October is a great time to visit Alexandria as there are many interesting events taking place. For starters, the 42nd Virginia Wine Festival is taking place in Old Town for the first time from October 14-15. The location for the event will be the Orinoco Bay Park on the waterfront. If you aren’t a big fan of Virginia wine, I understand. There will also be cider, craft beer, and oysters so no reason not to participate.
There ware also Halloween-related events coming up. Of course there are the ubiquitous ghost tours and from October 1-31 groups can take “Ghost and Graveyard” tours throughout Old Town. Gadsby’s Tavern and the Lee-Fendall House also offer ghost tours. Port City Brewing and Gadsby’s Tavern are teaming up to have a Long Black Veil Happy Hour on October 14th, so named after the tale of the Mysterious Stranger and the beer that the Port City Brewery named after her. Birchmere Music Hall will have a Steampunkesque “Raven’s Night” celebration, conjuring up 1871-1914 France through music and art. O’Connell’s will have “Nightmare on King Street” on October 21st with music and prizes for best costumes. On October 27th, the Potomac River Boat Company will host a canine themed halloween costume boat party. The Carlyle House will have a “Zombie Escape” event on October 28th which is a Walking Dead inspired escape the room/house contest. On October 28th, the Guillotine Theatre Company will host readings of Edgar Allen Poe in an Ivy Hill Cemetery vault. If that is too claustrophobic, you can also hear Edgar Allen Poe readings at the Lyceum fro October 30-31. Trick or treating at Mount Vernon (George Washington’s Estate) will take place October 27-28 and at Carlyle House on October 31st.
On October 12th, the Potomac Riverboat Company kicks off a taxi water service between the Wharf, Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria. Transfer services are also available from Old Town to the Gaylord Hotel and National Harbor. It is far nicer than taking the metro and more information is available here. Also of interest, Extraordinary Alexandria has set up “Alexandria 360” virtual tours that allow interested visitors to examine more than twenty historical and cultural sites. Check it out here. If I am missing any interesting October events, let me know!