Patios, Parks, and More: Outdoor Places to Enjoy in Manassas this Spring

Spring is here in Northern Virginia and we couldn’t be more excited! While we have fun outdoor spaces right here at Arcadia Run, our location in Manassas, Virginia positions our community just minutes from some amazing outdoor spaces for entertainment and fun. Check out some of our favorite outdoor activities and places to visit this spring right here in Manassas, VA!

Old Town Manassas

Take a day to stroll the streets and pop into cute boutiques when discovering Old Town Manassas! The Visitor’s Center will have any information you may need and is great starting point for your day. Walk around the historic streets and check out the local museums, galleries, and turn of the century architecture at every corner.

Farmer’s Market

Once April comes around, head on over to one of Northern Virginia’s longest running farmer’s markets! Pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, or browse different crafts and home goods. Check out their website for a full list of locations and times.

Ben Lomond Manor House

If you want to take in some history while exploring beautifully manicured grounds, head over to the Ben Lomond House! Built in the 1830’s and used as a hospital after the Battle of Manassas in 1861, Ben Lomond is a treasure trove of rich history and information about the Civil War in Manassas. Spend a perfect spring day walking the grounds and be sure to see their beautiful Old Rose Garden, home to one of the largest collections of Old Garden Roses in the DC Metro area.

Manassas National Battlefield

Listed as the #1 ‘Thing to Do” in Manassas on Trip Advisor, these battlefields were the site of some of the most important battles during the Civil War. Take a walk through time while traipsing across the open battlefields of Manassas, which offer over 40 miles of hiking trails. Stop in the Henry Hill Visitor Center for maps, information, and souvenirs!

Okra’s Louisiana Bistro

After working up an appetite from all your outdoor activities, head on over to Okra’s in Old Town! Serving up authentic creole cuisine straight from the bayous of Louisiana, you wont want to miss out on their crawfish etouffe or alligator bites. Spend a warm spring Saturday evening at one of their outdoor tables listening to some great live local music. Check out their website for a full list of events.

CJ Finz Raw Bar

Nothing says warm weather and springtime like fresh seafood! Located right in Old Town, CJ Finz is the go-to place for seafood and local coastal fare. Sip a local draft beer while catching a baseball game, or soak up some rays on their second level deck area, the only one in Manassas! Bring the family or some friends for a fun afternoon and evening at Finz.

Jiffy Lube Live

There’s nothing better than a warm evening surrounded by friends and listening to live music! One of Virginia’s premier music venues, Jiffy Lube Live is located just minutes from Arcadia Run. Check their list of concerts and events for the spring and summer months, and get your groove on!

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Sources: https://www.virginia.org,

Around the Neighborhood: Jiffy Lube Live


Right around the corner from Arcadia Run, is our favorite entertainment venue Jiffy Lube Live! Check out the infographic for some fun facts about the venue and all of the upcoming shows happening this summer!


Dixie Power Trio Comes To Town

Break out the picnic basket, strap on your boots and get ready to listen to some New Orleans rock n’ roll. The Dixie Power Trio is performing Saturday, August 17, at the Center for the Arts. Each Saturday during summer, the Center for the Arts partners with Micron Technology Foundation, the City of Manassas and the Harris Pavilion to offer free concerts to the public. A variety of popular folk, rock, country and more play each Saturday evening, giving the community an opportunity to connect over great music, food and fun.

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This Saturday The Dixie Power Trio is bringing their Louisiana style beats to Harris Pavilion. Inspired from New Orleans, the “trio” is actually made of four men: jazz musician Zack Smith, tubist Andy Kochenour, guitarist Chuck Underwood, and drummer Byron McWilliams. The trio has been playing clubs, concerts and schools for over two decades. Borrowing tunes from Led Zeppelin, the Ramones and Chuck Berry, the group has a knack for mixing rock n’ roll with a spice of Cajun.
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The Washington Post describes the trio as, “a class menagerie of tunes…from Lou Reed to Louis Armstrong, The Beatles to Led Zeppelin, Dr. John to The Neville Brothers. They call it Dixieland music for the 21st century, but it’s worth hearing now!”.

For information about the artists, click the link below:

What: Summer Concert Series

When: Saturday, August 17

Where: Harris Pavilion, 9116 Center Street, Manassas

Time: 6:30pm

Rain or shine!

Directions from Arcadia Run:

1. Head southeast on Wellington Rd. toward Virginia Meadows Dr.
2. Turn right onto VA-234 S/Prince William Pkwy
3. Take the VA-28 N ramp to Manassas
4. Merge onto Nokesville Rd
5. Continue onto Center St. Harris Pavilion will be on the right.

For more information about the Summer Sounds Concert Series, visit

Find Balance in Manassas

Situated right between the hustle and bustle of Washington,DC and the pristine natural beauty of the Shenandoah Valley,  Manassas has a perfect balance of urban activity and rural charm.   The Historic Manassas National Battlefield Park is a reminder of the area’s rich history, and the shopping and residential growth right across the freeway demonstrates the region’s economic vigor.


Image: Fine Art America

Manassas has plenty of dining, shopping, and entertainment options to keep you busy, and DC is only a thirty minute train ride from the Manassas Amtrak Station or the Virginia Railway Express Station.  Dulles Airport, the region’s largest, is easily accessible and only 20 minutes from downtown Manassas.   Interstate 66 cuts right through town and will take you east into Washington DC in half an hour, or west to the Shenandoah Valley in an hour.


Image: Manassas City

SplashDown Waterpark and Atlantis Waterpark offer plenty of diversion during the warmer months, and great fishing spots can be found at Occoquan Reservoir, just a few miles south of Manassas, and Burke Lake Park, about 12 miles east of the city. Old Town Manassas has charming architecture, verdant parks, and a multitude of shopping and dining options.  The city has seen a recent flurry of economic activity, highlighted by the brand new Arcadia Run Apartments!

Arcadia Run is Open!

Just a half hour outside of Washington DC, the Arcadia Run Apartments are beginning to take root. Located a stone’s throw from the historic Manassas National Battlefield Park, and less than two miles from Lake Manassas, the Arcadia Run Apartments will be situated close to amazing shopping, dining, and entertainment , as well as natural and historical points of interest.

Arcadia Run Apartments

The property will have one and two bedroom apartments for rent, ranging from 789 to 1177 square feet. The brand new, luxury apartments will have designer features and finishes, and will be conveniently located near Interstate 66, and Virginia Railway Express stations.

Arcadia Run Apartments

With the Grand Opening slated for May 15th, the units are sure to fill up quickly. For more information you can visit the property at 8401 Rosebay Lane # 123 in Manassas, call them at (866) 979-1173, or check them out online. You can also stay in touch via Facebook and Twitter.