Calendar of Events

Historic Alexandria Calendar

Upcoming events from the Office of Historic Alexandria

Date    TimeEvent
Sep 3, 2017 Sun 2:00 PMGadsby’s Tavern Museum’s Family Tours
Treat your family to special “Family Tours” led by Junior Docents grades 4-7. Every Sunday this summer from 2-5pm.
Sep 4, 2017 Mon 10:00 AMOHA Museum Schedule for Labor Day
The following Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA)Museums will be closed on Labor Day: Alexandria Archaeology, Alexandria Black History, Friendship Firehouse, and Fort Ward.
Sep 7, 2017 Thu 7:30 PMJane Austen Dance Class
Join us at the Jane Austen Dance Class!
Sep 9, 2017 Sat 11:00 AMDocent-Led Tour of Friendship Firehouse
Come for an in-depth guided tour, before public hours, of Friendship’s firehouse and learn about the company’s firefighting procedures and equipment.
Sep 9, 2017 Sat 1:30 PMAlexandria Archaeology Dig Days
Assist Alexandria Archaeology at a public dig!
Sep 11, 2017 Mon 7:00 PMAlexandria-Caen Sister City Committee
Regular monthly meeting
Sep 13, 2017 Wed 8:00 AMHistorical Restoration and Preservation Commission
Regular monthly meeting
Sep 13, 2017 Wed 9:00 AMClosed-All Office of Historic Alexandria Museums
The Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA), the comprehensive public history agency of the City of Alexandria, will be holding a full-day retreat for all staff.
Sep 14, 2017 Thu 7:30 PMJane Austen Dance Class
Join us at the Jane Austen Dance Class!
Sep 14, 2017 Thu 7:30 PMFort Ward Interpretive Plan Committee
The first of four Stakeholder Meetings between the Fort Ward Interpretive Planning Committee and the recently selected interpretive planning consultant, Designminds, to elicit candid and constructive contributions on historical interpretation concepts and techniques to be considered for the Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Interpretive Plan.
Sep 15, 2017 Fri 7:00 PMHistory by the Glass: Whiskey
Want to know more about the intersection of history and drinks?
Sep 16, 2017 Sat 10:00 AMCivil War Artillery Day
Learn about the role of artillerymen at a fort in the Defenses of Washington from reenactors portraying the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery.
Sep 16, 2017 Sat 10:00 AM"A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time" Java Jolt
Paula Whitacre will present her new book and the discuss the compelling stories of abolitionist Julia Wilbur.
Sep 18, 2017 Mon 7:00 PMAlexandria Sister Cities Committee
Regularly monthly meeting - Sister Cities Helsingborg & Dundee
Sep 18, 2017 Mon 7:30 PMPublic Records Advisory Commission
Regular meeting
Sep 19, 2017 Tue 7:30 PMHistoric Alexandria Resources Commission
Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission
Sep 21, 2017 Thu 7:30 PMJane Austen Dance Class
Join us at the Jane Austen Dance Class!
Sep 23, 2017 Sat 10:00 AMBoutique Car Show
For orphan cars.
Sep 23, 2017 Sat 11:00 AMCANCELLED: Free Lecture-Plantations of Virginia
Local authors Jai Williams and Charlene Giannetti explore the hidden stories of these historic icons in their new book, Plantations of Virginia.
Sep 23, 2017 Sat 1:00 PMFirefighting History Walking Tour
Mark Fire Prevention Week and explore Alexandria’s firefighting history on the “Blazing a Trail: Alexandria’s Firefighting History” tour.
Sep 23, 2017 Sat 8:00 PMSold Out: Jane Austen Ball
Step back to the time of Jane Austen at this late-1790s era ball.
Sep 25, 2017 Mon 6:30 PMWhat’s in That Alley? Inventorying Old Town
Presentation by Mike Commisso, Cultural Resources Program Manager, National Mall and Memorial Parks, National Park Service and Chair, Alexandria Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission.
Sep 26, 2017 Tue 8:00 AMSite Visit: Foundations of Pioneer Mill
View the foundations of Pioneer Mill uncovered at Robinson Landing.
Sep 26, 2017 Tue 7:00 PMFilm-Forgotten Warriors of the Empire
Forgotten Warriors of the Empire covers the range of experiences of continental Africans serving in the war effort, from how they were recruited, to how they were trained, to the combat they saw, to their post-war experiences.
Sep 27, 2017 Wed 7:30 PMLecture-Fish: An Alexandria Story
Office of Historic Alexandria City Historian Dan Lee Speaks at the Lloyd House.
Sep 30, 2017 Sat 11:00 AMFilm and Discussion - Black Slaves, Red Masters
The Alexandria Black History Museum hosts a series of programs from the pages of Port of Harlem magazine. All programs open with a 15-minute reception with light refreshments.
Oct 3, 2017 Tue 6:30 PMLecture-A Shopping Spree, an Auction and a Gift
Lecture by Adam T. Erby, Associate Curator at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
Oct 4, 2017 Wed 7:30 PMLecture: Unearthing History
Urban Slavery & Slave Housing in Virginia
Oct 7, 2017 Sat 10:00 AMA Complicated Hospitality Tour
Enslaved Labor Tour at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Oct 7, 2017 Sat 1:30 PMAlexandria Archaeology Dig Days
Assist Alexandria Archaeology at a public dig!
Oct 8, 2017 Sun 12:00 PMApothecary Museum Geek Tour -- Behind the Scenes
As part of the second Sundays Geek Tours series, October features a special behind the scenes tour of the Apothecary. If the regular 30 minute tour of the Apothecary Museum just isn’t enough, this is the tour for you! Spend more time touring the museum with an expert guide, including the rarely open basement and 3rd floor of the historic pharmacy. ...
Oct 8, 2017 Sun 1:00 PMApothecary Museum Open House
In recognition of October’s designation as National Pharmacy Month, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will host an open house on Sunday, October 8. The tours include the opportunity to see the newly opened WWI exhibit. Visitors are welcome to enjoy free tours between 1 p.m. and 5p.m.
Oct 10, 2017 Tue 7:00 PMLecture-The Fairfax's of Virginia
The Fairfax's of Virginia
Oct 13, 2017 Fri 8:30 AMVirginia Africana Conference
Virginia Africana is a network of museum and preservation professionals, local historians and those interested in African American history.
Oct 14, 2017 Sat 1:00 PMFirefighting in Civil War Alexandria Walking Tour
The “We’ve Been Burned: Alexandria Firefighters During the Civil War” walking tour will explore firefighting during the Union occupation.
Oct 14, 2017 Sat 6:00 PMPort City's Long Black Veil Happy Hour
Enjoy history in a local craft brew!
Oct 16, 2017 Mon 7:30 PMPublic Records Advisory Commission
Regular meeting
Oct 18, 2017 Wed 7:30 PMLecture: Power of Objects
Material Culture in 18th century British America
Oct 19, 2017 Thu 6:30 PMAn Evening with Alexandria Boxer Anthony Suggs, Sr
Join the Alexandria Black History Museum for a screening of the documentary Out of the Ring Still in the Fight, which chronicles boxer Anthony “Da Beast” Suggs’ turbulent journey and path to redemption.
Oct 21, 2017 Sat 11:00 AMCivil War Shelter Interpretive Program
Examples of a variety of Civil War tents and army shelter will be set up and explained by Union military interpreters.
Oct 21, 2017 Sat 11:00 AMLecture: History of Candy
Susan Benjamin, candy historian, returns to the ABHM to talk about the historic origins of candy based on her book Sweet as Sin: “The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America’s Favorite Pleasure.” This program focuses on African American contributions to sugar production and candy making.
Oct 21, 2017 Sat 12:00 PMArts Safari (Alexandria Archaeology Museum)
Sometimes photos are not enough! Artifact illustration is still used by archaeologists to reveal details that otherwise might be missed by a photograph. Visitors will choose a real artifact to measure and illustrate on their lab sheet. Artistic representations of other artifacts will also be on display throughout the museum.
Oct 21, 2017 Sat 1:30 PMAlexandria Archaeology Dig Days
Assist Alexandria Archaeology at a public dig!
Oct 24, 2017 Tue 7:00 PMLecture-An Introduction to French Comics
A high-level introduction into how a closely neighboring culture views the humble comic book in a completely different way.
Oct 26, 2017 Thu 7:00 PMFilm and Discussion - Breathe in the Roots
The Alexandria Black History Museum hosts a series of programs from the pages of Port of Harlem magazine. All programs open with a 15-minute reception with light refreshments.
Oct 26, 2017 Thu 7:30 PMVeterans Ball Dance Class
Prepare for the Veterans Ball!
Oct 30, 2017 Mon 8:00 PMPoe in Alexandria
Don't miss two unforgettable Halloween evenings with America’s earliest master of the macabre - Edgar Allen Poe!
Oct 31, 2017 Tue 8:00 PMPoe in Alexandria
Don't miss two unforgettable Halloween evenings with America’s earliest master of the macabre - Edgar Allen Poe!
Nov 2, 2017 Thu 7:30 PMVeterans Ball Dance Class
Prepare for the Veterans Ball!
Nov 4, 2017 Sat 11:00 AMFilm and Discussion - Against All Odds
The Alexandria Black History Museum hosts a series of programs from the pages of Port of Harlem magazine. All programs open with a 15-minute reception with light refreshments.
Nov 9, 2017 Thu 7:30 PMVeterans Ball Dance Class
Prepare for the Veterans Ball!
Nov 11, 2017 Sat 10:00 AMSoldier-led Tours in Honor of Veteran’s Day
An interpreter portraying a Union Army veteran will reminisce about his military service at Fort Ward during the Civil War while conducting a tour of the historic fort.
Nov 11, 2017 Sat 11:00 AMFree Tours on Veterans Day
Free Tours at Gadsby's!
Nov 11, 2017 Sat 2:00 PMSoldier-led Tours in Honor of Veteran’s Day
An interpreter portraying a Union Army veteran will reminisce about his military service at Fort Ward during the Civil War while conducting a tour of the historic fort.
Nov 11, 2017 Sat 8:00 PMVeterans Ball
Raise a glass to freedom and toast our Revolutionary War veterans at a ball!
Nov 12, 2017 Sun 12:00 PMApothecary Museum Geek Tour -- Animal Apothecary
Apothecaries served not just the human population, but animals, too. This specialized guided tour will focus on medicines animals like horses and dogs, drawing from the museum’s extensive archives and collection of original ingredients.
Nov 18, 2017 Sat 10:00 AMKid’s Krafts at Friendship Firehouse Museum
Come create and take home craft projects inspired by early firefighting history.
Nov 18, 2017 Sat 2:00 PMVirginia Cider Festival
Enjoy a selection of ciders from more than 12 Virginia cideries. Ticket includes 8 tastings, a souvenir glass, live music, and fun fall activities. Food trucks available. Additional tasting tickets and special tasting lectures available for purchase onsite. Dress for the weather – this event is outdoors!
Dec 2, 2017 Sat 11:00 AMScottish Walk Parade Day Open House - Apothecary
Free museum tours of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dec 9, 2017 Sat 12:00 PMCivil War Christmas in Camp Open House
Holiday event interprets how Christmas was observed during the Civil War.
Dec 9, 2017 Sat 4:00 PMHistoric Alexandria Candlelight Tours
Travel through centuries of local history as you learn more about Alexandria during the holiday season!
Dec 10, 2017 Sun 2:00 PMColonial Handbell Ringers Concert
The Colonial English Handbell Ringers perform clad in colonial attire, bringing a 5-octave set of nearly 80 handbells from the world-famous Whitechapel foundry in London.
Dec 10, 2017 Sun 4:00 PMColonial Handbell Ringers Concert
The Colonial English Handbell Ringers perform clad in colonial attire, bringing a 5-octave set of nearly 80 handbells from the world-famous Whitechapel foundry in London.
Jan 10, 2018 Wed 7:00 PMFederal Gown Workshop
Have nothing new to wear to meet the President or Mr. Darcy? Why not make it yourself!
Jan 19, 2018 Fri 7:00 PMHistory by the Glass: Hot Toddy
Want to know more about the intersection of history and drinks?
Jan 24, 2018 Wed 7:00 PMFederal Gown Workshop
Have nothing new to wear to meet the President or Mr. Darcy? Why not make it yourself!
Feb 7, 2018 Wed 7:00 PMFederal Gown Workshop
Have nothing new to wear to meet the President or Mr. Darcy? Why not make it yourself!
May 11, 2018 Fri 7:00 PMHistory by the Glass: Gin
Want to know more about the intersection of history and drinks?

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