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August First Thursday Celebrates The Performing Arts

August 4th Street Festival, “Music and Dance on the Avenue,” To Benefit Alexandria Battered Women’s Shelter

first thursdayDuring the August First Thursday, Del Ray celebrates the performing arts in the community with the theme “Music and Dance on the Avenue.” The monthly street festival takes place on August 4 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is free and open to all.

The Alexandria Singers will perform selections from their 40th-anniversary show at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Oxford Avenue.  Mount Vernon Avenue will also be lined with a wide variety music and dance acts highlighting the diversity of arts in the region. 

The Alexandria Singers
The Alexandria Singers

Scheduled to perform throughout the night:

  • Stephanie Mathias, pop singer-songwriter; at Nature’s Nibble, 2601 Mt. Vernon Avenue
  • Highland Dance, traditional Scottish highland dance;at Hyundai, 1707 Mt. Vernon Avenue
  • Discovery Preschool, at Bellies and Babies, 1913 Mt. Vernon Avenue
  • Cathy B and the Broadcastersa female-fronted pop/country/Americana/rock-and-roll cover band; at Re/MAX, 2104 Mt. Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria Singers, the Washington D.C. metro area’s premier pops chorus; at The Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, 2311 Mt. Vernon Avenue
  • Bill Mansfield, banjo; breezeway between Greener Cleaners and Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray, 2204-6, Mt. Vernon Avenue
  • Batala Washington, Afro-Brazilian all female percussion band playing Samba-Reggae rhythm; Mt Vernon Rec Center/Mt. Vernon Community School Basketball Court
  • The Zebra's own freelance writer and photographer, Rowan Cech, will be performing.
    The Zebra’s own freelance writer and photographer, Rowan Cech, will be performing.

    Rowan Cech, acoustic guitar, at Greenstreet Gardens, 1503 Mt. Vernon Avenue

Trolley sponsored by Jen Walker will run up and down "The Avenue"
Trolley sponsored by Jen Walker will run up and down “The Avenue”

A free trolley will run up and down the Avenue throughout the event, from Hume to Nelson Avenues.  The trolley is sponsored by Jen Walker, The Realtor for Del Ray and beyond!, of McEnearney Associates.

Participants are encouraged to bring donations for the Alexandria Battered Women’s Shelter.  The Friends of the Alexandria Commission for Women has compiled a list of needed items, available here:  The shelter provides emergency housing and food at a confidential location for Alexandria women and their children who have been abused or who are threatened with abuse.  Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square.
Held the first Thursday of the month from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit.   This month’s event is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and Rock of Ages Music, is a small music center dedicated to providing the community with music instruction for all ages and levels of experience.

For more information on First Thursday, visit  For information on the Friends of the Alexandria Commission for Women, visit

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