Fall Arts Season

Named one of America's Top ArtPlaces 2013 and one of the "Best Art Destinations Among Mid-Sized Cities" by AmericanStyle magazine, Alexandria is known to have a passion for the arts. The fall season is a showcase of festivals, art and craft events and live performances, setting the scene for the city's vibrant cultural backdrop. Here are just a few of the many art festivals, events and exhibits happening around Alexandria.

Click here for a full list of events at the Alexandria Arts Calendar.


October 5: Del Ray's Art on the Avenue - Art on the Avenue is a multi-cultural arts festival celebrating its 18th year in supporting the community's diversity through the arts in the Del Ray area in Alexandria. Over 50,000 visitors attend, exploring the work of over 350 vendors, five stages of music, kids' arts activities and food vendors.

October 12: Alexandria Arts Safari - The Torpedo Factory Art Center presents the 18th annual Alexandria Arts Safari, where children (and parents!) are invited to participate in free, hands-on craft events like painting, clay making, origami and fiber art. Also on the bill: the return of The Art League Gallery's scavenger hunt, a prize drawing and kid-friendly pottery activities in the Alexandria Archaeology Museum.

October 23: Art on the Rocks - This year's annual art-inspired cocktail mix-off features recipes concocted by local mixologists based around The Art League's newest exhibit, Body Language. As live music buzzes in the background, artful cocktails ensue, ready for sampling and judging by ticket holders.

November 7-10: Alexandria Film Festival - The 7th annual Alexandria Film Festival brings high-quality short and feature length films, documentaries and filmmaker panels to Alexandria. This year's highlights include a Q&A with director Benh Zeitlin of the Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild; world premiere of Ass Backwards, a film by Alexandria's own Casey Wilson starring Alicia Silverstone; and films by local and DC Metro area directors, as well as films from France, Italy, the UK, Germany and Brazil.


September 7-28: The Little Theatre of Alexandria presents Caught in the Net - Sequel to the much-loved Run for your Wife, this farce follows a British taxi driver who, after the introduction of modern technology, has difficulty keeping his two wives a secret from one another.

September 21-November 3: MetroStage presents Gee's Bend - This 150-seat off Broadway theater on the river's edge kicks off its 2013-2014 season with Gee's Bend, the true story of the Pettway women of Gee's Bend, Alabama, who turn to quilting in an effort to cope with the turmoil surrounding the Civil Rights Movement. Intermixed with gospel music, personal growth and the strength to survive, the women overcome societal hardships and form impenetrable bonds with each other and the audience.

October 5: The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra presents To Dream - In celebration of its 70th season, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra begins its 2013-2014 season on October 5th with To Dream, featuring pianist Carols Rodriguez and the sounds of legendary composers Tchaikovsky and Liszt.

October 26-November 16: The Little Theatre of Alexandria presents The 39 Steps - This adaptation of Hitchcock's 1935 film spoofs spy thrillers (with four actors playing more than 100 roles), as Richard Hannay attempts to solve the mystery of The 39 Steps.

November 14: The Athenaeum presents Veronneau - Hosted by the Songwriters Association of Washington, this world-renowned quartet--an acoustic combination of smooth vocals, guitar and percussion--will perform jazz, samba and bossa nova tunes.

November 16-17: The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra presents To Transform - The orchestra's 70th season continues with To Transform, featuring performances by internationally-renowned violinist Sarah Chang and guest-conductor Emil de Cou. The performance begins with music from the beloved film Up and the ballet Billy the Kid, and continues with Chang's rendition of Bruch's Violin Concert No. 1 in G minor.

Ongoing: The Legendary Birchmere Music Hall - Venue to some of music's most celebrated names (do Johnny Cash and Ray Charles ring a bell?), the Legendary Birchmere Music Hall houses top folk, R&B and country musicians. This fall, catch big acts like Buddy Guy (Oct. 8), smooth jazz man Kenny G (Oct. 15-16), pop songstress Vanessa Carlton (Oct. 17) and seventies legends AMERICA (Oct. 30).


September 4-29: Torpedo Factory Art Center presents In the Flesh 4 - This juried exhibition centers on contemporary figurative art, where the human figure is the core subject.

September 5-October 20: The Athenaeum presents Full, Deep, and Not Quite Real - Home to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, the Athenaeum showcases fine art by regional artists, and hosts events to promote Alexandria's vibrant cultural scene. The Athenaeum kicks off its fall start with Full, Deep, & Not Quite Real, an exhibition exploring the depth of objects in pictorial representation. Also this season is Second Thursdays, the venue's monthly event featuring live music, as well as weekly readings, art workshops and dance performances.

October 5-November 3: Torpedo Factory Art Center presents Disconnect Exhibition - Centered around a timely and much-discussed topic, this exhibit explores the ways in which social media has caused a disconnection amongst human interaction.

October 9-November 4: The Art League presents Body Language - This exhibition features artwork by Art League members that explores the manners in which the human body express feeling, emotions and movement.

October 10-November 4: The Art League presents Cindi Lewis: On Stage - Filled with work by artist Cindi Lewis, this exhibit acts as a visual exploration of musicians and performers.

November 6-December 31: Torpedo Factory Art Center presents Reflections - Part of Fotoweek DC - This special exhibition is open to artists nationally and abroad, centered on media exploring reflections, both literally and figuratively.

Click here for a full list of events at the Alexandria Arts Calendar.

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