All-American Summer in Alexandria, VA May 26, 2016

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Claire Mouledoux
CMouledoux@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-652-5367

 

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LSpellman@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-652-5363

 

All-American Summer in Alexandria

Patriotic Parties, Family-Friendly Festivals and Outdoor Concerts

 


Alexandria, VA – Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled day with the family, a romantic date night or a dog-friendly day trip, Alexandria, Virginia’s summer offerings abound. With more than 25 seasonal events coming Memorial Day through Labor Day, there is something for everyone in this walkable city within eyesight of Washington, DC. Highlights include a dazzling display of fireworks over the Potomac River in celebration of Alexandria’s 267th birthday and weekend-long festivities in honor of Harry Potter’s birthday and the release of J.K. Rowling’s latest book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II. Enjoy the extra hours of daylight at the 9th Annual Del Ray Music Festival and summer concerts at Carlyle House. Boat cruises cater to everyone from baseball fans to our four-legged friends to those wanting to see the sights at the National Mall.  

 

Find summer events and more at www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/summer
Check out summer hotel packages at www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/hotels/packages

 

FEATURED EVENTS:

 

39th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival
May 30, 2016 from 1-5:45 p.m.
Admission: Free
Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314
www.AlexandriaVA.gov


The City of Alexandria’s annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival features a variety of talented musicians and diverse styles of jazz throughout the afternoon. Featured artists include the U. S. Navy Commodores, the Navy’s premiere jazz ensemble; Brazilian jazz by Rose Moraes; world jazz by the Dave Kline Band; contemporary jazz with sax and flute by Al Williams; and 18-piece big band the Nitehawks performing jazz, swing, Latin, rock and show tunes. Waterfront Park features lawn seating. Festival attendees may bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food, such as pulled chicken sandwiches, ribs, fried fish, hot dogs, chicken teriyaki, fried rice, egg rolls and snow cones are available for purchase, but everyone is welcome to pack a picnic dinner.
 

Alexandria/USA Birthday Celebration
July 9, 2016 from 6-10 p.m.
Admission: Free
Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria, VA 22314
www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/alx-bday


Visitors celebrate America’s 240th birthday and Alexandria’s 267th along the Potomac waterfront at Oronoco Bay Park and enjoy live music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, patriotic birthday cake, food vendors and a dazzling fireworks display.

 

9th Annual Del Ray Music Festival
July 23, 2016 from 3-8 p.m.
Admission: Free; pets welcome
Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301
www.DelRayMusicFestival.com

 

The 9th Annual Del Ray Music Fest is a celebration of local talent, demonstrating what an exciting music community we have right here in the D.C. area. Local musicians including Anthony Pirog, Wanted Man, Jack Kilby & The Front Line and Elroy Jenkins will perform on two stages at Pat Miller Square right in the heart of Del Ray. Celebrate summer with friends and neighbors at this free neighborhood event.
 

Harry Potter Birthday Weekend at the Apothecary
July 30-31, 2016
Admission: $15 per person July 30; $6 per person (ages 5 and up) July 31
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Tickets: shop.AlexandriaVA.gov

 

Visit the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum on July 30th and 31st to join in on its annual celebration of Harry Potter’s birthday. Saturday features adult-only tours of the museum from 7-10 p.m. that includes a Harry Potter-themed adult beverage, make-and-take activity, fun photo opportunities and time to explore collection items familiar from the Harry Potter series and their real-world uses. Event ends in time to join the fun at the special midnight release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II at local bookstore Hooray for Books. On Sunday, celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with special family-friendly tours of the apothecary from 1:30-6 p.m. Hooray for Books will be selling Harry Potter merchandise, including the latest release, and leading Harry Potter trivia. Fun photo opportunities and take home booklet included in ticket price. Advance purchase for a timed ticket is required through the online store, shop.alexandriava.gov, and all children must be accompanied by ticketed adult. Tickets are available online beginning July 1 at shop.alexandriava.gov.

 

MORE EVENTS:

 

Fort Ward Civil War Camp Day
June 4, 2016 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free; $5 suggested donation
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22304
703-746-4848
www.AlexandriaVA.gov/FortWard

 

Union and Confederate reenactors interpret Civil War military activities in camp settings, present drills, infantry and artillery demonstrations, and civilian impressions.

 

8th Annual Taste of Del Ray Food Festival
June 5, 2016 from 1-3 p.m.
Admission: $10 adults; $5 children
Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301
www.VisitDelRay.com

 

Mark your calendars, clean your palates and prepare to taste some of the yummiest flavors ever at the 8th Annual Taste of Del Ray, sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association. More than 15 neighborhood restaurants will participate in the outdoor competition that will name the 2016 Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards. Ticket holders will enjoy a variety of tastes and cast their votes while enjoying live music and various exhibits tied to food.
 

Hospital Adventures of the Civil War: Hands on History Tent
June 11, 2016 from noon-3 p.m.
Admission: Free; $5 suggested donation
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.carlylehouse.org

 

Step through the doors of the Mansion House Hospital for our annual Hands on History Tent! Children and their families are invited to explore the history that inspired PBS’ “Mercy Street” through various crafts and hands-on activities. Visitors will have the chance to meet a Union Army surgeon and learn about medical tools and equipment from the era. One brave volunteer will have the opportunity to have an operation performed on them! This event is designed for children ages 3-12 but all are welcome!


Summer Concerts at Carlyle House
Saturdays June 11, July 23 and August 20, 2016 from 7-9 pm.
Admission: Free; $5 donation suggested
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.carlylehouse.org

 

Join us at Carlyle House Historic Park for our annual summer concert series! We are excited to welcome back Howard University’s DuPont Brass for not one, but two concerts. They will be the featured band for our June and August concerts. The July concert will feature a surprise band you won’t want to miss! So pack a picnic basket and join us on the lawn for an evening of music. This is a co-sponsored event by Carlyle House and Alexandria’s Black History Museum.

 

Canine Cruises
June 11, July 16 and August 13, 2016 at 11 a.m.
Admission: $16 adults; $10 children; dogs ride free
Alexandria City Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-0580
www.PotomacRiverboatCo.com/canine-cruise.php

 

With four-legged friends in tow, board a Potomac Riverboat Co. cruise and tour the Alexandria Seaport on this popular 60-minute waterfront excursion. Dogs must be on 6 ft. flat leash at all times.

 

The Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair
June 11, 2016 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Waterfront Park, 1 Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-836-2176
www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/summer

 

Now celebrating its 36th year in operation, the Old Town Arts & Crafts Fair features more than 80 arts and crafts vendors. Visitors can browse artisan stalls and purchase handmade pieces in the heart of Old Town at Market Square.

 

Magnolia Tea at Mansion House
June 12, 2016 from noon-4 p.m.
Admission: $40
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.carlylehouse.org

 

Enjoy the beautiful historic setting of Carlyle House's Magnolia Terrace for an elegant summer's day tea. History buffs, tea lovers and fans of the PBS series “Mercy Street” will be welcomed with true southern hospitality at this Civil War themed tea, worthy of the finest patrons of the Mansion House Hotel. Reservations are required and this event will take place on the tented terrace, rain or shine. The first seating is at 12:00 p.m. and the second seating is at 2:30 p.m.

 

Cinema Del Ray Outdoor Movies
June 18, July 16 and August 20, 2016, fun begins at 7 p.m.; films begin at dusk
Admission: Free
Mt Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria VA 22305
www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/summer

 

Bring family, friends, neighbors and a blanket to watch these open-air movies including Peanuts, Toy Story and Aladdin at Cinema Del Ray, now in its 11th season.

 

Alexandria’s Historic Breweries Guided Tour and Tasting
June 19 and July 10, 2016 starting at 2 p.m.
Admission: $25
Old Town Alexandria
https://portnerbrewhouse.com/events-tours

 

Join Alexandria's Historic Breweries author Garrett Peck and Portner Brewhouse co-founder Cat Portner on a guided walking tour around Old Town Alexandria exploring the foundations of local brewing. The tour includes highlights from the print brochure, a Portner Brewhouse beer sampling and culminates at one of Alexandria's current Hops Stops.

 

Arlandria Chirilagua Festival
June 19, 2016 from noon-7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Four Mile Run Park, 3700 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, VA
703-685-5697
www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/summer

 

This annual festival celebrates and highlights the Arlandria community's Latino community featuring musical entertainment, food, crafts and cultural vendors.


Free Father’s Day Museum Tours
June 19, 2016 from 1-5 p.m.
Admission: Free for visiting fathers; prices vary by location
Carlyle House Museum, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/summer

 

In honor of Father’s Day, visiting dads will receive free admission to some of Alexandria’s premier historic sites and have the opportunity to peruse the grounds once frequented by America’s founding fathers.

 

Vine on the Waterfront Food & Wine Festival
June 25, 2016 from noon-6 p.m.
Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-5592
Admission: Free; tickets required for food and wine samples
www.AlexandriaFoodandWine.com

 

Formerly known as the Alexandria Food & Wine Festival, Vine on the Waterfront Food and Wine Festival is a one-day community-based event focused on showcasing the numerous diverse restaurants of Alexandria and Virginia wineries combined with the opportunity to give back to the community through local non-profit organizations. Named as the “top 10 events to attend” by DC Metro Magazine, this is a lively, family-oriented event. The festival offers food and wine tasting along with live entertainment, children’s activities and arts and crafts vendors.

 

Well Ray 2016: An Outdoor Celebration of Health & Wellness
June 25, 2016 from 10-2 p.m.
2214 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301
703-683-2228
Admission: Free
www.MindTheMat.com/Well-Ray/

 

The third annual Well Ray festival is a community wide effort to highlight resources for living healthily and happily. Come browse health and lifestyle inspired tents. Wellness practitioners will offer services including therapeutic massages, acupuncture, physical therapy consultations, chiropractic adjustments, nutritional counseling, blood pressure screenings, and more. Check out wellness inspired fashion from local fitness clothing designers, jewelers, and boutiques. Join us at the open field across from Mind the Mat Del Ray (between our friends Bean Creative and Kiskadee).

 

Alexandria Comcast Outdoor Film Festival
July 15-16, 2016, gates open at 5:30 p.m.; films begin at dusk
Admission: Free
Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St., Alexandria VA 22314
www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/summer

 

Come spend a night under the stars at the Alexandria Comcast Outdoor Film Festival. Two movies will show on a 40-foot inflatable movie screen, with the beautiful Alexandria Waterfront as the backdrop. Visitors to the historic district are encouraged to bike, walk or take the Metrorail Yellow or Blue lines to the King Street Station and take the free King Street Trolley to the festival.

 

Presidential Salon with James Madison
July 17, 2016 from 3-4:30 p.m.
Admission: $15 adults; $10 students
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/summer

 

Join President Madison as he discusses and engages guests about political and personal issues of 1816. Reservations are recommended.


Jane Austen Dance Class
July 28, August 4 and August 11, 2016
Admission: $12 per class; $30 for the series
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
shop.AlexandriaVA.gov/Events.aspx

 

In preparation for the Jane Austen Ball on August 13, 2016, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Reservations are recommended.

 

Tavern Day Open House
August 6, 2016 from 1-5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/summer

 

Want to dance like George Washington? Ever heard of a beef olive? Then come to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum’s free open house! Experience Alexandria’s five-star hotel of the 18th century, made famous by John Gadsby, whose guests included George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Explore the museum with costumed guides, learn more about 18th century foodways and enjoy period music and dancing in the historic ballroom.


Jane Austen Ball
August 13, 2016 from 8-11 p.m.
Admission: $45; reservations required
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
shop.AlexandriaVA.gov/Events.aspx

 

Step back to the time of Jane Austen at this late-1790s era ball. The evening will feature a variety of English country dances in the historic ballroom, live music, and “iced refreshments.” Period costume optional; “after-five” attire encouraged.

 

ONGOING EVENTS:

 

Bluegrass Open Jam at Port City Brewing Company
First Sunday of every month starting at 2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304
www.PortCityBrewing.com/the-brewery/events

 

Back by popular demand! Join us the first Sunday every month for Bluegrass Jam in the Tasting Room with Ira Gitlin and George Welling. Whether you want to play along or just listen, it’s sure to be a foot-stomping time! All skill levels welcome to join in.
 

Pedals and Pints at Port City Brewing Company
First Sunday of every month starting at 9:30 a.m.; third Sunday of every month starting at 10:30 a.m.
Admission: Free
Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304
www.PortCityBrewing.com/the-brewery/events

 

Are you a bicyclist who loves beer and lives in the DMV? Be a part of Port City’s Pedals ‘N’ Pints! Course length and difficulty depend on the week, so be sure to check the website. All participants will need to sign a waiver beforehand. Helmet wearing is mandatory for riders of all ages. Port City bike jerseys and performance Pedals ‘N’ Pints shirts will be available for sale before and after the ride.

 

Joggers and Lagers at Port City Brewing Company
Every Monday at 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304
www.PortCityBrewing.com/the-brewery/events

 

Do you measure fun by the pint or by the mile? Try it both ways every Monday night at Joggers & Lagers with Pacers Running. Come out at 7 p.m. to take part in the 1, 3 or 5 mile fun run that takes off and returns to our Tasting Room, which opens at 4 p.m. Expect a fun crowd, support from Pacers Running staff, and periodic visits from their vendors to let you test out their latest offerings. Taking it at your own pace, you will enjoy running our pleasant route through a park and along a trail that follows the water of Holmes Run.
 

Beer Yoga at Port City Brewing Company
Every Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Admission: $15
Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304
www.PortCityBrewing.com/the-brewery/events

 

Come stretch out with us at 7 p.m. for Beer Yoga. There is a $15 registration fee that covers the class and a post-yoga pint. (Make sure you get your pint ticket when you check in.) Only 40 spots for Beer Yoga, so sign up for the class online. (Registration will open up for this class the day of the prior class at 8 a.m.) What to bring and wear: Yoga mat, bottle of water and towel. Wear comfortable clothing you can easily move in, bend and stretch. We do yoga in the brewhouse and the temperature fluctuates depending on the weather, so make sure you wear layers.

 

First Thursdays Del Ray
First Thursday of the month from 6-9 p.m.
Admission: Free; pets welcome
Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301
www.VisitDelRay.com/page-1718168

 

First Thursdays is a series of free outdoor street festivals along Mt. Vernon Avenue in the spring and summer. Every first Thursday of the months of April, May, June, July, August and September the Del Ray Business Association features businesses along Mt. Vernon Avenue, special events, food and music from 6-9 p.m. Each month has a different theme with activities for children, live music and a festive atmosphere.

 

Baseball Boat to Nationals Park
Through October 2016
Times vary upon Nationals schedule
Admission: $20 one-way; $25 round-trip Monday-Thursday; $28 round-trip Friday-Sunday
Departs from the Alexandria Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-0580
www.BaseballBoat.com

 

The Potomac Riverboat Company offers baseball enthusiasts the chance to avoid the crowds and take a leisurely cruise from Old Town Alexandria to Nationals Park along the scenic Potomac River. Online-ticket purchases include free parking. Boats returning to Alexandria depart 20 minutes after final pitch. Boat operates for 80% of Nationals games – check website for specific available dates.

 

Doggy Happy Hour at Jackson 20
Tuesdays through October 2016 from 5-8 p.m.
Admission: Free (drinks sold separately)
Jackson 20, 480 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-842-2790
www.Monaco-Alexandria.com/alexandria-hotel/doggy-happy-hour.html

 

An Old Town Alexandria institution, Doggy Happy Hour at Jackson 20 and the Hotel Monaco Alexandria offers specials on handcrafted cocktails and beers plus treats and water for canine companions.

 

Mount Vernon by Bike and Boat
Through November 1, 2016
Check website for exact schedule
Admission: $68 adults; $40 kids 6-12; $20 kids 2-5
www.BikeAndRollDC.com/tour/mount-vernon-by-bike-and-boat

 

Pedal along the Potomac from Old Town Alexandria to George Washington’s estate via the Mount Vernon Trail. Spend the day at the first president’s humble abode then board the Miss Christin for a narrated boat cruise back to Old Town on Potomac Riverboat Company’s Mount Vernon by Bike and Boat tour.

 

Water Taxi to the National Mall
Through November 1, 2016
Check website for exact schedule
Admission: $28 round-trip for adults; $16 one-way for adults; $16 round-trip for children under 12; $8 one-way for children under 12
Alexandria City Marina, 1 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-0580
www.PotomacRiverboatCo.com

 

The Potomac Riverboat Co. offers water taxi services directly from Old Town Alexandria to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This 30-minute cruise aboard the Miss Sophie connects D.C. with its oldest neighborhood, docking just steps from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, popular Smithsonian museums and a Capital Bikeshare station.

 

Family Tours at Gadsby’s
Every Sunday June 26-Labor Day from 2-5 p.m.
Admission: $5 adults ($4 with AAA); $3 children (5-12); free (4 and under)
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/summer

 

Special family tours led by junior docents grades 4-7 and ending with hands-on activities in the ballroom will be offered every Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Thanks to stationed guides, families will be able to start a tour as soon as they arrive and move through the museum at their own pace, and children will be able to connect with the museum through their peer tour guides. Activities in the ballroom explore the science behind the historic ice well, including making (and tasting) ice cream!  


ABOUT ALEXANDRIA, VA

Within eyesight of Washington, DC on the Potomac River waterfront, Alexandria, Virginia is nationally recognized for its acclaimed, chef-driven restaurants, bustling boutiques and dynamic arts set against a backdrop of 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from its days as George Washington’s hometown. Old Town Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a hidden gem tucked beneath the nation’s capital.



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