Fall Essentials in Alexandria

In Alexandria, autumn is its own vibrant event, filled with arts and culture, spooky affairs and seasonal brews. Explore one of the city’s many performance and visual arts venues for the new 2014-2015 season and delight in musical theater, thought-provoking exhibits and live entertainment, or take to the outdoors for bike rides along the scenic Potomac waterfront and popular festivities at historic sites and along the city’s main avenues.

Because Alexandria brims with autumn activities, we’ve assembled a list of the city’s fall essentials to ensure you make the most of the year’s most colorful season.


1. Art on the Avenue


Take to Mount Vernon Avenue on October 4th for Del Ray’s premier art festival, featuring art and food vendors, live music and kid-friendly activities.


2. Fall Festivals and Events

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Watch Alexandria’s vibrant creative scene unfold during its most artful season and attend one of the city’s many art-centric events, from festivals to visual art exhibits, family-friendly gatherings and musical theater performances.


3. Fall Fashion

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Venture down to Alexandria’s trendy shopping scene, filled with independent boutiques and stylish favorites.


4. King Street Art Festival

Alexandria Fall Art Show

Drift along historic King Street and find more than 300 artists displaying their work, plus interactive art activities at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and The Art League’s popular Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser.


5. Farmers Markets


Pause into any of the city’s four farmers markets and find fresh, locally-grown produce, meats, cheeses and handmade arts and crafts.


6. Halloween


Celebrate the year’s spookiest holiday in the DC region’s Halloween hotspot with terrifyingly cool events, candy, costumes and family fun.


7. Mount Vernon Trail

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Weave down the Mount Vernon Trail along the scenic Potomac waterfront and enjoy a day outdoors at Oronoco Bay Park, the lighthouse at Jones Point or nearby George Washington’s Mount Vernon.


8. Autumn Sips


Taste Port City Brewing Co.’s special Oktoberfest brew, or sip Virginia wine along the dock at Waterfront Market or at one of Alexandria’s award-winning restaurants.


9. Fall Harvest Family Days at George Washington’s Mount Vernon


At George Washington’s historic estate, celebrate the fall season on October 25th and 26th with corn mazes, wagon rides, corn husk crafting and Potomac River cruises, which are half-priced for this weekend only.


10. Sweet Treats

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Delight in sugary sweets at The Sugar Cube and the haunted Candi’s Candies, where treats come by the pound, or gourmet cupcakes at Lavender Moon Cupcakery, the city’s first and only organic cupcake shop.


11. Fall Hotel Deals


Color your weekend with an artful getaway and luxuriate in affordable accommodations just steps from events, restaurants and boutiques.


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