Weekend Picks: August 7-10, 2014

Excellent news! This weekend starts on Thursday, with more exclusive Alexandria events than ever before. Whether you’re celebrating your family, a huge shopping win, the City’s Irish heritage or one seriously awesome author, there’s one thing I can just about guarantee: there will be dancing, there will be crafts, and there will be fun. Lots of it.


First Thursday, “Playdate in Del Ray”
Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 6-9 p.m.
Mount Vernon Avenue, from Monroe to Commonwealth aves in Del Ray

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This month’s First Thursday kicks off the season with a bang. Under the theme “playdate,” kids are invited to don their pajamas at an outdoor sleepover of sorts, and participate in activities stretching from Monroe to Commonwealth aves like terra cotta pot decorating, personal pizza making at FireFlies, yoga fun with YoKid and an exclusive raffle with prizes from Del Ray businesses. Hint for parents: there’ll also be kid eye exams at eye2eye and safety demonstrations like car seat inspections courtesy of the Alexandria police, fire and sheriff’s departments. Everyone in the family wins!


39th Annual Ballyshaners Irish Festival
August 9, 2014 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St.


With Alexandria’s rich Irish heritage, it’s no wonder we like to raise our glasses to Ireland every year. At this free annual festival, celebrate the luck of the Irish with crafts, food vendors, pipe bands and of course, some good ol’ fashioned Irish dancing. All proceeds benefit the City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


Jane Austen Ball
August 9, 2014 from 8-11 p.m.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St.
$45 (reservations required)


SOLD OUT – Oh, Mr. Darcy! Jane Austen fans, assemble, as the popular ball in the late author’s honor will return to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, complete with country dancing, period costumes (if not, “after-five” attire is encouraged), live music and refreshments.


Alexandria Sidewalk Sale
August 9-10, 2014 during regular store hours
Participating boutiques

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Shoppers, take your mark. This weekend only, participating boutiques in Alexandria will take to the streets (or sidewalks, rather) offering ridiculously deep discounts on select items from everything like high end shoes to cookery, to vintage clothing.


See more things to do this weekend here.