Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend!

Looking for something to do? Here are some suggestions

Alexandria, VA – Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Do you want to surprise the one you love by doing something memorable? Your affection shouldn’t be expressed on just a single day. How about taking the whole weekend to celebrate your connection with that one very special person in your life? The time you spend together at these events can make your bond as a couple stronger. (FYI – There is also an anti-Valentine’s Day event for singles out there. Check out the events for Washington’s birthday as well!)

Valentine Pendants Workshop

Photo: Visit Alexandria

Friday, February 14

4-6 p.m. ($48 per person)

Wear Ever Jewelry

1112 King Street

Create special Valentine’s Day pendants you can keep forever. They are made from steel!

Valentine’s Day Chocolate & Beer Pairing

Photo: Hops N Shine

Friday, February 14

11 a.m. to close ($20 per person)

Hops N Shine

3410 Mount Vernon Avenue

Hops N Shine will pair four kinds of craft beer with four kinds of truffles. The deal is available for a lunch or dinner date. Your taste buds will enjoy and so will the two of you!

An Anti-Valentine’s Party

Photo: Fibre Space

Friday, February 14

6-9 p.m. (FREE!)

fibre space

1319 Prince Street

Have fun stitching while watching “The First Wives Club.” Champagne and chocolates will be available. The movie will start around 7 p.m. 

LGBTQ Valentine’s Art Exhibition

Photo: Torpedo Factory Art Center

Saturday, February 14

7-10 p.m. (FREE!)

Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N Union Street

After dinner, stop by the Torpedo Factory for what is described on their website as “a playful but poignant show exploring non-heteronormative relationships.” Entitled “My Queer Valentine,” the exhibition will feature a juror and gallery talk. There are many more activities, too! For more info, click HERE.

Smokey Robinson at the Theater

Photo: Visit Alexandria

Friday, February 14

8 p.m. (Ticket prices vary)

MGM at National Harbor

101 MGM National Avenue

The legendary singer, songwriter, and leader of The Miracles comes to town for one night only! This event will surely be a crowd pleaser. For tickets, click HERE.

Birthnight Banquet & Ball

Photo: Visit Alexandria

Saturday, February 15

5:30-11 p.m. (Prices vary)

Gadsby’s Tavern & Museum

134 N Royal Street

A celebration of George Washington’s birthday, set in the year 1799. There will be period dancing, desserts, and more. Brian Hilton, Alexandria’s newly appointed George Washington, will make an appearance. For more information, click HERE.

Barrel Aged Beer Festival in Del Ray

Image: Hops N Shine

Saturday, February 15-Monday, February 17

3 p.m. (Cost varies)

Hops N Shine

Mount Vernon Avenue

Hops N Shine offers a number of barrel aged beers, food specials, and great live music. For more info, visit the Hops N Shine Facebook page. Get tickets HERE

ASO Presents: String Serenade

Photo: Alexandria String Orchestra

Saturday, February 15–Sunday, February 16

Times: Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. ($20-$85 per ticket)

Saturday’s Venue

Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center

Northern Virginia Community College

4915 E Campus Drive

Sunday’s Venue

George Washington Masonic Memorial

101 Callahan Drive

Two days, one performance. Features the music of Mozart and Schubert. For tickets, click HERE and HERE.

Alexandria’s Farmers’ Market

Courtesy Photo

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 16

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.

Murphy’s Fundraiser for the 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

Photo: Eventbrite

Sunday, February 16

4–7 p.m. ($20 per person at door; $17.55 online)

Murphy’s Irish Pub

713 King Street

Come out and support the Ballyshaners! The non-profit must raise $50,000 to cover the costs associated with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, one of Alexandria’s most treasured traditions. There will be tons of a fun, including traditional Irish entertainment, food, drink, a silent auction, and more! Get your tickets HERE.