Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend

Looking for something to do? Here are a few suggestions

(Pixabay photo)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching. But before you plan how you will spend three days off, pause a moment and think about the real meaning of Memorial Day. It honors those who gave their lives in service to our country. The fallen made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live how we choose. So whether you are having a barbecue, going to the beach, or just relaxing at home, keep that in mind.

Now…Memorial Day weekend is also the unofficial start of summer! Get out and enjoy the weather. If you are thinking about staying around town, here are some ways to spend your time.

First up, an event of remembrance and reflection.

Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 27

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Versace Plaza/Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial

2701 Commonwealth Avenue

The program pay tribute to Capt. Humbert Roque “Rocky” Versace and 67 other Alexandrians who were MIA or KIA during the Vietnam War. It will also honor all of our nation’s fallen. Attendees will hear patriotic music by the U.S. Army’s Old Guard Fife Band and witness a wreath laying. For more info, CLICK HERE.

Memorial Day Weekend Brunch Presented by Sand & Steel Fitness

Saturday, May 25

2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub

713 King Street

It’s always fun at Murphy’s. There will be plenty of good food and drink. More info HERE.

Beyond the Battlefield: A Walking Tour of Civil War Alexandria

The Lee-Fendall House (Courtesy Photo)

Saturday, May 25

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Tickets $15 in advance; $20 at the door)

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Gardens

614 Oronoco Street

This walking tour will cover 1.75 miles and take you to historic Civil War sites around Old Town. Along the way, you’ll be told stories of soldiers, citizens, and those enslaved. To purchase your tickets early, CLICK HERE.

The 42nd Annual Alexandria Jazz Festival

Monday, May 27

1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. (Free event; food for purchase)

Waterfront Park

1A Prince Street

A variety of artists will perform, including the U.S. Army Blues, VERONNEAU, and the Dave Kline Band. Feel free to bring your own chairs, blankets, and food. The weather forecast looks pleasant enough for an afternoon picnic.

Walter Beasley at the Birchmere

Saxophonist and professor Walter Beasley entertains at the Birchmere, May 26. (Courtesy photo)

Sunday, May 26

Showtime: 7:30 p.m. ($45 per ticket)

The Birchmere

3701 Mount Vernon Ave.

The popular saxophonist and professor at Berklee College of Music comes to Alexandria for a one-night performance. Purchase tickets HERE.