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Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend

Looking for something to do? Here are some suggestions

Mirror Mirror at Waterfront Park. (Photo by John David Coppolla)

Alexandria, VA – With the Nats advancing to the NLDS, the baseball season will last for a little while longer in town! If you feel like you’re counting down the minutes waiting for the games to start or you’re so nervous that you can’t watch, there’s plenty happening in Alexandria this weekend that can provide a distraction. Enjoy the games and these events!

Oktoberfest At Village Brahaus

Friday, October 4–Sunday, October 6

Hours: 11:30–12 a.m.

Village Brauhaus

710 King Street

Celebrate Oktoberfest at this new German-themed restaurant! There will be live music at 4 p.m., but you can always stop in earlier.

View an art exhibition at Del Ray Artisans inspired by “The Twilight Zone.” The opening reception is Friday! (Courtesy image)

“Art Inspired by the Twilight Zone” Opening Reception

Friday, October 4

7–9 p.m. (FREE)

Del Ray Artisans

2704 Mount Vernon Avenue

This art exhibition commemorates the 60th anniversary of “The Twilight Zone” premiering on CBS. The classic show, ahead of its time, has inspired art that will amaze and excite you. If you stay long enough, you might wonder if you’ve entered…The Twilight Zone. For more cool info, click HERE.

Kwame Alexander & Randy Preston Performance and Book Signing

Friday, October 4

6:30–8 p.m. (FREE)

Hooray for Books!

1555 King Street

Hooray for Books! is proud to welcome author Kwame Alexander and musician Randy Preston. The event marks the release of Alexander’s new book, “How to Read a Book.” For important info, click HERE.

Tine Well Spent” Live!

Friday, October 4

Showtime: 8 p.m.; Doors Open: 7 p.m. ($20–$25)

The Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N Union Street

There will be comedy, a Q&A, and more during this live recording of “Time Well Spent” – a podcast hosted by ohitsbigron Studios a.k.a. Ronald Young Jr. To purchase tickets, click HERE.

Prohibition in Alexandria Walking Tour

Saturday, October 5

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.

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The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Feb. 9, 2019. (Photo by James Cullum)

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Performs “Imaginary Symphony”

Saturday, October 5–Sunday, October 6

Times: Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. ($5-$85 per ticket)

Saturday Performance:

Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria

Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall

4915 E Campus Drive

Sunday Matinee:

George Washington Masonic Memorial

101 Callahan Drive 

The evening performance and the matinee mark the opening of ASO’s 2019–2020 season. Hear Wagner, Beethoven, and more. For tickets, click HERE and HERE.

Alexandria’s Farmers’ Markets

For info on the Old Town Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

For info on the Old Town North Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

For info on the Del Ray Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

For info on the West End Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

For info on the Four Mile Run and Artisans Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

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The 1851 engine at the Friendship Firehouse.(Photo by James Cullum)

Blazing a Trail: Alexandria Firefighting History Walking Tour

Saturday, October 5

1–2:30 p.m. ($6 for Adults; $4 for Youth, Ages 10–17)

Friendship Firehouse

107 S Alfred Street

The tour marks Fire Prevention Week. Learn about historic Alexandria fires, early firefighting techniques, and more. To purchase tickets, click HERE.

Waterfront Concert Series/Mirror Mirror

Saturday, October 5–Sunday, October 6

Saturday Showtime: 8 p.m.; Sunday Showtime: 8 p.m. (FREE)

Waterfront Park

1 Prince Street

David Schulman returns for his penultimate and final performances in front of the light display that is Mirror Mirror. On Saturday he will be accompanied by Sarah Marie Hughes. Sunday he will be joined by Bonnie Lander. Don’t miss your chance to see and hear the incredible! For more info, click HERE and scroll down for complete details.

“Downton Abbey” Theme Tour

Sunday, October 6

2–3 p.m. ($10 per person)

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

614 Oronoco Street

Lee-Fendall continues its “Downton Abbey”-themed tours. 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.

Meet the Author: Tracey Baptiste

Sunday, October 6

2–3 p.m. (FREE)

Hooray for Books!

1555 King Street

Hooray for Books! is pleased to host Tracey Baptiste as she signs and reads her new book, “The Jumbie God’s Revenge.” For more details, 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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