Portside festival moved as King Street Park opening delayed

Portside festival moved as King Street Park opening delayed
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By Missy Schrott | mschrott@alextimes.com

The park at the foot of King Street won’t be ready to open in time for Portside in Old Town Festival planned for Oct. 12 to 14, Visit Alexandria announced in a news release Monday.

The event will still take place at a new location, Waterfront Park and the Alexandria City Marina, adjacent to the unfinished King Street Park at the Waterfront.

Visit Alexandria said in the release that the park won’t open in time for the event due to “extraordinary weather circumstances” which caused flooding along the waterfront last month.

The festival, which is kicking off Visit Alexandria and the city’s new waterfront programming series Portside in Old Town, will feature three days of free tours of tall ship Godspeed, a waterfront beer garden from Port City Brewing Co., a pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso, live music and more.

The park delay is also impacting events scheduled to take place over the course of October, including Port City’s waterfront beer garden, which has been reduced to Saturday, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. It was originally scheduled to span both weekends.

The release said the new park is expected to open later this fall, though no date was mentioned.