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Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week

Alexandria's much-anticipated Summer Restaurant Week will return for ten days and two weekends from August 15-24, 2014, offering $35 three-course meals or $35 dinners for two...more

Winning Boats Announced for 14th Annual Parade of Lights

The 14th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights sparkled at Alexandria’s historic harbor on December 7, 2013 when nearly 40 colorful and brightly lit boats cruised the Potomac River. Crowds packed waterfront parks and the docks at the Torpedo Factory Art Center to see boats compete in 11 categories...more

Alexandria Announces Mount Vernon Holiday Trolley

New this year, visitors can take a trolley from Old Town Alexandria to George Washington's Mount Vernon and back again to Old own, in a ride that unites George Washington's estate with his adopted hometown...more

2013 Holiday Events in Alexandria, Virginia

Named a Top 10 Christmas Town by HGTV and a “quintessential holiday getaway” by Baltimore Magazine, Alexandria, Virginia dazzles visitors with twinkling trees that illuminate Old Town, boutiques and restaurants buzzing with seasonal cheer and Santa Claus welcoming families with warm wishes...more

Alexandria Launches Second Thursday Remix

May 9, 2013. Second Thursday Old Town: Pop Dot. Warhol goes polka! Pop art with a dash of surrealism are the inspiration for the evening, with interactive art activities bubbling up at venues in the lower King Street area near the waterfront...more

King Street Named a "Top 10 Great Street" by American Planning Association

The American Planning Association (APA) announced the designation of King Street as one of 10 Great Streets for 2011 under the organization's Great Places in America program. APA Great Places exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planners and planning play in creating communities of lasting value...more

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Holiday Tourism Marketing Forum 2014

On Friday, December 6, 2013, the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association (ACVA) hosted members of the tourism community, small business owners and city officials at the annual Holiday Tourism Marketing Forum at George Washington’s Mount Vernon for a special presentation of awards...more

ACVA Announces New CEO

The Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association announces Patricia R. Washington as the organization’s new President & CEO. Washington’s start date is November 13, 2012. She is the third person to lead ACVA since its inception 16 years ago...more

National Trust for Historic Preservation Names Alexandria a 2011 Distinctive Destination

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Alexandria to the list of 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. The city was selected for its urban charm that blends an extraordinary early American past with modern flair and its citizens’ strong commitment to protecting and celebrating their history. From February 15 to March 15, Alexandria will participate in a public online voting contest to select the 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations Fan Favorite at

Meetings and Groups

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Meeting Planners Give Back at Annual Bike Building Event

After an extremely successful debut in 2012, the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association’s (ACVA) corporate community service program Alexandria Cares celebrated the start of year two by gathering meeting planners at Bows, Baskets & Bikes, an annual holiday bike building event benefiting underprivileged families...more

Free Motorcoach Parking Available to Groups Visiting Historic Old Town Alexandria

Alexandria welcomes motorcoaches with free parking options and user-friendly resources. Motorcoach parking in historic Old Town Alexandria requires a free parking permit that can be obtained through online registration. Additional free, unreserved parking locations are available within three miles of Old Town. Paid short-term and long-term parking are also available...more

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