September Alexandria Events Calendar


The Alexandria Black History Museum Presents: Story Time for Little Historians

11 a.m.

Free; $3 suggested donation

Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA 22314


Bring your little learners to the Alexandria Black History Museum for cultural stories and creative craft activities that introduce world history and folklore. Story time will take place every first Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. in the Watson Reading Room (located next door to the museum.) Explore our museum exhibits afterwards to learn about local black history. All ages are welcome, but most suitable for children 3 to 6 years old.


First Thursdays Del Ray

6-9 p.m.

Free; pets welcome

Along Mount Vernon Ave.

First Thursdays is a series of free outdoor street festivals along Mount Vernon Avenue in the spring and summer. This is the last First Thursday of the season. The Del Ray Business Association features businesses along Mount Vernon Avenue, special events, food and music. Each month has a different theme with activities for children, live music and a festive atmosphere.


George Washington Patriot Run
8 a.m.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Dash through history during the George Washington Patriot Run. The 10K and 5K course takes runners up and down the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway and traces Washington’s footsteps through the historic area at Mount Vernon. Cross the finish line with the beautiful mansion in view! A free Kids Run will be held near the finish line at Mount Vernon (registration required). All 10K and 5K runners will receive a T-shirt and a finisher medal. All Kids Fun Run participants will receive a kids medal.

Apothecary Museum Geek Tours: American Sign Language
11 a.m. to noon
Admission: $15
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

105 S. Fairfax St.


Learn about the muggle botanical science that inspired the potions and herbology of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and make your own magical sleeping potion! This tour will be conducted exclusively in American Sign Language. Only visitors fluent in ASL should attend this tour. Adults and children ages 8 and older welcome.

Outlandish Fashion Show & Tea
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Carlyle House

121 N. Fairfax St.


Do you love the Outlander books and/or the television show? Then join us for tea and a special fashion show on the Magnolia Terrace. Members of the Appin Regiment, an18th century Scottish Living History group, will model the fashions from the time period when Jamie, Claire and John Carlyle lived. Tickets available online. Registration required no refunds. Everyone in party must be registered.


Second Thursday at the Torpedo Factory Art Center

6-9 p.m.


Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N. Union St.

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.


Late Shift at the Torpedo Factory Art Center

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission: Free

Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N. Union St.

Enjoy gallery talks, artist receptions, music, live performances, hands-on artmaking and three floors of open artists’ studios. The theme will be Culture ALX, where artists, poets, and performers showcase the vibrant cultures that have greatly contributed to the region’s remarkable tapestry.

Alexandria After-Work Concert Series

6 to 8 p.m.


The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum

201 S. Washington St.

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 September concert at The Lyceum will feature After the Flood, a “Newgrass” folk Americana string band with close harmony singing in traditional American styles.


Civil War Shelter

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Fort Ward Museum & Park

4301 W. Braddock Rd.

Can you tell a Sibley tent from a dog tent? This interpretive program will explore a variety of tents and shelter for Civil War soldiers. Examples of some major types of tents will be set up and explained by Union military interpreters, and the furnished Officers’ Hut will be open to the public.

Firefighting History Walking Tour
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Friendship Firehouse Museum

107 S. Alfred St.

Explore Alexandria’s firefighting history on the “Blazing a Trail: Alexandria’s Firefighting History” tour. The tour begins at the historic Friendship Firehouse, proceeds east on Prince Street, and returns via King Street. For age 10 and older.

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra’s 75th Anniversary Celebration Concert

4 p.m.

Virginia Theological Seminary Campus

3737 Seminary Rd.


Join the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra as it is celebrates its 75th anniversary with a special outdoor concert featuring new music director, James Ross. Held on the campus of the Virginia Theological Seminary, patrons will enjoy a family-friendly program with selections from The Sound of Music, Swan Lake, Americana favorites and light classical music. General admission lawn seating and VIP tickets available.

Cinema Del Ray Outdoor Movies

7 p.m.; films begin at dusk


Mt. Vernon Recreation Center

2701 Commonwealth Ave.

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.

15th & 16th

16th Annual King Street Art Festival
15th 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. – 16th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
King St. Washington to Union Streets

Historic King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, from Washington Street to the waterfront is transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original fine artwork by more than 200 artists from around the country. Enjoy live music, and interactive art activities, as well as The Art League’s Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser. The 16th Annual King Street Art Festival takes. The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Beer & Wine Torpedo Garden will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Crafts at Carlyle

Noon-4 p.m.


Carlyle House

121 N. Fairfax St.

To coincide with the King Street Art Festival, children will be able to create their own artwork at Carlyle House to take home. Children will paint their own floor cloth, a popular 18th century floor covering.

Mount Vernon Colonial Market & Fair

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon


Visit with colonial artisans who demonstrate and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leather-workings, weavings, furniture, and food. Watch 18th-century shows, including a puppet show, a fire-eating act and a balloon launch and listen to colonial music. Costumed interpreters will be demonstrating the 18th-century chocolate-making process using an authentic colonial recipe! Potomac River sightseeing cruises are available at half price (while supplies last). Colonial Market & Fair takes place rain or shine.


77th Annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Old Town Alexandria

The Twig’s 77th Historic Alexandria Homes Tour provides the opportunity to tour 18th and early 19th century homes in Old Town and learn of their historic pasts. This year’s homes are located in the heart of Old Town, in easy walking distance, and underscore the area’s continuing evolution as a vibrant, livable community. Tickets may be purchased in advance at or at the Alexandria Visitor Center at 221 King Street. On tour day, tickets may be purchased at the Alexandria Visitor Center, at The Twig Thrift Shop at 106 N. Columbus Street or at The Athenaeum at 201 Price Street. All proceeds benefit Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Classic Car Show

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The Lyceum,

201 S. Washington St.


Co-sponsored by Packards Virginia and The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, the show will feature a variety of Packards ranging from the 1930s-1950s as well as other “orphan” vehicles that are invited to register as well.


Apothecary Museum Geek Tours: A Magical Apothecary
11 a.m. to noon

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

105 S. Fairfax St.

Learn about the muggle botanical science that inspired the potions and herbology of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and make your own magical sleeping potion! Adults and children ages 8 and older welcome.


Twilight and Tipple Tours
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House

9000 Richmond Highway

Participate in our very popular “Twilight & Tipple Tuesday” tours 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!


A Mansion House Whiskey Tasting
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Carlyle House

121 N. Fairfax St.


Join us for a unique and intimate evening with old friends and new as we taste extraordinary whiskeys paired with delectable food, harkening back to the days when the Mansion House Hotel stood on the property.

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