Old Town Alexandria’s Waterfront is undergoing a major transformation in 2019. A greatly-expanded new park area at the foot of King Street seamlessly connects Old Town’s historic retail corridor with the water. The Park, which features four distinct areas, is adjoined to the original Waterfront Park and is designed for ongoing enjoyment and special activations and events. The official opening celebration will take place in March to coincide with the opening reception for a major new public art installation.
Image below: Mirror Mirror by SOFTlab, a New York-based design studio led by artist and architect Michael Szivos, is a site-specific, temporary installation that will activate the Old Town Alexandria waterfront from March through November 2019. Image Credit: SOFTlab
The Tall Ship Providence will arrive in Alexandria in the summer of 2019 and will provide a living link to Virginia’s rich maritime, naval, and Revolutionary history. The Providence is a reproduction of the first ship authorized to serve in the Continental Navy and John Paul Jones' firstAmerican command. Visitors will be welcomed aboard to see the ship, meet John Paul Jones, and get a taste of what life was like aboard an eighteenth-century sloop. Cruises will be offered on the Potomac, including family-oriented adventures and a regular "craft brew cruise" in partnership with Port City Brewing. The ship can be rented for special tours to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or corporate event.
Image below: A view of The Providence - Credit: Tall Ship Providence Foundation
Pride Month will celebrate LGBTQ in historic Alexandria throughout June. There will be more than a dozen events, happenings, food and drink specials, and hotel packages, including Priday Night at Port City Brewing Company and ALX Pride 2019 Mix & Mingle at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. There will be Pride cocktails and delicious offerings at local restaurants like the “Baked This Way” Cupcake at Buzz Bakeshop and Rainbow Baked Alaska at Brabo Brasserie. Many events and offerings will benefit LGBTQ organizations, including NOVA Pride, AGLA, Safe Space NOVA and The Trevor Project.
Image below: Baked-This-Way-Cupcake at Buzz Bakeshop - Credit Rose-Collins
The annual USA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration will take place at Oronoco Bay Park along the Potomac River waterfront on July 13.The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will perform, and there will be patriotic birthday cake, food vendors and a dazzling fireworks display.
Bike to Work Day 2019 will take place on May 17. Registration for the event, which is organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), is now open. Thousands are expected to register and participate in this year’s event. There will be 115 pit stops across the region with refreshments, giveaways—and the chance to win one of many new bicycles as part of a free raffle. Also, the first 20,000 registrants to attend will receive a free T-shirt.
Images below: Views of Bike to Work Day at the Friendship Heights Pit Stop in 2018
Mount Vernon will have the annual Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour May 17-19.It's the estate's most popular event of the year. Visitors can sample wines from Virginia's finest wineries while enjoying delicious food, live music and spectacular views of the estate. There will be exclusive evening tours of the Mansion and the cellar where Washington stored his wine.Guests can learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s endeavors with wine. There will also be appearances by George and Martha Washington. All proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation and restoration of Mount Vernon and its educational programs. Visit www.mountvernon.org/
George Washington's Mount Vernon will display Independence Fireworks on June 28 & 29. The family fun and fireworks are choreographed to patriotic music celebrating our nation's founding. Tours of the Mansion will be available, plus musical performances, and games and opportunities to greet General and Mrs. Washingtonin the historic area. There will be 18th-century dancing demonstrations, and Mount Vernon’s colonial artisans will reveal how 18th-century ice cream was made in the days before freezers. Washington’s Tomb can also be visited at night. Elsewhere, sparks will fly at the blacksmith shop. Concessions from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant will be available.
An American Celebration at Mount Vernonwill take place on July 4.The annual Independence Day event salutes the first commander-in-chief with made-for-daytime fireworks over the Potomac River and the roar of cannon fire during special military re-enactments. There will be free birthday cake (while supplies last), a visit from General and Mrs. Washington and a performance by the National Concert Band during its "Red, White and Blue" concert.