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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 – Here we are again! Another long week, and the weekend is almost here. Feels great knowing you’ll have a break, doesn’t it? What are your plans? Try some of these cool events!

Waterfront Concert Series/Mirror Mirror

Friday, August 9–Saturday, August 10

Showtime: 9 p.m. (Free)

Jones Point Park

Jones Point Drive

David Schulman returns to perform in front of the light display that is Mirror Mirror. On Friday, he will be accompanied by Tillery. On Saturday, he will be joined by Sarah Marie Hughes. Don’t miss it! For more info, click HERE.

Trivia Nights at Historic Sites

Friday, August 9

7–9 p.m. ($7 per person)

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

614 Oronoco Street

The Lee-Fendall and Carlyle House staffs come together to quiz the crowd on all sorts of trivia. They cover everything from pop culture to history. Must be at least 21 to attend. Register HERE.

Don’t miss the 10th Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale! (Courtesy photo)

10th Annual Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale

Saturday, August 10–Sunday, August 11

Old Town and Del Ray

50 stores are participating this year! And some are giving discounts of up to 80 percent! Read this Zebra article to learn more.

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Afternoon with Archaeologists

Saturday, August 10

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

Old DASH Bus Barn

116 South Quaker Lane

See the work that archaeologists do up close and personal. Learn what occurs during the preservation of ships found along Alexandria’s waterfront. For ages 14 and up. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. For tickets, click HERE. Space is limited.

Dive Into Archaeology Workshop

Saturday, August 10

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

Old DASH Bus Barn

116 South Quaker Lane

This workshop will teach what happens when a buried ship is located. Learn how Alexandria became a port city, create a map, and build your very own mini-ship. For ages eight to 14. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. For tickets, click HERE. Space is limited.

The Del Ray Artisans hosts an acrylic painting demonstration with Jeff Lodge. (Pixabay photo)

Acrylics Workshop at Del Ray Artisans

Saturday, August 10

11 a.m.–2 p.m. ($45 per DRA member; $55 per non-member, plus $10 supply fee)

Del Ray Artisans

2704 Mt. Vernon Ave.

Join Jeff Lodge to learn the basics of working with acrylic paints, including tool selection, surface preparation, and more. All levels of experience are welcome. Click HERE to register and learn more.

A ceremony honoring the Purple Heart takes place at George Washington’s Mount Vernon this Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Purple Heart Commemoration

Saturday, August 10

Starts: 10:30 a.m. (Weather permitting; included with admission)

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

Be a part of the ceremony to honor America’s oldest military decoration. George Washington awarded the very first, then known as the Badge of Military Merit. Witness the presentation of the colors, hear music from the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and listen to remarks given by keynote speaker Captain Matthew Kutilek. To purchase tickets, click HERE.

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Del Ray Farmers’ Market

Saturday, August 10

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 10

7 a.m.–12 p.m.

Alexandria City Hall

301 King Street

Enjoy the 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.

The Apothecary Museum is the site of a tour revolving around the Diana Gabaldon “Outlander” series. (Courtesy photo)

Geek Tour: Outlandish Tour

Sunday, August 11

11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Apothecary Museum

105–107 S Fairfax Street

Learn about the importance of healers and apothecaries in the 18th century. The informative talk will focus on the medicines featured in Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” novels. Adults only, please. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. Click HERE to order yours.

Brooklyn Tweed Wool People 13 Trunk Show

Sunday, August 11

fibre space

1319 Prince Street

Visit fibre space and perhaps you will be inspired by the garments you see to start thinking about winter wear.

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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