Alexandria Colonial Tours Ghost & Graveyard Tour
Wednesdays through Sundays in September at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, 8:30 and 9 p.m.
Nightly in October at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, 8:30 and 9 p.m. Admission: $15 for adults; $10 for children; free for children under 6 years old. Tours meet at the Alexandria Visitor Center, 221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 alexcolonialtours.com
Walk your way through the charming streets of historic Old Town Alexandria. Follow a colonial-costumed guide by lantern light for an engaging history tour on Alexandria’s original Ghost & Graveyard Tour. During this entertaining tour, you’ll hear ghost stories, legends, folklore, unsolved mysteries, tales of romance and angry ghosts looking for revenge.
Taste of Old Town North
Sept. 21, 2023, from 4 to 8 p.m.; Montgomery Park, 901 N. Royal St. oldtownnorth.org
Head to Montgomery Park for a celebration of greater Old Town North featuring local businesses including restaurants like Jula’s on the Potomac, Hank’s Oyster Bar, St. Elmo’s and Yunnan by Potomac Noodle House. Plus, enjoy music from New Breed Soul Consortium, formerly Three Man Soul Machine, and Sally and the Mander. Rain date is Sept. 28.
81st Annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour
Sept. 23, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: $45 per person Various locations throughout Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314
The Twig, The Junior Auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital, announces the 81st Annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour for Saturday, Sept. 23. New this year, a digital tour book guiding participants through the homes will be accessible to ticket holders via their mobile device. Hard copies of the tour book are available for purchase in advance for $5 each. Please note that this event sold out last year, so early ticket purchase is recommended.
21st Annual Alexandria Art Festival
Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Free, 300 John Carlyle St., Alexandria, VA 22314, artfestival.com/festivals
Rated one of the top 100 art shows in Sunshine Artist Magazine, the annual art festival features a variety of works exemplifying the gifted artists in regions from all over the country.
Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
Oct. 6 to 8, 2023, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Admission: Friday: $49 for members, $59 for general public; Saturday: $53 for members, $63 for general public; Sunday: $43 for members; $53 for general public. George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121, 703-780-2000, mountvernon.org
Taste samples from Virginia wineries after hours at George Washington’s estate. Bring a blanket and relax on the east lawn overlooking the Potomac River and meet General Washington.
28th Annual Art on the Avenue
The 28th annual arts festival held in the Del Ray features more than 350 juried artists, from quilters to card-makers to cartographers, displaying their one-of-a-kind wares. Arrive with an appetite and grab a bite from 20+ food vendors and set to the soundtrack of live music along the avenue. Trolley transportation will be available from the Braddock Road Metro.
3rd Annual Carlyle Halloween Stampede
Oct. 28, 2023, 2 to 6 p.m. Admission: $10 per person Whiskey & Oyster, 301 John Carlyle St., Alexandria, VA 22314 eventbrite.com
The 3rd Annual Carlyle Halloween Stampede features all-day festive cocktails, signature party favors, costume contests, photo ops, giveaways and more. Guests can start the crawl and pick up their wristbands at any of the participating restaurants: Whiskey & Oyster, Sweet Fire Donna’s, Tequila and Taco or Lost Boy Cider. Costumes recommended. There will be costume prizes for the most festively dressed participants. 10-100% of the registration fee will be donated to the nonprofit ALIVE! in Alexandria.
Tall Ship Providence Halloween Howl
Oct. 28, 2023, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; tours 45 minutes to one hour, Admission: $20 per child (ages 1-13); free for accompanying adults, Senator John Warner Maritime Heritage Center, 1A Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314 tallshipprovidence.org
Arrive in costume for some Halloween fun aboard tall ship Providence! Little ghosts and goblins will be taking over the floating maritime center as they rotate through stations of story time, crafts and activities then step aboard Providence with legendary Captain John Paul Jones.
Old Town Family Trick or Treat
Oct. 28, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: Free. Various locations in Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314 oldtownbusiness.org
Bring the family and enjoy trick-or-treating in the various shops and restaurants in Old Town along upper and lower King Street and select side streets. Visit oldtownbusiness.org for the starting point and map pick-up location.
Tall Ship Providence Presents “Ghost Ship Providence”
Oct. 28, 2023, from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission (adults only): $85 per person; $150 per couple. Senator John Warner Maritime Heritage Center, 1A Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314 tallshipprovidence.org
All aboard for an adults-only costume party! Cross the gangway (if you dare) for a hauntingly good time. DJ, open bar, food, costume contest and raffles will all take place at the floating heritage center and aboard Providence.
Old Town Doggie Trick or Treat
Oct. 29, 2023, from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission: Free. The Dog Park, 705 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 oldtownbusiness.org
Bring your dog for a howling day of walking through Old Town and visiting participating merchants who will offer treats for your four-legged companion. Start at The Dog Park boutique, located at 705 King Street. www.oldtownbusiness.org
Del Ray Halloween Parade
Oct. 29, 2023, 2 p.m. Admission: Free
Begins at Mount Vernon Ave., south of E. Bellefonte Ave. Alexandria, VA 22301 visitdelray.com
One of Del Ray’s favorite traditions, the annual Del Ray Halloween Parade, returns once again. Children, pets and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb. For more information, including details on entering the house decorating contest, pet costume contest and stroller decorating contest, visit www.visitdelray.com