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Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend!

Looking for something to do? Here are some suggestions

George Washington’s Mount Vernon (Courtesy photo)

Alexandria, VA – Thanksgiving is a week away! It’s probably a safe bet that you’ll be out grocery shopping for the big meal. If the lines look long, you can always do other things while you’re waiting. These great events are sure to pass the time!

Preservation Tour at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Friday, Nov. 22

Starts: 1 p.m. ($30 plus general admission)

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

Ever wanted to learn what it takes to preserve the Estate? Here’s your opportunity! This special tour last 75 minutes. Click HERE for tickets. The tour closes after Friday.

Alexandria Cider Festival

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Saturday, Nov. 23

1–5 p.m. ($45 pre-sale; $55 at the door)

Lloyd House

220 N. Washington Street

A big Alexandria event! Enjoy sampling from 10 Virginia cideries. Ticket price includes tastings, live music, a souvenir glass, and activities. A food truck will serve great food. Event outside so dress to stay warm. Click HERE for tickets.

Alexandria Tree Lighting Ceremony

Pixabay image by Maciej Szewczyk

Saturday, Nov. 23

6–8 p.m. (FREE)

Alexandria City Hall & Market Square

301 King Street

This event is always a great way to get into the holiday spirit. It’s happening a week earlier this year because of Thanksgiving. Occurs rain or shine, and Santa will be in attendance. For more details, click HERE.

Old Town Cookie Crawl

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Saturday, Nov. 23

11 a.m.-5 p.m. ($20 registration fee)

Throughout Old Town

Start celebrating the holidays early. Have fun at the first annual Old Town Cookie Crawl. 17 stores are participating, and you’ll receive a cookie when you visit each. It’s a fun wiay to explore the shops. Register HERE.

Kids’ Krafts at Friendship Firehouse

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

Saturday, Nov. 23

10 a.m.–1 p.m. ($5 for children; $2 for adults)

Friendship Firehouse

107 S. Alfred Street

Create decorations inspired by firefighting history! For tickets, click HERE.

WCO Benefit Concert: Yekwon Sunwoo Plays Mendelssohn

Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, Nov. 23

Time: 7:30 p.m. ($23-$67 per ticket)

Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center

Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus

4915 E Campus Drive

A one-night engagement! Yekwon was the gold medalist of the 2017 Van Kliburn Piano Competition. The performance benefits the Washington Chamber Orchestra Endowment. For tickets, click HERE.

West African Dance

KanKouran West African Dancers (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, Nov. 23

5:30–7 p.m. ($75 per person)

Local Motion Project

2377 S. Dove Street

Learn dance and drumming styles of various West African cultural groups. For more info, click HERE. Sign up HERE.

Alexandria’s Farmers’ Market

Courtesy photo

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.

Alexandria Makers Market

Port City Brewing Company is the site of the Makers’ Market on Sunday. (Courtesy photo)

Sunday, Nov. 24

12–6 p.m. (FREE entry)

Port City Brewing Company

3950 Wheeler Avenue

A family-friendly event. The Alexandria craft-making community will come together. There will be DIY workshops, Rocklands BBQ, and of course, Port City Beer! 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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