Things To Do In Gainesville

50% Off Horseback-Riding Summer Camp

Battlefield Park Polo Club

Gainesville

$298 $149

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Campers aged 6–16 take daily riding lessons, play games, and participate in arts and crafts and water activities

Up to 55% Off Winery Tours and Gift Baskets

Mediterranean Cellars Winery

Marshall

$56 $29

Tour family owned and operated vineyard and cellars and take home a gift basket stocked with cheese, charcuterie, and a corkscrew

Up to 87% Off at Fit Body Boot Camp

Fit Body Boot Camp

FBBC Bristow

$123.50 $29

Trainers lead groups through cardio and strength-training exercises designed to boost caloric burn during and after workouts

Bad Company & Lynyrd Skynyrd – Up to 42% Off

Bad Company & Lynyrd Skynyrd

Jiffy Lube Live

$33 $19

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Southern-rock legends behind “Sweet Home Alabama” join British ’70s giants of “Feel Like Makin’ Love” fame for evening of classic-rock hits

52% Off Tandem Skydiving and T-shirt

DC Skydiving Center

DC Skydiving Center

$329 $159

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Tethered to an instructor, skydivers free-fall at up to 120 miles per hour before floating to earth and earning a souvenir T-shirt

Up to 82% Off Paintball at Multiple Locations

Paintball International

Multiple Locations

$100 $19

Equipped with rental paintball guns and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

75% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Northern Virginia Sin Moo Hapkido Institute

Gainesville

$125 $31

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Dark Horse Theatre – Up to 64% Off "Sunday's Child"

"Sunday's Child"

Theatre on the Green at Vint Hill

$42 $17

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Jennifer Jones's pitch-black world premiere looks at a family recovering from the mysterious disappearance of their son

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Augustine Golf Club's award-winning course was sculpted to reflect its natural beauty with its distinctive par 4s sculpted by course architect, Rick Jacobson. Although the greens at Augustine declined for a few years, recent renovations have restored the course to its former glory, once again luring golfers to its babbling streams and forest. Farther north, rivals Augustine's sister course, Raspberry Falls. Course architect Gary Player remarked that the Falls, once an 18th-century plantation, “was made for a golf course.” Inspired by this ideal setting, he dreamed up the links-style course at Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club, whose meandering brooks, stone walls, and stacked-sod bunkers evoke Scotland, while its vista of the Catoctin Mountains remind players they’re in Virginia.

These golf havens have more than picturesque views in common—they are two of six award-winning courses united by Raspberry Golf Management’s portfolio, which stretches from Virginia to Pennsylvania and skips over to Arizona. Gary Player’s design team for Raspberry Falls included Tim Freeland, who went on to design two of the firm’s other courses: Royal Manchester Golf Links, whose bentgrass fairways sidle up to the Susquehanna River, and Old Hickory Golf Club, a parkland-style course crisscrossed by Beaver Creek. The management company's other gems include The Legacy Golf Resort, where cowboys used to ride their rocking horses around a 7,500-acre ranch, and Bull Run Golf Club, which sprawls across more than 450 acres of meadows and woodlands at the foot of the Bull Run Mountains.

3520 James Madison Highway
Haymarket,
VA
US

On the 250-acre campus of Great Meadow, about 40 local winemakers set up tents to show off a harvest that has been years in the making. At the entrance of the Virginia Wine Festival, you can pick up your souvenir glass, stop by one of the booths for a tasting, and then take home your favorite varietals by the bottle or case. Complimentary wine seminars are held throughout the day, featuring visits from renowned chefs, tutorials on judging wines, and tips for choosing the correct glass for a given wine, such as throwing two glasses against the wall and seeing which one doesn't break.

Area musicians including Jr. Cline and the Recliners, Johnny and the Headhunters, Inner Rhythm Quartet, and Glory on the Floor play folk, R&B, and jazz throughout the day, while artisans of handmade products show off their wares. At the Family Tent, Becki the Balloon Lady makes balloon animals for the kiddies.

5089 Old Tavern Road
The Plains,
VA
US

Positivity. Simple as it sounds, it's a central pillar of the philosophy behind Life Champ Martial Arts. At each of the school's five locations, the warm, supportive atmosphere starts with the instructors. Sure, they pass along years of martial arts wisdom, but they also strive to help students–younger ones, especially–realize that having fun doesn't necessarily mean sitting in front of a TV, or arguing the legitimacy of the moon landing with an imaginary friend. Through programs for kids, teens, and even entire families, Life Champ's instructors lead students along a path that builds self-confidence and improves self-defense techniques. Instructors build on these same skills in extracurricular offerings, which include after-school programs, birthday parties, and week-long summer camps.

7546 Limestone Dr
Gainesville,
VA
US

Since founding her equestrian outfit in June of 2010, Karen E. Feeney has been inviting students of all levels to her full-service facility to learn the fundementals of hunter/jumper, equitation, and fox hunting. Students train with gentle horses as they navigate the facility’s many facets, including rock walls, high jumps, and an indoor training space designed to reduce the appearance of saddle tanlines.

PO BOX 733
marshall,
VA
US

While the Corn Maze in the Plains has yet to receive many reviews, The Washington Post and Washingtonian recommend it as a fun fall activity.

4501 Old Tavern Road
The Plains,
VA
US

Founded in 1996, the Encore Theatrical Arts Project shifts the spotlight onto budding performers ages 9–18 who stage two original shows each season and have embarked on overseas tours to captivate international audiences. This Christmas season, the nonprofit organization celebrates its 16th-anniversary production by dazzling viewers young and old with its annual, Broadway-style holiday musical. From the illuminated boroughs of New York to the North Pole’s reindeer off-track betting joints, Santa's Special Delivery enchants viewers with a globetrotting tale bursting with cheerful songs, stunning choreography, and humorous surprises. Intricate stage designs provide fantastical backdrops to each scene, and elaborate costumes and cameos from the community's most fleet-footed shopping-mall Santas infuse the show with extra doses of Yuletide cheer.

14850 Tyler Mill Ct
Haymarket,
VA
US