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Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend

Looking for something to do? Here are a few suggestions

The 12th Annual Del Ray Music Festival poster (Courtesy image)

Alexandria, VA – Enjoy Independence Day? Four-day weekends are always great! It was kind of rough going back to work, wasn’t it? But the good thing about that is if you keep busy, the days pass quickly. And before you know it, another weekend is near. The next few days are supposed to be hot, so stay cool at these events.

Del Ray Music Festival

Saturday, July 13

3–8 p.m. (Free)

Pat Miller Neighborhood Square

Intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues

Enjoy beer and food while listening to live music on two stages! The most talented musicians from the D.C.-area have played this festival, now in its 12th year. Once again, it is free and all ages are welcome. For more info, click HERE.

Poster for the The 2 Sides Project. (Scot Howard —

The 2 Sides Project, Special Edition” Reception

Friday, July 12

7–9 p.m. (Free)

Del Ray Artisans

2704 Mount Vernon Avenue

The 2 Sides Project” is a documentary and exhibit about the children of those killed in the Vietnam War. Their parents were on opposite sides, but they have joined decades later in this moving film. See this article by the Zebra’s Kelly MacConomy.

The Late Shift: King Street Circus

Friday, July 12

7–10 p.m. (Free)

The Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N Union Street

The Late Shift series takes place on the second Friday of every month until October. See various styles of art, hear artist talks, enjoy music, and much more!

Learn how to knit for your four-legged friend this Friday. (Courtesy photo)

Knitting to Fit Your Pampered Pet: A Workshop with Franklin Habit

Friday, July 12

10 a.m.–1 p.m.

fibre space

1319 Prince Street

Attendees will be guided through the various ways to make garments for their four-legged friends. Lecturer Franklin Habit will demonstrate knitting techniques so simple that they’ll work for human clothing, too. Go ahead and make a sweater! Winter is six months away. For more info, click HERE.

Artist Simon Bull paints at Mount Vernon from Friday to Sunday. (Courtesy photo)

Plein Air at Mount Vernon

Friday, July 12–Sunday July 14

12–4 p.m. (Included with admission)

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

Watch as artist Simon Bull paints scenes from the gardens around the estate on a mural. As he works, he will explain his technique and answer questions. For tickets, click HERE.

Sixth Annual Port City Old Town Pub Crawl

Saturday, July 13

Starts: 1:30 p.m.

Nine restaurants in Old Town

The party starts when you obtain your Pub Crawl Pass and a pint glass. There is no registration and the event is free. Remember to please drink responsibly and stay safe. For more info, click HERE.

Fireworks on the Alexandria waterfront. (Photo by James Cullum)

USA and Alexandria Birthday Celebration

Saturday, July 13

6–10 p.m. (Free)

Oronoco Bay Park

100 Madison Street

Want more fireworks? Join in another celebration of our country and this beautiful city as well. Alexandria has been around for 270 years! The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will play, there will be cake and food vendors. The party will end with a magnificent fireworks display that will light up the night sky. For the full itinerary, click 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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