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Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend

Looking for something to do? Here are a few suggestions

Mirror Mirror (Courtesy photo)

Alexandria, VA – It’s been difficult to stay cool in this heat wave. Seems like the only way is to stay inside. But even that is getting a little old, isn’t it? If you’re tired of going to work and coming straight home, the following events can serve as a nice diversion. If you go out looking for fun, remember, drink plenty of water and seek shelter whenever possible. Fortunately, most of the events highlighted in this week’s column take place indoors.

Markers Mile: Mini Edition advertisement artwork (Courtesy image)

Makers Mile: Mini Edition

Friday, July 19–Sunday, July 21

11 a.m.–5 p.m. ($30 per ticket)

Various Old Town locations

Learn a new artistic skill with family and friends! Plenty of stores are participating. You must be 10 years of age or older to take part. Reservations are required. For more information and to buy tickets, click HERE.

George Washington’s Alexandria

Saturday, July 20

10–11:30 a.m. (Free)

The Torpedo Factory Art Center, South Entrance

101 N Union Street

Be transported back to the 1700s. See Alexandria through the eyes of George Washington! Explore places that the first president frequented. No reservation needed. Call 703-379-7460 for more information.

Celebrate Bastille Day at Hooray for Books!

Saturday, July 20 (A rescheduled event from the previous week.)

10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Hooray for Books!

1555 King Street

Take your child to one of Alexandria’s most treasured bookstores on Saturday. Every story that is French-themed or is written by authors with French names will be 20 percent off! Find more info HERE.

Creative Dance at the Local Motion Project

Saturday, July 20

11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. (Registration required/Ages three and four)

The Local Motion Project

2377 S Dove Street

Let your children jump, twirl, and spin to their delight! This session will serve as an intro to different dance styles and encourage the use of imagination. Register HERE.

Be creative with Alexandria Poet Laureate KaNikki Jakarta. (Courtesy photo)

Write Like a Woman Networking Workshop

Saturday, July 20

1–3 p.m. (Free/Ages 18 & Up)

The Athenaeum

201 Prince Street

Looking to enhance your writing style and learn a few things to improve your craft? Attend this very special workshop hosted by Alexandria’s Poet Laureate KaNikki Jakarta. Amateurs and professionals welcome!

Experience Mirror Mirror with the music of composer David Schulman. (Courtesy photo)

Waterfront Concert Series/Mirror Mirror

Saturday, July 20–Sunday, July 21 (Performances will be rescheduled due to extreme heat.)

Showtime: 9 p.m. (Free)

Jones Point Park

Jones Point Drive

Witness a technological marvel while listening to original pieces by violinist and composer David Schulman. On Saturday he will perform with Tillery. On Sunday he will be accompanied by Bonnie Lander. Mirror Mirror, commissioned by the city, features a light display that comes to life with sound!

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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