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Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend


The 2019 Irish Festival takes place this Saturday. (Stock photo)

Alexandria, VA – Get a second wind for this weekend! It’s approaching fast. August is going just as quickly. So enjoy these fleeting days of summer while you still can. Winter will be here before we know it.

Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week

Final days: Thursday, August 22–Sunday, August 25

Various locations, including Old Town and Del Ray

Take the opportunity enjoy deals on some of Alexandria’s finest food while its still here. The prices are really incredible! For a listing of participating restaurants, click HERE.

KaNikki Jakarta is Alexandria’s poet laureate. (Photo courtesy of KaNikki Jakarta)

An Evening with KaNikki Jakarta

Friday, August 23

7–9 p.m.

The Athenaeum

201 Prince Street

Alexandria’s poet laureate reads from her new book, “Alabama Girl, Virginia Woman.” Stay for a Q&A session. Take a look at Jakarta’s website HERE.

Trivia Nights at Historic Sites

Friday, August 23

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.

Watch a comedy classic while you knit. (Courtesy image)

Ferris Bueller at fibre space

Friday, August 23

6–9 p.m. (Showtime: 7 p.m. and FREE)

fibre space

1319 Prince Street

It’s almost time to go back to school and to mark the occasion, fibre space will screen “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” – the comedy classic starring Matthew Broderick and directed by John Hughes. Enjoy the movie while working on your latest knitting project. But don’t let Mr. Rooney find you!

The 2019 Irish Festival

Saturday, August 24

11 a.m.–7 p.m. (FREE)

Waterfront Park

1A Prince Street

Founded by the Ballyshaners in 1980 to promote Irish heritage and culture, the festival will have music, lots of food and beer, and Irish crafts. It will be one big party!

A walking tour of Civil War Alexandria starts at Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden. (Courtesy photo)

Beyond the Battlefield: A Walking Tour of Civil War Alexandria

Saturday, August 24

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Tickets $15 in advance; $20 at the door)

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Gardens

614 Oronoco Street

This walking tour will cover 1.75 miles and take you to historic Civil War sites around Old Town. Along the way, you’ll be told stories of soldiers, citizens, and those enslaved. To purchase your tickets early, click HERE.

Del Ray Farmers’ Market

Saturday, August 24

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 24

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.

George Washington outside The George at 506 Cameron St. (Photo by James Cullum)

George Washington’s Alexandria

Saturday, August 24

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.

Stabler-Leadbetter Apothecary Museum at 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria. (Photo: Lillis Photography)

Apothecary Geek Tour: A Magical Apothecary

Sunday, August 25

11 a.m.–12 p.m. ($15 per person)

Stabler-Leadbetter Apothecary Museum

105–107 S Fairfax Street

The Apothecary Museum takes visitors into the world of Harry Potter! Adults and children are welcome. For more information and to purchase tickets, 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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