October Events in Alexandria
We’ve made it! The summer is officially behind us and the season of festivals, fun, and everything pumpkin is upon us. This time of year, the days move fast! Plan your weekends carefully to maximize time for enjoying the cool weather.
While you’re in the festive mood, check out Visit Alexandria's Guide to Fall Leaf Peeping in Alexandria.
For 26 years, this Alexandria church has offered its lovely grounds to visitors who want to choose the perfect pumpkin. The proceeds of the sale go directly to fund church activities. Check out their schedule, as they’re offering pumpkin themed cooking classes through the month.
Alexandria’s Scottish heritage is on full display when the Highland Echoes Show comes to town during the fall. Scottish dancing, music, traditional songs, and all things Highland related are showcased, including iconic kilts and bagpipes.
An autumn day spent on the historic banks of the Potomac is a treat not everyone gets a chance to try. Kids will love the planned activities and maritime presentations and history. The whole family will dig the live music and plenty of access to renowned restaurants.
It's tradition to spend at least one amazing fall day at Mount Vernon. You can’t go wrong by choosing the wine fall festival, featuring Virginia wines.
Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon
Not into wine? Bring the family down to spend the day on the plantation. Kids can play games that Custis children played or jump in a horse drawn wagon ride. Mount Vernon is offering limited quantities of free sightseeing cruises during Family Days.
Who doesn’t love a parade? Especially when the participants are kids and pets in costumes! Del Ray residents have strong affection for this community event, offering awards for categories such as, Best Pet Costume, Best Decorated Business, Best Decorated Home, and Best Decorated Stroller.
September Events in Alexandria
September through October
Whether it’s apples or pumpkins, Hollin Farms has produce for everyone during the fall. In fact, the owners recommend checking their website before coming to see what is ripe for picking and the exact times of admission before heading out. On the weekends, the farm offers entrance to a corn maze for $1.00. Longtime Alexandria locals might recognize the farm’s connection to the popular Hollin Hall neighborhood in southern Alexandria.
Weekends in September
Each weekend of the month, crowd favorite Great Country Farms hosts visitors at their Apple Gala & Fresh Cider Fest. On the farm, you’ll visit animals and a "dino" who likes to eat pumpkins, and take a tractor ride to pick apples straight out of the orchard.
September 14-15 is opening weekend, then daily Sept 21-Nov 5
Don’t let the trek out to Cox Farms deter you; consider it part of the season to take in new scenery out near the farm. All the traditional events are waiting for families to enjoy: apple baked goods, hay rides, farm animals, and a scary corn maze are just a few of the activities available.
Mount Vernon never disappoints when hosting special events, and the Colonial Market Fair is no exception. In fact, it's one of its most popular! Each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., guests can shop a 12-acre field dotted with colonial artisans selling food and handcrafted items. Musicians and historic interpreters, including George and Martha Washington, roam the market answering all kinds of questions about their lives on the plantation.
Serious artisans and crafters know the significance of this event, as it is ranked highly by Sunshine Artist Magazine. World class art is displayed by more than 200 artists not only from the U.S, but globally. One of a kind pieces from all modes of artwork will be on display for purchase. Shoppers will find paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, and much more.
New Neighbors Oktoberfest & Live Auction
The Campagna Center supports literacy in the community through its wildly popular Oktoberfest fundraiser. They’ve partnered with Port City Brewing to bring festival goers all the traditional German fare, brews, and Oompah Band music they can handle.
A local’s favorite, for sure! The location in Alexandria is hard to beat, but the ambiance is pure fall country goodness. Mounds of various colors and styles of pumpkins are available, not to mention fresh produce and baked goods. Just watch out for wagon traffic. There will be plenty of little ones dressed for family fall photos.
September 30 - October 31
If you missed the apple gala at Great Country farms or just want a second reason to taste donuts again, the Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival is a fine successor.
August Events in Alexandria
Bagpipe and Drum Concert
Did you know Alexandria’s lineage is straight out of Scotland? Yep, and Scottish enthusiasts head into Old Town a few times a year to proudly demonstrate their heritage. The City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums are playing a free concert in Waterfront Park at 8 p.m. Pack a snack and a seat to settle in for the concert and watch a performance by traditional Scottish dancers.
August 10th and 11th
Calling all shoppers! Head to King Street in a hurry! There’s an entire weekend dedicated to end of the season bargain shoppers. Up and down King Street you’ll find sidewalk sales hosted by more than 50 vendors that will be hard to pass up. If your family doesn’t share your enthusiasm about shopping, let them take part in delights such as lemonade stands, a snow cone machine, giant Jenga, a bubble bar, sidewalk chalk art, and a mini make-and-take project. Vendors are also participating in raffles and giveaways.
August 16th - 25th
One of the highlights of Alexandria is the abundance of world class food. Amazing plates will be on show for two weekends and 10 days during Restaurant Week. More than 70 restaurants representing quick food to international plates are preparing dishes. Special prices include a $35 three-course dinner for one or a $35 dinner for two. Lunch menus are available for $15 or $22 per person. Ladies and gents who brunch can enjoy menus for $15 or $22 per person. Check out the vendors and their availabilities on the restaurant week’s website.
2019 Irish Festival
Waterfront Park again plays host to the city’s European ancestry. This time, it's the Irish who represent. To preserve their heritage, the Ballyshaners are providing Irish entertainment, food, drinks, and crafts for purchase. Entrance is free from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the festival is a family-friendly event.
July Events in Alexandria
A full itinerary packs the day with colonial and modern events. Daytime fireworks, cannon fire, and large scale re-enactments are the big draws, but inside, specialized talks and exhibits provide shelter from hot or rainy weather. A special ceremony dedicated to honoring new American citizens is also scheduled.
Take a narrated round trip cruise and monument tour on the Potomac River. Admission to Mount Vernon is included. Food is available for additional fees.
Alexandria is turning 270 and American is having its 243rd birthday this year! Head to Oronoco Bay Park for a festive rendition of the 1812 Overture (including cannons!) and fireworks at 9:30. Food is available on site.
July 20th, August 18th, and September 21st
Families and pets are welcome to watch open air movies suitable for everyone to enjoy! Titles include: Peter Pan, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Smallfoot, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and Incredibles 2--free!