Portside in Old Town

Portside in Old Town is a new waterfront event celebrating happenings in history, art, music and fitness with activities for people of all ages.  It takes place October 12 – 14 at Waterfront Park (1A Prince Street) and the Alexandria City Marina (0 Cameron Street).

The Portside in Old Town Festival will feature free tours of the tall ship Godspeed, a pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso, and a beer garden from Port City Brewing Company.  Join in on some history, art and fitness activities while listening to live music.  Admission to the festival is free!

The kids will enjoy a free pizza-making demo by Pizzeria Paradiso, a free kids decorative craft project from AR Workshop, and a hands-on Art Safari on Saturday afternoon.

There will also be a pop-up exotic car exhibit, an LED light performance, and historic activities.

Here is the schedule:

Friday, October 12

3 to 6 p.m.          Tall ship Godspeed tours
5 to 7 p.m.          Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company
5 to 7 p.m.          Pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso
5 to 7 p.m.          Dolci Gelati gelato cart
5 to 7 p.m.          DJ Laura Lopez
7 to 10 p.m.        The Late Shift: Folklore inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Saturday, October 13

12 to 5 p.m.        Portside History activities presented by the Office of Historic Alexandria

12 to 4 p.m.        Art Safari artist-led hands-on kids’ activities inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center
12 to 3 p.m.        Portside Kids hands-on craft project presented by AR Workshop
1 to 6 p.m.          Tall ship Godspeed tours

2 to 7 p.m.          Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company
2 to 7 p.m.          Pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso
2 to 7 p.m.          Dolci Gelati gelato cart
2 to 7 p.m.          Live music: Carly Harvey Band (Blues/Soul) 2 to 4 p.m.; Free Flowing Music Experience (Rock/Blues) 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
7 to 7:45 p.m.     LED light performance by Incandescent Entertainment presented by The Athenaeum

Sunday, October 14

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Portside Fitness class with Sand & Steel Fitness: Combo Strength Training/Yoga
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Portside Fitness bike sale from Bike & Roll
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Portside History activities presented by the Office of Historic Alexandria
12 to 5 p.m.        Tall ship Godspeed tours
12 to 4 p.m.        Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company
12 to 4 p.m.        Pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso
12 to 1 p.m.        Portside Kids free kids’ pizza-making demo by Pizzeria Paradiso
12 to 4 p.m.        Dolci Gelati gelato cart
12 to 4 p.m.        Pop-up exotic car exhibit to preview next year’s Alexandria Festival of Speed and Style
12 to 4 p.m.        Portside Arts activities presented by the Mobile Art Lab
12 to 4 p.m.        Live music

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.