If you’re on vacation, there’s no better way to get to know an area than by following the locals. In Alexandria’s colorful Del Ray neighborhood, family, creativity and locally-owned are the name of the game, with tons of shops, events and restaurants dotting the streets, that are both great for newcomers and beloved by residents. Continue reading
Calling all creatives and popcorn-enthusiasts! Feeling corny? Popped! Republic, the pop-ular popcorn truck seen rolling around Washington, DC has created a brand new flavor, and is in search of a name that’ll pay homage to the company’s hometown—Alexandria! Continue reading
Work is done and school is out, which can only mean one thing: it’s the weekend! What better way to celebrate than by noshing at a family-favorite food & wine festival, chatting with a former president or getting your comedy on with an improv show? If you’re in search of some great activities for this weekend, look no further:
Retrosessionists Comedy Improv
Friday June 20, 2014 at 8 p.m.
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street
I know you love to laugh (because you’re human), but laughing while amidst an art gallery in a gorgeous Greek Revival building? One, please. At this special nighttime event, enjoy off-the-cuff improv by a local theatre troupe plus a cash bar starting at 7:30 p.m.
Alexandria Food & Wine Festival
Saturday June 21, 2014 from 12-5 p.m.
John Carlyle Square, 300 John Carlyle Street
At this 3rd annual event, foodies can sample dishes from local eateries and sip on Virginia wines while enjoying live entertainment (there’s even a children’s corner to keep the kids content!). Throughout the day, restaurants will compete for the best appetizer, main course and dessert, as voted on by local personalities.
Hand’s On History Tent: A Privateer’s Life for Me!
Saturday June 21, 2014 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax Street
At this free event, stop by Carlyle House for the annual Hand’s On History Tent, where kids can choose between becoming a privateer or a pirate (choose wisely, young grasshoppers) and participate in activities like candle dipping, flag making and boat building.
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Photo by the Alexandria Food & Wine Festival
On June 29, 2012, a wild thunderstorm known as a “derecho” whipped through the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, destroying homes and businesses, and leaving millions without power. Alexandria was no different—lights went out across the city, which down in the West End’s Port City Brewing Co. meant 13,000 gallons of beer were in jeopardy. Continue reading
After more than 260 years on the map, Alexandria has not only hosted American presidents (ever heard of George Washington?) but become an award-winning cultural hotspot filled with killer restaurants, independent boutiques and an incredible arts and cultural scene. You’ve found yourself here, but where to begin? Continue reading
This spring from May 19-25, the GI Film Festival, aka “Sundance for the Troops” made its way to the historic Old Town Theater in Old Town Alexandria, bringing with it more than 50 film screenings and premieres, as well as a star-studded red carpet. Continue reading
Whether you’re looking for ways to relax after a long week, or find that balance needed for a healthy lifestyle, Alexandria is filled with fun, heart-pumping (and sometimes heart-pumpingly delicious) activities to relax and recharge. Continue reading
With such close proximity to Washington, DC, it’s no wonder a United States president (or two, or three) have been known to frequent Alexandria’s historic streets. Continue reading
Where better to soak up the summer sun than along Alexandria’s scenic waterfront? Along the Potomac, visitors and locals alike delight in ice cold drinks, lively festivals and outdoor activities as they stroll down historic streets and bask in the city’s extraordinary culture. Continue reading