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Alexandria Calendar of Events

1st through Oct 9th


Blackberry Daze

Admission: $55 for Wednesday-Thursday 8 p.m. and Sunday 7 p.m.; $60 for Friday-Saturday 8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 3 p.m.

Metro Stage

1201 N. Royal St.



USA Today called Blackberry Daze by Ruth P. Watson & Thomas W. Jones II, “A powerful deeply moving story of triumph and tragedy, love and family…a journey straight into the center of the human heart.” The play, which runs September 1-October 9, 2016, features music by William Knowles.




Gentleman Distiller: Whiskey Tasting & Dinner

6:30-9:45 p.m.

Admission: $125 per person

George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill

5513 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy



The evening begins with a reception at George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, where guests will get a firsthand look at how whiskey was produced in Washington’s time. The event continues on the estate with a brief talk by Mount Vernon’s resident distiller, followed by a whiskey tasting and seated dinner at Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant.



2nd Annual Alexandria 9/11 Heroes Run

9 a.m. (patriotic opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m.)

Admission: $25 (family 4 pack for $80); volunteers and spectators are free

Carl Sandburg Middle School

8428 Fort Hunt Rd.



The 9/11 Heroes Run unites communities internationally with the goal to never forget the sacrifices of the heroes of September 11th and in the wars since. Join us to raise awareness and honor the fallen. The 9/11 Heroes Run 5k +1M fun run/walk welcomes runners and walkers of all levels and of all ages. Events take place all over the world, on or near September 11th, and are 100% organized by local community volunteers. It is the perfect opportunity for your community to personally come out and thank your local veterans, their families, and first responders in an annual, fun, and family-friendly environment!




Civil War Artillery Day

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: Free

Fort Ward

4301 West Braddock Rd.



Learn about the role of artillerymen at a fort in the Defenses of Washington from reenactors portraying the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery, a unit stationed at Fort Ward during the Civil War. Activities include cannon firing demonstrations, camp life and equipment display. Program is weather-dependent.


10th through Oct 1st


Steel Magnolias

Admission: $22

Little Theatre of Alexandria

600 Wolfe St.



Sometimes friendship is all you need. Steel Magnolias features a group of Louisiana women as they bond and gossip at a local beauty shop while following the marriage and motherhood of one of the customer’s daughters. Playwright Robert Harling’s poignant, sassy, and quick-witted play made its 2005 Broadway debut after the successful 1989 film version. Come join these women as they make their way over life’s many hurdles together. Winner of The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s “People’s Choice” survey.




George Washington Patriot Run

Admission: $50 per runner; $10 for spectator tickets at the finish line

Mount Vernon Estate

3200 Mount Vernon Hwy.



Dash through history during the George Washington Patriot Run 10K and 5K, which finishes at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. A children’s “Fun Run” will take place near the finish line in the historic area.




Presidential Salon with James Madison

3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Admission: $15 (adults); $10 (students)

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

134 N. Royal St.



Join President Madison as he discusses and engages guests about political and personal issues of 1816. Reservations are recommended.





Scottish Heritage Outlander Day at Carlyle House

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission: Tours $5

Carlyle House

121 N. Fairfax St.



Visitors are invited to tour this beautiful 18th century house museum, dating back to the days of John Carlyle (and Jamie and Claire in Outlander) and attend a day of programming on Scottish culture. Events include a Highland dance performance and a concert by the Devil’s Tailors, and Scottish storytelling and vendors. Tours of the museum will include references to Outlander, the popular book series and television show.



Scottish Heritage Outlander Day Tea at Carlyle House

Noon and 2:30 p.m.

Admission: $40

Carlyle House

121 N. Fairfax St.



Do you love the Outlander books and/or the television show? Then join us for tea on the Magnolia Terrace. Celebrate Scottish heritage at the oldest stone house in Alexandria, home of John Carlyle. Admission includes tea, plus a special Outlander-accented tour of the museum. Advanced reservations are required for the tea.




1st Annual Barley & Music Festival

September 17, 2016 from noon-6 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, $15 for 5 drink tickets

John Carlyle Square

300 John Carlyle Street


A new hops, beats and bites themed event will debut in Alexandria when the 1st Annual Barley & Music Festival transforms the John Carlyle Square Park with craft brews from artisanal breweries, live entertainment, and food vendors including Carluccio’s, Ada’s Kitchen on Wheels, Gordon Biersch Brewery and UNO’s Pizzeria. Attendees will be able to sample beer from regional craft breweries such as Starr Hill, Devil’s Backbone, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Troeg’s Independent Brewing. Cheers!



Cinema Del Ray Outdoor Movies: Kung Fu Panda 3
Fun begins at 7 p.m.; film begins at dusk

Admission: Free

Mt Vernon Recreation Center

2701 Commonwealth Ave.


Bring family, friends, neighbors and a blanket to watch these open-air movies at Cinema Del Ray, now in its 11th season.



17th & 18th


14th Annual King Street Art Festival


17th – 10 a.m.-7 p.m

18th – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: Free

King St.

Between Washington to Union Streets



At this popular art festival, King Street from Washington Street all the way to the Potomac waterfront is transformed into a gallery filled with art from more than 250 artists from the U.S. and abroad. Visitors can purchase original artwork, participate in hands-on art activities at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, and enjoy a scoop of ice cream at The Art League’s Annual Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser.


17th & 18th


Mount Vernon Colonial Market & Fair

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: included in general admission ($20 adults; $10 youth)

Mount Vernon Estate



Colonial-attired artisans demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leather-workings, weavings, furniture, and much more. “General Washington” will be on hand overseeing the festivities: 18th-century entertainment including music, a balloon-launch, fire-eating, puppet and magic shows, plus hearty specialty food for sale on site. Costumed interpreters will be demonstrating the 18th-century chocolate-making process using an authentic colonial recipe! Colonial Market & Fair takes place rain or shine.



Alexandria Seaport Day

12 noon-6 p.m.

Admission: Free

Waterfront Park

1A Prince St.



Alexandria Seaport Day is an annual community event celebrating the mission and programs of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation and Alexandria’s maritime heritage. Enjoy children’s activities, a wooden boat display, nautical activities, boat rides, live music, local restaurants providing food, beer and wine, local boutiques and ASF’s annual “Anything that Floats” race!




75th Annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Admission: $40 in advance; $45 day of

Old Town Alexandria



For the 75th annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour, the public can step inside and get a glimpse of six gorgeous homes and gardens in Old Town Alexandria, all within walking distance of one another. On tour day, start at the Twig Shop at 106 N. Columbus Street to exchange your ticket for the map and brochure. All proceeds benefit Inova Alexandria Hospital.



30th – October 8th


2nd Annual Alexandria Live Music Week

Admission: Varies by venue

Various locations throughout Alexandria



The 2nd Annual Alexandria Live Music Week, presented by Alexandria Live and On Tap Magazine, is a citywide music event featuring Alexandria’s diverse music scene and musicians, as well the clubs, bars, restaurants, shops and venues that feature and promote live music in Alexandria. There will be over 50 participating venues and over 300 performances, including a full schedule of music during Del Ray’s Art on the Avenue. Venues include Alexandria’s legendary The Birchmere, Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub, Bilbo Baggins, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Nick’s Night Club, The Durant Arts Center, Daniel O’Connell’s, La Tasca, FireFlies, Chadwicks, MetroStage and many more. The event will include national acts such as The Funky Meters and El DeBarge and renowned local bands such as The Free Flowing Musical Experience, Judge Smith, Janna Audey, Farley Granger and legendary Irish guitarist Rocky Guttman. Other events include a children’s music program, German oompah music, jazz, acapella, bluegrass, blues, R&B, and much more. Also, look for a music-themed motion picture viewing party courtesy of the Alexandria Film Festival.


Oct 1st


21st Annual Art on the Avenue
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: Free

Mount Vernon Ave.

Del Ray
Art on the Avenue is a multicultural arts festival celebrating our community’s diversity through the arts in the Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia. This festival is held on the first Saturday in October, rain or shine.


Every year, over 50,000 visitors stroll down Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray between Bellefonte and Hume Avenues. People are greeted by over 300 artists (jewelers – silversmith & beaders, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, unique painters, sculptures, fabric artists), musicians (Irish, folk, rock n’ roll, country and more), and food vendors (hot dogs, BBQ, Indian, crab cakes, chocolate bananas dipped on a stick, and homemade cider donuts). Activities for children include stuff your own scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, lotus flower design and weave screen art to name a few.

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