Alexandria will celebrate Pride Monthwith more than 20 happenings, food and drink specials, and hotel packages in June.Special events will include Priday Night at Port CityBrewing Company, LGBTQ-inspired art and theater programming, Rainbow Doggy Yappy Hour at Jackson 20 and more events in the works from the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Several restaurants will present delicious offerings like the Pride Donut at Sugar Shack Donuts and Pride cocktails throughout town. Many events and offerings will benefit LGBTQ organizations, including NOVA Pride, AGLA, Safe SpaceNOVA and The Trevor Project.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon will celebrate Independence Day with an evening of family fun and fireworks choreographed to patriotic music on June 29 & 30.The evening will include tours and 18th-century dancing demonstrations, and General and Mrs. Washington will offer greetings. Mount Vernon’s colonial artisans will show how 18th-century ice cream was made in the days before freezers, and sparks “will fly at the blacksmith shop.” Visitors will have the rare opportunity to see Washington’s Tomb in the evening.Concessions from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant will be available.
Mount Vernon will have an American Celebration on July 4 featuring a salute to our first commander-in-chief, George Washington.The event will include made-for-daytime fireworks over the Potomac River and the roar of cannon fire during special military re-enactments throughout the day. Visitors can observe a naturalization ceremony for new citizens, with a special keynote address, a wreathlaying ceremony, free birthday cake (while supplies last), a visit from General & Mrs. Washington, and a performance by the National Concert Band during its Red, White and Blue concert.
Wolf Trap will present a Sing-a-Long Sound of Music in the Filene Center on June 16.The classic family film will be screened … with a twist! Participants are invited to sing-a-long with the movie using on-screen lyrics. A costume contest will precede the screening …. lederhosen and veils welcome!
The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Steven Reineke, will perform the score for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ - in concert as the film is screenedin the Filene Center on July 6 & 7.Fans "are encouraged to dress like their favorite wizarding-inspired character for this performance."
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The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Emil de Cou, will perform composer David Arnod's music for the film Casino Royale - in Concert - as the movie is screened at the Filene Center on July 22. The film, which features Daniel Craig as James Bond, was produced in association with EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM).
Image below: Actor Daniel Craig
The National Symphony Orchestra will perform Academy Award-winner John Williams's score for Steven Spielberg'sJaws as the film is projected onto big screens in-house & on the lawn of the Filene Center on July 21.
Wolf Trap will present the 1991 Disney animated classic film Beauty and the Beast performed live by the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, with a celebrity cast in select title roles in the Filene Center on August 8 & 9. The cast will perform beloved songs from the Oscar- and Grammy-winning score as the film plays on movie screens accompanied by the full live orchestra.