Arts & Entertainment, Events

Alexandria Events July 2017



An American Celebration at Mount Vernon
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Included in site fee; $20 for adults; $12 ages 6-11; free children ages 0-5
George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

Observe an inspirational naturalization ceremony for new citizens with a special keynote address, daytime fireworks, military re-enactments and a wreathlaying ceremony. Enjoy free birthday cake (while supplies last), a visit from General and Mrs. Washington and a performance by the National Concert Band during its “Red, White and Blue” concert. Spend a truly inspiring day at a truly inspiring place.


First Thursday Del Ray

6-9 p.m.

Admission: Free; pets welcome

Along Mount Vernon Avenue

First Thursdays is a series of free outdoor street festivals along Mount Vernon Avenue in the spring and summer. Every first Thursday of the months of April, May, June, July, August and September the Del Ray Business Association features businesses along Mount Vernon Avenue, special events, food and music from 6 to 9 p.m. Each month has a different theme with activities for children, live music and a festive atmosphere.


USA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration

6-10 p.m.

Admission: Free

Oronoco Bay Park

100 Madison Street

Visitors celebrate America’s 242nd birthday and Alexandria’s 269th along the Potomac River waterfront at Oronoco Bay Park and enjoy live music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, patriotic birthday cake, food vendors and a dazzling fireworks display.


Apothecary Museum Geek Tours: Behind the Scenes
11 a.m.-noon
Admission: $15
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

105 S. Fairfax Street

If the regular 30-minute tour of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum isn’t enough, this is the tour for you! This one-hour tour spends more time in the historic retail shop and laboratory of the old apothecary and is led by an expert guide.


Second Thursday at the Torpedo Factory Art Center

6-9 p.m.

Admission: Free

Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N. Union Street

Every second Thursday visit until 9 p.m. and browse open studios and galleries, get to know the artists, and enjoy special programming throughout the building. Don’t miss the monthly lecture series, Torpedo Talks, at 8 p.m. in the Main Hall. This series features some of the contemporary art world’s best-known artists, art curators and art professionals.


Alexandria After-Work Concert Series: The Ship’s Company Chanteymen

6-8 p.m.

Admission: $15 suggested donation to musicians

Lloyd House

220 N. Washington Street

Co-sponsored by the Office of Historic Alexandria and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, join us for monthly Friday-night concerts on the second Friday of the month. The July concert features the Ship’s Company Chanteymen. For more than a decade, the Ship’s Company Chanteymen have shared sea salts’ songs with tens of thousands all over the East Coast. Aside from being scurvy-free, they portray the musical part of nautical life in the 1700s and 1800s. Many of their songs originally set a pace to keep ship crews rowing in time or doing rhythmic chores such as turning a capstan. Some just filled long hours or lonely nights at sea. Simple and direct, wild and spirited, salty and rough as a North Atlantic gale, they reflected the sailors themselves. The practice of voicing rhythmic sounds while working may be as old as mankind and probably is intrinsic to human nature. With rollicking tunes and sing-along choruses, it’s also fun. Great music with a $15 suggested donation for the musicians. No ticket required – show up and enjoy the music! Beer and wine for sale, light refreshments available as well.

16th – 20th

Alexandria Archaeology Summer Camp

July 16 through 20, 2018, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily

Admission: $400

Shuter’s Hill

George Washington Masonic National Memorial

101 Callahan Drive


Help Alexandria’s City archaeologists excavate a real archaeological site! Learn professional excavating, recording and artifact processing methods. Uncover Alexandria’s buried past while protecting the City’s valuable historic resources. The camp is open to ages 12-15, but space is limited.

17th – 19th

Clio’s Kids: A History Mini-Camp

9 a.m.-noon

Admission: $115

The Lyceum

201 S. Washington Street

Each day of camp, themed “Alexandria: Then and Now,” learn about life in Alexandria past and present. Camp includes a visit to Friendship Firehouse Museum where we will form our own camp bucket brigade! Campers should come prepared for outside activities each day, including sturdy walking shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. The camp is for ages 5-7.

20th through Sept 2nd

“Illuminate” Exhibit at the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Admission: Free

Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N. Union Street

Target Gallery presents Illuminate, a special glow-in-the-dark exhibition that is focused on the relationship between art and light. The lights will be turned off in the gallery, turning the viewer’s attention to the illuminated artwork whether it be through the lighting of video, light installation/sculpture or use of black light mediums.


Cinema Del Ray Outdoor Movies

7 p.m.

Admission: Free

Mt. Vernon Recreation Center

2701 Commonwealth Avenue

Bring family, friends, neighbors and a blanket to watch these open-air movies including The Lion KingThe Lego Batman MovieToy Story 3, Cars 3 and Coco at Cinema Del Ray, sponsored by The Jen Walker Team.


Twilight and Tipple Tours at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House
Admission: TBD
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House

9000 Richmond Highway

This summer and fall we will be resuming our very popular “Twilight & Tipple Tuesday” tours, which take place once a month, and allow guests to enjoy libations from local partners, while taking tours of the Pope-Leighey house as the sun sets. This is a very special tour that only takes place in the warmer months. Come experience how the indoor light shines through Wright’s distinctive custom window cutouts in the twilight. Check our website for upcoming dates!


18th Century Gaming Night   

7-9 p.m.

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

134 N. Royal Street

Admission: $10 per person


Play games 18th-century style games popular during Hamilton’s day! Enjoy Shut the Box, Fox and Geese, Dice, and a special Cards Against Humanity: Tavern Edition from 7-9 p.m. Also hear stories of our young nation and see the room(s) where it happened! Cash bar with wine, beer, and specialty cocktail will be available. Cost is $10 cover per person. As America began as a nation during the late 18th century and emerged in the 19th century, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria as well as the new Federal City of Washington. The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents, including George Washington, and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history. Tavern keepers John Wise and John Gadsby hosted balls, performances, and meetings, and their accommodations were known as the best by travelers near and far. Tickets are available online at


Archaeology Workshop at Shuter’s Hill

1:30-3 p.m.

Admission: $10 donation

Shuter’s Hill

George Washington Masonic National Memorial

101 Callahan Drive

What did Shuter’s Hill used to look like? Each day of excavation uncovers more information. Take a tour of the site to learn how archaeologists can understand the original landscape, view archaeology in action and get the chance to sift through excavated soil.

The Real World Science Behind Harry Potter: Adults Only
6-9 p.m.
Admission: $20 per person
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

105-107 S. Fairfax Street

Bring your friends for a fun night featuring your favorite series—“Harry Potter!” Explore the real world of “Harry Potter” with tour guides, make an herbal potion inspired by the wizarding world and raise a toast to Harry’s birthday with a magical cocktail. Cost is $20 per person and space is limited.   


The Real World Science Behind Harry Potter
1-4 p.m.
Admission: $6 per person
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

105-107 S. Fairfax Street

In honor of Harry Potter’s birthday, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is offering family-friendly tours that explore the real world of science and medicine behind J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series. Cost is $6 per person; children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. This event sells out, so purchase in advance! Event includes a photo booth—don’t forget your camera.

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