Frugal Family: Community Events, $1 Movies, Boat Cruise Discounts

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Here is our weekly round-up of events and deals in and around town:


  • What’s the deal? National Night Out in Warwick Village and Del Ray
  • When: Tuesday, August 2, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Landover Park, Warwick Village, Alexandria
  • Cost: Free!
  • Details: This yearly festival encourages neighbors to get together and support local crime fighters. Members of the police, sheriff’s and fire departments will be present. Enjoy hot dogs, veggie burgers and a dip in the swimming pool. Get details.


  • What’s the deal? First Thursday Art Festival in Del Ray
  • When: Thursday, August 4, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Where: Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray, Alexandria
  • Cost:  Free!
  • Details: This month’s theme is Art Walk on the Avenue.


  • What's the deal? Friendship Firehouse Festival
  • When: Saturday, August 6, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Where: 100 block of South Alfred Street between Prince and King streets. Streets will be closed to traffic.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Details: The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association hosts this annual Friendship Firehouse Festival in celebration of the 237th Birthday of Historic Fire Company. The event features craft booths, food vendors, free birthday cake, free fire helmets and balloons, tours of the Friendship Firehouse Museum and more. Get details.


  • What’s the deal? Housewarming at the Carlyle House
  • When: Saturday, August 6, 12 – 4 p.m.
  • Where: Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria
  • Cost: Free!
  • Details: Experience life at the Carlyle House in celebration of the day in August 1753 when, John Carlyle and his wife, Sarah Fairfax Carlyle, moved into their new home in Alexandria. Meet Monty the horse and learn about the Carlyles' newest arrival, baby William. Children can participate in a kid-friendly "cross-stitch" craft.


  • What’s the deal? $1 Movies for Kids
  • When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. through August 24, 2011
  • Where: Kingstowne Stadium 16, 5910 Kingstowne Towne Center, Kingstowne
  • Cost: $1 per person
  • Details: For additional locations and movie listings, visit Regal Movies.


  • What’s the deal? Discounts on Boat Cruises
  • When: Coupons expire on Oct. 30
  • Where: Potomac River Boat Company, 205 The Strand, Alexandria
  • Cost: Discounts vary. Some coupons admit up to 4 people
  • Details:  Visit Potomac River Boat Company.


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