Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend!

Looking for something to do? Here are some suggestions

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Alexandria, VA – Now that football is over until September, there is a little over a month before March Madness begins. Sports fans, what will you do with all the free time on your hands? Here’s an idea. Go outside and check out these great events happening around town.

(His) Story Poetry Reading

13 of Nazareth (Photo: LaKaye Mbah Photography)

Friday, February 7

7-9 p.m. ($10 per person)

The Athenaeum

201 Prince Street

Hear poetry that spotlights the Black male’s triumph, struggle, and pain. Features wise words from 13 of Nazareth, Rodrick Minor, Khalil Houston, and more. The event is hosted by C. Thomas. For tickets, click HERE.

12th Annual DMV Links Red Dress Event

Courtesy Photo

Friday, February 7

6-9 p.m. (FREE!)

Hilton Alexandria Mark Center

5000 Seminary Road

This annual event, hosted by DMV Links, promotes heart health. It is the biggest event of its kind in the region, and it is open to the public! Hear from medical experts and stroke survivors about the best ways to care for your heart. For the itinerary, click HERE. Please register for the event HERE!

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

The Little Theatre of Alexandria (Photo: M. Enriquez/Visit Alexandria)

Friday, February 7–Saturday, February 8

Time: 8 p.m.

Little Theater of Alexandria

600 Wolfe Street

See an entertaining play about the heir to a family fortune who stops at nothing to move up in the line of succession. Get tickets HERE.

Ice & Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run

Photo: NOVA Parks

Friday, February 7-Sunday, February 9

Times and 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.

Kids Pizza Making Class

Photo: Mia’s Italian Kitchen

Saturday, February 8

11 a.m.-12 p.m. ($12 per child)

Mia’s Italian Kitchen

100 King Street

A special class just for kids! They can learn how to stretch dough, add toppings, and watch their pizza cook in the oven. Happy Hour pricing will be offered to adults.

Alexandria Warehouse Sale

Photo: Pexels

Saturday, February 8

9 a.m.-4 p.m. (FREE!)

The Westin Alexandria

400 Courthouse Square

Attention shoppers! You will be able to browse a number of boutiques and find great deals. There’s a reason it has been called the region’s “Super Bowl of Shopping. There will even be a contest! For details, click HERE.

John Carlyle Birthday Celebration

Photo: NOVA Parks

Saturday, February 8

12-4 p.m. (FREE!)

Carlyle House Historic Park

121 N Fairfax Street

All are welcome to mark the 300th anniversary of John Carlyle’s birth! There will be 18th century dancing, music, and a birthday surprise. Donations are appreciated. 

Meet and Speak with General Washington

Photo: George Washington Masonic National Memorial

Saturday, February 8

2-3 p.m. (FREE!)

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial

101 Callahan Drive

Bring the kids to meet our nation’s first leader in recognition of his birthday. They can ask questions about his eventful life! Hot chocolate will be offered.

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.

George Washington’s Alexandria

Photo: Visit Alexandria

Sunday, February 9

2–3:30 p.m. (Free)

The Torpedo Factory Art Center, South Entrance

101 N Union Street

Be transported back to the 1700s. See Alexandria through the eyes of George Washington! Explore places that the first president frequented. No reservation needed. Call 703-379-7460 for more information.

The U.S. Navy Band’s Chamber Players Concert

Photo: The Athenaeum

Sunday, February 9

1–2 p.m. (FREE!)

The Athenaeum

201 Prince Street

Enjoy what is bound to be a fantastic performance. The concert will feature a wide selection of traditional and contemporary music.

Urban Walk Through Old Town

Photo: Visit Alexandria

Sunday, February 9

12-2 p.m. (FREE!)

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial

101 Callahan Drive

Meet some new friends on this five-mile journey while you visit Old Town landmarks and shops. Sign up HERE!

Chocolate & Card Making in Del Ray

Photo: Eventbrite

Sunday, February 9

Starts: 12 p.m. (FREE tickets available!)

Hops N Shine

3410 Mount Vernon Avenue

Bring the kids along to make Valentine’s Day cards and enjoy s’mores and hot chocolate during your visit. Reserve your space HERE!