Portside in Old Town Festival Oct. 12-14 Kicks Off Portside in Old Town Waterfront Programming October 1, 2018

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Portside in Old Town Festival Oct. 12-14 Kicks Off
Portside in Old Town Waterfront Programming Series

NEW LOCATION – Waterfront Park and Alexandria City Marina

Alexandria, VA – Alexandria’s Portside in Old Town Festival October 12 to 14, 2018, kicks off the city’s new waterfront programming series, Portside in Old Town. 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 event will now take place at Waterfront Park and the Alexandria City Marina. Due to extraordinary weather circumstances causing flooding that delayed construction, the new park space at the foot of King Street will not be ready to open to the public, but the festival will move forward on October 12 to 14 in the adjacent waterfront spaces close to King Street. The new park space is expected to open later this fall.

The Portside in Old Town Festival lineup also includes an LED light performance by Incandescent Entertainment 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. Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, will highlight Jamestown’s 17th-century history as well as 400-year milestones being observed during Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution. 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.

Fall and Holiday Portside Plans

The Portside in Old Town Festival kicks off the Portside in Old Town programming series, 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. 

More events this fall include the Waterfront Beer Garden from Port City Brewing Company taking place two additional Saturdays (October 20 during Alexandria Seaport Day as well as on October 27); Alexandria Seaport Day on October 20 featuring live music, a boat show, boat building, children’s activities, beer and wine and an “Anything That Floats” Race; and a Portside Cinema outdoor screening of film shorts on November 8 presented by the Alexandria Film Festival. The Office of Historic Alexandria presents Portside History every Saturday October 13 to November 17, with free hands-on activities and pop-up displays about Alexandria’s maritime history featuring weekly themes including archaeology, music, fashion and more. Register for Alexandria Archaeology’s ticketed waterfront walking tours on Saturdays or join a free Walking with Washington Tour on October 27 to explore important Old Town sites associated with George Washington.

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 interactive 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 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.

Calendar Listings

Portside in Old Town Festival
October 12 to 14, 2018
NEW LOCATION: Waterfront Park, 1A Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Free admission; $ for food and drink
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Alexandria’s Portside in Old Town Festival kicks off the city’s new waterfront programming series, Portside in Old Town. Festival-goers will enjoy free tours of the tall ship Godspeed at the Alexandria City Marina plus a waterfront beer garden from Port City Brewing Company, a pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso plus live music and history, art and fitness activities at Waterfront Park.

The festival lineup also includes an LED light performance by Incandescent Entertainment 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. Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, will highlight Jamestown’s 17th-century history as well as 400-year milestones being observed during Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution. 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.

Godspeed Tall Ship Tours
FRIDAY TOURS ADDED:
October 12 to 14, 2018
Alexandria City Marina, 0 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Free admission
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Part of the Portside in Old Town Festival, take a free tour of 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.” Visitors can board the Godspeed to learn about Jamestown’s history, new experiences at Jamestown Settlement, and events and programs planned as part of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution. Tours are first-come, first-served and not ticketed. Tour times: Fri., Oct. 12, 3 to 6 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 13, 1 to 6 p.m.; Sun. Oct. 14, 12 to 5 p.m.

Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company 

  • Friday to Sunday, October 12 to 14, 2018, part of the Portside in Old Town Festival

THE FOLLOWING TWO WEEKEND DATES HAVE CHANGED TO SATURDAY ONLY:

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018, part of Seaport Day
  • Saturday, October 27, 2018

NEW LOCATION: Waterfront Park, 1A Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
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This October, raise a glass on Alexandria’s waterfront 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, DJs, American Beer History Trivia and more, plus bites from local restaurants. 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. 

About Portside in Old Town and the King Street Corridor Initiative
Portside in Old Town programming is part of the King Street Corridor Initiative, a partnership focusing on beautification, programming and marketing of Alexandria’s historic downtown corridor, spearheaded by the City of Alexandria and Visit Alexandria. 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. 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 is further supported by a $25,000 grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program for the launch of Alexandria’s expanded waterfront and downtown experience. 

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