Spring Events in Greater Alexandria: Wine Festival, Yard Sales

MOUNT VERNON, VA – Spring is coming this weekend, which means there are plenty of seasonal events to attend in the greater Mount Vernon area.

The area is full of historic sites hosting events, from George Washington’s Mount Vernon to River Farm. Residents can attend yard sales, pageants and Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck’s events.

Here are some spring events to put on your calendar. If you know of any other happenings, leave a comment below or email Emily.Leayman@patch.com.

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Sewing show at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House

From March 2 to 31 (except Tuesday), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, Virginia

The 59th Annual Woodlawn Embroidery Show is themed “Common Threads,” focusing on the things that connect communities and people. Admission is $15 for adults, $6 for K-12, and free for children 5 and under.

NSO Concert Series at Mount Vernon

March 15 and April 5, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA

Hear members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform at a concert series in Mount Vernon. Learn about the history of Mount Vernon before listening to intimate chamber music performed by members of the National Symphony Orchestra. All concerts will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed at 8:00 p.m. by a champagne and chocolate reception with the musicians. Admission is $65 per concert.

New Exhibit Opens – Mount Vernon: The Story of an American Icon

Opening on March 26 to the public, preview for members from March 23 to 25

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA

This exhibit shows how Mount Vernon’s landscape has changed, from Indigenous settlements to John Washington’s 1674 land patent, to George Washington’s work on the house and land. The exhibit includes fine and decorative arts belonging to George and Martha Washington and items used and owned by slaves. See a video preview of the exhibition.

Ides of Bark Dog Festival

March 27, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, Virginia

Bring your furry friends to this event with games, vendors, food and more fun. The Fairfax County Police Department’s K-9 unit will be on hand for demonstrations. Residents have the option of registering their dog with Fairfax County for $10 with proof of a current rabies shot. Admission to the event is free. The event is hosted by Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck.

Spring Garden Market at River Farm: April 8 and 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: River Farm, 7931 E Boulevard Dr, Alexandria, VA

Mark the start of gardening season with the American Horticultural Society at its Spring Garden Market at River Farm. AHS expects more than 40 suppliers to offer a wide selection of plants, including vegetable plants, native plants and pollinators. There will also be garden art, tools, books and other horticultural accessories available, and master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. There will be a limited number of carts and wagons, but visitors are encouraged to bring their own. Admission is $20 per parking lot or free for members of the American Horticultural Society.

Fresh bread from Half Crown Bakehouse

Apr 7-10, May 23-25, additional weekends in 2022

Learn about the baking process in the 18th century with resident Mount Vernon baker, Justin Cherry of Half Crown Bakehouse.

  • Each loaf is baked in a reproduction 18th century clay oven and made with authentic period grains and, where possible, ground at George Washington’s gray mill.
  • Culinary historian Justin Cherry is Mount Vernon’s resident baker and is the chef and owner of the Half Crown Bakehouse, which specializes in colonial dishes.
  • Cherry was a 2019 Fellow at the Washington Library. His research has focused on 18th century food culture in Mount Vernon.

George Washington Whiskey Tasting

Saturdays from April 16 to May 28

George Washington’s Gristmill, 5514 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, VA

Try one of Mount Vernon’s unique distilled spirits, learn about George Washington’s whiskey and how spirits are distilled today, and tour the distillery and grain mill.

4th Annual Environmental Expo

April 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fort Hunt Park, 8999 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, Virginia

This free family event will feature exhibitors, workshops, live music, live reptile and owl programs, electric vehicles, nature walks, junior ranger program, recycling fee, truck touch screen, compost depot, CTV robot demonstrations, violet glass recycling bin, giveaways and more. Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck will host the event.

Mount Vernon Historic Plants and Gardens Sale

April 23 and 24, preview for members on April 22

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA

Shop for heirloom vegetables, herbs and annual flowers, as well as native perennials, trees and shrubs grown in Mount Vernon’s greenhouses. The exclusive General’s Choice line includes plants propagated from seed or cuttings collected from plants growing on the George Washington estate.

Revolutionary War Weekend

April 30 and May 1

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA

Mount Vernon’s 12-acre field turns into a battlefield as Continentals, Redcoats and Hessians perform drills, cavalry displays and 18th century tactics. Meet the soldiers camped at Mount Vernon, salute General Washington, see the replica of General Washington’s war tent at the Museum of the American Revolution, and visit camp supporters.

Spring Wine Festival and Sunset Tour
May 13 to 15, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This popular event features wine samples from Virginia wineries. Bring a blanket and relax on the east lawn overlooking the Potomac River and tour the mansion after hours.

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