Events

Come See Laurel at Art on the Avenue

 

 

Get ready for live music, food vendors, scarecrow making and, of course, art to create and buy!  You will find that and more at Art on the Avenue, this Saturday, October 7th.  It is a multi-cultural arts festival celebrating our community’s diversity through the arts!

It takes place on Mt. Vernon Avenue between Bellefonte and Hume Avenues.  You can find a map of the vendors and music stages by clicking here.

There will be over 300 artists including jewelers, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, painters, sculptures and more at this great event.  Kids’ activities have always been a huge part of the festival — stuff your own scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, weave screen art and more.

And if you are looking for some of that AVA swag that you see everywhere, come by St. Elmo’s early in the day.  Laurel Conger (McEnearney Realtor) will be giving away AVA car magnets and coffee sleeves.  If you display your coffee sleeve at the festival, Laurel will buy you a cup of coffee at St. Elmo’s!  Say hello and grab some free stuff!

 

 

 

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Blüprint Chocolatiers

If you are looking for premium, hand-dipped and molded chocolates, give Blüprint Chocolatiers a try.  It is unique artisan chocolate shop in Old Town Alexandria (1001 King Street) that has been open since 2014.  Chocolatiers Kim and Bruce Gustafson use the finest chocolates, fruit purées, select coffees, spirits, nuts, premium teas, and spices in their creastions.  The results are a distinctive and beautiful chocolate selection.  Flavors range from the more familiar mocha, chocolate caramel and dark chocolate to the more daring lavender honey, fig orange blossom and grand marnier.

To complement their chocolate selection, they offer tea, espresso, coffee and hot chocolate.  They also offer a limited assortment of chocolate-themed desserts and bean-to-bar chocolates. Chocolate gift boxes for special and holiday occasions are available.

They can also provide a tasty touch of class to a wedding, a reunion, or a corporate event.  Give this local business a try!

 

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2017 Historic Alexandria Homes Tour

Get ready, this year’s tour is coming!  It will take place on Saturday, September 23, from 10:00AM to 3:00PM.

Eight historic homes, all in Old Town, and within walking distance of each other, will be open.  Take a walk and a look!  All proceeds will benefit Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Some highlights:

A 1812 townhouse that was the first free girls’ school in America and later housed a Civil War prison

A yard where a large tree toppled in a storm has been replaced by metal trees that muffle sound and provide privacy

Tour tickets are $40 in advance and $45 on the day of the tour.  Tickets are available for purchase on-line and at the Ramsay House Visitor Center.

Click here for on-line ticket purchase.

Events, Lifestyle, Restaurants

Restaurant Week 2017

Foodies celebrate – it’s that time of year again!  Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week is set for August 18-27, and over 60 restaurants from around the city are participating this year.

For 10 days, participating restaurants will be serving up special menus. Over 50 restaurants will offer a $35 three-course dinner or dinner for two, and over 20 will have lunch specials for $10, $15 and $20.

Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week started in 2009 and celebrates the diversity of local restaurants. Restaurants are located in all areas of the city: waterfront Old Town, Mt. Vernon Avenue, West End and more.

 

New participants include: Hummingbird, Meggrolls, and Junction Bakery & Bistro.  Other returning favorites are Bastille, Restaurant Eve, Vermilion. For a full list of restaurants click here.

Reservations are available through Open Table.

New this year, select shops of the Old Town Boutique District will stay open until 9:00PM (Sunday hours vary) during the week.

Bon Appetit!