Events, Lifestyle, Restaurants

Rock the Block

Rock the Block is a new culinary-based fundraiser that will take place on Wednesday, November 14 from 6-9 p.m.

A ticket allows you to eat at the top restaurants in Old Town and, at the same time, help the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

There are different levels of tickets.  A General Admission ticket ($125/person) gets you access to eating and drinking at a number of Old Town Alexandria’s hottest restaurants.  VIP tickets ($300/person) allow the entrants to attend a reception beforehand from 5-6:30PM and access to the after-party from 9-11PM.

Each guest will receive a wristband at their reserved “starting restaurant” and enjoy unlimited food and drink at all participating restaurants, including:

  • Augie’s Mussel House
  • Columbia Firehouse
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar
  • Hi Tide Lounge
  • Mia’s Italian Kitchen
  • Virtue Feed & Grain
  • The Majestic
  • Urbano 116
  • Various Food Trucks (at Market Square)



Shrek the Musical

(Avery Johnson as Donkey, Aidan White as Shrek and Kendall Huheey as Fiona)

Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre (MVCCT) presents the Tony Award-winning Shrek The Musical.  The show stars 46 talented local youth from over 22 area schools. The performances will be November 9–18 at Bryant Alternative High School Auditorium (2709 Popkins Lane).

As many of us know, the story finds Shrek (a grumpy ogre) and his pal Donkey attempting to rescue a strong-willed princess.  Shrek The Musical is fun for the whole family and promotes the importance of inner-beauty.

The Director is Lara Press (Hairspray, TC Williams), the Musical Director is Amy Conley (Signature Theatre, Pallas Theatre Collective), the Scenic Designer is Suzanne Parrish, the Lighting Designer Ian Claar and the Stage Manager is Derek Farino.

The November 9, 10, 16 & 17 shows are at 7:00 p.m.  The November 11 & 18 shows are at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $14 per person.  Click here to buy them on-line.  They are also available at the door.



Alexandria’s Haunted Attraction

If you are looking for some thrills and chills, you don’t have to leave Alexandria.  Spook Walk is a haunted attraction being held on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

“The Crematorium” is the creepy theme.  If you are brave enough to visit, you will walk through a crematorium and a pet cemetery. The event page promotes a night that will be “grotesque and terrifying at every turn – we promise you a good scare!”  Young children will experience tone-downed version of the scares.

The attraction is free, but a $5 donation is suggested to benefit three great causes: Finding KnoxProject Mickey and Jasmine’s House.  All organizations focus on humane treatment of animals through education and outreach.

To get the exact address, you will have to visit the event’s Facebook page by clicking here and posting to the page. Then, the organizers will message you with the address of the attraction.


Events, Local Business

The First Uptown Block Party is Coming

The fine businesses on King Street between Patrick and Payne Streets are organizing the first Uptown Block Party.  The fun will take place on Saturday, November 3 from 11:00AM until 5:00PM. There will be 24 stores involved and they will provide fun activities and specials.

The kids might enjoy the fire truck visit at 11:00AM.  Throughout the day at the South Fayette and King Street courtyard you will find face painting, an art lab and balloon sculpting.

Check out these offerings:

  • Penny Post: Holiday stamp contest for kids
  • The Hour: Punch samples
  • Meggrolls: Free samples at 11:00AM and 2:00PM
  • Victoria at Home: Light snacks and beverages
  • Serafino Leather: Beverages and gift card raffle
  • Red Barn Mercantile: Free gift with purchase
  • Bluprint Chocolatiers: Bonbon samples and hot peppermint chocolate drink launch
  • Pink Palm: Free gift with purchase

Sounds like a great day – love this city!