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!


King Street Art Festival Returns to the Waterfront

The 16th Annual King Street Art Festival takes place this weekend.

NEW DATES: Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It will feature more than 200 local and national artists along Old Town from Washington Street to the Waterfront.  At this free festival, artists will sell their wares including photography, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, wood, glass and mixed media.

Enjoy live music and interactive art activities.  The Art League’s Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser is back, too.  At this event, attendees can purchase one of 1,400 handmade bowls made by ceramic artists at the Art League and a scoop of ice cream for $15 (win/win).

The Torpedo Factory’s Beer & Wine Torpedo Garden will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days of the festival during which patrons can sample craft beer while perusing the artists’ studios.


Events, Lifestyle

Dogs Can Swim at the Alexandria Outdoor Pools

The dog days of summer may be over but thanks to sponsor Your Dog’s Best Friend, dogs can take a dip in the city’s pools.

The dog swims will take place on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15.

The Itty Bitty Doggie Dive for dogs under 50 pounds is Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Memorial Pool at Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street.

The Big Dog Day Swim for dogs over 50 pounds is Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Old Town Pool, 1609 Cameron Street.

Dog handlers must be 16 or older and must be residents of the City of Alexandria.  Admission is free.

Owners should bring proof of vaccinations or have their dogs wear current vaccination tags.

Owners must register online by clicking here using Itty Bitty Doggie Dive activity number 134390 or Big Dog Day activity number 134391.


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.