All-American Summer in Alexandria May 20, 2015

All-American Summer in Alexandria

Live Music, Fireworks and Historic Events

Alexandria, VA - Against the backdrop of a vibrant waterfront and historic streets, summer in Alexandria sizzles with live music, fireworks, food festivals and historic events. Kicking off the season, French tall ship Hermione docks in Old Town after sailing from France to the U.S. in a recreation of the Marquis de Lafayette's historic 1780 voyage. The first-ever Alexandria Live Music Week draws music fans with 10 days of live performances at more than 30 restaurants and venues. Foodies flock to food and beverage festivals, sports fans board the baseball boat to Nationals Park and brew tours lead beer-lovers from historic sites to "hops stops." From patriotic fireworks displays to boat cruises on the Potomac River, the port city is the perfect setting for an all-American getaway just minutes from Washington, D.C.

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Tall Ship Hermione Visits Alexandria
June 10-12, 2015
Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dockside exhibits open until 7 p.m.
Alexandria Marina, 0 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Limited free tour tickets available dockside; advance tickets SOLD OUT

Alexandria's marina will host Hermione, an authentic, handcrafted, life-sized reconstruction of the 18th century wooden tall ship that brought the Marquis de Lafayette to George Washington in 1780 with full French aid, turning the tide of the American Revolution. Explore this three-masted, 177-foot-long ship on sailor-guided tours, stroll through waterfront exhibits with living history characters and enjoy related events and French dining in Alexandria.

Alexandria Live Music Week
July 10-19, 2015
Venues throughout Alexandria, VA
Admission varies by venue

Alexandria's first-ever Live Music Week is 10 days of live music at more than 30 restaurants and venues. Acts range from jazz to bluegrass, folk rock, country and more at venues including the legendary Birchmere music hall, Blackwall Hitch opening soon on the waterfront, plus Murphy's Grand Irish Pub, Daniel O'Connell's Restaurant and Pub, the Fish Market, 219 Restaurant and the Old Town Farmers Market. Live Music Week's kick-off weekend includes the Alexandria Birthday Celebration on Saturday, July 11, featuring performances by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and fireworks over the Potomac River, with the second weekend culminating with The Bacon Brothers at the Birchmere on July 16, 17 and 18.

Alexandria/USA Birthday Celebration
July 11, 2015
7-10 p.m.
Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Visitors celebrate America's 239th birthday and Alexandria's 266th along the Potomac waterfront at Oronoco Bay Park and enjoy live music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, patriotic birthday cake, food vendors and a dazzling fireworks display.





Water Taxi to the National Mall
Through November 1, 2015
Check website for exact schedule
Alexandria City Marina, 1 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Adults $28 round-trip, $14 one-way; children under 12: $16 round-trip, $8 one-way

The Potomac Riverboat Co. offers water taxi services directly from Old Town Alexandria to the National Mall in Washington, DC. This 30-minute cruise aboard the Miss Sophie connects DC with its oldest neighborhood, docking just steps from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, popular Smithsonian museums and a Capital Bikeshare station.

Mount Vernon by Bike and Boat
Through November 1, 2015

Pedal along the Potomac from Old Town Alexandria to George Washington's estate via the Mount Vernon Trail, spend the day at the first president's humble abode, then board the Miss Christin for a narrated boat cruise back to Old Town on Potomac Riverboat Company's Mount Vernon by Bike and Boat tour.

Baseball Boat to Nationals Park
Through September 26, 2015
Times vary upon Nationals schedule
Departs from the Alexandria Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314
One-way $20, Round-trip $25 Monday-Thursday; Round-trip $28 Friday-Sunday

The Potomac Riverboat Company offers baseball enthusiasts the chance to avoid the crowds and take a leisurely cruise from Old Town Alexandria to Nationals Park along the scenic Potomac River. Online-ticket purchases include free parking. Boats returning to Alexandria depart 20 minutes after final pitch. Boat operates for 80% of Nationals games - check website for specific available dates.

Doggy Happy Hour at Jackson 20
Through October 2015 (Tuesdays)
5-8 p.m.
Jackson 20, 480 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Free (drinks sold separately)

An Old Town Alexandria institution, Doggy Happy Hour at Jackson 20 and the Hotel Monaco Alexandria offers specials on handcrafted cocktails and beers plus treats and water for canine companions.

‘Lafayette in Alexandria' Day with Museum Open Houses
May 31, 2015
Old Town Alexandria
1-5 p.m.

Before the French tall ship Hermione arrives in Alexandria, start off the celebration with free tours and Lafayette himself! The day of adventure begins on Market Square at 1 p.m. with the launch of Tides of Revolution: The Hermione Game, a virtual, web-based game providing a first-person experience of fun! Then head out to tour the Alexandria museums open for free:
• Carlyle House Historic Park
• Gadsby's Tavern Museum
• Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
• Alexandria Archaeology Museum
• The Lyceum, Alexandria History Museum
• Alexandria Black History Museum
• Lee-Fendall House Museum

A complimentary shuttle will be available to transport visitors to The Lyceum, Alexandria Black History Museum, and Lee-Fendall House Museum. Lafayette will be visiting with guests to Alexandria throughout the day.

Summer Concerts at Carlyle House
Thursday, June 4, 2015, and Thursday, June 18, 2015
6-8 p.m.
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Join us for two concerts from talented local artists in the gardens of Carlyle House to celebrate A Jazzy June: African-American Music Appreciation Month this June. On Thursday, June 4, the Sandra Y. Johnson Sextet will perform jazz, blues and R&B, followed by a concert on Thursday, June 18 by Howard University's DuPont Brass, a featured group at the DC Jazz Festival. "A Jazzy June" is co-sponsored by Carlyle House and Alexandria's Black History Museum.

Go West! West End Food Truck Rodeo
June 5, 2015
11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Parking lot of Southern Towers Apartments, 4901 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, VA 22314
Free admission

This summer, food trucks will again roll into Alexandria's West End neighborhood for the Second Annual Go West! West End Business Association Food Truck Rodeo in partnership with the DC Food Truck Association. Visitors can look forward to favorite trucks boasting Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, Latin American, seafood, BBQ and sweet treats. And for the little cowgirls and boys, activities and a watermelon seed spitting contest. For the older hands, sips from local Port City Brewing Co. and Fabbioli Cellars as well as visit fashion-focused trucks and non-food vendors.

Canine Cruise
June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, 2015
11 a.m.
Alexandria City Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314
$16/adults; $10/children (dogs ride free)

With four-legged friends in tow, board a Potomac Riverboat Co. cruise and tour the Alexandria Seaport on this popular 60-minute waterfront excursion. Dogs must be on 6 ft. flat leash at all times.

Lafayette Ball at Gadsby's Tavern Museum
June 13, 2015
8-11 p.m.
Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
$45; Reservations required
Dance the night away as the Hermione heads to its next stop in Baltimore and celebrate our Revolutionary War victory! This revolutionary-era period ball will feature a variety of English country dances, live music, and seasonal desserts. Period costume optional, "after-five" attire encouraged.

Fort Ward Civil War Camp Day
June 13, 2015
Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22304
Suggested donation $2/adults, $5/families

Union and Confederate reenactors interpret Civil War military activities in camp settings, present drills, infantry and artillery demonstrations, and civilian impressions.

The Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair
June 13, 2015
3-8 p.m.
Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Now celebrating its 35th year in operation, the Old Town Arts & Crafts Fair features over 80 arts and crafts vendors. Visitors can browse artisan stalls and purchase handmade pieces in the heart of Old Town at Market Square.

Free Father's Day Museum Tours
June 21, 2015
1-5 p.m.
Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Free for visiting fathers

In honor of Father's Day, visiting dads will receive free admission to some of Alexandria's premier historic sites and have the opportunity to peruse the grounds once frequented by America's founding fathers.

Alexandria Food & Wine Festival
June 27, 2015
Noon-6 p.m.
Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Free (tickets required for food and wine samples)

Alexandria's Food and Wine festival is a one-day community-based event focused on showcasing the numerous diverse restaurants of Alexandria and Virginia wineries combined with the opportunity to give back to the community through local non-profit organizations. Named as the "top 10 events to attend" by both Washington Magazine and DC Metro Magazine, this is a lively, family-oriented venue. The festival offers food and wine tasting along with live entertainment, children's activities and arts and crafts vendors.

Alexandria's Historic Breweries Guided Tour and Tasting
July 11, 2015
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Old Town Alexandria

Join Alexandria's Historic Breweries author Garrett Peck and Portner Brewhouse co-Founder Cat Portner on a guided walking tour around Old Town Alexandria exploring the foundations of local brewing. The tour includes highlights from the print brochure, a Portner Brewhouse beer sampling and culminates at one of Alexandria's current Hops Stops.

Within eyesight of Washington, DC on the Potomac River waterfront, Alexandria, Virginia is nationally recognized for its acclaimed, chef-driven restaurants, bustling boutiques and dynamic arts set against a backdrop of 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from its days as George Washington's hometown. Old Town Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle-a hidden gem tucked beneath the nation's capital.

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