Fall Festival Season in Alexandria, VA September 12, 2014

Claire Mouledoux
CMouledoux@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-652-5367

Fall Festival Season in Alexandria, VA

Creative Events, Scenic Runs and Historic Haunts

Alexandria, VA-Changing leaves aren't the only things coloring Alexandria's streets in the fall-come autumn, the city brims with activities like art-filled festivities, Halloween events at historic haunts and heart-pumping runs equipped with picturesque glimpses of the Potomac River. Kicking off the fall arts season, the King Street Art Festival brings more than 300 artists to Alexandria's main thoroughfare, while in the always colorful Del Ray, live music and local artisans gather for Art on the Avenue. Gorgeous views abound as runners dash through Alexandria for the Woodrow Wilson Half Marathon and the .US National 12K, while history seekers tour scenic homes for the Alexandria Historic Homes Tour or George Washington's Mount Vernon during popular autumn events.


Minutes from Washington, DC but a world away, Alexandria especially shines in the fall, the city's most colorful season. With luxurious accommodations just steps from festival and event venues, galleries, boutiques and restaurants, visitors transform a culture-centric afternoon into a creativity-filled weekend.

Find fall events and more at www.visitalexandriava.com/fall
Book your hotel stay at www.visitalexandriava.com/hotels

King Street Art Festival
September 13-14, 2014
Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
King St., from Washington to Union sts, 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 300 artists from the US 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.

A Streetcar Named Desire
September 13-28, 2014
Wed-Sat at 8pm and Sun at 3pm
$19-$22, plus service fees
Little Theatre of Alexandria
600 Wolfe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

This Pulitzer-Prize winning American masterpiece by Tennessee Williams will transport you to hot, steamy New Orleans, just after World War II. An electrifying battle of wills ignites between Southern belle and fading beauty Blanche DuBois and her working class brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Friction continues to escalate when Blanche witnesses the turmoil of her sister's marriage to Stanley. This classic and tragic play grapples with the deepest, most persistent challenges of our never-ending quest for connection: love and desire, sex and violence, loss and loneliness.

7th Annual Old Town Boutique District Scavenger Hunt
September 18-21, 2014
During regular store hours
Boutiques throughout Alexandria, VA

To celebrate its anniversary, the Old Town Boutique District will hold its 7th annual Scavenger Hunt. From Thursday to Sunday, visit all of the Old Town Boutique District stores and get your passport stamped to receive goodies and enter for a chance to win big prizes!

Mount Vernon Colonial Market & Fair
September 20-21, 2014
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
George Washington's Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
Event included with general admission ($17/adult, $8/children, free/ages 5 and under)

The annual Colonial Market & Fair at Mount Vernon features dozens of America's finest craftspeople and family fun. Fifty colonial-attired artisans will demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leatherworkings, weavings, furniture and much more. "General Washington" will be on hand overseeing the lively Revolutionary War military drills and 18th-century entertainment including music, fire-eating, sword-swallowing, puppet and magic shows, while costumed interpreters will demonstrate the 18th-century chocolate-making process using an authentic colonial recipe. This weekend only, Potomac River sightseeing cruises, courtesy of Spirit Cruises and the Potomac Riverboat Co. are free of charge.

Historic Alexandria Homes Tour
September 27, 2014
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Advance/$35, Day-of/$40

For the 73rd 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. Tickets are $35 each in advance and may be purchased online through September 25th. Thereafter, tickets will be $40 and available at The Twig's Thrift Shop (106 N. Columbus St.) or at various locations to be determined. Proceeds will go to Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
October 3-5, 2014
6-9 p.m.
George Washington's Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
$38/Friday and Sunday, $44/Saturday

Enjoy live blues, tours of Mount Vernon's basement where George Washington stored his wine, plus spectacular views of the Potomac River while sampling wine from 16 Virginia wineries. Visitors learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father's wine endeavors and meet "George and Martha Washington" on the mansion's piazza.

Art on Tap
October 3, 2014
7-10:30 p.m.
$35 ($45 after September 19)
Art League Gallery at the Torpedo Factory
105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA
Seven craft beers from six 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 numerous brew, bite, and artwork trifectas on Friday, October 3 from 7:00 to 10:30 pm at The Art League's first 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 and the end of the event! Featuring live music by Shark Week and Greenland.

Art on the Avenue
October 4, 2014
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22314

This annual family-friendly festival includes more than 300 juried artists selling handmade wares across ten blocks of Del Ray's Mount Vernon Avenue, along with four stages for live entertainment plus food vendors and interactive art activities.

Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon
October 5, 2014
Race starts at 7 a.m.
From George Washington's Mount Vernon to National Harbor, MD
Registration/$105 (price increases to $115 on October 4th)
Ranked amongst the top 27 best half marathons in the United States by Runners World magazine, this 13.1-mile foot race sanctioned by USA Track & Field treats runners to eight-plus miles of the beautifully scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, which arches over the Potomac River. This race benefits several non-profit organizations and is supported by various local and national running, civic and business organizations. Registration fee includes parking and bus transportation.

19th Annual Art Safari
October 11, 2014
Noon-4 p.m.
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314

The Torpedo Factory Art Center will host the eighteenth annual Alexandria Arts Safari, a day of hands-on craft activities for kids and their families such as the clay experience, arts safari painting, collage, origami, giant papier-mache animals, block printing, fun with recycled plastics and more! The Art League will present their popular Gallery Scavenger Hunt while the Alexandria Archaeological Museum will present a painting and coloring activity with patterns from 18th- and 19th-century pottery. Children should arrive with big imaginations and wearing clothing that can get a little dirty. Most activities are appropriate for children kindergarten age and above with parental supervision.

Ghost & Graveyard Special Halloween Tour
October 24, 2014
7-9 p.m.
Tours begin at Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Adults/$15, kids between the ages of 7-17/$7

For one night only, Alexandria Colonial Tours will end its special Halloween tour in the very room where one of Alexandria's most mysterious women became a ghost. Weave your way through some of Alexandria's most haunted locations hearing tales of this historic city's past and end in the bedroom of the "Female Stranger" at Gadsby's Tavern Museum. Tours will run every 15 minutes. Reservations are suggested and tickets can be purchased online or in person. Partial proceeds benefit Gadsby's Tavern Museum.

18th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade
October 26, 2014
2 p.m. (Participants should meet on Mount Vernon Ave. south of Bellefonte Ave. prior to 2 p.m.)
Mount Vernon and Commonwealth aves, Alexandria, VA 22314

Don your best Halloween costume and march in the 18th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade, which historically has attracted thousands of participants. Adults, children and dogs are all welcome to join.

Bark or Treat Halloween Canine Cruise
October 30, 2014
7 p.m.
Alexandria City Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314
$15/adults, $9/children, dogs ride free

The Potomac Riverboat Company invites guests with costumed-pup in tow to cruise around the Potomac River on this 40-minute ride to Halloween tunes. Halloween doggie treats will be provided, as well as a photographer to capture the morning's festivities.

.US National 12K
November 16, 2014
Start time TBA
Begins and ends in Oronoco Bay Park, Alexandria, VA 22314
Registration/$55, Members, military and police/$50 (prices increase over time)

Open to runners of all abilities, the .US National 12K will unite road racers and local fitness enthusiasts with some of the best athletes USA Track & Field has to offer, on a course through Alexandria. Runners and families can enjoy a kid fun run, live entertainment and a beer garden. Festival is dog-friendly.

Minutes from Washington, DC and located along the scenic Potomac waterfront, Alexandria offers cosmopolitan shopping and dining against a backdrop of 18th- and 19th-century architecture. Named a "Top ArtPlace" for its dedication to maintaining a thriving artistic and cultural scene, the city houses renowned art galleries, theater companies and music halls. Once home to George Washington and key players throughout American history, Alexandria combines its rich history with award-winning restaurants, chic boutiques and ever-evolving arts to create an extraordinary getaway destination.

Connect with us!
Web www.visitalexandriava.com
Blog blog.visitalexandriava.com
Facebook www.facebook.com/VisitAlexandriaVA
Twitter www.twitter.com/alexandriava
Instagram www.instagram.com/VisitAlexVA#
Hashtag #ExtraordinaryALX