Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week will take place August 14-20 at select venues throughout the area. Visitors can have a 3 course lunch for $22 or brunch for $22 and a 3 course dinner for $35. Presented by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, this year’s summer restaurant week will have 250 participating restaurants in DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Image below: Evening Star Cafe - Photo credit: Rusty Kennedy for Visit Alexandria
Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week will take place August 18-27. More than fifty Alexandria restaurants will offer a $35 three-course dinner OR a $35 dinner for two during the event. More than two dozen restaurants will also offer lunch deals at $10, $15 or $20 per person in addition to the dinner specials. Restaurant Week showcases local chefs in neighborhoods throughout the city, including Old Town, Del Ray and the West End.
The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association will hold its annual Firehouse Festival on August 5. The popular family event features antique fire apparatus, craft booths, displays by Alexandria merchants, and live music. In addition, participants can visit the Friendship Firehouse Museum, which was originally built as a firehouse in 1855.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and children will receive free fire helmets and can have a supervised visit inside the City's fire trucks.
Image below: A view of a previous Friendship Firehouse Festival.
George Washington’s Mount Vernonwill have the annual Colonial Market & Fairon September 16 & 17.Colonial-attired artisans will demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leather-workings, weavings, furniture, and much more.
“General Washington”will be on hand to oversee 18th-century entertainment including music, a balloon-launch, fire-eating, puppet and magic shows, plus hearty specialty food for sale on site.
“Costumed interpreters will demonstrate the 18th-century chocolate-making process using an authentic colonial recipe! ”
Image:Mount Vernon earliest known view as seen from the east- bequest of Helen W. Thompson (1964)- The photo is by Harry Connolly
Mount Vernon opened a new exhibition titled Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernonon October 1. The exhibition “shares the personal stories of the enslaved people who lived and worked at Mount Vernon and explores the first president’s evolving views on slavery.”
Image below: The Mount Vernon greenhouse, reconstructed between 1950 and 1953 based on Washington's original structure. The wings of the brick structure contained slave quarters. Photo by John Henley – Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.