Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend

Looking for something to do? Here are a few suggestions

Great news! Alexandria Restaurant Week is almost here! (Courtesy image)

Alexandria, VA – It’s supposed to be another hot one this weekend. The weather forecast indicates low 90s. But if you’re tired of feeling stuck in an office building all week and don’t want to sit at home, get out and have fun!

Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week

Friday, August 16–Sunday, August 25

Various locations, including Old Town and Del Ray

For a span of ten days, over this weekend and next, diners can enjoy some of Alexandria’s finest food. The prices are really incredible! For a listing of participating restaurants, click HERE.

 

The inaugural Emerging Writers Festival offers a variety of events this weekend. (Courtesy image)

Emerging Writers Festival: Keynote Address

Friday, August 16

6:30–8 p.m. (FREE)

Old Town Books

201 Prince Street

This festival was founded to recognize emerging writers and help them gain opportunities to learn more about their craft. This year’s keynote speaker is Catherine Chung, author of “The Tenth Muse.” Seating is limited. Learn more HERE.

Nacim performs at the Carlyle Club this weekend. (Courtesy photo)

The Summer Love Soundtrack Featuring NACIM

Friday, August 18

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

The Carlyle Club

2050 Ballenger Ave

The talented soul/R&B singer graces the stage to perform the music of Prince, Maxwell, John Legend, and more. To purchase tickets, click HERE.

Emerging Writers Festival: More Events

Saturday, August 17–Sunday, August 18

Various times

Old Town Books and the Athenaeum

201 Prince Street

There are two days full of events for writers! For a sampling of events, click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

Uncover the mystery of Lucy Fendall on a guided tour Saturday afternoon. (Courtesy photo)

The Women of Lee-Fendall House: A Guided Tour

Saturday, August 17

2–3:30 p.m. ($10 per ticket)

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

614 Oronoco Street

This tour delves into a now-solved mystery surrounding Lucy Fendall. The tour guide will also discuss other suffragettes who lived on the property. And toward the end, attendees will learn about the women who kept the house from being demolished and restored it in the 1970s. For tickets, click HERE.

Del Ray Farmers’ Market

Saturday, August 17

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 17

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.

fibre girl outside of fibre space, 1319 Prince St. (Photo by James Cullum)

Modular Knitting: A Workshop with Olga Buraya-Kefelian

Sunday, August 18

fibre space

1319 Prince Street

12–4 p.m.

A class for beginners to learn modular knitting. The class lasts for hours. Previous experience required: knit, purl, cast on, blind off. For more info, click HERE.