April 2nd– May 1st
Torpedo Factory Cherry Blossom Events
105 N. Union Street
Cherry Blossom Exhibition
Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Art lovers are encouraged to stop by the Torpedo Factory Art Center throughout April to view floral art displayed on all three floors. Masks are required for all visitors regardless of vaccination status.
Cherry Blossom Jubilee
12 to 3 p.m.
Kick off the celebrations at noon with a live performance by taiko drum group Nen Daiko on the waterfront side of the Art Center all while enjoying music and live art demonstrations from participating artists.
New Art Installation On the Waterfront!
I Love You
On display through November
1A Prince Street
I Love You, the latest temporary art installation on Old Town Alexandria’s waterfront is a luminous declaration of affection from the city to the public, creating a photo-ready postcard of Alexandria which represents the city’s welcoming spirit and a message of hope through the COVID-19 pandemic. Created by award-winning and globally recognized R & R STUDIOS, I Love You is a plaza with the words “I Love You” scripted in rose-hued metal and lighted neon standing 15 feet high above a pink ground mural emulating a giant “magic carpet.” This “social sculpture” utilizes three words at once universal and utterly personal to establish a place of encounter, friendship and camaraderie on the river. Miami-based R & R Studios is helmed by husband-and-wife Argentinian-born, American architects Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt. I Love You is the fourth installation of the City of Alexandria’s annual temporary public art series, “Site See: New Views in Old Town.”
ALX Dog Walk
check-in from 7 to 7:45 a.m.; walk from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Admission: Regular registration: $35; Teens ages 13 to 18 and all military registration: $25
Oronoco Bay Park
100 Madison Street
Come join the inaugural two-mile ALX Dog Walk along the breathtaking waterfront walk in historic Old Town Alexandria. Walkers and their pooches (or without a pooch) follow the waterfront trail in Oronoco Bay Park in Old Town, head toward the Robinson Landing Pier, where they will parade by a judging panel for fun prizes, and then return to the park for an awards celebration hosted by Monte Durham of “Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta,” plus music, hundreds of dogs, treats and more. Receive a paw-some goodie bag and event t-shirt at check-in. At 8 a.m., Chuck Bell from NBC 4 Storm Team and Mayor Justin Wilson will kick-off the walk. 100% net funds raised will help to beautify and protect Alexandria’s environment and educate citizens about best sustainability practices.
First Thursdays in Del Ray
First Thursday of each month
Various locations in Del Ray in Alexandria
First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local non-profit. The series starts in April with “Hats Along the Avenue,” with the band Mars Rodeo playing at Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, followed by “Dog Days in Del Ray” and more.
Easter Egg Hunt with Old Town Business Association
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Various locations throughout Old Town
Bring your own basket and bunny hop up and down King Street and select side streets. Explore the map to find participating retailers, where you’ll get an Easter treat and discover interactive activities at select locations. More details to come at oldtownbusiness.org.
Stories in the Architecture
Admission: $10 per person
Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden
614 Oronoco Street
Explore the history of the Lee-Fendall House through its architecture and visit parts of the house that are not regularly open to the public. See how changes in style and home technology have left their mark on the home, from when it was built in 1785 through the twentieth century. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $10 per person. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call or email to make a reservation at (703) 548-1789 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Face masks are required inside the museum.
16th & 17th
Easter Egg Hunt
Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden
614 Oronoco Street
Find Easter eggs hidden in the Lee-Fendall garden during the popular annual egg hunt. Sessions also include crafts, games and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Attendance is limited, and reservations must be made in advance; face masks are recommended. Bring your own basket. Sessions offered on the hour through 3 p.m., beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday. Admission: $15 for participating children ages 2 to 12; $5 for accompanying adults; free for infants under 2.
16th & May 21st
Workshops on the Waterfront
1 to 3 p.m.
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street
Enjoy a free demonstration or hands-on project with a Torpedo Factory Art Center artist at the waterfront entrance of the Art Center. There will be a different project every month. Join in for sunshine, art-making and fun. Come to the waterfront entrance.
89th Annual Old Town Historic Homes & Garden Tour
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $55 per ticket purchased in advance online; $65 day-of from the Alexandria Visitor Center
Part of Historic Garden Week in Virginia, this year’s tour includes admission to five exclusive private homes and gardens and six nearby historic public properties, including: Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, River Farm, Gunston Hall, Mount Vernon and Green Spring Gardens. Complimentary refreshments will be available at Old Presbyterian Meeting House. Proceeds fund restoration and preservation of more than 39 Virginia historic public gardens and landscapes, a research fellowship program and more.
30th & May 1st
Revolutionary War Weekend
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Included with general admission ($28 for adults; $15 for youth ages 6 to 11; free for children); free for members
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Step back in time at Revolutionary War Weekend. Mount Vernon’s serene 12-acre field transforms into a battleground as Continentals, Redcoats and Hessians conduct military drills, perform cavalry demonstrations, and engage in 18th-century tacticals. Meet the soldiers who are encamped at Mount Vernon, discuss military techniques, and greet General Washington. Revolutionary War Weekend takes place rain or shine.
ABOUT ALEXANDRIA, VA
Named a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. 2021 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital. Founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is the nation’s third oldest locally designated historic district, boasting more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. Walk in the footsteps of George Washington and America’s Founding Fathers while learning about Black history and African American change makers that have shaped the history of Alexandria and the U.S. Learn more at VisitAlexandriaVA.com.
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