This Presidents’ Day, head to Old Town Alexandria for the annual parade that honors our first president. Also, check out some historic sites in and near Alexandria that are holding special events during the parade: Mount Vernon, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, the Lyceum, Carlyle House, the Friendship Firehouse Museum, the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and Christ Church are all waiving admission fees Monday.
1 to 3 p.m. Gibbon and S. Fairfax streets, Alexandria. 703-829-6640. www.washingtonbirthday.net.
A specialist in healthful eating teaches class participants how to saute, bake and make salad dressings without using oil. The session should be perfect for anyone looking to shave calories without skimping on flavor.
6 p.m. Whole Foods Market - Old Town, 1700 Duke St., Alexandria. 703-706-0891. www.wholefoodsmarket.com. Registration required.
Need to freshen your wardrobe without emptying your wallet or increasing your carbon footprint? You’ll want to visit Mellow Mushroom in Adams Morgan for xChange DC, the second annual fashion clothing swap. Bring a few clean, gently worn items and swap each in an even exchange. Any leftover clothes will be donated to Martha’s Table. Stick around and order some pizza, get $3 pints from Atlas Brew Works and sample free treats from Scratch DC.
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mellow Mushroom, 2436 18th St. NW. 202-290-2778. www.mellowmushroom.com.
Paul’s Wine and Spirits is hosting a free whiskey and cocktails tasting featuring a mixologist from Koval Distillery in Chicago. In addition to its 94-proof bourbon whiskey and 80-proof rye whiskey, the distillery will feature its rose hip, chrysanthemum and honey, and ginger liqueurs.
5:30 to 8 p.m. Paul’s Wine and Spirits, 5205 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-1900. www.paulsdc.com. RSVP required.
It’s your last day to see artist Sonya Clark’s exhibit, which features hair, combs and textiles to explore themes of race, culture and identity. The show is presented with help from George Mason University’s African and African American Studies program in honor of Black History Month.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. George Mason University, Fine Arts Gallery, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-2787. www.cfa.gmu.edu.
Bring the family to Anacostia Community Museum for live performances, face-painting, storytelling and hands-on activities, including mask-making. This year’s celebration focuses on South African Mardi Gras traditions. Participants can sign up for an “Art of Adornment” workshop led by artist and designer Januwa Moja-Nelson.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4820. www.anacostia.si.edu. Sign up for workshop upon arrival. Space is limited.
The local hip-hop organization presents a free program of music and spoken word as part of the Atlas Intersections Festival’s free Cafe Concerts series. (The Washington Post is a sponsor of the festival.) Founded by women at Howard University, Freshh Inc. focuses on “the development of self, community, and sisterhood” through art, culture and black feminism.
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, Kogod Lobby, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org.
— Lauren McEwen