Spring Events in Alexandria, VA March 18, 2015

Spring Events in Alexandria, VA 

Blossoms, Boats and Historic Tours

Alexandria, VA - As the cherry blossoms bloom in Washington, DC, seasonal activities abound just across the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia, where the city's scenic waterfront and historic home and garden tours make the perfect setting for a springtime getaway.

Celebrate DC's National Cherry Blossom Festival in Alexandria with a scenic cruise on the water taxi from Old Town to the National Mall, or peek into historic homes on the Alexandria Historic Homes & Gardens Tour for glimpses of flowers blooming in lush gardens. Embark on the baseball boat to Nationals Stadium from Old Town for the ballgame or explore rarely-seen spaces at historic sites on Historic Alexandria's Attics and Alleys Tour. Whether it's stocking up on a new spring wardrobe with trendy finds from chic boutiques or packing a picnic with delectable treats for an afternoon at a waterfront park, Alexandria's colorful palette of springtime activities combined with seasonal hotel packages create unique family-friendly spring breaks and rejuvenating weekend escapes.

For more spring activities in Alexandria, see www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/spring
Check out spring hotel packages at www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/hotels/deals

Water Taxi to National Mall: Cherry Blossom Festival Service
March 21-April 12, 2015
Departing at 11:10 a.m., 1:35 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
Cameron & Union sts., Alexandria, VA 22314
Adults: $28 round-trip, $14 one-way. Children under 12: $16 round-trip, $8 one-way

During Cherry Blossom season, the Potomac Riverboat Company offers a 30-minute direct water taxi between Old Town Alexandria and the National Mall in Washington, DC, every day of the week. The boat docks at Ohio & West Basin Drive SW, just steps from the Tidal Basin, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and a Capital Bikeshare station. The water taxi to the National Mall runs through the fall on a varying schedule.


16th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Lee-Fendall House
April 3-5, 2015
Egg hunts begin at Friday, 3 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314
$12 kids (10 and under); $5 adults

To celebrate Easter, the Lee-Fendall House Museum's gardens will be filled with hundreds of colorful, toy-filled Easter eggs, in addition to activities like crafts, snacks and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Open to children ages 10 and under and their families. Tickets available online.

Baseball Boat to Nationals Park
April 4-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 Opening Day
April 7, 2015
5-8 p.m.
Jackson 20 and Hotel Monaco Alexandria, 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 will kick off this spring on April 7 and continue on Tuesdays through October, offering specials on handcrafted cocktails and beers plus treats and water for canine companions. 15% of proceeds benefit P.A.L. (People. Animals. Love.)

Dare to Think Heroically: Jeremy Denk with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
April 11, 2015 at 8 p.m. and April 12, 2015 at 3 p.m.
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, 4915 E. Campus Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314
Youth (18 and under) $5, Student (with ID) $10, Adults $20-$80

World-renowned pianist Jeremy Denk, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America's 2014 "Instrumentalist of the Year," takes the ASO stage in April, performing the Bartok Piano Concerto No. 3. Maestro Kim Allen Kluge also leads the orchestra in classic works by Strauss and Wagner alongside music from Hans Zimmer's Academy Award-nominated score, Gladiator (2000).

82nd Annual Alexandria Historic Homes & Garden Tour
April 18, 2015
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Old Town Alexandria
$40 in advance; $45 day of; $25 for single sites

Celebrating the 82nd anniversary of Historic Garden Week in Virginia, this tour features privately owned Old Town homes and gardens plus historic properties like the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, Carlyle House Historic Park and George Washington's Mount Vernon, offering visitors the rare opportunity to see behind the brick walls into some of the most gorgeous residences in this unique neighborhood. Tickets and information available at the Alexandria Visitors Center (221 King St.).

Carlyle House Garden Day Herb & Craft Sale
April 18, 2015
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Event free; $5 to tour house; free tours with Alexandria Garden Day ticket

Celebrate spring with the Friends of Carlyle House's Annual Garden Day Herb & Craft Sale, where culinary and decorative herbs and plants from Mount Vernon and Layng & Company will be available for purchase. Listen to performances by area musicians throughout the day, bring your garden questions to our Master Gardeners, and shop for items made by local artisans and crafters. There is a pre-sale of plants only on Friday, April 17 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.


Spring2ACTion: Alexandria's Biggest Day of Giving
April 22, 2015
Times vary
Alexandria, VA 22314

Spring2ACTion celebrates its fifth year with the goal of engaging 10,000 donors to raise $1,000,000+ to support local charities in 24 hours. More than 30 participating local shops and restaurants are joining Spring2ACTion by donating up to 20% of purchases to any school or charity the customer chooses. To sweeten the deal, the Old Town Boutique District will award $500 to the school or charity that rallies the most customers to one of its member stores. Customers need only mention "Spring2ACTion" when paying.

Historic Alexandria Attics and Alleys Tours
May 2-30, 2015
Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon
Departs from Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314 or Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
$35 (Advanced reservations required)

The curious are invited to visit rarely seen spaces at four of Alexandria's historic sites on this special three-hour walking tour of Gadsby's Tavern Museum, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden and Carlyle House Historic Park. Tickets reserved online at www.Shop.Alexandria.gov.

Free Mother's Day Museum Tours
May 10, 2015
1-5 p.m. at Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314 (Mothers free) and 1-4 p.m. at Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314 (Free)

In honor of Mother's Day, moms enjoy free admission to two of Alexandria's premiere historic sites. At the Friendship Firehouse Museum, mothers will receive a complimentary family photo.

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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