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Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend!

Looking for something to do? Here are some suggestions

City Hall in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia in colonial revival style. (Photo: James Cullum)

Alexandria, VA – With a Monday off, weekends always come around quicker. Here we are again! How will you spend yours? Take a look at all these events! (There are a few to get you ready for Halloween!)

Diya Indian Cuisine First Anniversary Celebration

Help Diya Indian Cuisine celebrate their first anniversary. (Courtesy photo)

Friday, Oct. 18

5–9:30 p.m.

Diya Indian Cuisine

218 N Lee Street

Enjoy a meal at this full-service Indian and Nepalese restaurant. The first 300 diners receive a $10 gift card.

Ghost & Graveyard Tour

Stroll among Old Town’s historic tombstones. (Courtesy photo)

Friday, Oct. 18 – Sunday, Oct. 20

Times: 7:30 p.m. (Nightly); 9:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday second tour)

Ticket prices vary

Alexandria Visitor’s Center

221 King Street

A costumed guide in 18th century dress leads you through cemeteries around Old Town. Hear the tales of tormented spirits that haunt your surroundings. For ticket info, click HERE.

Fall Harvest Family Days

Meet (and possibly dance with George Washington this weekend. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, Oct. 19 – Sunday, Oct. 20

9 a.m.–5 p.m. (General Admission)

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy

Celebrate autumn the 18th century way. Take a horse drawn carriage around the grounds of the estate. Check out activities at Pioneer Farm. And meet George Washington! Get your tickets HERE.

Exhibit Opening: “Preserving Alexandria’s Maritime Heritage”

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, Oct. 19

10 a.m.–5 p.m. (FREE)

Alexandria Archaeology Museum

105 N Union Street (Torpedo Factory Art Center)

Third Flr, #327

Learn about the city’s maritime history and how it is preserved. Hear about the excavation of four historic ships! Click HERE for more info.

Specialty Tour: Death at the City Hotel

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (Stock image)

Saturday, Oct. 19

7–9 p.m. ($20 per person)

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

134 N Royal Street

Gadsby’s Tavern has seen its share of historic events. This specialty tour focuses is a bit on the darker side. If you want to get into the spirit of Halloween, then this event is for you. Hear the tales of Tavern guest who took their final breaths in Alexandria’s famous hotel. For more details, click HERE.

The Haunting of Hill House”

The Little Theatre’s players are ready to get you into the Halloween spirit. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, Oct. 19 – Sunday, Oct. 20

8–10 p.m. ($21–$24 per ticket)

Little Theatre of Alexandria

600 Wolfe Street

Enjoy the play based on the Gothic novel by Shirley Jackson. For details and tickets, click HERE.

Alexandria’s Farmers’ Market

(Pixabay photo by JerayGorecki)

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.

The 24th Annual Art Safari

Fun and art: two things that go together. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, Oct. 19

12–5p.m. (Free)

The Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N Union Street

Participate in a tradition. This event is fun for the whole family. Torpedo Factory artists will lead hands-on projects. Great for kids five and up! Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy.

Aware! with KaNikki Jakarta

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

Sunday, October 20

1–2 p.m. (FREE)

The Athenaeum

201 Prince Street

Alexandria’s poet laureate invites the audience to experience poems and stories by a dozen presenters that focus on the month of October. Please RSVP HERE.

Apothecary Geek Tours: Pharmacy Nerds

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

Sunday, October 20

11–12 p.m. ($15 per ticket)

Stabler-Leadbetter Apothecary Museum

105–107 S Fairfax Street

An in-depth tour of the museum with a trained pharmacist, who will discuss medicinal ingredients used in the 19th century that are still used today. Attendees will also learn about the business that Stabler and Ledbetter owned. For 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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