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Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled day with the family, a romantic date night or a dog-friendly day trip, Alexandria, Virginia’s summer offerings abound. With more than 25 seasonal events coming Memorial Day through Labor Day, there is something for everyone in this walkable city within eyesight of Washington, DC. Highlights include a dazzling display of fireworks over the Potomac River in celebration of Alexandria’s 267th birthday and weekend-long festivities in honor of Harry Potter’s birthday and the release of J.K. Rowling’s latest book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II. Enjoy the extra hours of daylight at the 9th Annual Del Ray Music Festival and summer concerts at Carlyle House. Boat cruises cater to everyone from baseball fans to our four-legged friends to those wanting to see the sights at the National Mall.

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 39th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival

May 30, 2016 from 1-5:45 p.m.

Admission: Free

Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314

The City of Alexandria’s annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival features a variety of talented musicians and diverse styles of jazz throughout the afternoon. Featured artists include the U. S. Navy Commodores, the Navy’s premiere jazz ensemble; Brazilian jazz by Rose Moraes; world jazz by the Dave Kline Band; contemporary jazz with sax and flute by Al Williams; and 18-piece big band the Nitehawks performing jazz, swing, Latin, rock and show tunes. Waterfront Park features lawn seating. Festival attendees may bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food, such as pulled chicken sandwiches, ribs, fried fish, hot dogs, chicken teriyaki, fried rice, egg rolls and snow cones are available for purchase, but everyone is welcome to pack a picnic dinner.

Alexandria/USA Birthday Celebration

July 9, 2016 from 6-10 p.m.

Admission: Free

Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Visitors celebrate America’s 240th birthday and Alexandria’s 267th along the Potomac waterfront at Oronoco Bay Park and enjoy live music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, patriotic birthday cake, food vendors and a dazzling fireworks display.

9th Annual Del Ray Music Festival
July 23, 2016 from 3-8 p.m.
Admission: Free; pets welcome
Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301

The 9th Annual Del Ray Music Fest is a celebration of local talent, demonstrating what an exciting music community we have right here in the D.C. area. Local musicians including Anthony Pirog, Wanted Man, Jack Kilby & The Front Line and Elroy Jenkins will perform on two stages at Pat Miller Square right in the heart of Del Ray. Celebrate summer with friends and neighbors at this free neighborhood event.

Harry Potter Birthday Weekend at the Apothecary

July 30-31, 2016

Admission: $15 per person July 30; $6 per person (ages 5 and up) July 31

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314


Visit the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum on July 30th and 31st to join in on its annual celebration of Harry Potter’s birthday. Saturday features adult-only tours of the museum from 7-10 p.m. that includes a Harry Potter-themed adult beverage, make-and-take activity, fun photo opportunities and time to explore collection items familiar from the Harry Potter series and their real-world uses. Event ends in time to join the fun at the special midnight release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II at local bookstore Hooray for Books. On Sunday, celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with special family-friendly tours of the apothecary from 1:30-6 p.m. Hooray for Books will be selling Harry Potter merchandise, including the latest release, and leading Harry Potter trivia. Fun photo opportunities and take home booklet included in ticket price. Advance purchase for a timed ticket is required through the online store,, and all children must be accompanied by ticketed adult. Tickets are available online beginning July 1 at

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