Calendar of Events

Historic Alexandria Calendar

Upcoming events from the Office of Historic Alexandria

Date    TimeEvent
Oct 6, 2018 Sat 10:00 AMCivil War Artillery Day
Reenactors from the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery, a unit stationed at Fort Ward during the Civil War, present firing demonstrations.
Oct 6, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMStory Time for Little Historians
Bring your little learners to the Alexandria Black History Museum for cultural stories and creative craft activities that introduce world history and folklore.
Oct 6, 2018 Sat 1:00 PMFreedom House Museum open
See a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave trading firm Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.
Oct 6, 2018 Sat 1:00 PMVictorian Apothecary Workshop
Learn about Victorian apothecaries and herbalism from The Schod Family Apothecary historic interpreters Kent and Melissa Schod and make your own herbal remedy.
Oct 6, 2018 Sat 1:30 PMFamily Dig Day
Assist Alexandria Archaeology at a public dig!
Oct 7, 2018 Sun 1:00 PMFreedom House Museum open
See a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave trading firm Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.
Oct 7, 2018 Sun 1:00 PMAmerican Pharmacists Month Open House
In honor of American Pharmacists Month the Apothecary Museum will be free on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 1:00-4:45pm.
Oct 8, 2018 Mon 5:30 PMCancelled-HARC Subcommittee
Regular Meeting
Oct 10, 2018 Wed 8:00 AMAlexandria Historic Restoration & Preservation Com
Regular Meeting
Oct 10, 2018 Wed 3:30 PMArchaeological Commission Ship Committee
The Ship Committee tasked with coming up with recommendations about what will happen with the ship(s) that were found during archaeological excavations along the waterfront. The Ship Committee is a subcommittee of the Alexandria Archaeological Commission.
Oct 11, 2018 Thu 7:00 PMAlex/Caen Sister City Committee Meeting
Date changed due to Columbus Day holiday
Oct 11, 2018 Thu 7:30 PMMasquerade Ball Dance Class
In preparation for the Masquerade Ball on October 27, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors.
Oct 12, 2018 Fri 8:00 AMHARC Advocacy Committee Meeting
Regular meeting at Firehook Bakery
Oct 12, 2018 Fri 3:00 PMGodspeed Visits Alexandria Waterfront
The Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought America's first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, will dock in Alexandria October 12-14. Visitors will be able to tour the ship for free and enjoy dockside exhibits about Alexandria's history.
Oct 12, 2018 Fri 6:00 PMAfter Work Concert Series
Join us in Old Town Alexandria each second Friday of the month for a concert sponsored by The Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW) and The Office of Historic Alexandria.
Oct 12, 2018 Fri 7:00 PMSOLD OUT: Female Stranger Beer Dinner
The Event is sold out.
Oct 13, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMPortside History
Join the Office of Historic Alexandria for hands-on and interactive history activities related to Alexandria’s rich waterfront history.
Oct 13, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMCivil War Firefighting Walking Tour
The “We’ve Been Burned: Alexandria Firefighters During the Civil War” walking tour explores firefighting during the occupation.
Oct 13, 2018 Sat 1:00 PMFreedom House Museum open
See a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave trading firm Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.
Oct 13, 2018 Sat 1:00 PMGodspeed Visits Alexandria Waterfront
The Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought America's first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, will dock in Alexandria October 12-14. Visitors will be able to tour the ship for free and enjoy dockside exhibits about Alexandria's history.
Oct 14, 2018 Sun 12:00 PMGodspeed Visits Alexandria Waterfront
The Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought America's first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, will dock in Alexandria October 12-14. Visitors will be able to tour the ship for free and enjoy dockside exhibits about Alexandria's history.
Oct 14, 2018 Sun 1:00 PMFreedom House Museum open
See a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave trading firm Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.
Oct 14, 2018 Sun 1:00 PMThe Anniversary of the Female Stranger’s Death
Learn the story of the Female Stranger during tours on the 202nd anniversary of this local legend’s death.
Oct 15, 2018 Mon 7:30 PMPublic Records Advisory Commission
Regular meeting
Oct 16, 2018 Tue 7:00 PMHistoric Alexandria Resources Commission Meeting
Regular Meeting
Oct 17, 2018 Wed 6:30 PMFilm Screening:Evolution of America: 1619-Today
“Evolution of America: 1619 to Today” is an hour-long documentary on the historical relevance of the four seminal historical events of 1619 and how they influenced the arc of American history to the present day.
Oct 17, 2018 Wed 7:00 PMAlexandria Archaeological Commission (AAC)
The Alexandria Archaeological Commission (AAC) monthly meeting
Oct 20, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMPortside History
Join the Office of Historic Alexandria for hands-on and interactive history activities related to Alexandria’s rich waterfront history.
Oct 20, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMPortside History: Archaeology Waterfront Tour
Join an expert-led tour to learn of the new discoveries and hidden history of the waterfront.
Oct 20, 2018 Sat 1:00 PMFreedom House Museum open
See a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave trading firm Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.
Oct 21, 2018 Sun 11:00 AMGeek Tour - The Original Geek Tour
In honor of American Pharmacists Month, visitors may spend twice as long learning about the historic retail shop and laboratory of the old apothecary from an expert Apothecary Museum guide.
Oct 21, 2018 Sun 1:00 PMFreedom House Museum open
See a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave trading firm Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.
Oct 22, 2018 Mon 7:30 PMPublic Records Advisory Commission
Regular meeting
Oct 24, 2018 Wed 3:30 PMArchaeological Commission Ship Committee
The Ship Committee tasked with coming up with recommendations about what will happen with the ship(s) that were found during archaeological excavations along the waterfront. The Ship Committee is a subcommittee of the Alexandria Archaeological Commission.
Oct 24, 2018 Wed 7:30 PMSold Out-Lecture on Civil War Photography
Sponsored by the Friends of Fort Ward and the Alexandria Historical Society Civil War photography expert Bob Zeller will present “The Grand Review: Discoveries & Explorations in Civil War Photography.”
Oct 25, 2018 Thu 7:30 PMMasquerade Ball Dance Class
In preparation for the Masquerade Ball on October 27, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors.
Oct 25, 2018 Thu 7:30 PMMasquerade Ball Dance Class
In preparation for the Masquerade Ball on October 27, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors.
Oct 26, 2018 Fri 8:00 AMHARC Advocacy Subcommittee Meeting
Regular Meeting at Firehook Bakery, 430 S. Washington St.
Oct 27, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMPortside History
Join the Office of Historic Alexandria for hands-on and interactive history activities related to Alexandria’s rich waterfront history.
Oct 27, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMPortside History: Archaeology Waterfront Tour
Join an expert-led tour to learn of the new discoveries and hidden history of the waterfront.
Oct 27, 2018 Sat 1:00 PMFreedom House Museum open
See a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave trading firm Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.
Oct 27, 2018 Sat 8:00 PMMasquerade Ball
Inspired by the season, disguise yourself and dance the night away at the Masquerade Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.
Oct 28, 2018 Sun 1:00 PMFreedom House Museum open
See a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave trading firm Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.
Oct 30, 2018 Tue 8:00 PMPoe in Alexandria
Actor David Keltz recreates one of Edgar Allen Poe’s 19th-century speaking engagements, including literary criticism, short stories, poetry, and musings.
Oct 31, 2018 Wed 8:00 PMPoe in Alexandria
Actor David Keltz recreates one of Edgar Allen Poe’s 19th-century speaking engagements, including literary criticism, short stories, poetry, and musings.
Nov 3, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMPortside History
Join the Office of Historic Alexandria for hands-on and interactive history activities related to Alexandria’s rich waterfront history.
Nov 3, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMStory Time for Little Historians
Bring your little learners to the Alexandria Black History Museum for cultural stories and creative craft activities that introduce world history and folklore.
Nov 3, 2018 Sat 11:00 AM“Bound to the Fire”
Join Alexandria Archaeology and Alexandria Black History for the second annual Anna Lynch Memorial Lecture Series.
Nov 3, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMDocent-Led Tour
Come for an in-depth guided tour of Friendship’s firehouse and learn about the company’s firefighting procedures and equipment.
Nov 3, 2018 Sat 1:00 PMFreedom House Museum open
See a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave trading firm Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.
Nov 4, 2018 Sun 1:00 PMFreedom House Museum open
See a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave trading firm Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.
Nov 5, 2018 Mon 7:00 PMAlex/Caen Sister City Committee meeting
Rescheduled Meeting date and location
Nov 7, 2018 Wed 3:30 PMArchaeological Commission Ship Committee
The Ship Committee tasked with coming up with recommendations about what will happen with the ship(s) that were found during archaeological excavations along the waterfront. The Ship Committee is a subcommittee of the Alexandria Archaeological Commission.
Nov 7, 2018 Wed 7:00 PMScreening of the film “Sergeant York”
In honor of the Centennial of the World War I, enjoy a screening of the 1941 film about World War I hero Alvin York starring Best Actor Oscar winner Gary Cooper and directed by the renowned Howard Hawks.
Nov 9, 2018 Fri 6:00 PMAfter Work Concert Series
Join us in Old Town Alexandria each second Friday of the month for a concert sponsored by The Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW) and The Office of Historic Alexandria.
Nov 10, 2018 Sat 10:00 AMFort Tours in honor of Veterans Day
A Union veteran interpreter conducts two 90-minute tours of the fort, reminiscing about army life in the Defenses of Washington.
Nov 10, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMPortside History
Join the Office of Historic Alexandria for hands-on and interactive history activities related to Alexandria’s rich waterfront history.
Nov 10, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMLecture-Come Out Fighting by C.R. Gibbs
A free lecture with historian C. R. Gibbs. Cosponsored with Port of Harlem Magazine
Nov 10, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMPortside History: Archaeology Waterfront Tour
Join an expert-led tour to learn of the new discoveries and hidden history of the waterfront.
Nov 10, 2018 Sat 1:00 PMFreedom House Museum open
See a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave trading firm Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.
Nov 10, 2018 Sat 2:00 PMFort Tours in honor of Veterans Day
A Union veteran interpreter conducts two 90-minute tours of the fort, reminiscing about army life in the Defenses of Washington.
Nov 11, 2018 Sun 9:30 AMWorld War I Commemoration
World War I Commemoration
Nov 11, 2018 Sun 1:00 PMFreedom House Museum open
See a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave trading firm Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.
Nov 11, 2018 Sun 1:00 PMFacetime with History
This monthly series allows guests to spend time with people from the past in an informal setting, much like meeting at the tavern to catch up with friends. While the individual varies, through conversation and stories, guests will deepen their understanding of the past and how it connects to today.
Nov 12, 2018 Mon 5:30 PMHARC Subcommittee
Regular Meeting
Nov 13, 2018 Tue 7:00 PMLecture-Alexandria Women in World War I France
Alexandria resident Elizabeth Foxwell, editor of "In Their Own Words: American Women in World War I", will discuss some of their roles in the war, coinciding with the centenary of the end of the war.
Nov 14, 2018 Wed 8:00 AMAlexandria Historic Restoration & Preservation Com
Regular Meeting
Nov 14, 2018 Wed 7:00 PMAlexandria Archaeological Commission (AAC)
The Alexandria Archaeological Commission (AAC) monthly meeting
Nov 15, 2018 Thu 7:30 PMSortie of the 2018 Beaujolais Nouveau
Please join the Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee and the Office of Historic Alexandria as we participate in the world’s largest wine party! While guests enjoy the new flavor of the 2018 Beaujolais Nouveau + tasty treats, guest speaker Jessica Outer of Uncork'd Events will explain the significance of Beaujolais and the current release.
Nov 17, 2018 Sat 10:00 AMKids Krafts
Come create and take-home craft projects inspired by early firefighting history.
Nov 17, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMPortside History
Join the Office of Historic Alexandria for hands-on and interactive history activities related to Alexandria’s rich waterfront history.
Nov 17, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMPortside History: Archaeology Waterfront Tour
Join an expert-led tour to learn of the new discoveries and hidden history of the waterfront.
Nov 17, 2018 Sat 1:00 PMFreedom House Museum open
See a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave trading firm Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.
Nov 17, 2018 Sat 2:00 PMAlexandria Cider Festival
Enjoy a selection of ciders from more than 12 Virginia cideries.
Nov 18, 2018 Sun 1:00 PMFreedom House Museum open
See a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave trading firm Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.
Nov 19, 2018 Mon 7:00 PMHelsingborg-Dundee Sister Cities Committee
Regular Meeting
Nov 20, 2018 Tue 7:00 PMHistoric Alexandria Resources Commission Meeting
Regular Meeting
Nov 21, 2018 Wed 3:30 PMArchaeological Commission Ship Committee
The Ship Committee tasked with coming up with recommendations about what will happen with the ship(s) that were found during archaeological excavations along the waterfront. The Ship Committee is a subcommittee of the Alexandria Archaeological Commission.
Nov 24, 2018 Sat 1:00 PMFreedom House Museum open
See a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave trading firm Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.
Nov 25, 2018 Sun 10:00 AMMuseum Shop Sunday in Historic Alexandria
Stop by your favorite Alexandria museums and enjoy special activities and discounts at their museum shops. Give the gift of history to your friends and family.
Nov 25, 2018 Sun 1:00 PMFreedom House Museum open
See a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave trading firm Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.
Dec 1, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMStory Time for Little Historians
Bring your little learners to the Alexandria Black History Museum for cultural stories and creative craft activities that introduce world history and folklore.
Dec 1, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMScottish Walk Open House
Special guests The Schod Family Apothecary demonstrating 19th century apothecary products making.
Dec 5, 2018 Wed 3:30 PMArchaeological Commission Ship Committee
The Ship Committee tasked with coming up with recommendations about what will happen with the ship(s) that were found during archaeological excavations along the waterfront. The Ship Committee is a subcommittee of the Alexandria Archaeological Commission.
Dec 8, 2018 Sat 11:00 AMHow to Celebrate Kwanzaa Workshop
Have you ever wanted to celebrate Kwanzaa, but are not sure how to begin? Join the staff of the ABHM and Marilyn Patterson, CEO of Joyous Events, for an informative morning that includes the history of Kwanzaa.
Dec 8, 2018 Sat 12:00 PMCivil War Christmas in Camp
Learn about Christmas traditions during the Civil War.
Dec 8, 2018 Sat 1:00 PMHow to Celebrate Kwanzaa Workshop
Have you ever wanted to celebrate Kwanzaa, but are not sure how to begin? Join the staff of the ABHM and Marilyn Patterson, CEO of Joyous Events, for an informative morning that includes the history of Kwanzaa.
Dec 8, 2018 Sat 4:00 PMCandlelight Tours
Take a break from the fast pace of the season and enjoy the unique charm and history of Old Town at Alexandria’s most popular holiday event.
Dec 9, 2018 Sun 1:00 PMFacetime with History
This monthly series allows guests to spend time with people from the past in an informal setting, much like meeting at the tavern to catch up with friends. While the individual varies, through conversation and stories, guests will deepen their understanding of the past and how it connects to today.
Dec 10, 2018 Mon 5:30 PMHARC Subcommittee
Regular Meeting
Dec 14, 2018 Fri 6:00 PMAfter Work Concert Series
Join us in Old Town Alexandria each second Friday of the month for a concert sponsored by The Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW) and The Office of Historic Alexandria.
Dec 16, 2018 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 19, 2018 Wed 3:30 PMArchaeological Commission Ship Committee
The Ship Committee tasked with coming up with recommendations about what will happen with the ship(s) that were found during archaeological excavations along the waterfront. The Ship Committee is a subcommittee of the Alexandria Archaeological Commission.
Dec 19, 2018 Wed 7:00 PMAlexandria Archaeological Commission (AAC)
The Alexandria Archaeological Commission (AAC) monthly meeting
Jan 9, 2019 Wed 7:00 PMFederal Gown Workshop
Have nothing new to wear to meet the President or Mr. Darcy? Why not make it yourself!
Jan 23, 2019 Wed 7:00 PMFederal Gown Workshop
Have nothing new to wear to meet the President or Mr. Darcy? Why not make it yourself!
Feb 6, 2019 Wed 7:00 PMFederal Gown Workshop
Have nothing new to wear to meet the President or Mr. Darcy? Why not make it yourself!
Feb 17, 2019 Sun 10:00 AMRevolutionary War Day
Learn about the army life and fighting tactics of Revolutionary War soldiers at this annual George Washington Birthday weekend event.
Feb 18, 2019 Mon 11:00 AMParade Day Open House
Enjoy the annual George Washington parade and tour the tavern for FREE!
May 18, 2019 Sat 10:00 AMFort Tours in honor of Armed Forces Day
Two 90-minute soldier-led tours of the fort will focus on the history of Fort Ward.
May 18, 2019 Sat 2:00 PMFort Tours in honor of Armed Forces Day
Two 90-minute soldier-led tours of the fort will focus on the history of Fort Ward.
Jun 8, 2019 Sat 10:00 AMCivil War Camp Day
Civil War reenactors interpret soldier and civilian life in camps.

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