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



Forge Industrial Works Celebration

Forge Industrial Works opened its doors this summer at 128 S. Royal Street in the heart of Old Town.  It is THE place to go for all things home and gift-giving.  There you will find everything from reclaimed industrial furniture to hand-painted pieces to antiques.  On the smaller side, you can also shop for home accessories, jewelry and more!
And this week, they are throwing a party to celebrate the launch of their workshops and classes.  On Thursday, February 22 from 5:00 – 8:00PM you can have a look at their renovated second floor while enjoying some bites and drinks.  They will be giving a mini-Anne Sloan Chalk Paint tutorial along with a small give-away.  And if you attend the event you will get 20% off  your first workshop and 20% off all Annie Sloan products.
Classes start on February 27th and include floral design, painting and waxing furniture, paint therapy nights and more.   For more information on the classes click here.
You can RSVP to Thursday’s event by clicking here.

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!