Portside in Old Town

Portside in Old Town is a new waterfront event celebrating happenings in history, art, music and fitness with activities for people of all ages.  It takes place October 12 – 14 at Waterfront Park (1A Prince Street) and the Alexandria City Marina (0 Cameron Street).

The Portside in Old Town Festival will feature free tours of the tall ship Godspeed, a pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso, and a beer garden from Port City Brewing Company.  Join in on some history, art and fitness activities while listening to live music.  Admission to the festival is free!

The kids will enjoy a free pizza-making demo by Pizzeria Paradiso, a free kids decorative craft project from AR Workshop, and a hands-on Art Safari on Saturday afternoon.

There will also be a pop-up exotic car exhibit, an LED light performance, and historic activities.

Here is the schedule:

Friday, October 12

3 to 6 p.m.          Tall ship Godspeed tours
5 to 7 p.m.          Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company
5 to 7 p.m.          Pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso
5 to 7 p.m.          Dolci Gelati gelato cart
5 to 7 p.m.          DJ Laura Lopez
7 to 10 p.m.        The Late Shift: Folklore inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Saturday, October 13

12 to 5 p.m.        Portside History activities presented by the Office of Historic Alexandria

12 to 4 p.m.        Art Safari artist-led hands-on kids’ activities inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center
12 to 3 p.m.        Portside Kids hands-on craft project presented by AR Workshop
1 to 6 p.m.          Tall ship Godspeed tours

2 to 7 p.m.          Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company
2 to 7 p.m.          Pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso
2 to 7 p.m.          Dolci Gelati gelato cart
2 to 7 p.m.          Live music: Carly Harvey Band (Blues/Soul) 2 to 4 p.m.; Free Flowing Music Experience (Rock/Blues) 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
7 to 7:45 p.m.     LED light performance by Incandescent Entertainment presented by The Athenaeum

Sunday, October 14

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Portside Fitness class with Sand & Steel Fitness: Combo Strength Training/Yoga
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Portside Fitness bike sale from Bike & Roll
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Portside History activities presented by the Office of Historic Alexandria
12 to 5 p.m.        Tall ship Godspeed tours
12 to 4 p.m.        Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company
12 to 4 p.m.        Pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso
12 to 1 p.m.        Portside Kids free kids’ pizza-making demo by Pizzeria Paradiso
12 to 4 p.m.        Dolci Gelati gelato cart
12 to 4 p.m.        Pop-up exotic car exhibit to preview next year’s Alexandria Festival of Speed and Style
12 to 4 p.m.        Portside Arts activities presented by the Mobile Art Lab
12 to 4 p.m.        Live music

Events, Restaurants

Charlie’s on the Avenue Gets Beer Garden, Extended Hours

Alexandria City Council has approved an outdoor beer garden area and extended hours for Charlie’s on the Avenue restaurant (1501 Mount Vernon Avenue).

The Council voted 6-1 based on a Planning Commission recommendation to add outdoor seating and change operating hours to 7:00AM – 1:00AM indoors and 7:00AM – 10PM outdoors. The restaurant will have 76 seats indoors and 124 outdoors. The outdoor seating is on an adjacent corner lot at 1503-1505 Mount Vernon Avenue.

The newly-approved revisions include indoor entertainment, outdoor games such as cornhole, and outdoor music.  The outdoor music will be allowed on the condition of stopping amplified noise heard beyond the property after 9:00PM

The owners, Jeremy Barber and Justus Frank, are the team behind Live Oak Restaurant, which opened in 2016 on Commonwealth Avenue.

To learn more about the restaurant, click here.


Art on the Avenue Coming Soon

Art on the Avenue, one of Del Ray’s largest and most popular events, will take place Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. along Mount Vernon Avenue between Bellefonte and Hume Avenues.  Over 300 artists will display and sell their works.  Mediums include: pottery, soap, glass, fabric, paint, jewelry, clothing, metal, and more!

Kids (and adults) can stuff their own scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, or weave screen art.  There are food various vendors and live music at five different stages along the Avenue.

Volunteers are needed for set up, various festival attractions and clean up.  Click here to see open volunteer spots.

For more information, visit


Events, House

77th Historic Alexandria Homes Tour  


The 77th Historic Alexandria Homes Tour hosted by The Twig is this Saturday September 22, 2018.  It will feature six unique, historic homes in Old Town, Alexandria.
This year’s homes are 18th and early 19th century homes, are located in the heart of Old Town, and are in easy walking distance of each other.  You will be able to view a diverse mix of decorating styles and artwork.  And don’t miss the contemporary open-air guest house overlooking an amazing outdoor area.
Tickets may be purchased in advance by clicking here or at The Twig Thrift Shop located at 106 North Columbus Street or at the Alexandria Visitor Center at 221 King Street.  On tour day, tickets may be purchased at the Alexandria Visitors Center, at The Twig Thrift Shop at 106 North Columbus Street or at The Athenaeum at 201 Prince Street.  Prior to tour day tickets are $40. On the day of the tour tickets are $45.  All proceeds benefit Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Click here to enjoy “sneak preview” pictures from this year’s tour!