Celebrate the Beginning of February with Chocolate and Dragon Dances

Spend the first weekend of February at a Chocolate Festival.

By Katie Bowles

Spotlight on Fairfax’s Chocolate Lovers Festival 2014

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Do your kids have a sweet tooth? Bring them out to one of the child-friendly activities at Fairfax’s Chocolate Lovers Festival, which began yesterday and runs through tomorrow.

Today, kids and parents alike can take part in the Chocolate Lovers Pancake Breakfast at Fire Station 3, running from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. Children 3 and younger eat for free; cost is $4 for children ages 4-10 and $6 for adults. 

Also at Fire Station 3 will be Face Painting, running concurrently with the Pancake Breakfast (9 a.m. till 1 p.m.). Kids can have their faces painted for $2.

At the Fairfax Court House, kids have the opportunity to be fingerprinted for free from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m., and beginning at 10:15, they can watch a fairy tale-based mock trial and learn about the justice system.

The City of Fairfax Regional Library also has events throughout the day, beginning at 11 a.m. Children can watch a musical show from performers Cody & BJ, enjoy a fire safety puppet show, listen to classic fairy tales as told by Gary Lloyd and watch a performance from a local singing quartet.

Wrap up the day at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center with a viewing of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, beginning at 7 p.m. Cost is $3.



Chinese New Year is here! Celebrate the Year of the Horse with one of these three family-friendly events.

2/1: 7th Annual Chinese New Year Festival (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
The Asian Community Service Center will have its annual Chinese New Year Festival this Saturday. Come see crafts, live performances and the main event, a Chinese New Year Parade (beginning at 2 p.m.). / Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. free. 


2/1-2/2: Fair Oaks Lunar New Year Festival (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Witness traditional performances, demonstrations and crafts from multiple Asian countries in this festival, produced with the Washington Hai Hua Community Center. / Fair Oaks Mall, 11750 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax. free. 


2/4: Lunar New Year Banquet (Seating 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
This eight-course meal will benefit Garfield Elementary School and feature traditional dishes such as spring rolls, General Tso’s Chicken and Kung Pao Beef. / Golden Hong Kong, 6396 Springfield Plaza, Springfield. $22 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under.