Come out on the First Friday of each month (excluding January) and enjoy all that Historic Downtown Manassas has to offer! First Friday events provide a fun way to interact with the community while experiencing Downtown Manassas. Participating First Friday locations agree to stay open until 9 pm and often provide a fun game, special discount, or activity that fits the shared theme for the month. From unique shops and a variety of dining options to live music at outdoor venues, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Join us on Friday, September 6th from 6 pm – 9 pm for First Friday Bedtime Read!
When? Friday, September 6th from 6pm-9pm
Where? The streets, shops and restaurants of Historic Downtown Manassas
What? A children’s reading event hosted in the businesses of Historic Downtown Manassas.
How does it work? Merchants and Restaurants will host a reader within their business to read various children’s book to event attendees from 6pm – 9pm. Children (and their families) will travel from business to business to hear the books being read. While the children sit and listen, the families will have a few moments to shop around!
What else will be going on? Representatives from Manassas Reads will be in attendance and accepting book donations for future events!
Participating Downtown Merchants & Restaurants!
Enjoy stories throughout the evening at the following locations:
Prospero’s Books – Original works read by local author Zach Tamer
Old Towne Veterinary Clinic
Travel Place Potomac
The Things I Love
Knock on Wood
Totally Vintage Design – Back to school special!
McCall Studio Gallery/DMVisual LLC – LIVE music, Free kids snacks, and adult wine/cheeses!
Crossroads Tabletop Tavern – Word Games and Games involving literature and literacy will be featured and taught, all weekend!
Popcorn Monkey – Italian Ice for sale – $2 each!
Weinegar’s Sweets & Treats – Decorate your own book cookies for just $2.50 a cookie!
CenterFuse will feature multiple readers throughout the entire evening! Check out the schedule below!
Jackie Maldonado- 6:30 (Reading in Spanish)
Madelyn Vazquez- 6:30 (Reading in Spanish)
Katherine Gotthardt- 6:45 (Reading Original Work)
Jolene Berry- 6:45
Cary Carrington- 7 (Reading Original Work)
Charlene Finnegan- 7:15
Sarah Poole- 7:15
Ian Lovejoy- 7:30
Lillian Warkentin- 7:30 (Reading by Professional Voice-over Artist)
Diane Mucci- 7:45
Lawanda Council- 7:45 (Reading Original Work by local author Kerry Molina)
Ben Benita- 8:00
Michael Otaigbe- 8:00
Chris Peden- 8:15
Special features for the evening!
Creative Brush Studio – Opening reception for the “Best of the Region” Art Exhibit.
On exhibit will be over 50 pieces of art by artists withing a 35 miles radius of Manassas.
Morais Vineyards & Winery / Aroma Wine Tasting – Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader Trivia!