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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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Featured Events

12th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival

  • September 13, 2014 to September 14, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Location: King Street in Alexandria
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 703-746-3301
12th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival

King Street from Washington Street to the waterfront is transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original fine artwork by more than 200 artists from the US and abroad. Find paintings, life size ... Learn More

Happening This Month

"Put a Bird on It!" Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Embellishment can be art. “Put a Bird on It!” juried art exhibit opens Friday, September 5 (opening reception 7-9pm) at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Artists in all media were challenged to ... Learn More

Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward

We started out with fourteen artists and asked each of them to pay forward an invitation to another artist they respect and would like to exhibit alongside. The gallery and artists will be donating a ... Learn More

“Make a Bird of It!” Workshop at Del Ray Artisans

  • September 06, 2014
  • Times: 9 am to 1 pm
  • Venue: Del Ray Artisans
  • Admission: Workshop Fee: Del Ray Artisans members $50/$60 non-members. Supply Fee: $5
  • 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22301
  • Phone: 703-838-4827
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“Make a Bird of It!” Workshop at Del Ray Artisans

The “Make a Bird of It!” mixed-media sculpture workshop with artist Laura Hummel is on Saturday, September 6, 9am-1pm. Spend a morning re-purposing new or vintage metals and other found ... Learn More

Hacking Objects of Desire - Opening Reception

Hacking Objects of Desire - Opening Reception

Curator Kade Twist discusses the work in "Hacking Objects of Desire." Sámi artist and architect Joar Nango, and Sámi poet and writer Sigbjørn Skåden, investigate ... Learn More

Asleep at the Wheel

  • September 07, 2014
  • Times: 7:30 pm
  • Venue: Birchmere
  • Admission: $35
  • 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Phone: 703-549-7500
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Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel is an American country music group that was formed in Paw Paw, West Virginia, but is based in Austin, Texas. Altogether, they have won nine Grammy Awards since 1970.

Chamber Music Concert with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic

  • September 07, 2014
  • Times: Sunday, 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free, donations accepted
  • The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-799-8229
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Chamber Music Concert with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic

Pianist Haskell Small: A program of Federico Mompou – Musica Callada, Books one through four

Gallery Reception

Gallery Reception

Many of the region's most notable artists have taught at The Art League over the years. This show highlights the superb talent and digs into the fundamentals of influence and inspiration. This ... Learn More

Open Life Drawing Sessions at Del Ray Artisans

  • September 08, 2014
  • Times: 7-9 p.m. (Short-session clothed)
  • Venue: Del Ray Artisans
  • Admission: 2-hr session: $8 members/$10 non-members
  • 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22301
  • Phone: 703-838-4827
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Open Life Drawing Sessions at Del Ray Artisans

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 supplies to ... Learn More

Euge Groove

  • September 09, 2014
  • Times: 7:30 pm
  • Venue: Birchmere
  • Admission: $39.50
  • 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Phone: 703-549-7500
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Euge Groove

Euge Groove, is an American smooth jazz saxophonist with a strong Top-40 background.

Open Life Drawing Sessions at Del Ray Artisans

  • September 10, 2014
  • Times: 2:00pm-5:00pm (Short/Long)
  • Venue: Del Ray Artisans
  • Admission: 3-hr session: $10 members/$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

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 supplies to ... Learn More

Open Life Drawing Sessions at Del Ray Artisans

  • September 10, 2014
  • Times: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (gesture)
  • Venue: Del Ray Artisans
  • Admission: 2-hr session: $8 members/$10 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

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 supplies to ... Learn More

Open Life Drawing Sessions at Del Ray Artisans

  • September 11, 2014
  • Times: 6:30-9:30pm (long-session)
  • Venue: Del Ray Artisans
  • Admission: 3-hr session: $10 members/$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

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 supplies to ... Learn More

King Street Art Festival at the Torpedo Factory

On Saturday of King Street Art Festival weekend, come to the Torpedo Factory Art Center for special activities. Resident artist Tatyana Schremko will create an ice sculpture throughout the day. Local ... Learn More

The Manhattans

  • September 13, 2014
  • Venue: Birchmere
  • Admission: $49.50
  • 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Phone: 703-549-7500
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The Manhattans

The Manhattans are an American popular R&B vocal group, with a string of hit records spanning four decades.

Chamber Music Concert with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic

  • September 14, 2014
  • Times: Sunday, 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free, donations accepted
  • The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-799-8229
  • Visit Website
  • Send Email
Chamber Music Concert with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic

Guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin: Music by Scarlatti, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Frandisco Tarrega, Albeniz, Rodrigo, and Nicolo Paganini

50th Anniversary British Invasion Tour

  • September 15, 2014
  • Times: 7:30 pm
  • Venue: Birchmere
  • Admission: $65
  • 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Phone: 703-549-7500
  • Visit Website
50th Anniversary British Invasion Tour

British Invasion Tour 2014 featuring Gerry & The Pacemakers, Chad & Jeremy, Billy J. Krmaer, Mike Pender's Searchers, Denny Laine (of The Moody Blues & Wings) "Sharing the stage for ... Learn More

Justin Townes Earle

  • September 16, 2014 to September 17, 2014
  • Times: 7:30 pm
  • Venue: Birchmere
  • Admission: $29.50
  • 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Phone: 703-549-7500
  • Visit Website
Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Earle recently signed with Vagrant Records and has released five albums with Bloodshot Records since 2007.

Open Life Drawing Sessions at Del Ray Artisans

  • September 17, 2014
  • Times: 6:30-9:30pm (long-session)
  • Venue: Del Ray Artisans
  • Admission: 3-hr session: $10 members/$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

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 supplies to ... Learn More

The Walin' Jennys

  • September 19, 2014 to September 20, 2014
  • Times: 7:30 pm
  • Venue: Birchmere
  • Admission: $39.50
  • 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Phone: 703-549-7500
  • Visit Website
The Walin' Jennys

The Wailin' Jennys are a Canadian music group. They have released several albums and received a Juno Award.

Dance in the Gallery: Abigail Wallace Dance

Dance in the Gallery: Abigail Wallace Dance

Our personalities are molded by genetics and interpersonal interactions. In every situation we decide what to show and what to hide. ACW Dances presents Optimal Distinctiveness, a group dance about ... Learn More

Open Life Drawing Sessions at Del Ray Artisans

  • September 21, 2014
  • Times: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. (Gesture-clothed)
  • Venue: Del Ray Artisans
  • Admission: 2-hr session: $10 members/$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

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 supplies to ... Learn More

Open Life Drawing Sessions at Del Ray Artisans

  • September 24, 2014
  • Times: 2:00pm-5:00pm (Short/Long)
  • Venue: Del Ray Artisans
  • Admission: 3-hr session: $10 members/$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

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 supplies to ... Learn More

Open Life Drawing Sessions at Del Ray Artisans

  • September 25, 2014
  • Times: 6:30-9:30 p.m. (long-session)
  • Venue: Del Ray Artisans
  • Admission: 3-hr session: $10 members/$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

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 supplies to ... Learn More

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