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Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend

Looking for something to do? Here are a few suggestions

Old Town Alexandria (Courtesy photo)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Don’t forget: Sunday is Father’s Day. Whether he likes food, drink, music, or history, show Dad how much you appreciate him. The following are events he might enjoy.

Alexandria’s Historic Breweries Walking Tour

Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16

2–4 p.m. ($27 per ticket)

Old Presbyterian Meeting House

321 S. Fairfax Street

Here is your opportunity to explore alleyways, repurposed buildings, taverns, and more that played a part in Alexandria’s brewing businesses hundreds of years ago. The tour will be led by historian Garrett Peck, author of “Capital Beer: A Heading History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.” Tickets are on sale at the Alexandria Visitor Center. An optional happy hour will follow the tour with a cash bar.

Father’s Day at Junction Bakery

Sunday, June 16

Check menu for prices.

Junction Bakery

1508 Mount Vernon Avenue

Don’t make your dad do the cooking on Father’s Day. Junction Bakery has all the food you need to have a great barbecue. Try their delicious “Backyard BBQ” with picnic sides and their homemade sauce. Stop in or order online. Click HERE to see their expansive menu.

Father’s Day Open Houses in Historic Alexandria

Sunday, June 16

Various times (Fathers get in free)

Take Dad to some of the premier historic sites in Alexandria. The Friendship Firehouse Museum at 107 S Alfred Street, Gatsby’s Tavern Museum at 138 N Royal Street, and the Apothecary Museum at 105-107 S Fairfax Street are all offering walk-throughs to dads at no charge. Prices vary for mothers, sisters, etc.

Hear fantastic music inside Del Ray United Methodist Church.(Courtesy photo)

Alexandria Summer Kick-Off Concert

Saturday, June 15

4–5 p.m.

Del Ray United Methodist Church

100 E Windsor Avenue

Hear music of all genres at this concert. Bring the whole family for some great live music. It will get you in the mood for summer. Alexandria’s own Mike Evans will conduct the Alexandria Citizens Band, a staple of the city for 107 years and counting.

C.R. Gibbs speaks at the Alexandria Black History museum this Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Emancipation USA: Exploring Juneteenth in Texas and Emancipation in the DMV

Saturday, June 15

11 a.m. ($5 per ticket)

Alexandria Black History Museum

902 Wythe Street

Is Dad a history buff? Escort him to a lecture by renowned historian C.R. Gibbs about late 19th century practices – “festivals of freedom” – where African Americans celebrated community achievements, joined together in resistance against racial repression, and passed on history to the younger generation. Click HERE for tickets.

A Little Something Extra:

The Late Shift: A Summer Party

Friday, June 14

7–10 p.m. (Free entry; pre-registration requested)

Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N Union Street

Bring Dad down to this party celebrating the start of the Late Shift Summer Series. Check out music, art, and activities on all three levels. Target Gallery will host its 2019 Solo Exhibition simultaneously. More Summer Series events are on the way. Save the dates, July 9 and August 12.  Pre-register HERE.

Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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