When you think summer, you think fireworks, ice cream and the National Anthem sung at every baseball game. These things have ties to a war that’s usually one paragraph in history books – the War of 1812. 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
Who says patriotic parties end after the Fourth? Not Alexandrians! This weekend, visitors are in for treats of epic proportions, featuring Alexandria’s birthday celebration (equipped with waterfront fireworks, of course) and a massive Civil War reenactment at Fort Ward, plus a first ever pub crawl brought to you by Port City Brewing Co. Continue reading
As an Alexandrian, I’d like to think I know of everything going on here (don’t we all?) but it’s true, some things have gotten past me — including the Potomac Riverboat Co.’s Baseball Boat. But now that I’ve experienced its convenience and ease (not to mention gorgeous riverside views) firsthand, it won’t happen again. Continue reading
Who says you need a car to get where you want to go? As Washington, DC’s coolest neighbor, we know a thing or two about ditching those four wheels for a quick trip into the nation’s capital. Continue reading
If you’re on vacation, there’s no better way to get to know an area than by following the locals. In Alexandria’s colorful Del Ray neighborhood, family, creativity and locally-owned are the name of the game, with tons of shops, events and restaurants dotting the streets, that are both great for newcomers and beloved by residents. Continue reading
Work is done and school is out, which can only mean one thing: it’s the weekend! What better way to celebrate than by noshing at a family-favorite food & wine festival, chatting with a former president or getting your comedy on with an improv show? If you’re in search of some great activities for this weekend, look no further:
Retrosessionists Comedy Improv
Friday June 20, 2014 at 8 p.m.
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street
I know you love to laugh (because you’re human), but laughing while amidst an art gallery in a gorgeous Greek Revival building? One, please. At this special nighttime event, enjoy off-the-cuff improv by a local theatre troupe plus a cash bar starting at 7:30 p.m.
Alexandria Food & Wine Festival
Saturday June 21, 2014 from 12-5 p.m.
John Carlyle Square, 300 John Carlyle Street
At this 3rd annual event, foodies can sample dishes from local eateries and sip on Virginia wines while enjoying live entertainment (there’s even a children’s corner to keep the kids content!). Throughout the day, restaurants will compete for the best appetizer, main course and dessert, as voted on by local personalities.
Hand’s On History Tent: A Privateer’s Life for Me!
Saturday June 21, 2014 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax Street
At this free event, stop by Carlyle House for the annual Hand’s On History Tent, where kids can choose between becoming a privateer or a pirate (choose wisely, young grasshoppers) and participate in activities like candle dipping, flag making and boat building.
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Photo by the Alexandria Food & Wine Festival
After more than 260 years on the map, Alexandria has not only hosted American presidents (ever heard of George Washington?) but become an award-winning cultural hotspot filled with killer restaurants, independent boutiques and an incredible arts and cultural scene. You’ve found yourself here, but where to begin? Continue reading
This spring from May 19-25, the GI Film Festival, aka “Sundance for the Troops” made its way to the historic Old Town Theater in Old Town Alexandria, bringing with it more than 50 film screenings and premieres, as well as a star-studded red carpet. Continue reading