Thursday, February 11, 2016

Calling train enthusiasts - check out the Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival

Manassas Train Depot
Every year Manassas pays tribute to its rich railroad history with its Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival, usually in early June. As customary, it takes place in the Historic Downtown Manassas district. As a part of its annual tradition, train memorabilia, model trains, live entertainment, train rides and more are part of the festival's fun. The models are created by several local train groups and are usually on display under the Harris Pavilion. Visitors can enjoy Country and Blue Grass music as they view the trains.

The event reached its 23rd year in 2017. The event is free, except special attractions such as the train rides.

There will are excursions from the Manassas Train Station to Clifton and back. Check the official site for ticket sales and excursion times. In previous years tickets have gone on sale in the first week of May and were around $5.

The railway festival typically kicks off a series of events that will occur throughout the summer. One of my favorites is the annual Fourth of July celebration. Celebrate America will take place on July 4 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (kiddie rides open at 3 p.m.). There are tractor rides and live entertainment, fun for all ages.

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