Take a Walking Tour of Del Ray’s Murals in Alexandria, VA

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.

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Your Guide to Fall Leaf Peeping in Alexandria

Alexandria is nationally known for its historic houses and museums, but a lesser known claim-to-fame has been hiding in the shadows and streets of these buildings for centuries: some of the biggest trees in the country and commonwealth of Virginia. Our city is home to over 100 champion or notable trees. With foliage expected to peak in Virginia over the next few weeks, we’ve compiled an introductory guide to larger-than-life leaf peeping in Alexandria. Whether you’re looking for an all-out “tree-o-caching” adventure or a simple scenic drive along the Potomac, there are extraordinary options for everyone to enjoy the fall foliage. Continue reading

20 Halloween Events in Alexandria This October

Halloween in Alexandria is so legendary, one day is not enough to experience all of the eclectic tricks and treats throughout October. Whether you’re in search of hair-raising haunts, family fun, or simply want to satisfy your sweet-tooth, celebrate “witch-ever” way you prefer all month long with these eekstraordinary parties, tours, events and more.

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6 Alexandria Sites that Complement National Museum of African American History and Culture

The highly anticipated Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on the National Mall on September 24, 2016 to powerful reviews from visitors. In just a few days on October 1, another thread in African American history will be told at Mount Vernon with the opening of the ground-breaking exhibition called “Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon” focusing on the personal stories of Mount Vernon’s enslaved people.

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Things to Do in Seminary Hill in Alexandria’s West End

Alexandria is most known to visitors for historic Old Town, but is made up of many neighborhoods that offer a rich experience of local flavor. Venture into the city’s West End to the Seminary Hill neighborhood for history, outdoor sanctuaries, innovative arts and hidden gems just off the beaten path. The neighborhood is even home to T.C. Williams High School, whose football team inspired the movie “Remember the Titans.” Whether you have a few hours or a weekend, we’ve rounded up our favorite things to do in this West End neighborhood including the best restaurants, outdoor activities and local favorites.

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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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11 Spots for Creative Comfort Food in Alexandria

Alexandria is known for its chef-driven restaurant scene, with endless options for every palate and price range. But sometimes, all you crave is your favorite home-cooked comfort food. Luckily, in Alexandria you can get classic comfort foods with creative culinary twists like a short rib grilled cheese, a fried chicken breakfast sandwich or a banh mi hot dog.

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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