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Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend

Looking for something to do? Here are a few suggestions

A street in Old Town Alexandria. (Courtesy photo)

Alexandria, VA – The week goes by fast when you work hard. Look up from your computer monitor. It’s already Thursday! Tomorrow is the start of plenty of activities. Go explore what Alexandria has to offer this weekend!

DIY Art Summer Sessions

Friday, August 2 (and throughout the summer)

Times vary, see link below for info ($200 per workshop)

AR Workshop Alexandria

1212 King Street

Create various pieces of art for your home or anywhere else. Each workshop offers a chance to try something different. For details and to register, click HERE.

Cheers! Enjoy the first Paradiso in the Park Beer Festival. (Courtesy photo)

Paradiso in the Park Beer Festival

Saturday, August 3

12–8 p.m. (No ticket required; see link for food/drink cost)

Waterfront Park

1A Prince Street

This year marks the first Paradiso in the Park Beer Festival! Hosted by Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town, the event will feature beverages from over 30 Virginia craft breweries, food, games, and music. Should be a great time! For more information, click HERE.

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Andes to Romances Concert

Saturday, August 3

7–8 p.m. ($15 per person)

The Athenaeum

201 Prince Street

Ever wanted to visit the Andes? Let the music of Ron Carympoma and Ernesto Bravo take you there! Romance will be in the air. For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

Have fun at the annual family event, hosted by the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association. (Courtesy photo)

Friendship Firehouse Festival

Saturday, August 3

9 a.m.–2 p.m. (Free)

Friendship Firehouse

107 S Alfred Street

This family event, hosted annually by the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association, features antique fire equipment, crafts, music, and more. You can visit the Friendship Firehouse Museum, too! Kids will receive a free fire helmet and be able to look around in the trucks. (Supervised, of course.)

Attend Tavern Day and participate in 18th century dancing and games. (Courtesy photo)

Tavern Day Open House

Saturday, August 3

10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Free)

Gadsby’s Tavern

134 N Royal Street

A five-star hotel in the 18th century, Gadsby’s Tavern was the place to be for extravagant balls and parties. Relive history by playing period games and dancing from 1–5 p.m. Rum punch, a period favorite, will be available at a cash bar.

Del Ray Farmers’ Market

Saturday, August 3

8 a.m.–12 p.m.

Mt Vernon & Oxford Avenues

If you live in Del Ray, you have a famers’ market right in your neighborhood. There are plenty of vendors offering great produce and other goods. To learn more, click HERE.

Old Town Farmers’ Market

Saturday, August 3

7 a.m.–12 p.m.

Alexandria City Hall

301 King Street

Enjoy this weekly farmers’ market, held at Market Square, for more than 260 years. Buy various edibles, including vegetables and fruits. You can also purchase paintings, flowers, and more. The variety of goods may surprise you. To learn more, click HERE.

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Carlyle Summer Cinema Series: “Instant Family”

Saturday, August 3

8–10 p.m.

John Carlyle Park

300 John Carlyle Street

Released last year, “Instant Family” stars Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne. The two play a married couple who decide to adopt kids in foster care. View the trailer HERE.

Dennis Benjamin plays the Sonoma Cellar this Sunday (Courtesy photo)

Classical Guitar On a Sunday Afternoon with Dennis Benjamin

Sunday, August 4

Showtime: 4 p.m. (Free)

Sonoma Cellar

207 King Street

The talented musician will play the Tasting Room as you and your friends relax with wine. For more dates, click HERE.

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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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