2018 Spring Events in Alexandria, VA March 5, 2018

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Claire Mouledoux: CMouledoux@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-652-5367
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Spring Events in Alexandria, VA

Blossoms, Boats and Historic Tours

Alexandria, VA—As the cherry blossoms bloom, seasonal activities abound in Alexandria, Virginia, located minutes from Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River. With a vibrant evolving waterfront and walkable nationally designated historic district, Alexandria is the perfect setting for a springtime getaway.

Celebrate D.C.’s National Cherry Blossom Festival with a scenic cruise on the water taxi from Old Town to the National Mall, or peek into historic homes on the Alexandria Historic Homes & Gardens Tour for glimpses of flowers blooming in lush gardens. Embark on the baseball boat to Nationals Stadium from Old Town for a ball game or explore rarely-seen spaces at historic sites on Historic Alexandria’s Attics and Alleys Tour. Enjoy a picturesque run from George Washington’s Mount Vernon down the George Washington Memorial Parkway and into Old Town Alexandria during the 34th Annual George Washington Parkway Classic. Whether it’s stocking up on a new spring wardrobe with trendy finds from chic boutiques or packing a picnic with delectable treats for an afternoon at a waterfront park, Alexandria’s colorful palette of springtime activities combined with seasonal hotel packages create unique family-friendly spring breaks and rejuvenating weekend escapes.

For more spring activities in Alexandria, see www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/spring.
Check out spring hotel packages at www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/hotels/deals.

FEATURED EVENTS:

Water Taxi to The Wharf in Washington, D.C.: Cherry Blossom Festival Service
Monday through Sunday from March 1-December 31, 2018 
Departing at 9:40 a.m., 1:05 p.m., 2:25 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:25 p.m., 7:35 p.m., and 9:05 p.m.
Admission: starting at $20 round-trip for adults
Departs from Cameron & Union Streets, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-0580
www.potomacriverboatco.com/water-taxi/wharf 

Cruise from Old Town Alexandria to Washington, D.C. to stroll among the famous cherry blossoms and take part in events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival including the Blossom Kite Festival. Potomac Riverboat Company offers a 25-minute direct water taxi from Old Town to the new Wharf development in D.C. From the dock at The Wharf, it’s a 10-minute walk to the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin. The water taxi docks at the Transit Pier, 950 Wharf St. SW, near the Tidal Basin, the National Mall, Hains Point and a Capital Bikeshare station.

Water Taxi to National Mall: Cherry Blossom Festival Service
March 24-April 15, 2018
Departing at 11:10 a.m., 1:35 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
Admission: starting at $30 round-trip for adults
Departs from Cameron & Union Streets, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-0580
www.potomacriverboatco.com/new-national-harbor-taxi.php 

Cruise from Old Town Alexandria to Washington, D.C. to stroll among the famous cherry blossoms and take part in events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival including the Blossom Kite Festival. Potomac Riverboat Company offers a 30-minute direct water taxi between Old Town and the National Mall, disembarking just steps from the celebrated Yoshino cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin. The water taxi docks at Ohio & West Basin Drive SW, near the Tidal Basin, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and a Capital Bikeshare station.

Cherry Blossom Monuments Cruise
Saturdays and Sundays March 24 & 25, 31 & April 1, April 7 & 8, April 14 & 15, 2018
Departing at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Admission: starting at $32 round-trip for adults
Cameron & Union Streets, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-0580
www.potomacriverboatco.com 

Traverse the Potomac River from Old Town Alexandria and cruise past the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. on the Cherry Blossom Monuments Cruise by Potomac Riverboat Company. View and listen to the history of the iconic monuments, memorials and bridges as the D.C. region awakens to spring. See beautiful cherry blossom trees as you glide past Hains Point and head onward to Georgetown. The cruise is 45 minutes one-way and approximately 90 minutes round-trip and is offered during peak bloom on weekends from March 24 to April 15, 2018.

Baseball Boat to Nationals Park
Beginning opening day, April 5, 2018; times vary upon Nationals schedule
Admission: starting at $25 round-trip
Departs from the Alexandria Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-0580
www.BaseballBoat.com 

The Potomac Riverboat Company offers baseball enthusiasts the chance to avoid the crowds and take a leisurely cruise from Old Town Alexandria to Nationals Park along the scenic Potomac River. Online ticket purchases include free parking. Boats returning to Alexandria depart 20 minutes after the final pitch. Boat operates for 80% of Nationals games (check website for specific available dates).

5th Annual Alexandria Historic Homes & Garden Tour
April 21, 2018 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $45 in advance; $55 day of; $25 for single-site admission
Various locations throughout Old Town Alexandria
703-838-5005
www.VAGardenWeek.org  

On April 21st, five of Old Town Alexandria's finest private homes and gardens will open to the public as part of the 85th Historic Garden Week, the oldest and largest house and garden tour in the nation. The homes will feature beautiful flower arrangements created by the members of the Garden Club of Alexandria and The Hunting Creek Garden Club, which are sponsoring the tour, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Marketplace at The Athenaeum, boutique shopping, and fine dining are just steps away. In addition, the tour ticket allows access to two Garden Club of Virginia restoration projects, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens and Green Spring Gardens, in addition to other local properties of historic interest.

34th Annual George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile, 5K and Kids Dash
April 22, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.
Admission: $10-$80
Old Town Alexandria; starting places vary
www.visitalexandriava.com/parkwayclassic 

The George Washington Parkway Classic is Alexandria’s hometown race, and so much more, with the Parkway route connecting two of the area’s most historic spots. The starting gun (sadly, there is no musket) fires steps from the picturesque George Washington’s Mount Vernon. From there, you’ll travel down the tree-lined George Washington Memorial Parkway to another area associated with Washington, charming Old Town Alexandria. In addition to the 10 mile distance, a 5K and kids dash are available. The George Washington Parkway Classic supports the Boys and Girls Club of Alexandria and has been voted a favorite spring race by RunWashington Magazine. Join Pacers Running for the 34th Annual George Washington Parkway Classic!

Historic Alexandria Attics and Alleys Tours
Saturdays in May 2018 from 9 a.m.-noon
Admission: $35; advanced reservations required
Departs from Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314 or Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
www.alexandriava.gov/gadsbystavern  

The curious are invited to visit rarely seen spaces at four of Alexandria's historic sites on this special three-hour walking tour of Gadsby's Tavern Museum, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden and Carlyle House Historic Park. Tickets can be reserved online at shop.alexandriava.gov.

MORE SPRING EVENTS & TOURS:

Spring Performances at MetroStage: Celebrating Work by Women, About Women, and Starring Women
March 8-April 29, 2018 at various times
Admission: $45
MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-9044
www.metrostage.org 

MetroStage will feature two performances this spring celebrating work by women, about women, and starring women. From March 8-25, 2018, George…Don’t Do That! is a musical entertainment celebrating the wit and wisdom of one of Britain’s most beloved comediennes. From April 13-29, 2018, I Did It My Way in Yiddish (in English) features the internationally acclaimed Jewish comic, musician and writer Deb Filler. A brilliant storyteller, she has charmed audiences world-wide with her smash hit. 

8th Annual March150 Art Party
March 23, 2018 from 7-10 p.m.
Admission: $25 in advance; $30 at the door
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4590
www.torpedofactory.org 

Target Gallery’s popular annual exhibition and art sale, March150, returns! The March150 Art Party, presented by the Factory Society, is the closing reception for Target Gallery’s March150 Special Exhibition and Art Sale, where all remaining artwork is discounted to just $100. All proceeds from artwork sales support artist stipends for future special exhibitions and programs at the Target Gallery and the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Join us for a lively evening featuring a special menu of hors d’oeuvres provided by Catering by Seasons, a wine bar sponsored by Sonoma Cellar, fun hands-on art activities with the Mobile Art Lab, a green-screen photo station provided by the American Geosciences Insitute, live music set with DJ VicoVibez, and more! We will also be presenting special artists awards at 9 p.m. selected by Factory Society, The Art LeagueTorpedo Factory Artists Association, as well as the People’s Choice Award. We will also be allowing for the first time for your purchased artwork to be picked up the night of the party!

Women’s Civil War Day
March 24, 2018 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free; donations welcome
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22304
703-746-4848
www.alexandriava.gov/fortward  

In celebration of Women's History Month, civilian interpreters portray the dress, skills and contributions of women during the Civil War. Learn about quilting and making items for soldier relief efforts, typical dress and clothing accessories of the time, roles women played in camp, and women who fought on the battlefield.

Apothecary Museum Mad Science Tours
March 25, 2018 from 1-4:30 p.m.
Admission: $6 per person ages 5 and up
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3852
www.alexandriava.gov/apothecary 

What do super heroes, crazy animals, and explosions have in common? A mad scientist probably made them! Come to the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum on Sunday, April 28 to explore where real science and mad science collide. 45-minute tours start every 30 minutes between 1 and 4:30 p.m. and feature historic medicines with surprising side effects. Upstairs, meet the museum’s very own mad scientist bringing to life some crazy concoctions and the science behind them. 

Braddock's Tars: Common Sailors and the Braddock Expedition
March 26, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Admission: Free; donations welcome
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.carlylehouse.org 

In this lecture, Kyle Dalton will explore the lives and experiences of common sailors in the 18th century through the lens of the Braddock Expedition. A little-known detachment of thirty-three Royal Navy sailors trudged through the wilderness and fought at the disastrous battle on the Monongahela, and this evening you can learn their story. Admission is free; donations are welcome.

19th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Lee-Fendall House
March 30-April 1, 2018
Egg hunts begins Friday at 3 p.m.; Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $12 for kids ages 1-10; $5 for adults; free for Friends of Lee-Fendall House
Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-1789
www.LeeFendallHouse.org 

To celebrate Easter, the Lee-Fendall House Museum’s gardens will be filled with hundreds of colorful, toy-filled Easter eggs in addition to activities like crafts, snacks and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Open to children ages 10 and under and their families. Tickets are available online.

BunnyFest 2018
March 31, 2018 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free 
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
888-266-1676
www.torpedofactory.org 

Cuddle up with a cottontail and some art at BunnyFest. Artists from the Torpedo Factory embrace warm and fuzzy bouncy bunnies that show spring with their step. Find artisan hip-hop and see rabbit-riffic artwork in progress, including ceramic sculptures, high-fire dishware, etchings, paintings and prints. Make BunnyFest buttons, create bunny crafts, don bunny ears and huddle with those who give a whisker about stuff with fluff. Mug with Bugs and visit with adoptable rabbits from the Friends of Rabbit rescue. Torpedo Factory artists have been lounging with lagomorphs and will be showing and selling high-eared art. Thinking outside the Easter basket, Factory artists—Tracie Griffith Tso (Studio 22 and 19), Lisa Schumaier (Keenthings Studio 16), Betty Grisham (Studio 17) and Rebecca Ravenal (Studio 23), Guy G. Jones (Studio 334), and Barbara Muth (Studio 5)—create handmade original work with bounce.

Malt Madness at Port City Brewing Co.
March 31, 2018 from noon-9 p.m.
Admission: $25 for teams of two
Port City Brewing Co., 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304
www.portcitybrewing.com/events 

For fans of Basketball, malty brews and competitive spiritedness, Port City has created the perfect event for you. Port City proudly presents MALT MADNESS! For the first time ever we are bringing the NCAA Tournament to the brewery, featuring a starting lineup of outdoor games, that includes a Cornhole Tournament and a Giant Yard Pong Tournament. Teams start at 2 people for $25 which includes two beers and two limited edition team bandanas. We will also be welcoming back our Spring MVP Tartan as well as adding some of our favorite veteran malty brews such as Colossal 5, 7, Metro Red, Doppelbock, and dueling cask conditioned versions of Tartan and Metro Red. Team sign-up will open March 1 at noon.

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace
Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. from April through October 2018
Admission: $5 per class, $20 for 5 classes
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.carlylehouse.org 

After a long day of work, join yoga instructor Barbara Douglass for an hour long Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Carlyle House’s Magnolia Terrace. A gentle flow yoga class that uses the breath to flow from one pose to the other. We will build heat with sun salutations then progress to balance, deep stretching and finally relaxing meditation. Please bring water, a towel, and yoga mat. Wear comfortable yoga wear. Class may be cancelled due to extreme weather, please call the site to check class status.

Doggy Yappy Hour at Jackson 20
Every Tuesday beginning April 3, 2018 from 4-7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Jackson 20, 480 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-6080
www.jackson20restaurant.com 

Bring your beloved four-legged best friend along for Yappy Hour, featuring pup-tinis and delicious doggie treats. While pooches mix and mingle to meet new furry friends in the outdoor courtyard, happy hour cocktail specials and dinner options are available for owners as well!

Sister City Concert: Craig Weir, Scottish bagpiper and the Highland Divas
April 3, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
Admission: Free
The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4994
shop.alexandriava.gov   

Craig Weir has performed for the Queen, the Dalai Lama, Princess Anne, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Gordon Brown. At the Commonwealth Games, his version of Flower of Scotland played around the world every time Scotland won a gold medal! Craig has played in Ireland, Switzerland, China, Belgium, the Faroe Islands, Germany, the U.S., France Italy, Cyprus, and Iceland. Craig has received numerous awards including a Dundee Hero Award for Performer of the Year, an Angus Cultural Ambassadors Award for his band Gleadhraich, and the Creative Scotland Arts Award at the Young Scot Awards. Craig was also honored with the title of Global Ambassador to the World Peace Tartan. Georgia, Margaret & Marla are The Highland Divas. Two from Scotland, and one from New Zealand. Three women with diverse musical backgrounds and a common heritage. These uniquely talented artists will take you on a musical journey that spans the folk music of Ireland, Scotland and New Zealand and culminates in the soaring heights of Rock Opera. A journey from the most achingly spare Celtic ballads to the most thrilling, harmonized interpretations of Popular & Classical Music.

The “Grandest Congress”: The French and Indian War in Alexandria
April 7, 2018 from noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.carlylehouse.org 

Visitors are invited to step back in time at Carlyle House and experience Braddock’s visit and the French and Indian War firsthand through costumed interpreters. Imagine, it’s the spring of 1755. Major General Edward Braddock, Commander-in-Chief of His Majesty’s Forces in North America, landed in Alexandria on March 26th to assume command of all North American military forces. He lodged at the grandest dwelling in town, Carlyle House. While staying at Carlyle House, Braddock convened a meeting of five colonial governors. Among Braddock’s objectives was to secure funding for his upcoming campaign against the French. Carlyle called this gathering “the Grandest Congress … ever known on the Continent.” Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Concerts with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
April 7, 2018 at 8 p.m., April 8, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Admission: $5 for youth 18 and under; $10 for students with IDs; $20-$80 for adults
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, 4915 E. Campus Dr., Alexandria, VA 22311
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria, VA 22301
703-548-0885
www.AlexSym.org 

Journey through time as three centuries collide when the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Nicholas Hersh present the season finale. The program begins with C.P.E. Bach’s Baroque Symphony in E-Flat Major followed by Piazzolla’s modern tango-inspired Tangazo: Variations on Buenos Aires. Rounding out the program is Brahms’ Romantic, melancholy and pastoral Symphony No. 2. 

Apothecary Museum Geek Tours: Civil War
April 8, 2018 from 11 a.m.-noon
Admission: $15
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3852
www.alexandriava.gov 

On this guided tour learn about the events in Alexandria during the Civil War through the lens of this family pharmacy. Tour is from 11 a.m. to noon and costs $15 per person; tour is recommended for adults only. 

Facetime with History: Hannah Fairfax Washington and Jane Fairfax
April 8, 2018 from 1-4 p.m.
Admission: $5 per adult
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
www.alexandriava.gov/gadsbystavern  

On the second Sunday of every month, guests will be greeted by a person from the past while journeying through the museum. While the character varies, through conversation and stories, guests will deepen their understanding of the past and how it connects to today.

Jane Austen Ball Dance Classes
April 12, 19 & 26, 2018 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Admission: $12 per person; $30 for all three classes
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
www.alexandriava.gov/gadsbystavern  

In preparation for the Jane Austen Ball: Mr. Darcy’s Delight on the April 28, learn 18th century English country dancing from expert dance instructors.

Late Shift at the Torpedo Factory: What is Art?
April 13, 2018 from 7-11 p.m.
Admission: Free
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4590
www.torpedofactory.org  

Celebrate the work of some of the region’s best up-and-coming talent during the opening reception for Target Gallery’s Emerging Artists exhibition. Meet artists Katie Barrie, Ronald Jackson, Hollis McCracken and Holly Trout and hear them talk about their work. Mix and mingle with the Factory Society young-patrons group. Enjoy music, live performances, refreshments, and more.

Apothecary Museum Geek Tours: Pharmacy Nerds
April 15, 2018 from 11 a.m.-noon
Admission: $15
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3852
www.alexandriava.gov  

Spend more time touring the Apothecary Museum with museum volunteer, Dr. Ken Miller, retired professor of pharmacology. Ken will focus on the historic medicinal ingredients that are still used today in modern medicine while also touching upon the Stabler and Leadbeater family and business history. This tour is great for first time and return visitors and is recommended for adults only.

Carlyle House Garden Day Herb & Craft Sale
April 21, 2018 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free; $5 to tour house; free tours with Alexandria Garden Day ticket
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.carlylehouse.org 

Come celebrate spring with the Friends of Carlyle House’s Annual Garden Day Herb & Craft Sale from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Tour Carlyle House, the actual site of the Mansion House Hospital featured in the PBS drama MERCY STREET. Purchase culinary and decorative herbs, plants, and flowers raised in Mount Vernon’s greenhouses. Bring your gardening questions to the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Enjoy live musical entertainment throughout the day, a bake sale, book sale, white elephant table, and more. Proceeds benefit Carlyle House. This event is free, however admission to the Carlyle House museum is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and free for Friends of Carlyle House or with your Alexandria Garden Day ticket. This event will take place rain or shine.

Firefighting History Walking Tour
April 21, 2018 from 1-2:30 p.m.
Admission: $6 for adults; $4 ages 10-17
Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4994
www.alexandriava.gov 

Explore Alexandria’s firefighting history on the “Blazing a Trail: Alexandria’s Firefighting History” tour. Participants learn about volunteer firefighting in early Alexandria, three devastating fires, and the five volunteer fire companies. The tour begins at the historic Friendship Firehouse, proceeds east on Prince Street, and returns via King Street. For age 10 and older. 

Canine Cruise
Saturdays April 28 & May 19, 2018 departing at 11 a.m.
Admission: $18 adults; $12 children under 12
Cameron & Union Streets, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-0580
www.potomacriverboatco.com 

Calling all dog owners or dog lovers! With or without a four-legged friend, you are invited to join us for this special 45-minute cruise of Alexandria’s seaport—a favorite spring activity for locals. Dogs are free, but must be on a six-foot non-retractable leash.

Jane Austen Ball: Mr. Darcy’s Delight
April 28, 2018 from 8-11 p.m.
Admission: $45 per person
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
www.alexandriava.gov/gadsbystavern 

Spring is in the air! Dance to Mr. Darcy’s Delight at this late-1790s era ball. The evening will feature a variety of English Country dances in the historic ballroom, live music, and dessert collation. Period costume optional, “after-five” attire encouraged.

The 17th Biennial Ikebana Exhibit
May 1-6, 2018
Admission: Free
The Art League Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-2323
www.theartleague.org 

Art and nature come together as The Art League welcomes back the Washington, D.C. branch of The Sogetsu School for our 17th Biennial Ikebana Show. Join us at Art on the Rocks on May 4 and sip cocktails inspired by the Ikebana installations! Recognized as a sculptural form of art, Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, has over 300 schools of thought.

Art on the Rocks
May 4, 2018 from 7:30-10 p.m.
Admission: $45 each; $55 after April 21 (21+)
The Art League Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-2323
www.theartleague.org 

The Art League is challenging local mixologists to each select an installation from their Biennial Ikebana Show as inspiration to create the most artistic cocktail and appetizer pairing and then compete for the title of “Art on the Rocks” champion. Art on the Rocks ticket holders will get to sample all of the delicious pairings and vote for their favorite during the event. A panel of experts will crown the winners of the most creative cocktail, appetizer, and artwork pairing.

Carlyle’s Perfectly Paired Chocolate & Wine Tasting
May 5, 2018 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Admission: $40
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.carlylehouse.org 

What goes better with wine than chocolate? Join Potomac Chocolate on the Magnolia Terrace for an evening of locally made chocolates paired with delicious wines. There will also be small snacks that guests can enjoy between their wine and chocolate. Tours of the house will run from 6:30-7p.m. with the tasting being promptly at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online. Ages 21 and over only. Registration required, no refunds.

Apothecary Museum Geek Tours: Outlandish Tour
May 6, 2018 from 11 a.m.-noon
Admission: $15
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3852
www.alexandriava.gov 

Learn about the role of 18th century female healers on this tour that focuses on the herbal medicines featured in Diana Gabaldon’s celebrated Outlander series of novels. Find everything from cascara to dauco seeds. Tour is from 11 a.m. to noon and costs $15 per person; tour is recommended for adults only.

History by the Glass: Gin
May 11, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
Admission: $50 per person
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
www.alexandriava.gov/gadsbystavern 

Want to know more about the intersection of history and drinks? Then look no further than History by the Glass. Enjoy drinks at the tavern, which historically served a wide variety of beverages, and learn about the history behind them.

Mother’s Day Tea at Carlyle House
May 13, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $45 per adult; $25 per child ages 6-12; free for children under 5
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.carlylehouse.org  

Treat your mother, grandmother, or special woman in your life to an elegant afternoon tea. Relax in the beautiful setting of our Magnolia Terrace and enjoy personalized tableside service and scrumptious food catered by Calling Card Events for an unforgettable day. Registration required no refunds. 

Free Mother’s Day Tours
May 13, 2018; various times
Admission: free for mothers; $5 for all other adults; $3 children ages 5-12
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314
www.alexandriava.gov 

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum (1-4:45 p.m.), Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (1-5 p.m.) and the Friendship Firehouse Museum (1-4 p.m.) are pleased to offer free tours on Mother’s Day for all visiting mothers!

Facetime with History: Dolley Madison
May 13, 2018 from 1-4 p.m.
Admission: free for mothers; $5 for all other adults; $3 children ages 5-12
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
www.alexandriava.gov/gadsbystavern 

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is pleased to offer free tours on Mother’s Day for all visiting mothers! Treat Mom to a tour of the historic tavern and City Hotel made famous by John Gadsby. Notable visitors (other than your beloved Mother) include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. As part of the second Sunday Facetime series, guests will meet Dolley Madison as they journey through the tavern, included with admission. Self-guided tours available anytime. Guided tours at 2 and 4 p.m. 

Soldier-led Tours of Fort Ward for Armed Forces Day
May 19, 2018 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Admission: Free; donations welcome
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22304
703-746-4848
www.alexandriava.gov/fortward  

An interpreter portraying a Union soldier will discuss the construction and history of Fort Ward and army life in the Defenses of Washington. Tours are 90 minutes each and begin in the museum.

Civil War Firefighting Walking Tour
May 19, 2018 from 1-3 p.m.
Admission: $6 for adults; $4 ages 10-17
Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4994
www.alexandriava.gov  

When Virginia joined the Confederacy, Union troops occupied Alexandria and most municipal functions were assumed by the U.S. Army. The “We’ve Been Burned: Alexandria Firefighters During the Civil War” walking tour explores firefighting during the occupation. How were volunteer fire companies treated by Federal authorities? Were firefighters allowed out after curfew? What happened to the firehouses? These questions will be answered as participants visit sites of four of the five fire houses, and learn what happened if there was a fire. For age 10 and older. 

Exhibit Opening: A Living Memorial: Honoring our Veterans
May 26-28, 2018
Admission: $5 per adult
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
www.alexandriava.gov/gadsbystavern 

In 1929, the newly formed American Legion Post #24 purchased the buildings now known as Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, restoring them in honor of World War I veterans. As part of the World War I Centennial Commemoration, see how the museum looked under the care of the American Legion and hear about the contributions Post #24 still makes to the City of Alexandria. Whether its 1929 or 2018, home or abroad, these men and women embody the idea of service. 

Lecture: Right Hand Man? Alexander Hamilton’s Relationship With George Washington: The Musical vs. the Reality
May 31, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $12 per person; $10 for Society members and volunteers
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
www.alexandriava.gov/gadsbystavern  

Professor Peter Henriques contends the collaboration between George Washington and Alexander Hamilton was the most important in the founding of our nation. His lecture will address the nature of their relationship, what caused Hamilton to resign from Washington's staff during the War and how did Washington respond? He will also answer this burning question: How accurate is the portrayal of their relationship in the musical, Hamilton?

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ABOUT ALEXANDRIA, VA
Named a Top 10 Must-Visit U.S. Hot Spot for 2017 by Smarter Travel, a Top Romantic City and a Top Dog Friendly City, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria hums with more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. New restaurants tucked in to 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown ignite historic and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods as the waterfront district evolves with new energy.

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