Alexandria, Virginia, located on the Potomac River waterfront within eyesight of Washington, D.C., comes to life each spring with an arts scene as vibrant as the cherry blossoms. From gallery parties inside the world-famous Torpedo Factory Art Center with drinks inspired by the artwork to concerts at The Birchmere: America’s Legendary Music Hall, there’s something for every type of art enthusiast in the Port City this spring. Looking for some creative inspiration, the perfect gift, a date idea or a good show? We’ve got you covered with our top 11 can’t-miss spring art events happening in Alexandria in 2018.
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 11 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.
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.
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.
In 1968, a small group of artists was house-hunting in Alexandria. The Art League, founded in 1954, needed more space for its growing school and gallery, and an old tobacco warehouse on Cameron Street fit the bill. 60 years later, this group’s contributions to Alexandria’s then budding art scene would inspire thousands of artists to come. Continue reading
Five new galleries popped up along Alexandria’s waterfront, quite literally on the backs of artists. The Backpack Gallery project is exactly what it sounds like–a series of mini-galleries that are worn like a backpack, and can travel around to different locations, bringing art directly to the viewers. Continue reading