Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: Oct. 9-18

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: Oct. 9-18

Artist Sheila Harrington has always been fascinated with the juxtaposition of the natural and man-made. A year living in the French countryside inspired Harrington’s exhibit at The Art League Gallery. “Each Day is a Celebration” is on display at 105 N. Union St, Studio 21 through Nov. 1. Admission to the exhibit is free. Visit for more.

Artist Sheila Harrington has always been fascinated with the juxtaposition of the natural and man-made. A year living in the French countryside inspired Harrington’s exhibit at The Art League Gallery. “Each Day is a Celebration” is on display at 105 N. Union St, Studio 21 through Nov. 1. Admission to the exhibit is free. Visit for more.


Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery Juried Show: “What I Did On My Summer Vacation.” Through Oct. 18, 10-5 p.m., 10-9 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Studio 18. View summer vacation-themed artwork. Admission is free. Visit

“Angel Soldier Dance Sublime.” Through Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. View work exploring femininity and masculinity by female artists from Maine’s Blue Hill Peninsula. Free. Visit

Athenaeum Invitational Exhibition. Through Oct. 25, during gallery hours at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Works inspired by the song “Don’t Fence Me In,” by Cole Porter, will be on display. Free. Visit

“Artifact” Exhibit. Through Oct. 25, gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and during performances at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, 4915 East Campus Drive. In this exhibit artist J.T. Kirkland integrates the painted gesture with the naturally occurring textures or “gestures” in the wood. John James Anderson will also share the space. Free. Visit

Doggy Happy Hour. Tuesdays through Oct. at 5-8 p.m. at Jackson 20, 480 King St. Enjoy discounted drinks and treats with one's dog. Free. Visit

“Seven Deadlies.” Through Oct. 31, Fridays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Gallery @ Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Sculptor Karen Swenholt explores lust, sloth, greed, gluttony, wrath, envy, and pride. Free. Visit for more.

Sugar Shack’s Halloween Goat Scavenger Hunt. Through Oct. 31, at various locations. Sugar Shack is hiding 31 goat figurines around Alexandria. Each of the small goats are worth 12 donuts, and there will be five larger goats worth bigger swag packs. Hints will be posted daily during the second half of the month. Most goats are hidden in local shops, restaurants, and parks. Free. Call 703-577-9023 for more.

Water Taxi to the National Mall. Through Nov. 1, at various times at Alexandria Marina, 1 Cameron St. Cruise from Old Town to D.C. on the Miss Sophie, while stopping to view some of the area's attractions. Tickets are $28 roundtrip and $14 one-way for adults. Children under 12 are $16 roundtrip and $8 one-way. Visit

“Painting the Line, Drawing the Paint.” Through Nov. 8 at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, 4915 E. Campus Drive. This show that will include works by Ann Schlesinger, daughter of Jim and Rachel Schlesinger. Free. Visit for more.

Mount Vernon in 3-D: Then & Now. Through Nov. 20 during regular operating hours at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Highway. Visitors will have the chance to travel back in time, and in 3-D, to see how the estate appeared more than 100 years ago through a special photography exhibition. The exhibition is included in the regular admission fee of $17 for adults, $16 for seniors, $9 for youth and free for childre younger than 5. To view the historic stereoview images as well as the modern 3-D anaglyphs, visit

Young at Art Juried Art Show. Through Nov. 20, Monday-Friday, 5-10 p.m. at Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. Artists 55 and older can contribute their artwork for the exhibition. On Thursday, Aug. 20, artists can bring their work to the Durant Center from 10 a.m.-noon to be registered and displayed. Artists must fill out a Entry and Artist/Lender Agreement and pay an entry fee of $20 for up to three works of art, $5 for any additional pieces. Entry forms can be found at or by calling Mary Lee Anderson at 703-836-4414, extension 111.

“Not-So-Modern” Jazz Quartet Performance. Thursdays through Dec. 31, 7:30-10 p.m. at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mount Vernon Ave. Not So Modern Jazz Music plays music from the glory days of traditional jazz, including tunes from traditional Dixieland and the Swing era. Free. Visit for more.

“Nature’s Journey.” Through Jan. 2, at American Horticultural Society, 7931 East Boulevard Drive. Darlene Kaplan will exhibit more than 60 of her original oriental brush paintings in a one-person art exhibition. Free. Visit for more.

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital Art Show. Through Jan. 31 at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital, 2660 Duke St. The artwork is on display in waiting areas and examination rooms as a part of Del Ray Artisans’ Gallery Without Walls program. Free. Visit for more.

Oct. 8-Nov. 1

Sheila Harrington: “Each Day is a Celebration.” During gallery hours at The Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St. Artist Sheila Harrington is inspired by the cyclical, seasonal changes of life, how human beings respond, and the juxtaposition of the natural and man-made. Free. Visit for more.

Friday/Oct. 9

Piano Concert Fundraising Event. 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2932 King St. The Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria, the fundraising branch of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, is sponsoring a piano concert fundraising event featuring Thomas Pandolfi. Tickets are $25 for adults, $5 for students 18 or younger, and $55 for families with two or more children. Visit or email

Saturday/Oct. 10

Fort Hunt Preschool Fall Rummage Sale. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at 1909 Windmill Lane. Find clothing, toys, Halloween costumes, bicycles, furniture, and more. Free to attend. Visit

Old Town North Community Event. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Montgomery Park, 901 N. Royal St. Attend a “Tone Up and Check In” event featuring zumba, boot camp, yoga, bicycle safety checks, entertainment, food, and a Halloween dog costume parade. All events are free. Visit for more.

Historical Re-enactment. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Road. Watch cannon demonstrations and learn about the life and duties of an artilleryman in the Civil War from reenactors in the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery. Free. Visit

Apothecary Open House. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax St. In recognition of October’s National Pharmacy Month, tour the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum’s collection of medicinal herbs, shop furnishings, and apothecary bottles and equipment. Free. Visit for more.

Art Safari. 12-4 p.m. at The Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Resident and visiting artists lead young visitors in creative projects across a variety of media, including clay, papier-mâché, fiber, and printmaking. Free. Visit

Firefighting History Walking Tour. 1-2:30 p.m. at Friendship Firehouse, 107 S. Alfred St. 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. Tickets for adults are $6, $4 for children ages 10-17. Visit for more.

Ariana Ayu Book Signing Event. 1-3 p.m. at Misha's, 102 S. Patrick St. Ayu, a resident of Fairview, NC, will be available to sign copies of her book, “The Magic of Mojo.” Free. Call 405-458-5642 for more.

Book Signing. 2 p.m. at Hooray for Books! 1555 King St. Dr. Ellen Prager will sign the second book in her Tristan and the Sea Guardians series, “The Shark Rider.” Free. Visit for more.

Star Wars Read Day. 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Potomac Yard, 3651 Jefferson Davis Highway. This event will include a dramatic reading of William Shakespeare’s “Star Wars,” a Lego build activity, giveaways and more. Free. Call 703-299-9124 to register for lego activity.

Yarn & Yoga. 4:30-7 p.m. at Pure Prana, 100 S. Patrick St. The Yarn and Yoga fundraiser will begin at Pure Prana with an all-level accessible 60-minute yoga practice specifically designed for knitters’ posture, joint health and harmony. Participants will then walk to Fibre Space, 1219 King St. for knitting lessons, refreshments, (provided by La Fromagerie), and socializing. Tickets are $40. Visit for more.

Shannon Gunn and The Bullettes Album Release Concert. 7-9 p.m. at the Durant Art Center, 1605 Cameron St. Nomadic Jazz, the pop-up jazz club, will host Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes, Washington D.C.’s only all women jazz ensemble. Tickets are $25 in advance and $33 at the door. Visit for more.

Sunday/Oct. 11

“In The Company of Laureates.” 1-5 p.m. at The Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle. Meet award-winning Laureates, including Alexandria’s current Poet Laureate Tori Lane Kovarik, and former Laureate Mary McElveen. Partake in workshops, panel discussions, open mics, book signings and more. The program includes five recertification hours for teachers who attend readings, presentations and panel discussions. Teen program and activities are scheduled throughout the afternoon. Free. Visit for more.

“The Company Project” Gala. 6-8 p.m. at Ernst Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. The Metropolitan School of the Arts of Lorton and Alexandria will debut “The Company Project,’ featuring choreography by MSA faculty and artists including Ginger Cox, Derek Mitchell and Michelle Dorrance, performed by iMpulse Youth Jazz Dance Company, Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble and iLL-Matik Youth Hip Hop Company. Tickets are $35 per person and $50 per couple. Visit for more.

Wednesday/Oct. 14

Book Signing. 5 p.m. at Hooray for Books! 1555 King St. Storytime for ages 3-6 will feature author and illustrator Michael Muller, creator of the “Mirabelle” picture books. Muller will read a Mirabelle story and sign books, accompanied by the canine star of the books herself. Free. Visit for more.

Death Day Anniversary of Female Stranger. 6 p.m. at The Gadsbys Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Port City Brewing Company is brewing a new batch of the “Long Black Veil” Black IPA to be released at a happy hour at the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. As the story goes, the ailing Female Stranger arrived by sea to Alexandria and was shown to Gadsby’s City Hotel, wrapped in a long black veil to conceal her identity, where she eventually died. Her identity was never revealed and all that remains is an engraved tomb at St. Paul’s Cemetery. Tickets include one Long Black Veil, as well as tavern inspired food, a Port City glass, a special presentation by Port City Brewing Company Founder Bill Butcher and tours that unravel the tale of the Female Stranger, with a visit to the room where she died. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Visit for more.

Thursday/Oct. 15

“Rendezvous in Paris.” 10 a.m. at Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club, 5500 Schulz Circle, Fort Belvoir. Attend a Yacht Haven Garden Club fundraiser. A fashion show and lunch will follow a social hour. Tickets are $40. Call 703-589-3404 for more.

Young Adult Author Panel. 5 p.m. at Hooray for Books! 1555 King St. Five young adult authors will sit on panel titled “Fabulous Fifteeners.” Free. Visit for more.

Book Signing. 6:30 p.m. at Hooray for Books! 1555 King St. Author Alexandra Bracken will be signing copies of “The Princess, The Scoundrel, and The Farm Boy.” The book is an adaptation of Star Wars: A New Hope. Children are invited to wear Star Wars gear. Free. Visit for more.

An Evening of Music for Mixed String Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. An Evening of Music for Mixed String Ensemble featuring members of The Air Force Strings led by Technical Sgt. Wayne Graham as part of The United States Air Force Band-Chamber Players Series. Free. Visit

Friday/Oct. 16

Conya Doss. 7:30 p.m. at The Carlyle Club, 2050 Ballenger Ave. Conya Doss is joined by Snuhgie Stocks for a live performance. Tickets start at $35. There is a $25 minimum food and beverage purchase required per guest, except for general admission tickets. Visit

Saturday/Oct. 17

Morning Market & Community Sale. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Epiphany Lutheran Church and Weekday School, 5521 Old Mill Road. Crafts, vendors, baked goods and large community yard sale. Free. Call 703-780-3852.

Community Yard Sale. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 2501 Belle View Blvd. In addition to a yard sale, find hot dogs and barbeque. Free. Call 703-765-1219 for more.

Native Tree Planting. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Tarleton Park, 4500 Holmes Run Parkway. Join TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria and the Wakefield Tarleton Civic Association in planting native trees in Alexandria's Tarleton Park. Free. Email

Hollin Hall Senior Center Annual Mega Bazaar/Craft Fair. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1500 Shenandoah Road. More than 30 crafters, silent auction, bake sale, door prizes and more will be featured. Free to attend. Call 703-765-4573 for more.

Alexandria Country Day School Fall Fair & Country Market. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Alexandria Country Day School, 2400 Russell Road. Find food trucks, photo booth, face painting, spin art, moon bounce and obstacle course, bake sale, cake walk and more. Free to attend. Call 703-548-4804 or email

Burgundy Fall Fair. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Burgundy Farm Country Day School, 3700 Burgundy Road. Haunted House, pumpkin painting, moon bounce, live music, craft mart, used book and kids’ closet sale, food tent. Proceeds from activity tickets, food and merchandise sales benefit student financial aid. Free admission. Visit or call 703-960-3431.

Long Black Veil Release Party. 12-9 p.m. at Port City World Headquarters, 3950 Wheeler Ave. Long Black Veil, Port City’s Black IPA was originally introduced in October 2014 to coincide with the anniversary of the death of its namesake, The Female Stranger. Tickets are $10. Visit for more.

Book Signing. 1 p.m. at Hooray for Books! 1555 King St. Author Maria Gianferrari will present and sign her picture book, “Penny & Jelly: The School Show.” Free. Visit for more.

Book Signing. 1-3 p.m. at Sacred Circle Metaphysical, 919 King St. Sylvia Moore will sign copies of her book “Grandma’s Bones.” Free. Call 405-458-5642 for more.

Pizza Party. 6:30-10 p.m. at Immanuel Church on the Hill, 3606 Seminary Road. Dignity Northern Virginia, a LGBT Catholic organization will host a pizza party following mass. Free. Call 703-349.6351.

Gina DeSimone and Kevin Dudley. 7 p.m. at Focus Alexandria/Church of St. Clement, 1701 N. Quaker Lane. Gina DeSimone is front-woman of the DC-based blues and swing group the Moaners. Kevin Dudley, born in Texas and now residing in Virginia, plays guitar and sings about love, death and diners. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Call 703-380-3151 or visit

Sunday/Oct. 18

Pumpkin Pace Food Race. 9 a.m. at Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Alexandria’s United Community Ministries in partnership with The Fun Runz is hosting a 10K run plus 5K/1mile Fun Runs. Price varies by race, $20-$35; register by Oct. 12 to receive event T-shirt. Bring non-perishable food items to help stock the UCM Food Pantry. Details and registration at or visit

Debate: “The Snowden Impact: Privacy, Secrecy and Security.” 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 3830 Seminary Road. Republican Congressional candidate Micah Edmonds and Alexandrian author Ronald Goldfarb will debate “The Snowden Impact: Privacy, Secrecy and Security.” Robert Siegel of NPR will moderate the discussion. Free. Call Ronald Sturman at 703-801-8553 for more.

Cauldron Tea at Carlyle House. 1-3 p.m. at Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St. This afternoon will include a program on “Alexandria History and Legends” and a craft for children who would like to participate. Tour the museum after the tea and learn about 18th century funeral and mourning practices in Virginia. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children. Visit www.carlyle for more.

Jazz at Meade. 6 p.m. at Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 N. Alfred St. The guest musician will be George V. Johnson, Jr. Donations of $15 are accepted. Call 703-549-1334.