World-Class Art Festival Celebrates 16 Years During Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival August 3, 2018

Media Contacts:
Elizabeth Dashiell, Howard Alan Events
561-543-8276; palmbeachpr@yahoo.com  

Claire Mouledoux, Visit Alexandria
703-652-5367; cmouledoux@visitalexva.com

World-Class Art Festival Celebrates 16 Years During
Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival September 15-16

More than 200 local and national artists showcasing thousands of works, a beer and wine garden and ice cream bowl fundraiser highlight fun-filled, free festival

ALEXANDRIA, VA (August 5, 2018) – Historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia just minutes from Washington, D.C., will transform into an art-lover's paradise September 15-16 during the 16th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival. Ranked by Sunshine Artists Magazine as one of the top art festivals in the nation, more than 200 local and national artists are set to display their works in a prestigious show encompassing fine jewelry, exquisite works of art and handcrafted apparel and decor. During this community festival, art enthusiasts discover spectacular paintings, life-sized sculptures, jewelry, glasswork, photography, ceramics and more. More than $15 million in art will be on display during the two-day, outdoor art gallery event. All artists will be on site for the duration of the festival, allowing visitors to discover the inspiration behind each original piece.

A variety of interactive activities will be offered throughout the weekend, including The Art League’s popular Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser. Patrons can purchase one of 1,400 handmade bowls created by the talented artists of The Art League’s ceramics department and enjoy a scoop of ice cream, all for only $15 per bowl, with the proceeds benefiting The Art League. Participants in the Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser may enter a free drawing to win ceramic artwork and an Art League gift certificate.

There is even more art to be found across Union Street at the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Beer & Wine Torpedo Garden, happening from 11 am-4 pm each day of the festival. Visitors can enjoy a sampling of craft beer and wine while exploring 82 working studios and seven galleries filled with handmade work by more than 165 local artists.

Stretching along King Street from Washington Street to the Potomac River waterfront, the 16th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival helms Alexandria’s vibrant arts and culture scene. Complete with an amazing array of culinary delights, stylish boutiques featuring scores of handmade art and jewelry plus historic sites all nestled amidst beautifully-preserved 18th- and early 19th-century architecture, Alexandria is the ideal artful getaway. With this popular festival spanning two days, visitors can take advantage of luxurious accommodations just steps from King Street and transform their festival experience into a creativity-filled weekend. See special hotel deals at www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/hotels

Presented by Howard Alan Events (HAE), producer of the nation’s finest juried art shows and hosted by the City of Alexandria, the 16th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival represents original, handcrafted artwork selected by an independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants. HAE’s careful vetting process also ensures a wide array of mediums and price ranges will be offered during the Festival. Admission for patrons is free, well-behaved pets on leashes are always welcomed and ample parking is available.

For Calendars:

WHAT: 16th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival
WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm    
WHERE: Old Town Alexandria on King Street from Washington Street to the Potomac River waterfront; navigational: 480 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
COST: Free and open to the public
WEBSITES:    www.artfestival.comwww.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/artfest 
CONTACT: Alexandria Visitor Center: 703-746-3301; Howard Alan Events: info@artfestival.com or 561-746-6615

CALENDAR LISTING:
16th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival on September 15-16. Historic King Street in Alexandria, Virginia, from Washington Street to the waterfront is transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original fine artwork by more than 200 artists from around the country. Enjoy live music, and interactive art activities, as well as The Art League’s Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser. Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Beer & Wine Torpedo Garden 11 am-4 pm both days of the festival. www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/artfest (703-746-3301) or www.ArtFestival.com (561-746-6615). Free.

Festival at-a-glance:

  • Juried, first-class outdoor art gallery showcasing local and national artists
  • Original handmade artwork
  • 200+ national artists
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • Ample parking available and pets on leashes welcome
  • Suitable for all ages - families, art enthusiasts and collectors
  • Live music
  • The Art League’s Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Beer & Wine Torpedo Garden 11 am-4 pm both days of the festival

About Howard Alan Events, Inc.:                
Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, produces the nation's top juried art and craft shows. Ranked among the Top 100 Art Fairs in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the 33-years established company has overseen art festivals in such noted cities as Aspen, CO; Asheville, NC; Sarasota, FL; Fort Lauderdale, FL and 40 other destination markets in the nation. For additional information on the 16th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615. 

About Alexandria, Virginia:
Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is home to more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. New restaurants tucked in to 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown ignite historic and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods as the waterfront district evolves with new energy. Learn more at www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com.

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Media Notes:

  • Festival promoter, Howard Alan, and various artists are available for advance interviews
  • To request interviews with participating artists and/or images of their work, contact Elizabeth Dashiell at palmbeachpr@yahoo.com or call 561-543-8276.
  • Information about art festival weekend activities as well as the fall arts season can be obtained by contacting Claire Mouledoux of Visit Alexandria at cmouledoux@visitalexva.com or 703-652-5367.