Ask an Insider: Best Places for Live Music in Alexandria

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.

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10 Can’t-Miss Fall Art Events in Alexandria

Known by locals and visitors for its vibrant art scene, Alexandria is home to some extraordinary art events and venues for everyone from film fanatics to craft lovers, music enthusiasts to theatre fans and everyone in between. With the fall festival season upon us, we’ve rounded up our top 10 can’t-miss fall art events throughout Alexandria. Looking for some creative inspiration, the perfect gift, a date idea or a good show? Check out our list for fun fall ideas.

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Things to Do in South Old Town Alexandria

Think “Old Town Alexandria” and visions of bustling King Street come right to mind. But step off King and explore the southern part of the neighborhood to find a treasure trove hidden gems and local favorites, from top restaurants to historical hotspots, waterfront parks to yoga boutiques, this neighborhood has something for everyone.

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Alexandria This Fall

Autumn looks good on Alexandria, where fall foliage frames historic red brick buildings, art festivals fill the streets and farmers’ markets overflow with fresh seasonal produce and handmade artisan wares. Continue reading

Your Videos: Wish You Were Here in Alexandria

We recently asked Instagrammers to post a video showing us what they love about Alexandria for our Wish You Were Here In Alexandria contest. The results were amazing! Creative, thoughtful, and fun videos, all showing the best of the city we all love.

View the winning video and the runner-up, followed by other entries in no particular order. We love them all!

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Gotta Catch ‘Em All: Top 5 ‘Pokémon Go’ Stops in Alexandria

If you wanna be the very best at Pokémon Go, Alexandria is the perfect place to catch ’em all. Whether you just downloaded the game or you’ve leveled up to double-digits, this walkable city offers plenty of opportunity to pocket more Pokémon, even some rare ones.

Keep reading for our top 5 ‘Pokémon Go’ Stops in Alexandria.

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Your Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale Questions Answered

Heads up, shopaholics—hot deals are headed your way at this year’s Alexandria Sidewalk Sale. On Saturday and Sunday, August 13 & 14, 2016, more than 50 Alexandria shops will offer deep discounts on sought-after merchandise like high-end shoes and mid-century furniture, children’s toys and home décor in this city known for its unique independent boutiques. You can even snag free parking at city meters thanks to the City of Alexandria!

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Things to do in Alexandria’s Carlyle Neighborhood

Alexandria’s Carlyle neighborhood near the George Washington Masonic National Memorial is the perfect blend of locally-known hidden gems and contemporary conveniences, all in one walkable neighborhood. Home to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum as well as African American heritage sites and locally-loved restaurants, we’ve rounded up our can’t-miss Carlyle stops so you can spend a day exploring the neighborhood. Continue reading

Take 5 with: The Bacon Brothers

Last year, The Bacon Brothers stole our hearts when they performed a pop-up concert at Sugar Shack Donuts to support a good cause. This summer, Michael and Kevin Bacon are coming back to Alexandria for a three-night stand at The Birchmere, and we had a chance to connect with the brotherly rock duo to ask what they love about Alexandria and what fans can expect while they play at The Birchmere from July 22-24, 2016. Here are our five takeaways from The Bacon Brothers:

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19 Dog-Friendly Things to Do in Alexandria

Alexandria has certainly earned its place among America’s top dog-friendly cities. One out of every four Alexandria residents is a dog (yes, we know dogs are people too), and in this pup-ular town, dog-lovers find no shortage of dog parks, doggy boutiques and even Doggy Happy Hours. From Old Town to Del Ray, it’s dog days in Alexandria all year-round—and we’re not complaining. Continue reading