Alexandria Calendar August 2018
Friendship Firehouse Festival
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friendship Firehouse Museum
107 S. Alfred Street
The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association (FVFEA) holds its annual Firehouse Festival each year on the first Saturday in August. The popular family event features antique fire apparatus, craft booths, displays by Alexandria merchants and live music. In addition to the day’s outdoor events, festival participants will enjoy visiting the Friendship Firehouse Museum, originally built as a firehouse in 1855. The FVFEA is now a philanthropic organization focusing on fire-fighting history and fire safety. It remains active in community events, including the annual Festival and supports historic preservation of the building and its collection. Food and beverages are available. Children will receive free fire helmets and are treated to a supervised visit inside the City of Alexandria’s fire trucks.
Second Thursday at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
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
Admission: $15 suggested donation to musicians
517 Prince 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 August band TBA. 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.
Apothecary Museum Geek Tours: Behind the Scenes
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.
Cinema Del Ray Outdoor Movies
7 p.m.; films begin at dusk
Mt. Vernon Recreation Center
2701 Commonwealth Avenue
Bring family, friends, neighbors and a blanket to watch these open-air movies including The Lion King, The Lego Batman Movie, Toy 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
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!
Find more summer events in Alexandria at www.visitalexandriava.com/summer.