Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend

Looking for something to do? Here are a few suggestions

Alexandria, VA – Are you content spending Saturdays and Sundays on the couch, only to feel left out of the water cooler conversation on Monday? The weekend goes by so fast. I know, everybody says that. But it’s the truth. So take advantage of two wonderful days. Think about it. If you check out at least one of these events, you just might have the story on Monday that tops them all.

See fireworks at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. (Courtesy photo)

Independence Day Fireworks at Mount Vernon

Friday, June 28–Saturday, June 29

6–9:45 p.m. (Prices vary)

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

There’s no better way to get ready for July Fourth than to spend Friday and Saturday evening at George Washington’s gorgeous estate! Our country wouldn’t be what it is today without his leadership at its beginning. There will be games, music, and of course, fireworks. General and Mrs. Washington will join in the festivities. Food will be available from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. Mansion tours will also be offered. For tickets, click HERE.

Best-selling author Adam Gidwitz appears at Hooray for Books! Courtesy photo)

Meet and Greet with Author Adam Gidwitz

Friday, June 28

6–7 p.m. (Free)

Hooray for Books!

1555 King Street

Stop in with the kids and meet the award-winning and best-selling author. A selection of his books will be available for purchase, including “The Inquisitor’s Tale,” a Newberry Honor title.

If you can’t make it to the event, contact the store three days in advance at 703-548-4092 or by email, and the staff can arrange for Gidwitz to sign a book.

Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company

Friday, June 28–Sunday, June 30

Friday: 5–8 p.m., Saturday: 12–8 p.m., and Sunday: 12–4 p.m. (Free admission, plus cost of food and beverage,)

Waterfront Park

1 King Street

Port City Brewing goes all out again! A variety of craft beers will be available. Meggrolls and Dolci Gelati are providing food. Live music and DJs will please your ears. Bring your friends along. Maybe you’ll meet some new ones while you’re there.

D.C.-area native Ty performs at the Carlyle Club on Friday. (Courtesy image)

An Evening with Ty Featuring the Music of the Spinners and More

Friday, June 28

Showtime: 8 p.m. ($35 per ticket)

The Carlyle Club

2050 Ballenger Avenue

The Carlyle welcomes Ty, a native Washingtonian, who has performed in front of audiences since the age of 10. His vocal style is both versatile and soulful. Expect to hear songs made famous by the Spinners, Luther Vandross, and Howard Hewitt. Click HERE for tickets.

Shelli Can Pop-Up Shop

Saturday, June 29

10 a.m.–7 p.m.

fibre space

1319 Prince Street

A fun shopping event featuring the creations of Alexandria-based artist Shelli Martinez, known professionally as Shelli Can. Can will showcase her new collection, “Yarniverse,” at fibre space for the curious and interested.

Dive into Archaeology Workshop

Saturday, June 29

10:30–11:30 p.m. ($15 per ticket, $12 for FOAA members)

Old DASH Bus Barn

116 South Quaker Lane

Does your child dream of finding long-buried treasures when he or she grows up? This workshop is the perfect opportunity to learn what takes place when digging for a historic ship. Learn how Alexandria became a port city, create a map, and more. For ages eight to 14. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. For tickets, click HERE. Space is limited.

Gadsby’s Tavern, erected 1752. (Courtesy photo)

Gadsby’s Tavern Tours with Young Historians

Starts: Sunday, June 30 and runs every Sunday through Labor Day

2–5 p.m. (Prices vary)

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

134 North Royal Street

Kids are out of school. Some have volunteered to spend their time as a member of Gadsby’s Junior Docent program. Take a tour with them to gain a new perspective on the history of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Read this Zebra Press article for all the details, including admission cost and how to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability.