Spring events in Alexandria, VA

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Spring events in Alexandria, VA

As the cherry blossoms bloom, seasonal activities abound in Alexandria, Virginia, located minutes from Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River. With a vibrant evolving waterfront and walkable nationally designated historic district, Alexandria is the perfect setting for a springtime getaway.

Celebrate D.C.’s National Cherry Blossom Festival with a scenic cruise on the water taxi from Old Town to the National Mall, or peek into historic homes on the Alexandria Historic Homes & Gardens Tour for glimpses of flowers blooming in lush gardens. Embark on the baseball boat to Nationals Stadium from Old Town for a ball game or explore rarely-seen spaces at historic sites on Historic Alexandria’s Attics and Alleys Tour. Enjoy a picturesque run from George Washington’s Mount Vernon down the George Washington Memorial Parkway and into Old Town Alexandria during the 34th Annual George Washington Parkway Classic. Whether it’s stocking up on a new spring wardrobe with trendy finds from chic boutiques or packing a picnic with delectable treats for an afternoon at a waterfront park, Alexandria’s colorful palette of springtime activities combined with seasonal hotel packages create unique family-friendly spring breaks and rejuvenating weekend escapes.

For more spring activities in Alexandria, see www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/spring.
Check out spring hotel packages at www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/hotels/deals.

Featured Events:

Water Taxi to The Wharf in Washington, D.C.: Cherry Blossom Festival Service

Monday through Sunday from March 1-December 31, 2018  
Departing at 9:40 a.m., 1:05 p.m., 2:25 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:25 p.m., 7:35 p.m., and 9:05 p.m.
Admission: starting at $20 round-trip for adults
Departs from Cameron & Union Streets, Alexandria, VA 22314

Cruise from Old Town Alexandria to Washington, D.C. to stroll among the famous cherry blossoms and take part in events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival including the Blossom Kite Festival. Potomac Riverboat Company offers a 25-minute direct water taxi from Old Town to the new Wharf development in D.C. From the dock at The Wharf, it’s a 10-minute walk to the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin. The water taxi docks at the Transit Pier, 950 Wharf St. SW, near the Tidal Basin, the National Mall, Hains Point and a Capital Bikeshare station.

Water Taxi to National Mall: Cherry Blossom Festival Service
March 24-April 15, 2018
Departing at 11:10 a.m., 1:35 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
Admission: starting at $30 round-trip for adults
Departs from Cameron & Union Streets, Alexandria, VA 22314

Cruise from Old Town Alexandria to Washington, D.C. to stroll among the famous cherry blossoms and take part in events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival including the Blossom Kite Festival. Potomac Riverboat Company offers a 30-minute direct water taxi between Old Town and the National Mall, disembarking just steps from the celebrated Yoshino cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin. The water taxi docks at Ohio & West Basin Drive SW, near the Tidal Basin, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and a Capital Bikeshare station.

Cherry Blossom Monuments Cruise

Saturdays and Sundays March 24 & 25, 31 & April 1, April 7 & 8, April 14 & 15, 2018

Departing at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.

Admission: starting at $32 round-trip for adults

Cameron & Union Streets, Alexandria, VA 22314



Traverse the Potomac River from Old Town Alexandria and cruise past the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. on the Cherry Blossom Monuments Cruise by Potomac Riverboat Company. View and listen to the history of the iconic monuments, memorials and bridges as the D.C. region awakens to spring. See beautiful cherry blossom trees as you glide past Hains Point and head onward to Georgetown. The cruise is 45 minutes one-way and approximately 90 minutes round-trip and is offered during peak bloom on weekends from March 24 to April 15, 2018.

Baseball Boat to Nationals Park
Beginning opening day, April 5, 2018; times vary upon Nationals schedule
Admission: starting at $25 round-trip
Departs from the Alexandria Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314

The Potomac Riverboat Company offers baseball enthusiasts the chance to avoid the crowds and take a leisurely cruise from Old Town Alexandria to Nationals Park along the scenic Potomac River. Online ticket purchases include free parking. Boats returning to Alexandria depart 20 minutes after the final pitch. Boat operates for 80% of Nationals games (check website for specific available dates).

85th Annual Alexandria Historic Homes & Garden Tour
April 21, 2018 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $45 in advance; $55 day of; $25 for single-site admission
Various locations throughout Old Town Alexandria

On April 21st, five of Old Town Alexandria’s finest private homes and gardens will open to the public as part of the 85th Historic Garden Week, the oldest and largest house and garden tour in the nation. The homes will feature beautiful flower arrangements created by the members of the Garden Club of Alexandria and The Hunting Creek Garden Club, which are sponsoring the tour, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Marketplace at The Athenaeum, boutique shopping, and fine dining are just steps away. In addition, the tour ticket allows access to two Garden Club of Virginia restoration projects, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens and Green Spring Gardens, in addition to other local properties of historic interest.

34th Annual George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile, 5K and Kids Dash
April 22, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.
Admission: $10-$80
Old Town Alexandria; starting places vary

The George Washington Parkway Classic is Alexandria’s hometown race, and so much more, with the Parkway route connecting two of the area’s most historic spots. The starting gun (sadly, there is no musket) fires steps from the picturesque George Washington’s Mount Vernon. From there, you’ll travel down the tree-lined George Washington Memorial Parkway to another area associated with Washington, charming Old Town Alexandria. In addition to the 10 mile distance, a 5K and kids dash are available. The George Washington Parkway Classic supports the Boys and Girls Club of Alexandria and has been voted a favorite spring race by RunWashington Magazine. Join Pacers Running for the 34th Annual George Washington Parkway Classic!

More Spring Events & Tours:

Spring Performances at MetroStage: Celebrating Work by Women, About Women, and Starring Women
March 8-April 29, 2018 at various times
Admission: $45
MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

MetroStage will feature two performances this spring celebrating work by women, about women, and starring women. From March 8-25, 2018, George…Don’t Do That! is a musical entertainment celebrating the wit and wisdom of one of Britain’s most beloved comediennes. From April 13-29, 2018, I Did It My Way in Yiddish (in English) features the internationally acclaimed Jewish comic, musician and writer Deb Filler. A brilliant storyteller, she has charmed audiences world-wide with her smash hit.

BunnyFest 2018
March 31, 2018 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free 
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314


Cuddle up with a cottontail and some art at BunnyFest. Artists from the Torpedo Factory embrace warm and fuzzy bouncy bunnies that show spring with their step. Find artisan hip-hop and see rabbit-riffic artwork in progress, including ceramic sculptures, high-fire dishware, etchings, paintings and prints. Make BunnyFest buttons, create bunny crafts, don bunny ears and huddle with those who give a whisker about stuff with fluff. Mug with Bugs and visit with adoptable rabbits from the Friends of Rabbit rescue. Torpedo Factory artists have been lounging with lagomorphs and will be showing and selling high-eared art. Thinking outside the Easter basket, Factory artists—Tracie Griffith Tso (Studio 22 and 19), Lisa Schumaier (Keenthings Studio 16), Betty Grisham (Studio 17) and Rebecca Ravenal (Studio 23), Guy G. Jones (Studio 334), and Barbara Muth (Studio 5)—create handmade original work with bounce.

Malt Madness at Port City Brewing Co.
March 31, 2018 from noon-9 p.m.
Admission: $25 for teams of two
Port City Brewing Co., 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304

For fans of Basketball, malty brews and competitive spiritedness, Port City has created the perfect event for you. Port City proudly presents MALT MADNESS! For the first time ever we are bringing the NCAA Tournament to the brewery, featuring a starting lineup of outdoor games, that includes a Cornhole Tournament and a Giant Yard Pong Tournament. Teams start at 2 people for $25 which includes two beers and two limited edition team bandanas. We will also be welcoming back our Spring MVP Tartan as well as adding some of our favorite veteran malty brews such as Colossal 5, 7, Metro Red, Doppelbock, and dueling cask conditioned versions of Tartan and Metro Red. Team sign-up will open March 1 at noon.

Doggy Yappy Hour at Jackson 20
Every Tuesday beginning April 3, 2018 from 4-7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Jackson 20, 480 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314


Bring your beloved four-legged best friend along for Yappy Hour, featuring pup-tinis and delicious doggie treats. While pooches mix and mingle to meet new furry friends in the outdoor courtyard, happy hour cocktail specials and dinner options are available for owners as well!

Concerts with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
April 7, 2018 at 8 p.m., April 8, 2018 at 3 p.m. 
Admission: $5 for youth 18 and under; $10 for students with IDs; $20-$80 for adults
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, 4915 E. Campus Dr., Alexandria, VA 22311

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria, VA 22301

Journey through time as three centuries collide when the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Nicholas Hersh present the season finale. The program begins with C.P.E. Bach’s Baroque Symphony in E-Flat Major followed by Piazzolla’s modern tango-inspired Tangazo: Variations on Buenos Aires. Rounding out the program is Brahms’ Romantic, melancholy and pastoral Symphony No. 2.

Canine Cruise
Saturdays April 28 & May 19, 2018 departing at 11 a.m.
Admission: $18 adults; $12 children under 12
Cameron & Union Streets, Alexandria, VA 22314

Calling all dog owners or dog lovers! With or without a four-legged friend, you are invited to join us for this special 45-minute cruise of Alexandria’s seaport—a favorite spring activity for locals. Dogs are free, but must be on a six-foot non-retractable leash.

Jane Austen Ball: Mr. Darcy’s Delight 
April 28, 2018 from 8-11 p.m.
Admission: $45 per person
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Spring is in the air! Dance to Mr. Darcy’s Delight at this late-1790s era ball. The evening will feature a variety of English Country dances in the historic ballroom, live music, and dessert collation. Period costume optional, “after-five” attire encouraged.

History by the Glass: Gin 
May 11, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
Admission: $50 per person
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Want to know more about the intersection of history and drinks? Then look no further than History by the Glass. Enjoy drinks at the tavern, which historically served a wide variety of beverages, and learn about the history behind them.

Mother’s Day Tea at Carlyle House
May 13, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $45 per adult; $25 per child ages 6-12; free for children under 5
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Treat your mother, grandmother, or special woman in your life to an elegant afternoon tea. Relax in the beautiful setting of our Magnolia Terrace and enjoy personalized tableside service and scrumptious food catered by Calling Card Events for an unforgettable day. Registration required no refunds.

Lecture: Right Hand Man? Alexander Hamilton’s Relationship With George Washington: The Musical vs. the Reality
May 31, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $12 per person; $10 for Society members and volunteers
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Professor Peter Henriques contends the collaboration between George Washington and Alexander Hamilton was the most important in the founding of our nation. His lecture will address the nature of their relationship, what caused Hamilton to resign from Washington’s staff during the War and how did Washington respond? He will also answer this burning question: How accurate is the portrayal of their relationship in the musical, Hamilton?

Find more spring events at www.visitalexandriava.com/spring.

About Alexandria, VA

Named a Top 10 Must-Visit U.S. Hot Spot for 2017 by Smarter Travel, a Top Romantic City and a Top Dog Friendly City, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria hums with more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. New restaurants tucked into 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown ignite historic and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods as the waterfront district evolves with new energy.

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