Arts & Entertainment, Events

Alexandria Events September 2021

Photo Credit Matt Chenet for Visit-Alexandria.


The Old Town Festival of Speed & Style
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
200 to 400 blocks of King Street

The Old Town Festival of Speed & Style, presented by Burke & Herbert Bank, is a spectacular, high-sensory event held annually on the unique lower blocks of King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Featuring over 100 rare and exotic supercars and motorcycles from around the world – combined with dazzling and glamorous fashion elements and events – the festival celebrates the heart and spirit of the community and highlights the elegance and style of Old Town. It is free to spectators and open to all.

Creation & Libations at The Garden
2 to 8 p.m.
Admission: Free (Donations recommended)
The Garden at Building Momentum

5380 Eisenhower Ave. Suite C

Celebrate local this September at The Garden at Building Momentum. Browse 10+ artists set up throughout the event space for an end of summer bash. On the patio, enjoy live music from Yellow Door Concert Series, food trucks and local libations from Lost Boy Cider and Aslin Beer Co.

10th – 19th

Old Town Cocktail Week
Admission: Varies per event
Various locations throughout Old Town

Old Town Alexandria has a vivacious and growing craft cocktail community that has caught the eye of the press and locals alike. To celebrate and honor the talent of the bartenders and businesses that support such cocktail innovation, the Old Town Business Association established Old Town Cocktail Week. This fall, celebrate all things cocktail with outdoor activities, cocktails to-go and more.


Art on the Rocks
5 to 8 p.m.
Admission: $55 per person
Waterfront Park
oldtownbusiness.orgExperience the exciting kick-off to Old Town Cocktail Week. Join the Art League in tasting cocktail creations and small bites crafted by competing bartenders from favorite local establishments. Find out who will win Judges’ Choice and cast you own vote for the People’s Choice award.


The Taste of Old Town North
4 to 8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Montgomery Park

901 North Royal Street

The Old Town North Community Partnership will host the 2021 annual Taste of Old Town North with wellness demonstrations, shopping at the Thursday Farmers Market, Art in the Park and wine and food tastings with local businesses followed by a concert at the Montgomery Park Gazebo from 5 to 6 p.m. with local favorites Sally and the Mander, followed by Three Man Soul Machine from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Taste of Old Town North is a free, kid-friendly, dog-friendly event.


Discovering Alexandria Architecture Tour

10 a.m.

Admission: $20 per person
Carlyle House

121 N. Fairfax St.

Alexandria has grown from a small town in the 18th century to a bustling small city in the 21st century. Join Carlyle House for a tour of Alexandria looking at the various architecture styles that adorn the city streets and make it one of the best places to live and work. Reservations are required as space is limited. Please wear comfortable shoes for this one-and-a-half hour guided tour. Tour is held rain or shine unless there is severe weather.

Cinema Del Ray
Film starts at dusk
Admission: Free
Mount Vernon Recreation Center fields

2701 Commonwealth Ave.

The Jen Walker Team presents an outdoor screening of Raya and The Last Dragon at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center fields.


18th & 19th

Colonial Market & Fair at Mount Vernon
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $28 per adult; $15 per youth; free for children five and under and for members
George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.

Take in the sights and sounds of the marketplace on Mount Vernon’s 12-acre field. Chat with colonial artisans selling traditional handcrafted food and wares, hear live music from the colonial era and watch as expert artisans demonstrate period crafting techniques. Plus, see General Washington in the General’s Tent. Colonial Market & Fair is included with general admission.

19th Annual Alexandria Old Town Art Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free
300 John Carlyle St.

The 19th Annual Alexandria Old Town Art Festival is heading back to John Carlyle Square in 2021. All artwork is juried, which provides a higher level of quality, diversity and creativity of art on display, exemplifying the gifted artists in regions from all over the country. The show is rated as one of the top 100 art shows in Sunshine Artist Magazine. Please be mindful and follow all CDC guidelines.



Tell Me Your Name 

September 24

5 p.m.
Admission: $10 per person
Carlyle House

121 N. Fairfax St.
Join Carlyle House Historic Park staff for a tour focusing on the experiences of the enslaved community at Carlyle House and John Carlyle’s plantations. The guided tour will explore the historical context of slavery in 18th-century Alexandria and the importance of ongoing research efforts to connect with descendants. Reservations are required as space is limited.


79th Historic Homes Tour, “Garden Glimpses”
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $30 in advance; $35 day of tour
Old Town Alexandria

The TWIG’s 79th Historic Homes Tour, “Garden Glimpses,” will include 14 addresses located in the southeast quadrant of Old Town, the majority of which are new to the tour. The tour will include gardens and backyard areas, with docents narrating information about the property. Tour maps can be picked up the morning of the event at the Alexandria Visitor Center, TWIG Thrift Shop, Boxwood and Old Presbyterian Meeting House.

Hollin Hills House + Garden Tour
12 to 6 p.m.
Admission: Regular: $50 per person; VIP: $80 per person
Registration at Hollin Meadows Elementary School

2310 Nordock Place

This self-guided walking tour will showcase stunning examples of mid-century modern architecture, landscaping and interior design. New this year, participate in special activities throughout the day such as morning yoga, a furniture showcase and more. All ticket holders are required to check in at registration to receive a wristband and program that includes a listing and map of all the homes and gardens open during the tour. The tour will take place rain or shine. Sponsors and VIP ticket holders can register beginning at 10 a.m. and access the tour early at 11 a.m.

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