Top 14 Reasons to Visit Alexandria This Summer

Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine, historic Alexandria, Virginia is the ideal summer getaway for family fun just minutes from Washington, D.C. Located on the Potomac River waterfront, Alexandria summers are filled with endless ways to enjoy the season, from “Hamilton” happenings, boat cruises and walking tours to festivals, live music and LGBTQ Pride Month events. You can explore the city on a day trip, or make it your home base for a D.C. family vacation with some of the best hotel prices of the year. With so many spectacular summer activities to choose from, we’ve rounded up our top reasons to visit Alexandria this summer.

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Weekend Picks: June 20-22, 2014

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

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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

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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

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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.

 

Find more summer events here.

Photo by the Alexandria Food & Wine Festival