Events, Lifestyle, Music

22nd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade

The 22nd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade will take place on Sunday, October 28 at 2:00PM along Mt. Vernon Avenue.  The fun starts at Bellefonte Avenue and is open to all and free!  There will be floats, stroller entries, and (of course) a canine costume contest.  There will also be awards!

The parade will end at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center at a party.  There you will find goodie bags, live music, refreshments, games and more.  The Bean Creative crew transforms the 2200 Mt. Vernon block into “Spooky Bean Halloween.”  This takes place from 5:00 – 8:00PM.  Donations will be collected for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of Betty Soars.

Click here for more information.

 

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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.

Events

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 artontheavenue.org.

 

Events, Local Business

Labor Day Openings and Closings

Here is what is open and what is closed on Monday for Labor Day:

State Offices: The Alexandria Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, the Alexandria Circuit Court, the Alexandria General District Court, DMV (Mill Road) and the Alexandria Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will be closed.

Alexandria City Public Schools: Closed

Animal Shelter: The Vola Lawson Animal Shelter will be open weekend hours on Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Animal visiting hours will begin at noon.

DASH: DASH bus service will operate on a Sunday schedule. The free King Street Trolley will operate on its normal schedule, every 10 to 15 minutes, between the King Street Metro Station and the Potomac River waterfront, from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Health Facilities: The Alexandria Health Department (4480 King St.), the Flora Krause Casey Health Center (1200 N. Howard St.), and the Teen Wellness Center at T.C. Williams High School (3329 King St.) will be closed.

Historic Alexandria Facilities: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. and Alexandria’s History Museum at the Lyceum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Labor Day. The Alexandria Black History Museum, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, the Fort Ward Museum and the Friendship Firehouse Museum will be closed.

Hotlines: All emergency hotlines operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including the child protective services hotline at 703-746-5800, the domestic violence hotline at 703-746-4911, the emergency services for mental health or substance abuse crisis hotline at 703-746-3401, the adult protective services hotline at 703-746-5778 and the sexual assault hotline at 703-683-7273.

Libraries: All Alexandria Library branches and the Alexandria Law Library (520 King St.) will be closed Sept. 1-3.

Metrorail: The system will be open 8 a.m.-11 p.m. and operate on a Sunday schedule. Parking will be free at all Metro parking facilities, and off-peak fares will be in effect all day.

Metrobus: Buses will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Parking: On Sept. 3, the Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces, residential permit parking districts and other areas with posted parking time limits.

Pools: The Old Town, Memorial and Warwick outdoor pools will be open on Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Recreation and Arts Centers: On Sept. 3, the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatic Facility will be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Charles Houston Recreation Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Torpedo Factory Art Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other City recreation and arts centers will be closed on Sept. 3.

Trash and Recycling: Residential refuse and recycling will not be collected on Labor Day. Collection services will be delayed by one day during the week of Sept. 3. The Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling Center (3224 Colvin St.) will be closed.