Spring Events in Alexandria, VA March 28, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2014

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

Spring Events in Alexandria, VA

Blossoms, Boats and Baseball along the Potomac Waterfront


Alexandria, VA - As buds bloom, visitors break spring fever with refreshing escapes to Alexandria, Virginia. Just minutes from Washington, DC, the city's scenic waterfront and exclusive seasonal tours provide the breath of fresh air needed for an extraordinary getaway.

Take to the waterfront for free deck tours of the tall ship Schooner Virginia or peek into historic homes for the Historic Homes & Gardens Tour for glimpses of flowers blooming in lush gardens. Celebrate DC's National Cherry Blossom Festival in Alexandria with blossom-centric bike, boat and food tours or embark on a boat to Nationals Stadium from Old Town for ballgame. Whether it's stocking up a new spring wardrobe with trendy finds from chic boutiques or packing a picnic with delectable treats for an afternoon at a waterfront park, Alexandria's colorful palette of springtime activities combined with seasonal hotel packages, create unique family-friendly spring breaks and rejuvenating weekend escapes.

For more spring events in Alexandria, see www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/calendar-of-events/spring
Check out spring hotel packages at www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/hotels/deals
See the Top 10 Reasons to Visit Alexandria this Spring http://www.visitalexandriava.com/things-to-do/top-10

 

Basball Boat to Nationals Park

March 29-September 26, 2014
Times vary upon Nationals schedule
Departs from the Alexandria Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-0580
One-way $15; Round-trip $25
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 Opening Day
April 3, 2014
5-8 p.m.
Jackson 20 and Hotel Monaco Alexandria, 480 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Free (drinks sold separately)
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 will resume this spring, offering specials on handcrafted cocktails and beers plus treats and water for canine companions. Dog-lovers can peruse items from local pet boutiques and learn about pet services in the area. 15% of proceeds benefit P.A.L. (People. Animals. Love.)

 

Old Town Alexandria Cherry Blossom Food Tour
March 22-April 12, 2014
Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m.
$49
www.DCMetroFoodTours.com/cherry_blossom_food_tour.html

New to Alexandria, DC Metro Food Tours will bring their popular Cherry Blossom Food Tour to Old Town. In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, guests will embark on a guided walking tour of Alexandria, exploring the city's history and 18th- and 19th-century architecture while pausing in locally-owned eateries to sample delectable cherry-centric dishes and learn about cherry blossom history in the nation's capital.


Blossoms by Bike River Ride

April 4-13, 2014
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Departs at 1 p.m. from Alexandria
$40 (must be 13 years or older)
www.BikeTheSites.com/tours/

Join Bike and Roll on this three hour specially-crafted tour, riding along the scenic Mount Vernon Trail from Old Town Alexandria to Washington, DC, and experience magnificent views of the cherry blossoms from across the Potomac River. The tour continues into DC and around the tidal basin where bikers will see the blossoms up close and learn the history of these beautiful gifts before heading back to Alexandria.


Cherry Blossom Boat Tour
March 29-April 13, 2014
Saturday & Sunday
Departing at 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 3:30 & 5:30 p.m.
Cameron & Union sts., Alexandria, VA 22314
$26 adults, $14 children (2-11)
www.PotomacRiverboatCo.com/blossoms2014.php

In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, the Potomac Riverboat Company offers the chance to avoid the crowds and embark on a relaxing boat cruise, viewing the gorgeous pink buds blooming along the Potomac River. As an extended version of the company's "Washington by Water Monuments Cruise," this cruise also includes the opportunity to view DC's riverside monuments and disembark at Georgetown.


Spring2Action: Alexandria's Biggest Day of Giving
April 9, 2014
Times vary
Alexandria, VA 22314
www.Causetown.org/campaign/Spring2ACTion

New this year, more than 30 participating local shops and restaurants are joining Spring2Action, Alexandria's biggest day of giving, by donating as much as 20% of purchase to any school or charity the customer chooses. To sweeten the deal, the Old Town Boutique District will give $500 to the school or charity that rallies the most customers to one of its member stores. Customers need only mention "Spring2ACTion" when paying. 100+ different schools and nonprofits are promoting Spring2ACTion, Alexandria's annual city-wide online giving campaign.


Tall Ship Schooner Virginia comes to Alexandria

April 12-13, 2014
12-5 p.m.
G/H Pier on the North End of the Marina at 201 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Free
www.SchoonerVirginia.org

The Schooner Virginia-a tall ship recreation of the Virginia Pilot Association's last pure sailing vessel, in operation from 1917-1926-will dock in Alexandria, the first stop of its 2014 tour, where, along the historic waterfront, visitors are invited to participate in deck tours.


Lee-Fendall House 15th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
April 16-18, 2014
Egg hunts begin at Friday, 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-1789
$12 kids (0-12); $5 adults
www.LeeFendallHouse.org

To celebrate Easter, the Lee-Fendall House Museum's gardens will be filled with hundreds of colorful, toy-filled Easter eggs, in addition to activities like games, crafts and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Children ages 0-12 are eligible to participate; all children welcome to additional activities. Tickets available online.


Alexandria Historic Homes & Garden Tour
April 26, 2014
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Old Town Alexandria
703-746-3301
$35 in advance; $40 day of; $20 for single sites
www.VAGardenWeek.org

Celebrating the 81st anniversary of Historic Garden Week in Virginia, this tour features privately owned Old Town homes and gardens plus historic properties like the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, Carlyle House Historic Park and George Washington's Mount Vernon, offering visitors the rare opportunity to see behind the brick walls into some of the most gorgeous residences in this unique neighborhood. Tickets and information available at the Alexandria Visitors Center (221 King St.).


Historic Alexandria Attics and Alleys Tours
May 3-31, 2014
9 a.m.-noon
Departs from Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314 or Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
$35 (Advanced reservations required)
www.AlexandriaVA.gov/GadsbysTavern

The curious are invited to visit rarely seen spaces at four of Alexandria's historic sites on this special three-hour walking tour of Gadsby's Tavern Museum, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden and Carlyle House Historic Park. Tickets reserved online at www.Shop.Alexandria.gov.


2014 Del Ray House & Garden Tour
May 10, 2014
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $20
www.DelRayCitizens.org

This year's tour features homes ranging from a 1940's row house to an amazing "green" renovation to one of the few Del Ray homes with an in ground swimming pool. From flights of artistic fancy to small spaces lived large, the tour has something for everyone. This biennial project of the Del Ray Citizens Association serves as a fundraiser for the Alexandria Scholarship Fund and other neighborhood projects like tree planting, park renovations and neighborhood gatherings.


Free Mother's Day Museum Tours

May 11, 2014
1-5 p.m.
Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314 (Mothers free)
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314 (Mothers free)
Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314 (Free)
www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/calendar-of-events/spring/

In honor of Mother's Day, moms enjoy free admission to some of Alexandria's premiere historic sites. At the Friendship Firehouse Museum, mothers will receive a complimentary family photo.


To Inspire: Alexandria Symphony Orchestra's Season Finale Featuring Classic Favorites
May 17, 2014
8 p.m.
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311
703-845-6156
Prices vary
www.AlexSym.org

In partnership with the National Gallery of Art, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will close its 70th season with pieces known to inspire renowned artist Edgar Degas, featuring selections by Beethoven, Mozart, Gounod and Verdi plus special guests Anita Johnson and Matt Harding.

ABOUT ALEXANDRIA, VA
Minutes from Washington, DC and located along the scenic Potomac waterfront, Alexandria offers cosmopolitan shopping and dining against a backdrop of 18th- and 19th-century architecture. Named a "Top ArtPlace" for its dedication to maintaining a thriving artistic and cultural scene, the city houses renowned art galleries, theater companies and music halls. Once home to George Washington and key players throughout American history, Alexandria combines its rich history with award-winning restaurants, chic boutiques and ever-evolving arts to create an extraordinary getaway destination.

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