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Memorial Day Weekend: Things To Do In Alexandria

Posted on May 26,2017
Filed Under Entertainment , Local Style,

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By Emily Leayman

ALEXANDRIA, VA - Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. If you are staying in the area to avoid the crowded beaches, there is still plenty to do in Alexandria. Patch has rounded up a list of special events going on throughout the weekend.

Do you have a Memorial Day Weekend event in Alexandria to feature? Let us know in the comments.

City of Alexandria Annual Memorial Day Ceremony - Monday, May 29

Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave

The “Friends of Captain Rocky Versace” invite the public to the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial at 11 a.m. at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center at 2701 Commonwealth Ave. The event will honor the 67 Alexandrians who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.

The Ceremony will include a performance by The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the recitation of the names of Alexandria’s 67 Vietnam War Fallen Heroes, a presentation to Gold Star Families, reading a tribute to Captain Versace, a wreath-laying by Rocky Versace’s USMA 1959 classmates, sounding of “Taps” and a stirring rendition of “God Bless America.”

The Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center is dedicated to Captain Rocky Versace and the 66 other men who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. The Memorial is an ongoing tribute, not just to the 67 listed on the benches, but to all Alexandrians who served in America’s longest war. The Versace Memorial was dedicated on July 6, 2002 and the Medal of Honor was posthumously presented to the Versace family at the White House two days later.

See more information about the event here.

Memorial Day Jazz Festival - Monday, May 29

Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St

The City of Alexandria invites the public to the 40th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival beginning at 1 p.m. Admission is free. The Jazz Festival will feature a variety of talented musicians and diverse styles of jazz throughout the day, including:

  • 1 p.m. – The U. S. Army Blues, part of the United States Army Band “Pershings’s Own”, is the premiere jazz ensemble of the United States Army. This 18 piece ensemble, comprised of exceptional jazz musicians from across the nation, became an official element of the Army Band in 1972. The band has shared the stage with jazz greats such as Dave Brubeck, Doc Severinsen, Slide Hampton and Terrell Stafford. The musicians of the Army Blues play regularly at the White House, the Vice President’s Residence, and the State Department.
  • 2 p.m. – The Seth Kibel Quartet: Seth Kibel, is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists and has appeared with such notables as Sam Moore, Percy Sledge, Mitch Woods and the Coasters. Seth is the featured performer with several bands and the winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies). He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Carter Brown Amphitheatre as well as on several European tours.
  • 3 p.m.—The Tom Cunningham Orchestra: C’mon, all you hep cats! Come see for yourself why everyone calls the Tom Cunningham Orchestra “the Swingin’est Band Around!” They are holders of the Washington Area Musicians’ Association’s “Wammie” Award as the region’s outstanding big band/swing group. The Tom Cunningham Orchestra plays the best Basie since Basie, the best Goodman since Goodman, the best Ellington since Ellington, the best Miller since Miller. . . the best swing music since the swing era. The band has performed at the Kennedy Center on multiple occasions, the Smithsonian, The Barns of Wolf Trap, and made several TV appearances.
  • 4 p.m. – Al Williams, the incomparable sax and flute man, featuring contemporary jazz. Al is an Alexandria favorite and 4 time WAMMIE Award winner, including Best Jazz Instrumentalist. Al has appeared at many jazz festivals around the world and at the Alexandria Memorial Day Jazz Festival for several years.
  • 5 p.m. – The Blue Crescent Syncopators, with Dixieland jazz will close out the day. The music is fun and spontaneous and they have played for several DC Lindy Exchanges, and are a regular staple at Jammin’ on the James in Richmond. The band will perform some of the greatest Dixieland and swing tunes of the 20’s and 30’s, adding their signature spice.

Waterfront Park features lawn seating. Festival attendees may bring lawn chairs and blankets. Special limited 40th Anniversary t-shirts will be available for sale. Food, such as pulled chicken sandwiches, ribs, fried fish, wraps, chicken teriyaki, fried rice, egg rolls and snow cones are available for purchase, but everyone is welcome to pack a picnic dinner. Attendees are asked to refrain from smoking at this event, and pets should be left at home.

Fun Run and Tasting - Port City Brewing Company, Monday, May 29

3950 Wheeler Ave

The brewery will be opening the Tasting Room at 2 p.m. to celebrate Memorial Day and the long weekend!
Do you measure fun by the pint or by the mile? Try it both ways every Monday night at Joggers & Lagers with Pacers Running.

Come out on Monday, May 29th, at 7 p.m. to take part in the 1, 3 or 5 mile fun run that takes off and returns to our Tasting Room, which opens at 4 p.m. Expect a fun crowd, support from Pacers Running staff, and periodic visits from their vendors to let you test out their latest offerings.

Taking it at your own pace, you will enjoy running our pleasant route through a park and along a trail that follows the water of Holmes Run. Old Blue BBQ will be out at 5:30 p.m. for dinner with your pint when your run is completed.

El Galeón Tours - May 25-29

City Marina, 0 Cameron St.

Alexandria welcomes the return of El Galeón, a full-size reconstructed Spanish sailing vessel used in early Colonial times, as she makes a stop on its journey up and down the Eastern U.S. Coast. Experience daily tours aboard this 1/1 scale replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon and learn about early European sailing techniques and technology. Five of the six decks are available for tour, which holds an exhibition about the "San Pelayo," the Spanish galleon that founded St. Augustine, the first city in the U.S. The ship carries an all-Spanish crew that lives and breathes the history of the ship and her travels from port to port and in the open sea.

El Galeón is open to visitors daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Memorial Day. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free for children under 5. Buy tickets online, at the Visitor Center at 221 King Street, or at the entrance of the vessel at the Alexandria Marina.

Memorial Day Weekend Sunday Brunch, Sunday, May 28

Blackwall Hitch, 5 Cameron St

From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the waterfront restaurant is offering a special Memorial Day brunch. The menu includes: fried chicken and Belgian waffles, made-to-order omelettes, a seafood station and more. Cost is $39.99 per person and $14.99 for kids 13 and under. Call 703-739-6090 for reservations.

Escape Room Special, Monday, May 29

814 King Street 2nd Floor

Escape Room Live will be open this Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Spend the day solving clues with Sherlock Holmes, making magic in the Wizard's Apothecary, or searching for Edgar Allan Poe's lost manuscript. As an added bonus, type in the promo code MEMD2017 and receive 15% off your booking.

Discover Alexandria Tour Special, May 27-29

Alexandria Visitor Center, 221 King St

The first 10 people to reserve a spot on a Memorial Day Weekend tour receive 10% off. Email

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