Weekend Planner: Black History Month, Chinese New Year, Chocolate and Wine

Local events Friday, Feb. 8 through Sunday, Feb. 10.

Have no weekend plans? Here's a glance at some of the local activities in Northern Virginia this weekend.

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Animal Sweethearts Dance

  • Where: 511 Greeley Blvd, Springfield
  • When: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2-4 p.m.
  • Why Go: Bring your eight-year-old to learn about “The Kingfisher's Speech” and enjoy crafts, games, refreshments, and more at the social event of Hidden Pond's winter season.
  • Price: $8 per person

Black History Month at Mount Vernon

  • Where: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon
  • When: Recurring daily until Feb. 28.
  • Why Go: Celebrate Black History Month by learning more about the lives of the slaves who built and operated the plantation home of George and Martha Washington.
  • Price: Events included in regular estate admission. Adults, $17, $8 for children ages 6-11. Children 5 and under are admitted free.


Celebrate the Year of the Snake

  • Where: Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale
  • When: Sunday, Feb. 10 from 2-3 p.m.
  • Why Go: Ever wondered which animal was associated with your birth year? Find out and learn more about the Year of the Snake and the Chinese New Year.
  • Price: $7 per person

 Chocolate & Wine Pairing and Tasting

  • Where: Paradise Springs Winery, 13219 Yates Ford Rd, Clifton
  • When: Friday, Feb. 8 through Sunday, Feb. 17 during normal business hours (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m.)
  • Why Go: Enjoy samples of chocolate with selections of wine to kick off the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday.
  • Price: $25 per person

Dinner and a Movie: Carmen Jones

  • Where: Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton
  • When: Friday, Feb. 8
  • Why Go: Watch the 1954 film, directed by Otto Preminger and starring Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey, Olga James and Joe Adams, on the big screen.
  • Price: $45, includes film, dinner and soft drinks

Kingstowne Library Friends Used Book Sale

  • Where: Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Why Go: All money raised during the sale supports the library.
  • Price: Free to attend. Books and DVDs will vary by cost.


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