offering free admission on both February 21 and 22 (must reserve tickets in advance). For more George Washington fun, here are 12+ ways to walk in his footsteps in the Washington, DC area.
Visit a One-of-a-Kind Circus Experience
Photo Courtesy Omnium Circus
Omnium: A Bold New Circus is a unique, visionary not-for-profit, breaking new ground as the world’s first fully inclusive circus company. Comprised of a multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-abled world-class artistic and management team, their mission is to unite diverse communities through shared joy, laughter, and inspiration. The circus brings their "I'MPOSSIBLE" show to Capital One Hall for one special public performance on Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 pm.
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