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Arts Anniversaries in Alexandria

The Year of Extraordinary Anniversaries

2014 marks the "Year of Extraordinary Anniversaries" in Alexandria, with a staggering number of sites and art organizations reaching major milestones. With special seasons, events and exhibits happening all year long, the celebration will culminate into an art festival on June 14, 2014 at the Old Town Arts & Crafts Fair in collaboration with ArtsFEST.

At Market Square and in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, visitors will enjoy live performances by Alexandria organizations celebrating anniversaries like the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, plus dance performances, live music and theater from local groups like the Alexandria Citizens Band and Ambassador Theater. Also happening throughout the day, visitors can enjoy interactive art activities, food vendors and craft booths, all joining together to recognize the city's artistic achievements. See the full performance schedule here.

In 2014, Alexandria celebrates:

 100 Years

 

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 Old Town Theater

     

 25 Years

 

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 Washington Balalaika Society

 80 Years

 

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 The Little Theatre of Alexandria

     

 20 Years

 

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 First Night Alexandria

 70 Years

 

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 Alexandria Symphony Orchestra

     

 15 Years

 

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 Choreographers Collaboration Project

 60 Years

 

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 The Art League

     

 10 Years

 

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 Performing Arts Center at Episcopal High School

 50 Years

 

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 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association

     

 10 Years

 

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 Durant Arts Center

 40 Years

 

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 Torpedo Factory Art Center

     

 10 Years

 

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 Art in City Hall

 30 Years

 

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 Alexandria Commission for the Arts

     

 5 Years

 

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 Art on the Horizon

 30 Years

 

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 MetroStage

     

 5 Years

 

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 Youth Arts Festival

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Happening This Month

Scott Fallon Live at John Strongbow's Tavern

Scott Fallon Live at John Strongbow's Tavern

Scott Fallon is an Alexandria, VA, native and has been a performing musician for over 25 years. His solo acoustic performance is a diverse mix of rock, blues, and country covers along with original ... Learn More

John Gosling: “Printed Art: The Potomac”

  • May 27, 2015 to June 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Open Thursdays until 9:00 pm; Sunday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
  • Venue: Art League, Inc.
  • Admission: Free
  • 105 N. Union St.
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-683-1780
  • Visit Website
John Gosling: “Printed Art: The Potomac”

In “Printed Art: The Potomac,” John Gosling’s linocut relief prints illustrate the “Nation’s River,” past and present. Working within the constraints of the medium, ... Learn More

Spring Cabaret at the Little Theatre!

  • May 30, 2015
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: Saturday, May 30, 8-10pm
  • Venue: Little Theatre of Alexandria
  • Admission: $22
  • 600 Wolfe St.
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 704-579-8087

Spring Cabaret at the Little Theatre! Join us for our Spring Cabaret at the Little Theatre in Old Town on Saturday, May 30, 8-10pm! Be entertained by an all-star lineup of talented local and ... Learn More

The Secret Sisters & Striking Matches

  • May 27, 2015
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Venue: Birchmere
  • Admission: $22.50
  • 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Phone: 703-549-7500
  • Visit Website
The Secret Sisters & Striking Matches

The Secret Sisters are an American traditional country music duo, consisting of vocalists Laura and Lydia Rogers. The duo's music has been compared to artists like The Everly Brothers.

Down to the Bone

  • May 28, 2015
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Venue: Birchmere
  • Admission: $35
  • 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Phone: 703-549-7500
  • Visit Website
Down to the Bone

Down to the Bone is an acid jazz group led by British DJ Stuart Wade, who formed the band with Chris Morgans in 1996. The group is very popular in the UK, where they are "hailed as the kings of ... Learn More

Fiery Run

Fiery Run

Fiery Run is an acoustic, folk-rock trio out of the northern Shenandoah Valley, featuring Heidi Budwash, Mark Clay and Ted Seely. Fiery Run performs both original songs and and old favorites.

Jonatha Brooke

  • May 29, 2015
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Venue: Birchmere
  • Admission: $29.50
  • 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Phone: 703-549-7500
  • Visit Website
Jonatha Brooke

Jonatha Brooke is an American folk rock singer-songwriter and guitarist from Massachusetts. Her music merges elements of folk, rock and pop, often with poignant lyrics and complex harmonies.

Collective Delusion at John Strongbow's Tavern

Local rockers Collective Delusion play lively rock songs from the 70's, 80's, 90's and beyond.

Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia: Symphonic Tap with Capitol Tap

Don't miss this unique experience! Tap dance is usually done to music, but what about when tap is part of the music itself? In this unique performance, SONOVA partners with Capitol Tap including the ... Learn More

Walter Beasley

  • May 30, 2015
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Venue: Birchmere
  • 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Phone: 703-549-7500
  • Visit Website
Walter Beasley

Walter Beasley is an American saxophonist, a professor of music at the Berklee College of Music, and founder of Affable Publishing and Affable Records.

Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble: Billboard Concert

Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble: Billboard Concert

Enjoy some of the hottest pop tunes from your youth and discover new pop charts as we create our own VAB Billboard of the best!

On-Going Events

Open Life Drawing Sessions at Del Ray Artisans

  • May 27, 2015 to December 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: varies
  • Venue: Del Ray Artisans
  • Admission: $8-$10 members/$10-$12 non-members
  • 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22301
  • Phone: 703-838-4827
  • Visit Website
  • Send Email
Open Life Drawing Sessions at Del Ray Artisans

LIFE DRAWING: Looking for a chance to hone your figure drawing skills? Del Ray Artisans offers a range of open life drawing sessions for just this purpose. Just drop-in for the session and bring your ... Learn More

"Paws 'N Claws for Art" - Art Exhibit at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

  • May 27, 2015 to May 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Monday-Thursday 12-7 pm, Friday CLOSED, Saturday and Sunday 12-5 pm.
  • Venue: Del Ray Artisans
  • Admission: Free
  • Vola Lawson Animal Shelter - 4101 Eisenhower Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22304
  • Phone: 703-838-4827
  • Visit Website

“Paws ‘N Claws for Art” exhibit runs February 21-May 31, 2015 at Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, 4101 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria. Reception: Friday, February 27, 7-9pm. Del Ray Artisans ... Learn More

"Paws 'N Claws for Art" Art Exhibit at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

  • May 27, 2015 to May 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Monday-Thursday 12-7pm; closed Friday; Saturday-Sunday 12-5pm
  • Location: Vola Lawson Animal Shelter -
  • Admission: Free
  • 4101 Eisenhower Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22304
  • Phone: 703-838-4827
  • Visit Website

“Paws ‘N Claws for Art” exhibit runs February 21-May 31, 2015 at Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, 4101 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria. Del Ray Artisans and Animal Welfare League of Alexandria ... Learn More

Eunsook Lee: Dispersed Family

Eunsook Lee: Dispersed Family

Korean artist Eunsook Lee transforms Target Gallery with her site-specific work, Dispersed Family. With this installation, Lee explores what it means to be family, maintaining connections across the ... Learn More

"MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media" Art Exhibit - Del Ray Artisans Gallery

  • May 28, 2015 to May 31, 2015 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Thurs/12–6pm; Fri-Sat/12–9pm; Sun/12–6pm
  • Venue: Del Ray Artisans
  • Admission: Free
  • 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22301
  • Phone: 703-838-4827
  • Visit Website
  • Send Email

“MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media” exhibit at Del Ray Artisans gallery (May 1-31, 2015). Del Ray Artisans and Artistic Artifacts collaborate to present this juried, multi-media exhibit that ... Learn More

Robert Liberace Live Demo Night

Robert Liberace Live Demo Night

Robert Liberace received his BFA and MFA from George Washington University. He lives in Virginia and teaches at the Art League of Alexandria and hosts travel tours and workshops focused on studying ... Learn More

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