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 www.Potomacfiberartsgallery.com.
“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 torpedofactory.org.
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 nvfaa.org.
“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 www.nvcc.edu.
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 www.jackson20.com.
“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 www.convergence.org 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.
Immanuel Pumpkin Patch. Through Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, 3606 Seminary Road. At this fundraiser find pumpkins, gourds, baked goods, hearty soups, and autumn crafts. All profits go to charity. Free admission. Visit www.icoh.net for more.
“Skeletons: Exploring Under the Surface." Through Nov. 1, Thursdays 12-6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 12-9 p.m.; and Sundays 12-6 p.m. at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Experience 2D and 3D artwork in a wide range of mediums that digs deeper and discover what is ‘under there,’ literally and figuratively. Free. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org for more.
Sheila Harrington: “Each Day is a Celebration.” Through Nov. 1, 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 www.theartleague.org 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 www.potomacriverboatco.com/.
“Superstition and Belief.” Gallery hours at The Art League, 155 N. Union St. Artists explore myth, religion, belief, fantasy, and dreams. Free. Visit www.theartleague.org for more.
“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 www.nvcc.edu 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 www.mountvernon.org/3D.
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 www.seniorservicesalex.org 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 www.stelmoscoffeepub.com 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 www.darlenekaplan.com 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 www.TheDelRayArtisans.org for more.
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 www.thecarlyleclub.com.
Morning Market and 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 FriendsOfTarletonPark@outlook.com.
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 and 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 email@example.com.
Family Fall Festival. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Armistead L. Boothe Park, 520 Cameron Station Blvd. The City of Alexandria’s Family Fall Festival will include performances by the Beale Street Puppet Theatre and the sounds of “Ken and Brad Kolodner” playing traditional American old time or folk music. Also find a pirate moon bounce, pony rides, scarecrow building, face painting, hay rides, and more. Admission to the event is $5 per person or $15 per family up to four people. Register by visiting www.alexandriavag.gov/webtrac and use activity code #284601.
Cheesetopia. 2-5 p.m. at Balducci’s, 600 Franklin St. Shoppers are invited to taste gourmet cheeses, participate in group demonstrations, get tips from experts, and partake in other cheese-themed events. Free. Visit www.balduccis.com for more.
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 www.burgundyfarm.org 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 www.portcitybrewing.com 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 and Jelly: The School Show.” Free. Visit www.hooray4books.com 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.
Walking With Zombies Ghost Tour. Every 15 minutes 5-8:45 p.m. at Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 North Fairfax St. Hear tales of the origins of zombies on the battlefield, and then join “zombies” for a party on the front lawn. Tickets are $20. Visit www.nvrpa.org for tickets.
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 www.focusmusic.org.
Coopering Demonstrations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at George Washington’s Distillery, 5513 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Master cooper Marshall Scheetz will be on-site for coopering demonstrations. Watch as broad axes, planes, and drawknives are used to craft barrel staves, which are then heated and bent into shape, and held together with hoops or bands. Admission to the distillery is included in the cost of admission to George Washington’s Mount Vernon, which is $9-17. Visit www.mountvernon.org/distillery.
Apple Brandy Distilling. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at George Washington’s Distillery, 5513 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Learn about the process of apple brandy distilling. Admission to the distillery is included in the cost of admission to George Washington’s Mount Vernon, which is $9-17. Visit www.mountvernon.org/distillery.
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 thefunrunz.com or visit ucmagency.org.
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 house.org 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.
Book Launch Reading. 7-8 p.m. at M. Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Sass Brown, author of “USA-1000,” will read from her book, which was selected by Adrienne Su as the winner of the 2014 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. Free. Visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us for more.
STEM Homeschool Program: Architecture Walking Tour. 1-2:30 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Homeschool students and their families are invited to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with a monthly program sponsored by the City of Alexandria. Learn about the 18th and 19th century architectural styles that define “Old Town” and the societal and technological changes that influenced their creation. Children attend free, adult tickets are $8. Visit shop.alexandriava.gov for more.
Genealogy and DNA. 1-3 p.m. at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Jim Bartlett discusses how to use DNA test results to prove lines of ancestry in this free talk sponsored by the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society. Visit www.mvgenealogy.org or call 703-768-4101.
Lecture at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House. 7 p.m. at 9000 Richmond Highway. In celebration of the Pope-Leighey house 75th anniversary, an ongoing lecture series has been launched. The inaugural lecture will feature Ashley Wilson, AIA, Graham Gund Architect, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a presentation titled “Sustainable Solutions: The Search for an Appropriate Finish for the Exterior of Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House, Alexandria, Virginia.” Tickets are $25. Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/the-pope-leighey-lectures-tickets-18691986234.
SocialLights. 7-9 p.m. at Del Ray Artisans gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. This informal program is designed to provide a positive and motivational environment for artists to network and share ideas. Free. Visit www.Thedelrayartisans.org to register.
Oct. 20-Nov. 15
“Safari.” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, 105 N. Union St. Resident fiber artists display work inspired by the wild. Free. Visit www.potomacfiberartsgallery.com.
Oct. 20-Nov. 29
PHOTO ‘15. Gallery hours at Multiple Exposures Gallery, 155 N. Union St. Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Photographs at The National Gallery of Art Sarah Greenough will jury the “PHOTO ‘15” exhibit. Thirty-one fine art photographers will display their work. Admission to the gallery is free. Visit www.multipleexposuresgallery.com for more.
Alexandria/Mount Vernon Antiques Club Meeting. 9:30-11 a.m. at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Ryan Johnson, a professional clock repairman will be sharing information about how to properly take care of your clocks, especially old clocks, and the possible need for professional repairs. Guests are invited to bring clocks to the meeting for Q&A. Call 703-360-4979 for more.
2015 Business Awards Presentation and Reception. 6-9 p.m. at The George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Alexandria businesses will be awarded honors by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and Alexandria Business Leaders at this catered event. $100 in Sept. for members, $110 in Oct. for members and $165 for non-members. Visit www.alexchamber.com.
Dramatic Reading. 7 p.m. at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. “One” is a hip-hop musical by Walter Robinson and directed by McKenya Dilworth. “One,” the musical brings a “recovery” from addictions message to youth. “One” is based on the 4,500-year-old story of Moses, but told as if the story occurred today in Harlem, N.Y. The suggested donation is $10. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Coopering Demonstrations. 1-5 p.m. at George Washington’s Distillery, 5513 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Master cooper Marshall Scheetz will be on-site for coopering demonstrations. Watch as broad axes, planes, and drawknives are used to craft barrel staves, which are then heated and bent into shape, and held together with hoops or bands. Admission to the distillery is included in the cost of admission to George Washington’s Mount Vernon, which is $9-17. Visit www.mountvernon.org/distillery.
“Alexandria Surrenders to the British.” 7 p.m. at John Strongbow's Great Hall, 710 King St. Have dinner followed by a discussion of Alexandria’s submission to the British at the end of the War of 1812. Free. Call 703-329-3075 or email email@example.com to register.
The United States Air Force Band-Chamber Players Series. 7:30 p.m. at The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum, 201 S. Washington St. Attend a concert titled “Music for Brass Ensemble” featuring members of The U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Brass led by Technical Sgt. Christine Purdue. Free. Call 202-767-5658 or visit www.usafband.af.mil for more.
Brewing History: Beer Tasting, Tour and Dinner. 6:30-9:45 p.m. at The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Learn about beer-making in Colonial America with a mansion tour, beer brewing demonstration, beer tasting and four-course dinner. Tickets are $100. To register, visit www.mountvernon.org.
Documentary Screening. 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Watch “Harvest of Empire,” a documentary that exposes the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today, as part of the Immigration Film Festival. Tickets are $6. Visit www.immigrationfilmfest.org or www.IMFilmFest.eventbrite.com.
Short Film Screenings. 7 p.m. at Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs, 1021 Prince St. As part of the Immigration Film Festival watch “I am Ayotzinapa,” about Mexican artists commemorating missing students believed to have been kidnapped by government militias; “Ger Kler: A Journey of Untold Strength,” about a young team of students documenting the migration from refugee camps in Burma and Thailand to the U.S. Three other short films will also be screened. Tickets are $6. Visit www.immigrationfilmfest.org or www.IMFilmFest.eventbrite.com.
Ghost and Graveyard Special Halloween Tour. 7-9 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Alexandria Colonial Tours will end its special one-hour Halloween tour in the very room where the “Female Stranger” died at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Visit www.alexcolonialtours.com for reservations.
Taste for Giving. 7-10 p.m. at Patent and Trade Office, 600 Dulany St. A selection of Alexandria’s restaurants will offer tastes from their menus, beer (Port City Brewing Company) and wine (North Mountain Vineyards), music (Megan and the Dads), and both live and silent auctions. Tickets are $75. Visit www.tasteforgiving.org.
Halloween Pumpkin Hunt. 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 1:30 p.m.; 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday at Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St. Elementary school-aged children and younger may participate in the hunt and will receive a toy pumpkin. The event will also feature Halloween crafts, food and drink, ghost stories and a costume parade. Tickets are $5 for adults and $12 for children participating in the hunt. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org or contact John Christiansen at 703-548-1789 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heritage Craft Sale. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road. The Belles Craft Sale and Marketplace Café features handmade items, a “select treasures” sale, and a bake sale/cafe. Free to attend. Visit www.heritagechurchva.org for more.
Library Bicycle Ride. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Alexandria Library is hosting its third annual bicycle tour of all Alexandria Library locations. Bring your bike and join library staff for a leisurely 2-hour loop. Free. Registration required at www.bit.ly/alexlibrarybiketour.
Family FieldFest. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Multi-Purpose Athletic Field, 1820 Limerick St. The first-ever Family FieldFest will have activities for children and adults, including pumpkin carving, face painting, live music and free demonstrations from local companies with a focus on healthy and sustainable living. Free. Visit www.VolunteerAlexandria.org for more.
Raven’s Night. 5 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. “Raven’s Night” is a Halloween costume party featuring belly dance performances,a dinner concert, live music and more. Tickets are $25. Visit www.birchmere.com for more.
Fearless Fifteeners Young Adult Author Panel. 5 p.m. at Hooray for Books! 1555 King St. Six young adults authors: Maggie Lehrman, author of “The Cost of all Things;” Sharon Roat, author of “Between the Notes;” Marci Lyn Curtis, author of “The One Thing;” Kim Liggett, author of “Blood and Salt;” Cordelia Jensen, author of “Skyscraping;” and Lauren Gibaldi, author of “The Night We Said Yes” will discuss their books. Free. Visit www.hooray4books.com for more.
Fall Harvest Family Days. 9 a.m-5 p.m. at Pioneer Farm in George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Celebrate the beginning of autumn with the family at Mount Vernon with activities including wagon rides, apple-roasting and a straw bale maze. The event is included with purchase of admission to Mount Vernon; tickets are $17 for adults, $9 for children, $16 for seniors and free for children 5 years and younger. Visit www.mountvernon.org for more.
Doggy Trick or Treat. 1-3 p.m. at The Dog Park, 705 King St. Pick up a goody bag and a map of over 25 participating businesses at The Dog Park, then lead your pet around Old Town to find treats. The Dog Park will also host a costume contest for individuals and groups—groups can be all dogs, or dogs with humans. Winners receive gift certificates to The Dog Park. Free. Call 703-888-2818 for more.
Mad Science! 1-3:30 p.m. at The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax St. This 45-minute tour starts every 30 minutes and features historic medicines with surprising side effects. Admission is $6 for people age 5 and up. Visit www.shop.alexandriava.gov for more.
19th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade. 2-4 p.m. at Mount Vernon Avenue, south of Bellefonte Avenue. Awards will be given for Best Pet Costume, Best Decorated Business, Best Decorated Home, and Best Decorated Stroller. Awards will be presented in a brief ceremony after the parade, along with refreshments and goodie bags for the children. Adults, children and dogs are all welcome to join. Free. Visit www.visitdelray.com for more.
New Dominion Chorale Concert. 4 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 4915 East Campus Lane. New Dominion Chorale, under the direction of Founder and Artistic Director Thomas Beveridge, will open its 25th season with a performance of Gioachino Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle.” Ticket prices are $30 (general admission), $25 (seniors), and $15 (youth ages 5–25). Group tickets are available for groups of 10 or more at $20 per ticket. Visit www.newdominion.org for more.
“The List” Screening. 5 p.m. at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane. “The List” is about Kirk Johnson, a young American fighting to save thousands of Iraqis whose lives are in danger because they worked for the U.S. to help rebuild Iraq. Tickets are $6. Visit www.immigrationfilmfest.org or www.IMFilmFest.eventbrite.com.