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Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend!

Looking for something to do? Here are some suggestions

Event poster (Courtesy image)

Alexandria, VA – Looking for a way to forget about work this weekend? There’s always an interesting event happening around town. Here are some you might enjoy. And there’s a bonus: most are free!

Rock of Ages Presents: Roamfest ’20

Saturday, January 11

12-8 p.m.($20 General admission; $35 Premier Plus)

Union Stage

740 Water Street, SW DC

Be prepared to headbang and (maybe?) crowd surf! This day-long festival is family- friendly and features 25 local bands. Premier Plus seating gets you reserved seats and a table in a raised area with a dedicated server so your food and drinks arrive faster. To purchase tickets, click HERE.

Tangerine” Art Exhibit Opening Reception
Del Ray Artisans introduces the new exhibit, “Tangerine.”

Friday, January 10

7–9 p.m. (FREE!)

Del Ray Artisans

2704 Mount Vernon Avenue

Featuring the work of local artists designed to brighten the winter months. Exhibit runs until February 2, 2020. For more info, click HERE.

“Stories in the Architecture”

Take a special tour of the Lee-Fendall House. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, January 11

2–3:15 p.m. ($10 per person)

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

614 Oronoco Street

Explore the house in a behind-the-scenes tour. Parts of the house not usually seen by the public will be shown. For tickets, click HERE.

Bach Sonatas & Concertos at the Athenaeum

The Athenaeum (Photo by K. Summerer for Visit Alexandria)

Saturday, January 11

Starts: 7 p.m. ($40 per person)

The Athenaeum

201 Prince Street

Robert Mealy (violin) and Leon Schelhase (harpsichord) perform sonatas and concertos by the immortal J.S. Bach. For tickets, click HERE.

Ice & Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run

See the Winter Village while it lasts! (Courtesy photo)

Friday, January 10–Sunday, January 12

5–10 p.m. (Ticket prices vary)

Cameron Run Regional Park

4001 Eisenhower Avenue

Experience a scene of wonder and the beauty of festive lights. For more information and to buy tickets, click HERE.

“Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon”

Mount Vernon Estate by Susan Fleishman

Friday, January 10–Sunday, January 12

All day (Included with general admission)

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

In this moving exhibit, learn the stories of some of the people enslaved by Washington. See artifacts from the time period. Hear how Washington’s views about slavery changed during his later years, inspiring him to include a provision in his will that freed the slaves who lived and worked at Mount Vernon upon his death. Buy tickets HERE.

Alexandria’s Farmers Market

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For info on the Old Town 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 Old Town North Farmers Market returns in March and the West End Farmers Market returns in May.

Myth, Dreams & Reality”: Paintings by Barbara Frank

Artist Barbara Frank (Courtesy photo)

Friday, January 10–Sunday, January 12

10 a.m.–4 p.m. (FREE!)

Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center

Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus

4915 E Campus Drive

Frank’s work has been showcased in galleries throughout the country, and now it is in town for all to enjoy! She is inspired by her dreams and travels while being influenced by a variety of artists, including classical French painters. For more information about Frank and her work, click HERE.

“Our Alexandria” Film Screening

Sharon Jones Frazier and Linwood M. Smith, both lifetime residents of Alexandria, began working together on their amazing historic collection in 1994, combining talents and drawing on their memories of places and people in Alexandria. (Photo: Our Alexandria screenshot)

Sunday, January 12

Starts: 3 p.m. (FREE!)

The Alexandria Black History Museum at the Lyceum

201 S Washington Street

Dollhouses – designed by Sharon Jones Frazier and Linwood M. Smith – are used to depict segregation in Alexandria in this creative film. Directed by Emmy-winner Robin Hamilton, it was made with a grant from Virginia Humanities. For more info, read the Zebra article HERE

3D Knitwear Workshop 

fibre space at 1319 Prince St. (Photo by James Cullum)

Sunday, January 12

12-4 p.m. ($85 per person)

fibre space

1319 Prince Street

Learn about the fascinating world of 3D Knitware with designer Olga Buraya-Kefelian. Make a KOKO scarf, wrap, or cowl. Basic knitting skills required. For more info, click HERE.

Creature Comforts” Art Exhibit
Courtesy image

Friday, January 10–Sunday, January 12

All day (FREE!)

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital

2660 Duke Street

This exhibit displays art of animals that lift hearts, an ongoing theme of the Hospital. All artwork featured is by members of the Del Ray Artisans and is part of the Gallery Without Walls program.

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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