In Alexandria, the most wonderful time of the year brings out the best of our city’s historic streets—store windows sparkle with festive displays, Old Town homes boast seasonal greenery and the mayor and Santa Claus will light Alexandria’s holiday tree in Market Square. From the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade to Waterskiing Santa, Alexandria is packed full of authentic holiday traditions, old and new in 2016. Continue reading
Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood is an eclectic and walkable neighborhood filled with an extraordinary art scene. From the architecture and art galleries to the extensive murals around every corner, Del Ray is a great place to spark your creativity.
Visit Alexandria recently hosted an #InstaMeetALX for a photo walk of Del Ray’s murals, with each one telling a different story about Del Ray and its history and culture. If you missed out, we’ve got you covered with this fun walking tour of murals in Del Ray featuring some of our favorite shots from the photo walk. You can make a day of exploring Del Ray’s street art, with no shortage of awesome restaurants to fuel your adventure along the way. You can start at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center and work your way south on Mount Vernon Avenue, or start at Junction Bakery & Bistro and work your way north.
With the 2nd Annual Alexandria Live Music Week coming up September 30-October 8, 2016, we asked some of our favorite local insiders for the best places to catch live music in Alexandria. Whether you’re looking for a place to see big names in music, enjoy a drink with friends, or hit the dance floor, Alexandria has everything from The Birchmere: America’s Legendary Music Hall, named “the best listening club in America” by The Washington Post, to intimate outdoor acoustic sets on the patio in all different music genres.
Visitors in Old Town love to admire Alexandria’s beautiful cobblestone streets, but looking up also has its rewards—our city boasts an astonishing collection of historic architecture with unique and interesting features. With 2016 Virginia Architecture Week happening April 9-16 and warmer, longer days, now is the perfect time to take a walk through Old Town to explore the extraordinary architecture around every corner. You can also sign up for the popular Walking Tour of Historic Alexandria this Sunday, April 10 for a more in-depth experience.
Alexandria is one of America’s most historic haunts, making this Halloween weekend a can’t-miss fall fright. Been too “wrapped up” to make Halloween plans? Don’t be scared, even if you’re a mummy, we’ve got you covered with these spooky and kooky Halloween weekend picks.
This fall, get outside and explore Alexandria’s vibrant neighborhoods by visiting our farmers’ markets, conveniently dispersed throughout the city. Each market offers its own, unique glimpse into Alexandria’s character, with something for everyone to fall in love with and take home (unless, of course, you eat it first). Whether you’re a longtime resident or just visiting for the weekend, we’ve compiled a roundup of farmers’ markets in Alexandria so you can experience each one like a local.
On Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, King Street from Washington Street to the waterfront will be transformed into an outdoor gallery with original work by more than 200 artists – from paintings, sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, and ceramics – there is something for everyone in every price range.
“Arlandria” may sound like a magical land in a fairy tale, but the Alexandria neighborhood just north of Del Ray is very real, authentic and off the beaten path. Continue reading