The archival becomes interactive this summer at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Centennial of the Everyday features a series of contemporary interventions that are inspired by the history and legacy of John Gadsby and Gadsby’s Tavern. In this exhibition, historic ephemera takes on new contexts. With furniture, stoneware, and textiles as a starting point, Lauren Frances Adams and Stewart Watson reflect domestic material culture of the past with modern techniques like video and digital design.
The works reflect the rich narratives uncovered through the artists’ in-depth research on the women, enslaved people, and anonymous citizens whose stories have been overshadowed over time.
This project is part of the Office of the Arts’ Time & Place series, a partnership with the Office of Historic Alexandria that explores the intersection of contemporary art with Alexandria’s rich and multifaceted history. The goal is to foster exploration and dialogue about our region’s history and its continued reverberations within our community today.
Follow #TimeandPlaceALX to join the conversation online.
The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or materials in an alternative format, contact Diane Ruggiero at 703.746.5590 (Virginia Relay 711) or email@example.com.
On June 24, 2017 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), the Del Ray Business Association, presents the third annual Well Ray Festival, a celebration of health and wellness! Located in Del Ray, a neighborhood just outside of Washington, D.C. “where Main Street still exists,” join us at the open field next to Bean Creative for Fitness Demos and classes (2213 Mt. Vernon Avenue), the Del Ray Farmer’s Market for Cooking and healthy bites, the lot beside it (behind United Bank 2401 Mt. Vernon Avenue) and the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center (2701 Commonwealth Avenue) for vendors, exhibitors, wellness presentations and more! Come browse health and lifestyle inspired tents. Wellness and holistic health practitioners will offer services including therapeutic massages, acupuncture, physical therapy consultations, chiropractic adjustments, nutritional counseling, blood pressure screenings, meditation, wellness coaching, energy work and more. Check out wellness inspired fashion from local fitness clothing designers and boutiques.
Win prizes and make sure to bring your mat and be prepared to move! Led by vendors in and around Del Ray, enjoy free yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, Spin, Barre, dance classes and more. Get the whole family involved in health.
This event is made possible by the Jen Walker Team! Build Community, Spread Kindness!
Well Ray presenters are partnering with RunningBrooke, a non-profit that advocates for the health and wellness of kids in Alexandria. Please consider donating to this amazing organization!
The 6th Annual Vine on the Waterfront Food & Wine Festival is ready to take to the banks of Alexandria’s waterfront on Saturday, June 24th. The festival will take place from 12 to 6 p.m. on Old Town’s waterfront at Oronoco Bay Park and will expand to include both restaurants within Alexandria and other eateries throughout the region.
The festival is a community-based event featuring tastes of local foods and wine, as well as artisans, a children’s corner and live entertainment by the Alan Scott Band and Andy Hawk & The Train Wreck Endings. The event will transform Oronoco Bay Park into a lively festival easily accessible by car, metrorail or dash bus.
Attendees will be able to sample food and wine from a variety of local restaurants and Virginia’s wineries. Local restaurants will compete for the best appetizer the best main course and the best dessert – judged by notable D.C. foodie judges such as Jen Richer from 94.7FM The Tommy Show, Molly Ahearn of The List Are You On It & Foodie & the Beast and others to be announced soon.
This year’s participating restaurants and wineries include (as of May 30th, more to be announced on website):
Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery
Castle Gruen Vineyards & Winery LLC
Rogers Ford Farm Winery
Cobbler Mountain Cider
Heartland Home Foods
(More to come)
This is a free event to attend. However, tickets are needed to sample food and beverages.
Tickets are $15 (per area, wine area and food area) and can be purchased online at the festival website. After June 16th, the price is $20 (each area) on site.
This year’s festival partners include City of Alexandria, Visit Alexandria, Post Properties, The Parker Apartments, Washington Parent Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Inc. For a complete schedule of activities visit www.vineonthewaterfront.com.
Part skate park, part street market, Freestyle will have late-night festivities in the Torpedo Factory and along the riverfront. This event will feature music, DIY projects, digital video projections, an artist market, a photo booth and a poetry slam. Featured artists include Josue Martinez of Corinto Gallery, Superwaxx and KEYHAN.
The Torpedo Factory Art Center is managed by the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.
Part skate park, part secret pop-up art show, The Late Shift: Freestyle is the first of three late-night festivals over the course of the 2017 summer season. Experience a late-night art happening along the riverfront and in the Torpedo Factory.
Indoor skate park at the Torpedo Factory
DJ set by Sharkey
Beer, wine, sandwiches, and bronut ice cream sandwiches with EatsPlace
Torpedo Row artist market
Josue Martinez (Corinto Gallery)
Skate Girls Tribe
The Carlyle Community Council, the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership are pleased to announce the arrival of Saturday Cinema at Carlyle, an outdoor film festival kicking off in July. The free festival will take place the first Saturday of every month from July through October, transforming John Carlyle Square Park in the Carlyle District of Alexandria into an outdoor movie theater. The festival will launch on July 1 with a showing of Top Gun as we head into July 4th celebrations. August 5th brings us the 1980 comedy classic Caddyshack, followed by romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally on September 2 over Labor Day weekend. The series will close out on October 7 with Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds to celebrate Halloween.
Grab a date, the family or a group of friends, bring the lawn chairs and a picnic and enjoy some great flicks under the stars. Alexandria-based small business Nice Cream, who recently opened their new store on King Street, will be on site on July 1 serving up their handcrafted ice cream.
July 1 – Top Gun
August 5 – Caddyshack
September 2 – When Harry Met Sally
October 7 – The Birds
What: Saturday Cinema at Carlyle
When: First Saturday of Every Month (July – October)
Where: John Carlyle Square in the Carlyle District of Alexandria. 300 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Time: Sundown. See below for approximate sundown times.
July 1 – Top Gun, 8:37 p.m.
August 5 – Caddyshack, 8:14 p.m.
September 2 – When Harry Met Sally, 7:36 p.m.
October 7 – The Birds, 6:41 p.m.
Weather: Rain or shine (Movie will be canceled if severe weather is forecasted)
This summer, in partnership with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and in celebration of JFK’s centennial anniversary, Classical Movements is producing the Serenade! Washington D.C. Choral Festival. Choirs from all over the world will arrive in D.C. the week leading up to the 4th of July to perform in 14 concerts in venues around Washington, Maryland and Virginia. The grand finale concert, taking place on Monday, July 3 at 6:00 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, will feature both individual and collaborative performances by the 16 international choirs
As part of the Carlyle Vitality Initiative efforts, the Carlyle Community Council, Alexandria Economic Development Partnership and the City of Alexandria is pleased to announce the return of Wake Up Wednesdays Pop Up Cafe featuring local sweets and treats from Sugar Shack. The Pop Up Cafe will take place on select Wednesdays through July near the King Street Tunnel – Carlyle Entrance located near 2000 Duke St. near Motley Fool. The cafe will feature coffee, live music to help commuters start the day off right and delicious donuts from Sugar Shack. As a special spring promotion, we will be offering free coffee with a purchase of a donut (while supplies last). The free coffee is sponsored by the Carlyle Vitality Initiative.
Wake Up Wednesday Dates:
Just in time for Woodlawn’s 150th birthday picnic series, The Picnic Theatre Company is back with a brand new production of a Noel Coward play and, for the first time ever, this is to be performed at the Pope-Leighey House location! The event will be held rain or shine. If inclement weather prevents an outside performance, the event will move to the venue’s brand new tent space. Tickets available now and dinner options are available to all ticket buyers after June 21. Fun fact: Noel Coward and Frank Lloyd Wright were related. The very first performance of this particular play was staged on June 8, in NYC. It doesn’t get much better than that!