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Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Veterans Day Weekend!

Looking for something to do? Here are some suggestions

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Alexandria, VA – The weather turned cold quickly! But that doesn’t stop businesses from putting on great events year round. Check out what’s going on this weekend! See the special events below to commemorate Veterans Day.

The Great Del Ray Poetry Reading

Poet Wiiliam Heath reads to a captivated audience. (Courtesy photo)

Friday, Nov. 8

7–9 p.m. (FREE)

St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub

2300 Mount Vernon Avenue

St Elmo’s welcomes poet William Heath, who will read from his new collection, “Night Moves in Ohio.” The event, hosted by the Del Ray Players, is also an open-mic night.

Friday After Work Concert Series

The Office of Historic Alexandria welcomes Brazilian music group INA. (Courtesy photo)

Friday, Nov. 8

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

Office of Historic Alexandria

220 N Washington Street

INĂ performs Cuban and Brazilian music. Beer and wine for sale with light refreshments.

George Washington Whiskey Festival

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, Nov. 9

6–9 p.m. ($85 per ticket)

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy

A new event this year! Meet giants of the Virginia whiskey industry, enjoy spirits, and learn how whiskey was made at Washington’s estate. For tickets, click HERE.

Fierce Sisters: African American Women in World War I & World War II” Lecture

C.R. Gibbs (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, Nov. 9

Starts: 11 a.m. (FREE)

Alexandria Black History Museum

902 Wythe Street

Renowned author and historian C.R. Gibbs offers moving portraits of African American women who battled on numerous fronts, defying Jim Crow laws and racial stereotypes, during two pivotal wars in world history.

Improv Comedy Show – Auxiliary

The improv comedy group, Auxiliary. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, Nov. 9

Starts: 8 p.m. (FREE; $5 suggested donation)

The Lyceum

201 S Washington Street

The last show of 2019! You never know what’s going to happen with improv. Come for a great time and expect to laugh.

Plied Yarn Launch Party

fibre girl outside of fibre space, 1319 Prince St. (Photo by James Cullum)

Saturday, Nov. 9

10 a.m.–4 p.m. (FREE)

fibre space

1319 Prince Street

Check out a new variety of yarn at Alexandria’s favorite knitting supply store. There are 25 colors! Store owners Karida Collins and Ann Weaver will welcome customers.

Alexandria’s Farmers’ Market

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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 Four Mile Run and Artisans Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

Note: The West End Farmers Market returns in May 2020.

Fort Ward Tours to Honor Veterans Day

Fort Ward offers tours to honor Veterans Day. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, Nov. 9

10 a.m. & 2 p.m. (FREE)

Fort Ward Museum

4301 W Braddock Road

An interpreter in the uniform of a Union soldier will talk about his service time during the Civil War. Visitors will also learn the history of the fort. Tour is weather dependent.

Flag Placing for Vets

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Sunday, November 10

1–2 p.m. (FREE)

Ivy Hill Cemetery

2823 King Street

Help place flags at the tombstones of veterans. These soldiers gave their lives so that we can live ours. Barbecue lunch will be offered.

The United States Navy Concert Band Veterans Day Weekend Performance

The United States Navy Concert Band (Courtesy photo)

Sunday, Nov. 10

2–3 p.m. (FREE)

The Athenaeum

201 Prince Street

The performance will feature both traditional and contemporary music. It’s a can’t miss event!

Veterans Day Open House at Gadsby’s Tavern

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum offers free tours this Sunday. (Stock image)

Sunday, Nov. 10

1–4 p.m. (FREE)

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

134 N Royal Street

Did you know that Gadsby’s Tavern was saved from destruction by American Legion Post #24? Thanks to their efforts, every Alexandrian can enjoy the Tavern! To commemorate the connection, there is no cost for tours held on Sunday.

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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