Alexandria, Virginia, located just minutes from Washington, D.C., is chock-full of free fun for all ages and interests. Here’s our go-to guide for more than 50 totally free things to do in Alexandria, including local favorites.
The booming dining scene in the historic waterfront city of Alexandria, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., continues to flourish with world champion barbecue, historic recipe beer, and chef-driven concepts with Asian flavors. Increasing trends in creative comfort food and in dessert and sweets spots wind through the city’s largely independent culinary scene, enticing those seeking a crave-worthy experience.
We’ve rounded up the new and noteworthy restaurants in the Port City to keep you in the know of the most buzz-worthy food spots in Alexandria.
Alexandria’s holiday season is in full swing, and there’s plenty of exciting family-fun to be had by all. To help find the best things to do with kids during the holidays, we asked local parents about their favorite family holiday traditions in this historic city. Don’t have kids? Don’t worry, there’s no age requirement for these fun activities—grab a few friends and find your inner child.
Alexandria, Virginia is known as the city that’s “minutes from Washington, DC, yet a world away,” and when we say “a world away,” we mean it. Around every corner is a picturesque cobblestone streetscape, a surprising architectural detail, or a classic-style pub, all reminiscent of Europe—without the jet lag. Travel blogger Brianna from Casual Travelist said of Alexandria, “It’s a great walking city and much more European in style than many of the other East coast cities.”
Been searching for St. Patrick’s Day plans in the D.C. region? Luckily you just found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow—we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Irish-inspired festivities and food specials happening this month in Alexandria to help you go green in a big way:
Alexandria is well-known for making history, and 2016 will definitely be one for the record books. The new year brings a new, national PBS drama series based on real events of Civil War Alexandria; a continued waterfront renaissance; and new restaurants and “Brew News” that have foodies and beer-enthusiasts buzzing about Alexandria. Keep reading for all the details about what’s happening in 2016.
When Alexandria’s grassroots #CraveYourLocal campaign kicked off a couple of weeks ago, we asked you, our loyal followers, what you crave about the holidays in our historic city. Alexandria is famous for its holiday traditions and events, and was recently named one of the Best Cities to Visit For Christmas. So it should come as no surprise that many of you crave the twinkle-lit trees, magical holiday decorations, and local boutiques during the holiday season. Keep reading to see what social media users, locals and visitors crave in Alexandria—you might just see your answer! And keep using #CraveYourLocal for more opportunities to be featured on the blog and social media channels.
This holiday season, make your shopping experience memorable and worry-free in Alexandria, the DC region’s Shop Small Headquarters. Over 80% of the shops in Old Town and Del Ray are independently owned—which means you can find the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for everyone on your “nice list”, all in one weekend.
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.