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Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend

Alexandria, VA – Usually around this time of year, there is a coolness to the air that signals the coming of fall. But summer does not seem to want to go quietly. And the weather we are having could last for a little while longer. So while there is still an opportunity, spend some time out and enjoy it. There are plenty of events this weekend, so you have good reason to stay outdoors.

Friday After Work Concert Series

Friday, September 13

Showtime: 6–8 p.m. ($15 donation requested for performer)

Office of Historic Alexandria

220 N Washington Street

Folksinger and fiddler Emerald Rae performs! Beer and wine for sale with light refreshments.

Marquis “13 of Nazareth” Mix (Courtesy photo)

13 of Nazareth: A Poet Explained

Friday, September 13

7–8 p.m. (FREE)

The Athenaeum

201 Prince Street

Join the gifted spoken-word artist, Marquis “13 of Nazareth” Mix as he casually sits with the audience for and reads some of his brand-new poetry, tells stories, and answers questions. RSVP HERE.

Author Panel: Truth, Lies, and Everything in Between

Friday, September 13

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Hooray for Books!

1555 King Street

Hooray for Books! is celebrating Latinx Heritage Month. Visit as they welcome author NoNieqa Ramos to launch her book, “THE TRUTH IS.” She will be joined in a panel discussion by fellow Latinx authors of the Las Musas collective. Please register to attend HERE.

Waterfront Concert Series/Mirror Mirror

Friday, September 13–Saturday, September 14

Friday Showtime: 8 p.m.; Saturday Showtime: 6 and 8 p.m. (ALL FREE)

Waterfront Park

1 King Street

David Schulman returns to perform in front of the light display that is Mirror Mirror. Don’t miss it! For more info, click HERE.

Del Ray Farmers’ Market

Saturday, September 14

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, September 14

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 Lee-Fendall House (Courtesy Photo)

The General’s Tour: R.E. Lee in Alexandria

Saturday, September 14

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

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

614 Oronoco Street

Learn about Lee’s complicated legacy on a walking tour of Old Town sites that played a role in his life. The tour will last 90 minutes. Please wear walking shoes. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. Click HERE to reserve yours.

Clash of the Titans Alumni Basketball Classic
Saturday, September 14
Doors Open: 1:00 p.m.; Tip-Off: 2 p.m. (General Admission: $10; Kids 12 & Under: FREE)
T.C. Williams High School
3330 King Street
Three games for the price of one! Yesterday’s stars return to T.C. and lace up once more to play in “The Garden.” There will also be a tribute ceremony for Titans legends Julius Campbell and Thomas “Petey” Jones.

Aslin Beer Company Fourth Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, September 14

12–5 p.m. ($65 per person)

847 S Pickett Street

Join the party! The admission price gives you unlimited refills from more than 120 breweries and a allows you to take home a commemorative cup. Also enjoy music and food, all located in the back of the Aslin’s new facility.

Marlon Wayans performs at MGM National Harbor on Saturday night. (Courtesy photo)

Marlon Wayans at the Theater

Saturday, September 14

Showtime: 8 p.m. (Prices vary)

MGM National Harbor

101 MGM National Avenue

The talented comedian and actor performs his stand-up routine minutes from Alexandria! Get your tickets HERE.

Chou Chou and the Imperial Palms Orchestra

Saturday, September 14

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

The Carlyle Club

2050 Balenger Avenue

Big Band jazz comes to the Carlyle! Don’t miss it. For tickets, click HERE.

The Athenaeum (Courtesy photo)

The Fifth Annual Athenaeum Invitational

Friday, September 13–Saturday 14

12–4 p.m. (FREE)

Exhibition opening: Thursday, September 12

Noon (FREE)

Opening reception: Sunday, September 15

The Athenaeum

201 Prince Street

This year’s theme is titled “Board: Out of Our Minds.” Artists can submit work that relates to actual or imagined board games. Anyone living in the DMV area can submit their work. If you have previously had your work on display, you can be welcomed back as an Invited Artist. And if your work is chosen as the best, you will receive a $1200 prize! For more information, click HERE


Visit the Mount Vernon Estate to enjoy the Colonial Market & Fair on Saturday and Sunday. (Courtesy photo)

Colonial Market & Fair

Saturday, September 14–Sunday, September 15

9 a.m.-5 p.m. (General Admission fee)

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

The Fair takes place on Mount Vernon’s 12-acre field. Buy traditional colonial goods and talk with costumed artisans. Listen to music from the period and try some chocolate from a colonial recipe. For tickets, click HERE.

Downton Abbey” Theme Tour

Sunday, September 15

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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