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Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend

Old Town in fall. (Courtesy photo)

Alexandria, VA – School is back in session. If you are a parent, you might be thinking that the fun is over until next summer. After all, your schedule probably will get full. Helping the kids with homework, after-school activities, and so on. It’s understandable. But if you and your significant other decide to spend some time on the town during weekends, there’s always plenty to keep you occupied. Just check out these events.

Waterfront Concert Series/Mirror Mirror

Friday, September 6

Showtime: 8 p.m. (Free)

Waterfront Park

1 King Street

David Schulman returns to perform – this time with Orange Grove Dance – in front of the light display that is Mirror Mirror. Don’t miss it! For more info, click HERE.

Painting with Yarn

Friday, September 6

6:30–8:30 p.m.

Bon Vivant Cafe

2016 Mount Vernon Avenue

Stop by and try an inventive painting technique. Harness your creativity in a relaxed atmosphere. No experience necessary.

The Lee-Fendall House (Courtesy Photo)

Prohibition in Alexandria Walking Tour

Saturday, September 7

10–11:30 a.m. ($10 in advance; $15 at the door)

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

614 Oronoco Street

Take the opportunity to learn about Prohibition-era Alexandria and the campaign to ban alcohol in Virginia. Lee-Fendall House was once home to the Downham family, a prominent liquor dealer prior to Prohibition. Find out what they might have been up to once it began. Purchase tickets HERE.

Nigerian-American singer/songwriter Janeliasoul is the mistress of ceremonies. She will keep visitors engaged throughout the afternoon for a whole host of activities (subject to change). [Courtesy photo]

Africa FEST

Saturday, September 7

12–5 p.m. (FREE)

Patrick Henry Recreation Center

4643 Taney Avenue

Sponsored by the city in collaboration with a number of other organizations, Africa FEST will feature music and dance performances from various countries. Immerse yourself in the cultures and traditions of Ethiopia, Nigeria, and more. For more info, read this Zebra Press article.

Restorative Aerial & Sound

Saturday, September 7

5:30–7 p.m. ($45 per person)

Local Motion Project

2377 S Dove Street

A good date night excursion. Relax and relieve your stress in the comfort of an aerial hammock. No experience necessary. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

Del Ray Farmers’ Market

Saturday, September 7

8 a.m.–12 p.m.

Mt Vernon & Oxford Avenues

If you live in Del Ray, you have a farmers’ 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, September 7

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.

See “A Few Good Men at The Little Theatre of Alexandria. (Courtesy Photo)

A Few Good Men” at the Little Theatre

Saturday, September 7–Sunday, September 8

Saturday Showtime: 8 p.m.; Sunday Showtime: 3 p.m. (Tickets: $21–$24)

The Little Theatre of Alexandria

600 Wolfe Street

Before it was an Academy Award-winning film, “A Few Good Men” drew acclaim on Broadway. The players of the Little Theatre present the riveting story of a Marine’s murder, the subsequent cover-up, and the lawyers who fought for the truth. For tickets, click HERE.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon (Courtesy photo)

George Washington Patriot Run

Sunday, September 8

8 a.m.–12 p.m. ($60 registration)

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

This is without a doubt the most unique run in Alexandria. Participants can follow in the footsteps of George Washington! A kids run is also offered and registration is required for that as well. Register HERE.

Downton Abbey” Theme Tour

Sunday, September 8

2–3 p.m. ($10 per person)

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

614 Oronoco Street

In anticipation of the major motion picture, Lee-Fendall is proud to present “Downton Abbey”-themed tours. Details are under wraps. But if you are a fan, this is a can’t miss event. To peak your interest, the current owner of Highclere Castle – where the show and movie were filmed – is a direct descendant of Phillip Fendall! Purchase tickets 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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