Portside in Old Town Festival

  • Oct 12, 2018 - Oct 14, 2018
  • Recurrence:
  • Recurring daily
  • Phone:
  • (703) 838-5005
  • Times:
  • Various throughout the weekend
  • Price:
  • Free admission; $ food and drink
  • Details

    In celebration of Old Town Alexandria’s new waterfront experience with the opening of a greatly expanded new park area at the foot of King Street and launch of the Portside in Old Town waterfront programming series, the Portside in Old Town Festival kicks off the fun with activities along the Potomac River October 12 to 14, 2018. 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 festival lineup also includes 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 craft project from AR Workshop, a free outdoor group fitness class from Sand & Steel Fitness and more. The tall ship Godspeed will be accompanied by special exhibits highlighting Jamestown’s history as well as Virginia’s 1619 American Evolution commemoration. 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.

    Friday, October 12

    3 to 6 p.m.                     Tall ship Godspeed tours
    5 to 7 p.m.                     Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company
    5 to 7 p.m.                     Pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso
    5 to 7 p.m.                     Dolci Gelati gelato cart
    5 to 7 p.m.                     DJ Laura Lopez
    7 to 10 p.m.                   The Late Shift: Folklore inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center
     

    Saturday, October 13

    12 to 5 p.m.                     Portside History activities presented by the Office of Historic Alexandria
    12 to 3 p.m.                     Portside Kids hands-on craft project presented by AR Workshop
    12 to 4 p.m.                     Art Safari artist-led hands-on kids’ activities inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center
    1 to 6 p.m.                       Tall ship Godspeed tours
    2 to 7 p.m.                       Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company
    2 to 7 p.m.                       Pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso
    2 to 7 p.m.                       Dolci Gelati gelato cart
    2 to 7 p.m.                       Live music 2 to 4 p.m. Carly Harvey Band (Blues/Soul), 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free Flowing Music Experience (Rock/Blues)
    7 to 7:30 p.m.                  LED light performance by Incandescent Entertainment presented by The Athenaeum

    Sunday, October 14

    9:30 to 10:30 a.m.           Portside Fitness with Sand & Steel Fitness: Combo Strength Training/Yoga
    9:30 to 10:30 a.m.           Portside Fitness with South Block juice pop-Up
    11 to 5 p.m.                     Portside History activities presented by the Office of Historic Alexandria
    12 to 5 p.m.                     Tall ship Godspeed tours
    12 to 4 p.m.                     Portside Arts activities presented by the Mobile Art Lab
    12 to 1 p.m.                     Portside Kids free kids’ pizza-making demo by Pizzeria Paradiso
    12 to 4 pm                       Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company
    12 to 4 pm                       Pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso
    12 to 4 pm                       Dolci Gelati gelato cart
    12 to 4 pm                       Pop-up exotic car exhibit to preview next year’s Alexandria Festival of Speed and Style
     

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Portside in Old Town Festival
  • October 12, 2018 to October 14, 2018
  • Free admission; $ food and drink
  • Recurring daily