Alexandria Celebrates New Waterfront Experience with Portside Festival and Ongoing Programming August 23, 2018

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August 23, 2018

Contacts:
Claire Mouledoux: CMouledoux@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-652-5367
Leah Spellman, APR: LSpellman@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-652-5363

Alexandria Celebrates New Waterfront Experience with Portside Festival and Ongoing Portside in Old Town Programming Series

Portside in Old Town Festival October 12 to 14, 2018

Alexandria, VA – One of the most highly anticipated transformations of the Old Town Alexandria waterfront is happening this fall. Visitors strolling King Street, named one of the “Great Streets” of America by the American Planning Association, can take in new panoramic views of the Potomac River from a greatly expanded new park area at the foot of King Street that will seamlessly connect Old Town’s historic retail corridor with the water. The new area was designed to be a dynamic and activated space for the enjoyment of visitors and residents alike.

Portside in Old Town Festival Kicks Off Portside Programming Series

Alexandria’s new waterfront experience comes alive with Portside in Old Town programming, free-to-the-public themed weekend happenings in history, art, music and fitness with activities for families and for adults, plus additional pop-up experiences and events.

The Portside in Old Town Festival kicks off the fun Friday, October 12 through Sunday, October 14, 2018, with activities along the Potomac River near King Street. Festival-goers will enjoy free tours of the tall ship Godspeed, a waterfront beer garden from Port City Brewing Company, a pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso, plus live music and more.

The festival lineup also includes LED light performance artists presented by The Athenaeum, a pop-up exotic car exhibit to preview next year's Alexandria Festival of Speed and Style, a free kids’ pizza-making demo by Pizzeria Paradiso, a free kids decorative craft project from AR Workshop, a free outdoor group fitness class from Sand & Steel Fitness and more. The tall ship Godspeed will be accompanied by special exhibits highlighting Jamestown’s history as well as Virginia’s 1619 American Evolution commemoration. The festival includes a preview of ongoing Portside in Old Town programming including Portside History from the Office of Historic Alexandria, Portside Arts from the Torpedo Factory Art Center and the Mobile Art Lab, Portside Fitness from local fitness studios, and Portside Kids activities for families.

The weekend also includes two special events happening inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center, which is located at the Alexandria City Marina. The Late Shift on Friday night will feature gallery talks, artist receptions, music, live performances, hands-on artmaking and three floors of open artists’ studios. Art Safari on Saturday afternoon welcomes kids and families to a festival of artist-led hands-on activities.

Portside in Old Town Continues Through the Fall and Holidays

More events this fall include the Waterfront Beer Garden from Port City Brewing Company taking place two additional weekends in October, with food from Chadwicks Restaurant and Mia’s Italian Kitchen, and an outdoor screening of film shorts in November presented by the Alexandria Film Festival.

Portside Holidays will include pop-up happenings such as story time with Santa, a community sing-a-long, a hot chocolate bar, a Pacers holiday run meet-up, plus activities at major events such as the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, Waterskiing Santa show, and First Night Alexandria on New Year’s Eve.

2019 Line-Up Includes Arrival of Resident Tall Ship and More

2019 will bring more fun and photo-ops with a visit from the six-foot-tall Virginia is For Lovers LOVE letters in February and a temporary public art installation from New York City studio SOFTlab in place March through November.

The biggest splash at the waterfront in 2019 will come from the tall ship Providence, arriving in June as a permanent attraction. This celebrity tall ship, which has appeared in the Academy Award-winning film Master and Commander and in the international blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean, is a full-scale replica of one of the U.S. Continental Navy’s first warships, which was captained by John Paul Jones, the father of the U.S. Navy, under the leadership of General George Washington. The public can look forward to public tours, chartered cruises, educational programs and beer cruises presented in partnership with Alexandria’s own Port City Brewing Company.

Free, ongoing Portside in Old Town programming continues through 2019.

Find the full Portside in Old Town programming and festival schedule and parking information at PortsideInOldTown.com.

About the King Street Corridor Initiative
Portside in Old Town programming is part of the King Street Corridor Initiative, a public/private partnership focusing on programming, beautification and marketing, spearheaded by the City of Alexandria and Visit Alexandria. Founding private sector partners include Lead Partners: Alexandria Restaurant Partners, Alexandria Hotel Association, Carr Hospitality and TTR Sotheby’s International Realty; Community Contributors: EYA and the Tall Ship Providence Foundation; and Neighborhood Partners: Asana, Augie’s Mussel House, Chadwicks Restaurant, Pizzeria Paradiso, Port City Brewing Company, Potomac Riverboat Company, and Urbano 116. The King Street Corridor Initiative will be further supported by a just-announced $25,000 grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program for the launch of Alexandria’s expanded waterfront and downtown experience. City of Alexandria partners include the Department of Project Implementation, Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, Office of Historic Alexandria, and the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services.

The expanded park space at the foot of King Street is a major milestone in the City of Alexandria’s long-term waterfront plan. To learn more, visit AlexandriaVA.gov/Waterfront.

Festival and Related Event Listings

Portside in Old Town Festival
October 12 to 14, 2018
Old Town Alexandria Waterfront
1 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Free admission; $ for food and drink
PortsideInOldTown.com

In celebration of Old Town Alexandria’s new waterfront experience with the opening of a greatly expanded new park area at the foot of King Street and launch of the Portside in Old Town waterfront programming series, the Portside in Old Town Festival kicks off the fun with activities along the Potomac River October 12 to 14, 2018. Festival-goers will enjoy free tours of the tall ship Godspeed, a waterfront beer garden from Port City Brewing Company, a pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso, plus live music and history, art and fitness activities.

The festival lineup includes LED light performance artists presented by The Athenaeum, a pop-up exotic car exhibit to preview next year's Alexandria Festival of Speed and Style, a free kids’ pizza-making demo by Pizzeria Paradiso, a free kids decorative craft project from AR Workshop, a free outdoor group fitness class from Sand & Steel Fitness and more. The tall ship Godspeed will be accompanied by special exhibits highlighting Jamestown’s history as well as Virginia’s 1619 American Evolution commemoration. The festival also includes a preview of ongoing Portside in Old Town programming including Portside History from the Office of Historic Alexandria, Portside Arts from the Torpedo Factory Art Center and the Mobile Art Lab, Portside Fitness from local fitness studios, and Portside Kids activities for families. The weekend also includes two special events happening inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center: The Late Shift on Friday night and the annual kids’ Art Safari on Saturday afternoon.

Godspeed Tall Ship Tours and History Exhibits
Saturday and Sunday, October 13 & 14, 2018
Free admission
Alexandria City Marina, 0 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
PortsideInOldTown.com

Part of the Portside in Old Town Festival, take a free tour of the tall ship Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607. The Godspeed is visiting Alexandria from the Jamestown Settlement living-history museum in Virginia’s Jamestown-Williamsburg-Yorktown “Historic Triangle.” Enjoy dockside exhibits highlighting Jamestown’s history and Virginia’s 1619 American Evolution commemoration as well as an exhibit about Alexandria’s history presented by the Office of Historic Alexandria. Tours are first-come-first-served and not ticketed.

Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company

  • Friday to Sunday, October 12 to 14, 2018
  • Friday and Saturday, October 19 & 20, 2018
  • Friday and Saturday, October 26 & 27, 2018

1 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
PortsideInOldTown.com  

This October, toast Alexandria’s new waterfront experience at the foot of King Street with the Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company, part of the new Portside in Old Town programming series. Enjoy award-winning craft beer plus entertainment including live music, DJ's, American Beer History Trivia and more, plus bites from local restaurants Pizzeria Paradiso, Chadwicks and Mia’s Italian Kitchen. In addition to classics like Optimal Wit, Port City will highlight different beers each weekend, including their beloved Oktoberfest, an IPA showcase, and the newest beer in their Lager Series, Baltic Porter.

Pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso
Friday to Sunday, October 12 to 14, 2018
1 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
PortsideInOldTown.com

Part of the Portside in Old Town Festival, enjoy a pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso with delicious offerings from their outdoor pizza oven and more on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 12 to 14, a perfect pairing with the Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company. On Sunday, October 14, Pizzeria Paradiso presents a free kids’ pizza-making demo from 12 to 1 p.m. Bring the little ones and join Pizzeria Paradiso Founder & Chef Ruth Gresser to learn how to make your own pizza or just have fun playing with pizza dough. Friday, October 12, 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, October 13, 2 to 7 p.m.; Sunday, October 14, 12 to 4 p.m.

ABOUT ALEXANDRIA, VA

Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is home to more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. New restaurants tucked in to 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown ignite historic and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods as the waterfront district evolves with new energy.

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