Alexandria, VA hosts a lot of wonderful events throughout the year. The historic town, with its prime location on the Potomac River, is a great setting for lively festivals, concerts and holiday celebrations. Here is a calendar of the top events in Alexandria.
George Washington Birthday
February 16-18, 2013. Old Town, Alexandria, VA. A weekend celebration includes the country's largest parade celebrating George Washington, a 10k race, the Birthnight Banquet and Ball, and more.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration & Parade
March 2, 2013. Old Town, Alexandria, VA. Old Town is Irish for a day with the Fun Dog Show, classic car competition and the St. Patricks Day Parade.
Historic Garden Tour of Alexandria
April 20, 2013. Old Town, Alexandria, VA. This Alexandria tradition offers the unique opportunity to be invited into some of Old Town's finest private homes and gardens. Many of the area's historic sites offer special activities, including Carlyle House, which hosts its Herb Sale, with historical plants and crafts.
Mount Vernon's Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
May 17-19, 2013. George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA. This event celebrates the history of wine-making in Virginia with samplings from wineries, live jazz on the east lawn overlooking the Potomac and candlelit tours of the rarely open cellar vaults.
Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon
May 25-27, 2013. George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA. George Washington's estate opens its doors for an unprecedented evening event. Stroll the lantern-lit grounds and immerse yourself in the 18th century as the sun sets on the plantation. Enjoy 18th-century music, dancing, and Colonial games, and meet characters from Washington's world.
Memorial Day Jazz Festival
May 27, 2013. Waterfront Park, 1 Prince Street Alexandria, VA. American music played by jazz ensembles and orchestras performing in a variety of jazz styles.
An American Celebration at Mount Vernon
July 4, 2013. George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA. An 18th-century style celebration with daytime fireworks, a moving Naturalization Ceremony, and patriotic music.
USA & Alexandria Birthday Celebration
July 13, 2013. Oronoco Bay Park, Pendleton and N. Union streets, Alexandria, VA. The Saturday after Independence Day, Alexandria celebrates its own birthday with a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, birthday cake, food and fireworks. Evening culminates in Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture."
Alexandria Festival of the Arts
Sept. 7-8, 2013. Old Town, Alexandria, VA. King Street between Washington and Union streets becomes an open-air art gallery with more than 200 juried artists who display and sell fine art ranging from paintings, sculpture, prints and photography to pottery, glass, jewelry and ceramics. For families, historic Christ Church hosts a respite area while the Torpedo Factory Art Center has interactive activities highlighting its artists.
Mount Vernon's Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
October 4-6, 2013. George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA. Celebrate the history of wine-making in Virginia with samplings from wineries, live blues on the east lawn overlooking the Potomac and candlelight tours of the rarely open cellar vaults.
Art on the Avenue
October 5, 2013. Del Ray neighborhood, Alexandria VA. Celebrating Del Ray's diversity, the annual street festival features 300 juried artists, three music stages, kids' art activities (scarecrows, pumpkin-painting) and restaurants selling their specialties.
Fall Harvest Family Days
October 26-27, 2013. George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA. Harvest celebration with dancing, blacksmithing and wagon rides.
November and December
City of Alexandria Holiday Tree Lighting
November 21, 2013. Market Square, 301 King St. Alexandria, VA. Musical entertainment with greetings from the Mayor and Santa Claus.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight
2012 Dates to Be Announced. George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA. During this holiday program, visitors learn about the Washingtons' Christmas traditions as they tour the first two floors of the candlelit Mansion, and meet historical characters including Martha Washington with fireside caroling and cider and cookies.
Christmas at Mount Vernon
November 21 - January 6, 2014. George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA This special daytime program includes a dozen themed Christmas trees, historical chocolate-making demonstrations and 18th-century dancing. The popular tradition continues of opening the rarely seen third floor of the Mansion and inviting visitors to meet the charming "Mrs. Washington."
Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend
December 6-7, 2013. Old Town, Alexandria, VA. An entire weekend welcoming the holiday season and celebrating Alexandria's Scottish heritage.
Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
December 7, 2013. Alexandria Marina, Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA Alexandria's harbor lights up when more than 50 illuminated boats cruise the Potomac River at the historic waterfront.
Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours
2013 Dates to Be Announced. Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria VA Take a break from the fast pace of the season and experience the charm and history of Old Town Alexandria's popular holiday tour of historic sites, including Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Carlyle House and more. Tours by candlelight with seasonal decorations, entertainment and light refreshments.
Christmas in Camp Open House
December 14, 2013. Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA. Learn how the holiday was observed during the Civil War with living history interpreters, period music and light refreshments. Guided fort tours, weather permitting.
First Night Alexandria
December 31, 2013. Old Town, Alexandria, VA. Celebrate the New Year with the Third Annual Fun Hunt, 100 live performances plus children's face painting, clowns doing balloon sculptures, children's games and a spectacular finale at midnight at the George Washington Masonic Memorial.