37th Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 37th Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade had to be rescheduled due to weather.  The new date is Sunday, March 18 at 1:30PM. The Fun Dog Show will still take place but unfortunately the Classic Car Show had to be cancelled.

All are invited to come on down to King Street in Old Town to see more than 100 bag pipers as well as fancy dogs, dignitaries and local organizations proudly wearing their best green.  Participants include Irish dancers, bands, community groups and more.

And if you come early you can catch the Fun Dog Show on Market Square from 11:30AM – 1:00PM. This year’s fun dog show benefits the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and features costumed dogs competing in a range of categories, including Best Human/Canine Look-Alike, Most Talented and Most St. Paddy’s Spirit.

 starts at 1:30 p.m.
Classic Car Show is cancelled
Fun Dog Show is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New Parade Route 
adjusted and now starts at King and St. Asaph Streets and ends at Pitt and Cameron Streets
Fun Dog Show is on Market Square in front of City Hall at 301 King Street


Events, Local Business

How to Use Instagram, Social Media, and Email to Grow Your Business

Join Meg Biram, established full-time blogger and consultant with close to 40,ooo followers on Instagram, for a workshop to gain more knowledge on Instagram, Instagram Stories, and how to use a website, email newsletters, Pinterest, and other social media platforms to help you get the word out about your business.  It will be held at AR Workshop Monday, April 2nd from 7:00 – 9:00PM.  If you are creative, a small-business owner, an artist, all of the above, this is for you!

There are proven strategies for using Instagram, Instagram Stories, and other platforms to build your business.  You will learn these and also how to collaborate with other businesses to help expand your client/follower base.  Bring your questions because there will be a Q & A session!

The more you know about the features of Instagram before the workshop, the more you will get out of the class.  You should bring your phone (with an Instagram account) and pen and paper.

Meg is an established full-time blogger, consultant, entrepreneur, and artist.  She has been blogging for 10 years, and has launched multiple successful businesses from her blog.

See Meg‘s work at and find her on Instagram @megbiram

Click here to sign up and to see AR Workshop’s other offerings.



5th Annual Del Ray Chili Cook Off and Beer Tasting

The Fifth Annual Del Ray Chili Cook Off & Beer Tasting is this Saturday, February 10 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM at the Commonwealth Academy Gym, 1321 Leslie Avenue.  The event is sponsored by the Del Ray Citizen’s Association with proceeds going toward their Spring Build Project with Rebuilding Together Alexandria, which helps transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizes communities.

Single entries or teams (up to three people) from Del Ray can enter the Cook Off.   Awards will be given in three categories: meat, veggie, and people’s choice.  Judges will be looking at taste, aroma, texture, after-taste and heat.  But this doesn’t mean the hottest chili will win.  All of last year’s winners generously donated back their $250 awards.

To learn more about the rules and fill out an application, click here.

To buy tickets are to just make a donation click here.



Events, Restaurants

Alexandria Restaurant Week 2018

For 10 days and two weekends, more than 60 Alexandria restaurants will offer a $35 three-course dinner for one OR a $35 dinner for two during Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week!  This year the event will run January 26 to February 4.  And if lunch is more your thing, more than 30 restaurants will also offer lunch menus at $10, $15 or $20 per person in addition to their dinner offerings.

There are some new restaurants joining the fun this year.  They include Hank’s Pasta Bar, Sunday in Saigon, Cedar Knoll, La Trattoria, Café 44, and Nectar Coffee & Wine Bistro.  All chefs at these local restaurants will be showing off their culinary skills during the annual event.

You can find fine dining and casual food in several neighborhoods throughout the city including Old Town, Del Ray and the West End.

To find the menu flip-book and to make reservations click here.

Here are a few of the menu highlights:

Hank’s Pasta Bar’s $35 three-course dinner for one featuring options such as Bucatini Carbonara, Fettucine & Clams and Mafalde

Vermilion’s $35 three-course dinner for one featuring menu items such as Braised Pork Cheek, Tagliatelle and Roasted Bluefish

Columbia Firehouse’s $15 per person lunch featuring items such as Shrimp Scampi, Crab Cake Sandwich and Vanilla Bean Créme Brule

So many destinations and meals to choose from!