Fall Festival Season 2017 in Alexandria, VA August 31, 2017

Claire Mouledoux
CMouledoux@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-652-5367

Leah Spellman, APR
LSpellman@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-652-5363

Fall Festival Season in Alexandria, VA

A Tall Ship Visit, Art & Wine Festivals, Family Fun & Scenic Runs

Alexandria, VA—As fall leaves explode into dazzling colors, festivals celebrating art, wine and history abound during Alexandria, Virginia’s most colorful season. Alexandria welcomes autumn with more than 25 seasonal events. The season kicks off with a visit from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, known as “America’s Tall Ship” and the only active commissioned sailing vessel in American military service. Art lovers converge for the 15th Annual King Street Art Festival and Del Ray’s 22nd Annual Art on the Avenue. New to Old Town Alexandria this year is the 42nd Annual Virginia Wine Festival, bringing Virginia’s best wineries, craft exhibitors, seminars and incredible music to the Potomac River waterfront. There’s fun for the whole family during the Mount Vernon Colonial Market & Fair and Fall Harvest Family Days happening at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Specialty tours abound with events like the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum’s series of “Geek Tours” and an “Outlandish Event” for fans of Outlander and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum’s History by the Glass: Whisky.  

Minutes from Washington, D.C., yet a world away, 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 easily transform a culture-centric afternoon into a creativity-filled weekend.

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Tall Ship U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle
September 4-8, 2017
Public tours: September 4 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and September 6 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Point Lumley Park, 1 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Alexandria, Virginia hosts the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle September 4-8, 2017, as part of a tour of the Eastern U.S. Coast. Eagle, also known as “America’s Tall Ship,” is the largest tall ship flying the U.S. flag and the only active commissioned sailing vessel in American military service. Built in 1936, the Eagle is the seventh U.S. Coast Guard cutter to bear the name in a proud line dating back to 1792. As a training vessel and goodwill ambassador, Eagle has offered generations of Coast Guard Academy cadets and officer candidates an unparalleled experience at sea. Tours are free and open to the public on September 4 from 1-7 p.m. and September 6 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Point Lumley Park (1 Duke St.). There are no public tours on September 5 or September 7 but the exterior of the vessel may be viewed from Point Lumley Park. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is co-hosted by the City of Alexandria and EYA.

15th Annual King Street Art Festival
September 16, 2017 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; September 17, 2017 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free
King St., from Washington to Union Streets, Alexandria, VA 22314

Old Town Alexandria’s King Street from Washington Street to the Potomac River waterfront is transformed into an outdoor gallery filled with art from more than 165 artists from the U.S. and abroad. Visitors can purchase original artwork, participate in hands-on art activities at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, and enjoy a scoop of ice cream at The Art League’s Annual Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser.

76th Annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour
September 23, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $40 in advance; $45 day of
Old Town Alexandria, VA

The TWIG's 76th Annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour is a chance to learn the history and see the interiors of eight unique homes in Old Town, dating from the turn of the 19th century to the present and all within walking distance of one another. Visit a modern LEEDS Silver Certified energy efficient home with geothermal heating and cooling; walk through a large first floor that is a premier example of open living; see a three-story 1888 town home that was added to a historic building and now has the former facade visible in its interior; and enjoy an impressive Romanesque home with nearly 5,000 square feet and a luxurious roof top deck. On tour day, exchange your tickets for the tour book and map either at the Twig Shop, 106 N. Columbus Street, or at the Alexandria Visitor Center. All proceeds benefit Inova Alexandria Hospital. 

22nd Annual Art on the Avenue
October 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22305

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.

42nd Annual Virginia Wine Festival
October 14 and 15, 2017 from noon-6 p.m.
Admission: General Admission: $35; VIP: $65
Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Coming for the first time to Old Town Alexandria, the 42nd Annual Virginia Wine Festival will present Virginia’s best wineries, craft exhibitors, seminars and incredible music on the Potomac River waterfront. Enjoy the oldest wine festival on the East Coast and stop by the Virginia Oyster Pavilion for a shucking good time! Craft beer trucks will also be available at an additional cost. General admission tickets include a tasting glass, unlimited wine tasting from many Virginia wineries (with cider, too!), festival access to the Virginia Oyster Pavilion, and all concessions and musical entertainment. VIP passes include all the general admission perks plus one-hour early admission, an exclusive VIP reserve wine tasting, and a private tent and bathrooms.


Saturday Cinema at Carlyle
September 2, 2017: When Harry Met Sally (sundown at 7:36 p.m.)
October 7, 2017: The Birds (sundown at 6:41 p.m.)
Admission: Free
John Carlyle Park, 300 John Carlyle St., Alexandria, VA 22314

This outdoor film festival will take place at sundown on the first Saturday of each month between July and October in John Carlyle Square Park.

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace
Various Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout September and October, 2017
Admission: $5 per class or $20 for 5 classes
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314

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.

George Washington Patriot Run
September 10, 2017 from 8 a.m.-noon
Admission: $50 per runner; $10 for spectator tickets at the finish line
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121

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.

Apothecary Museum Geek Tour Series
September 10, October 8 and November 12, 2017 from noon-1 p.m.
Admission: $15
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will host a series of “Geek Tours” this fall in various themes. The first tour on September 10 focuses on the Civil War, with a unique focus on events in Alexandria during the war. The behind-the-scenes tour on October 8 will focus on a special tour of the apothecary that gives visitors a chance to see the rarely-open basement. Finally, on November 12 the animal apothecary tour will focus on medicines used for animals like horses and dogs, drawing from the museum’s extensive archives and collection of original ingredients.

History by the Glass: Whisky
September 15, 2017 from 7-9 p.m.
Admission: $50
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314

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.

Mount Vernon Colonial Market & Fair
September 16-17, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Included in general admission ($20 adults; $10 youth)
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Colonial-attired artisans demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leather-workings, weavings, furniture, and much more. “General Washington” will be on hand overseeing the festivities: 18th-century entertainment including music, a balloon-launch, fire-eating, puppet and magic shows, plus hearty specialty food for sale on site. Costumed interpreters will be demonstrating the 18th-century chocolate-making process using an authentic colonial recipe! The Colonial Market & Fair takes place rain or shine. 

Old Town Boutique District Shop & Stroll 
September 21-24, 2017
Admission: Free
Various boutiques throughout Old Town

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, collect stamps at 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.

The 2017 Athenaeum Invitational: GLOW
September 21-October 29, 2017
Admission: Free
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314

The Athenaeum Invitational is a theme-based event featuring the works of both specially-invited artists who have exhibited in the Athenaeum Gallery in the past, as well as works selected through a call for submissions. This year's theme, GLOW, asks artists to create work that shows a sense of lightness or hope emanating from something dark. A $1,500 prize for the best work will be awarded to an invited artist, and a $1,000 prize will be awarded to an artist from the open call. The show is juried by Athenaeum Gallery Director, Twig Murray, and prize winners will be selected by Zoe Charlton.

Smithsonian Media’s Museum Day Live!
September 23, 2017 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free with Museum Day ticket
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is participating in Museum Day, an event hosted by Smithsonian Media where museums across the country are opening their doors for free to visitors with a Museum Day ticket.

Firefighting History Walking Tour
September 23, 2017 from 1-2:30 p.m.
Admission: $6 adults; $4 ages 10-17
Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Mark Fire Prevention Week and 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, goes east on Prince St., and returns to Friendship via King St.

A Mansion House Whiskey Tasting
September 30, 2017 from 7-9 p.m.
Admission: $100 per person
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314

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 Green family ran the Mansion House Hotel 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 the Civil War in Virginia and guide you on your whiskey tasting journey.

21st Annual Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour 
October 6-8, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission: Friday, October 7: $40; Saturday, October 8: $48; Sunday, October 9: $36
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Visitors learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s wine endeavors, enjoy live blues music, and meet “George and Martha Washington” on the Mansion's piazza. Guests experience an evening tour of the Washingtons’ home and are invited to visit the basement where he stored his wine. To accompany the wine tasting, fruit and cheese boxes are available by advance purchase for $29.99. VIP tables start at $1,100 and include admission for 12 people, three bottles of Mount Vernon house wine, a dessert platter from Alexandria Pastry Shop, a fruit and cheese tray from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, and private waiter service. Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour takes place rain or shine. 

Port City Oktoberfest Party
October 7, 2017 from 12-9 p.m.
Admission: Free
3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304

Come celebrate Oktoberfest in style at Port City Brewing Company! Enjoy live music, food trucks, games, plenty of lager, and lots more. Hoist a Port City Oktoberfest in honor of a classic German festival. Zum Wohl!

Apothecary Museum Open House
October 8, 2017 from 1-5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314

In recognition of October’s designation as National Pharmacy Month, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will host an open house on Sunday, October 8. The tours include the opportunity to see the newly-opened WWI exhibit. Visitors are welcome to enjoy free tours between 1 p.m. and 5p.m. 

Outlandish Event
October 14, 2017 from 1-4 p.m.
Admission: $18
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Tour the historic apothecary and learn about a few of the herbal medicines featured in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series of novels from cascara to dauco seeds. Enjoy a cup of herbal tea and an herbal craft just like Claire would make.

Scottish Heritage Day at Carlyle House
October 14, 2017 from 12-4 p.m.
Admission: Free, $1 donation suggested
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Celebrate Scottish Heritage at the oldest stone house in Alexandria, home of John Carlyle. Throughout the day enjoy Scottish music, dancing, and fashion as well as tours of the Carlyle House.

Port City’s Long Black Veil Happy Hour
October 14, 2017 from 6-9 p.m.
Admission: $25
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Join Port City Brewery and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum as we honor the 201st anniversary of the Female Stranger’s death with her Long Black Veil! This special craft beer was inspired by the famous tale of the Female Stranger, who died at Gadsby’s Tavern on October 14, 1816. Enjoy this great local beer on the anniversary of her death and learn of her tragic story. Ticket includes one beer, light appetizers, a tour, and Port City swag. Additional beer available for purchase through a cash bar. 

Lecture: History of Candy
October 21, 2017 at 11 a.m.
Admission: $15
Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Susan Benjamin, candy historian, returns to the Alexandria Black History Museum to talk about the historic origins of candy based on her book Sweet as Sin: “The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America’s Favorite Pleasure.” This program focuses on African American contributions to sugar production and candy making.

Fall Harvest Family Days
October 21-22, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Included in general admission ($20 adults; $10 youth)
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Enjoy fall activities with the whole family at George Washington’s Mount Vernon! Take a wagon ride, learn about wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, and witness 18th-century dancing demonstrations, farrier (blacksmithing) demonstrations, and corn husk dolls demonstrations. Play early-American games, walk through a straw bale maze, and listen to 18th-century music. Takes place rain or shine. 

Art on Tap
November 3, 2017 from 7-10 p.m.
Admission: $35 until October 20; $45 afterwards
The Art League Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314

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 4 at The Art League’s 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.

11th Annual Alexandria Film Festival
November 9-12, 2017
Admission: TBA
AMC Hoffman 22 Theater and Beatley Central Library

Celebrating 11 years of independent film from around the world, the Alexandria Film Festival offers an enriching cinematic opportunity for filmmakers and film lovers alike by bringing high quality, diverse, and thought-provoking films to Alexandria, Virginia. 

Free Museum Tours on Veteran’s Day
November 11, 2017 at varying times
Admission: Free
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Fort Ward Museum & Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22304

Select Alexandria museums will be offering free tours in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon & 6k & Woody's Kids Mini Half
November 12, 2017
Admission: half marathon entry fee $80 before August 31, 2017, $90 after; 6K entry fee $50 before August 31, $55 after
Starts in front of Bridgeyard Apartments on Washington St. in Old Town and finishes under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge

This 13.1 mile footrace stretches along the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway through historic Old Town Alexandria and out and back on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. There is also an accompanying 3.73 mile race. Enjoy rockin’ tunes, post-race food and drinks like micro-brews after the race.

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

Within eyesight of Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River waterfront, Alexandria, Virginia is nationally recognized for its acclaimed, chef-driven restaurants, bustling boutiques and dynamic arts set against a backdrop of 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from its days as George Washington’s hometown. Old Town Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a hidden gem tucked beneath the nation’s capital.

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