George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Alexandria VA — Events

Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Alexandria, was the plantation home of George Washington, first president of the United States. The estate is situated on the banks of the Potomac River across from Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121 Hours: March 31, 2015-Nov 1, 2015: 9 am to 5 pm Phone: 703-780-2000 Online: www.mountvernon.org

Events

  • Revolutionary War Weekend

    May 6, 2017 9:00 am

    Where: George Washington’s Mount Vernonsml_a-call-to-arms-shenk-90-2

    3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121

    When: Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Details: Step back in time during Mount Vernon’s Revolutionary War Weekend. This two-day event will be one of the largest Revolutionary War re-enactments of the year! See more than 700 Continentals, Redcoats, Hessians…

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Mother’s Day Weekend at Mount Vernon

    May 13, 2017 – May 14, 2017

    Where: George Washington’s Mount Vernonsml_martha-mothers-day-web

    3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121

    When: May 13, 2017 – May 14, 2017 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Join the “Mother of our Country,” Martha Washington, and her granddaughter “Nelly Custis,” for Mother’s Day weekend at Mount Vernon!

    Details: Stroll through Mount Vernon’s magnificent gardens in bloom. Lady Washington will give lavender sachets to all mothers (while supplies last).

    Mrs. Washington, the ultimate matriarch whose impression on Mount Vernon can be seen centuries later, is portrayed by Mary Wiseman. She brings more than 30 years of interpretive experience to the role of America’s first First Lady.

    If you need inspiration for a Mother’s Day present, The Shops at Mount Vernon have everything from gourmet gifts to gardening accessories.

    Cost: Included in Admission

    Click here for more information.

  • Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour

    May 19, 2017 – May 21, 2017

    Where: George Washington’s Mount Vernonsml_sunset-celebration-header-web

    3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121

    When: Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Join Mount Vernon for its most popular event of the year! Sample wines from 20 of Virginia’s finest wineries while enjoying spectacular views at Mount Vernon.

    Details: Mount Vernon’s Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour celebrates the history of wine in Virginia with exclusive evening tours of the Mansion and cellar, appearances by “George and Martha Washington,” and live jazz on the east lawn overlooking the scenic Potomac River. Visitors can bring a blanket and relax on the east lawn as they sample wines from 20 Virginia wineries.

    During tours of the Mansion, interpreters will discuss Washington’s attempts at creating a vineyard and highlight various wine-related items inside the Mansion, including the basement’s brick vaults where Washington stored his wine.

    To accompany the wine tasting, fruit and cheese boxes are available by advance purchase. A variety of hot and cold food and desserts including baguettes, gourmet sandwiches, and specialty sweets will be available on site from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. Outside food and beverages are not allowed. Pets are also not allowed.

    Private reserved tables featuring a fruit and cheese platter, a dessert platter, three bottles of house wine and VIP table service are available starting at $1,200.

    Guests can take home a remembrance of Mount Vernon’s Wine Festival and Sunset Tour from The Shops at Mount Vernon, open until 9:30 p.m. each evening. Cases of wine purchased at the Wine Festival can be transported by wine valets to The Shops at Mount Vernon for easy pick up at the end of the evening.

    All proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation and restoration of Mount Vernon and its educational programs.

    Cost: Varies

    Click here for more information.

  • Martha Washington Birthday Celebration

    Jun 2, 2017

    Where: George Washington’s Mount Vernonsml_martha-washington-may-30-2013-shenk-037-2

    3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121

    When: Friday, June 2, 2017 | 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

    Commemorate Martha Washington’s birthday at Mount Vernon.

    Details: Wish the former First Lady a happy birthday! “Lady Washington” will greet guests on the Mansion’s piazza.

    Cost: Included in Admission

    Click here for more information

  • Summer Escape at Mount Vernon

    Jun 9, 2017 – Jun 10, 2017

    Where: George Washington’s Mount Vernonsml_4y7a4854

    3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121

    When: Friday, June 9, 2017 – Saturday, June 10, 2017 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Experience Mount Vernon after hours and indulge in gourmet fare while enjoying locally brewed craft beer, wine, and other culinary treats. Summer Escape at Mount Vernon offers a rare opportunity to tour the Mansion and gardens after hours and enjoy the breathtaking views of George Washington’s estate at sunset.

    Details: George Washington’s Mount Vernon invites visitors to sip craft beer and taste local and historic culinary treats while watching the sun set at the first president’s home! Relax to live bluegrass music, join in a bocce game, and unwind against the backdrop of the Potomac River.

    Beer lovers can experience a taste of history as a beer-making expert demonstrates 18th-century beer brewing. Guests will enjoy samples from local breweries.

    Mount Vernon’s chocolatiers will demonstrate the process of making chocolate while serving up chocolate martini samples! The event also offers foodies a chance to talk with 18th-century herbalist and sample flavorful herb-infused dips and teas.

    After sampling culinary treats and libations, take part in a game of bocce ball on the bowling green. Stroll the lantern-lit grounds and immerse yourself in the 18th century as you mingle with costumed residents. Enjoy 18th-century music, dancing, and more historic fun.

    Summer Escape takes place rain or shine.

    Cost: TBD

    Click here for more information.

Tours

  • Saving Mount Vernon Tour • Weekends 3:30-4:30pm

    Saving-mvWhere: George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate

    3200 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy Alexandria VA 22309 • (800) 429-1520 • mountvernon.org • Click here for directions.

    Details: During this one-hour tour, visit the rarely seen Mansion basement and wander the historic area to learn of the heroics of the estate’s caretakers during the Civil War, and the robust efforts of many over the century and a half that followed.

    The Saving Mount Vernon Tour is available on weekends only from April through October. It is offered at 3:30 pm with a maximum of 20 people per tour. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and requires walking. A portion of the available tickets are offered in advance. The remainder are sold at the ticket window the day of the tour. Tickets are required for each person on the tour. The tour is sold-out if the date desired does not allow you to add it to your shopping cart. Read More…

  • Slave Life Tour • Daily 2-3pm

    April 1, 2014 – October 31, 2014

    SlaveWhere: George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate

    3200 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy Alexandria VA 22309 • (800) 429-1520 • mountvernon.org • Click here for directions.

    When: April 1st – October 31st, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Details: Tours of slave life and gardens enrich the visitor experience by providing in-depth knowledge of these fascinating subjects during the 45-minute guided walking tours, included with admission. The Slave Life at Mount Vernon daily tour explores the lives and contributions of the slaves who lived at Mount Vernon.

    This special tour is included in estate admission, but a ticket is required.

    Click here to reserve a ticket to the Slave Life at Mount Vernon Tour.

  • Through My Eyes Character Tour • Daily 1:30pm

    March 1, 2014 – October 31, 2014

    ThroughMyEyesWhere: George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate

    3200 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy Alexandria VA 22309 • (800) 429-1520 • mountvernon.org • Click here for directions.

    When: March 1st – October 26th, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

    Details: Step back in time for a 45-minute immersive experience. Join people from Washington’s world, like his granddaughter, personal secretary, or farm manager, as they go about their daily activities, making several stops along the way.

    Fees: This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission.

    Click here for tickets to the Through My Eyes Character Tour.

  • Dinner for the Washingtons Tour • Daily noon-1pm

    April 5, 2014 – October 26, 2014

    DinnerWhere: George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate

    3200 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy Alexandria VA 22309 • (800) 429-1520 • mountvernon.org • Click here for directions.

    When: April 5th – October 26th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

    Details: This one-hour walking tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the Mansion’s basement. The tour will end in Mount Vernon’s greenhouse with a special tasting. Read More…

  • Garden & Landscape Tour • Daily, 11am-Noon

    April 1, 2014 – October 31, 2014

    GardenWhere: George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate

    3200 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy Alexandria VA 22309 • (800) 429-1520 • mountvernon.org • Click here for directions.

    When: April 1st – October 31st, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Details: This 45-minute guided walking tour examines Washington’s brilliant design for the grounds around Mount Vernon. Visit the gardens he created, see some of the original trees, and learn how he merged areas for work and leisure to create a master plan for his beloved home.

    This special tour is included in estate admission, but a ticket is required.

    Click here for tickets to the Garden & Landscape Tour. 

  • National Treasure Tour • Daily, 9:30, 11:30, 1pm, 3pm

    April 1, 2014 – October 31, 2014

    visit_tours_national-treasureWhere: George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate

    3200 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy Alexandria VA 22309 • (800) 429-1520 • mountvernon.org • Click here for directions.

    When: April 1st – October 31st, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

    Tour times: 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3 p.m.

    Details: Mount Vernon’s National Treasure Tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie “National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon.” The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington’s time.   Read More…

  • Exhibit: Gardens & Groves • Daily, 9am-5pm