Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, featuring the 2019 Fairfax County All-Stars Youth Orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Christopher Zimmerman, will present a concert titled Inspiring the Next Generation at George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax, Virginia on April 27. The program will include Holst’s The Planets and works by Leshnoff and Smetana.
Old Town Alexandria’s Waterfront is undergoing a major transformation in 2019. A greatly-expanded new park area at the foot of King Street seamlessly connects Old Town’s historic retail corridor with the water. The Park, which features four distinct areas, is adjoined to the original Waterfront Park and is designed for ongoing enjoyment and special activations and events. The official opening celebration will take place in March to coincide with the opening reception for a major new public art installation.
Image below: Mirror Mirror by SOFTlab, a New York-based design studio led by artist and architect Michael Szivos, is a site-specific, temporary installation that will activate the Old Town Alexandria waterfront from March through November 2019. Image Credit: SOFTlab
The Garden Club of Virginia will present Historic Garden Week, April 27-May 4.The tour in Old Town Alexandria will open the events on April 27. House & Garden Tours will be offered Statewide. More than 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks will participate in "America's Largest Open House." Visitors will have a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia's springtime color, plus beautiful houses with over 2,300 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. Tour proceeds will fund the restoration and preservation of more than 40 of Virginia's historic public gardens and landscapes, a research fellowship program, and a Garden Club of Virginia Centennial project with Virginia State Parks.
Image below:A view of a garden featured in the tour in 2016 - courtesy of Virginia Garden Week.
Bike to Work Day 2019 will take place on May 17. Registration for the event, which is organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), is now open. Thousands are expected to register and participate in this year’s event. There will be 115 pit stops across the region with refreshments, giveaways—and the chance to win one of many new bicycles as part of a free raffle. Also, the first 20,000 registrants to attend will receive a free T-shirt.
Images below: Views of Bike to Work Day at the Friendship Heights Pit Stop in 2018
Mount Vernon will have the annual Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour May 17-19.It's the estate's most popular event of the year. Visitors can sample wines from Virginia's finest wineries while enjoying delicious food, live music and spectacular views of the estate. There will be exclusive evening tours of the Mansion and the cellar where Washington stored his wine.Guests can learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s endeavors with wine. There will also be appearances by George and Martha Washington. All proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation and restoration of Mount Vernon and its educational programs. Visit www.mountvernon.org/
George Washington's Mount Vernon will display Independence Fireworks on June 28 & 29. The family fun and fireworks are choreographed to patriotic music celebrating our nation's founding. Tours of the Mansion will be available, plus musical performances, and games and opportunities to greet General and Mrs. Washingtonin the historic area. There will be 18th-century dancing demonstrations, and Mount Vernon’s colonial artisans will reveal how 18th-century ice cream was made in the days before freezers. Washington’s Tomb can also be visited at night. Elsewhere, sparks will fly at the blacksmith shop. Concessions from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant will be available.