Here’s a list of some ongoing things happening in Old Town through the fall. Happy memory making!
Ongoing Happenings & Exhibits
Floriography in the Victorian Era at Lee Fendall
I love stuff like this! We’ll definitely walk over and see this a few times.
Now through 30 August • Daytime // Admission: Free
Lee Fendall House Museum & Gardens • 614 Oronoco Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
The Victorians used flowers to send messages of love, empathy, and even disinterest. Learn how they did it by wandering through the Lee Fendall garden. They’ve put signs next to the planted flowers that explain more about this “secret” intriguing language.
Art Night in Old Town ALX
I’m excited about this! We happened upon a night like this in chichi Bozeman, Montana — note, this western town earned the nickname Bozeangelous due to their glittery costal guests. Anyhow, while on our Western roadtrip we spent a little time there and happened upon the art night on their Main Street. It was fun! We didn’t purchase any art on the spot, but we did take some artist’s cards, and got some chic westernware. lol.
Third Thursday Each Month • May to October • 5 – 8 pm // Admission: Free
Various locations throughout Old Town Alexandria, 22314
You can get more info at -> oldtownbusiness.org
Explore fine art and studio crafts found in the boutiques and galleries of Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia.
Trivia Nights at the Historic Sites
Oh this sounds like fun! We won’t do it. lol. But it sounds fun! And it’s a 21 and up activity.
Tuesdays, 9 June – 18 August (bi-weekly) / 7 o’clock / $10 includes snack & beverage (additional drinks available for purchase at the bar)
Lee-Fendall House Museum & Gardens • 614 Oronoco Street • Alexandria, VA 22314
Limited capacity so register early! Registration must be done in advance. Age 21+ only. And teams are limited to 6 people.
Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum team up for some fun-filled Tuesday nights. Every other week throughout the summertime the Carlyle House and Lee-Fendall staffs host trivia night in the beautiful gardens of the Lee-Fendall House. Everything from pop culture to history is on the table.
Dates & Themes -> June 9th: British Royal History / June 23rd: Presidential History / July 7th: Alexandria History / July 21st: Mythology / Aug 4th: Pets / Aug 18th: 1980s
Each trivia night is themed with weekly prizes for the winning team and a grand prize for the team that wins the most points over the entire summer!
Two Boxes of Oranges and Admonia Jackson — Current Public Art Installation in Waterfront Park
Every year, there is different public art at the foot of King Street, by water’s edge, to be enjoyed by the tourist and locals alike. This piece is inspired by pieces discovered in 2015 & 2018 on Old Town’s own Potomac waterfront. I have a greater respect for the piece after learning of the inspiration leading to it’s creation, versus just the aesthetic alone.
Late March to November 2023 // Admission: Free
Waterfront Park, 1A Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
“In late March, Two Boxes of Oranges and Admonia Jackson will be unveiled as the fifth temporary public art installation on Old Town Alexandria’s waterfront, part of the City of Alexandria’s Site See: New Views in Old Town series. Created by Jamaican-born, New York-based award-winning artist Nina Cooke John of Studio Cooke John, the installation is inspired by the ships uncovered on Alexandria’s waterfront in 2015 and 2018 and the many layers of history that are not readily seen. The installation forms an abstracted ship’s hull with steel vertical elements that rise and bend, referencing the curve of the hull’s frame. Visitors can stand within the space and imagine a time in Alexandria’s history when the ships carried not only cargo like tobacco, molasses, rum and limes, but also enslaved people who were traded as part of the transatlantic and domestic slave trades. The outer blue of the installation is contrasted with an orange inner surface depicting text pulled from ships’ manifests listing items like herring, coconuts and gin, alongside names and descriptions of enslaved people, such as “Jane Tailor, female, 5’ 2”.” Also listed are “two boxes of oranges” and “Admonia Jackson.”” – Visit Alex