APPETITE in Alexandria

APPETITE in Alexandria

4 Dates to Circle in June

From beer festivities to Pride celebrations to a leisurely evening mansion-side, June has so much to offer Alexandrians in the way of food, drink and fun. Here are a few of our top picks.

Grapes and Hops at Cedar Knoll, June 2

Enjoy a wine and beer tasting with hors d’oeuvres, all while helping Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services enrich the lives of schoolchildren. Cedar Knoll plays host to the event; bring a picnic blanket or some chairs and sprawl out across the restaurant’s extensive front lawn, taking in the river and all the sights. 9030 Lucia Lane. 6-9 p.m. $80.

First Annual Del Ray Beer Fest at Hops N Shine, June 3

Post up at Hops N Shine to celebrate summertime beer. Go local with featured breweries such as Denizens Brewing in Silver Spring, Kindred Spirits from Richmond and Potter’s Craft Cider in Charlottesville, among others. With 52 beer lines, there will be something for everyone to enjoy – and toast to! 3410 Mount Vernon Ave. 3-8 p.m. $35.

Pride Drag Brunch at King and Rye, June 10

Celebrate Pride Month in style with a robust Pride Drag Brunch at King and Rye. A powerful lineup of performers will delight you as you dig into a hearty brunch. Along with the entertainment, each ticket provides you with an entrée off King and Rye’s brunch menu as well as a selection from the juice bar. Want to spice it up? Add a bottle of champagne and let the mimosas flow. 480 King St. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $45. 

Wright at Twilight at Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey House, June 16

Ring in the weekend with a glass of wine and some complementary snacks as dusk falls at the Pope-Leighey House. Take a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright construction, play lawn games, listen to music and watch how the changing light highlights the architecture. Bring a picnic and breathe in the spring air. 9000 Richmond Highway. 6:30-9 p.m. $25.

Hope Nelson is the author of “Classic Restaurants of Alexandria” and owns the Kitchen Recessionista blog, located at Email her any time at