The Tall Ship Providence arrived in Alexandria on July 1 and provides a permanent living link to Virginia’s rich maritime, naval, and Revolutionary history. The Providence is a full-scale replica of the first ship authorized to serve in the Continental Navy and John Paul Jones's firstAmerican command. The ship served under General George Washington. Visitors are 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
The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts will offer a free Public Performance Series featuring Music, Movement, and Light in Alexandria’s Waterfront Park at 1 King Street, on select dates, July-October. Original site-specific performances by composer and violinist David Schulman and Orange Grove Dance have been commissioned “in conversation with the sound-responsive, interactive installation Mirror Mirror.”
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 Visit www.alexandriava.gov/
Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week
Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week will take place August 16-25.More than 70 restaurants will offer a $35 three-course dinner for one OR a $35 dinner for two during the week. More than 35 restaurants will also offer lunch menus at $15 or $22 per person in addition to the dinner specials. Brunch lovers can enjoy brunch menus for $15 or $22 per person at nearly 20 restaurants. Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week showcases the inventiveness of local chefs in neighborhoods throughout the city, including Old Town, Del Ray, Carlyle and Eisenhower, and the West End. Visitors can take advantage of a summer parking discount of $2 after 5 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends at City-owned garages and surface lots. Parking meters are always free on Sundays and after 9 p.m.
The annual King Street Art Festival will take place on September 21 & 22 in Old Town Alexandria. The event will transform the city’s historic main street into “a world-class outdoor art gallery.” Festival booths will line King Street between Washington and Union streets, featuring over six blocks of artwork by more than 200 artists from the US and abroad.Art enthusiasts can “discover spectacular paintings, life-size sculptures, jewelry, photography, ceramics and more, offering extraordinary art for every taste. More than $15 million in art will be on display, providing visitors with the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind wares and meet the artists behind the work, hearing firsthand what inspires them.”
Image below: A view of King Street - Photo by K. Summerer for Visit Alexandria.jpg Visitwww.artfestival.com/
Historic Alexandria Homes Tour
The 78th Historic Alexandria Homes Tour will be held on September 28 and will feature several of Alexandria's finest homes. The tour is presented by The Twig, which is the Junior Auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital--an organization of women dedicated to providing financial aid, volunteer service, and support to Alexandria Hospital, which was itself originally established by volunteers in 1872. The event is designed as a walking tour and also features a raffle and prizes.
Mount Vernon's annual Colonial Market & Fairwill take place on September 14 & 15.The event features dozens of America's historic crafts and family fun on Mount Vernon's 12-acre field. Visitors can chat with colonial artisans who sell traditional food and wares made from wood, metal, and textiles. Visitors can also hear colonial tunes and watch performers demonstrate 18th-century crafts; costumed interpreters will make chocolate using an authentic colonial recipe.
Image below:A view of a previous Colonial Market & Fair.