Fall 2018 Festival Season in Alexandria, VA August 24, 2018

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August 24, 2018  

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Fall Festival Season in Alexandria, VA

Tall Ship Visit & Portside Festival Celebrate New Waterfront Experience, Plus Historic Haunts, Art Festivals & More

Alexandria, VA—As fall foliage emerges, Alexandria’s historic brick-lined streets are the perfect backdrop for the city’s fall festival season, filled with outdoor art festivals, Halloween haunts, events to toast the season and more. Plus, the tall ship Godspeed from Jamestown visits in October as part of the Old Town Alexandria Portside Festival celebrating the opening of a greatly expanded new park area at the foot of King Street.

Alexandria welcomes autumn with more than 60 seasonal events. Art and craft lovers converge for annual highlights like the King Street Art Festival, Mount Vernon’s Colonial Market & Fair and Del Ray’s  Art on the Avenue. October features spooky stories and historic haunts with events such as Zombie Escape at Carlyle House, The Anniversary of the Female Stranger’s Death at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and Escape the Sanderson Witches at Carlyle House. For those who prefer the other kind of spirits, don’t miss Art on Tap at The Art League, A Mansion House Whiskey Tasting at Carlyle House, the Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Alexandria Cider Festival. You can also take care of your mind and body with the inaugural Old Town Waterfront Fitness + Wellness Festival. 

Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living, Alexandria is more vibrant than ever during the city's most colorful season. With luxurious accommodations just steps from festival and event venues, galleries, boutiques and restaurants, visitors can enjoy the perfect fall getaway.

Find fall events below and more at www.visitalexandriava.com/fall.
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FEATURED EVENTS:

16th Annual King Street Art Festival
September 15, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and September 16, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free
King St., from Washington to Union Streets, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3301
www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/ArtFest   

Historic King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, from Washington Street to the waterfront is transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original fine artwork by more than 200 artists from around the country. Enjoy live music, and interactive art activities, as well as The Art League’s Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser. The 16th Annual King Street Art Festival takes place Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Beer & Wine Torpedo Garden will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days of the festival.

Mount Vernon Colonial Market & Fair
September 15 and September 16, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Included in general admission ($20 adults; $12 youth)
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703-780-2000
www.MountVernon.org  

Visit with colonial artisans who demonstrate and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leather-workings, weavings, furniture, and food. Watch 18th-century shows, including a puppet show, a fire-eating act and a balloon launch and listen to colonial music. Costumed interpreters will be demonstrating the 18th-century chocolate-making process using an authentic colonial recipe! Potomac River sightseeing cruises are available at half price (while supplies last). Colonial Market & Fair takes place rain or shine.

77th Annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour
September 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $40 in advance; $45 day of
Old Town Alexandria, VA
703-338-0691
www.thetwig.org/Homes-Tour   

The Twig’s 77th Historic Alexandria Homes Tour provides the opportunity to tour 18th and early 19th century homes in Old Town and learn of their historic pasts. This year’s homes are located in the heart of Old Town, in easy walking distance, and underscore the area’s continuing evolution as a vibrant, livable community. Behind historic facades are a diverse mix of decorating styles. Tour a home whose interior is reminiscent of New Orleans, enjoy a light-filled treasure trove of African-American art and visit a contemporary open-air guest house overlooking a fabulous outdoor space. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.thetwig.org or at the Alexandria Visitor Center at 221 King Street. On tour day, tickets may be purchased at the Alexandria Visitor Center, at The Twig Thrift Shop at 106 N. Columbus Street or at The Athenaeum at 201 Price Street. All proceeds benefit Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour 
October 5-7, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission: Friday, October 5: $42; Saturday, October 6: $48; Sunday, October 7: $38
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703-780-2000
www.MountVernon.org   

Celebrate the history of wine in Virginia with exclusive evening tours of the Mansion and cellar, appearances by George and Martha Washington, and a live blues band. Bring a blanket, relax on the east lawn overlooking the scenic Potomac River, and sample wines made in Virginia. During tours of the Mansion, visit the cellar where Washington stored his wine and learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s endeavors with wine.

Portside in Old Town Festival
October 12 to 14, 2018
Old Town Alexandria Waterfront
1 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Free admission; $ for food and drink
PortsideInOldTown.com  

In celebration of Old Town Alexandria’s new waterfront experience with the opening of a greatly expanded new park area at the foot of King Street and launch of the Portside in Old Town waterfront programming series, the Portside in Old Town Festival kicks off the fun with activities along the Potomac River October 12 to 14, 2018. Festival-goers will enjoy free tours of the tall ship Godspeed, a waterfront beer garden from Port City Brewing Company, a pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso, plus live music and history, art and fitness activities.

The festival lineup includes LED light performance artists presented by The Athenaeum, a pop-up exotic car exhibit to preview next year's Alexandria Festival of Speed and Style, a free kids’ pizza-making demo by Pizzeria Paradiso, a free kids decorative craft project from AR Workshop, a free outdoor group fitness class from Sand & Steel Fitness and more. The tall ship Godspeed will be accompanied by special exhibits highlighting Jamestown’s history as well as Virginia’s 1619 American Evolution commemoration. The festival also includes a preview of ongoing Portside in Old Town programming including Portside History from the Office of Historic Alexandria, Portside Arts from the Torpedo Factory Art Center and the Mobile Art Lab, Portside Fitness from local fitness studios, and Portside Kids activities for families. The weekend also includes two special events happening inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center: The Late Shift on Friday night and the annual kids’ Art Safari on Saturday afternoon.

Godspeed Tall Ship Tours and History Exhibits
Saturday and Sunday, October 13 & 14, 2018
Free admission
Alexandria City Marina, 0 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
PortsideInOldTown.com   

Part of the Portside in Old Town Festival, take a free tour of the tall ship Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607. The Godspeed is visiting Alexandria from the Jamestown Settlement living-history museum in Virginia’s Jamestown-Williamsburg-Yorktown “Historic Triangle.” Enjoy dockside exhibits highlighting Jamestown’s history and Virginia’s 1619 American Evolution commemoration as well as an exhibit about Alexandria’s history presented by the Office of Historic Alexandria. Tours are first-come-first-served and not ticketed.

23rd Annual Art on the Avenue
October 6, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301 
www.artontheavenue.org  

Art on the Avenue is a multicultural arts festival celebrating our community’s diversity through the arts in the Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia. This festival is held on the first Saturday in October, rain or shine. Every year, over 50,000 visitors stroll down Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray between Bellefonte and Hume Avenues. People are greeted by more than 300 artists (jewelers to silversmith and beaders, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, unique painters, sculptures, and fabric artists), musicians (Irish, folk, rock n’ roll, country and more), and food vendors (hot dogs, BBQ, Indian, crab cakes, chocolate bananas dipped on a stick, and homemade cider donuts). Activities for children include stuff-your-own scarecrow, paint-a-pumpkin, lotus flower design and weave screen art to name a few.

MORE EVENTS:

George Washington Patriot Run
September 9, 2018 at 8 a.m.
Admission: $50 per runner if purchased prior to September 3; $60 per runner after September 3; $10 for spectator tickets at the finish line
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703-780-2000
www.MountVernon.org  

Dash through history during the George Washington Patriot Run. The USATF-certified 10K and 5K course takes runners up and down the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway and traces Washington’s footsteps through the historic area at Mount Vernon. Cross the finish line with the beautiful mansion in view! A free Kids Run will be held near the finish line at Mount Vernon (registration required). All 10K and 5K runners will receive a T-shirt and a finisher medal. All Kids Fun Run participants will receive a kids medal.  

Apothecary Museum Geek Tours: American Sign Language
September 9, 2018 from 11 a.m. to noon
Admission: $15
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3852
www.alexandriava.gov  

Learn about the muggle botanical science that inspired the potions and herbology of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and make your own magical sleeping potion! This tour will be conducted exclusively in American Sign Language. Only visitors fluent in ASL should attend this tour. Adults and children ages 8 and older welcome.

Outlandish Fashion Show & Tea
September 9, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $45 per adult; $25 per child ages 5-12; children 5 and under free
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.novaparks.com  

Do you love the Outlander books and/or the television show? Then join us for tea and a special fashion show on the Magnolia Terrace. Members of the Appin Regiment, an 18th century Scottish Living History group, will model the fashions from the time period when Jamie, Claire and John Carlyle lived. Tickets available online. Registration required no refunds. Everyone in party must be registered. 

Late Shift at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
September 14, October 12 and November 9, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: Free
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
www.torpedofactory.org  

Enjoy gallery talks, artist receptions, music, live performances, hands-on artmaking and three floors of open artists’ studios. On September 14, 2018, the theme will be Culture ALX, where artists, poets, and performers showcase the vibrant cultures that have greatly contributed to the region’s remarkable tapestry. On October 12, 2018, the theme will be Folklore, featuring stories, traditions and more. On November 9, 2018, there will be a special Late Shift celebrating 100 years since the groundbreaking for the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station in Alexandria. With an eye on the future, the Torpedo Factory Art Center will celebrate the past and their military history for this special Late Shift event.

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra’s 75th Anniversary Celebration Concert
September 15, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Admission: $20 for adults on the lawn; $5 for youth; VIP tickets also available
Virginia Theological Seminary Campus, 3737 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, VA 22304
703-548-0885
www.alexsym.org  

Join the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra as it is celebrates its 75th anniversary with a special outdoor concert featuring new music director, James Ross. Held on the campus of the Virginia Theological Seminary, patrons will enjoy a family-friendly program with selections from The Sound of Music, Swan Lake, Americana favorites and light classical music. General admission lawn seating and VIP tickets available.

Old Town Boutique District Shop & Stroll 
September 20-23, 2018
Admission: Free
Various boutiques throughout Old Town
oldtownboutiquedistrict.com    

You’re invited to take a stroll through historic Old Town Alexandria and explore some of the best boutiques in the area. While you browse and shop, use our app to show you have visited each location to be entered in a grand prize drawing that includes $1,000 worth of gift cards. Additionally, buy a stylish event bag for more savings and goodies. Your bag is your ticket for exclusive shopping discounts at all participating boutiques and the opportunity to collect giveaways at each location. Become an Old Town Boutique District VIP & receive a complimentary swag bag & join us at a cocktail reception to kick-off our stroll! 

Classic Car Show
September 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Admission: Free
The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-424-5871
www.packardsva.org  

Co-sponsored by Packards Virginia and The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, the show will feature a variety of Packards ranging from the 1930s-1950s as well as other “orphan” vehicles that are invited to register as well. Orphan cars are any marque of vehicle built by an out-of-business manufacturer. Packards Virginia, chartered in 1976, is part of The Packard Club, itself founded in 1952. The Packard Club is dedicated to the advancement of the maintenance, preservation, authentic restoration and use of Packard motor vehicles. Packard was a luxury automobile manufactured in Detroit, Michigan, between 1899 and 1956.

Old Town Waterfront Fitness + Wellness Festival
September 22, 2018 from noon to 4 p.m.
Admission: $24 before September 2, 2018; $29 after September 2, 2018
Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314
www.discoverthedistrictevents.com  

The Old Town Waterfront Fitness + Wellness Festival gives attendees the opportunity to experience first-hand some of the best local fitness studios and wellness companies. Waterfront Park will be overflowing with a wide range of local fitness studios and wellness businesses. The fitness studios will be featuring 8-10 minute workouts every 20 minutes. When participants are not sweating it out, they will have the opportunity experience some of the best wellness companies in the area. From healthy food and drinks to mindful yoga and meditation to chiropractic treatments and massages, it will be wellness overload! The first 400 participants will be given a swag bag filled with free classes, discounts, branded products and samples from some of the top fitness and wellness companies in the area!

MV Underground Masquerade
September 22, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Admission: $159; $90 for Mount Vernon Underground Members
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703-780-2000
www.MountVernon.org   

A black tie and mask event featuring a moonlit masquerade on Mount Vernon’s iconic East Lawn, including hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and live music and dancing. Enjoy private tours of the mansion, including a rare peek into the underground cellar, as well as 18th century fortune telling and fireworks over the Potomac River.

Apothecary Museum Geek Tours: A Magical Apothecary
September 23, 2018 from 11 a.m. to noon
Admission: $15
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3852
www.alexandriava.gov 

Learn about the muggle botanical science that inspired the potions and herbology of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and make your own magical sleeping potion! Adults and children ages 8 and older welcome.

A Mansion House Whiskey Tasting
September 29, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission: $75 per person 36 and over; $35 ages 21-35
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.novaparks.com  

Join us for a unique and intimate evening with old friends and new as we taste extraordinary whiskeys paired with delectable food, harkening back to the days when the Mansion House Hotel stood on the property. This event includes an evening tour of the Carlyle House, 4 whiskeys, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Local historian, Rich Gillespie, will share stories of historic Virginia and guide you on your whiskey tasting journey.

Masquerade Ball Dance Classes
October 11, October 18 and October 25, 2018 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Admission: $12 per class; $30 for the series
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
www.alexandriava.gov  

In preparation for the Masquerade Ball on October 27, 2018 learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Times are 7:30-9:30 p.m. and cost is $12 per class or $30 for the series. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball. Reservations are recommended.    

Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company

  • Friday to Sunday, October 12 to 14, 2018
  • Friday and Saturday, October 19 & 20, 2018
  • Friday and Saturday, October 26 & 27, 2018

1 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
PortsideInOldTown.com  

This October, toast Alexandria’s new waterfront experience at the foot of King Street with the Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company, part of the new Portside in Old Town programming series. Enjoy award-winning craft beer plus entertainment including live music, DJ's, American Beer History Trivia and more, plus bites from local restaurants Pizzeria Paradiso, Chadwicks and Mia’s Italian Kitchen. In addition to classics like Optimal Wit, Port City will highlight different beers each weekend, including their beloved Oktoberfest, an IPA showcase, and the newest beer in their Lager Series, Baltic Porter.

Pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso
October 12 to 14, 2018
1 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
PortsideInOldTown.com 

Part of the Portside in Old Town Festival, enjoy a pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso with delicious offerings from their outdoor pizza oven and more on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 12 to 14, a perfect pairing with the Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company. On Sunday, October 14, Pizzeria Paradiso presents a free kids’ pizza-making demo from 12 to 1 p.m. Bring the little ones and join Pizzeria Paradiso Founder & Chef Ruth Gresser to learn how to make your own pizza or just have fun playing with pizza dough. Friday, October 12, 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, October 13, 2 to 7 p.m.; Sunday, October 14, 12 to 4 p.m.

Female Stranger Beer Dinner with Port City Brewing Company
October 12, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Admission: $85
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
www.alexandriava.gov  

Join Port City Brewery and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum as we honor the anniversary of the Female Stranger’s death with her specialty beer—the Long Black Veil! This special craft beer was inspired by the famous tale of the Female Stranger, who died at the tavern on October 14, 1816. Enjoy great local beers on the anniversary weekend and learn the history surrounding her tragic story. Evening will include four courses.  

Portside History
October 13, October 20, October 27, November 3, November 10 & November 17, 2018
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: Free
1 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
PortsideInOldTown.com  

Part of the Portside in Old Town programming series on the waterfront, the Office of Historic Alexandria presents Portside History, showcasing Alexandria’s maritime history through exhibits and interactive activities.

23rd Annual Art Safari
October 13, 2018 from noon to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
www.torpedofactory.org  

An Alexandria tradition for more than two decades, Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Dozens of artists lead budding arts enthusiasts in hands-on projects throughout the building. In partnership with American Geoscience Institute and American Institute of Architects Northern Virginia.

Apothecary Museum Geek Tours: Behind the Scenes
October 14, 2018 from 11 a.m. to noon
Admission: $15
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3852
www.alexandriava.gov  

If the regular 30-minute tour of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum just isn’t enough, this is the tour for you! Spend more time touring the museum with an expert guide, including the rarely open basement and 3rd floor of the historic pharmacy. Tour is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and costs $15 per person; tour is recommended for adults only. Advance purchase is recommended due to limited space.

The Anniversary of the Female Stranger’s Death
October 14, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $5 adults ($4 with AAA); $3 children 5-12; 4 and under are free
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
www.alexandriava.gov 

Learn the story of the Female Stranger during tours on the 202nd anniversary of this local legend’s death. While journeying through the museum, chat with Dr. Samuel Richards, the physician who treated her, as part of the Museum’s Facetime with History program. Facetime with History is included as part of regular admission.

Fall Harvest Family Days
October 20 and October 21, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Included in general admission ($20 adults; $12 youth)
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703-780-2000
www.MountVernon.org   

Enjoy fall activities with the whole family at Mount Vernon! Take a horse-drawn wagon ride and play colonial games on the bowling green before heading to the Pioneer Farm to observe 18th-century demonstrations and greet General Washington. Find your way through a straw bale maze and listen to the Itinerant Band play colonial tunes. Sightseeing cruises will be free throughout the weekend (while supplies last). Fall Harvest Family Days takes place rain or shine. 

Apothecary Museum Geek Tours: Pharmacy Nerds
October 21, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 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 Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum with a museum volunteer who is also a pharmacist. The tour guide 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. Tour is recommended for adults only. Advance purchase is recommended due to limited space. 

Zombie Escape at Carlyle House
October 26, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: $30 online; $40 at the door
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.novaparks.com 

The Zombie Apocalypse. D.C. was one of the first cities to fall when the apocalypse began. As such, Alexandria was a close second due to proximity. However, your group has managed to survive by barricading off a hotel. For a while the supplies were enough to keep your group going. But now, they’re dwindling at a fast rate. To keep your group afloat, several of you have volunteered to head out on a supply run. Now, you must navigate your way through zombie infested territory to claim what supplies are on your list and make it back to your base safely. Tickets available online.

Ghostly Tales at Carlyle House
October 26, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: $5
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.novaparks.com 

Join storytellers from Alexandria's Footsteps to the Past on the front lawn of Carlyle House for ghostly tales of Alexandria's past.

Escape the Sanderson Witches at Carlyle House
October 27, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: $30 online; $40 at the door
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.novaparks.com 

25 years to the day, the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus have returned; this time to a new city with new hopes of having clueless children at their beck and call. While they hunt for a new lease on life, your group must pass several obstacles to ensure the children in the city are safe. Only a spell from the very book that brought them back can send them back from where they came. Work together, solve the puzzles quickly, and banish the witches using a spell of your own. Tickets available online.

Masquerade Ball
October 27, 2018 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Admission: $45
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
www.alexandriava.gov 

Inspired by the season, disguise yourself and dance the night away at the Masquerade Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Come dressed in your favorite pre-19th century costume and don’t forget your mask! Enjoy live music, English country dancing, cash bar and dessert collation. Pre-19th century period attire or cocktail attire welcome. Reservations required.

Poe in Alexandria
October 30 and October 31, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Admission: $15
The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4994
www.alexandriava.gov/shop 

Actor David Keltz recreates one of Edgar Allen Poe’s 19th-century speaking engagements, including literary criticism, short stories, poetry and musings. 

Art on Tap
November 2, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: $35 until October 19; $45 after October 19
The Art League Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-2323
www.TheArtLeague.org  

Enjoy local craft beers, original artwork and amazing food at The Art League's annual Art on Tap! Craft beers from local breweries have been artfully paired with a work of art from an Art League instructor. Local restaurants have chosen a brew/artwork coupling to serve as their muse to create the perfect complementary appetizer. Enjoy the brew, bite, and artwork trifectas on Friday, November 2 from 7-10 p.m. at The Art League’s fourth Art on Tap event. Sample the creative combinations while drinking from a take-home Art on Tap beer tasting glass, and then vote for your favorite at the end of the event.

12th Annual Alexandria Film Festival
November 9-11, 2018
Admission: TBA
AMC Hoffman 22 Theater and Beatley Central Library
www.alexfilmfest.com  

Come join us for three days of both ticketed and cost-free screenings of the best in independent filmmaking from around the world and our own Alexandria neighborhoods. The 12th  Annual Alexandria Film Festival hosts more than 50 screenings at AMC Hoffman Theater and Beatley Library. Join us for fascinating post-screening discussions with filmmakers, artists, actors and industry experts where YOU ask the questions. Tickets will be available in October.

Mount Vernon Kitchen
November 10, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $35 per person (includes general admission)
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703-780-2000
www.MountVernon.org  

Participate in a scavenger hunt in the historic area and discover locations and ingredients that were important to chocolate production. After finding the ingredients, observe how chocolate was made in George Washington’s time while learning about the history and science behind chocolate production at Mount Vernon.

Rock the Block
November 14, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission: $125; $300 for VIP and includes reception from 5-6:30 p.m. and after party 9-11 p.m.  
877-446-2632 ext.3145
www.rocktheblocks.org 

Eat at the top restaurants in Old Town as you support the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Each guest will received a wristband at their reserved “starting restaurant” and enjoy unlimited food and drink at all participating restaurants, including Vermilion, Columbia Firehouse, Pizza Paradiso, Auggie’s Mussel House, various food trucks at Market Square, Mia’s Italian Kitchen, The Majestic, Urbano 116 and Virtue Feed & Grain.

Alexandria Cider Festival
November 17, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: $45
Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4554
www.alexandriava.gov/shop 

Enjoy a selection of ciders from more than 12 Virginia cideries. Ticket includes tastings, a souvenir glass, live music and fun fall activities. Food trucks will also be on-site. Additional tasting tickets and special tasting lectures available for purchase onsite. Dress for the weather—this event is outdoors!

Find more fall events at www.visitalexandriava.com/fall.

About Alexandria, VA 

Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living, 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 is home to 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. Learn more at www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com

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