Weekend Planner: Arts Safari, Handbells and a Von Trapp

Things to do this weekend in and around Alexandria.

A weekend full of local events to keep you busy this Friday through Sunday.

Family Fall Festival

  • Where: Armistead L. Boothe Park, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Why Go: Activities will include live music, puppet shows, pony rides, scarecrow making, hay rides, pumpkin painting and more. 
  • Price: Admission is FREE. See website for details. 

Teas of Africa Tasting Party

  • Where: Green Spring Gardens, Annandale
  • When: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
  • Why Go: Experience the flavors of Africa by sampling teas from Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi. For ages 18 and up.
  • Price: $22 to $24 per person. Registration required. 

Alexandria Arts Safari

  • Where: Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Why Go: This family-friendly event will include painting, clay modeling, origami, block printing, a scavenger hunt and more. 
  • Price: FREE. 

Elisabeth von Trapp Concert

  • Where: Franconia United Methodist Church, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
  • Why Go: The granddaughter of Baron and Maria von Trapp will perform original compositions and much-loved favorites.
  • Price: Admission is FREE.

Young Concert Artists

  • Where: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
  • Why Go: Three musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program will perform on the harp, flute and violin. Featuring music by Barber, Faure and Ibert.
  • Price: Adults $20, seniors $15, students and teachers $10.

YoKid Challenge

  • Where: Mount Vernon Recreation Center, Alexandria
  • When: Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Why Go: This event, sponsored by Whole Foods Market, encourages kids to try their hand at yoga and learn about good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
  • Price: FREE. 

Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble

  • Where: George Washington Masonic Memorial, Alexandria
  • When: Sunday, 4 p.m.
  • Why Go: The ensemble will be joined by the hammered dulcimer, harp guitar, accordion and wooden flute in this “Captivating Carillon” concert.
  • Price: Family admission $20, adults $10, seniors $8, children $5.

Library Events:

  • Wag a Tale at Kingstowne Library, Alexandria. Saturday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. For ages 5 to 12. FREE, but registration required.
  • Fall Festivities at Beatley Central Library, Alexandria. Saturday at 11 a.m. FREE.


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