Alexandria Restaurant Week will take place August 17-26 at more than 50 venues in Old Town, Del Ray and the West End. Participating restaurants will feature a $35 three-course dinner OR a $35 dinner for two. More than 25 restaurants will also offer lunch deals at $15 or $22 per person in addition to the dinner specials. In a new initiative this year, fifteen restaurants will offer brunch specials for $15 or $22 per person. Restaurants will participate at a range of locales, from fine dining establishments to casual neighborhood favorites.
Image below: Outdoor dining in Old Town Alexandria - Photo courtesy of R. Kennedy for Visit Alexandria
The annual King Street Art Festival, presented by Howard Alan Events, will take place in historic Old Town Alexandria on September 15 & 16. The outdoor gallery event will take place on King Street, from Washington to Union Streets & will be free and open to the public. Two hundred local and national artists will display their works from across the nation in a show featuring fine jewelry, works of art and hand-crafted apparel and decor. All artists will be on site, & visitors can discover the inspiration behind each original piece. There will be a variety of interactive activities throughout the weekend. Even more art can be found across Union Street at the Torpedo Factory, where 82 working studios and seven galleries will be filled with handmade work by more than 165 local artists.
Image below: King Street in Old Town - Photo courtesy of K. Summerer for Visit Alexandria
The Annual George Washington Patriot Run, which is a 10K/5K race, will take place up and down the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway on September 9. The race course also traces Washington's footsteps through the historic grounds at Mount Vernon. Visitors “can take a finisher photo with General Washington and enjoy concessions, music, and beer. There will be an awards ceremony for the top finishers, with cannons firing on the 12-Acre Field. Finishers will receive a 2018 5K or 10K George Washington medal and t-shirt, commemorating the first president. Registration is $50 until September 2. The registration fee increases to $60 on September 3.Spectators looking to access the finish line on the estate must purchase a spectator ticket for a special discounted price of $10. Children can join the fun and receive their own medal during the free Kids Fun Run. The free, quarter-mile race occurs on Mount Vernon’s historic grounds (registration is required).