Ring in 2022 in Alexandria, VA, with mouthwatering New Year’s Eve menus and spectacular fireworks.
Please Note: Given the significant recent rise in COVID-19 cases and the highly transmissible omicron variant, outdoor and at-home activities alongside indoor mask usage remain the best ways to reduce the risk of transmission, regardless of vaccination status. Please note that all events listed below are subject to change.
Savor New Year’s Eve Restaurant Offerings
Head to one of Alexandria’s many eateries offering chef-driven New Year’s Eve menus, most of which provide heated outdoor seating options. Sample Chef Melvin Urrutia’s New Year’s Eve specials at Kaizen Tavern, from foie gras Burgundy and black truffle nigiri to tofu pudding with yuzu and candied orange peel. Savor fajita specials at Urbano 116 and French-infused dinner menus at Fontaine and BRABO Brasserie. Northside 10 provides a laid-back setting to celebrate, Mount Purrnon Cat Café & Wine Bar boasts drink deals and adoptable cats to play with, and Whiskey & Oyster offers a nautical five-course tasting menu and extensive drinks selections. Make a reservation to enjoy a DJ and a la carte menu outdoors at Vola’s Dockside Grill or BARCA Pier. Find more restaurant options and tempting takeout choices here.
Enjoy Spectacular Fireworks
Update: Due to mounting public health concerns, First Night Alexandria activities have been cancelled, with the exception of the fireworks show which will occur as planned.
Experience First Night Alexandria’s fireworks show above the Potomac River. The midnight show will last for approximately 10 minutes. Visitors are encouraged to spread out among the viewing areas listed below, and wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, if social distancing cannot be maintained.
Prime viewing locations:
- Canal Center Plaza (Center Canal Plaza)
- Rivergate Park (2 Montgomery St.)
- Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison St.)
- Founders Park (351 North Union St.)
- Waterfront Park (1A Prince St.)
- Windmill Hill Park (501 South Union St.)
- Fords Landing boardwalk (99 Franklin St.)
- Jones Point Park (Jones Point Dr.)
- George Washington Masonic Temple (101 Callahan Dr.)
Looking for a way to get even closer to the pyrotechnics? Reserve a spot on Miss Mallory for the New Year’s Eve cruise from City Cruises anchored by Hornblower, offering a front-row river view of the region’s fireworks. Please note that the cruise features indoor and outdoor components.
Luxuriate in a New Year’s Day Brunch
Start 2022 on a luxurious note with a laid-back brunch on New Year’s Day. Reserve a spot with a Potomac River panorama on Café 44’s balcony or try out Chadwicks’ brand-new outdoor patio. Dig into seafood specialties at Il Porto, or opt for diner classics at Old Town North mainstay Royal Restaurant. Explore more brunch options here.
Please note: Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Olde Year’s Day event has been cancelled.
Header Image Credits: Cedric Angeles (left); E. Pallorina for Visit Alexandria (right)