Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: Oct. 23-Nov. 1

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: Oct. 23-Nov. 1

Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre will give six performances of the classic Disney musical “Mary Poppins.” On Oct. 30, Nov. 6, and Nov. 7, there will be a 7:30 p.m. performance; a 1:30 p.m. performance on Oct. 31, and 3 p.m. performances on Nov. 1 and Nov. 8. The play will performed on the Bryant Alternative High School stage, 2709 Popkins Lane. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door and online at

Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre will give six performances of the classic Disney musical “Mary Poppins.” On Oct. 30, Nov. 6, and Nov. 7, there will be a 7:30 p.m. performance; a 1:30 p.m. performance on Oct. 31, and 3 p.m. performances on Nov. 1 and Nov. 8. The play will performed on the Bryant Alternative High School stage, 2709 Popkins Lane. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door and online at Photo Contributed


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.

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 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 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 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

“Superstition and Belief.” Gallery hours at The Art League, 155 N. Union St. Artists explore myth, religion, belief, fantasy, and dreams. Free. Visit 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 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.

“George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation.” Through Jan. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. This exhibit will detail the history of Thanksgiving at Mount Vernon. On October 3, 1789, Washington issued his Thanksgiving proclamation, designating for “the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving.” Admission to the exhibit is included in Mount Vernon ticket prices. Tickets are $17 for adults, $9 for children, and free for children ages 5 and younger. Visit

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.

Friday/Oct. 23

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

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 or

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 or

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 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

Friday-Saturday/Oct. 23-24

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 or contact John Christiansen at 703-548-1789 or

Saturday/Oct. 24

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 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

Behind the Scenes: Curator’s Tour at Carlyle House. 10-11 a.m. at Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St. Join a guided tour of the Carlyle Mansions with curator Helen Wirka. Wirka will take visitors on a private tour of the museum focusing on selected objects in the collection and their history, use and how they tell the story of John Carlyle, his family and friends like George Washington. Tickets are $20. Call 703-549-2997 for more.

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 for more.

International Festival. 12-7 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St. The international cuisine area will feature Thai, Ethiopian, Armenian, Afghan, American and more available for purchase. Guests are invited to come dressed in ethnic clothing and otherwise showcase heritage. Free. Visit for more.

Hallowe’en Pumpkin Hunt. 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. at the Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St. Children are invited to search the grounds for toy-filled pumpkins. Guests will also find crafts, a sticker station, temporary tattoos, refreshments, ghost stories, and more. Tickets are $12 for children in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets for adults are $5. Visit 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 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 for more.

David Brock in Concert. 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St. Organist and Alexandria native Davide Brock will perform music by St. Paul’s Organist-Choirmasters Grant Hellmers and that of Handel, Pachelbel, Bach, Roeckleing and more. Free. Visit for more.

Through Oct. 25

Washington International Horse Show. Various times at Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Watch show jumping and top national hunter and equitation competition plus community events, entertaining exhibitions, boutique shopping and ringside dining and hospitality. Tickets are $15-50. Visit for more.

Saturday-Sunday/Oct. 24-25

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 for more.

Sunday/Oct. 25

600th Anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. 1 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. St. Crispin's Day, is the 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. The Oxford University Society, DC Chapter will host a screening of Kenneth Branaugh’s 1989 film, “Henry V.” Historian Ed Furgol will discuss King Henry V, and the importance and historical significance on Agincourt. Free. Visit 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 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 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 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 or

Tuesday/Oct. 27

AARP Alexandria Dinner Club. 4-8 p.m. at Clyde’s, 1700 N. Beauregard St. AARP has reserved the private room at Clyde's at Mark Center for members and their guests to enjoy dinner together with a 20 percent discount. Email for more.

Tree Selection and Care. 7-8:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. Kirsten Buhls, extension agent for Alexandria, will be speaking on Tree Selection and Care. Topics will include the benefits of native trees, planting trees to reduce your energy costs, improving soil, correcting drainage issues, and removing underperforming plants. Free. Visit or call 703-228-6414 for more.

Oct. 27-Dec. 27

Green Spring Gardens Art Show. Gallery hours at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Artist Carol Higgs works in batik, oil, watercolor, and collage. Painter Joan Wolfe works with acrylic and Erik and Caroline Hottenstein use watercolors. Free. Call 703-642-5173 for more.

Wednesday/Oct. 28

Daniel Bennett Group Concert. 7 p.m. at Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Jazz group from New York celebrated the release of “The Mystery at Clown Castle.” Free. Visit for more.

Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria's Sixth Annual Uncorked. 7-9 p.m. at a private residence, West Alexandria. Attend an evening of wine and cheese pairings, catered by River Bend Bistro to benefit Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $50. Contact Genevieve Moorhouse at 703-401-5902 or

“Slave Labor in the Capital.” 7:30 p.m at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Bob Arnebeck, will give a presentation titled, “Slave Labor in the Capital: Building Washington’s Iconic Federal Landmarks.” Admission for members of the Arlington Historical Society is free, $5 for nonmembers. Visit for more.

Thursday/Oct. 29

Doggy Howl-o-ween Costume Contest. Registration begins at 5 p.m. at Jackson 20, 480 King St. Celebrate Halloween and the finale of the Doggy Happy Hour series with Doggy Howl-o-ween, where up to 50 contestants compete in a costume contest benefitting the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA). Guests can purchase Halloween-themed cocktails and light fare. Complimentary doggy treats and fresh water bowls will be available for all canine friends. Registration is $15. Visit for more.

Dance Class. 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. In preparation for the Treaty of Ghent Ball on April 18, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Visit

MacMaster and Leahy Concert. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Fiddlers and husband-wife-duo Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy make a stop on a nationwide tour. Tickets are $39.50. Visit for more.

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 “An Evening of Music for Jazz Combo” featuring members of the Airmen of Note led by Technical Sgt. Tedd Baker. Free. Call 202-767-5658 or visit for more.

Oct. 29-Dec 13

Mike McConnell Exhibit. During gallery hours at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Mike McConnell was a commercial illustrator who recently dedicated himself to fine art. Free. Visit for more.

Friday/Oct. 30

Boo! It’s Halloween. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Public Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Children 2-5, accompanied by an adult, are invited to participate in a Halloween-themed storytime with songs and other early literacy activities. Free. Visit

Trick or Treating at Mount Vernon. 3:30-6:30 p.m. at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Highway, Mount Vernon. Take part in a scavenger hunt stopping at 12 locations on the estate. All trick-or-treaters are invited to join in the children’s costume parade around the mansion at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best “George” and “Martha” costumes. Admission is $10 for ages 10 and up, $5 for youth. Visit

Ancestors and Good Spirits: Rhythm and Roots Players. 7 p.m. at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Celebrate West African culture through music. Tickets are $15. Visit for more.

Bark or Treat Halloween Canine Cruise. 7 p.m. at Alexandria City Marina, 1 Cameron St. The Potomac Riverboat Company invites guests and their costumed dogs to cruise around the Potomac River on this 60-minute ride, set to some classic Halloween tunes. Halloween doggie treats will be provided and a photographer will be on hand. Tickets are $16 for adults $10 for children and dogs ride for free. Visit

The David Bromberg Band. 8 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. The Bromberg Band celebrates the release of their latest album “Only Slightly Mad.” Tickets are $49.50. Visit for more.

Friday-Saturday/Oct. 30-31

Poe in Alexandria. 8-9:15 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Actor David Keltz re-creates Edgar Allan Poe's visit to Virginia in 1849, shortly before he died. The program always includes a story or two such as "The Black Cat," "The Cask of Amontillado," or "The Tell-Tale Heart," along with well-known poems "The Raven" and "El Dorado." Tickets are $15. Visit

Oct. 30-Nov. 8

“Mary Poppins.” Various times as Bryant Alternative High School, 2709 Popkins Lane. Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre presents “Mary Poppins.” Tickets are $12. Visit for more.

Saturday/Oct. 31

Ghosts and Goblins Archaeological Tours. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. On Halloween Alexandria Archaeology is hosting an Open House at the Shuter’s Hill archaeological site located on the property behind the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Alexandria archaeologists will be on hand to conduct site tours and show the latest finds at this late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century plantation site. Free. Visit for more.

Trick or Treat with the Boo-tiques. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at various places in Old Town Alexandria. Dozens of shops of the Old Town Boutique District will be giving out treats to guests of all ages. Free. Visit for more.

Murder Mystery Dinner. 7 p.m. at The Grille at Morrison House, 116 S. Alfred St. The Grille at Morrison House hosts “The Morrison House Murder Mystery.” Celebrate Halloween with a 1920s themed dinner and show where guests will participate in a murder mystery theater experience. Themed costumes are encouraged. The evening will start with live piano music and a cocktail hour, followed by a three-course dinner, with a choice of red or white wine and optional cocktails. Tickets are $100 and include dinner, show, one cocktail, and one glass of wine. Visit for more.

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with Webb Wilder and The Guilty Ones. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Webb Wilder will open for Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin and The Guilty Ones. Tickets are $29.50. Visit

Del Ray Artisans Halloween Costume Party. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. at The Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. This adults-only party will feature music, food and more. Tickets are $5. Visit

Sunday/Nov. 1

Art Show and Reception. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Artists Carol Higgs, Joan Wolfe, and Erik and Caroline Hottenstein will celebrate a new exhibit opening Oct. 27. Call 703-642-5173 for more.

"Naked Mountain: The Delights and Challenges of Owning One of Virginia's Natural Area Preserves." 1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Marcia S. Mabee will explain how Naked Mountain, a 284-acre property in Nelson County, Virginia came to be and the discoveries and obligations inherent within the preserve that continue to this day. Free. Visit

“PHOTO ‘15” Opening Reception. 2-4 p.m. at Multiple Exposures Gallery, 155 N. Union St. Celebrate the exhibit juried by Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Photographs at The National Gallery of Art Sarah Greenough. Thirty-one fine art photographers, who will display their work, will also be on hand. Greenough will give a juror’s talk and two awards will be presented. Free. Visit for more.

Book Club Meeting. 2:30 p.m. at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub at 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave. National Women’s History Museum’s monthly book club will read “A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation” by Catherine Allgor. Free, but reservations required. Visit

Exhibit Opening Reception. 4-6 p.m. at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Celebrate former illustrator Mike McConnell’s new exhibit. Free. Visit for more.

U.S. Army Band Concert. 4:15 p.m. pre-concert talk, 5 p.m. performance at Christ the King Anglican Church, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. The U.S. Army Brass Quintet & Friends will perform. Free. Call 703-535-6815 for more.

“Just Earl: The Life and Journey of Earl Francis Lloyd.” 6 p.m. at The Carlyle Club, 2050 Ballenger Ave. The Alexandria African-American Hall of Fame Project is producing the play, “Just Earl: The Life and Journey of Earl Francis Lloyd” written and directed by McKenya Dilworth of The Morning Bishop Theatre Playhouse, Inc. The play focuses on the life of the first African American to play in the NBA, his childhood in Alexandria and the life lessons he learned along the way. Tickets are $35. Call 571-217-9951.

All Saints’ Day. 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St. Grant Hellmers, Organist-Choirmaster of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, will direct the choir in an All Saints’ Sunday Choral Evensong. Free. Visit for more.