Portside in Old Town

Enjoy Portside in Old Town programming that activates the expanded new Waterfront Park area at the foot of King Street along the Alexandria waterfront. Visitors and residents are invited to enjoy free-to-the-public events and happenings throughout the year. Come see what’s new at the Washington, D.C. region’s most historic waterfront.

Events at the Waterfront

Waterfront Attractions

Expanded Waterfront Park

The expanded new Waterfront Park at the foot of King Street seamlessly connects Old Town’s historic retail corridor with the water. Visitors can enjoy four distinct areas—an open plaza, a waterfront promenade, shade structures and a modular space that can adapt to different purposes throughout the year. The park, which is adjoined to the original Waterfront Park, is designed for ongoing enjoyment and special activations and events.


Interactive Art Installation

Art lovers and Instagrammers have a new reason to head to the Old Town Alexandria waterfront. Mirror Mirror, a sound-responsive interactive public art installation, will be unveiled at the end of March as the new expansion of Waterfront Park opens at the foot of King Street. Mirror Mirror is a site-specific temporary installation by SOFTlab, a New York-based design studio led by artist and architect Michael Szivos. The artwork, which responds to sound with light, is on display through November. Visitors are encouraged to walk, dance, play and sing inside and around the 25-foot diameter, eight-foot tall art installation and be bathed in rainbow-hued light. The artwork draws inspiration from the prismatic lens used at Alexandria’s historic Jones Point Lighthouse—the Fresnel lens, considered the most advanced lens technology of the 1800s. Two original Fresnel lenses can be viewed at Alexandria’s History Museum at The Lyceum. Visitors can share their images of the artwork on social media by using the hashtag #mirrormirrorALX.

Mirror Mirror

Tall Ship Providence

Alexandria recently welcomed a new maritime history experience to the Old Town Alexandria waterfront. The tall ship Providence opens as a permanent attraction fall 2019 offering public tours, chartered cruises, educational programs, and beer cruises presented in partnership with Alexandria’s own Port City Brewing Company. 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, built in 1768, which was captained by John Paul Jones, the father of the U.S. Navy, under the leadership of General George Washington.

Tall Ship Providence

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Discover art in person and in progress at the nation’s largest collection of working artists’ open studios under one roof. A fully operational munitions plant during WWII, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is now home to 82 artists’ studios, seven galleries, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum and The Art League.

Torpedo Factory Portside


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