The George Washington Mount Vernon Estate will be the host of the 2 day Annual Colonial Market & Fair to be held on September 14th and 15th. Discover 18th century history and experience early American life with dozens of historic craftspeople and re-enactors. The annual fair features the sale of traditional hand crafted food and wares and demonstrations on crafting techniques from expert artisans. There will be a live chocolate making demonstration from Mount Vernon’s costumed interpreters using an authentic recipe from George Washington.There will be colonial music playing right throughout the event with some live music performances from local Alexandria musicians.
The George Washington Whiskey Festival will be held on November 9th at the Mount Vernon Estate 3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway in Alexandria. The event will feature some of the finest spirits from Virginia craft distillers and other famous whiskey producers. The festival will also celebrate the debut of a new batch of George Washington straight Rye Whiskey, which was distilled at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate distillery using the original recipe by George Washington and aged in charred oak barrels for four years. Patrons at the festival will also learn about the history of the distilled products, watch coopering demonstrations, live music, entertainment and more. This is a must attend event for all whiskey lovers. Continue reading
The Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden located at 614 Oronoco Street in Old Town Alexandria will host its 4th fundraiser event on September 14th. The event dubbed Sips & Secrets: A Speakeasy Night will celebrate the house’s Prohibition-era history. The event will be held from 7 pm to 10 pm and attendees will be able to enjoy 1920s-style drinks while dancing the night away to live jazz music and ragtime. Attendees will also be treated to dance and costume contests and be able to win great prizes in a silent auction by local Alexandria businesses. A pre-reception will be held for VIP members which will include an exclusive liquor tasting and a tour of the house. All proceeds of the event will support the mission of Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden to provide a place for the Alexandria community to explore the shared history of the museum and its relevance today.
Old Town Alexandria will come alive on August 17th with the hosting of the Old Town Beer, Wine and Dog Festival. The event which will be held at the Waterfront Park will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The goal of the festival “is to provide an alternative to the typical adoption procedure by combining food, drinks and dogs in a social environment”. The festival will see guests trying local beer, wine and food enjoying live music and playing activities with dogs. Patrons attending the event without a dog can enjoy activities with the sheltered or fostered dogs who will be on location looking for a new home. The dogs will be able to run loose in a fenced area with tents, water bowls and ice baths for them to enjoy. Proceeds of the event will benefit the local animal welfare leagues and fostering organizations like Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.
The Arlington County Fair is around the corner, and this year’s event is going to have some few fun additions — a beer garden and yoga with baby goats.
The Nancy J Lee Recreation Center located at 1108 Jefferson Street is Alexandria. The center which is 14.6 acres is named in honor of the late Nannie J Lee, a community activist who was instrumental in the development of recreational activities for children in southwest Alexandria. The recreation center features a multipurpose room, a gymnasium, Reading Lounge and Crafts with athletic fields such as tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, soccer fields, football fields and little league softball/baseball fields. The center also features a playground with sitting area for toddler and kids up to 12 years to enjoy. The playground comprises of slides, rock climbing structures and swinging bars with rubberized obstacle course. The center is available for private events on Saturdays and Sunday and Mondays – Fridays for the general public.Continue reading
The City of Alexandria will come alive on July 20 2019 as the Annual Tons Of Truck event takes place at Chinquapin Park and Forest Park, 3210 King Street Alexandria. The event will take place 10 am to 1 pm and will feature over 20 City vehicles on display. Patrons at the event will get the opportunity to explore and get behind the wheel of fire trucks, front end loader, dump truck, bucket truck, trash truck as well as bus and police cars. Persons can meet and greet with the personnel who have built and maintained the vehicles. Other activities at the event will include food truck vendors, giveaways, photo opportunities, book readings and art project with the City’s Mobile Art Lab. Parking is available. Continue reading
The City of Alexandria has so much to offer for a great summer vacation for not only visitors but for residents. Alexandria Living Magazine is giving residents a chance to enjoy all the City has to offer through their staycation promotions. This staycation allows residents to enjoy all the amenities of Alexandria without the hassle of long traveling while giving support to local businesses. There are several places to go and things to do in Alexandria during the summer especially when traveling with kids. Continue reading
The Tall Ship Providence Foundation has announced that the replica of the Navy Ship Providence is slated to arrive in Old Town on the night of July 1.
Del Ray’s Annual Art on the Avenue Festival will be held on Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray on October 5 from 10 am to 6 pm. The annual festival which is held on the first Saturday in October celebrates the community’s diversity through the arts. The festival hosts over 300 artists from jewelers, woodworkers, pottery akers, soap crafters, glass makers and sculptures. Live music will be provided on five stages with music from Irish, folk, rock n roll country and more. Food vendors from local restaurants will be on sale right through the festival. Patrons (kids and adults) at the festival can participate in the annual pie eating contest which will be held near the Festival Store with 100% proceeds going to the non profit organization Kelley Cares. Kids can participate in activities such as stuff your own scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, design a lotus flower and weave screen art. All are invited to attend this artistic annual event.