There is nothing like live music.
The energy of actually being there and feeling the sound waves as they are produced is magical.
It’s a uniting experience, a transformational experience, and an experience that’s just a lot of fun.
And Manassas is a haven for live music.
Here are 6 of our favorite live music venues in Manassas, VA—and they’re all right around the corner from Arcadia Run!
1. Philadelphia Tavern
Philadelphia Tavern has been a mainstay in Manassas for 30 years. Featuring upscale pub dining with a Philly flair, Philadelphia Tavern has the feel of an authentic Philly tavern (probably because the original owners brought the recipes and traditions of a 100-year-old bar from Philadelphia). Enjoy brews from local distilleries and breweries as you snack on elevated pub fare, including the best Philly cheesesteak in town (if they don’t say so themselves). And all this deliciousness pairs perfectly with Philadelphia Tavern’s live music.
Monza is a noteworthy casual bar and restaurant in Old Town Manassas. As you tap your toes to live music (most weekends), you’ll be enjoying some delicious food and drink. With home-made pasta, subs, burgers, salads, and sandwiches, there’s something for everyone. Especially if you love authentic, brick oven pizza (it’s one of their specialties). Plus, sip from a drink list that’s one of the (if not the) largest in town—including made-to-order sangria.
Okra’s is a flavor not to be missed, serving Cajun and Creole dishes to Manassas residents for over 22 years. Where else can you snack on alligator bites, sink your teeth into voodoo chicken, and chow down on some of the best gumbo you’ll ever taste? And where can you do this while enjoying live music? Only at Okra’s, of course. Okra’s also offers a straight-from-the-chef delivery service to make sure you can enjoy their mouth-watering food in the comfort of your own home.
4. Battle Street Live Concert Series
The Battle Street Live Concert Series is a joyous celebration of coming together. When Public House Kitchen & Brewery first opened, they were envious of the live music offered at Okra’s and Monza. So, they decided to team up together and create The Battle Street Live Concert Series. Running from the first weekend in May through the first weekend in October, you can enjoy alfresco dining and live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night. These concerts are a great way to really unwind on the weekends.
5. Farm Brew LIVE
Farm Brew LIVE calls themselves “a destination brewery campus.” 8 acres of beautiful Virginia countryside (on the site of the historic Thomasson Barn) full of food and craft brew venues accompanied by live music. Right now, Farm Brew LIVE features 2 Silos Brewing, Co. and tasting room, The Pit BBQ and beer garden, La Gringa Food Truck, and The YARD outdoor live music venue. But Farm Brew LIVE is also growing, meaning there will be more food and fun coming soon. It’s no wonder Farm Brew Live was the winner of Virginia Restaurant Lodging Travel Association’s 2018 Travel Attraction of the Year—and still going strong!
6. Harris Pavilion
Not only does the Harris Pavilion host a weekly farmer’s market, but it’s also home to an annual free summer concert series right in the heart of Old Town Manassas. Take some time off from shopping in Old Town and hear both visiting artists and local bands perform almost every genre of music imaginable: country, jazz, rock, R&B, and everything in between.
While some of the live music performances at these venues have been impacted by the pandemic, more and more are returning. If it isn’t clear on their website (or you just want to double check), contact the establishment to see the current state of their music—and then let the good times and tunes roll at these amazing Manassas VA live music venues!