Fall Festival Season 2016 in Alexandria, VA August 25, 2016

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

Fall Festival Season in Alexandria, VA

Art Festivals, Scenic Runs, Historic Haunts & Creative Events


Alexandria, VA—As the fall foliage emerges Alexandria’s historic brick-lined streets are the perfect backdrop for the city’s fall festival season, filled with creative events, outdoor art festivals, Halloween haunts, and riverside races. 

Alexandria welcomes autumn with more than 35 seasonal events.  Art lovers converge for the 14th Annual King Street Art Festival and Del Ray’s 21st Annual Art on the Avenue. The 2nd Annual Live Music Week is bigger than ever, with 50 venues, 300 performances and a This is Spinal Tap viewing party. Crisp air and picturesque views of the Potomac River spur on runners for the Woodrow Wilson Half Marathon and George Washington Patriot Run. One-of-a-kind events at Alexandria’s historic sites include Scottish Heritage Outlander Day at Carlyle House complete with a Highland dance performance and Scottish storytelling. October features historic haunts and ghostly fun with events such as the Carlyle House Walking Dead Footsteps Zombie Event, 20th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade, Bark or Treat Canine Cruise and Port City Black Veil Happy Hour and Female Stranger Mystery Quest.

Minutes from Washington, DC, yet a world away, Alexandria is more vibrant than ever during the city's most colorful season. With luxurious accommodations just steps from festival and event venues, galleries, boutiques and restaurants, visitors can easily transform a culture-centric afternoon into a creativity-filled weekend.

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14th Annual King Street Art Festival
September 17, 2016 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; September 18, 2016 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free
King St., from Washington to Union Streets, Alexandria, VA 22314

At this popular art festival, King Street from Washington Street all the way to the Potomac waterfront is transformed into a gallery filled with art from more than 250 artists from the U.S. and abroad. Visitors can purchase original artwork, participate in hands-on art activities at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, and enjoy a scoop of ice cream at The Art League’s Annual Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser.

75th Annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour
September 24, 2016 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: $40 in advance; $45 day of
Old Town Alexandria, VA

For the 75th annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour, the public can step inside and get a glimpse of six gorgeous homes and gardens in Old Town Alexandria, all within walking distance of one another. On tour day, start at the Twig Shop at 106 N. Columbus Street to exchange your ticket for the map and brochure. All proceeds benefit Inova Alexandria Hospital.

2nd Annual Alexandria Live Music Week
September 30-October 8, 2016
Admission: Varies by venue
Various locations throughout Alexandria, VA

The 2nd Annual Alexandria Live Music Week, presented by Alexandria Live and On Tap Magazine, is a citywide music event featuring Alexandria’s diverse music scene and musicians, as well the clubs, bars, restaurants, shops and venues that feature and promote live music in Alexandria. This year there will be over 50 participating venues and over 300 performances, including a full schedule of music during Del Ray’s Art on the Avenue. Venues include Alexandria’s legendary Birchmere Music Hall, Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub, Bilbo Baggins, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Nick’s Night Club, The Durant Arts Center, Daniel O’Connell’s, La Tasca, Fireflies, Chadwicks, MetroStage, and many, many more.

The event will include national acts such as The Funky Meters and El DeBarge to renowned local bands such as The Free Flowing Musical Experience, Judge Smith, Janna Audey, Farley Granger, and legendary Irish guitarist Rocky Guttman. Other events include a children’s music program, German oompah music, jazz, acapella, bluegrass, blues, R&B, and much more. Also, there will be a This is Spinal Tap viewing party at Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub courtesy of the Alexandria Film Festival.

21st Annual Art on the Avenue
October 1, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22305

Art on the Avenue is a multicultural arts festival celebrating our community’s diversity through the arts in the Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia. This festival is held on the first Saturday in October, rain or shine.

Every year, over 50,000 visitors stroll down Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray between Bellefonte and Hume Avenues. People are greeted by over 300 artists (jewelers – silversmith & beaders, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, unique painters, sculptures, fabric artists), musicians (Irish, folk, rock n’ roll, country and more), and food vendors (hot dogs, BBQ, Indian, crab cakes, chocolate bananas dipped on a stick, and homemade cider donuts). Activities for children include stuff your own scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, lotus flower design and weave screen art to name a few.

20th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade
October 30, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Mount Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues, Alexandria, VA 22305

Don your best Halloween costume and join thousands of participants in one of Del Ray's favorite traditions. The 20th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade begins at Mount Vernon Ave., south of E. Bellefonte, and continues down to the Mount Vernon Recreation Center play fields at Mount Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. Children, pets and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb with prizes in different categories. The parade and all activities are free! Please note that both judging for Best Decorated Stroller and registration for Best Pet Costume will begin at 1:30 p.m.



Port City Oktoberfest
September 9-10, 2016, time TBD
Admission: Free
3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304

Come celebrate Oktoberfest in style at Port City Brewing Company! Over the course of two days, enjoy live music, food trucks, plenty of lager, and lots more. Hoist a Port City Oktoberfest in honor of a classic German festival. Zum Wohl!

Gentleman Distiller: Whiskey Tasting & Dinner
September 9, 2016 from 6:30-9:45 p.m.
Admission: $125 per person
George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, 5513 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309

The evening begins with a reception at George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill, where guests will get a firsthand look at how whiskey was produced in Washington’s time. The event continues on the estate with a brief talk by Mount Vernon’s resident distiller, followed by a whiskey tasting and seated dinner at Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant.

George Washington Patriot Run
September 11, 2016
Admission: $50 per runner; $10 for spectator tickets at the finish line
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Dash through history during the George Washington Patriot Run 10K and 5K, which finishes at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. A children's "Fun Run" will take place near the finish line in the historic area.

Mount Vernon Colonial Market & Fair
September 17-18, 2016 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: included in general admission ($20 adults; $10 youth)
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Colonial-attired artisans demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leather-workings, weavings, furniture, and much more. “General Washington” will be on hand overseeing the festivities: 18th-century entertainment including music, a balloon-launch, fire-eating, puppet and magic shows, plus hearty specialty food for sale on site. Costumed interpreters will be demonstrating the 18th-century chocolate-making process using an authentic colonial recipe! Colonial Market & Fair takes place rain or shine. 

Scottish Heritage Outlander Day at Carlyle House
September 17, 2016 from 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Museum tour is free; Event activities are ticketed: $7/adult, $3/child ages 5-12
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Visitors are invited to tour this beautiful 18th century house museum, dating back to the days of John Carlyle (and Jamie and Claire in Outlander) and attend a day of programming on Scottish culture. Events include a Highland dance performance and a concert by the Devil's Tailors, and Scottish storytelling and vendors. Tours of the museum will include references to Outlander, the popular book series and television show.

Scottish Heritage Outlander Day Tea at Carlyle House
September 18, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Admission (includes museum tour): $45
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Do you love the Outlander books and/or the television show? Then join us for tea and a special fashion show on the Magnolia Terrace. Celebrate Scottish heritage at the oldest stone house in Alexandria, home of John Carlyle. Admission includes tea, plus a special Outlander-accented tour of the museum. Advanced reservations are required for the tea.

Old Town Boutique District Shop & Stroll
September 22-25, 2016
Admission: Free
Various boutiques throughout Old Town

You’re invited to take a stroll through historic Old Town Alexandria and explore some of the best boutiques in the area. While you browse and shop, collect stamps at each location to be entered in a grand prize drawing that includes $1,000 worth of gift cards. Additionally, buy a stylish event bag for more savings and goodies. Your bag is your ticket for exclusive shopping discounts at all participating boutiques and the opportunity to collect giveaways at each location.

Alexandria Seaport Day
September 24, 2016 from 12 noon-6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Alexandria Seaport Day is an annual community event celebrating the mission and programs of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation and Alexandria's maritime heritage. Enjoy children's activities, a wooden boat display, nautical activities, boat rides, live music, local restaurants providing food, beer and wine, local boutiques and ASF's annual “Anything that Floats” race!

Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon & 6k & Woody's Kids Mini Half
October 2, 2016
Admission: half marathon entry fee $105 before October 1, 2016, $125 after; 6K entry fee $50 before October 1, $60 after
Starts in front of Bridgeyard Apartments on Washington St. in Old Town and finishes under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge

13.1-mile footrace along the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, through historic Old Town Alexandria and out and back on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Accompanying 3.73-mile race. New this year is the Nicole Mittendorff Award for the first female firefighter in the half marathon to honor past participant and former Fairfax firefighter Nicole Mittendorff who recently died.

20th Annual Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour
October 7-9, 2016 from 6-9 p.m.
Admission: Friday, October 7: $40; Saturday, October 8: $48; Sunday, October 9: $36
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Visitors learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s wine endeavors, enjoy live blues music, and meet “George and Martha Washington” on the Mansion's piazza. Guests experience an evening tour of the Washingtons’ home and are invited to visit the basement where he stored his wine. To accompany the wine tasting, fruit and cheese boxes are available by advance purchase for $29.99. VIP tables start at $1,100 and include admission for 12 people, three bottles of Mount Vernon house wine, a dessert platter from Alexandria Pastry Shop, a fruit and cheese tray from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, and private waiter service. Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour takes place rain or shine. 

21st Annual Art Safari
October 8, 2016 from noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314

An Alexandria family tradition, Art Safari returns to the Torpedo Factory Art Center for its 21st year. Resident and visiting artists lead young visitors in an afternoon full of hands-on creative activities such as papier-mâché, fiber, and printmaking. Enjoy the Alexandria Archaeology Museum’s special activities featuring their collection of 18th- and 19th-century pottery and china, as well as The Art League’s popular Gallery Scavenger Hunt. Children should wear clothing that can get a little dirty. All activities are free, with most appropriate for children ages 5-11. Some activities require parental assistance.

Port City Black Veil Happy Hour | Female Stranger Mystery Quest
October 14, 2016, happy hour 6-8 p.m., quest 8-10 p.m.
Admission: TBA
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Join Port City Brewing Co. and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum as we celebrate the release of the Long Black Veil, a special craft beer inspired by the famous tale of the Female Stranger. Proceeds from this special happy hour and event, held on the 200th anniversary of her death, help support the museum’s educational programs.

Happy Hour (6-8 p.m.): Enjoy Port City’s Long Black Veil IPA in the Gadsby Courtyard for a special happy hour. Other Port City beers will be available through a cash bar. $25 per person (includes one drink and light appetizers, and dinner is available for purchase through Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant).

Quest (8-10 p.m.): This year only, dive deeper into the Female Stranger story as you try to unravel the mystery! Join us for the happy hour then come inside and meet major players in the story. Reach your own conclusions about her identity as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of this local legend. Space is limited in this one-time event.

A Mansion House Whiskey Tasting
October 22, 2016 from 7-9 p.m.
Admission: $50 for tasting and tour
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Come join history lovers and fans of the PBS drama series "Mercy Street" for an inspired evening of Mansion House Hotel elegance. This bourbon tasting will harken back to the Civil War era and include a delicious menu of small bites and cheese pairings. Must be 21+ to attend.

Bark or Treat Canine Cruise
October 28, 2016 from 5:30-7 p.m.
Admission: $16 adults; $10 children; dogs ride free
Alexandria City Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Come out with your costumed canine and cruise to some Halloween tunes along the Potomac. We will have Halloween treats on board. Be sure to have your four legged friend in their best costume.

The Gadsby's Tavern Ghost Tour
October 28, 2016 from 7-9 p.m. Tours start every 30 minutes
Admission: $20 adults; $10 kids ages 7-17
134 North Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703 519 1749

You’ll follow your colonial-costumed guide through the eerie Alexandria streets, visit a cemetery, and enter one of the most haunted buildings in Old Town. You’ll hear the tragic story of the Mysterious Female Stranger, and visit the very room where this mysterious woman was transformed into a ghost! Portions of the proceeds benefit Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.

Carlyle House Walking Dead Footsteps Zombie Event
October 29, 2016 from 6-9 p.m.
Admission: TBD
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Visitors will experience firsthand some encounters with zombies from the 18th-century, a-la-Walking Dead-style. Where in Old Town could a person have more zombie fun than in the garden and vaults of Carlyle House? After navigating your way through the zombie-filled garden, visit our dark, dank tunnels for a spooky experience. Then, join the zombies and their very lively hosts for a party on the front lawn. A ghost tour of Alexandria is also included in the price of admission. Reservations required for the tour.

Art on Tap
November 4, 2016 from 7-10 p.m.
Admission: $35 until October 21; $45 afterwards
The Art League Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Craft beers from local breweries have been artfully paired with a work of art from an Art League instructor. Local restaurants have chosen a brew/artwork coupling to serve as their muse to create the perfect complementary appetizer. Enjoy the brew, bite and artwork trifectas on Friday, November 4 at The Art League’s Art on Tap event. Sample the creative combinations while drinking from a take-home Art on Tap beer tasting glass, and then vote for your favorite at the end of the event.

10th Annual Alexandria Film Festival
November 10-13, 2016
Admission: TBA
AMC Hoffman 22 Theater and Beatley Central Library


Now in its 10th year showcasing independent films from around the world, the Alexandria Film Festival offers an enriching cinematic opportunity for filmmakers and film lovers alike by bringing high quality, diverse and thought-provoking short and feature-length films to historic Alexandria and the Washington, D.C. metro area. The festival highlights the talents of local, national and international filmmakers and provides numerous opportunities for audiences to ask questions and interact.

Find more fall events at www.visitalexandriava.com/fall.

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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