Top 5 Things to Do at the 13th Annual King Street Art Festival

On Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, King Street from Washington Street to the waterfront will be transformed into an outdoor gallery with original work by more than 200 artists – from paintings, sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, and ceramics – there is something for everyone in every price range.

The layout is simple — festival booths line King Street between Washington and Union streets, featuring over six blocks of artwork by artists from the US and abroad. There will be a variety of activities and performances throughout the weekend and because we don’t want you to miss one extraordinary thing about the art festival, we’ve put together the Top 5 Things to Do at the 13th Annual King Street Art Festival.


 1. Engage with the Artists and Explore

Image Credit: Howard Alan Events

Make sure to engage the artists as you explore the artwork and stroll through the eclectic exhibits at the 13th Annual King Street Art Festival. A myriad of artistic media and styles will be on display and for sale including many larger than life sculptures such as those pictured by Keith Bradley. Seek out local Alexandria artists David Cochran (painting), Matthew Johnston (painting), and Gregory Knott (photography).

2. Mobile Art Lab and Disco Dance Party

Mobile Art LabImage Credit: RPCA

The Alexandria Mobile Art Lab celebrates its first birthday with a disco dance party at Market Square Saturday night of the art festival beginning at 7 p.m. At 9 p.m. the event becomes a “silent disco” where you’ll receive a pair of special wireless headphones so you can adjust the volume and choose between three DJs with a flip of a switch. Each headset has a color LED that shows who you’re listening to, so you can dance along with those listening to the same DJ. The Mobile Art Lab will be stationed on Royal Street near Market Square both days of the festival, on Saturday starting at 1:30 p.m. and all day Sunday with letterpress art from Old City Press.

3. Pop-up Makerspace at the Torpedo Factory Art Center

The festivities continue across Union Street at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, where visitors can find and purchase artwork from more than 100 resident artists. On Saturday, September 19, from 12 – 5 p.m., visitors can dance to live music, create something in the pop-up makerspace, and be treated like a VIP along the waterfront. The ever-popular Torpedo Bike will be winding its way through waterside crowds, leaving bubbles in its wake.

4. The Art League’s Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser

At The Art League’s popular Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser, patrons can purchase one of 1,000 handmade bowls created by the talented artists of The Art League’s ceramics department and enjoy a scoop of ice cream, all for only $15 per bowl, the proceeds of which benefit The Art League.

Participants in the Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser may enter a free drawing to win ceramic artwork and an Art League gift certificate.  In addition, festival-goers may participate in fun, hands-on art activities with League instructors during the weekend.

5. Take part in A Scottish Heritage Weekend: Outlander Style!

During the King Street Art Festival weekend, stop by Carlyle House for some Scottish fun, Outlander Style! On Saturday, September 19th at 10am, there will be a Scottish fashion show discussing dress at the time that Jamie, Claire and John Carlyle lived in the 18th century!

Coffee and shortbread cookies (baked by the Dairy Godmother) will be provided as refreshments and included in the ticket price. The Granfling School of Highland Dance will give a free performance of Scottish dancing, and the Devil’s Tailors will perform on period style instruments. On Sunday, September 20th, Carlyle House is hosting an Outlander Tea and Tour.

More details over at Carlyle House’s website.

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Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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