Events, Lifestyle

Get Ready for a Grand Weekend in Old Town

This is going to one weekend full of festivities.  The Campagna Center’s iconic Scottish Christmas Walk Parade takes place on Saturday, December 1 at 11 a.m.  You can view dozens of Scottish clans dressed in colorful tartans parading through the streets of Old Town.  You will also experience the stirring sound of Scottish bagpipes and drums, Scottish dancers, reenactment groups, Scottie dogs (love them!), dignitaries, classic cars, Santa Claus, and much more.  The parade begins at St. Asaph and Wolfe Streets and concludes at Market Square with a band concert.  The parade will take place rain or shine.  Click here for a link to the parade route.

More weekend events include the Taste of Scotland scotch tasting (November 30), a holiday Heather and Greens Sales (December 1) and Holiday Home Tours (December 1).

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Events, Local Business, Restaurants

Shop Small in Alexandria This Weekend

Small Business Saturday, started in 2010 to encourage consumers to shop in their small local stores rather than national chains and big box stores.

This year Small Business Saturday is back and bigger than ever when more than 50 independently-owned boutiques in Old Town Alexandria and Del Ray will offer special in-store activities. The Elf Prize Patrol returns from 11AM until 1PM offering shoppers with surprise giveaways in Old Town as well as Del Ray.  You can enjoy free parking at parking meters, pop-up musical and DJ performances and special activities at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Alexandria Restaurant Partners is also offering 10 percent off your total restaurant bill with a receipt from a local business.  Alexandria Restaurant Partners restaurants include Vola’s Dockside Grill, Mia’s Italian Kitchen, The Majestic, Joe Theismann’s Restaurant & Bar and Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap.

And don’t forget Museum Store Sunday with Alexandria museum stores featuring unique and historically-inspired gifts with special offers and seasonal refreshments.

Events, Lifestyle, Restaurants

Rock the Block

Rock the Block is a new culinary-based fundraiser that will take place on Wednesday, November 14 from 6-9 p.m.

A ticket allows you to eat at the top restaurants in Old Town and, at the same time, help the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

There are different levels of tickets.  A General Admission ticket ($125/person) gets you access to eating and drinking at a number of Old Town Alexandria’s hottest restaurants.  VIP tickets ($300/person) allow the entrants to attend a reception beforehand from 5-6:30PM and access to the after-party from 9-11PM.

Each guest will receive a wristband at their reserved “starting restaurant” and enjoy unlimited food and drink at all participating restaurants, including:

  • Augie’s Mussel House
  • Columbia Firehouse
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar
  • Hi Tide Lounge
  • Mia’s Italian Kitchen
  • Virtue Feed & Grain
  • The Majestic
  • Urbano 116
  • Various Food Trucks (at Market Square)

 

Events, Local Business

The First Uptown Block Party is Coming

The fine businesses on King Street between Patrick and Payne Streets are organizing the first Uptown Block Party.  The fun will take place on Saturday, November 3 from 11:00AM until 5:00PM. There will be 24 stores involved and they will provide fun activities and specials.

The kids might enjoy the fire truck visit at 11:00AM.  Throughout the day at the South Fayette and King Street courtyard you will find face painting, an art lab and balloon sculpting.

Check out these offerings:

  • Penny Post: Holiday stamp contest for kids
  • The Hour: Punch samples
  • Meggrolls: Free samples at 11:00AM and 2:00PM
  • Victoria at Home: Light snacks and beverages
  • Serafino Leather: Beverages and gift card raffle
  • Red Barn Mercantile: Free gift with purchase
  • Bluprint Chocolatiers: Bonbon samples and hot peppermint chocolate drink launch
  • Pink Palm: Free gift with purchase

Sounds like a great day – love this city!