Dating back to 1749, Alexandria’s history is filled with remarkable stories and mysterious legends of spirits who still haunt the city’s brick-lined streets. And now, Halloween in Alexandria is so legendary that 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 a reason to dress your dog in costume, celebrate “witch-ever” way you prefer all month long with these eekstraordinary parties, tours, performances and more.
Founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria stands as a pioneer of early historic preservation efforts and is ranked the third oldest locally designated historic district in the U.S., following Charleston’s historic district and the French Quarter in New Orleans. A host of historic house museums highlight the beginnings of America, weaving the rich tapestry of the city’s history from 18th-century to the present. We’ve rounded up the top must-see historic houses and house museums in Alexandria, from our first president’s home to one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Usonian” masterpieces. There’s a unique story behind every door.
Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood is the D.C. region’s hometown, known as the place “Where Main Street Still Exists.” Made-for-strolling Mount Vernon Avenue buzzes with a booming scene of locally owned eateries, while eclectic shops, colorful murals and community events like Art on the Avenue lend an artsy vibe. The neighborhood is also known as “Well Ray” for its thriving scene of holistic health businesses. Del Ray’s the place where neighbors know each other and you can still find an independent butcher, hardware store and pharmacy all on one street. The best way to experience a neighborhood like Del Ray? Like a local, of course. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite things to do here. Whether you’re spending an hour or a weekend, we’ve got you covered.
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.
Minutes from Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria’s red brick sidewalks hum with over 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums, dynamic arts and happenings at the waterfront. Whether you’ve got a day or an entire weekend to spend in Alexandria, watch our video on the Top 5 Must-Sees for all the can’t-miss things to do while you’re visiting.
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
Just outside of D.C. on the Potomac River, Alexandria offers visitors a chance to escape to the great outdoors without leaving town. AAA named Alexandria one of the “Ten Most Walkable Cities” in the country, but if a walk isn’t enough exercise, hiking and biking trails wind along the waterfront with breathtaking views of the Potomac River, with plenty of parks, nature trails, and specialty activities like golf, sailing, basketball, volleyball, yoga, birding and more. Whether you’re in town for the weekend or live in the D.C. region, keep reading for a roundup of some of the best activities for outdoor enthusiasts in Alexandria.
Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, located just minutes from Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River waterfront, is one of the region’s top destinations for shopping, filled with locally-owned boutiques and national retailers. It’s also a haven for unexpected and hands-on shopping experiences in maker spaces and at specialty boutiques. We’ve rounded up our favorite shops in Old Town where you can do more than shop, with special happenings like workshops, tastings, fitness activities, readings and much more. Keep reading to see our favorites!