Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: July 3-5

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: July 3-5


“Art Uniting People” Exhibit. Through July 9, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the 2nd floor hallway at Alexandria City Hall, 301 King St. The exhibit is designed to raise awareness about the stigma faced by those with mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual disabilities. Admission is free. Visit

“Saturate.” Through July 19 during gallery hours at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Six artists use different mediums to convey moisture. Free. Visit

“Boundaries & Borders.” During gallery hours through July at the Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Artists were inspired the “outsider’s perspective” for this exhibit. Free. Visit

“Magical, Mystical Animals.” Through July 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at The Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Studio 18. Artists will display art inspired by childhood stories and mythical creatures. Admission is free. Visit

Mt. Vernon Recreation Center Art Class Exhibit. Through July 28, Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m.-6 p.m. at Saint Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave. View drawings and paintings done by the senior art class. Free. Visit

Special Family Museum Tours. Saturdays through Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N Royal St. Flexible tours and hands-on activities provide a deeper experience into the social and political life of Alexandria in the 18th and 19th centuries. Tickets are $5 for adults ($4 with AAA card), $3 children ages 5-12, and children ages 4 and under as well as Alexandria Public School and Blue Star families receive free admission. Coupons accepted. Call 703-746-4242 or visit for more.

Baseball Boat to Nationals Park. Through Sept. 26 at various time. Leaves from the Alexandria Marina, 1 Cameron St. Baseball fans can avoid heavy traffic and cruise along the Potomac to Nationals Park. Tickets are $20 one-way and $25 round-trip. Visit

Friday/July 3

Free Noontime Concert. 12-12:30 p.m. at Historic Christ Church, 118 N Washington St. The Choir of Men & Boys from Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, will present a free informal concert. Admission is free. Visit or call 703-778-4931.

Friday Evening Garden Tour. 7-8 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Master Gardener docents will highlight the summer sights, fragrances and sounds at the end of the day, when changing light accentuates different plants and landscape features. Refreshments also available. Admission is $12 person for each tour. Register on-line at using code 290 302 6901.

Bilal. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. R&B artist and wide-range vocalist Bilal performs. Tickets start at $35. Visit for tickets.

Saturday/July 4

An American Celebration at Mount Vernon. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Mount Vernon will pay tribute to the first president of the United States with a display of made-for-daytime fireworks. The event also includes military reenactments, a wreath-laying ceremony, and free "Happy Birthday, America!" birthday cake while supplies last. Visit

Pohick Church Tours. 1-3 p.m. at Pohick Church, 9301 Richmond Highway. During the colonial period, Pohick Church was the congregation of many of the area’s most prominent families, including the Washingtons, Masons and Fairfaxes. Free. Visit

Sunday/July 5

Author Talk: Mikey “J.” 2-3 p.m. at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Mikey “J,” discusses his work and shares readings from his book, “Color of Word.” Free. Visit for more.