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Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend

Looking for something to do? Here are a few suggestions

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Alexandria, VA – There’s plenty happening in Alexandria this weekend. Wait…isn’t there always? Sure. But this weekend is jam-packed with fun events to check out, so take your pick.

The Carlyle Block Party

Saturday, June 22

12–8:30 p.m. (Free)

John Carlyle Park

300 John Carlyle Street

Bring the whole family to this block party that tops all others! Live bands and a DJ will perform. Beer gardens and food trucks will serve the thirsty and hungry. Volunteers, 12 and older, are needed to help with setup. Pre-register HERE to attend. Click HERE to volunteer.

Yoga will be featured at the Well Ray Festival. (Courtesy photo)

Well Ray Festival

Sunday, June 22

9–1 p.m. (Free)

Along Mount Vernon Avenue from Uhler to Hume Avenues

Feel like having a warm-up before the block party? Attend this family-friendly festival. Free health screenings will be offered, along with yoga and fitness classes, kids activities, and more. Sign up for classes and to volunteer HERE.

Portside in Old Town Summer Festival

Saturday, June 22

2–8 p.m. (Free)

Waterfront Park

1 King Street

If you don’t think you’ll be too partied out, here’s another. Maybe you will accept the challenge of attending them all. There will be a variety of live music, a beer garden courtesy of Port City Brewing Company, and plenty of food. There will be art and history activities, too, so bring the kids. To learn more, click HERE.

Alexandria Youth Rugby League

Saturday June 22

George Washington Middle School

1005 Mount Vernon Avenue

Games started on May 28, but regular registration is open until July 30. It’s not too late to participate. Tackle and touch leagues are available. Register your child  HERE.

The design for the new Fire Station 203. (Courtesy image)

Fire Station 203 Groundbreaking

Saturday, June 22

Starts: 8:30 a.m.

Fire Station 203

2801 Cameron Mills Road

As reported in this Zebra Press article, Fire Station 203 will be replaced with a new facility. Citizens are welcome to attend the groundbreaking facility.


Friday, June 21

Starts: 8 p.m. ($20 per ticket)

The Carlyle Club

2050 Ballenger Avenue

This event marks Alexandria’s first-ever summer Mardi Gras party! There will be plenty of live music. The headliners are Magnolia Blue, a 10-piece jazz and funk band. Click HERE for tickets.

Learn how to use the aerial hammock at the Local Motion Project workshop. (Courtesy image)

Intro to Aerial Hammock

Friday, June 21

6:30–7:45 p.m. ($40 per person)

The Local Motion Project

2377 S Dove Street

Learn the purpose and fundamentals of the aerial hammock in this informative workshop. It might seem tricky to get in and out, but you’ll learn that, too. You will leave the course informed of the many benefits of the aerial hammock. Register HERE.

The United States Air Force Strings (Courtesy photo)

United States Air Force Strings Concert

Saturday, June 22

2–3 p.m. (Free)

Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum

201 S Washington Street

Not a partygoer? This concert is an alternative. An additional 16 musicians will perform alongside the regular members. There will be no sheet music in use. Every piece heard will be performed from memory!

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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