Weekend Picks: July 11-13, 2014

Who says patriotic parties end after the Fourth? Not Alexandrians! This weekend, visitors are in for treats of epic proportions, featuring Alexandria’s birthday celebration (equipped with waterfront fireworks, of course) and a massive Civil War reenactment at Fort Ward, plus a first ever pub crawl brought to you by Port City Brewing Co. I told you it was epic.


USA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration
Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 7 p.m. (fireworks at 9:30 p.m.)
Oronoco Bay Park

Fireworks_over_Symphony_Credit_Alex_Symphony_Orchestra_1409x2100_300_RGBPhoto by Alexandria Symphony Orchestra

Happy 265th Birthday, Alexandria! Bring some blankets or lawn chairs, pack a picnic and make your way to Oronoco Bay Park for live entertainment from local Alexandrians (eh em, one of them being the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra) and food trucks, plus some seriously explosive fireworks over the Potomac River.


Port City’s Old Town Pub Crawl
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 2-6 p.m.
Check in at Pizzeria Paradiso, 124 King St.

Port City Brewing CompanyPhoto by Virginia Tourism Co.

Come one, come all for Alexandria-based craft brewery Port City Brewing Co.’s first ever pub crawl in Old Town! Pick up a free ticket (a beer passport, if you will) from Pizzeria Paradiso starting at 2 p.m. (crucial: you must pick up your ticket by 3 p.m.!) and venture off to Virtue Feed & Grain, the Fish Market, Waterfront Market and Union Street Public House for a cold brew and delicious bites. Receive stamps at each location—completed tickets brought to Union Street Public House get a limited edition PCBC pint glass!


Civil War Reenactment Weekend at Fort Ward
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd.


Few historic sites can claim they’re “the best,” but Fort Ward can, in fact, attest to being the best-preserved Union fort that protected Washington, DC back in the Civil War days. This weekend, history buffs will flock to its lush green grounds for one of the largest Civil War battle reenactments around, equipped with a very tall (and very bearded) President Lincoln interpreter.


For more events going on this weekend, click here.

Header image by Victor Wolansky